I Dreamed a Dream (Daniel 2:3)

Psalm 126

An EasyEnglish Translation with Notes (about 1200 word vocabulary) on Psalm 126


Gordon Churchyard

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 "God spoke to them in a dream" (Matthew 2:12).

Psalm 126

  (This is) a psalm for climbing.

v1   An army was attacking Zion.
  When the *LORD turned them away,
  we were like people that were dreaming!

v2   Then we laughed a lot.
  And we shouted because we were so happy!
  And (people in) other countries said (to each other),
  "The *LORD has done something *wonderful for them!"

v3   The *LORD has done something *wonderful for us
  and we are very, very happy.

v4   The *LORD will give back again what we have lost.
  It will be like water coming into a dry place where there is a lot of sand.

v5   People that are crying will go out and plant seeds.
  (Later) they will sing as they pick the fruits.

v6   Someone will go out crying, but with a basket of seeds.
  He will come home laughing, with a lot of food.

The story of Psalm 126

Some Bible students think that this psalm is about the *Jews returning from Babylon. For 70 years the *Jews were in Babylon. They did not want to be there. But in 586 B.C., King Cyrus sent them home to Judea. B.C. means "years Before Christ came to the earth".

But other Bible students think that the psalm is about Sennacherib. He was King of Assyria about 700 B.C. He attacked Jerusalem. Jerusalem was the capital city of Judea. But God saved Jerusalem, and Sennacherib went back to Assyria. So "the *LORD turned them (Sennacherib and the Assyrian army) away". "*LORD" is a special name for God. It is his *covenant name. A *covenant is when people agree to do something. God agreed to give his people, the *Jews, help. They agreed to love and obey him.

"I dreamed a dream" were the words that Martin Luther King used. He wanted his people to be free. His dream was that they would be free. In the Bible, they are the words of Nebuchadnezzar. He was the King of Babylon that took the *Jews from their own country to Babylon in 586 B.C. Daniel told Nebuchadnezzar what his dream meant.

As you read Psalm 126, remember that the *Jews’ return to their country is a picture for us. As God made his people free, (either from Sennacherib or from Babylon) so God has made us free. He has made us free if we love and obey Jesus! This is the New *Covenant, or as our Bibles call it, the *New Testament. The *Old Testament is the first 39 books in the Bible; the *New Testament is the last 27 books.

What Psalm 126 means

Verse 1: This verse fits the Sennacherib story better than the Cyrus story. "People that were dreaming" means that people could not believe the good thing that God did for them! "Them" is the army that God turned away.

Verse 2: When God does something good for his people, other people see it. This is still true for Christians as well as *Jews. "*Wonderful" means "very, very lovely".

Verse 4: Water makes things grow in dry places. Then people can plant seeds, verses 5-6.

Verses 5 - 6: When Sennacherib went away, the *Jews could go into their fields. And then they could plant seeds. (Or, when they came home from Babylon, they could do this). Then the seeds would grow into fruit, and there would be much food!

Something to do

1. If you have land, plant a few more seeds this year. Give the extra fruits or vegetables to people that do not have very much of their own.

2. Have a dream! This is not a dream when you are asleep. This dream is a good idea that God will give you. He will give it to you if you pray to him. Then do something to make your dream happen.

3. Find some music for Psalm 126 and sing the psalm. If you cannot find music, make some!

Word List

covenant ~ two people have agreed what each should do (here, God and his people). Look in Psalm 120 about the covenant.

Jew ~ a person who is born from Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and their children.

LORD ~ the covenant name for God. A covenant is when people agree. God agrees to give help to his people. They agree to love and obey him.

New Testament ~ the last part of the Bible, which the writers wrote after the life of Jesus. It is about the things that Jesus did and taught. It is also about what Christians believe and do.

Old Testament ~ the first part of the Bible, which the writers wrote before the life of Jesus.

wonderful ~ very, very lovely.

Zion ~ Jerusalem was on a mountain called Zion.


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

January 2004

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