[quote="SonSearcher, post:4, topic:316964"]
I am not entirely sure a generation to come means one at a later date. I think it might mean for the entirety of the next generation that is coming.
I am giving you quotations from Haydock's commentary of verses 14-17:
**Ver. 14. Come. Pointed out; (Jeremias xxix. 10.; Calmet) or David wishes to repair the ravages caused by Absalom, or foretells the return from captivity, (Haydock) and the grace granted to the Church, and to every faithful soul. (Worthington)
Ver. 15. Thereof. They had a great regard for the very soil, 4 Kings v. 17. (Calmet) --- Hebrew, "dust," as it was then uncultivated. (Berthier) --- Esdras, &c., repaired the ruins of Sion, as Christ and his apostles established the Church. (Menochius)
Ver. 16. Glory. The conversion of nations is often predicted as about to take place after the captivity; yet not so fully, till the time of Christ. (Calmet) --- His glory is so manifest, that all kings know it, although they be not converted. (Worthington)
Ver. 17. Seen. Dwelling with us, John i. (Haydock) --- Jerusalem had attained its ancient splendour before the coming of the Messias. (Calmet)**
Verse 14 is interpreted as King David returning to Jerusalem after fleeing from his son Absalom, or foretells the 'return from captivity' (probably the Babylonian captivity of the Jewish people returning during the time of Ezra and Nehemiah)
Or, verse 14 showing 'pity on Zion' and 'the time to favor her', for 'it is the appointed time' is referring to the Church. (Zion representing the Church, and not literal Jerusalem).
Verse 15 interprets the 'dust' as the 'uncultivated soil' that is, the uncoverted perhaps?
Repairing the ruins of Zion, is interpreted as Christ and his apostles establishing the church, and not a literal repairing of the ancient ruins of Jerusalem at this present time.
Verse 16 is interpreted as the fear of the nations as to their conversion (as the Church), and not a literal witness of a literal Jerusalem being rebuilt as a sign to the nations at this present time.
Verse 17 is interpreted as Zion or Jerusalem having been rebuilt during the time of King Herod before the birth and appearance of Jesus Christ. Not the rebuilding of present day Jerusalem before the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
So this Psalm is interpreted from 1859 as one that is speaking of Zion as the Church, or as Zion in the past that had been rebuilt during the time of Ezra, or of King Herod.
Not since the early church fathers did anyone expect the Jewish people to be gathered back in the land and Jerusalem to be rebuilt. So this Psalm was interpreted from what was presumed, and not what has since happened.