The Message

Psalm 39

A David Psalm

11-3 I’m determined to watch steps and tongue
    so they won’t land me in trouble.
I decided to hold my tongue
    as long as Wicked is in the room.
“Mum’s the word,” I said, and kept quiet.
    But the longer I kept silence
The worse it got—
    my insides got hotter and hotter.
My thoughts boiled over;
    I spilled my guts.

4-6 “Tell me, what’s going on, God?
    How long do I have to live?
    Give me the bad news!
You’ve kept me on pretty short rations;
    my life is string too short to be saved.
Oh! we’re all puffs of air.
    Oh! we’re all shadows in a campfire.
Oh! we’re just spit in the wind.
    We make our pile, and then we leave it.

7-11 “What am I doing in the meantime, Lord?
    Hoping, that’s what I’m doing—hoping
You’ll save me from a rebel life,
    save me from the contempt of dunces.
I’ll say no more, I’ll shut my mouth,
    since you, Lord, are behind all this.
    But I can’t take it much longer.
When you put us through the fire
    to purge us from our sin,
    our dearest idols go up in smoke.
Are we also nothing but smoke?

12-13 “Ah, God, listen to my prayer, my
    cry—open your ears.
Don’t be callous;
    just look at these tears of mine.
I’m a stranger here. I don’t know my way—
    a migrant like my whole family.
Give me a break, cut me some slack
    before it’s too late and I’m out of here.”

Endagaano Enkadde nʼEndagaano Empya

Zabbuli 39

Ya Mukulu wa Bayimbi: Ya Yedusuni. Zabbuli ya Dawudi.

1Nagamba nti, “Nneekuumanga mu bye nkola,
    n’olulimi lwange lulemenga okwogera ebitali birongoofu.
Abakola ebitali bya butuukirivu bwe banaabanga awamu nange
    nnaabuniranga bubunizi ne soogera.”
Naye bwe nasirika
    ne sibaako kye njogedde wadde ekirungi,
    ate obuyinike bwange ne bweyongera.
Omutima gwange ne gumbabuukirira munda yange.
    Bwe nnali nkyakifumiitirizaako, omuliro ne gukoleera munda yange;
    kyenava njogera nti:

“Ayi Mukama, ntegeeza entuuko zange nga bwe ziriba,
    n’ennaku ze nsigazza;
    ommanyise ebiseera byange mu bulamu buno bwe biri ebimpi ennyo.”
Ennaku z’obulamu bwange wazitegeka ziri ng’oluta.
    Obungi bw’emyaka gyange tobulabamu kantu.
    Buli muntu, mukka bukka.

Ddala ddala omuntu ku nsi ali ng’ekisiikirize.
    Atawaana mu kino ne mu kiri, naye byonna butaliimu.
    Akuŋŋaanya obugagga, so nga tamanyi agenda kubutwala.

Naye kaakano, Ayi Mukama, nnoonya ki? Essuubi lyange liri mu ggwe.
Ondokole mu bibi byange byonna,
    abasirusiru baleme okunsekerera.
Nasirika busirisi, saayasamya kamwa kange;
    kubanga kino ggwe wakikola.
10 Olekere awo okunkuba,
    emiggo gy’onkubye giyitiridde!
11 Onenya omuntu ng’omukangavvula olw’ekibi kye ky’akola,
    omumaliramu ddala ensa, ng’ennyenje bw’ekola olugoye.
    Ddala omuntu mukka bukka.

12 Ayi Mukama, wulira okusaba kwange,
    owulire okukaaba kwange onnyambe.
    Tonsiriikirira nga nkukaabirira.
Kubanga ndi mugenyi bugenyi, omutambuze,
    nga bajjajjange bonna bwe baali.
13 Ndeka nsanyukemu, nga sinnava mu nsi muno,
    ne mbulirawo ddala.