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Types of Psalms
Classifying the Psalms by Genre

Dennis Bratcher

Lament Psalms
  Community 12, 44, 58, 60, 74, 79, 80, 83, 85, 89*, 90, 94, 123, 126, 129
  Individual 3, 4, 5, 7, 9-10, 13, 14, 17, 22, 25, 26, 27*, 28, 31, 36*, 39, 40:12-17, 41, 42-43, 52*, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 59, 61, 64, 70, 71, 77, 86, 89*, 120, 139, 141, 142
Specialized Lament Psalms
  Penitential 6, 32*, 38, 51, 102, 130, 143
  Imprecatory 35, 69, 83, 88, 109, 137, 140
Thanksgiving (Todah) Psalms
  Community 65*, 67*, 75, 107, 124, 136*
  Individual 18, 21, 30, 32*, 34, 40:1-11, 66:13-20, 92, 108*, 116, 118, 138
Specialized Thanksgiving (Todah) Psalms
  Salvation History 8*, 105-106, 135, 136
  Songs of Trust 11, 16, 23, 27*, 62, 63, 91, 121, 125, 131
Hymnic Psalms
  Hymn and Doxology 8*, 19:1-6, 33, 66:1-12, 67*, 95, 100, 103, 104, 111, 113, 114, 117, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149, 150
Liturgical Psalms (for Public Worship)
  Covenant Songs 50, 78, 81, 89*, 132
  Royal / Enthronement 2, 18, 20, 21, 29, 45, 47, 72, 93, 95*, 96, 97, 98, 99, 101, 110, 144
  Songs of Zion 46, 48, 76, 84, 87, 122
  Temple Liturgies 15, 24, 68*, 82, 95*, 115, 134
Community Psalms
  Wisdom Psalms 1*, 36*, 37, 49, 73, 112, 127, 128, 133
  Torah Poems 1*, 19:7-14, 119

*These Psalms are difficult to classify because they could fit into more than one group or are mixed types.

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