PsalmNumbering

Catholic and Protestant Psalm Numbering

Catholic and Protestant Psalm numbers vary due to following different traditions for dividing and numbering the Psalms.

  1. "Greek numbering" The numbering of Psalms in the Greek Septuagint (LXX) translation. The oldest existing manuscript of the Septuagint is from the 4th century A.D. This numbering system was carried over into the Latin Vulgate (V) translation and most other Catholic translations.
  2. "Hebrew numbering" The numbering of the Psalms in the Aramaic and Hebrew Masoretic Text (MT). The oldest existing manuscript of the Masoretic Text is from the 9th century A.D. This numbering system is used in Protestant Bible translations and some Catholic translations published in the United States.
Greek
numbering
(G)
Hebrew
numbering
(H)
1 - 8 (= H)1 - 8 (= G)
99, 10
10 - 112 (= H-1)11 - 113 (= G+1)
113114, 115
114, 115116
116 - 145 (= H-1)117 - 146 (= G+1)
146, 147147
148 - 150 (= H)148 - 150 (= G)

Sources

  1. Dating the Bible. Wikipedia The Free Encyclopedia. <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dating_the_Bible> accessed Feb. 4, 2015.
  2. Lane, Fr. Tommy (2014). Different Numbering Systems of the Psalms. <http://www.frtommylane.com/bible/ot/psalm_numbers.htm> accessed Feb. 4, 2015.
  3. Masoretic Text. Wikipedia The Free Encyclopedia. <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masoretic_Text> accessed Feb. 4, 2015.
  4. Psalms. Wikipedia The Free Encyclopedia. <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psalms> accessed Feb. 4, 2015.