King James Bible
with Catholic Commentary by George Leo Haydock

Psalm 1

The holiness and happiness of a godly man. (1-3) The sinfulness and misery of a wicked man, The ground and reason of both. (4-6)

Psalm 2

Threatenings against the enemies of Christ’s kingdom. (1-6) Promise to Christ as the Head of this kingdom. (7-9) Counsel to all, to espouse its interests. (10-12)

Psalm 3

David complains to God of his enemies, and confides in God. (1-3) He triumphs over his fears, and gives God the glory, and takes to himself the comfort. (4-8)

Psalm 4

The children of men proved, and the happiness of godly people. (1-5) God’s favour is happiness. (6-8)

Psalm 5

God will certainly hear prayer: David gives to God the glory, and takes to himself the comfort. (1-6) He prayed for himself, that God would guide him, and for all the Lord’s people, that God would give them joy, and keep them safe. (7-12)

Psalm 6

The psalmist deprecates God’s wrath, and begs for the return of his favour. (1-7) He assures himself of an answer of peace. (8-10)

Psalm 7

The psalmist prays to God to plead his cause, and judge for him. (1-9) He expresses confidence in God, and will give him the glory of his deliverance. (10-17)

Psalm 8

God is to be glorified, for making known himself to us. (1,2) And for making even the heavenly bodies useful to man, thereby placing him but little lower than the angels. (3-9)

Psalm 9

David praises God for protecting his people. (1-10) And for cause to praise him. (11-20)

Psalm 10

The psalmist complains of the wickedness of the wicked. (1-11) He prays to God to appear for the relief of his people. (12-18)

Psalm 11

David’s struggle with, and triumph over a strong temptation to distrust God, and betake himself to indirect means for his own safety, in a time of danger.

Psalm 12

The psalmist begs help of God, because there were none among men whom he durst trust.

Psalm 13

The psalmist complains that God had long withdrawn. He earnestly prays for comfort. He assures himself of an answer of peace.

Psalm 14

A description of the depravity of human nature, and the deplorable corruption of a great part of mankind.

Psalm 15

The way to heaven, if we would be happy, we must be holy. We are encouraged to walk in that way.

Psalm 16

This psalm begins with expressions of devotion, which may be applied to Christ; but ends with such confidence of a resurrection, as must be applied to Christ, and to him only.

Psalm 17

David’s integrity. (1-7) The character of his enemies. His hope of happiness. (8-15)

Psalm 18

David rejoices in the deliverances God wrought for him. (1-19) He takes the comfort of his integrity, which God had cleared up. (20-28) He gives to God the glory of all his mighty deeds. (29-50)

Psalm 19

The glory of God’s works. (1-6) His holiness and grace as shown in his word. (7-10) Prayer for the benefit of them. (11-14)

Psalm 20

This psalm is a prayer for the kings of Israel, but with relation to Christ.

Psalm 21

Thanksgiving for victory. (1-6) Confidence of further success. (7-13)

Psalm 22

Complaints of discouragement. (1-10) With prayer for deliverance. (11-21) Praises for mercies and redemption. (22-31)

Psalm 23

Confidence in God’s grace and care.

Psalm 24

Concerning the kingdom of Christ, and the subjects of that kingdom. (1-6) Concerning the King of that kingdom. (7-10)

Psalm 25

Confidence in prayer. (1-7) Prayer for remission of sins. (8-14) For help in affliction. (15-22)

Psalm 26

David, in this psalm, appeals to God touching his integrity.

Psalm 27

The psalmist’s faith. (1-6) His desire toward God, and expectation from him. (7-14)

Psalm 28

A prayer in distress. (1-5) Thanksgiving for deliverance. (6-9)

Psalm 29

Exhortation to give glory to God.

Psalm 30

Praise to God for deliverance. (1-5) Others encouraged by his example. (6-12)

Psalm 31

Confidence in God. (1-8) Prayer in trouble. (9-18) Praise for God’s goodness. (19-24)

Psalm 32

The happiness of a pardoned sinner. (1,2) The misery that went before, and the comfort that followed the confession of sins. (3-7) Sinners instructed, believers encouraged. (8-11)

Psalm 33

God to be praised. (1-11) His people encouraged by his power. (12-22)

Psalm 34

David praises God, and encourages to trust him. (1-10) He exhorts to fear. (11-22)

Psalm 35

David prays for safety. (1-10) He complains of his enemies. (11-16) And calls upon God to support him. (17-28)

Psalm 36

The bad state of the wicked. (1-4) The goodness of God. (5-12)

Psalm 37

David persuades to patience and confidence in God, by the state of the godly and of the wicked.

