1650 Psalter

“Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;” (Eph. 5:19).

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” (Col. 3:16).

The Psalter is often referred to as “The Scottish Psalter of 1650” since the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland approved the text of this Psalter for use by the church in 1650. This “songbook of God’s word” for church worship has been in continuous use since its initial publication, and has remained unaltered, from its original wording. See resources here on psalmody.

The text was originally the work of Westminster Divine Francis Rous (1579-1659), who completed his text in 1644. But before the text was approved for use in the Scottish church, it was subjected to six years of scrutiny and revision by two different groups of highly learned elders of the church. Every word and phrase was carefully weighed for faithfulness to the original Hebrew texts. An asterisk (*) means there is a sung version of the psalm to hear how its done during worship. Added commentary to each psalm is by Scottish minister, John Brown of Haddington (1722–1787).

 

The Psalms of David in Metre

BOOK 1:
Psalms 1-41

Psalm 1 (Ellacombe & St. Peter)
Psalm 2 (French Dundee)
Psalm 3 (Jackson)
Psalm 4 (Etheldreda)
Psalm 5 (Denfield)
Psalm 6 (Woodworth)
Psalm 7 (St. Anne)
Psalm 8 (St. Columba)
Psalm 9 (Bedford)
Psalm 10 (Bellerma)
Psalm 11 (Contemplation)
Psalm 12 (Horsley)
Psalm 13 (Billing)
Psalm 14 (Emmanuel)
Psalm 15 (Fingal)
Psalm 16 (Bangor)
Psalm 17 (New England)
Psalm 18 (Kenwyn)
Psalm 19 (Mendip)
Psalm 20 (Warwick)
Psalm 21 (Jackson)
Psalm 22* (English Hymn)
Psalm 23 (Crimond)
Psalm 24 (St. Leonard)
Psalm 25 (Diadimata 1, & Solomon 2)
Psalm 26 (Epworth)
Psalm 27 (St. Leonard)
Psalm 28 (St. Leonard)
Psalm 29* (English Hymn)
Psalm 30 (Orton)
Psalm 31 (Coronation)
Psalm 32 (St. Agnes)
Psalm 33 (Contemplation)
Psalm 34 (St. Matthew)
Psalm 35 (Westminster 1, & Warrington 2)
Psalm 36 (Belgrave)
Psalm 37* (Orton)
Psalm 38 (Irish)
Psalm 39 (Martyrdom)
Psalm 40 (Belmont)
Psalm 41 (Jackson)

 

BOOK 2:
Psalms 42-72

Psalm 42 (St. Columba)
Psalm 43 (Belmont)
Psalm 44 (Horsley)
Psalm 45 (Fingal 1, & Augustine 2)
Psalm 46 (Mendip)
Psalm 47 (Jackson)
Psalm 48 (Artaxerxes)
Psalm 49 (French Dundee)
Psalm 50 (Cambridge 1, & Solomon 2)
Psalm 51 (St. Louis)
Psalm 52 (Ballerma)
Psalm 53 (Landas)
Psalm 54 (Mendip)
Psalm 55 (Martyrdom)
Psalm 56 (St. Anne)
Psalm 57 (New Britain)
Psalm 58 (Epworth)
Psalm 59 (Contemplation)
Psalm 60 (Belgrave)
Psalm 61 (Dunfermline)
Psalm 62 (New Britain)
Psalm 63 (Crimond)
Psalm 64 (Carol)
Psalm 65 (Kenwyn)
Psalm 66* (English Hymn)
Psalm 67 (Dennis 1, & Solomon 2)
Psalm 68 (St. Anne)
Psalm 69 (St. Matthew)
Psalm 70 (Cambridge 1, & Orton 2)
Psalm 71 (Fingal)
Psalm 72 (Contemplation)

 

BOOK 3:
Psalms 73-89

Psalm 73 (Irish)
Psalm 74 (Bangor)
Psalm 75 (Belgrave)
Psalm 76 (Horsley)
Psalm 77 (Fingal)
Psalm 78 (Kenwyn)
Psalm 79 (Denfield)
Psalm 80 (Mendip)
Psalm 81 (Jackson)
Psalm 82 (St. Leonard)
Psalm 83 (Bedford)
Psalm 84 (Irish)
Psalm 85 (Horsley)
Psalm 86 (New England)
Psalm 87 (Artaxerxes)
Psalm 88 (Contemplation)
Psalm 89 (Winchester)

 

BOOK 4:
Psalms 90-106

Psalm 90 (St. Anne)
Psalm 91 (St. Leonard)
Psalm 92 (Belgrave)
Psalm 93 (St. Peter)
Psalm 94 (Horsley)
Psalm 95 (Dunfermline)
Psalm 96 (Fingal)
Psalm 97 (Kenwyn)
Psalm 98 (Mendip)
Psalm 99 (Winchester)
Psalm 100 (Old 100th 2nd form, & Warrington 2)
Psalm 101* (Dorking)
Psalm 102 (St. Anne 1, & Warrington 2)
Psalm 103 (French Dundee)
Psalm 104 (St. Columba)
Psalm 105 (Contemplation)
Psalm 106 (Bangor)

 

BOOK 5:
Psalms 107-150

Psalm 107 (St. Etheldreda)
Psalm 108 (Bangor)
Psalm 109 (Belgrave)
Psalm 110 (New Britain)
Psalm 111 (Horsley)
Psalm 112 (Edgware)
Psalm 113 (St. Magnus)
Psalm 114 (Landas)
Psalm 115 (Carol)
Psalm 116 (St. Matthew)
Psalm 117 (St. Magnus)
Psalm 118 (Shepherds)
Psalm 119 (Jackson)
Psalm 120 (Fingal)
Psalm 121 (Kenwyn)
Psalm 122 (Mendip)
Psalm 123 (St. Matthew)
Psalm 124 (Solomon)
Psalm 125 (Orton)
Psalm 126 (St. Peter)
Psalm 127 (New England)
Psalm 128* (English Hymn)
Psalm 129 (Contemplation)
Psalm 130 (Martyrdom)
Psalm 131* (English Hymn)
Psalm 132 (St. Anne)
Psalm 133 (Emmanuel)
Psalm 134 (St. Magnus)
Psalm 135 (Contemplation)
Psalm 136* (Croft’s 136)
Psalm 137 (Irish)
Psalm 138 (St. Anne)
Psalm 139 (St. Etheldreda)
Psalm 140 (Ellacombe)
Psalm 141 (Crimond)
Psalm 142 (St. Louis)
Psalm 143 (Artaxerxes 1, & Supplication 2)
Psalm 144 (Westminster 1, & Warrington 2)
Psalm 145 (Irish 1, & Warrington 2)
Psalm 146 (St. Columba)
Psalm 147 (Irish)
Psalm 148 (Solomon 1, & Dawarall 2)
Psalm 149 (Epworth)
Psalm 150 (Coronation)