In the best manuscripts of the Greek Bible (Vaticanus, Alexandrinus,
Sinaiticus) there is included a Psalm 151 (7 verses), which is said to be
“ascribed to David” but which is not included in the traditional Hebrew
Scriptures. The Dead Sea Psalm Scroll displays it as two psalms: an expanded
Psa. 151A (vv. 1-5) and Psa. 151B
(vv. 6-7). Unfortunately, the loss
of the lower part of the scroll at the top of Psalm B denies full access to
its original Hebrew. Central in this psalm is a pious commentary on
1 Sam 16:1-13, explaining what God
perceived in the heart of David. More details are offered in the Dead Sea
Scroll version of Psalm A.
God chooses David the
small unimpressive son of Jesse, for leadership of his people
(1 Sam 16)
David’s celebrated victory over Goliath.