An EasyEnglish Translation with Notes (about 1200 word vocabulary) on Psalm 21
Words in boxes are from the Bible. Words in brackets, ( ), are not in the Hebrew Bible.
crown ~ a special hat that a king wears
honour ~ when people think that you are important and honest
Most High ~ here it is a name for God
work ~ here it means to happen as they wanted
arrows ~ sharp sticks shot by bows
In Psalm 20 the king and his army are going to war. In verses 1-5 the people pray for them. In verses 6-8 the king says that he believes that he will win as God will give him help. Then the people will say, "LORD, save the king". This probably happened in Jerusalem every time that there was a war. It started with David, but other kings after him did it. In Psalm 21 the king and his army come back. They have won the war, so they thanked God. Psalm 21:8-12 is what God will do to his enemies.
Psalm 20: 1 – 5: "Trouble" here means "war". "Jacob" means the "Jews". God is everywhere, in heaven and earth. The Jews prayed to him on a hill in Jerusalem. They called it Zion. Later they built their temple there. "He will make you strong from Zion", means "God will give you the help that you ask for". They also gave God their offerings on the hill Zion
Psalm 20: 6 – 9: The right hand of God here means what God does on earth. Modern armies use guns and planes, not chariots and horses. Christians are like David: they trust in the LORD. "Move the king" (verse 7) means "make the king trust another god".
Psalm 21: 1 – 7: The king came back to Jerusalem. He had won the war. So the King and the people are happy. They can now live in peace.
Psalm 21: 8 – 13: War is very bad for everyone. This is one picture of it. There are many more in the Bible. It says: that God will find all his enemies. He will also punish them (Punish means hurt). There is no peace for these people. People think of God as being high above them.
You will often hear about wars. Pray about them. Ask God to give help to the people that believe in him. If both armies believe in God ask God:
· to speak to both groups
· to make peace happen
· to save people so that he does not punish them
© 2001, Wycliffe Associates (UK)
This publication is written in EasyEnglish Level A (1200 words)
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