Word, Plans, Eye and Power
An EasyEnglish Translation with Notes (about 1200 word vocabulary) on Psalm 33
Words in boxes are from the Bible. Words in brackets, ( ), are not in the Hebrew Bible.
Jesus said, "All power is mine, in heaven and on earth.
I will always be with you". (Part of Matthew 28: 18-20)
harp, lyre and trumpet ~ musical instruments; look below
breath ~ the air that we take into our bodies
checks ~ looks at and stops if necessary
famine ~ not enough food to eat
People make music with these. You make some with metal. An example is the trumpet. You blow into it to make the sound. You make others from wood and strings. An example is the harp. It has 9 strings. You pull the strings to make the sound. The lyre is like a harp. The one in the psalm has 10 strings. Now we use guitars, not harps and lyres. Guitars have 4, 6 or 12 strings.
Someone wrote Psalm 33 to say 4 important things:
1. God made everything. He did it by his WORD. This means that when he said something it immediately happened. Examples include the skies, stars and seas (verses 6 9)
2. Men make PLANS. God does not always let them happen (verses13 - 15)
3. Gods EYE sees everybody, and what they do. (verses 13 15)
4. God is all-POWERful. Armies are strong, but God is stronger (verses16 -17).
Verses 1 3: The word "shout" also means "sing" in Hebrew. Only God can make people righteous. It happens when he forgives them. "Forgive" means "GIVE our sin to Jesus to carry AWAY". Sin is doing wrong things. The psalm tells people to praise God with harp, lute and trumpet. Today we would probably use guitar, piano and trumpet. We can use any musical instrument to praise God.
Verses 4 9: This part tells us that God made everything by his word. "The breath of his mouth" means "his word". "Full of his kind love" means "the good things that he made". "In a bottle" probably means "in one place".
Verses 10 17: This part tells us that God is the authority on earth. In verse 12 "the people that he chose" means the Jews. Since Jesus came to the earth it also means Christians. Verses 16-17 means that armies will not save a country if God has other plans. We do not use horses in our armies today. We use tanks and planes . . . but God is still stronger.
Verses 18 22: In this part "kind love" means "the good things that God does for us". We must trust God if we are to enjoy his kind love.
Make a song to praise the Lord. Use words from the psalm. Psalm 33:5, or Psalm 33:20-22 would make a good song. Get some friends with musical instruments to make music with you.
© 2001, Wycliffe Associates (UK)
This publication is written in EasyEnglish Level A (1200 words)
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