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Best Bible Commentaries on Psalms

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Psalms 1-72 and 73-150 (KCC) by Derek Kidner

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Accolades:

  • Desiring God: #1 recommended commentary on Psalms
  • Tremper Longman: "highly recommended for its theological insight and practical bent...well worth the price"
  • Keith Mathison: #3 ranked commentary on Psalms, "[Kidner's] comments are clear and very concise, but always reflect the extensive learning and insight of the author."

Audience:

  • Any Christian seeking devotional aides
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  • Pastors/preachers seeking application help
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Psalms 1-72 (NIVAC) by Gerald H. Wilson

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  • Tremper Longman: 5 out of 5 stars, "strong in all three sections of the series...has much value, especially for ministers"
  • Keith Mathison: #2 ranked commentary on Psalms, "The NIVAC series is a mixed bag, but Gerald Wilson’s initial volume on the Psalms is one of the standouts."

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  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
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Psalms 1-50, 51-100, 101-150 (WBC) by Peter C. Craigie (V. 1), Leslie C. Allen (V. 2), and Marvin Tate (V. 3)

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  • Tremper Longman: M. Tate (Vol. 3), 4 out of 5 stars: "excellent contribution"
  • Keith Mathison: #5 ranked commentary on Psalms, "I’ve included the three WBC volumes primarily on the strength of Craigie’s contribution. It is technical, but very helpful."

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  • Pastors/preachers seeking application help
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  • Scholars/professors doing research
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Psalms (TOTC) by Tremper Longman III

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  • Any Christian seeking devotional aides
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Psalms 1-41, 42-89, and 90-150 (BCOT) by John Goldingay

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  • Tremper Longman: 4.5 out of 5 stars, "an extensive interpretation of the Psalms, focusing on poetics, grammar, and especially theology of the individual psalms"

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  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
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The Treasury of David by Charles Spurgeon

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  • Any Christian seeking devotional aides
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Psalms 1-72 (Teach the Text) by C. Hassell Bullock

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Psalms (UBCS) by Craig C. Broyles

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Accolades:

  • Tremper Longman: 4 out of 5 stars, "brief but solid...recognizes the importance of christological interpretation"

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Psalms (EBC) by Willem A. Van Gemeren

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  • Tremper Longman: 5 out of 5 stars, "excellent on the text and the text's theology and is particularly helpful in sermon preparation"
  • Keith Mathison: #1 ranked commentary on Psalms, "It is certainly the most helpful commentary on the Psalms that I have yet read...I cannot recommend this commentary highly enough."

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Psalms by James Montgomery Boice

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Psalms (Interpretation) by James L. Mays

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Accolades:

  • Tremper Longman: 5 out of 5 stars, "focuses on the literary expression and theological message of the Psalms"

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  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
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The Book of Psalms (NICOT) by Nancy L. deClaisse-Walford, Rolf A. Jacobsen, and Beth LaNeel Tanner

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Psalms: 1-41, 42-89, 90-150 (four volumes; KEL) by Allen P. Ross

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The Psalms (OTL) by Artur Weiser

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Psalms 1-72 and 73-150 (TPC) by Donald M. Williams

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Accolades:

  • Keith Mathison: #3 ranked commentary on Psalms, "This is a non-technical, highly readable commentary, with a strongly devotional and practical approach. It is well worth consulting."

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  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
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Psalms (two volumes; FOTL) by Erhard S. Gerstenberger

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Accolades:

  • Tremper Longman: 4 out of 5 stars, "an excellent tool for scholars"

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Psalms (HOTC) by Steven J. Lawson

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Psalms (THOTC) by Geoffrey W. Grogan

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Accolades:

  • Tremper Longman: 5 out of 5 stars, "masterful at theological analysis"

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