The Message

Psalm 37

A David Psalm

11-2 Don’t bother your head with braggarts
    or wish you could succeed like the wicked.
In no time they’ll shrivel like grass clippings
    and wilt like cut flowers in the sun.

3-4 Get insurance with God and do a good deed,
    settle down and stick to your last.
Keep company with God,
    get in on the best.

5-6 Open up before God, keep nothing back;
    he’ll do whatever needs to be done:
He’ll validate your life in the clear light of day
    and stamp you with approval at high noon.

Quiet down before God,
    be prayerful before him.
Don’t bother with those who climb the ladder,
    who elbow their way to the top.

8-9 Bridle your anger, trash your wrath,
    cool your pipes—it only makes things worse.
Before long the crooks will be bankrupt;
    God-investors will soon own the store.

10-11 Before you know it, the wicked will have had it;
    you’ll stare at his once famous place and—nothing!
Down-to-earth people will move in and take over,
    relishing a huge bonanza.

12-13 Bad guys have it in for the good guys,
    obsessed with doing them in.
But God isn’t losing any sleep; to him
    they’re a joke with no punch line.

14-15 Bullies brandish their swords,
    pull back on their bows with a flourish.
They’re out to beat up on the harmless,
    or mug that nice man out walking his dog.
A banana peel lands them flat on their faces—
    slapstick figures in a moral circus.

16-17 Less is more and more is less.
    One righteous will outclass fifty wicked,
For the wicked are moral weaklings
    but the righteous are God-strong.

18-19 God keeps track of the decent folk;
    what they do won’t soon be forgotten.
In hard times, they’ll hold their heads high;
    when the shelves are bare, they’ll be full.

20 God-despisers have had it;
    God’s enemies are finished—
Stripped bare like vineyards at harvest time,
    vanished like smoke in thin air.

21-22 Wicked borrows and never returns;
    Righteous gives and gives.
Generous gets it all in the end;
    Stingy is cut off at the pass.

23-24 Stalwart walks in step with God;
    his path blazed by God, he’s happy.
If he stumbles, he’s not down for long;
    God has a grip on his hand.

25-26 I once was young, now I’m a graybeard—
    not once have I seen an abandoned believer,
    or his kids out roaming the streets.
Every day he’s out giving and lending,
    his children making him proud.

27-28 Turn your back on evil,
    work for the good and don’t quit.
God loves this kind of thing,
    never turns away from his friends.

28-29 Live this way and you’ve got it made,
    but bad eggs will be tossed out.
The good get planted on good land
    and put down healthy roots.

30-31 Righteous chews on wisdom like a dog on a bone,
rolls virtue around on his tongue.
His heart pumps God’s Word like blood through his veins;
    his feet are as sure as a cat’s.

32-33 Wicked sets a watch for Righteous,
he’s out for the kill.
God, alert, is also on watch—
    Wicked won’t hurt a hair of his head.

34 Wait passionately for God,
don’t leave the path.
He’ll give you your place in the sun
    while you watch the wicked lose it.

35-36 I saw Wicked bloated like a toad,
croaking pretentious nonsense.
The next time I looked there was nothing—
    a punctured bladder, vapid and limp.

37-38 Keep your eye on the healthy soul,
scrutinize the straight life;
There’s a future
    in strenuous wholeness.
But the willful will soon be discarded;
    insolent souls are on a dead-end street.

39-40 The spacious, free life is from God,
it’s also protected and safe.
God-strengthened, we’re delivered from evil—
    when we run to him, he saves us.

Nkwa Asem

Nnwom 37

Ɔdebɔneyɛfo ne ɔtreneeni hyɛbere

1Mma wo werɛ nnhow wɔ nnebɔneyɛfo ho; mma w’ani mmmere wɔn a wɔyɛ bɔne. Wɔbɛhyew te sɛ sare a awo. Wobewu te sɛ afifide a atwintwam. Fa wo ho to Awurade so na yɛ papa. Tena asase no so na bɔne amma wo so.

Hwehwɛ ahotɔ wɔ Awurade mu na ɔbɛma wo nea wo koma pɛ. Fa wo ho ma Awurade; fa wo ho to no so na ɔbɛboa wo; ɔbɛma wo treneeyɛ ada adi te sɛ owigyinae mu awia.

