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.”

Nkwa Asem

Nnwom 39

Ɔmanehunufo bɔneka

1Mekae se, “Nea meyɛ biara, mɛhwɛ yiye na meremma me tɛkrɛma nyɛ bɔne; sɛ ɔdebɔneyɛfo bɛn me a, merenka hwee.” Meyɛɛ komm. Manka asɛm baako po; manka biribi a ɛfa ade pa ho. Nanso m’amanehunu kɔɔ so ara maa ahopere hyɛɛ me so. Migu so redwen no, na me haw mu remia. Mantumi antena a mimmisa se, “Awurade, mɛtena ase nna ahe? Da bɛn na mewu? Kyerɛ me bere a me nkwa bɛba awiei.” Wɔatew me nkwa nna so! W’ani so de, me nkwa nna nka hwee. Nokware, ɔteasefo biara nsen mframa mu tutuw; ɔnsen sunsumma. Nea ɔyɛ biara yɛ ɔkwa; ɔboa ahonya ano nanso onnim nea ɛbɛyɛ ne de. Afei ɛdɛn na memfa me ho nto so, Awurade? Mede me ho to wo so.

Gye me fi me bɔne nyinaa mu. Na mma agyimifo nserew me.

Mɛyɛ komm. Merenka asɛm baako po efisɛ, wo na woma mihu amane saa.

10 Ntwe m’aso bio. Mereyɛ awu wɔ wo nsa ano. 11 Wode animka na ɛtwe onipa bɔne aso te sɛ afofantɔ sɛe nea ɔpɛ. Nokware, afei onipa nte sɛ mframa mu tutuw bio.

12 Tie me mpaebɔ, Awurade, na tie me sufrɛ; na sɛ misu frɛ wo a, bɛboa me. Meyɛ wo hɔho mmere tiaa bi sɛ yɛn nenanom pɛ.

13 Gyaa me na minnya ahotɔ ansa na mafi ha a mente ase bio.