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The New Revised Standard Version

Psalm 151

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Psalm 151

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.

1 I was small among my brothers,

and the youngest in my father’s house;

I tended my father’s sheep.

2 My hands made a harp;

my fingers fashioned a lyre.

3 And who will tell my Lord?

The Lord himself; it is he who hears.b

4 It was he who sent his messengerc

and took me from my father’s sheep,

and anointed me with his anointing oil.

5 My brothers were handsome and tall,

but the Lord was not pleased with them.

6 I went out to meet the Philistine,d

and he cursed me by his idols.

7 But I drew his own sword;

I beheaded him, and took away disgrace from the people of Israel.

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a

Other ancient authorities add of the one hundred fifty (psalms)

b

Other ancient authorities add everything; others add me; others read who will hear me

c

Or angel

d

Or foreigner