Psalm 20

An EasyEnglish Translation with Notes (about 1200 word vocabulary) on Psalm 20


Gordon Churchyard

Words in boxes are from the Bible. Words in brackets, ( ), are not in the Hebrew Bible.


Jesus said, "We are going to Jerusalem. There they will kill the son of man. But 3 days later he will come to life again". (Matthew 20: 18,19) The son of man was a name that Jesus used for himself.

Psalm 20

  (This is) a Psalm of David for the music leader

v1 - v3   We are praying that:
   the LORD will answer you when trouble comes
   the name of the God of Jacob will make you safe
   God will send you help from his holy place
   he will make you strong from Zion
   God will remember all your gifts
   he will like all your burnt offerings   SELAH

v4   We want God to give you all that you really want
  to make all your plans work well

v5   We will shout for joy when you win the war.
  We will lift up our banners in the name of our God.
  We want the LORD to answer all that you pray.

v6   Now I know that the LORD will save his king.
  God will answer him from his holy heaven.
  The right hand of God will save the king.

v7   Some people rely on chariots. Others rely on horses.
  But we will trust in the name of the LORD our God.

v8   They will falter and fall.
  But we will get up and remain strong.

v9   Lord, save the king!
  Answer us when we pray.

Word list

burnt offerings ~ animals that they killed and burned: this is how they offered them to God

banners ~ a long piece of material with words or pictures on it

rely ~ another word for trust

chariot ~ a car that soldiers used to use; horses pulled it

falter ~ walk badly and perhaps fall over


2001, Wycliffe Associates (UK)

This publication is written in EasyEnglish Level A (1200 words)

January 2001

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