The Message

Psalm 106

11-3 Hallelujah!
Thank God! And why?
    Because he’s good, because his love lasts.
But who on earth can do it—
    declaim God’s mighty acts, broadcast all his praises?
You’re one happy man when you do what’s right,
    one happy woman when you form the habit of justice.

4-5 Remember me, God, when you enjoy your people;
    include me when you save them;
I want to see your chosen succeed,
    celebrate with your celebrating nation,
    join the Hallelujahs of your pride and joy!

6-12 We’ve sinned a lot, both we and our parents;
    We’ve fallen short, hurt a lot of people.
After our parents left Egypt,
    they took your wonders for granted,
    forgot your great and wonderful love.
They were barely beyond the Red Sea
    when they defied the High God
    —the very place he saved them!
    —the place he revealed his amazing power!
He rebuked the Red Sea so that it dried up on the spot
    —he paraded them right through!
    —no one so much as got wet feet!
He saved them from a life of oppression,
    pried them loose from the grip of the enemy.
Then the waters flowed back on their oppressors;
    there wasn’t a single survivor.
Then they believed his words were true
    and broke out in songs of praise.

13-18 But it wasn’t long before they forgot the whole thing,
    wouldn’t wait to be told what to do.
They only cared about pleasing themselves in that desert,
    provoked God with their insistent demands.
He gave them exactly what they asked for—
    but along with it they got an empty heart.
One day in camp some grew jealous of Moses,
    also of Aaron, holy priest of God.
The ground opened and swallowed Dathan,
    then buried Abiram’s gang.
Fire flared against that rebel crew
    and torched them to a cinder.

19-22 They cast in metal a bull calf at Horeb
    and worshiped the statue they’d made.
They traded the Glory
    for a cheap piece of sculpture—a grass-chewing bull!
They forgot God, their very own Savior,
    who turned things around in Egypt,
Who created a world of wonders in the Land of Ham,
    who gave that stunning performance at the Red Sea.

23-27 Fed up, God decided to get rid of them—
    and except for Moses, his chosen, he would have.
But Moses stood in the gap and deflected God’s anger,
    prevented it from destroying them utterly.
They went on to reject the Blessed Land,
    didn’t believe a word of what God promised.
They found fault with the life they had
    and turned a deaf ear to God’s voice.
Exasperated, God swore
    that he’d lay them low in the desert,
Scattering their children hither and yon,
    strewing them all over the earth.

28-31 Then they linked up with Baal Peor,
    attending funeral banquets and eating idol food.
That made God so angry
    that a plague spread through their ranks;
Phinehas stood up and pled their case
    and the plague was stopped.
This was counted to his credit;
    his descendants will never forget it.

32-33 They angered God again at Meribah Springs;
    this time Moses got mixed up in their evil;
Because they defied God yet again,
    Moses exploded and lost his temper.

34-39 They didn’t wipe out those godless cultures
    as ordered by God;
Instead they intermarried with the heathen,
    and in time became just like them.
They worshiped their idols,
    were caught in the trap of idols.
They sacrificed their sons and daughters
    at the altars of demon gods.
They slit the throats of their babies,
    murdered their infant girls and boys.
They offered their babies to Canaan’s gods;
    the blood of their babies stained the land.
Their way of life stank to high heaven;
    they lived like whores.

40-43 And God was furious—a wildfire anger;
    he couldn’t stand even to look at his people.
He turned them over to the heathen
    so that the people who hated them ruled them.
Their enemies made life hard for them;
    they were tyrannized under that rule.
Over and over God rescued them, but they never learned—
    until finally their sins destroyed them.

44-46 Still, when God saw the trouble they were in
    and heard their cries for help,
He remembered his Covenant with them,
    and, immense with love, took them by the hand.
He poured out his mercy on them
    while their captors looked on, amazed.

47 Save us, God, our God!
    Gather us back out of exile
So we can give thanks to your holy name
    and join in the glory when you are praised!

48 Blessed be God, Israel’s God!
Bless now, bless always!
Oh! Let everyone say Amen!
Hallelujah!

Nkwa Asem

Nnwom 106

Awurade adɔe

1Kamfo Awurade! Monna Awurade ase efisɛ oye; ne dɔ wɔ hɔ daa. Hena na obetumi aka nneɛma akɛse a wayɛ? Hena na obetumi akamfo no?

Nhyira nka wɔn a wodi ne mmara so, na daa wɔyɛ ade trenee.

Awurade, sɛ woboa wo nkurɔfo a, kae me; sɛ wogye wɔn nkwa a, fa me ka wɔn ho. Ma minhu wo nkurɔfo nkɔso, na me ne wo man ntena ahotɔ mu wɔ anigye mu ahosɛpɛw a wɔn a wɔyɛ wo de no nya no.

Yɛayɛ bɔne sɛnea yɛn nenanom yɛe no; yɛayɛ amumɔyɛ ne bɔne bebree. Yɛn nenanom a na wɔwɔ Misraim no ante Onyankopɔn anwonwade no ase; wɔn werɛ fii ne dɔ a ɔdaa no adi kyerɛɛ wɔn mpɛn pii no, na wɔsɔre tiaa Otumfoɔ no wɔ Po Kɔkɔɔ no so. Nanso ogyee wɔn nkwa sɛnea ɔhyɛɛ wɔn bɔ sɛnea ɔbɛda ne tumi adi no. Ɔkasa kyerɛɛ Po Kɔkɔɔ no ma ɛyowoe. Na odii ne nkurɔfo anim ma wɔfaa asase kesee so. 10 Ogyee wɔn fii wɔn a na wɔtan wɔn no nsam; ogyee wɔn fii wɔn atamfo nsam. 11 Nanso nsu no faa wɔn atamfo no a, wɔn mu baako koraa anka.

