The newfound prayer book, they explain, is an ancient Latin translation from the Greek known as the Vulgate. But the King James Bible, which was translated from Hebrew to English more than a thousand years later, assigns different numbers to the psalms.
So the Psalm 83 found in the Irish book, they say, appears in King James as Psalm 84, which is a song of praise and longing for godliness.
"Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee," the passage reads, " who passing through the valley of Baca [the vale of tears] make[s] it a well."
The museum officials say they expect the difference speaks for itself.
"It is hoped that this clarification will serve comfort to anyone worried by earlier reports of the content of the text," they said.
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