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The Access Bible New Revised Standard Bible, written and edited with first-time Bible readers in mind.

Psalm 151 - Introduction

Neither a song of praise nor a prayer as are most of the 150 psalms (to which the number in the superscription apparently refers; see note a), it purports to be David's autobiographical reflection. The NRSV translation is based on a Greek text, and the poem appears following Psalm 150 in some Greek and late Syriac * manuscripts. That the psalm was composed in Hebrew is suggested by the discovery of a Hebrew text of Psalm 151 at Qumran in the Dead Sea Scrolls. The Hebrew version is longer and more complex than the Greek version. The poem has been dated as early as the sixth century BCE, but it was probably written considerably later.

Because the date, authorship, and circumstances of origin are unknown, it is impossible to say anything specific about the historical and social contexts of Psalm 151. In general terms, it offers evidence of the piety that led earlier editors to attribute seventy-three psalms to David, including the association of thriteen psalms with specific episodes in David's life.

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