12 Afei ne nkurɔfo no gyee ne bɔhyɛ no dii, na wɔtoo ayeyi dwom maa no.

13 Nanso ntɛm so, wɔn werɛ fii nea wayɛ, na wɔyɛɛ nea wɔn ara wɔpɛ a wɔammisa no. 14 Akɔnnɔ bɛhyɛɛ wɔn mu wɔ sare so hɔ, na wɔsɔɔ Awurade hwɛe, 15 enti ɔmaa wɔn nea wobisaa no, nanso ɔde ɔyare bɔne bi brɛɛ wɔn. 16 Na sare so hɔ, wɔn ani beree Mose ne Aaron a ɔyɛ Awurade somfo kronkron no so. 17 Na asase mu buei na ɛmenee Datan na esiee Abiram ne n’abusuafo; 18 ogya sian baa wɔn akyidifo so bɛhyew saa amumɔyɛfo no. 19 Wɔyɛɛ sikakɔkɔɔ nantwinini ohoni wɔ Sinai na wɔsom no; 20 wɔde Onyankopɔn anuonyam sesaa aboa a ɔwe sare ohoni. 21 Wɔn werɛ fii Onyankopɔn a ɔnam ne tumideyɛ so gyee wɔn Misraim no. 22 Anwonwade a ɔyɛe wɔ hɔ no so. Anwonwade a ɔyɛe wɔ Po Kɔkɔɔ no so no so. 23 Bere a Onyankopɔn kae se ɔbɛsɛe ne nkurɔfo no, n’akoa Mose sɔre srɛɛ Onyankopɔn dwudwoo n’abufuw ano sɛnea ɔrensɛe wɔn.

24 Enti wɔpoo asase fɛfɛ no efisɛ, na wonnye Onyankopɔn bɔhyɛ nni. 25 Wɔtenaa wɔn ntamadan mu nwiinwii a na wontie Awurade. 26 Enti ɔbɔɔ wɔn kɔkɔ sɛ ɔbɛma wɔawuwu wɔ sare so hɔ, 27 na wabɔ wɔn asefo apete wɔ sare so hɔ afra abosonsomfo mu, na wama wɔawuwu amanɔnne. 28 Na Poer hɔ, wɔde wɔn ho bɔɔ Baal, som no na wodii afɔre a wɔde bɔɔ anyame a nkwa nni wɔn mu no bi. 29 Wɔn nneyɛe no huruu Onyankopɔn bo, na ɔyare a ɛyɛ hu besii wɔn mu. 30 Na Pinahas sɔre gyinae twee wɔn a wodi fɔ no aso maa ɔyaredɔm no gyaee. 31 Wɔde saa asɛm yi kae no daa, na wɔbɛkae daa daa.

32 Meriba asu ho nso, nnipa no hyɛɛ Onyankopɔn abufuw ma, esiane wɔn nti, Mose kɔɔ ɔhaw mu. 33 Wɔmaa n’ani beree sɛ ɔkasa a onnyina nnwen ho. 34 Wɔankum abosonsomfo no sɛnea Awurade hyɛe sɛ wɔnyɛ no, 35 na wodii wɔn ho aware sɛnea abosonsomfo no yɛ no. 36 Onyankopɔn nkurɔfo som ahoni, na eyi ma wɔsɛee wɔn. 37 Wɔde wɔn ara wɔn mmabarima ne wɔn mmabea bɔɔ Kanaan ahoni afɔre. 38 Wokunkum mmotafowa a wonnim hwee maa asase no ho guu fi, esiane saa awudi no nti. 39 Saa ade a wɔyɛe no guu wɔn ho fi enti ɛma wodii atoro kyerɛɛ Onyankopɔn. 40 Enti Awurade bo fuw ne nkurɔfo; n’ani beree wɔn so. 41 Ɔpoo wɔn maa abosonsom tumi maa wɔn atamfo dii wɔn so. 42 Wɔn atamfo no hyɛɛ wɔn so a wɔyɛ hwee a ɛnyɛ ye.

43 Mpɛn pii, Awurade gye ne nkurɔfo, nanso wɔpɛ sɛ wɔsɔre tia no na wɔkɔ bɔne mu ara. 44 Nanso Awurade tiee wɔn bere a wosu frɛɛ no no na ohuu ɔhaw a wɔwɔ mu no. 45 Wɔn nti, ɔkaee n’apam no na esiane ne dɔ kɛse no nti, ogow ne ho mu. 46 Ɔmaa wɔn sodifo nyinaa nuu wɔn ho.

47 Gye yɛn, O Awurade yɛn Nyankopɔn, na san fa yɛn fi aman so bra, sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ a yɛbɛda wo ase na yɛakamfo wo din kronkron no.

48 Kamfo Awurade, Israel Nyankopɔn; kamfo no nnɛ ne daa nyinaa! Momma obiara nka se, “Amen!”

Kamfo Awurade!