The Message

Psalm 143

A David Psalm

11-2 Listen to this prayer of mine, God;
    pay attention to what I’m asking.
Answer me—you’re famous for your answers!
    Do what’s right for me.
But don’t, please don’t, haul me into court;
    not a person alive would be acquitted there.

3-6 The enemy hunted me down;
    he kicked me and stomped me within an inch of my life.
He put me in a black hole,
    buried me like a corpse in that dungeon.
I sat there in despair, my spirit draining away,
    my heart heavy, like lead.
I remembered the old days,
    went over all you’ve done, pondered the ways you’ve worked,
Stretched out my hands to you,
    as thirsty for you as a desert thirsty for rain.

7-10 Hurry with your answer, God!
    I’m nearly at the end of my rope.
Don’t turn away; don’t ignore me!
    That would be certain death.
If you wake me each morning with the sound of your loving voice,
    I’ll go to sleep each night trusting in you.
Point out the road I must travel;
    I’m all ears, all eyes before you.
Save me from my enemies, God
    you’re my only hope!
Teach me how to live to please you,
    because you’re my God.
Lead me by your blessed Spirit
    into cleared and level pastureland.

11-12 Keep up your reputation, God—give me life!
    In your justice, get me out of this trouble!
In your great love, vanquish my enemies;
    make a clean sweep of those who harass me.
And why? Because I’m your servant.

Nkwa Asem

Nnwom 143

Mmoa mpaebɔ

1Awurade, tie me mpaebɔ! Wo trenee mu, tie m’adesrɛ. Gye me so wɔ wo nokware turodoo mu! Nsɔ me, w’akoa, nhwɛ! Obiara nyɛ pɛ w’anim.

Me tamfo apɛ me anya me na wadi me so koraa. Ɔde me ato afiase sum mu na mayɛ sɛ wɔn a wowuwui dedaadaw no. Ɛno nti, mereyɛ apa abaw. M’aba mu abu.

Mekae mmere a atwam no; midwen nea woayɛ nyinaa. Mekae wo nnwuma nyinaa. Mepagyaw me nsa kyerɛ wo so wɔ mpaebɔ mu; wo ho sukɔm de me kra sɛ asase kesee. Awurade, bua me mprempren ara! M’anidaso asa. Mfa wo ho nhintaw me anyɛ saa a, mɛfra nsamanfo mu. Daa anɔpa, kae me wo dɔ a wodɔ me no efisɛ, mede me ho to wo so. Me mpaebɔ ba wo nkyɛn. Kyerɛ me kwan a memfa so. Awurade, mekɔ wo nkyɛn kɔpɛ hintabea, gye me fi m’atamfo nsam. 10 Woyɛ me Nyankopɔn; kyerɛ me na menyɛ w’apɛde. Hwɛ me yiye na kyerɛ me kwan pa a memfa so.

11 Gye me, Awurade, sɛnea woahyɛ me bɔ no; fa wo papayɛ so gye me fi ɔhaw mu! 12 Esiane ɔdɔ a wodɔ me nti, kum m’atamfo na sɛe wɔn a wɔhyɛ me so nyinaa efisɛ, meyɛ wo somfo.