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Psalm 151Revised Standard Version (RSV)

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 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 declare it to 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 removed reproach from the people of Israel.


  1. Psalm 151 1:1 Other authorities add of the one hundred fifty (psalms)
  2. Psalm 151 1:3 Some witnesses add everything; others add me; others read who will hear me
  3. Psalm 151 1:4 Or angel
  4. Psalm 151 1:6 Or foreigner
Revised Standard Version (RSV)

Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


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