The Message

Psalm 78

An Asaph Psalm

11-4 Listen, dear friends, to God’s truth,
    bend your ears to what I tell you.
I’m chewing on the morsel of a proverb;
    I’ll let you in on the sweet old truths,
Stories we heard from our fathers,
    counsel we learned at our mother’s knee.
We’re not keeping this to ourselves,
    we’re passing it along to the next generation—
God’s fame and fortune,
    the marvelous things he has done.

5-8 He planted a witness in Jacob,
    set his Word firmly in Israel,
Then commanded our parents
    to teach it to their children
So the next generation would know,
    and all the generations to come—
Know the truth and tell the stories
    so their children can trust in God,
Never forget the works of God
    but keep his commands to the letter.
Heaven forbid they should be like their parents,
    bullheaded and bad,
A fickle and faithless bunch
    who never stayed true to God.

9-16 The Ephraimites, armed to the teeth,
    ran off when the battle began.
They were cowards to God’s Covenant,
    refused to walk by his Word.
They forgot what he had done—
    marvels he’d done right before their eyes.
He performed miracles in plain sight of their parents
    in Egypt, out on the fields of Zoan.
He split the Sea and they walked right through it;
    he piled the waters to the right and the left.
He led them by day with a cloud,
    led them all the night long with a fiery torch.
He split rocks in the wilderness,
    gave them all they could drink from underground springs;
He made creeks flow out from sheer rock,
    and water pour out like a river.

17-20 All they did was sin even more,
    rebel in the desert against the High God.
They tried to get their own way with God,
    clamored for favors, for special attention.
They whined like spoiled children,
    “Why can’t God give us a decent meal in this desert?
Sure, he struck the rock and the water flowed,
    creeks cascaded from the rock.
But how about some fresh-baked bread?
    How about a nice cut of meat?”

21-31 When God heard that, he was furious—
    his anger flared against Jacob,
    he lost his temper with Israel.
It was clear they didn’t believe God,
    had no intention of trusting in his help.
But God helped them anyway, commanded the clouds
    and gave orders that opened the gates of heaven.
He rained down showers of manna to eat,
    he gave them the Bread of Heaven.
They ate the bread of the mighty angels;
    he sent them all the food they could eat.
He let East Wind break loose from the skies,
    gave a strong push to South Wind.
This time it was birds that rained down—
    succulent birds, an abundance of birds.
He aimed them right for the center of their camp;
    all round their tents there were birds.
They ate and had their fill;
    he handed them everything they craved on a platter.
But their greed knew no bounds;
    they stuffed their mouths with more and more.
Finally, God was fed up, his anger erupted—
    he cut down their brightest and best,
    he laid low Israel’s finest young men.

32-37 And—can you believe it?—they kept right on sinning;
    all those wonders and they still wouldn’t believe!
So their lives dribbled off to nothing—
    nothing to show for their lives but a ghost town.
When he cut them down, they came running for help;
    they turned and pled for mercy.
They gave witness that God was their rock,
    that High God was their redeemer,
But they didn’t mean a word of it;
    they lied through their teeth the whole time.
They could not have cared less about him,
    wanted nothing to do with his Covenant.

38-55 And God? Compassionate!
    Forgave the sin! Didn’t destroy!
Over and over he reined in his anger,
    restrained his considerable wrath.
He knew what they were made of;
    he knew there wasn’t much to them,
How often in the desert they had spurned him,
    tried his patience in those wilderness years.
Time and again they pushed him to the limit,
    provoked Israel’s Holy God.
How quickly they forgot what he’d done,
    forgot their day of rescue from the enemy,
When he did miracles in Egypt,
    wonders on the plain of Zoan.
He turned the River and its streams to blood—
    not a drop of water fit to drink.
He sent flies, which ate them alive,
    and frogs, which bedeviled them.
He turned their harvest over to caterpillars,
    everything they had worked for to the locusts.
He flattened their grapevines with hail;
    a killing frost ruined their orchards.
He pounded their cattle with hail,
    let thunderbolts loose on their herds.
His anger flared,
    a wild firestorm of havoc,
An advance guard of disease-carrying angels
    to clear the ground, preparing the way before him.
He didn’t spare those people,
    he let the plague rage through their lives.
He killed all the Egyptian firstborns,
    lusty infants, offspring of Ham’s virility.
Then he led his people out like sheep,
    took his flock safely through the wilderness.
He took good care of them; they had nothing to fear.
    The Sea took care of their enemies for good.
He brought them into his holy land,
    this mountain he claimed for his own.
He scattered everyone who got in their way;
    he staked out an inheritance for them—
    the tribes of Israel all had their own places.

