Psalm 151 (NRSVA)

Psalm 151 New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised (NRSVA)

This psalm is ascribed to David as his own composition (though it is outside the number[a]), after he had fought in single combat with Goliath.


I was small among my brothers,

and the youngest in my father’s house;

I tended my father’s sheep.


My hands made a harp;

my fingers fashioned a lyre.


And who will tell my Lord?

The Lord himself; it is he who hears.[b]


It was he who sent his messenger[c]

and took me from my father’s sheep,

and anointed me with his anointing-oil.


My brothers were handsome and tall,

but the Lord was not pleased with them.


I went out to meet the Philistine,[d]

and he cursed me by his idols.


But I drew his own sword;

I beheaded him, and took away disgrace from the people of Israel.


a Psalm 151 1:1 Other ancient authorities add of the one hundred and fifty (psalms)

b Psalm 151 1:3 Other ancient authorities add everything; others add me; others read who will hear me

c Psalm 151 1:4 Or angel

d Psalm 151 1:6 Or foreigner

New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised (NRSVA)

New Revised Standard Version Bible: Anglicised Edition, copyright © 1989, 1995 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America.

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