Learn / Study English from the Bible with the Psalm for the Day
The Bible contains 150 psalms primarily written primarily by David. The book is an anthology of individual Hebrew hymns, with 150 in the Jewish and Western Christian traditional Bibles and more in the Eastern Christian churches.
The reading is done by a native English speaker, the texts and audio are made freely available without any ads. The Psalm for the day in the Basic English bible translation can be listened to online on many platforms by subscribing to the podcast below. Start the day with an inspiring psalm. Total listening time per episode is just a few minutes, ideal for a short walk or bus ride to work! The entire Bible in Basic English (BBE) is available online. This can be an excellent tool to study English since the audio can be listened to with the bible text in parallel. For each episode, the first few verses are provided in the podcast, but due to podcast restrictions, we are unable to provde the complete text there.
Read the book of Psalms in the BBE.
The book of Psalms expresses worship. Throughout its many pages, Psalms encourages its readers to praise God for who He is and what He has done. The Psalms illuminate the greatness of our God, affirm His faithfulness to us in times of trouble, and remind us of the absolute centrality of His Word. A large number of themes and moods traverse the psalms including: joy and happiness, but also trials, comfort as encountered in the most famous Psalm 23, the Lord is my Shepherd.
Overview of Psalms
The Book of Psalms is divided into five sections, each closing with a doxology (i.e., a benediction). These divisions were probably introduced by the final editors to imitate the five-fold division of the Torah:
- Book 1 (Psalms 1–41)
- Book 2 (Psalms 42–72)
- Book 3 (Psalms 73–89)
- Book 4 (Psalms 90–106)
- Book 5 (Psalms 107–150)
David is listed as the author of 73 psalms, Asaph of 12, and the sons of Korah of 11. Other psalms were written by Solomon, Heman the Ezrahite, Ethan the Ezrahite, and Moses (Psalm 90). The earliest extant copy of Psalms is from the Dead Sea Scrolls from about the first century AD. That copy shows that the division into five books extends to at least that time and certainly earlier.
AB Renens-Lausanne Church Podcasts
Our church association (Action Biblique, literally biblical action) in Lausanne/Renens is regularly visited by foreign and local students from the EPFL and University of Lausanne. These students often have a strong desire to learn English as a second language or in many cases, particularly at the Graduate level to perfect their use of English as it is often the language of the Master’s or PhD thesis. The Action Biblique Church in Lausanne/Renens is happy to provide this Podcast which is a precious Bible Study resource and doubles as a helpful additional English language studying tool. Listening to the audio while viewing texts even passively can be extremely helpful for developing fluency. Since the start of 2020, our church association Action Biblique Switzerland noticed that for the French language in particular, there were few resources available in the Podcast form, particularly for the newer Bible versions (Segond 21). As such audio Bible 1 year and 6 month reading plans have been published as podcasts on the leading platforms Spotify, Apple, Amazon and Google for the Segond 21 Bible. The freely available offer has now been extended to include some English Bibles (Basic English Bible and KJV in particular). As well as a Bible Study tool, KJV Podcasts can also be used to increase fluency for those who already have an intermediate English level.