FAQs About Psalters
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Frequently Asked Questions about Psalters
I like the idea of singing psalms, but I'm not used to it. What do you have to help me learn to sing psalms?
Absolutely! Helpful aids include psalter.org, a list of common hymn tunes, psalm recording on MP3 and CDs, free psalms of the month, and The Book of Psalms for Worship app.
- Psalter.org is the most comprehensive source for The Book of Psalms for Singing, The Book of Psalms for Worship, The Trinity Psalter, and the ARP Psalter. This site allows you to search through the text of lyrics, play audio of each selection, and sort through information on composer, meter, and more. It's the ultimate resource for psalter owners!
- The list of familiar hymn tunes enables you to sing a psalm to a tune you already know.
- Psalm recordings (on CD or MP3 digital download) can purchased at our website. Just click the header "Music," then use the dropdown menu to find music from your preferred psalter. Our store carries CDs of American psalters, international English-language psalters, and some foreign language psalters!
- Free psalms of the month are always available for download at our website. Downloading them is a great way to try out the sound of a psalter and/or recording!
- The Book of Psalms for Worship app is an easy way to keep psalm lyrics at your fingertips and psalm tunes near your ear. Searches through psalms, displays lyrics, shows sheet music, and plays audio.
You have several different psalters on this site. What's the difference?
Great question! All of the psalters we sell are metrical (singing-friendly) renditions of Book of Psalms found in the center of the Bible. Each psalter contains at least part of every psalm in the Bible, and many offer all parts of each psalm in several musical selections.
English language psalters
Other language psalters
- The Book of Psalms for Worship is a popular psalter that contains modern language and some international tunes.
- The Book of Psalms for Singing includes some older language (like "Thee" and "Jehovah") and some chants.
- The Trinity Psalter contains only one lyrical option for each psalm selection, but is otherwise similar to The Book of Psalms for Singing.
- The ARP Psalter includes some selections from The Book of Psalms for Worship and some Bible Songs based on psalms.
- The Psalms for Singing: A 21st Century Edition is an Irish psalter with modern versifications of new and classic tunes.
- The Psalms of David in Metre is a 1650 Scottish metrical psalter.
- Sing Psalms: New Metrical Version of the Book of Psalms is a 1994 update of the Scottish metrical psalter.
- The Complete Book of Psalms for Singing is an Australian psalter.
- The Chinese Psalter is a complete version of The Book of Psalms for Worship using simplified Chinese characters.
- The Japanese Psalter contains 200 psalm selections.
- The Korean Psalter contains 323 selections with tunes from The Book of Psalms for Singing.
- Salterio is the classic Genevan psalter translated into Spanish.
Can you show me the difference between The Book of Psalms for Singing (1973) and The Book of Psalms for Worship (2009)?
Both psalters strive to remain as close as possible to the original Hebrew, in which the psalms were written. Both contain many common hymn tunes, are written for four-part congregational singing, and have approximately the same number of selections.
However, The Book of Psalms for Singing contains some chants and uses older language (like "Thee" and "Jehovah") in some selections. The Book of Psalms for Worship does not include chants and uses modernized language (except in historic selections such as Psalms 23B, 24B, and 100A). It also contains some new compositions and international tunes. Approximately 1/4th of the tunes differ from The Book of Psalms for Singing.
Below is a comparison between the phrasing in the two psalters.
|The Book of Psalms for Singing||The Book of Psalms for Worship|
To Thy house will I repair
|To Your house will I draw near|
The deadly arrows He sent forth
Dispersed His foes in wild retreat.
The flaming lightnings He shot out
Made their discomfiture complete.
|14 He shot His arrows at His foes,|
And made them scatter in retreat.
He made abundant lightning flash,
And sent them fleeing in defeat.
Transgression to the wicked speaks;
Deep in the heart it lies.
There surely is no fear of God
At all before his eyes,
Because himself he flatters so
In his own blinded eyes,
That he in his iniquity
Sees nothing to despise.
|1 About the sin of wicked men,|
My heart within me cries:
There surely is no fear of God
At all before his eyes.
2 With flattery he views himself
As good in his own eyes;
His sin he's certain no one will
Discover and despise.
Each man doth surely walk in empty
They heap up wealth and vex
themselves for naught,
Nor know to whom their garnered
|6 Man, like a shadow, wanders to|
Surely an uproar he creates in vain,
He never knows to whom his riches
Behold how good a thing it is,
And how becoming well,
When those that brethren are delight
In unity to dwell.
|Behold how very good it is,|
A pleasant thing to see;
When brothers join to live as one
In peace and unity.