The Message

Psalm 80

An Asaph Psalm

11-2 Listen, Shepherd, Israel’s Shepherd—
    get all your Joseph sheep together.
Throw beams of light
    from your dazzling throne
So Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh
    can see where they’re going.
Get out of bed—you’ve slept long enough!
    Come on the run before it’s too late.

God, come back!
    Smile your blessing smile:
    That will be our salvation.

4-6 God, God-of-the-Angel-Armies,
    how long will you smolder like a sleeping volcano
    while your people call for fire and brimstone?
You put us on a diet of tears,
    bucket after bucket of salty tears to drink.
You make us look ridiculous to our friends;
    our enemies poke fun day after day.

God-of-the-Angel-Armies, come back!
    Smile your blessing smile:
        That will be our salvation.

8-18 Remember how you brought a young vine from Egypt,
    cleared out the brambles and briers
    and planted your very own vineyard?
You prepared the good earth,
    you planted her roots deep;
    the vineyard filled the land.
Your vine soared high and shaded the mountains,
    even dwarfing the giant cedars.
Your vine ranged west to the Sea,
    east to the River.
So why do you no longer protect your vine?
    Trespassers pick its grapes at will;
Wild pigs crash through and crush it,
    and the mice nibble away at what’s left.
God-of-the-Angel-Armies, turn our way!
    Take a good look at what’s happened
    and attend to this vine.
Care for what you once tenderly planted—
    the vine you raised from a shoot.
And those who dared to set it on fire—
    give them a look that will kill!
Then take the hand of your once-favorite child,
    the child you raised to adulthood.
We will never turn our back on you;
    breathe life into our lungs so we can shout your name!

19 God, God-of-the-Angel-Armies, come back!
    Smile your blessing smile:
    That will be our salvation.

Nkwa Asem

Nnwom 80

Ɔman foforoyɛ mpaebɔ

1Tie yɛn, O Israel guanhwɛfo; tie yɛn, wo nguan sohwɛfo panyin. Wo a wote w’ahengua a esi atakraboa ntaban so no, da wo ho adi kyerɛ Efraim, Benyamin ne Manase mmusuakuw no. Da w’ahoɔden adi; bra begye yɛn nkwa.

Fa yɛn san bra, O Onyankopɔn! Hu yɛn mmɔbɔ na yebenya nkwa. Wo bo befuw wo nkurɔfo mpaebɔ akosi bere bɛn, Otumfoɔ Awurade Nyankopɔn? Woama yɛn awerɛhow sɛ yenni ne nusu kuruwa kɛse ma sɛ yɛnnom. Ma aman a atwa yɛn ho ahyia no nko yɛn asase no so; yɛn atamfo kasa tia yɛn.

San fa yɛn bra, Otumfoɔ Nyankopɔn! Hu yɛn mmɔbɔ na wobegye yɛn nkwa. Wode bobe fi Misraim bae. Wopamoo aman foforo bi fii hɔ na wuduaa wɔ wɔn asase so. Wusiesiee baabi sɛnea ebenyin. Ne ntini no kɔɔ asase mu na ɛtrɛtrɛw asase no so nyinaa. 10 Ɛde ne nhwini kata nkoko so na n’abaa no kata sida nnua so. 11 N’abaa dennanee koduu ɛpo so kɔe ara koduu asu Efrata so. 12 Adɛn nti na wubuu ban a atwa ho ahyia no? Mprempren, obiara a ɔbɛfa hɔ no betumi awia n’aba no bi; 13 na kɔkɔte tiatia so na wuram mmom awe.

14 Otumfoɔ Nyankopɔn, dan w’ani hwɛ yɛn. Hwɛ yɛn fi soro hɔ; bra na begye wo nkurɔfo nkwa! 15 Begye bobe a wuduae na nkwa; saa bobe ketewa a woma enyin ahoɔden so no! 16 Yɛn atamfo ato mu gya atwa akyene; fa w’abufuw hwɛ wɔn na sɛe wɔn. 17 Hwɛ nnipa a woayi wɔn no so na bɔ wɔn ho ban; ɔman a wugyinaa no ahoɔden so no. 18 Yɛrennan yɛn ho mfi wo ho bio. Ma yɛn nkwa na yɛbɛkamfo wo.

19 Otumfoɔ Awurade Nyankopɔn, san fa yɛn bra. Hu yɛn mmɔbɔ na wobegye yɛn nkwa.