Tɔ wo bo ase na twɛn nea Awurade bɛyɛ; mma obi a odi yiye anaa wɔn a wodi nkonim wɔ wɔn bɔne mu ho asɛm nnhaw wo. Nni awerɛhow na mma wo bo mmfuw; ɛde ɔhaw na ɛba. Wɔn a wogye Awurade di no benya asase no; na wɔbɛpam nnebɔneyɛfo no. 10 Ɛrenkyɛ, nnebɔneyɛfo bɛyera. Wobɛhwehwɛ wɔn nanso worenhu wɔn; 11 ahobrɛasefo nsa bɛka asase no na wɔanya asomdwoe.

12 Ɔdebɔneyɛfo wowɔ ɔtreneeni ase, na ɔde ɔtan aniwa hwɛ no. 13 Nanso Awurade serew nnebɔneyɛfo efisɛ, onim sɛ ɛrenkyɛ na wɔasɛe wɔn. 14 Ɔdebɔneyɛfo twe ne nkrante na ɔkoa ne tadua mu de kum ahiafo, mmɔborɔfo ne atreneefo. 15 Nanso wɔn ankasa nkrante ano na wobewuwu, na wubebu wɔn tadua mu.

16 Kakra a ɔtreneeni wɔ no som bo sen nnebɔneyɛfo ahonya nyinaa 17 efisɛ, Awurade begye nnebɔneyɛfo ahoɔden na wabɔ atreneefo ho ban.

18 Awurade hwɛ wɔn a wotie no, na asase no bɛyɛ wɔn dea daa daa. 19 Wɔrenhu amane bere bɔne mu. Ɔkɔm kɛse mu wobedidi ama aso wɔn. 20 Nanso nnebɔneyɛfo bewuwu. Awurade atamfo bɛyera te sɛ wuram nhwiren; wɔbɛyera te sɛ wusiw. 21 Ɔdebɔneyɛfo bɔ bosea, nanso ontumi ntua da, nanso ɔtreneeni yɛ ayamye! 22 Wɔn a Awurade ahyira wɔn no na wɔbɛfa asase no na wɔapam wɔn a wɔadome wɔn no.

23 Awurade yɛ ɔkwankyerɛfo, na ɔbɔ wɔn a wɔsɔ n’ani ho ban. 24 Sɛ wɔhwe ase a wɔrenka fam efisɛ, Awurade bɛma wɔn so.

25 Mabɔ akora mprempren. Matena ase akyɛ nanso minhuu ɔtreneeni a Awurade agyaa no da, anaasɛ ne mma resrɛ aduan. 26 Bere biara ɔma kwa, na ɔfɛm afoforo; na ne mma yɛ nhyira.

27 Twe wo ho fi bɔne ho na yɛ papa na w’asefo bɛtena asase no so daa daa. 28 Efisɛ, Awurade pɛ nea ɛteɛ, na onnyaw ne nkurɔfo a wogye no di. Ɔbɔ wɔn ho ban daa nyinaa. Nanso ɔbɛpam nnebɔneyɛfo asefo.

29 Atreneefo benya asase no na wɔatena so daa nyinaa. 30 Ɔtreneeni nsɛm mu wɔ aba, na daa ɔyɛ pɛ. 31 Ɔde ne Nyankopɔn mmara sie ne koma mu a ommu so.

32 Ɔdebɔneyɛfo dɛɛdɛɛ ɔtreneeni hwehwɛ sɛ okum no, 33 nanso, Awurade nnyaa no mma ne tamfo tumi, anaa ɔmma wommu no fɔ wɔ asennii.

34 Ma w’ani nna Awurade so na di ne mmara so; ɔde asase no bɛma wo de ahyɛ wo anuonyam, na wubehu sɛ wɔbɛpam ɔdebɔneyɛfo no. 35 Bere bi na minim ɔdebɔneyɛfo bi a na ɔtane nnipa ani. Ɔkorɔn sen obiara te sɛ Lebanon sida. 36 Akyiri yi, mefaa hɔ nanso manhu no. Mehwehwɛɛ no, nanso manhu no. 37 Hwɛ sɛnea onipa pa no brɛ n’ani ase hwɛ ɔtreneeni no. Ɔsomdwoeni wɔ asefo, 38 nanso nnebɔneyɛfo de, wɔsɛe wɔn koraa na wɔpopa wɔn asefo.

39 Awurade gye atreneefo nkwa na ɔbɔ wɔn ho ban fi amane mu. 40 Ɔboa wɔn, gye wɔn; ogye wɔn fi nnebɔneyɛfo nsam efisɛ, wɔde no yɛ wɔn guankɔbea.