Help to Remember

Psalm 70

An EasyEnglish Translation with Notes (about 1200 word vocabulary) on Psalm 70

Gordon Churchyard

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Jesus said, "Do this to remember me". (Luke 22:19) (These are words that Jesus said when he ate supper the last time with his friends.)

Psalm 70

  (This is) for the (music) leader.
(It is) a psalm of David, to give him help to remember.

v1   God, save me!
  *LORD, hurry to give me help.

v2   There are people that want to kill me.
  I hope that they will become ashamed and confused.
  There are people that want to destroy me.
  I hope that everyone will say that they are bad people.

v3   I want all those people that say to me "*Aha! Aha!"
  to become very sorry for what they have done.

v4   I want everyone looking for you to be happy, very happy.
  I want everyone that loves it when you save them to say, "*Praise God".

v5   But I am poor and I need help.
  God, hurry to give me help.
  You are my help, and you save me.
  God, do not be long!

 The Story of Psalm 70

If you read Psalm 40:13-17 you will find that it is *like Psalm 70. There are very few differences. Why do these words come twice in our Bibles? If you look at Psalm 35:4, 21, 26 and 27 you will find that most of Psalm 70 is there also. It really comes three times! Perhaps the word "remember" at the top gives us help. David thought that it was important to remember the words of Psalm 70, because he was often in danger. Perhaps he used them when he was not thanking God for an answer to his *prayer (as in Psalm 40). There are two other examples of psalms coming twice or three times: Psalms 14 and 53; and Psalms 57, 60 and 108.

In the New Testament also we find words repeated. Many of the stories of Jesus come more than once. The Feeding of 5000 People comes 4 times! *Saint Paul also said, "To write the same things to you Ö is safe" (Philippians 3:1). When things come more than once it means that God wants us to remember them in a special way.

What Psalm 70 means

Verse 1: David asks God for help soon, because (verse 2) an enemy is going to kill him.

Verse 3: The enemy thinks that he has beaten David, so the enemy says, "*Aha! Aha!" These are not really words, but sounds that people make when they think, "I have won the fight!"

Verse 5: David remembers again that he needs help from God.

Something to do

Read Psalm 40:13 - 17 and Psalm 70 and find where they are not the same. Do the differences change what it means?

Word list

aha! ~ something that people say when they think that they are right (and others are wrong).

Aha! Aha! ~ what people say when they think that they have beaten someone.

like ~ another word for "as".

LORD ~ a special name for God; only his people use it (look after Psalm 25).

praise ~ (noun, or being something) words that say that someone or something is very good.

praise ~ (verb, or doing something) say that someone or something is very good.

praise God ~ say how great that God is.

prayer ~ words that you say when you pray.

saints ~ another name for Godís people, or Christians.


© 2000-2001, Wycliffe Associates (UK)

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

July 2001

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