56-64 But they kept on giving him a hard time,
    rebelled against God, the High God,
    refused to do anything he told them.
They were worse, if that’s possible, than their parents:
    traitors—crooked as a corkscrew.
Their pagan orgies provoked God’s anger,
    their obscene idolatries broke his heart.
When God heard their carryings-on, he was furious;
    he posted a huge No over Israel.
He walked off and left Shiloh empty,
    abandoned the shrine where he had met with Israel.
He let his pride and joy go to the dogs,
    turned his back on the pride of his life.
He turned them loose on fields of battle;
    angry, he let them fend for themselves.
Their young men went to war and never came back;
    their young women waited in vain.
Their priests were massacred,
    and their widows never shed a tear.

65-72 Suddenly the Lord was up on his feet
    like someone roused from deep sleep,
    shouting like a drunken warrior.
He hit his enemies hard, sent them running,
    yelping, not daring to look back.
He disqualified Joseph as leader,
    told Ephraim he didn’t have what it takes,
And chose the Tribe of Judah instead,
    Mount Zion, which he loves so much.
He built his sanctuary there, resplendent,
    solid and lasting as the earth itself.
Then he chose David, his servant,
    handpicked him from his work in the sheep pens.
One day he was caring for the ewes and their lambs,
    the next day God had him shepherding Jacob,
    his people Israel, his prize possession.
His good heart made him a good shepherd;
    he guided the people wisely and well.

Endagaano Enkadde nʼEndagaano Empya

Zabbuli 78

Oluyimba lwa Asafu.

1Muwulire okuyigiriza kwange mmwe abantu bange,
    musseeyo omwoyo ku bye njogera.
Ndyogerera mu ngero,
    njogere ebintu eby’ekyama ebyaliwo edda,
ebintu bye twawulira ne tumanya;
    ebintu bajjajjaffe bye baatutegeeza.
Tetuubikisenga baana baabwe,
    naye tunaabuuliranga buli mulembe ogunnaddangawo
ebikolwa bya Mukama eby’ekitalo,
    n’amaanyi ge n’ebyamagero bye yakola.
Yawa Yakobo ebiragiro,
    n’ateeka amateeka mu Isirayiri;
n’alagira bajjajjaffe
    babiyigirizenga abaana baabwe,
ab’omu mulembe oguliddirira nabo babimanye,
    n’abaana abalizaalibwa,
    nabo babiyigirize abaana baabwe,
balyoke beesigenga Katonda,
    era balemenga okwerabira ebyo byonna Katonda bye yakola;
    naye bagonderenga ebiragiro bye.
Baleme okuba nga bajjajjaabwe,
    omulembe ogw’abakakanyavu
era abajeemu abatali bawulize,
    ab’emyoyo egitali myesigwa eri Katonda.

Abaana ba Efulayimu abaalina obusaale obw’okulwanyisa,
    naye ne badduka mu lutalo,
10 tebaatuukiriza ndagaano ya Katonda;
    ne bagaana okugondera amateeka ga Mukama.
11 Beerabira ebyo bye yakola,
    n’ebyamagero bye yabalaga.
12 Yakola ebyamagero mu maaso ga bajjajjaabwe nga bali
    mu nsi y’e Misiri, mu kitundu kya Zowani.
13 Ennyanja yajaawulamu,
    amazzi ne geetuuma ebbali n’ebbali ng’ebisenge.
14 Emisana yabakulemberanga n’ekire,
    n’ekiro n’abakulemberanga n’empagi ey’omuliro.
15 Yayasa enjazi mu ddungu,
    n’abawa amazzi amangi agaali ng’agava mu buziba bw’ennyanja.
16 Yaggya ensulo mu lwazi,
    n’akulukusa amazzi ng’emigga.

