The Message

Psalm 26

A David Psalm

1Clear my name, God;
    I’ve kept an honest shop.
I’ve thrown in my lot with you, God, and
    I’m not budging.

    Examine me, God, from head to foot,
    order your battery of tests.
Make sure I’m fit
    inside and out

    So I never lose
    sight of your love,
But keep in step with you,
    never missing a beat.

4-5     I don’t hang out with tricksters,
    I don’t pal around with thugs;
I hate that pack of gangsters,
    I don’t deal with double-dealers.

6-7     I scrub my hands with purest soap,
    then join hands with the others in the great circle,
    dancing around your altar, God,
Singing God-songs at the top of my lungs,
    telling God-stories.

8-10     God, I love living with you;
    your house glows with your glory.
When it’s time for spring cleaning,
    don’t sweep me out with the quacks and crooks,
Men with bags of dirty tricks,
    women with purses stuffed with bribe-money.

11-12     You know I’ve been aboveboard with you;
    now be aboveboard with me.
I’m on the level with you, God;
    I bless you every chance I get.

Nkwa Asem

Nnwom 26

Ɔtreneeni mpaebɔ

1Bu me bem, O Awurade, efisɛ, meyɛ ade trenee na mede me ho to wo so koraa. Sɔ me hwɛ, Awurade, na hu m’adwene. Wo dɔ a wodɔ me daa no yɛ m’akwankyerɛ; wo nokware no kyerɛ me kwan daa. Me ne ahuhufo mmɔ. Me ne nyaatwomfo nni hwee yɛ. Me ne nnebɔneyɛfo mmɔ, na mekwae mifi wɔn ho. Awurade, mehohoro me nsa ma wuhu sɛ, menyɛ bɔne na meba mu betwa w’afɔremuka ho hyia, som wo. Meto aseda nnwom na mepae mu ka w’anwonwade. M’ani gye ofi a wote mu no ho, O Awurade, baabi a w’anuonyam te hɔ.

Nsɛe me mfra nnebɔneyɛfo no. Gye me fi awudifo nsam; 10 nnipa a daa wɔyɛ bɔne na daa wɔasiesie wɔn ho ama adanmudegye no.

11 Me de, meyɛ ade trenee; hu me mmɔbɔ na gye me nkwa.

12 Amane mu, me ho nka; mekamfo Awurade wɔ ne manfo mu.