Psalm 151

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.


A  God chooses David the small unimpressive son of Jesse, for leadership of his people (1 Sam 16)

B  David’s celebrated victory over Goliath.