Other Psalters Versions in use

There are other versions of the Psalter (singing the Psalms) which are available, based on Bible translations other than the 1650 King James Version (KJV). We will be adding to this list as we discover those that hold closely to Scripture.

1. The ARP Psalter with Bible Songs (2011) is set up in a typical hymnbook format with words and music on the same page. Much effort went into keeping these words true to modern Scripture translations. Several tunes from the Scottish and Irish psalters are included. Many of the tunes, however, are more difficult to sing than those in psalters which use the KJV words. www.arpbookstore.com/psalter-hard-cover?search=psalter>

2. The Book of Psalms for Worship (2009) is another good psalter. The ARP Psalter with Bible Songs used this research and many of the tunes in their 2011 publication. Both psalters include an “Index of Familiar Hymn Tunes”. This psalter is thicker and more complex since it includes additional tunes and variations for most psalms. It comes in a smaller version (although just as thick). There are helps, including several CDs (around 18 selections/CD). www.crownandcovenant.com/The_Book_of_Psalms_for_Worship_s/117.htm
Crown and Covenant offers “Free Psalm of the Month—Psalms For You to Download ” www.crownandcovenant.com/Articles.asp?ID=123

3. Psalms for All Seasons (2012) is a storehouse of information for psalm singers. The website is also full of useful information. The website includes examples from each Psalm in the book. Under “Liturgical Resources” you will find ‘Heidelberg Catechism & the Psalms’ plus ‘Psalm Singing History’–one explanation why churches have returned to singing Psalms. There are CDs available for this book, also. According to the website http://psalmsforallseasons.org/, the book includes:

  • the complete New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) text of the psalm, presented with alternating regular and boldfaced type for responsive readings and red markings that enable the chanting of the psalm
  • a Christian prayer that responds to a theme, imagery, or basic intent of the psalm;
  • a brief footnote which identifies the psalm’s genre or type, highlights significant features of its form or imagery, and suggests a range of uses in Christian worship
  • one or more settings of the psalm, most of which are musical settings for congregational use

4. The Saint Andrew’s Plainchant Psalter: An Abridged Version of the Book of the Psalms (The Saint Andrew’s Music and Liturgy Series) (Volume 2) (2015). John E. Haines. “This Psalter is a companion to “The Saint Andrew’s Plainchant Breviary”. The goal was to make the chanting of the Psalms accessible to the average musical congregant, choir member, and service leader, in the hopes of creating a supplementary psalter for private or corporate services. The texts have been edited into modern English from the King James Version of the Bible so that they are readily understood and singable. Chant tunes are in modern notation with simple guitar chords for those who may desire accompaniment.” https://www.amazon.com/Saint-Andrews-Plainchant-Psalter-Abridged/dp/1514783681

5. The Saint Andrew’s Metrical Psalter (The Saint Andrew’s Sacred Music and Liturgy Series) (Volume 3).  Dr. John E. Haines. “The Saint Andrew’s Metrical Psalter is a new edition of “The Psalms in Metre Selected from the Psalms of David” originally published by the Protestant Episcopal Press of New York in 1836. The Psalm lyrics were composed by Nahum Tate (poet laureate of England) and Nicholas Brady (an Anglican clergyman) in their “New Version of the Psalms of David” in 1686. The “Tate and Brade Psalter” as it came to be called, stands alone for its literary elegance and historical significance. This new edition has retained some of the original tunes and has incorporated well-known traditional hymn tunes as well as a number of newly composed ones. In addition, each Psalm has a simplified keyboard accompaniment with guitar chords for the greatest musical variety and accessibility possible.”  https://www.amazon.com/Saint-Andrews-Plainchant-Psalter-Abridged/dp/1514783681

6. The Psalms Project (from Australia) https://thepsalmsprojectband.com