The NABRE Catholic Bible translation is being released this Ash Wednesday, March 9, 2011. But it will be awhile before the full NABRE text is available in the Web as the NAB text was.
The USCCB site has a "preview" of the Seven Penitential Psalms from the Book of Psalms and the Four Suffering Servant Songs from the Book of Isaiah which is suggested "to enhance your observance of Lent".
The seven Penitential Psalms are Psalms 6, 32, 38, 51, 102, 130, and 143.
The four Suffering Servant Songs are Isaiah 42:1-4, Isaiah 49:1-7, Isaiah 50:4-11, and Isaiah 52:13 - 53:12.http://www.usccb.org/nab/bible/index.shtml
Released on March 9, 2011, the New American Bible, Revised Edition (NABRE) is the culmination of nearly 20 years of work by a group of nearly 100 scholars and theologians, including bishops, revisers and editors. The NABRE includes a newly revised translation of the entire Old Testament (including the Book of Psalms) along with the 1986 edition of the New Testament.
The NABRE is a formal equivalent translation of Sacred Scripture, sponsored by the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, using the best manuscripts available. Work on most books of the Old Testament by forty revisers and a board of eight editors began in 1994 and was completed in 2001. The 1991 revision of the Psalter, the work of thirty revisers and six editors, was further revised by seven revisers and two editors between 2009 and 2010. Work on the New Testament, begun in 1978 and completed in 1986, was the work of thirteen revisers and five editors.
The Seven Penitential Psalms and the Songs of the Suffering Servant
To enhance your observance of Lent, we are providing a special preview of the Seven Penitential Psalms and Songs of the Suffering Servant from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah as they appear in the New American Bible, Revised Edition. Along with the text of the psalms and songs, we are also providing audio versions and reflections to encourage the practice of Lectio Divina or “divine reading,” a way of praying with Scripture that calls one to listen to, study, contemplate and thoughtfully assimilate God's Word.
The following is a link to the USCCB site's Lenten preview of the Seven Penitential Psalms from the Book of Psalms and the Four Suffering Servant Songs from the Book of Isaiah. These might profitably be use for Lenten devotion.http://www.usccb.org/nab/bible/seven-psalms-songs.shtml
The Seven Penitential Psalms
During times when we wish to express repentance and especially during Lent, it is customary to pray the seven penitential psalms. The penitential designation of these psalms dates from the seventh century. Prayerfully reciting these psalms will help us to recognize our sinfulness, express our sorrow and ask for God’s forgiveness.
We are featuring here the newly released translations of the seven penitential psalms from the New American Bible, Revised Edition with reflections and discussion questions from Graziano Marcheschi, M.A. D.Min.
… [Clickable LINKs on the actual USCCB page]
The Songs of the Suffering Servant
Within the Book of the Prophet Isaiah we encounter four poetic sections known as the Songs of the Suffering Servant. The specific identity of this Servant of the Lord remains the topic of scholarly debate. Perhaps it refers to the prophet Isaiah himself, perhaps the entire nation of Israel, or possibly the promised Messiah. Christian faith sees these prophetic utterances fulfilled in the life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus the Lord.
• The first song introduces God’s Servant who will establish justice upon the earth
• The second song, spoken in the Servant’s own voice, tells of being selected from the womb to become God’s mouthpiece and help renew the nation
• In the third song, we learn of the abuse and derision the Servant endured at the hands of his enemies
• The fourth song proclaims the salvific value of the Servant’s innocent suffering that will justify many and blot out their offenses.
Because of the Christian identification of the Suffering Servant with Jesus, the four Servant Songs become a way of encountering the Lord during this Lenten Season. Not only do they give us a sense of the commitment and endurance that characterized his messianic ministry, but they become a way of touching the bruised face of the Messiah, of hearing the resolute determination that sustained him in the midst of trial, and of rejoicing with him in God’s ultimate vindication of his calling and service.
We are featuring here the newly released translations of the songs of the suffering servant from the New American Bible, Revised Edition with reflections and discussion questions from Graziano Marcheschi, M.A. D.Min.
… [Clickable LINKs on the actual USCCB page]