A David Prayer
11-5 My God, don’t turn a deaf ear to my hallelujah prayer.
Liars are pouring out invective on me;
Their lying tongues are like a pack of dogs out to get me,
barking their hate, nipping my heels—and for no reason!
I loved them and now they slander me—yes, me!—
and treat my prayer like a crime;
They return my good with evil,
they return my love with hate.
6-20 Send the Evil One to accuse my accusing judge;
dispatch Satan to prosecute him.
When he’s judged, let the verdict be “Guilty,”
and when he prays, let his prayer turn to sin.
Give him a short life,
and give his job to somebody else.
Make orphans of his children,
dress his wife in widow’s weeds;
Turn his children into begging street urchins,
evicted from their homes—homeless.
May the bank foreclose and wipe him out,
and strangers, like vultures, pick him clean.
May there be no one around to help him out,
no one willing to give his orphans a break.
Chop down his family tree
so that nobody even remembers his name.
But erect a memorial to the sin of his father,
and make sure his mother’s name is there, too—
Their sins recorded forever before God,
but they themselves sunk in oblivion.
That’s all he deserves since he was never once kind,
hounded the afflicted and heartbroken to their graves.
Since he loved cursing so much,
let curses rain down;
Since he had no taste for blessing,
let blessings flee far from him.
He dressed up in curses like a fine suit of clothes;
he drank curses, took his baths in curses.
So give him a gift—a costume of curses;
he can wear curses every day of the week!
That’s what they’ll get, those out to get me—
an avalanche of just deserts from God.
21-25 Oh, God, my Lord, step in;
work a miracle for me—you can do it!
Get me out of here—your love is so great!—
I’m at the end of my rope, my life in ruins.
I’m fading away to nothing, passing away,
my youth gone, old before my time.
I’m weak from hunger and can hardly stand up,
my body a rack of skin and bones.
I’m a joke in poor taste to those who see me;
they take one look and shake their heads.
26-29 Help me, oh help me, God, my God,
save me through your wonderful love;
Then they’ll know that your hand is in this,
that you, God, have been at work.
Let them curse all they want;
you do the blessing.
Let them be jeered by the crowd when they stand up,
followed by cheers for me, your servant.
Dress my accusers in clothes dirty with shame,
discarded and humiliating old ragbag clothes.
30-31 My mouth’s full of great praise for God,
I’m singing his hallelujahs surrounded by crowds,
For he’s always at hand to take the side of the needy,
to rescue a life from the unjust judge.
Kwa mtsogoleri wamayimbidwe. Salimo la Davide.
1Mulungu amene ndimakutamandani,
2 pakuti anthu oyipa ndi achinyengo
atsekula pakamwa pawo kutsutsana nane;
iwo ayankhula motsutsana nane ndi malilime abodza.
3 Andizungulira ndi mawu audani,
amandinena popanda chifukwa.
4 Mʼmalo mwa chikondi changa amandineneza,
koma ine ndine munthu wapemphero.
5 Iwo amandibwezera zoyipa mʼmalo mwa zabwino,
ndi udani mʼmalo mwa chikondi changa.
6 Sankhani munthu woyipa kuti amutsutse iye;
lolani wotsutsa ayime ku dzanja lake lamanja.
7 Pamene aweruzidwa, apezeke kuti ndi wolakwa,
ndipo mapemphero ake amutsutse.
8 Masiku ake akhale owerengeka;
munthu wina atenge malo ake a utsogoleri.
9 Ana ake akhale amasiye
ndipo mkazi wake akhale wopanda mwamuna.
10 Ana ake akhale oyendayenda ndi opemphapempha;
apirikitsidwe kuchoka pa mabwinja a nyumba zawo.
11 Wokongoza alande zonse zimene ali nazo;
alendo afunkhe ntchito za manja ake.
12 Pasapezeke ndi mmodzi yemwe womukomera mtima
kapena kumvera chisoni ana ake amasiye.
13 Zidzukulu zake zithe nʼkufa,
mayina awo afafanizidwe mu mʼbado wotsatirawo.
14 Mphulupulu za makolo ake zikumbukiridwe pamaso pa Yehova;
tchimo la amayi ake lisadzafafanizidwe.
15 Machimo awo akhale pamaso pa Yehova nthawi zonse,
kuti Iye achotse chikumbutso chawo pa dziko lapansi.
16 Pakuti iye sanaganizirepo zochita chifundo,
koma anazunza mpaka kuwapha anthu osauka
ndi osweka mtima.
17 Anakonda kutemberera,
matembererowo abwerere kwa iye;
sanakondwe nʼkudalitsa anthu ena,
choncho madalitso akhale kutali naye.
18 Anavala kutemberera ngati chovala;
kutemberera kunalowa mʼthupi lake ngati madzi,
kulowa mʼmafupa ake ngati mafuta.
19 Matemberero akhale ngati chofunda chodzikutira nacho,
ngati lamba wovala tsiku ndi tsiku.
20 Awa akhale malipiro ochokera kwa Yehova pa onditsutsa anga,
kwa iwo amene amayankhula zoyipa za ine.
21 Koma Inu Ambuye Wamphamvuzonse,
muchite nane molingana ndi dzina lanu,
chifukwa cha ubwino wa chikondi chanu, pulumutseni.
22 Pakuti ndine wosauka ndi wosowa,
ndipo mtima wanga ukuwawa mʼkati mwanga.
23 Ndikuzimirira ngati mthunzi wa kumadzulo,
ndapirikitsidwa ngati dzombe.
24 Mawondo anga afowoka chifukwa cha kusala zakudya,
thupi langa lawonda ndi mutu wanga womwe.
25 Ndine chinthu chotonzedwa kwa otsutsana nane;
akandiona, amapukusa mitu yawo.
26 Thandizeni Inu Yehova Mulungu wanga;
pulumutseni molingana ndi chikondi chanu.
27 Adaniwo adziwe kuti limeneli ndi dzanja lanu,
kuti Inu Yehova mwachita zimenezi.
28 Angathe kutemberera, koma Inu mudzadalitsa;
pamene iwo andiputa adzachititsidwa manyazi,
koma mtumiki wanu adzasangalala.
29 Onditsutsa adzavekedwa mnyozo,
ndipo adzadzifunditsa manyazi ngati chovala.
30 Ndi pakamwa panga ndidzathokoza Yehova kwambiri;
ndidzamutamanda mʼgulu lalikulu la anthu.
31 Popeza Iye amayima ku dzanja lamanja la munthu wosowayo,
kupulumutsa moyo wake kwa iwo amene agamula molakwa.