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Psalms is a book of the Bible that contains 150 short poems (or songs) called psalms. Each psalm is intended to be sung (or performed) individually as part of prayer or worship. Psalms can be categorized by topic including: hymns of praise, hymns of thanksgiving, lamentations, hymns of belief and wisdom, hymns of history, rage, and liturgical psalms.
Individual psalms are recited throughout the Jewish year, often marking particular events and ceremonies in the local community or synagogue. In any given Christian church, individual psalms are often incorporated in the weekly services as well as special occasions and events. Christian Hymnals are replete with psalms that have been set to music including famous pieces by Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and Handel.
American Slaves are reported to have found comfort in Psalms, setting many to music in their spirituals, notably "On the River of Babylon we sat down and wept". It's not recorded whether they sang verse 9 - "Happy is the one who seizes your infants and dashes them against the rocks." - with particular gusto.
 See also
- ↑ http://www.theopedia.com/Imprecatory_Psalms
- ↑ http://bgc.gospelcom.net/ise/RTpapers/Papers08/Robert%20Smith.pdf
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|Torah: Genesis - Exodus - Leviticus - Numbers - Deuteronomy Old Testament History: Book of Joshua - Book of Judges - Ruth - Samuel (1 & 2) - Kings (1 and 2 Kings) - Chronicles - Ezra and Nehemiah - Book of Esther Old Testament Wisdom: Book of Job - Psalms - Book of Proverbs - Ecclesiastes - Song of Solomon Major Prophets: Isaiah - Book of Jeremiah - Lamentations - Book of Ezekiel - Book of Daniel Minor Prophets: Minor Prophets
Deuterocanon (Catholic and Orthodox): - Tobit - Judith - 1 Maccabees - 2 Maccabees - Book of Wisdom - Sirach - Baruch - Letter of Jeremiah Deuterocanon (Orthodox): 1 Esdras - 3 Maccabees - Prayer of Manasseh - Psalm 151 Deuterocanon (Georgian Orthodox): 4 Maccabees - 2 Esdras Ethiopian Orthodox ("narrow" canon): Jubilees - Enoch - Rest of the Words of Baruch - 1-3 Meqabyan Syriac Peshitta: 2 Baruch Psalms 152-155
The Gospels: Gospel of Matthew - Gospel of Mark - Gospel of Luke - Gospel of John Acts: Acts of the Apostles Pauline Epistles: Romans - 1 & 2 Corinthians - Galatians - Ephesians - Philippians - Colossians - First Thessalonians - Second Thessalonians - First Timothy - Second Timothy - Titus - Epistle to Philemon General Epistles: Epistle to the Hebrews - Epistle of James - First Peter - Second Peter - 1 John - 2 John - 3 John - Epistle of Jude Revelation: Book of Revelation