Scripture Songs in the KJV

Though they don’t use the English Standard Version (sigh), the song creators at Sing the KJV do put entire chapters to music: 86 chapters, 3 books, and 1694 verses so far per their website. Sing the KJV makes all of its music available for free and in the public domain. This includes Psalm 119, which at 176 verses is the longest chapter in the Bible. It’s available both as an audio file and as sheet music (buried deep in the bowels of the Google Drive portion of their site). Since I don’t want to memorize the KJV, the mp3 doesn’t help except as a guide, but the sheet music with the melody is exactly what I need.

I’ve tried to memorize Psalm 119 three times over two decades with less than complete success, learning most of the first 24 verses in the NIV* permanently and three-fourths of the chapter starting from the end only temporarily. I NEED MUSIC! Desperate times call for desperate measures, so once I’ve finished memorizing what I’ve found so far, I plan to convert the lyrics to ESV. Might even record it.

Sure, that’s at least a year and a half away, but a self-motivated memorizer has gotta have goals.


*Update: Or maybe it was the RSV minus the thees and thous…

Oh, well, this time it will be the ESV. Permanently.

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