Great news, everyone, the committees have finished updating the classic Prayer Book psalter, translated by Miles Coverdale, into contemporary English! Here are verses in three translations, for comparison. But what I can observe is that,. I have already printed out the Psalter and begun to use them in the Daily Office.
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Coverdale's translation of the Psalms based on Luther's version and the Latin Vulgate have a particular importance in the history of the English Bible. This Psalter, as revised by Coverdale himself for the Great Bible , continued to be used in the Church of England's Book of Common Prayer up until the late twentieth century. For many Anglicans and Episcopalians the words of Coverdale's version are more familiar and beloved than any other translation of the Scriptures. Others are familiar with some of Coverdale's renderings through Handel's Messiah , which in several places uses the Prayer Book Psalter instead of the King James version.
Below are the first 25 Psalms as they appeared in the Book of Common Prayer. The colons inserted in the middle of each verse are there to indicate the parts which may be recited responsively in the worship service. BLESSED is the man that hath not walked in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stood in the way of sinners : and hath not sat in the seat of the scornful.
But his delight is in the law of the Lord : and in his law will he exercise himself day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the water-side : that will bring forth his fruit in due season. His leaf also shall not wither : and look, whatsoever he doeth, it shall prosper. As for the ungodly, it is not so with them : but they are like the chaff, which the wind scattereth away from the face of the earth.
Therefore the ungodly shall not be able to stand in the judgement : neither the sinners in the congregation of the righteous. But the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous : and the way of the ungodly shall perish. WHY do the heathen so furiously rage together : and why do the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth stand up, and the rulers take counsel together : against the Lord, and against his Anointed. Let us break their bonds asunder : and cast away their cords from us.
He that dwelleth in heaven shall laugh them to scorn : the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath : and vex them in his sore displeasure. Yet I have set my King : upon my holy hill of Sion. I will preach the law, whereof the Lord hath said unto me : Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee.
Desire of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance: and the utmost parts of the earth for thy possession. Thou shalt bruise them with a rod of iron : and break them in pieces like a potter's vessel. Be wise now therefore, O ye kings : be learned, ye that are judges of the earth. Serve the Lord in fear : and rejoice unto him with reverence. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and so ye perish from the right way : if his wrath be kindled, yea, but a little, blessed are all they that put their trust in him.
LORD, how are they increased that trouble me : many are they that rise against me. Many one there be that say of my soul : There is no help for him in his God. But thou, O Lord, art my defender : thou art my worship, and the lifter up of my head. I did call upon the Lord with my voice : and he heard me out of his holy hill.
I laid me down and slept, and rose up again : for the Lord sustained me. I will not be afraid for ten thousands of the people : that have set themselves against me round about. Up, Lord, and help me, O my God : for thou smitest all mine enemies upon the cheekbone; thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly.
Salvation belongeth unto the Lord : and thy blessing is upon thy people. HEAR me when I call, O God of my righteousness : thou hast set me at liberty when I was in trouble; have mercy upon me, and hearken unto my prayer. O ye sons of men, how long will ye blaspheme mine honour : and have such pleasure in vanity, and seek after leasing?
Know this also, that the Lord hath chosen to himself the man that is godly: when I call upon the Lord, he will hear me. Stand in awe, and sin not : commune with your own heart, and in your chamber, and be still.
Offer the sacrifice of righteousness : and put your trust in the Lord. There be many that say : Who will shew us any good? Lord, lift thou up : the light of thy countenance upon us. Thou hast put gladness in my heart : since the time that their corn and wine and oil increased.
I will lay me down in peace, and take my rest : for it is thou, Lord, only, that makest me dwell in safety. O hearken thou unto the voice of my calling, my King, and my God : for unto thee will I make my prayer. My voice shalt thou hear betimes, O Lord : early in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up. For thou art the God that hast no pleasure in wickedness : neither shall any devil dwell with thee.
Such as be foolish shall not stand in thy sight : for thou hatest all of them that work vanity. Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing : the Lord will abhor both the blood-thirsty and deceitful man. But as for me, I will come into thine house, even upon the multitude of thy mercy : and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple. Lead me, O Lord, in thy righteousness, because of mine enemies : make thy way plain before my face. For there is no faithfulness in his mouth : their inward parts are very wickedness.
Their throat is an open sepulchre : they flatter with their tongue. Destroy thou them, O God; let them perish through their own imaginations : cast them out in the multitude of their ungodliness; for they have rebelled against thee. And let all them that put their trust in thee rejoice : they shall ever be giving of thanks, because thou defendest them; they that love thy Name shall be joyful in thee; For thou, Lord, wilt give thy blessing unto the righteous : and with thy favourable kindness wilt thou defend him as with a shield.
O LORD, rebuke me not in thine indignation : neither chasten me in thy displeasure. My soul also is sore troubled : but, Lord, how long wilt thou punish me? Turn thee, O Lord, and deliver my soul : O save me for thy mercy's sake.
