Commentaries on Psalms

On this page you will find Bible commentaries on the Old Testament book of Psalms. The commentaries listed first are those that have received the best reviews. You will also find options for commentaries on Psalms that help pastors, teachers, and readers with application of the text, commentaries that approach the Scripture verse-by-verse, classic Christian commentaries, and much more.

Top Reviewed Commentaries on Psalms



Psalms 1-72 and 73-150 (KCC) by Derek Kidner


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Accolades:

Desiring God: #1 recommended commentary on Psalms

Tremper Longman: “highly recommended for its theological insight and practical bent…well worth the price”

Keith Mathison: #3 ranked commentary on Psalms, “[Kidner’s] comments are clear and very concise, but always reflect the extensive learning and insight of the author.”

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Psalms 1-72 (NIVAC) by Gerald H. Wilson


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Tremper Longman: 5 out of 5 stars, “strong in all three sections of the series…has much value, especially for ministers”

Keith Mathison: #2 ranked commentary on Psalms, “The NIVAC series is a mixed bag, but Gerald Wilson’s initial volume on the Psalms is one of the standouts.”

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Psalms 1-50, 51-100, 101-150 (WBC) by Peter C. Craigie (V. 1), Leslie C. Allen (V. 2), and Marvin Tate (V. 3)


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Accolades:

Tremper Longman: M. Tate (Vol. 3), 4 out of 5 stars: “excellent contribution”

Keith Mathison: #5 ranked commentary on Psalms, “I’ve included the three WBC volumes primarily on the strength of Craigie’s contribution. It is technical, but very helpful.”

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Psalms (EBC) by Willem A. Van Gemeren


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Tremper Longman: 5 out of 5 stars, “excellent on the text and the text’s theology and is particularly helpful in sermon preparation”

Keith Mathison: #1 ranked commentary on Psalms, “It is certainly the most helpful commentary on the Psalms that I have yet read…I cannot recommend this commentary highly enough.”

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Psalms 1-41, 42-89, and 90-150 (BCOT) by John Goldingay


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Accolades:

Tremper Longman: 4.5 out of 5 stars, “an extensive interpretation of the Psalms, focusing on poetics, grammar, and especially theology of the individual psalms”

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Psalms (UBCS) by Craig C. Broyles


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Tremper Longman: 4 out of 5 stars, “brief but solid…recognizes the importance of christological interpretation”

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Psalms (Interpretation) by James L. Mays


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Tremper Longman: 5 out of 5 stars, “focuses on the literary expression and theological message of the Psalms”

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Psalms 1-72 and 73-150 (TPC) by Donald M. Williams


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Accolades:

Keith Mathison: #3 ranked commentary on Psalms, “This is a non-technical, highly readable commentary, with a strongly devotional and practical approach. It is well worth consulting.”

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Psalms (two volumes; FOTL) by Erhard S. Gerstenberger


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Accolades:

Tremper Longman: 4 out of 5 stars, “an excellent tool for scholars”

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Psalms (THOTC) by Geoffrey W. Grogan


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Tremper Longman: 5 out of 5 stars, “masterful at theological analysis”

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More Commentaries with Application Help for Pastors



Psalms 1-72 (Teach the Text) by C. Hassell Bullock


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Psalms (PTW) by James Johnston


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More Verse-by-Verse Commentaries



The Book of Psalms (NICOT) by Nancy L. deClaisse-Walford, Rolf A. Jacobsen, and Beth LaNeel Tanner


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Psalms: 1-41, 42-89, 90-150 (four volumes; KEL) by Allen P. Ross


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The Psalms (OTL) by Artur Weiser


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Psalms (TNTC) by Tremper Longman III


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Psalms (NCBC) by Walter Brueggemann and William H. Bellinger, Jr.


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Psalms (HOTC) by Steven J. Lawson


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The Psalms as Christian Worship by Bruce K. Waltke and James M. Houston


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Psalms (Wesleyan) by Stephen J. Lennox


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Psalms (NCBC) by Dianne Bergant


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Technical and Critical Commentaries



The Psalms (ECC) by Samuel Terrien


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Psalms (Hermeneia) by Frank-Lothar Hossfeld and Erich Zenger


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Classic Christian Commentaries for Bible Study



The Treasury of David by Charles Spurgeon


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Psalms by James Montgomery Boice


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Psalms (Geneva) by W.S. Plumer


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