1Give ear, O my people, to my law: incline your ears to the words of my mouth.
2 I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old:
3 Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us.
4 We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the Lord, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done.
5 For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children:
6 That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children:
7 That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments:
8 And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not stedfast with God.
9 The children of Ephraim, being armed, and carrying bows, turned back in the day of battle.
10 They kept not the covenant of God, and refused to walk in his law;
11 And forgat his works, and his wonders that he had shewed them.
12 Marvellous things did he in the sight of their fathers, in the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan.
13 He divided the sea, and caused them to pass through; and he made the waters to stand as an heap.
14 In the daytime also he led them with a cloud, and all the night with a light of fire.
15 He clave the rocks in the wilderness, and gave them drink as out of the great depths.
16 He brought streams also out of the rock, and caused waters to run down like rivers.
17 And they sinned yet more against him by provoking the most High in the wilderness.
18 And they tempted God in their heart by asking meat for their lust.
19 Yea, they spake against God; they said, Can God furnish a table in the wilderness?
20 Behold, he smote the rock, that the waters gushed out, and the streams overflowed; can he give bread also? can he provide flesh for his people?
21 Therefore the Lord heard this, and was wroth: so a fire was kindled against Jacob, and anger also came up against Israel;
22 Because they believed not in God, and trusted not in his salvation:
23 Though he had commanded the clouds from above, and opened the doors of heaven,
24 And had rained down manna upon them to eat, and had given them of the corn of heaven.
25 Man did eat angels' food: he sent them meat to the full.
26 He caused an east wind to blow in the heaven: and by his power he brought in the south wind.
27 He rained flesh also upon them as dust, and feathered fowls like as the sand of the sea:
28 And he let it fall in the midst of their camp, round about their habitations.
29 So they did eat, and were well filled: for he gave them their own desire;
30 They were not estranged from their lust. But while their meat was yet in their mouths,
31 The wrath of God came upon them, and slew the fattest of them, and smote down the chosen men of Israel.
32 For all this they sinned still, and believed not for his wondrous works.
33 Therefore their days did he consume in vanity, and their years in trouble.
34 When he slew them, then they sought him: and they returned and enquired early after God.
35 And they remembered that God was their rock, and the high God their redeemer.
36 Nevertheless they did flatter him with their mouth, and they lied unto him with their tongues.
37 For their heart was not right with him, neither were they stedfast in his covenant.
38 But he, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed them not: yea, many a time turned he his anger away, and did not stir up all his wrath.
39 For he remembered that they were but flesh; a wind that passeth away, and cometh not again.
40 How oft did they provoke him in the wilderness, and grieve him in the desert!
41 Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.
42 They remembered not his hand, nor the day when he delivered them from the enemy.
43 How he had wrought his signs in Egypt, and his wonders in the field of Zoan.
44 And had turned their rivers into blood; and their floods, that they could not drink.
45 He sent divers sorts of flies among them, which devoured them; and frogs, which destroyed them.
46 He gave also their increase unto the caterpiller, and their labour unto the locust.
47 He destroyed their vines with hail, and their sycomore trees with frost.
48 He gave up their cattle also to the hail, and their flocks to hot thunderbolts.
49 He cast upon them the fierceness of his anger, wrath, and indignation, and trouble, by sending evil angels among them.
50 He made a way to his anger; he spared not their soul from death, but gave their life over to the pestilence;
51 And smote all the firstborn in Egypt; the chief of their strength in the tabernacles of Ham:
52 But made his own people to go forth like sheep, and guided them in the wilderness like a flock.
53 And he led them on safely, so that they feared not: but the sea overwhelmed their enemies.
54 And he brought them to the border of his sanctuary, even to this mountain, which his right hand had purchased.
55 He cast out the heathen also before them, and divided them an inheritance by line, and made the tribes of Israel to dwell in their tents.
