Bible Question:

Who wrote the book of Psalms?

Bible Answer:

The book of Psalms was written by both the Holy Spirit and multiple human authors. It is an unusual book because it was written by so many human authors as indicated in the chart below.

Authors of the Psalms

Key Chapters

Psalms contains many wonderful chapters of tremendous variety. They provide comfort and consolation time of distress and trials. They provide joy and encouragement. Maybe the most well-known and often read Psalm is Psalm 23.

The Lord is my shepherd,
I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside quiet waters.
He restores my soul;
He guides me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You have anointed my head with oil;
My cup overflows.
Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life,
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.  Psalm 23:1-6 (NASB)

There is also a  group of chapters known as the messianic Psalms which prophecy about the events that would occur in the life of Jesus Christ. The following table is a list of those Psalms.


Messianic Psalms


The next chart reveals that each prophecy was fulfilled by Jesus Christ.

Prophecies Christ in Psalms


The Psalms are terrific. They longest Psalm is Psalm 119 and the shortest Psalm is Psalm 117.  Psalms 133-138 are called the Hallel Psalms or the Hallelujah Psalms. We would encourage you to read the book of Psalms. Since the book contains 150 Psalms, one can read the entire book in one month by reading 5 chapters a day.

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