The Message

Psalm 31

A David Psalm

11-2 I run to you, God; I run for dear life.
    Don’t let me down!
    Take me seriously this time!
Get down on my level and listen,
    and please—no procrastination!
Your granite cave a hiding place,
    your high cliff aerie a place of safety.

3-5 You’re my cave to hide in,
    my cliff to climb.
Be my safe leader,
    be my true mountain guide.
Free me from hidden traps;
    I want to hide in you.
I’ve put my life in your hands.
    You won’t drop me,
    you’ll never let me down.

6-13 I hate all this silly religion,
    but you, God, I trust.
I’m leaping and singing in the circle of your love;
    you saw my pain,
    you disarmed my tormentors,
You didn’t leave me in their clutches
    but gave me room to breathe.
Be kind to me, God
    I’m in deep, deep trouble again.
I’ve cried my eyes out;
    I feel hollow inside.
My life leaks away, groan by groan;
    my years fade out in sighs.
My troubles have worn me out,
    turned my bones to powder.
To my enemies I’m a monster;
    I’m ridiculed by the neighbors.
My friends are horrified;
    they cross the street to avoid me.
They want to blot me from memory,
    forget me like a corpse in a grave,
    discard me like a broken dish in the trash.
The street-talk gossip has me
    “criminally insane”!
Behind locked doors they plot
    how to ruin me for good.

14-18 Desperate, I throw myself on you:
    you are my God!
Hour by hour I place my days in your hand,
    safe from the hands out to get me.
Warm me, your servant, with a smile;
    save me because you love me.
Don’t embarrass me by not showing up;
    I’ve given you plenty of notice.
Embarrass the wicked, stand them up,
    leave them stupidly shaking their heads
    as they drift down to hell.
Gag those loudmouthed liars
    who heckle me, your follower,
    with jeers and catcalls.

19-22 What a stack of blessing you have piled up
    for those who worship you,
Ready and waiting for all who run to you
    to escape an unkind world.
You hide them safely away
    from the opposition.
As you slam the door on those oily, mocking faces,
    you silence the poisonous gossip.
Blessed God!
    His love is the wonder of the world.
Trapped by a siege, I panicked.
    “Out of sight, out of mind,” I said.
But you heard me say it,
    you heard and listened.

23 Love God, all you saints;
    God takes care of all who stay close to him,
But he pays back in full
    those arrogant enough to go it alone.

24 Be brave. Be strong. Don’t give up.
    Expect God to get here soon.

Nkwa Asem

Nnwom 31

Onyankopɔn mu gyidi mpaebɔ

1Mereba wo nkyɛn, Awurade, ama woabɔ me ho ban, na mma wonnni me so nkonim. Woyɛ Onyankopɔn treneeni. Mesrɛ wo sɛ gye me nkwa! Tie me! Gye me nkwa mprempren! Yɛ me guankɔbea na bɔ me ho ban na gye me nkwa. Woyɛ me guankɔbea ne me hwɛfo. Kyerɛ me kwan na di m’anim sɛnea woahyɛ me bɔ no. Gye me fi firi a wɔasum me no mu. Bɔ me ho ban fi amane mu. Mede me ho hyɛ wo hwɛ pa ase. Wubegye me nkwa, Awurade,woyɛ ɔnokwafo Nyankopɔn. Wukyi wɔn a wɔsom anyamehunu, enti mede me ho to wo so. M’ani begye na madi ahurusi esiane wo dɔ a wodɔ me daa nti. Wuhuu m’amanehunu; wunim me haw. Woamma m’atamfo ankyere me; woama mitumi kɔ baabiara a mepɛ.

Hu me mmɔbɔ, Awurade, efisɛ, mewɔ ɔhaw mu; masu ama m’ani yɛ me yaw; mabrɛ dodo. 10 Awerɛhow ama mahaw, na osu atew me nkwa nna so. Me haw ama mayɛ mmerɛw, na me nnompe mpo akisa. 11 M’atamfo nyinaa ne m’afɛfo titiriw bɔ me ahohora; nnipa a wonim me suro me. Sɛ wohu me wɔ kwan so a, woguan. 12 Obiara werɛ afi me te sɛ nea mawu. Mete sɛ biribi a wɔatow akyene. 13 Mete sɛ atamfo ka asomsɛm; ahunahuna atwa me ho ahyia. Wɔrepam me tiri so apɛ me akum me.

14 Nanso mede me ho ato wo so, O Awurade; woyɛ me Nyankopɔn. 15 Daa mehyɛ wo hwɛ ase. Gye me fi m’atamfo ne wɔn a wɔtaa me no nsam.

16 Fa ayamye hwɛ wo somfo. Gye me nkwa wɔ wo dɔ a ɛnsa da no mu. 17 Mefrɛ wo se, Awurade, mma m’anim nngu ase. Mmom ma nnebɔneyɛfo anim ngu ase; ma wɔnkɔ asaman komm. 18 Bɔ atorofo ne ahantanfo ne wɔn a wɔka nsɛm tia atreneefo ano.

19 Nnepa a woakora ama wɔn a wɔhyɛ wo anuonyam no yɛ nwonwa. Obiara nim sɛ wo ye, na wobɔ wɔn a wɔde wɔn ho to wo so ho ban.

20 Wode wɔn sie w’anim dwoodwoo fi nnipa nsusuw bɔne ho. Woka wɔn hyɛ wo nwini ase yi wɔn fi atamfo kasatia mu. 21 Kamfo Awurade! Sɛ ɛba sɛ wɔatwa me ho ahyia aba me so no, ne dɔ a oyi no adi kyerɛ me no yɛ nwonwa.

22 Misuroe, na misusuwii sɛ wapam me afi n’anim. Nanso bere a misu frɛɛ no se ɔmmɛboa me no, ɔtee me su.

23 Mo a mugye Awurade di no nyinaa monnɔ no. Awurade bɔ nea ogye no di no ho ban, na ɔtwe ahantanfo aso sɛnea ɛfata wɔn. 24 Mo a mowɔ anidaso wɔ Awurade mu no, monyɛ den. Mo bo nyɛ duru.