56 Yet they tempted and provoked the most high God, and kept not his testimonies:
57 But turned back, and dealt unfaithfully like their fathers: they were turned aside like a deceitful bow.
58 For they provoked him to anger with their high places, and moved him to jealousy with their graven images.
59 When God heard this, he was wroth, and greatly abhorred Israel:
60 So that he forsook the tabernacle of Shiloh, the tent which he placed among men;
61 And delivered his strength into captivity, and his glory into the enemy's hand.
62 He gave his people over also unto the sword; and was wroth with his inheritance.
63 The fire consumed their young men; and their maidens were not given to marriage.
64 Their priests fell by the sword; and their widows made no lamentation.
65 Then the Lord awaked as one out of sleep, and like a mighty man that shouteth by reason of wine.
66 And he smote his enemies in the hinder parts: he put them to a perpetual reproach.
67 Moreover he refused the tabernacle of Joseph, and chose not the tribe of Ephraim:
68 But chose the tribe of Judah, the mount Zion which he loved.
69 And he built his sanctuary like high palaces, like the earth which he hath established for ever.
70 He chose David also his servant, and took him from the sheepfolds:
71 From following the ewes great with young he brought him to feed Jacob his people, and Israel his inheritance.
72 So he fed them according to the integrity of his heart; and guided them by the skilfulness of his hands.
Onyankopɔn ne ne nkurɔfo
1Me nkurɔfo, muntie me nkyerɛkyerɛ na monyɛ aso mma asɛm a meka no. 2 Mede abebu rebɛkyerɛ mo anwonwade a esii tete no mu; 3 nneɛma a yɛate na yɛahu; nneɛma a yɛn agyanom kaa ho asɛm kyerɛɛ yɛn. 4 Yɛremfa nkame yɛn mma; yɛbɛka Awurade tumideyɛ ne anwonwade a wayɛ akyerɛ nkyirimma. 5 Ɔmaa Israelfo mmara na ɔde ahyɛde nso maa Yakob asefo. Ɔka kyerɛɛ yɛn agyanom se wɔnkyerɛkyerɛ wɔn mma ne mmara no, 6 sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ a nkyirimma besua na wɔn nso akyerɛkyerɛ wɔn mma. 7 Ɛba saa a, wɔn nso de wɔn ho bɛto Onyankopɔn so, na ɛremma wɔn werɛ mfi nea wayɛ, na daa wobedi ne mmara no so. 8 Wɔrenyɛ sɛ wɔn nenanom adɔnyɛfo ne asoɔdenfo a wɔn gyidi a na wɔwɔ wɔ Onyankopɔn mu no antim da, nanso wɔantena ase sɛ nokwafo amma no.
9 Efraimfo a wokitakita nnyan ne ne ntadua no guanee ɔko da no. 10 Wɔanni wɔne Onyankopɔn apam no so; wɔampɛ sɛ wodi ne mmara no so. 11 Wɔn werɛ fii anwonwade a wohui sɛ wayɛ no. 12 Bere a na wɔn nenanom rehwɛ Onyankopɔn no, na ɔno nso reyɛ anwonwade wɔ Soan a ɛwɔ Misraim no. 13 Ɔkyɛɛ ɛpo mu na ɔde wɔn faa mu. Ɔmaa nsu no gyinae sɛ afasuw. 14 Ɔnam omununkum mu dii wɔn anim awia ne anadwo, kanea gya mu. 15 Ɔpaee ɔbotan mu wɔ bepɔw so, na onyaa nsu fii mu de maa wɔn. 16 Ɔmaa asuwa bɛtɔɔ ɔbotan no mu maa nsu sen fii mu sɛ asuten. 17 Nanso wɔkɔɔ so yɛɛ bɔne tiaa Onyankopɔn na bepɔw no so, wɔsɔre tiaa ɔsorosoroni no. 18 Wɔboapa bisaa aduan a wɔpɛ de sɔɔ Onyankopɔn hwɛe. 19 Wɔkasa tiaa Onyankopɔn se, “Onyankopɔn betumi ama aduan wɔ sare so anaa? 20 Ɛwom sɛ ɔbɔɔ ɔbotan mu maa nsu pii sen fii mu, na obetumi ama yɛn abodoo na wama ne nkurɔfo nam nso?” 21 Enti Onyankopɔn tee no, ne bo fuwii, na ɔde ogya kɔɔ ne nkurɔkfo so, na n’abufuw a ɛwɔ wɔn so no mu yɛɛ den 22 efisɛ, na wonni ne mu gyidi sɛ obetumi agye wɔn nkwa. 23 Nanso ɔkasa kyerɛɛ soro; ɔhyɛ maa n’apon buei. 24 Ɔtɔɔ mana ma wodii. 25 Enti wodii abɔfo aduan, na Onyankopɔn maa wɔn nea ehia wɔn nyinaa.
26 Bio, ɔmaa apuei mframa bɔe, na ne tumi mu, ɔhwanyanee anadwo mframa, 27 na ɔmaa ne nkurɔfo nnomaa a wɔn dodow bɛyɛ sɛ mpoano anhwea. 28 Wɔtetew guguu ntamadan no mu ne ho nyinaa. 29 Enti nnipa we mee. Onyankopɔn maa wɔn nea wɔhwehwɛ. 30 Nanso, wɔn ani ansɔ nea wɔhwehwɛ no nyinaa ho a na wogu so didi 31 bere a Onyankopɔn ani beree wɔn so na okum mmarima ahoɔdenfo a na wodi mu wɔ Israel no. 32 Eyinom nyinaa akyi, na bɔne ara na nnipa no reyɛ; n’anwonwade no nyinaa akyi, wɔamfa wɔn ho anto ne so. 33 Enti otwaa wɔn nna so te sɛ ɔhome na wɔn nkwa yɛɛ sin prɛkopɛ.