For in death no man remembereth thee : and who will give thee thanks in the pit? I am weary of my groaning; every night wash I my bed : and water my couch with my tears. My beauty is gone for very trouble : and worn away because of all mine enemies. Away from me, all ye that work vanity : for the Lord hath heard the voice of my weeping. The Lord hath heard my petition : the Lord will receive my prayer. All mine enemies shall be confounded, and sore vexed : they shall be turned back, and put to shame suddenly.
Lest he devour my soul, like a lion, and tear it in pieces : while there is none to help. O Lord my God, if I have done any such thing : or if there be any wickedness in my hands; 4. If I have rewarded evil unto him that dealt friendly with me : yea, I have delivered him that without any cause is mine enemy, 5. Then let mine enemy persecute my soul, and take me : yea, let him tread my life down upon the earth, and lay mine honour in the dust.
Stand up, O Lord, in thy wrath, and lift up thyself, because of the indignation of mine enemies : arise up for me in the judgement that thou hast commanded. And so shall the congregation of the people come about thee : for their sakes therefore lift up thyself again.
The Lord shall judge the people; give sentence with me, O Lord : according to my righteousness, and according to the innocency that is in me. O let the wickedness of the ungodly come to an end : but guide thou the just. For the righteous God : trieth the very hearts and reins. My help cometh of God : who preserveth them that are true of heart.
God is a righteous Judge, strong and patient : and God is provoked every day. If a man will not turn, he will whet his sword : he hath bent his bow, and made it ready. He hath prepared for him the instruments of death : he ordaineth his arrows against the persecutors Behold, he travaileth with mischief : he hath conceived sorrow, and brought forth ungodliness. He hath graven and digged up a pit : and is fallen on himself into the destruction that he made for other.
For his travail shall come upon his own head : and his wickedness shall fall on his own pate. I will give thanks unto the Lord, according to his righteousness : and I will praise the Name of the Lord most High. Out of the mouth of very babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength, because of thine enemies : that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger. For I will consider thy heavens, even the works of thy fingers : the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained.
What is man, that thou art mindful of him : and the son of man, that thou visitest him? Thou madest him lower than the angels : to crown him with glory and worship. Thou makest him to have dominion of the works of thy hands : and thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet; 7. All sheep and oxen : yea, and the beasts of the field; 8.
The fowls of the air, and the fishes of the sea : and whatsoever walketh through the paths of the seas. O Lord our Governor : how excellent is thy Name in all the world! I will be glad and rejoice in thee : yea, my songs will I make of thy Name, O thou most Highest.
While mine enemies are driven back : they shall fall and perish at thy presence. For thou hast maintained my right and my cause : thou art set in the throne that judgest right. Thou hast rebuked the heathen, and destroyed the ungodly : thou hast put out their name for ever and ever. O thou enemy, destructions are come to a perpetual end : even as the cities which thou hast destroyed, their memorial is perished with them. But the Lord shall endure for ever : he hath also prepared his seat for judgement.
For he shall judge the world in righteousness : and minister true judgement unto the people. The Lord also will be a defence for the oppressed : even a refuge in due time of trouble.
And they that know thy Name will put their trust in thee : for thou, Lord, hast never failed them that seek thee. O praise the Lord which dwelleth in Sion : shew the people of his doings. For when he maketh inquisition for blood, he remembereth them :and forgetteth not the complaint of the poor.
The Renewed Coverdale Psalter!
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The Psalter used in the Episcopal Church, until the revision of was essentially that of Coverdale's translation of the Bible, which had been used as the Psalter in all previous Books of Common Prayer, back to the first in Over the years, however, changes were made in the American Psalter — particularly with the introduction of the BCP, which made a great many changes. Note that, while the BCP uses an asterisk as a breath-mark to divide the verse, the Book used the musical colon, and prior to that no breath-marks were used. Also, in , a blank line was introduced to divide some of the longer psalms. The division of the Psalter into "Books" was additionally introduced in Prior to , the psalms were identified with lower-case roman numerals as may be seen at right. Due to its length, the Psalter is divided into three parts:.
Toward a New Anglican Psalter
Coverdale's translation of the Psalms based on Luther's version and the Latin Vulgate have a particular importance in the history of the English Bible. This Psalter, as revised by Coverdale himself for the Great Bible , continued to be used in the Church of England's Book of Common Prayer up until the late twentieth century. For many Anglicans and Episcopalians the words of Coverdale's version are more familiar and beloved than any other translation of the Scriptures. Others are familiar with some of Coverdale's renderings through Handel's Messiah , which in several places uses the Prayer Book Psalter instead of the King James version. Below are the first 25 Psalms as they appeared in the Book of Common Prayer. The colons inserted in the middle of each verse are there to indicate the parts which may be recited responsively in the worship service.