Good exegetical commentary on Psalms?

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P A | Forum Activity | Posted: Sun, Feb 17 2013 10:47 AM


Can you recommend a Good exegetical commentary on Psalms?

I was reading Psalm 2 and compared a number of translations and noted different ways they translated verses 11 and 12.

The NET Bible is terrifying !



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David Ames | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Feb 17 2013 11:28 AM

‎‎NET | ‎Ps 2:11 Serve the LORD in fear! Repent in terror!  ‎12 Give sincere homage! Otherwise he will be angry, and you will die because of your behavior, when his anger quickly ignites. How blessed are all who take shelter in him! 

Did you forget that the wages of sin are death? If that version does not get you back on the straight and narrow nothing will!


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P A | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Feb 17 2013 11:47 AM


Something more technical and up to date would be good.


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Liam | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Feb 17 2013 11:57 AM

I read somewhere that the NIV Application Commentary (the Psalms volume in particular) was actually really good exegetically. I haven't checked it out myself though. And I can't find (or remember) where I read it now.

Also here's a list from

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Bill Anderson | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Feb 17 2013 12:02 PM

I like Derek Kidner's Tyndale OT Psalms commentary the best. 

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Daniel Bender | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Feb 17 2013 12:22 PM

I have this one and find it helpful.

Wilson' s is also helpful, but is incomplete.

IMHO many of the available commentaries on the Psalms are not that thorough. You may want to check out the Word Biblical Commentaries on the Psalms (3 vols).

Leupold's commentary on the Psalms is a one volume work that is pretty good as well. However I believe that it is available only in a set of his works here:

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Adam Rao | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Feb 17 2013 12:45 PM

 P A,

The Goldingay mention is a good one. Probably the "best" technical commentary currently available on the Psalms that is complete.

I say that because, personally, I think Hossfeld & Zenger (Hermeneia) will be the top technical commentary on the Psalms as soon as it is complete. (Currently, Psalms 51-100 are covered if you buy the Continental/Hermeneia package, and you can buy Psalms 101-150 separately as part of a Hermeneia upgrade; Psalms 1-50 has yet to be published.)

Currently, I tend to look at Goldingay and Kraus (Continental) when working in the Psalms. James Mays' Interpretation commentary (and J. Clinton McCann's NIB commentary – not available for Logos yet, sadly) is outstanding, too, though it's theological rather than technical.

The Word recommendation is fine, too, but I've always found Craigie, Allen, and Tate to be inconsistent – Hossfeld & Zenger and Goldingay are both better choices, in my opinion.

One more that I've found helpful – Geoffrey Grogan's Two Horizons commentary. (Again, though, more theological and not technical, so may not be what you're looking for.)

Hope that helps.

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P A | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Feb 17 2013 1:06 PM


Thanks for suggestions everyone.

I already have Kidner already.  Goldingay I am considering...

P A Yes

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JPH | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Feb 17 2013 6:33 PM

Not a complete commentary, but Mitchell's is the best approach I've seen-- in the same vein as Vos' old "eshatology of the psalter" article in PTR c.1920

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