Psalm 38

God’s displeasure at sin. (1-11) The psalmist’s sufferings and prayers. (12-22)

Psalm 39

David meditates on man’s frailty. (1-6) He applies for pardon and deliverance. (7-13)

Psalm 40

Confidence for deliverance. (1-5) Christ’s work of redemption. (6-10) Prayer for mercy and grace. (11-17)

Psalm 41

God’s care for his people. (1-4) The treachery of David’s enemies. (5-13)

Psalm 42

The conflict in the soul of a believer.

Psalm 43

David endeavours to still his spirit, with hope and confidence in God.

Psalm 44

A petition for succour and relief.

Psalm 45

This psalm is a prophecy of Messiah the Prince, and points to him as a Bridegroom espousing the church to himself, and as a King ruling in it, and for it.

Psalm 46

Confidence in God. (1-5) An exhortation to behold it. (6-11)

Psalm 47

The people exhorted to praise God.

Psalm 48

The glories of the church of Christ.

Psalm 49

A call for attention. (1-5) Folly of worldlings. (6-14) Against fear of death. (15-20)

Psalm 50

The glory of God. (1-6) Sacrifices to be changed for prayers. (7-15) Sincere obedience required. (16-23)

Psalm 51

The psalmist prays for mercy, humbly confessing and lamenting his sins. (1-6) He pleads for pardon, that he may promote the glory of God and the conversion of sinners. (7-15) God is pleased with a contrite heart, A prayer for the prosperity of Zion. (16-19)

Psalm 52

The enemies of the truth and the church described, Their destruction. (1-5) The righteous rejoice. (6-9)

Psalm 53

The corruption of man by nature.

Psalm 54

David complains of the malice of his enemies. (1-3) Assurance of the Divine favour and protection. (4-7)

Psalm 55

Prayer to God to manifest his favour. (1-8) The great wickedness and treachery of his enemies. (9-15) He is sure that God would in due time appear for him. (16-23)

Psalm 56

David seeks mercy from God, amidst the malice of his enemies. (1-7) He rests his faith on God’s promises, and declares his obligation to praise him for mercies. (8-13)

Psalm 57

David begins with prayer and complaint. (1-6) He concludes with joy and praise. (7-11)

Psalm 58

Wicked judges described and reproved. (1-5) A prayer that they may be disabled, and their ruin predicted. (6-11)

Psalm 59

David prays for deliverance from his enemies. (1-7) He foresees their destruction. (8-17)

Psalm 60

David prays for the deliverance of Israel from their enemies. (1-5) He entreats God to carry on and complete their victories. (6-12)

Psalm 61

David seeks God upon former experience. (1-4) He vows to serve God. (5-8)

Psalm 62

David’s confidence in God. (1-7) No trust to be put in worldly things. (8-12)

Psalm 63

David’s desire toward God. (1,2) His satisfaction in God. (3-6) His dependence upon God, and assurance of safety. (7-11)

Psalm 64

Prayer for deliverance. (1-6) The destruction of the wicked, encouragement to the righteous. (7-10)

Psalm 65

God is to be praised in the kingdom of grace. (1-5) In the kingdom of providence. (6-13)

Psalm 66

Praise for God’s sovereign power in the creation. (1-7) For his favour to his church. (8-12) And the psalmist’s praise for his experience of God’s goodness. (13-20)

Psalm 67

A prayer for the enlargement of Christ’s kingdom.

Psalm 68

A prayer– The greatness and goodness of God. (1-6) The wonderful works God wrought for his people. (7-14) The presence of God in his church. (15-21) The victories of Christ. (22-28) Enlargement of the church. (29-31) The glory and grace of God. (32-35)

Psalm 69

David complains of great distress. (1-12) And begs for succour. (13-21) He declares the judgments of God. (22-29) He concludes with joy and praise. (30-36)

Psalm 70

The speedy destruction of the wicked, and the preservation of the godly.

