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Question: What is your favorite English translation of the Book of Psalms (+ Odes)?
Psalter According to the Seventy (aka Boston Psalter, HTM Psalter) - 3 (25%)
Arcm. Lazarus Moore Psalter - 1 (8.3%)
Michael Asser Psalter (2005 & 2009) - 0 (0%)
KJV - 1 (8.3%)
NKJV - 0 (0%)
Douay-Rheims/Challoner - 0 (0%)
original Coverdale Psalter - 1 (8.3%)
RSV (incl RSV-CE, RSV-2CE) - 0 (0%)
NRSV - 0 (0%)
Contos/De Vinck Psalter (in Byzantine Daily Worship) - 0 (0%)
A Psalter for Prayer (Jordanville/David James-Coverdale Psalter, 2009) - 2 (16.7%)
Orthodox Study Bible (1993 & 2008) - 1 (8.3%)
Grail Psalms (1963) - 0 (0%)
Revised Grail Psalms (2008 & 2010) - 1 (8.3%)
NETS (2000) - 0 (0%)
other! - 2 (16.7%)
Total Voters: 12

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« on: November 12, 2014, 02:09:40 PM »

Can be for either personal prayer or for what you like to hear in the liturgy.

Information on most of them can be read here: http://www.synaxis.info/psalter/5_english/5_english.html
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« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2014, 02:41:12 PM »

This was hard for me to answer.  I use the HTM translation about equally with the St. Dunstan Plainsong Psalter, which I believe is the Coverdale version of the psalms.
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« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2014, 02:42:53 PM »

I use the Blue One, which I think is the According to the 70 one.
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« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2014, 02:44:27 PM »

I use the Blue One, which I think is the According to the 70 one.

It is the HTM version, Psalter According to the Seventy.
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« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2014, 03:34:29 PM »

This was hard for me to answer.  I use the HTM translation about equally with the St. Dunstan Plainsong Psalter, which I believe is the Coverdale version of the psalms.

If you're talking about the Lancelot Andrewes Press version, then yes.
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« Reply #5 on: November 13, 2014, 03:05:28 AM »

I own the Psalter from HTM, but I also have a copy of the Kathisma Psalter published by Holy Myrrhbearers Monastery in Otego, NY.  I like this version better than the one from HTM because the wording isn't as poetic and as stiff as some of the HTM's phraseology.
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« Reply #6 on: November 13, 2014, 09:10:47 AM »

I own the Psalter from HTM, but I also have a copy of the Kathisma Psalter published by Holy Myrrhbearers Monastery in Otego, NY.  I like this version better than the one from HTM because the wording isn't as poetic and as stiff as some of the HTM's phraseology.

Is there a hardcover edition of that?
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« Reply #7 on: November 13, 2014, 02:13:22 PM »

I own the Psalter from HTM, but I also have a copy of the Kathisma Psalter published by Holy Myrrhbearers Monastery in Otego, NY.  I like this version better than the one from HTM because the wording isn't as poetic and as stiff as some of the HTM's phraseology.

Is there a hardcover edition of that?

As far as I know, it only comes in a spiral bound cover - which actually makes it very easy to use.  Longevity is a question because it is basically a paperback.  To fix this problem I've thought about ordering another copy - I think they are $15 - and taking it to Office Depot and having it custom bound.

At the moment though, mine is still in great shape.
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« Reply #8 on: November 13, 2014, 03:29:24 PM »

I had a copy of the nice green Psalter, but I for the life of me can't find it.  Sad Maybe Santa will bring me a new one.
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« Reply #9 on: November 13, 2014, 05:40:18 PM »

You just can't beat the Canadian Book of Common Prayer [traditional] - I suspect the traditional Episcopal Church - USA is the same - both from the Rev. KJV.
(I used it for years as a layman then a seminarian so perhaps my preference is based on familiarity.)
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« Reply #10 on: November 14, 2014, 10:24:37 AM »

You just can't beat the Canadian Book of Common Prayer [traditional] - I suspect the traditional Episcopal Church - USA is the same - both from the Rev. KJV.
(I used it for years as a layman then a seminarian so perhaps my preference is based on familiarity.)

Is that just the Coverdale Psalter with modern English?
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« Reply #11 on: November 14, 2014, 10:43:27 AM »

You just can't beat the Canadian Book of Common Prayer [traditional] - I suspect the traditional Episcopal Church - USA is the same - both from the Rev. KJV.
(I used it for years as a layman then a seminarian so perhaps my preference is based on familiarity.)

Is that just the Coverdale Psalter with modern English?

Mine is certainly not in modern English, which is why I prefer this version of the psalms.
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« Reply #12 on: November 17, 2014, 02:02:34 PM »

This past Friday I received a copy of A Psalter for Prayer and I love it!  It is easy to read, chant, and follow. I've begun trying to make the Psalms the bedrock of my prayer life.

I'm not a morning person, so getting up early for Orthros has been difficult, but I can't wait to pray Vespers each night! It's really a pleasure to use this beautiful book. I can't recommend it highly enough.

 
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« Reply #13 on: November 17, 2014, 02:05:59 PM »

I'd like to read it, but I'm waiting for a cheaper/pocket version. I have read on other forums from David James himself that Jordanville is considering making one because APfP was so popular.
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« Reply #14 on: November 17, 2014, 07:34:13 PM »

I'd like to read it, but I'm waiting for a cheaper/pocket version. I have read on other forums from David James himself that Jordanville is considering making one because APfP was so popular.

I hope they do more than just consider it.   Smiley
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« Reply #15 on: November 17, 2014, 07:39:34 PM »

This past Friday I received a copy of A Psalter for Prayer and I love it!  It is easy to read, chant, and follow. I've begun trying to make the Psalms the bedrock of my prayer life.

I found just the opposite.  After using the Coverdale for 30 years and the HTM for 20, I found the PfP hard to read.  Perhaps if it was one's first psaltar, it would be somewhat easier.
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