a critical and expository commentary with doctrinal and practical remarks

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Mar 22, 2016

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‘William S. Plumer’s Commentary on the Psalms is my constant companion as I read and preach through the Psalms. His “Devotional Thoughts” at the end of his exposition of each of the psalms are so rich, wise, pastoral, specific and suggestive, that every preacher will find superabundant help, especially in the area of application, in them. I cannot recommend Plumer too highly.’ — LIGON DUNCAN

Book Description

Although more than six hundred commentators have written on the Psalms, it has long been difficult to find a comprehensive treatment of this book of Scripture in one volume. Some expositions have excelled in scholarship, but, unlike the Psalter, in instructing the mind they have failed to exercise the heart. Dr Plumer’s Commentary avoids this defect, the author believing that from the Psalms ‘piety has derived more nourishment than from any other source,’ and that his work should serve that same purpose. In 1211 pages he gives both exposition and doctrinal and practical remarks and presents in readable form a great wealth of material drawn from all the leading commentators who had gone before him. In the opinion of Dr John Macleod of Edinburgh, he succeeded in producing the best single volume on this book of Scripture.

Graduating from Princeton Seminary in 1826, Plumer was a well-known Southern Presbyterian preacher and writer who spent the last thirteen years of his life as a Professor at Columbia Theological Seminary, South Carolina. He produced his exposition of the Psalms during the prime of life, and, as he tells us, ‘never felt more disposed to any work.’ In the opinion of others, Dr Plumer was outstanding as a spiritual Christian: ‘His prayers,’ wrote Moses D. Hoge, ‘were the tender pleadings of a soul in communion with God.’ Of the place which the Psalms had in his own experience he writes: ‘During a Christian and ministerial life, neither short, uneventful, nor free from dark days and sharp sorrows, the author has never been able to secure to himself, or administer to others, full support and abounding consolation without a resort to the Psalms.’

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  1. Rev Keith Harris

    A wonderful and instructive commentary. Every page mediates blessing!!

  2. Jeremy Walker

    Plumer is masterful. He provides a thorough, careful exposition of each psalm, verse by verse, building his thoughts on commentators before him, conscious of his own progress in dealing with the whole collection, and then offering some penetrating and sweet applications. Later commentaries might offer more technical insights, but there is not much to beat the careful, prayerful, devotional tone of Plumer. Magnificent!

  3. Adam Swift

    This book is worth every penny just for the abundance of application points Plumer provides at the end of each Psalm! For preachers, this is a must-have for expositing the Psalms. He pulls out application I would never have thought of from my own reading of the text.

  4. J. Bertalan

    Typically, I spend an hour on a portion of a Psalm. The next day, I read Plumer’s comments on those verses, which invariably leads to worship and thanksgiving. Plumer’s comments are both accurate and devotional. The DOCTRINAL AND PRACTICAL REMARKS for each Psalm are hit or miss, but there’s always something that gives insight or opens conversation with the Lord. On subsequent days, my eye often catches what I’d written either about the Word or from Plumer and I go deeper again. This may repeat itself over several days. I’m in no hurry.

    Working slowly through the Psalms with Plumer alongside, has thoroughly enriched my relationship with the Lord.

    This slow process began with a change to my nighttime pattern of turning out the light at 10 pm without looking at my iPhone. I’m rested, refreshed and awake went I open the Psalms and Plumer.

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