17 Naye bo ne beeyongera bweyongezi okwonoona,
    ne bajeemera Oyo Ali Waggulu Ennyo nga bali mu ddungu.
18 Ne bagezesa Katonda mu bugenderevu,
    nga bamusaba emmere gye baalulunkanira.
19 Era ne boogera ku Katonda; nga bagamba nti,
    “Katonda asobola okutuliisiza mu ddungu?
20 Weewaawo yakuba olwazi,
    amazzi ne gakulukuta ng’emigga;
naye anaatuwa emmere?
    Anaawa abantu be ennyama?”
21 Awo Mukama bwe yawulira ebyo n’asunguwala nnyo;
    omuliro gwe ne gwaka ku Yakobo,
    n’obusungu bwe ne bubuubuukira ku Isirayiri.
22 Kubanga tebakkiriza Katonda,
    era tebeesiga maanyi ge agalokola.
23 Naye era n’alagira eggulu;
    n’aggulawo enzigi z’omu ggulu.
24 N’abaweereza maanu okuva mu ggulu balye.
    Yabawa emmere eyava mu ggulu.
25 Abantu ne balya emmere ya bamalayika;
    Mukama n’abawanga emmere nnyingi eyabamaliranga ddala.
26 N’akunsa empewo ey’Ebuvanjuba okuva mu ggulu,
    era n’aweereza empewo okuva obukiika obwaddyo n’amaanyi ge.
27 Yatonnyesa ennyama okuva mu ggulu ennyingi ennyo ng’enfuufu;
    n’abaweereza n’obunyonyi enkumu ennyo ng’omusenyu gw’okulubalama lw’ennyanja.
28 Ebyokulya ebyo n’abisuula wakati mu lusiisira lwabwe;
    okwetooloola eweema zaabwe.
29 Awo ne balya ne bakkuta nnyo;
    kubanga yabawa kye baali bayaayaanira.
30 Naye bwe baali nga bakyalulunkana,
    nga n’emmere ekyali mu kamwa kaabwe,
31 obusungu bwa Mukama ne bubabuubuukirako,
    n’abattamu abasajja abasinga amaanyi;
    abavubuka ba Isirayiri ne bazikirizibwa.

32 Naye newaakubadde ebyo byonna byabatuukako, kyokka beeyongera okwonoona;
    newaakubadde nga yabakolera ebyamagero, naye tebakkiriza.
33 Mukama kyeyava asala ku myaka gyabwe,
    n’abaleetako okuzikirizibwa okw’amangu era okw’entiisa.
34 Bwe yattanga abamu ku bo, ne balyoka bamunoonya,
    ne beenenya ne badda gy’ali.
35 Ne bajjukira nti Katonda lwe Lwazi lwabwe;
    era nti Katonda Ali Waggulu Ennyo ye Mununuzi waabwe.
36 Kyokka baamuwaananga n’emimwa gyabwe,
    nga bwe bamulimba n’ennimi zaabwe,
37 so tebaali beesigwa mu mitima gyabwe,
    era nga tebatuukiriza ndagaano ye.
38 Naye ye n’abakwatirwanga ekisa
    n’abasonyiwanga,
    n’atabazikiriza;
emirundi n’emirundi ng’akoma ku busungu bwe,
    n’atabamalirako kiruyi kye okubazikiririza ddala.
39 Yajjukira nga baali mubiri bubiri;
    ng’empewo egenda n’etedda!

