The Psalms of David
A Bible text and commentary on the book of Psalms, based on Level A EasyEnglish (about 1200 word vocabulary). Written by Gordon Churchyard. 2001- 2002.
Here are some of the things that you should know as you read the psalms in this book.
1. At the top of each psalm (say it “sarm”) is a title in Dark Letters. This title is not in the Hebrew psalm. It is not part of the Bible. It is there to give us help to remember the psalm and what it is about.
2. Under the title are some words either that Jesus said, or that somebody said about him. These words are from the Gospels. They are part of the Bible.
3. The psalm itself is in a box. Everything that is in the box is part of the psalm. This includes the words at the top that tell us who wrote the psalm and why. In this book, we believe that these words are true and that they give us some help to understand the psalm. Other parts from the Bible are also in boxes, except the verses under the titles.
4. Words in brackets like this: ( ) are not in the Hebrew Bible. They give us help to understand what the psalm means.
5. The Hebrew writers of the psalms used some words that we cannot translate into EasyEnglish words. These are in a word list after the psalm. Some words are very important, like LORD, covenant and righteous. You will more about these words after some of the psalms. Righteous is after Psalm 5, the Covenant is after Psalm 25 and the names of God (LORD, Lord and God) are also after Psalm 25.
6. After each psalm is the story of the psalm. Some of the psalms we know a lot about, as Psalm 18. Other psalms we do not know anything about, as Psalm 1. When that happens, we say “perhaps” or “maybe”.
7. After the stories comes “what the psalm means“. Sometimes Bible students are not sure what the writer meant. When that happens, the notes tell you.
8. At the end of each psalm, there is “something to do“. This will give you help to learn more about the psalm.
|Psalm 1||Psalm 2||Psalm 3||Psalm 4||Psalm 5||Psalm 6||Psalm 7||Psalm 8||Psalm 9||Psalm 10|
|Psalm 11||Psalm 12||Psalm 13||Psalm 14||Psalm 15||Psalm 16||Psalm 17||Psalm 18||Psalm 19||Psalm 20|
|Psalm 21||Psalm 22||Psalm 23||Psalm 24||Psalm 25||Psalm 26||Psalm 27||Psalm 28||Psalm 29||Psalm 30|
|Psalm 31||Psalm 32||Psalm 33||Psalm 34||Psalm 35||Psalm 36||Psalm 37||Psalm 38||Psalm 39||Psalm 40|
|Psalm 41||Psalm 42||Psalm 43||Psalm 44||Psalm 45||Psalm 46||Psalm 47||Psalm 48||Psalm 49||Psalm 50|
|Psalm 51||Psalm 52||Psalm 53||Psalm 54||Psalm 55||Psalm 56||Psalm 57||Psalm 58||Psalm 59||Psalm 60|
|Psalm 61||Psalm 62||Psalm 63||Psalm 64||Psalm 65||Psalm 66||Psalm 67||Psalm 68||Psalm 69||Psalm 70|
|Psalm 71||Psalm 72||Psalm 73||Psalm 74||Psalm 75||Psalm 76||Psalm 77||Psalm 78||Psalm 79||Psalm 80|
|Psalm 81||Psalm 82||Psalm 83||Psalm 84||Psalm 85||Psalm 86||Psalm 87||Psalm 88||Psalm 89||Psalm 90|
|Psalm 91||Psalm 92||Psalm 93||Psalm 94||Psalm 95||Psalm 96||Psalm 97||Psalm 98||Psalm 99||Psalm 100|
|Psalm 101||Psalm 102||Psalm 103||Psalm 104||Psalm 105||Psalm 106||Psalm 107||Psalm 108||Psalm 109||Psalm 110|
|Psalm 111||Psalm 112||Psalm 113||Psalm 114||Psalm 115||Psalm 116||Psalm 117||Psalm 118||Psalm 119||Psalm 120|
|Psalm 121||Psalm 122||Psalm 123||Psalm 124||Psalm 125||Psalm 126||Psalm 127||Psalm 128||Psalm 129||Psalm 130|
|Psalm 131||Psalm 132||Psalm 133||Psalm 134||Psalm 135||Psalm 136||Psalm 137||Psalm 138||Psalm 139||Psalm 140|
|Psalm 141||Psalm 142||Psalm 143||Psalm 144||Psalm 145||Psalm 146||Psalm 147||Psalm 148||Psalm 149||Psalm 150|