1Mede boasetɔ twɛn Awurade;
na ɔhwɛɛ me, na ɔtee me sufrɛ.
2Oyii me fii amoa a mu yɛ toro mu,
fii dɔte ne dontori mu;
ɔde mʼanan sii ɔbotan so
na ɔmaa me baabi pa gyinae.
3Ɔde dwom foforo hyɛɛ mʼanom,
ayeyi dwom a yɛde ma yɛn Nyankopɔn.
Bebree behu na wɔasuro,
na wɔde wɔn werɛ ahyɛ Awurade mu.
4Nhyira ne onipa a
ɔde Awurade yɛ nʼahotoso,
nea ɔmfa nʼani nto ahomaso so,
ne wɔn a wɔman di anyame huhuw akyi.
5Awurade me Nyankopɔn
woayɛ anwonwade bebree.
Nneɛma a wohyehyɛ maa yɛn no
obiara ntumi nka ne nyinaa nkyerɛ wo;
sɛ meka se mereka ne nyinaa ho asɛm a
6Wompɛ afɔrebɔ ne ayɛyɛde,
nanso woabue mʼaso;
woampɛ ɔhyew afɔre ne bɔne afɔre.
7Na mekae se, “Mini, maba,
sɛnea wɔakyerɛw afa me ho wɔ nhoma mmobɔwee no mu no.
8Me Nyankopɔn, mepɛ sɛ meyɛ wʼapɛde;
wo mmara wɔ me koma mu.”
9Meka wo trenee ho asɛm wɔ guabɔ kɛse ase;
Awurade, sɛnea wunim no.
10Memmfa wo trenee ho asɛm nsie me koma mu;
meka wo nokware ne wo nkwagye ho asɛm.
Mankata wʼadɔe ne wo nokware so
wɔ guabɔ kɛse no ase.
11Awurade, nyi wʼahummɔbɔ mfi me so;
ma wʼadɔe ne wo nokware mmɔ me ho ban daa.
12Ɔhaw bebree atwa me ho ahyia;
mʼamumɔyɛ abu afa me so enti minhu ade bio.
Ɛdɔɔso sen me ti so nwi,
na me koma abotow wɔ me mu.
13Awurade, ma ɛnsɔ wʼani sɛ wubegye me;
Awurade, bra ntɛm bɛboa me.
14Wɔn a wɔpɛ sɛ wokum me no nyinaa,
ma wɔn anim ngu ase na wɔnyɛ basaa;
ma wɔn a wɔpɛ sɛ mesɛe no
mfa aniwu nsan wɔn akyi.
15Ma wɔn a wɔka, “Ɔtwea! Ɔtwea!” kyerɛ me no
nsan wɔn akyi, esiane wɔn aniwu nti.
16Nanso ma wɔn a wɔhwehwɛ wo nyinaa
nsɛpɛw wɔn ho na wɔn ani nnye wɔ wo mu;
ma wɔn a wɔdɔ wo nkwagye no nka da biara se,
“Awurade yɛ ɔkɛse!”
17Nanso meyɛ ohiani ne mmɔborɔni;
ma Awurade nnwen me ho.
Wo ne me boafo ne me gyefo;
wo ne me Nyankopɔn, bra ntɛm.
Psalm 40In Hebrew texts 40:1-17 is numbered 40:2-18.
For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.
1I waited patiently for the Lord;
he turned to me and heard my cry.
2He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
and gave me a firm place to stand.
3He put a new song in my mouth,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear the Lord
and put their trust in him.
4Blessed is the one
who trusts in the Lord,
who does not look to the proud,
to those who turn aside to false gods.40:4 Or to lies
5Many, Lord my God,
are the wonders you have done,
the things you planned for us.
None can compare with you;
were I to speak and tell of your deeds,
they would be too many to declare.
6Sacrifice and offering you did not desire—
but my ears you have opened40:6 Hebrew; some Septuagint manuscripts but a body you have prepared for me—
burnt offerings and sin offerings40:6 Or purification offerings you did not require.
7Then I said, “Here I am, I have come—
it is written about me in the scroll.40:7 Or come / with the scroll written for me
8I desire to do your will, my God;
your law is within my heart.”
9I proclaim your saving acts in the great assembly;
I do not seal my lips, Lord,
as you know.
10I do not hide your righteousness in my heart;
I speak of your faithfulness and your saving help.
I do not conceal your love and your faithfulness
from the great assembly.
11Do not withhold your mercy from me, Lord;
may your love and faithfulness always protect me.
12For troubles without number surround me;
my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see.
They are more than the hairs of my head,
and my heart fails within me.
13Be pleased to save me, Lord;
come quickly, Lord, to help me.
14May all who want to take my life
be put to shame and confusion;
may all who desire my ruin
be turned back in disgrace.
15May those who say to me, “Aha! Aha!”
be appalled at their own shame.
16But may all who seek you
rejoice and be glad in you;
may those who long for your saving help always say,
“The Lord is great!”
17But as for me, I am poor and needy;
may the Lord think of me.
You are my help and my deliverer;
you are my God, do not delay.