40 Baamujeemeranga nnyo bwe baali mu ddungu;
    ne banakuwaza nnyo omutima gwe.
41 Ne baddamu ne bakema Katonda,
    ne banyiiza Omutukuvu wa Isirayiri.
42 Tebajjukira buyinza bwe;
    wadde olunaku lwe yabanunulirako mu mikono gy’omulabe;
43 bwe yalaga obubonero bwe mu Misiri,
    n’ebyamagero bye mu kitundu kya Zowani,
44 yafuula amazzi g’emigga gyabwe omusaayi,
    ne batanywa mazzi gaagyo.
45 Yabaweereza agabinja g’ensowera ne zibaluma,
    n’abaweereza n’ebikere ne bibadaaza.
46 Ebirime n’ebibala byabwe yabiwa enzige
    ne bulusejjera.
47 Yazikiriza emizabbibu gyabwe n’omuzira,
    era ne gukuba n’emisukomooli gyabwe.
48 Yatta ente zaabwe n’amayinja g’omuzira;
    n’ebisibo byabwe ne bittibwa eraddu.
49 Obusungu bwe obungi bwababuubuukirako,
    n’ekiruyi kye n’obukambwe ne bibamalamu ensa.
    N’alyoka abasindikira ekibinja kya bamalayika okubazikiriza.
50 Yabalaga obusungu bwe,
    n’atabasonyiwa kufa,
    n’abasindikira kawumpuli.
51 Yatta ababereberye bonna ab’omu Misiri,
    nga be bavubuka ab’ebibala ebibereberye eby’omu nnyumba ya Kaamu.
52 N’alyoka afulumya abantu be ng’endiga,
    n’abatambuza mu ddungu ng’ekisibo.
53 N’abaluŋŋamya mu mirembe nga tebatya,
    ennyanja n’esaanyaawo abalabe baabwe.
54 N’abatuusa ku nsalo y’ensi entukuvu;
    ku lusozi lwe yeewangulira, n’omukono gwe ogwa ddyo.
55 Yagobamu amawanga nga balaba,
    n’abagabanyiza ebitundu by’ensi eyo;
    n’atuuza bulungi ebika bya Isirayiri mu maka gaabyo.
56 Naye era ne bakema Katonda;
    ne bamujeemera oyo Ali Waggulu Ennyo,
    ne bagaana okugondera ebiragiro bye.
57 Ne bamuvaako ne baba bakuusa nga bajjajjaabwe bwe baali,
    ne baggwaamu obwesigwa ng’omutego gw’obusaale omukyamu.
58 Kubanga baasunguwaza Katonda olw’ebifo ebigulumivu bo bye beegunjira okusinzizangamu,
    ne bamukwasa obuggya olwa bakatonda baabwe abalala.
59 Katonda bwe yabiraba n’asunguwala nnyo, n’aviira ddala ku Isirayiri.
60 N’ava mu weema ey’omu Siiro[a],
    eweema mwe yabeeranga ng’ali mu bantu be.
61 N’awaayo amaanyi ge mu busibe,
    n’ekitiibwa kye n’akiwaayo eri omulabe.
62 Abantu be yabaleka ne battibwa n’ekitala,
    n’asunguwalira omugabo gwe.
63 Omuliro ne gusaanyaawo abavubuka baabwe abalenzi,
    ne bawala baabwe ne babulwa ow’okubawasa.
64 Bakabona baabwe battibwa n’ekitala, ne bannamwandu baabwe tebaasobola kubakungubagira.

65 Awo Mukama n’alyoka agolokoka ng’ali nga ava mu tulo,
    ng’omusajja omuzira azuukuka mu tulo ng’atamidde.
66 N’akuba abalabe be ne badduka;
    n’abaswaza emirembe gyonna.
67 Mukama yaleka ennyumba ya Yusufu,
    n’ekika kya Efulayimu n’atakironda;
68 naye n’alonda ekika kya Yuda,
    lwe lusozi Sayuuni lwe yayagala.
69 N’azimba awatukuvu we ne wagulumira ng’ensozi empanvu;
    ne waba ng’ensi gye yanyweza emirembe gyonna.
70 Yalonda Dawudi omuweereza we;
    n’amuggya mu kulunda endiga.
71 Ave mu kuliisa endiga,
    naye alundenga Yakobo, be bantu be,
    era alabirirenga Isirayiri omugabo gwe, gwe yeerondera.
72 N’abalabirira n’omutima ogutaliimu bukuusa,
    n’abakulembera n’amagezi g’emikono gye.

Notas al pie

  1. 78:60 Siiro kye kyali ekifo ekitukuvu awasinzibwanga edda mu biro bya Yoswa. Kyali mu bitundu bya Efulayimu wakati wa Beseri ne Sekemu. Essanduuko y’Endagaano yaterekebwanga eyo okutuusa mu biro bya Samwiri; kyokka Abafirisuuti baakizikiriza