The Message

Psalm 69

A David Psalm

1God, God, save me!
I’m in over my head,

Quicksand under me, swamp water over me;
I’m going down for the third time.

I’m hoarse from calling for help,
Bleary-eyed from searching the sky for God.

I’ve got more enemies than hairs on my head;
Sneaks and liars are out to knife me in the back.

What I never stole
Must I now give back?

God, you know every sin I’ve committed;
My life’s a wide-open book before you.

Don’t let those who look to you in hope
Be discouraged by what happens to me,
Dear Lord! God of the armies!

Don’t let those out looking for you
Come to a dead end by following me—
Please, dear God of Israel!

Because of you I look like an idiot,
I walk around ashamed to show my face.

My brothers shun me like a bum off the street;
My family treats me like an unwanted guest.

I love you more than I can say.
Because I’m madly in love with you,
They blame me for everything they dislike about you.

10 When I poured myself out in prayer and fasting,
All it got me was more contempt.

11 When I put on a sad face,
They treated me like a clown.

12 Now drunks and gluttons
Make up drinking songs about me.

13 And me? I pray.
God, it’s time for a break!

God, answer in love!
Answer with your sure salvation!

14 Rescue me from the swamp,
Don’t let me go under for good,

Pull me out of the clutch of the enemy;
This whirlpool is sucking me down.

15 Don’t let the swamp be my grave, the Black Hole
Swallow me, its jaws clenched around me.

16 Now answer me, God, because you love me;
Let me see your great mercy full-face.

17 Don’t look the other way; your servant can’t take it.
I’m in trouble. Answer right now!

18 Come close, God; get me out of here.
Rescue me from this deathtrap.

19 You know how they kick me around—
Pin on me the donkey’s ears, the dunce’s cap.

20 I’m broken by their taunts,
Flat on my face, reduced to a nothing.

I looked in vain for one friendly face. Not one.
I couldn’t find one shoulder to cry on.

21 They put poison in my soup,
Vinegar in my drink.

22 Let their supper be bait in a trap that snaps shut;
May their best friends be trappers who’ll skin them alive.

23 Make them become blind as bats,
Give them the shakes from morning to night.

24 Let them know what you think of them,
Blast them with your red-hot anger.

25 Burn down their houses,
Leave them desolate with nobody at home.

26 They gossiped about the one you disciplined,
Made up stories about anyone wounded by God.

27 Pile on the guilt,
Don’t let them off the hook.

28 Strike their names from the list of the living;
No rock-carved honor for them among the righteous.

29 I’m hurt and in pain;
Give me space for healing, and mountain air.

30 Let me shout God’s name with a praising song,
Let me tell his greatness in a prayer of thanks.

31 For God, this is better than oxen on the altar,
Far better than blue-ribbon bulls.

32 The poor in spirit see and are glad—
Oh, you God-seekers, take heart!

33 For God listens to the poor,
He doesn’t walk out on the wretched.

34 You heavens, praise him; praise him, earth;
Also ocean and all things that swim in it.

35 For God is out to help Zion,
Rebuilding the wrecked towns of Judah.

Guess who will live there—
The proud owners of the land?

36 No, the children of his servants will get it,
The lovers of his name will live in it.

Nkwa Asem

Nnwom 69


1Gye me nkwa, O Onyankopɔn! Nsu no deda me kɔn mu. Meremem wɔ atɛkyɛ mu, na asase a ɛso wo nni baabi. Madu subunu mu na asorɔkye no pɛ sɛ ɛfa me. Mafrɛ mabrɛ. Me menem ayow. M’ani yɛ me yaw efisɛ, magyen no ara repɛ wo mmoa. Wɔn a wɔtan me kwa no dɔɔso sen me tiri so nhwi. M’atamfo twa atoro to me so; wɔyɛ den na wɔrepɛ akum me. Wɔma medan nneɛma a manwia mema.