Psalm 71

Prayers that God would deliver and save. (1-13) Believing praises. (14-24)

Psalm 72

David begins with a prayer for Solomon. (1) He passes into a prophecy of the glories of his reign, and of Christ’s kingdom. (2-17) Praise to God. (18-20)

Psalm 73

The psalmist’s temptation. (1-14) How he gained a victory over it. (15-20) How he profited by it. (21-28)

Psalm 74

The desolations of the sanctuary. (1-11) Pleas for encouraging faith. (12-17) Petitions for deliverances. (18-23)

Psalm 75

The psalmist declares his resolution of executing judgment. (1-5) He rebukes the wicked, and concludes with resolutions to praise God. (6-10)

Psalm 76

The psalmist speaks of God’s power. (1-6) All have to fear and to trust in him. (7-12)

Psalm 77

The psalmist’s troubles and temptation. (1-10) He encourages himself by the remembrance of God’s help of his people. (11-20)

Psalm 78

Attention called for. (1-8) The history of Israel. (9-39) Their settlement in Canaan. (40-55) The mercies of God to Israel contrasted with their ingratitude. (56-72)

Psalm 79

The deplorable condition of the people of God. (1-5) A petition for relief. (6-13)

Psalm 80

The psalmist complains of the miseries of the church. (1-7) Its former prosperity and present desolation. (8-16) A prayer for mercy. (17-19)

Psalm 81

God is praised for what he has done for his people. (1-7) Their obligations to him. (8-16)

Psalm 82

An exhortation to judges. (1-5) The doom of evil rulers. (6-8)

Psalm 83

The designs of the enemies of Israel. (1-8) Earnest prayer for their defeat. (9-18)

Psalm 84

The psalmist expresses his affection to the ordinances of God. (1-7) His desire towards the God of the ordinances. (8-12)

Psalm 85

Prayers for the continuance of former mercies. (1-7) Trust in God’s goodness. (8-13)

Psalm 86

The psalmist pleads his earnestness, and the mercy of God, as reasons why his prayer should be heard. (1-7) He renews his requests for help and comfort. (8-17)

Psalm 87

The glory of the church. (1-3) It is filled with the Divine blessing. (4-7)

Psalm 88

The psalmist pours out his soul to God in lamentation. (1-9) He wrestles by faith, in his prayer to God for comfort. (10-18)

Psalm 89

God’s mercy and truth, and his covenant. (1-4) The glory and perfection of God. (5-14) The happiness of those in communion with him. (15-18) God’s covenant with David, as a type of Christ. (19-37) A calamitous state lamented, Prayer for redress. (38-52)

Psalm 90

The eternity of God, the frailty of man. (1-6) Submission to Divine chastisements. (7-11) Prayer for mercy and grace. (12-17)

Psalm 91

The safety of those who have God for their refuge. (1-8) Their favour with Him. (9-16)

Psalm 92

Praise is the business of the sabbath. (1-6) The wicked shall perish, but God’s people shall be exalted. (7-15)

Psalm 93

The majesty, power, and holiness of Christ’s kingdom.

Psalm 94

The danger and folly of persecutors. (1-11) Comfort and peace to the persecuted. (12-23)

Psalm 95

An exhortation to praise God. (1-7) A warning not to tempt Him. (8-11)

Psalm 96

A call to all people to praise God. (1-9) God’s government and judgment. (10-13)

Psalm 97

The Lord Jesus reigns in power that cannot be resisted. (1-7) His care of his people, and his provision for them. (8-12)

Psalm 98

The glory of the Redeemer. (1-3) The joy of the Redeemer. (4-9)

Psalm 99

The happy government God’s people are under. (1-5) Its happy administration. (6-9)

Psalm 100

An exhortation to praise God, and rejoice in him.

Psalm 101

David’s vow and profession of godliness.

Psalm 102

A sorrowful complaint of great afflictions. (1-11) Encouragement by expecting the performances of God’s promises to his church. (12-22) The unchangeableness of God. (23-28)

Psalm 103

An exhortation to bless God for his mercy. (1-5) And to the church and to all men. (6-14) For the constancy of his mercy. (15-18) For the government of the world. (19-22)

Psalm 104

God’s majesty in the heavens, The creation of the sea, and the dry land. (1-9) His provision for all creatures. (10-18) The regular course of day and night, and God’s sovereign power over all the creatures. (19-30) A resolution to continue praising God. (31-35)

Psalm 105

A solemn call to praise and serve the Lord. (1-7) His gracious dealings with Israel. (8-23) Their deliverance from Egypt, and their settlement in Canaan. (24-45)

