The Message

Psalm 35

A David Psalm

11-3 Harass these hecklers, God,
    punch these bullies in the nose.
Grab a weapon, anything at hand;
    stand up for me!
Get ready to throw the spear, aim the javelin,
    at the people who are out to get me.
Reassure me; let me hear you say,
    “I’ll save you.”

4-8 When those thugs try to knife me in the back,
    make them look foolish.
Frustrate all those
    who are plotting my downfall.
Make them like cinders in a high wind,
    with God’s angel working the bellows.
Make their road lightless and mud-slick,
    with God’s angel on their tails.
Out of sheer cussedness they set a trap to catch me;
    for no good reason they dug a ditch to stop me.
Surprise them with your ambush—
    catch them in the very trap they set,
    the disaster they planned for me.

9-10 But let me run loose and free,
    celebrating God’s great work,
Every bone in my body laughing, singing, “God,
    there’s no one like you.
You put the down-and-out on their feet
    and protect the unprotected from bullies!”

11-12 Hostile accusers appear out of nowhere,
    they stand up and badger me.
They pay me back misery for mercy,
    leaving my soul empty.

13-14 When they were sick, I dressed in black;
    instead of eating, I prayed.
My prayers were like lead in my gut,
    like I’d lost my best friend, my brother.
I paced, distraught as a motherless child,
    hunched and heavyhearted.

15-16 But when I was down
    they threw a party!
All the nameless riffraff of the town came
    chanting insults about me.
Like barbarians desecrating a shrine,
    they destroyed my reputation.

17-18 God, how long are you going
    to stand there doing nothing?
Save me from their brutalities;
    everything I’ve got is being thrown to the lions.
I will give you full credit
    when everyone gathers for worship;
When the people turn out in force
    I will say my Hallelujahs.

19-21 Don’t let these liars, my enemies,
    have a party at my expense,
Those who hate me for no reason,
    winking and rolling their eyes.
No good is going to come
    from that crowd;
They spend all their time cooking up gossip
    against those who mind their own business.
They open their mouths
    in ugly grins,
Mocking, “Ha-ha, ha-ha, thought you’d get away with it?
    We’ve caught you hands down!”

22 Don’t you see what they’re doing, God?
    You’re not going to let them
Get by with it, are you? Not going to walk off
    without doing something, are you?

23-26 Please get up—wake up! Tend to my case.
    My God, my Lord—my life is on the line.
Do what you think is right, God, my God,
    but don’t make me pay for their good time.
Don’t let them say to themselves,
    “Ha-ha, we got what we wanted.”
Don’t let them say,
    “We’ve chewed him up and spit him out.”
Let those who are being hilarious
    at my expense
Be made to look ridiculous.
    Make them wear donkey’s ears;
Pin them with the donkey’s tail,
    who made themselves so high and mighty!

27-28 But those who want
    the best for me,
Let them have the last word—a glad shout!—
    and say, over and over and over,
God is great—everything works
    together for good for his servant.”
I’ll tell the world how great and good you are,
    I’ll shout Hallelujah all day, every day.

Nkwa Asem

Nnwom 35

Mmoa mpaebɔ

1Tia wɔn a wotia me, Awurade, na ko tia wɔn a wɔko tia me! Fa wo kyɛm ne wo nkatabo begye me. Ma wo peaw ne w’abonnua so tia wɔn a wɔtaa me. Ka kyerɛ me se wubegye me. Wɔn a wɔpɛ sɛ wokum me no, di wɔn so na gu wɔn anim ase! Na wɔn a wɔyɛ adwene tia me no ma wɔnsan wɔn akyi na wɔn adwene nyɛ basaa. Ma wɔnyɛ sɛ ntɛtɛ a mframa bɔ gu wɔ bere a Awurade taa wɔn no! Ma wɔn akwan nnuru sum na emu nyɛ toro bere a Awurade bɔfo bɔ wɔn hwe fam no! Wosum me firi kwa na wotuu amoa tenten sɛ mentɔ mu. Nanso ansa na wobehu no na ɔsɛe akyere wɔn dedaw. Wɔn ara wɔn firi beyi wɔn na ɛde wɔn akɔ sɛe mu.

Na Awurade nti, m’ani begye; menya ahotɔ efisɛ, wagye me nkwa. 10 Mifi me koma nyinaa mu bɛka akyerɛ Awurade se, “Obi nte sɛ wo. Wobɔ ahoɔmmerɛwfo ho ban fi ahoɔdenfo ho, ɛnna wobɔ mmɔborɔfo nso ho ban fi asisifo ho.

11 Nnebɔneyɛfo di adanse tia me na wɔde bɔne a minnim ho hwee to me so. 12 Wɔde bɔne tua papa a meyɛ so ka nam so ma mepa abaw. 13 Nanso bere a wɔyaree no, mifuraa ayiasetam na mannidi nso; misii me ti ase bɔɔ mpae 14 sɛnea mɛbɔ mpae ama adamfo anaa onua bi. Mekɔɔ so twaa agyaadwo sɛ obi a ɔresu ne na. 15 Nanso ɔhaw too me no, wɔn nyinaa ani gyei, boaa wɔn ho ano, dii me ho fɛw. Amamfrafo hwee me, na wɔkɔɔ so hwee me ara. 16 Wɔhwɛɛ me ɔtan so te sɛ nnipa a wodi obubuafo ho fɛw.

17 Awurade, wobɛkɔ so ahwɛ wɔn saa ara akosi da bɛn? Gye me fi wɔn nsam. Gye me nkwa fi saa agyata yi nsam. 18 Na mɛda wo ase wɔ wo manfo anim. Mɛkamfo wo wɔ wɔn nyinaa anim.

19 Mma m’atamfo, saa atorofo no, nni me nkogu no ho ahurusi. Mma wɔn a wɔtan me kwa nni m’awerɛhow ho ahurusi. 20 Wɔnkasa sɛ nnamfo; na mmom wɔfa akwan horow so twa asomdwoepɛfo ho atoro. 21 Wɔteɛm ka to me so se, “Yehuu nea woyɛe no!” 22 Nanso wo, O Awurade, woahu eyi. Enti nyɛ komm, Awurade; ntew wo ho nkɔ akyiri!

23 Keka wo ho, O Awurade, na bɔ me ho ban. Sɔre, me Nyankopɔn, na ka ma me. 24 Woyɛ ɔtreneeni; O Awurade, enti bu me bem. Mma m’atamfo nni ahurusi wɔ m’amanehunu ho. 25 Mma wonnsise wɔn ho se, “Yɛapam no afi yɛn ho, na saa na na yɛrehwehwɛ!” 26 Ma wɔn a wodi ahurusi wɔ m’amanehunu ho no nni nkogu koraa, na wɔn adwene nyɛ basabasa; ma aniwu ne animguase nka wɔn a wɔka se woye sen me no. 27 Ma wɔn a wɔpɛ sɛ wohu sɛ wɔagyaa me no nteɛteɛm ahosɛpɛw so se, “Awurade so! N’ani sɔ ne somfo nkonimdi.” 28 Na mɛpae mu maka wo treneeyɛ na mɛkamfo wo daa nyinaa.