Psalm 36

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Psalm 36 is the 36th psalm from the Book of Psalms.[1][2][3][4][5]


The text of the Psalms states Davidic authorship, for the chief musician of the temple.[6]

The psalm may either be understood as a prayer of the persecuted who has taken refuge in the temple or figuratively of a refuge in God. The psalmist prides in the goodness of God in which he finds safe and blessed be. The psalm concludes with a plea to God for those who honor him, to bless with his justice and to protect them from the snares of the wicked.[7]




Catholic scholarship saw the psalm as An exhortation to despise this world; and the short prosperity of the wicked; and to trust in Providence.


The Vulgate version of verse 10 "in lumine tuo videbimus lumen" (In Thy light shall we see light)[11] is used often as a heraldic motto of Columbia University. The refrain and the first verse of "O Lord, thy mercy is sufficient so far as the sky is" is based on the verse 6 and 7 of Psalm 36.[12]


  1. ^ Commentaires sur les psaumes, d’Hilaire de Poitiers, (Paris, Éditions du Cerf, 2008), collection sources chrétiennes n°515,
  2. ^ Commentaires of the Psalmes, by saint Johnn Chrysostome
  3. ^ Discourse of the Psalmes, by Saint Augustin, vol.2,(Sagesses chrétiennes)
  4. ^ Commentairy (jusqu’au psaume 54), by saint Thomas Aquinas, (Éditions du Cerf, 1273)
  5. ^ Jean Calvin, Commentaire des psalmes, 1557
  6. ^ Charles Spurgeon, Psalm 36 Treasury of David.
  7. ^ Stuttgarter Erklärungsbibel, (Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft Stuttgart,1992) p691.
  8. ^ The Complete Artscroll Siddur page 525
  9. ^ The Complete Artscroll Machzor for Rosh Hashanah page 351
  10. ^ The Complete Artscroll Siddur page 4
  11. ^ "Columbia University at a Glance". 
  12. ^ "Hymns for Psalm 36". 

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