Psalm 106

The happiness of God’s people. (1-5) Israel’s sins. (6-12) Their provocations. (13-33) Their rebellions in Canaan. (34-46) Prayer for more complete deliverance. (47,48)

Psalm 107

God’s providential care of the children of men in distresses, in banishment, and dispersion. (1-9) In captivity. (10-16) In sickness. (17-22) Danger at sea.(23-32) God’s hand is to be seen by his own people. (33-43)

Psalm 108

Psalm 109

David complains of his enemies. (1-5) He prophesies their destruction. (6-20) Prayers and praises. (21-31)

Psalm 110

Christ’s kingdom.

Psalm 111

The Lord is to be praised for his works.

Psalm 112

The blessedness of the righteous.

Psalm 113

An exhortation to praise God.

Psalm 114

An exhortation to fear God.

Psalm 115

Glory to be ascribed to God. (1-8) by trusting in him and praising him. (9-18)

Psalm 116

The psalmist declares his love to the Lord. (1-9) His desire to be thankful. (10-19)

Psalm 117

All people called upon to praise God.

Psalm 118

It is good to trust in the Lord. (1-18) The coming of Christ in his kingdom. (19-29)

Psalm 119

Psalm 120

The psalmist prays to God to deliver him from false and malicious tongues. (1-4) He complains of wicked neighbours. (5-7)

Psalm 121

The safety of the godly.

Psalm 122

Esteem for Jerusalem. (1-5) Concern for its welfare. (6-9)

Psalm 123

Confidence in God under contempt.

Psalm 124

The deliverance of the church. (1-5) Thankfulness for the deliverance. (6-8)

Psalm 125

The security of the righteous. (1-3) Prayer for them, The ruin of the wicked. (4,5)

Psalm 126

Those returned out of captivity are to be thankful. (1-3) Those yet in captivity are encouraged. (4-6)

Psalm 127

The value of the Divine blessing.

Psalm 128

The blessings of those who fear God.

Psalm 129

Thankfulness for former deliverances. (1-4) A believing prospect of the destruction of the enemies of Zion. (5-8)

Psalm 130

The psalmist’s hope in prayer. (1-4) His patience in hope. (5-8)

Psalm 131

The psalmist’s humility. Believers encouraged to trust in God.

Psalm 132

David’s care for the ark. (1-10) The promises of God. (11-18)

Psalm 133

The excellency of brotherly love.

Psalm 134

An exhortation to bless the Lord.

Psalm 135

God to be praised for his mercy. (1-4) For his power and judgments. (5-14) The vanity of idols. (15-21)

Psalm 136

God to be praised as the Creator of the world. (1-9) As Israel’s God and Saviour. (10-22) For his blessings to all. (23-26)

Psalm 137

The Jews bewail their captivity. (1-4) Their affection for Jerusalem. (5-9)

Psalm 138

The psalmist praises God for answering prayer. (1-5) The Lord’s dealing with the humble and the proud. (6-8)

Psalm 139

God knows all things. (1-6) He is every where present. (7-16) The psalmist’s hatred to sin, and desire to be led aright. (17-24)

Psalm 140

David encourages himself in God. (1-7) He prays for, and prophesies the destruction of, his persecutors. (8-13)

Psalm 141

David prays for God’s acceptance and assistance. (1-4) That God would appear for his rescue. (5-10)

Psalm 142

David’s comfort in prayer.

Psalm 143

David complains of his enemies and distresses. (1-6) He prays for comfort, guidance, and deliverance. (7-12)

Psalm 144

David acknowledges the great goodness of God, and prays for help. (1-8) He prays for the prosperity of his kingdom. (9-15)

Psalm 145

David extols the power, goodness, and mercy of the Lord. (1-9) The glory of God’s kingdom, and his care of those that love him. (10-21)

Psalm 146

Why we should not trust in men. (1-4) Why we should trust in God. (5-10)

Psalm 147

The people of God are exhorted to praise him for his mercies and care. (1-11) For the salvation and prosperity of the church. (12-20)

Psalm 148

The creatures placed in the upper world called on to praise the Lord. (1-6) Also the creatures of this lower world, especially his own people. (7-14)

Psalm 149

Joy to all the people of God. (1-5) Terror to their enemies. (6-9)

Psalm 150

A psalm of praise.