The Message

Psalm 44

A Psalm of the Sons of Korah

11-3 We’ve been hearing about this, God,
    all our lives.
Our fathers told us the stories
    their fathers told them,
How single-handedly you weeded out the godless
    from the fields and planted us,
How you sent those people packing
    but gave us a fresh start.
We didn’t fight for this land;
    we didn’t work for it—it was a gift!
You gave it, smiling as you gave it,
    delighting as you gave it.

4-8 You’re my King, O God—
    command victories for Jacob!
With your help we’ll wipe out our enemies,
    in your name we’ll stomp them to dust.
I don’t trust in weapons;
    my sword won’t save me—
But it’s you, you who saved us from the enemy;
    you made those who hate us lose face.
All day we parade God’s praise—
    we thank you by name over and over.

9-12 But now you’ve walked off and left us,
    you’ve disgraced us and won’t fight for us.
You made us turn tail and run;
    those who hate us have cleaned us out.
You delivered us as sheep to the butcher,
    you scattered us to the four winds.
You sold your people at a discount—
    you made nothing on the sale.

13-16 You made people on the street,
    urchins, poke fun and call us names.
You made us a joke among the godless,
    a cheap joke among the rabble.
Every day I’m up against it,
    my nose rubbed in my shame—
Gossip and ridicule fill the air,
    people out to get me crowd the street.

17-19 All this came down on us,
    and we’ve done nothing to deserve it.
We never betrayed your Covenant: our hearts
    were never false, our feet never left your path.
Do we deserve torture in a den of jackals?
    or lockup in a black hole?

20-22 If we had forgotten to pray to our God
    or made fools of ourselves with store-bought gods,
Wouldn’t God have figured this out?
    We can’t hide things from him.
No, you decided to make us martyrs,
    lambs assigned for sacrifice each day.

23-26 Get up, God! Are you going to sleep all day?
    Wake up! Don’t you care what happens to us?
Why do you bury your face in the pillow?
    Why pretend things are just fine with us?
And here we are—flat on our faces in the dirt,
    held down with a boot on our necks.
Get up and come to our rescue.
    If you love us so much, Help us!

Nkwa Asem

Nnwom 44

Ogye ho mpaebɔ

1Yɛate wɔ yɛn ankasa yɛn asom, O Onyankopɔn. Yɛn nenanom aka ho asɛm akyerɛ yɛn; nneɛma akɛse a woyɛe wɔn bere so no nyinaa, wɔaka akyerɛ yɛn; saa tete mmere no: sɛnea wopamoo abosonsomfo na wobɔɔ wo nkurɔfo atenase wɔ wɔn asase so no, sɛnea wotwee aman foforo aso, na womaa wo de nyaa nkɔso no. Wo nkurɔfo amfa wɔn nkrante na edii asase no so. Ɛnyɛ wɔn tumi so na wɔnam dii so. Wo tumi ne w’ahoɔden, ɔka a wokae se wobɛba hɔ no na ɛdaa ɔdɔ a wodɔ wɔn no adi.

Woyɛ me hene ne me Nyankopɔn; wokyɛ wo nkurɔfo nkonimdi, na yɛnam wo tumi so di yɛn atamfo so. Memfa me ho nto m’agyan anaa me nkrante so sɛ ennye me nkwa. Nanso woagye yɛn afi yɛn atamfo nsam adi wɔn a wɔtan yɛn so.

Yɛbɛkamfo wo daa na yɛada wo ase daa daa. Nanso afei woatwe wo ho sɛ wonni yɛn so. Afei wo ne yɛn asraafodɔm no nkɔ bio. 10 Woama yɛaguan yɛn atamfo ama wɔafa yɛn agyapade. 11 Woama kwan ama wɔakum yɛn sɛ nguan. Wopetee yɛn amanfrafo nkurow so. 12 Wotɔn wo ara wo nkurɔfo aboɔmmerɛw sɛnea wɔn ho nni mfaso biara. 13 Yɛn afipamfo huu nea woyɛɛ yɛn, na wodii yɛn ho fɛw, serewee. 14 Woama yɛn anim agu ase wɔ aman anim. Wɔwosow wɔn ti de serew yɛn. 15 Daa na m’anim agu ase. Ahohora adura me 16 fi m’atamfo ne wɔn a wokyi me kasatia mu.

17 Eyinom nyinaa aba yɛn so, nanso yɛn werɛ mfi wo, na yemmuu apam a wo ne yɛn hyehyɛe no nso so. 18 Yennii wo huammɔ. Yemmuu wo mmara so. 19 Nanso wugyaa yɛn wɔ nkekaboa mu a mmoa biara mfi baabi. Wugyaa yɛn sum kabii mu. 20 Sɛ yegyaee yɛn Nyankopɔn som kɔsom anyame foforo bi a, 21 anka nea ɛbɛyɛ biara wubehu. Efisɛ, wunim yɛn nsusuwii. 22 Nanso wo nti na daa nyinaa wokum yɛn sɛ nguan no.

23 Keka wo ho, Awurade! Adɛn nti na woada? Sɔre! Nnyaw yɛn afebɔɔ saa! 24 Adɛn nti na wode wo ho ahintaw yɛn? Mma wo werɛ mmfi yɛn amanehunu ne yɛn haw! 25 Wɔapɛkyɛw yɛn wɔ fam. Yegu mfutuma mu a wodi yɛn so. 26 Bɛboa yɛn! Esiane ɔdɔ a wodɔ yɛn daa nti, gye yɛn nkwa.