13 Best Psalms Commentaries You Must Read First

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1) The Expositor’s Bible Commentary (Vol 5) Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs



Top Psalms Commentaries // #1

Edited by Frank E. Gaebelein, volume 5 of the Expositor’s Bible Commentary focuses on Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs.

The Expositor’s Bible Commentary is one of the most-recognized standards of expository commentaries. Written by dozens of scholars/preachers, it is regarded as an inter-denominational exposition and a major contribution to the study and understanding of the Scriptures. Providing pastors and Bible students with a comprehensive and scholarly tool for the exposition of the Scriptures and the teaching and proclamation of their message, this work has become a staple of seminary and college libraries and pastors’ studies worldwide.  Each book of the series has an exposition, introduction, outline, and bibliography.


2) Encountering the Book of Psalms: A Literary and Theological Introduction (Encountering Biblical Studies)



Top Psalms Commentaries // #2

C. Hassell Bullock thoroughly and scholarly examines the Book of Psalms in Encountering the Book of Psalms: A Literary and Theological Introduction for Baker Encountering Biblical Studies.  Designed for classroom use, each volume in the Baker Encountering the Bible series includes a bibliography, glossary of key terms, chapter objectives, chapter outlines, study questions, and focus boxes. The eight books offer the expertise of renowned biblical scholars through an engaging and down-to-earth presentation.

3) Prayer, Praise & Prophecy: A Theology of the Psalms


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The late Geoffrey Grogan – who was Principal Emeritus of Glasgow Bible College, Glasgow – left behind the remarkable Prayer, Praise & Prophecy: A Theology of the Psalms.  With a high evangelical view of Scripture, Grogan makes legitimate Christological and devotional connections throughout.  He offers an overview and level of scholarship that students need when beginning on the Psalms, but also creates a book that is a great addition to the shelves of more experienced students and pastors.

4) Psalms Volume 1


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Top Psalms Commentaries // #4

Dr. Gerald H. Wilson shares perspectives on Psalms that show ageless truths for our modern lives in this NIV Application Commentary. NIV Application Commentaries have three sections in each chapter: a textual analysis, a section bridging the ancient to the modern, and then modern applications.
This top commentary is a must have for anyone who seriously wants to apply the Word of God to modern application.


5) Psalms 1-72 (The Preacher’s Commentary, Volume 13)



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Written by Donald Williams and edited by Lloyd J. Ogilvie Vol 13, Psalms 1-72 blends sound scholarship with life-related illustrations.

Although originally purposed as a minister’s preparation tool, the Preacher’s Complete Homiletical Commentary is also a fine personal study supplement.

The series distinguishes itself as being a commentary “written by preachers for preachers” and offers thousands of pages of: detailed illustrations suitable for devotional study and preaching; suggestive and explanatory comments on verses; theological outlines of passages; expository notes; ketches and relevant quotes and brief critical notes on chapters.

General editor Lloyd J. Ogilvie brings together a team of skilled and exceptional communicators to blend sound scholarship with life-related illustrations.



6) Psalms 1-72: an Introduction and Commentary


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The premier shorter-length commentary series throughout the English-speaking, the Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries presents Psalms 1-72 by Derek Kidner. The introduction to each Tyndale volume gives a concise but thorough description of the authorship, date and historical background of the biblical book under consideration. Tyndale commentary itself examines the text section by section, drawing out its main themes. Additionally, it comments on individual verses and deals with problems of interpretation. The original, unrevised text of Psalms has been completely retypeset and printed in a larger, more attractive format with the beautiful new cover design for the series.


7) Psalms 1-50: Second Edition (Word Biblical Commentary)



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A well-constructed work of genuine biblical scholarship, the authors of Psalms 1:50 from the Word Biblical Commentary are Dr. Peter Craigie and Dr. Marvin Tate.  Professor Craigie’s translations and interpretations of each of the first fifty psalms apply insights into the Hebrew language and Israel’s literature drawn from Ugaritic texts.  And, Professor Tate augments the prior work of Professor Craigie with new trends in Hebrew poetry, Psalms exegesis and the nature of the Psalter.

This publishing house delivers the best in biblical scholarship, from the leading scholars of our day. This series emphasizes a deep analysis of textual, linguistic, structural and theological evidence. Balanced insight into the meanings of the text in the framework of biblical theology is the end product. These widely acclaimed commentaries serve as exceptional resources for everyone from professional theologians to lay people interested in building theological understanding from a solid base of biblical scholarship.


8) Calvins Commentaries (22 Volume Set)


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Top Psalms Commentaries // #8

Calvin’s Commentaries are a 22 volume timeless set of texts by John Calvin.  Calvin’s commentaries display a unique combination of exegetical insight, pastoral concern, and theological depth which have inspired generations of Christians. This is a massive and classic collection with over 22,000 pages in total.  Features include:  advanced searching by passage and topic, passage guides and reports, sermon preparation and more.

9) Luther’s Works Selected Psalms I/Chapters 2, 8, 19, 23, 26, 45 and 51



Top Psalms Commentaries // #9

The standard setting, massive 55-volume set of Martin Luther’s works contains Luther’s exposition and commentary on Scripture as well as his sermons, theological writings, and other materials.  Ideal for scholars, historians and preachers, features of this set (which is also now available electronically) include: descriptions, lectures, and sermons from Luther and a detailed index with topics, names, and quotations.



10) The Treasury of David (3 Volumes Set)


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Top Psalms Commentaries // #10

Known as the Prince of Preachers because he spoke to over 10 million people during his lifetime (1834-1892), Charles Haddon Spurgeon wrote The Treasury of David over the span of nearly half his ministry. An incomparable and classic commentary on every verse of the Psalms, it is extremely insightful and thought provoking.  Even today, preachers and teachers appreciate the homiletical hints on almost every verse, concise sermon outlines, helpful bibliographies and index of authors.

11) Psalms (Geneva Series of Commentaries)



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A minister, author, and theological professor, the late William Swan Plumer (1802-80) wrote about Psalms (in an astonishing 1211 pages) for the Geneva Series of Commentaries.  Plumer gives both exposition and doctrinal and practical remarks on Psalms and presents in readable form a great wealth of material drawn from all the leading commentators who had gone before him.  His work is considered by many to be the best single volume on Psalms. The Geneva Series of Commentaries

12) Psalms, Vol. 1: Psalms 1-41 (Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms)



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An excellent resource for seminary students, pastors, and theologians, Professor John Goldingay (the David Allan Hubbard Professor of Old Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary) pens Psalms, Vol. 1: Psalms 1-41 for Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms.  His  60-page introduction provides a solid foundation for reading and understanding the Psalms.  Additionally, for each psalm he gives an original translation with textual notes, an overall interpretation for pastors without a lot of time on their hands, a verse-by-verse detailed interpretation, and theological implications of the psalm. A truly high quality addition to any pastor’s library that can be used for years to come.


13) The Message of Psalms 1-72: Songs for the People of God (Bible Speaks Today)



Top Psalms Commentaries // #13

This travel-guide like book by Michael Wilcock is part of the Bible Speaks Today commentary series which embraces a three-prong approach to commentaries: expound the biblical text with accuracy, relate it to contemporary life and to readable. Each contributor in this series is both a noted scholar and a working pastor.


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