Why don't the Psalms cited in Catholic books match the ones in my Bible?

By December 30, 2014 8 Comments

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I have seen some of your Catholic books that have quoted the Psalms. When I go to look them up in my Bible they don’t say anything close to what you said they did.


It seems you’re missing a basic point of difference between the organization of the psalms in the Protestant and (many) Catholic Bibles. Our citations are from a Catholic Bible; yours are not. Both list a total of 150 psalms. The Protestant Bible splits psalm 9 into two, making it 9 and 10. It then combines psalms 146 and 147. The result is a difference in the numbering of the psalms in between.


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  • Patrick. says:

    Why Has the Catholic Church taking the seconds commanded out of the bible,
    Those shell not worship statues and idols
    and is it true that we should not call all priest, fathers

    • Bocephus says:

      The Catholic Church has NOT removed the 2nd Commandment. We– with very good reason– see the admonition against worshiping idols as part of the 1st Commandment. This makes sense, as the admonition against idols is clearly not a prohibition against carving statues. If it were, God would not have ordered Moses to make a statue of a snake, or put statues of angels on the Ark of the Covenant, and he wouldn’t have told Solomon to place carvings of angels in the Temple. The prohibition is against WORSHIPING statues (made clear when Hezekiah destroys Moses’ snake sculpture precisely because the Jews had begun to worship it). So the warning against having false Gods makes sense as a sub-text to the main Commandment, which is to have no other Gods before YHWH. This then allows not coveting your neighbor’s goods and not coveting your neighbor’s wife to be split into two commandments– the ninth and tenth. Unless you think the sins of greed and lust are the same thing and deserve to be lumped together, this also makes much more sense than the Protestant numbering.
      Hope this helps!

    • BM says:

      This is from the Exodus. The reformers changed the numbering of the versus. When the Bible was originally written it did not have numbers identifying the chapters and the versus. The Catholic Church numbered the chapter and versus to make it easier to identify select scripture writings. The reformers renumbered certain sections, The Psalms and the ten commandments being a couple of them.
      (see Exodus 25:18; Numbers 21:8-9; I Kings 6:23-28, 9:3). Just five chapters after this so-called prohibition against statues, for example, God commands Moses to make statues representing two angels to be placed over the mercy seat of the Ark of the Covenant:
      And you shall make two cherubim of gold… The cherubim shall spread out their wings above, overshadowing the mercy seat with their wings, their faces one to another…. And you shall put the mercy seat on the top of the ark… There I will meet with you (Ex. 25:18-22).
      Then God spoke all these words. He said,
      2 ‘I am Yahweh your God who brought you out of Egypt, where you lived as slaves.
      3 ‘You shall have no other gods to rival me.
      4 ‘You shall not make yourself a carved image or any likeness of anything in heaven above or on earth beneath or in the waters under the earth.
      5 ‘You shall not bow down to them or serve them. For I, Yahweh your God, am a jealous God and I punish a parent’s fault in the children, the grandchildren, and the great-grandchildren among those who hate me;
      6 but I act with faithful love towards thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.
      7 ‘You shall not misuse the name of Yahweh your God, for Yahweh will not leave unpunished anyone who misuses his name.
      8 ‘Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy.
      9 For six days you shall labour and do all your work,
      10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath for Yahweh your God. You shall do no work that day, neither you nor your son nor your daughter nor your servants, men or women, nor your animals nor the alien living with you.
      11 For in six days Yahweh made the heavens, earth and sea and all that these contain, but on the seventh day he rested; that is why Yahweh has blessed the Sabbath day and made it sacred.
      12 ‘Honour your father and your mother so that you may live long in the land that Yahweh your God is giving you.
      13 ‘You shall not kill.
      14 ‘You shall not commit adultery.
      15 ‘You shall not steal.
      16 ‘You shall not give false evidence against your neighbour.
      17 ‘You shall not set your heart on your neighbour’s house. You shall not set your heart on your neighbour’s spouse, or servant, man or woman, or ox, or donkey, or any of your neighbour’s possessions.’
      MATTHEW 23:1-11
      Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: 2 “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. 3 So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. 4 They tie up heavy, cumbersome loads and put them on other people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them.
      5 “Everything they do is done for people to see: They make their phylacteries[a] wide and the tassels on their garments long; 6 they love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues; 7 they love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and to be called ‘Rabbi’ by others.
      8 “But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers. 9 And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. 10 Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one Instructor, the Messiah. 11 The greatest among you will be your servant. 12 For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.
      This is in reference to a title of honor or respect. You still refer to the man who raised you as father, or your instructor at school as teacher. There is one true father, and teacher etc…. Being Italian, I know when I go to Italy I call older men (who are not related to me) as uncle as a sign of respect to them. Understand the whole text and context of the scripture. Do not read only one verse and apply simple English to its meaning.

    • Bocephus says:

      As for the part about calling priests father, you should re-read Matthew 23, and not verse 9 in isolation. First of all, Christ says call NO man father– not no man other than your biological father. Do you call your father “dad,” pop,” “papa,” or “father”?? Those are all words for “father,” and thus you’d be breaking God’s law if this were taken literally and out of context (unless you think He only meant we were not to use one specific word, in which case you couldn’t call any man the Aramaic– or is it Hebrew?– word for “father.” Needless to say, that is just silly.
      In fact, when you read the entire chapter, Jesus’ meaning becomes clear: The Pharisees are full of pride and self-love, and praise themselves with bloated titles that aggrandize themselves: teacher, father, master. Jesus says that these titles are empty, and none of these men deserve them. (Aside: My evangelical sister, who is a school teacher, tried to argue this point with me. I directed her to Mt 23:8, which admonishes her not to call herself “teacher.” This was difficult for her to respond to).
      The Catholic title of “Father” for priests is the exact opposite of the problems Jesus pointed out to the Pharisees. Rather than being something prideful and conceited, the title of “Father” is a constant reminder to priests that in their vocation they represent Christ, and are thus called to a heroic level of virtue and humility. Two totally different things. God bless!

    • Aaron says:

      Who told you that commandment isn’t in our bible? Someone gave you disingenuous information as far as why we can call priests father To understand why the charge does not work, one must first understand the use of the word “father” in reference to our earthly fathers. No one would deny a little girl the opportunity to tell someone that she loves her father. Common sense tells us that Jesus wasn’t forbidding this type of use of the word “father.”
      In fact, to forbid it would rob the address “Father” of its meaning when applied to God, for there would no longer be any earthly counterpart for the analogy of divine Fatherhood. The concept of God’s role as Father would be meaningless if we obliterated the concept of earthly fatherhood.
      But in the Bible the concept of fatherhood is not restricted to just our earthly fathers and God. It is used to refer to people other than biological or legal fathers, and is used as a sign of respect to those with whom we have a special relationship……. I borrowed this from a catholic website feel free to search for the real truth, God bless

  • Patricia Devaney says:

    The Catholic Church ⛪ does not worship idols but god alone we have statues of jesus and Mary and also of saints to help us in our prayer life and to concentrate our thoughts on jesus christ and on the mother of god or on the saints in heaven not to be an object of worship one of the earliest picture of Mary was painted by St Luke the apostle

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