34 Bere biara a obekum wɔn mu bi no, nkae no dan ba ne nkyɛn; wɔbɛsesa abɔ no mpae dennen. 35 Wɔkaee sɛ Onyankopɔn yɛ wɔn hwɛfo, na Otumfoɔ no bɛboa wɔn. 36 Nanso na wɔn nsɛm no nyinaa yɛ atoro. Nsɛm a wɔka no mu biara nyɛ nokware. 37 Na wonni no nokware; na wonni wɔne n’apam no nokware. 38 Nanso na Onyankopɔn wɔ ahummɔbɔ ma ne nkurɔfo. Ɔde wɔn bɔne kyɛɛ wɔn na wansɛe wɔn. Mpɛn pii ɔkoraa nabufuw so na wanna n’abufuw adi. 39 Ɔkaee sɛ wɔyɛ adasamma te sɛ mframa a ɛbɔ na etwam no.
40 Mpɛn ahe na wɔansɔre antia no wɔ sare so hɔ, na mpɛn ahe na wɔamma ne werɛ anhow! 41 Wɔsɔɔ Onyankopɔn hwɛe adekyee ne adesae nam so de yaw brɛɛ Israel Nyankopɔn Kronkron no. 42 Wɔn werɛ fii ne tumi kɛse no ne da a ogyee wɔn fii wɔn atamfo nsam, 43 wɔ Soan tawtaw so a ɛwɔ Misraim no. 44 Ɔmaa nsu dan mogya a na Misraimfo nnya nsu nnom. 45 Ɔmaa nwansena baa wɔn so bɛhaw wɔn na mpɔtorɔ nso bɛsɛee wɔn asase.
46 Ɔmaa mmoadabi bedii wɔn mfuduan de sɛee wɔn mfuw. 47 Ɔde asukɔtweaa bɛsɛee wɔn bobe na ɔde sukyerɛmma sɛee wɔn ankye nnua. 48 Ɔde asukɔtweaa kum wɔn anantwi ɛnna ɔde anyinam kum wɔn nguan. 49 Ɔnam n’abufuw a ano yɛ den a ɛbae te sɛ owu asomafo no maa ɔhaw kɛse baa wɔn so. 50 Wamfa n’abufuw ansie, na wamfa wɔn nkwa nso ankyɛ wɔn. Mmom, ɔmaa ɔyaredɔm bekum wɔn. 51 Okum Misraimfo mmakan nyinaa.
52 Afei odii ne nkurɔfo anim te sɛ oguanhwɛfo de wɔn faa sare no so. 53 Odii wɔn anim dwoodwoo, enti na wonsuro. Nanso ɛpo asorɔkye bɛbɔ faa wɔn atamfo so. 54 Ɔde wɔn baa n’asase kronkron no ne mmepɔw a ɔko dii so no so. 55 Ɔpamoo nnipa a na wɔte hɔ no de hɔ maa ne nkurɔfo. Ɔkyekyɛɛ wɔn nsase no mu de maa Israel mmusuakuw no de wɔn afi maa ne nkurɔfo no.
56 Nanso wɔsrɔre tiaa Onyankopɔn tumfoɔ sɔɔ no hwɛe. Wɔanni ne mmara so. 57 Na mmom, wɔsɔre tiaa no na wɔanni nokware sɛ wɔn agyanom, wɔn a wɔde wɔn ho to wɔn so a, ɛnyɛ ye te sɛ agyan a akyeakyea no. 58 Wɔn abosonsom hyɛɛ no abufuw, na wɔn ahoni a na wɔsom no maa ne bo fuwii.
59 Onyankopɔn hui no, ne bo fuwii enti ɔpoo ne nkurɔfo no koraa. 60 Ogyaw ne ntamadan wɔ Silo, faako a na ɔte wɔ wɔn mu no. 61 Ɔmaa yɛn atamfo faa Apam Adaka a ɛyɛ ne tumi ne n’anuonyam agyiraehyɛde no. 62 Ne bo fuwii ɔno ara ne nkurɔfo enti ɔmaa wɔn ara wɔn atamfo kunkum wɔn. 63 Wokum mmerante wɔ ɔsa mu, enti na mmabaa nnya kunu nware. 64 Asɔfo wuwui basabasayɛ mu na wɔamma wɔn akunafo no kwan amma wɔansu. 65 Akyiri yi, Awurade sɔree sɛnea ofi nna mu. Na ɔte sɛ ɔhoɔdenfo a nsa ahyɛ no den. 66 Odii wɔn so nea edi kan ne nea etwa to hyɛɛ wɔn aniwu, pamoo wɔn. 67 Nanso ɔpoo Yosef asefo. Efraim abusua nso, wamfa wɔn. 68 Na mmom, oyii Yuda ne Sion Bepɔw a na ɔpɛ n’asɛm no. 69 Ɛhɔ na osii ne fi te sɛ ne soro fi. Ɔyɛɛ no den te sɛ asase pɛ a etim hɔ daa. 70 Oyii ne somfo Dawid a ɔfrɛɛ no fii nguan adidibea hɔ no; 71 ɔno na ɔhwɛɛ ne nguan so na ɔyɛɛ no Israel hene ne Onyankopɔn nkurɔfo so oguanhwɛfo. 72 Dawid de ne koma ne ne nyansa nyinaa hwɛɛ wɔn.