Voicing God's Psalms

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, Jan 21, 2005 - Religion - 164 pages
On the pages of this poignant volume are fresh verse translations of the biblical psalms by master wordsmith Calvin Seerveld. Voicing God's Psalms contains thirty-seven psalms from the canonical book of Psalms and several psalmic passages from elsewhere in Holy Scripture (both Testaments) -- all strikingly translated by Seerveld from the original Hebrew and Greek languages into idiomatic American English.

Seerveld has arranged his carefully crafted psalm translations into thematic clusters under nine progressive headings. He follows half of his translations with singable psalm versifications fashioned to various melodies. In an introduction and an afterword Seerveld sets the biblical psalms in historical context, highlights the rough and tender tenor of God's psalms, and offers concrete suggestions for helping these psalms come alive in our private and public worship today.

The accompanying audio CD features oral readings by Seerveld himself of many of the printed psalm translations, interspersed with select versification melodies skillfully played by solo recorder or saxophone.

An extraordinary book-and-CD combination, Voicing God's Psalms will help many worship leaders and music directors in preparing liturgies and will inspire many believers in their personal devotions.
 

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Contents

Comfort
83
Psalm 23
87
Psalm 90
88
Psalm 91
90
John 3
92
Trusting God
93
Psalm 30
97
Psalm 56
99

Psalm 2 Versification
21
Psalm 110
22
Psalm 110 Versification
23
Psalm 115
24
Ecclesiastes 3
26
James 3
28
Enemies
29
Psalm 3
33
Psalm 5
34
Psalm 22
36
Psalm 22 Versification
39
Job 19
41
A Congregational Lament Versification
44
Repentance and Forgiveness
47
Psalm 6
50
Psalm 32
51
Psalm 32 Versification
53
Psalm 38
54
Psalm 51
56
Psalm 130
58
Psalm 130 Versification
59
Wrestling with the LORD
61
Psalm 13
65
Psalm 13 Versification
66
Psalm 25
67
Psalm 39
69
Psalm 39 Versification
71
Psalms 42 and 43
73
Psalms 42 and 43 Versification
76
Psalm 86
78
Psalm 139
80
Psalm 56 Versification
101
Psalm 62
103
Psalm 62 Versification
105
Psalm 92
106
Psalm 92 Two Versifications
108
Psalm 116
110
Jonah 2
112
Jonahs Song Versification
114
Godpromises
117
I Samuel 2
121
Hannahs Song Versification
123
Psalm 34
124
Psalm 81
126
Psalm 141
128
Psalm 141 Versification
130
Judges 5
131
Isaiah 11
135
110 Versification
137
Hallelujah
139
Psalm 103
142
Psalm 126
144
Psalm 126 Versification
145
Psalm 148
146
Psalm 150
148
Psalm 150 Versification
149
A Congregational Paean Versification
150
The Psalms for Worship
153
Psalm 100
162
CD Track List
163
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About the author (2005)

Calvin Seerveld is professor emeritus of philosophicalaesthetics at the Institute for Christian Studies, Toronto,Ontario.

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