The Message

Psalm 82

An Asaph Psalm

1God calls the judges into his courtroom,
    he puts all the judges in the dock.

2-4 “Enough! You’ve corrupted justice long enough,
    you’ve let the wicked get away with murder.
You’re here to defend the defenseless,
    to make sure that underdogs get a fair break;
Your job is to stand up for the powerless,
    and prosecute all those who exploit them.”

Ignorant judges! Head-in-the-sand judges!
    They haven’t a clue to what’s going on.
And now everything’s falling apart,
    the world’s coming unglued.

6-7 “I commissioned you judges, each one of you,
    deputies of the High God,
But you’ve betrayed your commission
    and now you’re stripped of your rank, busted.”

O God, give them their just deserts!
    You’ve got the whole world in your hands!

Nkwa Asem

Nnwom 82

Onyankopɔn, Ɔhene Kɛse

1Onyankopɔn yɛ ɔsoro agyinatufo panyin. Anyame betwa hyia a, ɔno na obu atɛn se, “Munnyae atɛnkyewbu; mummmu amumɔyɛfo atɛnkyew. Mommɔ ahiafo ne akunafo yiyedi ho ban. Mummmu mo ani nngu ahiafo ne wɔn a wonni aboafo so. Munnye wɔn mfi nnipa amumɔyɛfo tumi ase. Nim a munnim ne nkwasea a moyɛ! Moadan nnebɔneyɛfo ama atɛntrenee ayera wɔ wiase! Mekae se, “Moyɛ anyame; mo nyinaa yɛ Ɔsorosoroni no mma. Nanso mubewuwu sɛ nnipa; mo nkwa nna to betwa sɛ ɔhene ba biara.” Bra, O Onyankopɔn, na bedi wiase so; aman nyinaa yɛ wo dea.