Latin Vulgate (Clementine)
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Ad Dominum. A prayer in tribulation. A gradual canticle. The following psalms, in number fifteen, are called gradual psalms, or canticles, from the word gradus, signifying steps, ascensions, or degrees: either because they were appointed to be sung on the fifteen steps, by which the people ascended to the temple: or, that in the singing of them the voice was to be raised by certain steps or ascensions: or, that they were to be sung by the people returning from their captivity and ascending to Jerusalem, which was seated amongst mountains. The holy fathers, in a mystical sense, understand these steps, or ascensions, of the degrees by which Christians spiritually ascend to virtue and perfection; and to the true temple of God in the heavenly Jerusalem.

[1] Canticum graduum. Ad Dominum cum tribularer clamavi, et exaudivit me. [2] Domine, libera animam meam a labiis iniquis et a lingua dolosa. [3] Quid detur tibi, aut quid apponatur tibi ad linguam dolosam? [4] Sagittae potentis acutae, cum carbonibus desolatoriis. [5] Heu mihi, quia incolatus meus prolongatus est! habitavi cum habitantibus Cedar;

[6] multum incola fuit anima mea. [7] Cum his qui oderunt pacem eram pacificus; cum loquebar illis, impugnabant me gratis.

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