Meaning of Aquinas’s Iniquity: A Study of Psalm Thirty-Five

Frederick Cornwell Sanders's Notations

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By Frederick Cornwell Sanders

In Thomas Aquinas‘s commentary on Psalm Thirty-Five, there is much discussion of iniquity as he opens his commentary.1 Yet, iniquity is not part of the subject matter as David composes verse one of Psalm Thirty-Five. Of David. Plead my cause, O LORD, with them that strive with me: fight against them that fight against me.2 Trying to pry into Aquinas’s text, this is difficult English reading for the spiritual student and is even harder in Latin. There are few clues to what particular verse Aquinas is referring to in his text. While, the text has a theme, the text does not seem to have a specificity that is readily apparent. Iniquity, from Thomas Aquinas’s view, bridges the Latin and Aquinas’s age. Modern thought often thinks of iniquity in terms of imbalance.3 Iniquity’s connotation speaks to an entity having disproportionate power over another entity…

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