The Message

Psalm 81

An Asaph Psalm

11-5 A song to our strong God!
    a shout to the God of Jacob!
Anthems from the choir, music from the band,
    sweet sounds from lute and harp,
Trumpets and trombones and horns:
    it’s festival day, a feast to God!
A day decreed by God,
    solemnly ordered by the God of Jacob.
He commanded Joseph to keep this day
    so we’d never forget what he did in Egypt.

I hear this most gentle whisper from One
I never guessed would speak to me:

6-7 “I took the world off your shoulders,
    freed you from a life of hard labor.
You called to me in your pain;
    I got you out of a bad place.
I answered you from where the thunder hides,
    I proved you at Meribah Fountain.

8-10 “Listen, dear ones—get this straight;
    O Israel, don’t take this lightly.
Don’t take up with strange gods,
    don’t worship the latest in gods.
I’m God, your God, the very God
    who rescued you from doom in Egypt,
Then fed you all you could eat,
    filled your hungry stomachs.

11-12 “But my people didn’t listen,
    Israel paid no attention;
So I let go of the reins and told them, ‘Run!
    Do it your own way!’

13-16 “Oh, dear people, will you listen to me now?
    Israel, will you follow my map?
I’ll make short work of your enemies,
    give your foes the back of my hand.
I’ll send the God-haters cringing like dogs,
    never to be heard from again.
You’ll feast on my fresh-baked bread
    spread with butter and rock-pure honey.”

Nkwa Asem

Nnwom 81

Dapɔnna Dwom

1To ahosɛpɛw dwom ma Awurade, yɛn hwɛfo. To ayeyi dwom ma Yakob Nyankopɔn.

Mumfi nnwonto no ase na mommɔ mpintin. Mommɔ nnwom a ɔyɛ dɛ wɔ sanku ne bɛnta so. Monhyɛn torobɛnto mma afahyɛ no bere a ɔsram apue foforo na wanyin no. Eyi yɛ Israel mmara; ɛyɛ mmara a efi Yakob Nyankopɔn nkyɛn. Bere a okotuaa Misraim asase no na ɔhyɛɛ mmara no maa Israelfo. Metee nne bi a minnim na ɛka se, “Miyii nnosoa no fii mo akyi. Mema mosoɛɛ mo ntayaa no. Bere a mowɔ ɔhaw mu no, mofrɛɛ me, na migyee mo nkwa. Mifii me hintabea a ɛwɔ ahum mu no gyee mo so. Mesɔɔ mo hwɛe wɔ Meriba nsu ho. Me nkurɔfo, muntie me kɔkɔbɔ yi. Mepɛ sɛ Israel tie me. Ɛnsɛ sɛ mosom anyame foforo. 10 Mene mo Awurade, mo Nyankopɔn a oyii mo fii Misraim asase so no. Mummue mo anom na mɛhyɛ mu ma. 11 Nanso me nkurɔfo rentie me. Israel rentie me. 12 Enti ma wɔmfa wɔn kɔnsenee akwan no so na wɔnyɛ nea wɔpɛ sɛ wɔyɛ biara.

13 “Mepɛ sɛ me nkurɔfo tie me. Mepɛ sɛ wodi m’asɛm so. 14 Anka medi wɔn atamfo nyinaa so ntɛm. 15 Wɔn a wɔtan me no de suro bɛkotow me osuro so; wɔn asotwe bɛtena hɔ daa daa. 16 Nanso mɛma mo esiam a ɛyɛ fɛ adi na mama mo ɛwo a ano yɛ mmerɛw aka ho.