Why don't some quoted Psalms match the ones in my Bible?


Full Question

I have seen some of your Catholic books that have quoted the Psalms. When I go to look them up in my Bible they don't say anything close to what you said they did.

Answer

Different Bibles number the Psalms in different ways. Some split Psalm 9 in two, making it 9 and 10. These same versions also combine Psalms 146 and 147, so the total number of Psalms remains 150. The practical upshot of this is that between psalms 8 and 148 the number may be off by one, depending on what version you’re looking at. Therefore, if you look up a Psalm reference and it doesn’t seem to fit what is being talked about, try looking one psalm earlier or later, and you’ll probably find the right place.


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