Endagaano Enkadde nʼEndagaano Empya

Zabbuli 49

Ya Mukulu wa Bayimbi. Zabbuli ya Batabani ba Koola.

1Muwulire mmwe amawanga gonna,
    mutege amatu mmwe mwenna abali mu nsi.
Ab’ekitiibwa n’abakopi, abagagga n’abaavu, mwenna;
    muwulirize ebigambo byange.
Kubanga ebigambo by’omu kamwa kange bya magezi,
    ebiva mu mutima gwange bijjudde okutegeera.
Nnaakozesanga ebikwata ku ngero,
    nga nnyinnyonnyola amakulu gaazo n’oluyimba ku nnanga.

Siityenga ne bwe nnaabanga mu buzibu;
    newaakubadde ng’abalabe bange banneetoolodde,
abantu abeesiga obugagga bwabwe
    beenyumiririza mu bintu ebingi bye balina.
Ddala ddala, tewali muntu ayinza kununula bulamu bwa munne,
    wadde okwegula okuva eri Katonda.
Kubanga omuwendo ogununula obulamu munene nnyo,
    tewali n’omu agusobola;
alyoke awangaale ennaku zonna
    nga tatuuse magombe.
10 Kubanga n’abantu abagezi bafa;
    abasirusiru n’abatalina magezi bonna baaggwaawo,
    obugagga bwabwe ne babulekera abalala.
11 Entaana zaabwe ge ganaabanga amaka gaabwe ennaku zonna;
    nga bye bisulo ebya buli mulembe oguliddawo;
    baafuna ettaka mu mannya gaabwe.

12 Omuntu tabeerera mirembe gyonna, ne bw’aba mugagga atya,
    alifa ng’ensolo bwe zifa.

13 Ako ke kabi akatuuka ku beesiga ebitaliimu,
    era ye nkomerero y’abo abeesiga obugagga bwabwe.
14 Okufaanana ng’endiga, bateekwa kufa;
    olumbe ne lubalya.
Bakka butereevu emagombe,
    obulungi bwabwe ne bubula,
    amagombe ne gafuuka amaka gaabwe.
15 Naye Katonda alinunula emmeeme yange mu magombe,
    ddala ddala alintwala gy’ali.
16 Omuntu bw’agaggawalanga n’ekitiibwa ky’ennyumba ye nga kyeyongedde,
    tomutyanga,
17 kubanga bw’alifa taliiko ky’alitwala, wadde n’ekitiibwa kye tekirigenda naye.
18 Newaakubadde nga mu bulamu yeerowoozaako ng’aweereddwa omukisa
    kubanga omugagga abantu bamugulumiza,
19 kyokka alikka emagombe eri bajjajjaabe,
    n’ayingira mu kizikiza ekikutte.

20 Omuntu omugagga naye nga simutegeevu tabeerera mirembe gyonna,
    alizikirira ng’ensolo ez’omu nsiko.

The Message

Psalm 49

A Psalm of the Sons of Korah

11-2 Listen, everyone, listen—
    earth-dwellers, don’t miss this.
All you haves
    and have-nots,
All together now: listen.

3-4 I set plainspoken wisdom before you,
    my heart-seasoned understandings of life.
I fine-tuned my ear to the sayings of the wise,
    I solve life’s riddle with the help of a harp.

5-6 So why should I fear in bad times,
    hemmed in by enemy malice,
Shoved around by bullies,
    demeaned by the arrogant rich?

7-9 Really! There’s no such thing as self-rescue,
    pulling yourself up by your bootstraps.
The cost of rescue is beyond our means,
    and even then it doesn’t guarantee
Life forever, or insurance
    against the Black Hole.

10-11 Anyone can see that the brightest and best die,
    wiped out right along with fools and dunces.
They leave all their prowess behind,
    move into their new home, The Coffin,
The cemetery their permanent address.
    And to think they named counties after themselves!

12 We aren’t immortal. We don’t last long.
    Like our dogs, we age and weaken. And die.

13-15 This is what happens to those who live for the moment,
    who only look out for themselves:
Death herds them like sheep straight to hell;
    they disappear down the gullet of the grave;
They waste away to nothing—
    nothing left but a marker in a cemetery.
But me? God snatches me from the clutch of death,
    he reaches down and grabs me.

16-19 So don’t be impressed with those who get rich
    and pile up fame and fortune.
They can’t take it with them;
    fame and fortune all get left behind.
Just when they think they’ve arrived
    and folks praise them because they’ve made good,
They enter the family burial plot
    where they’ll never see sunshine again.

20 We aren’t immortal. We don’t last long.
    Like our dogs, we age and weaken. And die.