O Onyankopɔn, me bɔne so nkata wɔ w’anim. Wunim kwasea a mayɛ. Mma mennsoa aniwu mmmrɛ wɔn a wɔde wɔn ho to wo so. Otumfoɔ Awurade no so! Mma memmfa aniwu mmɛto wɔn a wɔsom wo so, O lsrael Nyankopɔn! Wo nti na wɔkasa tia me, nti aniwu akata me so. Mete sɛ ɔhɔho wɔ me nuanom mu. Mete sɛ ɔmanfrani wɔ m’abusua mu. Me ho a mede ama wo fi no hyehye me mu te sɛ ogya. Kasatia a wɔkasa tia wo no ka me. 10 Menam akɔnkyen so brɛ me ho ase, na nnipa kasa tia me. 11 Mifura ayiasetam, na wɔserew me. 12 Wɔka me ho nsɛm wɔ mmorɔn so; akɔwensafo de me too nnwom. 13 Nanso me de, mɛbɔ wo mpae, Awurade; gye me so, Onyankopɔn, wɔ bere a wopɛ mu. Wo dɔ kɛse nti, gye me so efisɛ, woahyɛ bɔ sɛ wubegye me nkwa. 14 Mma memmmem wɔ atɛkyɛ mu. Gye me fi m’atamfo nsam, na gye me fi nsu a emu dɔ mu.

15 Mma nsu nnyiri mmfa me. Mma memmmem wɔ bunu anaa damoa mu. 16 Gye me so, Awurade, wɔ wo dɔ pa a wode dɔ me daa no mu. W’ahummɔbɔ mu, dan w’ani hwɛ me! 17 Mfa wo ho nhintaw wo somfo; mewɔ ɔhaw mu na gye me so mprempren! 18 Bra me nkyɛn na begye me. Gye me fi m’atamfo nsam. 19 Wunim sɛnea wɔkasa tia me ne sɛnea wogu m’anim ase sɛe m’anuonyam. Wuhu m’atamfo nyinaa.

20 Kasatia hyɛ me koma so ama m’anidaso asa. Na minim sɛ obi bɛma me due, nanso mannya obi. Mepɛɛ awerɛkyekye nanso mannya bi. 21 Ɔkɔm dee me no, wɔmaa me awuduru. Osukɔm dee me no, wɔmaa me nsanyinyanyinya. 22 Wɔn apontow mfa wɔn nkɔ ɔsɛe mu. Ma wɔn adidi a wɔatew ho no mmɔ wɔn fam. 23 Ma wɔn ani mfurafura. Na ma wɔn akyi nyɛ mmerɛw. 24 Fa w’abufuw kɔ wɔn so, na ma w’abufuw mmene wɔn. 25 Ma wɔn atenae nyɛ amamfo. Mma obiara ntena nkwa mu wɔ wɔn ntamadan mu. 26 Wɔtaa wɔn a woatwe wɔn aso. Wɔka wɔn a woapira wɔn no amanehunu ho asɛm. 27 Kyerɛw wɔn bɔne a wɔayɛ gu hɔ. Mma wɔnnkɔka wo nkwagyedwuma no ho. 28 Popa wɔn din fi ateasefo nhoma no mu. Mfa wɔn din nka wo nkurɔfo de ho.

29 Nanso mewɔ yaw mu, na m’anidaso asa. Ma me so, O Onyankopɔn, na gye me nkwa! 30 Mɛto dwom akamfo Onyankopɔn; mɛda no ase de ada ne kɛseyɛ adi. 31 Eyi bɛsɔ Awurade ani yiye sen nantwi afɔrebɔ; ɛsen nantwinini a wanyin afɔrebɔ. 32 Sɛ mmɔborɔni hu eyi a, n’ani begye. Na wɔn a wɔsom Onyankopɔn benya nkuranhyɛ. 33 Awurade tie wɔn a ade ahia wɔn, na ne werɛ mfi ne nkurɔfo a wɔyɛ nneduafo.

34 Monkamfo Onyankopɔn, O ɔsoro ne asase, ɛpo ne nea ɛwɔ mu nyinaa. 35 Obegye Yerusalem, na wasan akyekye Yuda nkurow. Ne nkurɔfo bɛtena hɔ na wɔafa asase no. 36 N’asomfo asefo na wɔbɛfa hɔ, na wɔn a wɔpɛ n’asɛm no atena hɔ.