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Studies in the Book of Psalms


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The 150 Psalms of the Old Testament span a timeframe of 873 years, from oldest to newest—the newest of which was written nearly three thousand years ago. Despite the incredible time gap between the writings of these songs and our current day, they are still incredibly relevant to the contemporary life. Theologian William S. Plumer notes this in the introduction to Studies in the Book of Psalms, then penned over 1,000 pages of profound insight into this ancient Old Testament literature. His elucidations provide an excellent backdrop to the study of the Psalms.

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“It seems proper that the author of the major part of the Psalms should be the author of the Introduction to the book.” (Page 26)

“God’s mercy is as unsearchable as his self-existence, or his eternity” (Page 809)

“We may not trust in men, ourselves or others. In particular men may never put confidence in their own works, in their own merits, in their own strength, but must take Christ Jesus as their wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption, their Prophet, Priest and King, their all and in all.” (Page 47)

“He who persistently walks, and stands, and sits with the ungodly, shall lie down with them in hopeless sorrow” (Page 32)

“He, who would be truly blessed, must become a student of Scripture. There is no substitute for this” (Page 33)

Still one of the best. Especially helpful are his 'doctrinal and practical remarks.'

—Derek Thomas at BestCommentaries.com

William S. Plumer’s commentary on the Psalms is a massive volume of practical divinity and an overlooked treasure.

—Ligon Duncan, LigonDuncan.com

  • Title: Studies in the Book of Psalms: Being a Critical and Expository Commentary, with Doctrinal and Practical Remarks on the Entire Psalter
  • Author: William S. Plumer
  • Publishers: A & C Black, J. B. Lippincott Company
  • Print Publication Date: 1872
  • Logos Release Date: 2012
  • Pages: 1230
  • Era: era:modern
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subject: Bible. O.T. Psalms › Commentaries
  • Resource ID: LLS:PSPLUMER
  • Resource Type: Bible Commentary
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-02-12T05:17:05Z

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William S. Plumer (1759–1850) was an American Presbyterian preacher, professor, theologian, and church-planter. He studied at Princeton Theological Seminary and began his preaching ministry in 1826 in New Jersey. Plumer was influential in the Old School/New School Presbyterian split and twice served as the moderator for the Old School General Assembly. He was a prolific writer and pamphleteer and is best-known for his theological writings, including Studies in the Book of Psalms, The Law of God, Vital Godliness, Jehovah-Jireh, and The Rock of Our Salvation.


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  1. James Hakim

    James Hakim


    Stands on the shoulders of the best scholarship through the centuries up to the end of the 19th. Collates the best exegetical comments and best applicational comments for every phrase of every Psalm. Exegetically superior to almost everything being produced today, theologically more reliable, and applicationally more helpful. If you could have just one thing on the Psalms, Plumer surpasses even Spurgeon. But why would you just have one, when you could have both?

  2. James Doyle Moore
    A precious devotional commentary on Psalms. Old but very rich. It is a great blessing to read Plumer.

  3. Brendon Branigin


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