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Finally, an NIV Psalter

posted by Scot McKnight

PrayerCandle.jpgI knew it would eventually be done, and it has: Paraclete has produced a beautiful NIV Psalter called: The Paraclete Psalter: A 4-Week Cycle for Daily Prayer

 I have used for years The Book of Common Prayer
, and have an old copy with Coverdale’s translation. But we need an NIV Psalter, and now it’s available.
Paraclete designed this Psalter to be used either by individuals or by groups; it divides the psalms so they can be read in the course of month. Very little repetition and wise selection for each prayer time.
The Psalter uses four prayer moments during the course of a single day: Morning prayer (Lauds), Midday prayer, Vespers and Compline. One Appendix, providing the canticles of Luke (Benedictus, Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis). The user can add Gloria Patri, Jesus Creed, Lord’s Prayer or the Jesus Prayer whenever he or she wants. 
Elegantly produced with a leather cover and fine paper with a nice font.


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Eric Gregory

posted February 12, 2010 at 12:37 pm


Why are we excited about an NIV Psalter?
The BCP’s Psalter translation is ever more elegant and poetic than the NIV translation…



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Darryl

posted February 12, 2010 at 12:50 pm


This looks wonderful!



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Scot McKnight

posted February 12, 2010 at 1:02 pm


Eric, I’m excited because I use the NIV or the TNIV from the pulpit. I like the NIV’s common English approach to translation.
Yes, to be sure, I like Coverdale’s old translation of the Psalms but it’s not fit for must American consumption in Sunday morning services.



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Ted M. Gossard

posted February 12, 2010 at 1:30 pm


Good!!!



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Clay Knick

posted February 12, 2010 at 6:00 pm


Fantastic! I will order one right now!
I love the NIV/TNIV.



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chad m

posted February 12, 2010 at 8:26 pm


any reason they’re coming out with this when they’re supposedly discontinuing the current NIV soon? or is that not happening?



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David Grant

posted February 13, 2010 at 10:16 am


Ah, this will be great to use with students.



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Scott

posted February 16, 2010 at 12:57 pm


The 1979 Book of Common Prayer published by churchpub.org is also an excellent translation and is similarly divided into morning and evening sections over 30 days. The BCP’s lectionary also provides daily morning and evening psalms that get you through the whole psalter in seven weeks.
It uses the vocabulary of the Coverdale but brought up to date with modern English usage…still beautiful but contemporary.



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