The Message

Psalm 83

An Asaph Psalm

11-5 God, don’t shut me out;
    don’t give me the silent treatment, O God.
Your enemies are out there whooping it up,
    the God-haters are living it up;
They’re plotting to do your people in,
    conspiring to rob you of your precious ones.
“Let’s wipe this nation from the face of the earth,”
    they say; “scratch Israel’s name off the books.”
And now they’re putting their heads together,
    making plans to get rid of you.

6-8 Edom and the Ishmaelites,
    Moab and the Hagrites,
    Gebal and Ammon and Amalek,
    Philistia and the Tyrians,
    And now Assyria has joined up,
    Giving muscle to the gang of Lot.

9-12 Do to them what you did to Midian,
    to Sisera and Jabin at Kishon Brook;
They came to a bad end at Endor,
    nothing but dung for the garden.
Cut down their leaders as you did Oreb and Zeeb,
    their princes to nothings like Zebah and Zalmunna,
With their empty brags, “We’re grabbing it all,
    grabbing God’s gardens for ourselves.”

13-18 My God! I’ve had it with them!
    Blow them away!
Tumbleweeds in the desert waste,
    charred sticks in the burned-over ground.
Knock the breath right out of them, so they’re gasping
    for breath, gasping, “God.”
Bring them to the end of their rope,
    and leave them there dangling, helpless.
Then they’ll learn your name: “God,”
    the one and only High God on earth.

Nkwa Asem

Nnwom 83

Mpae a Israel bɔ pɛ sɛ wodi wɔn atamfo so

1O Onyankopɔn, ntena hɔ komm; nyɛ komm! Nyɛ komm! Hwɛ! W’atamfo reyɛ basabasa, na wɔn a wɔtan wo no reyɛ dɔm. Hwɛ! W’atamfo reyɛ basabasa, na wɔn a wɔmpɛ w’asɛm nso ayɛ dɔm.

Wɔrepam esum ase atia wo nkurɔfo; wɔrepam atia wɔn a wobɔ wɔn ho ban. Wɔka se, “Bra na yɛnsɛe wɔn man sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ a wɔn werɛ befi Israel kora kora.” Wɔpenee wɔn apam no so kaa wɔn ho bɔɔ mu tiaa wo. Edomfo, Ismaelfo, Moabfo, Hagarfo, Gebalfo ne Amonfo ne Amalekfo ne Filistifo ne Tirofo ne Asiriafo akɔka wɔn ho ama Amonfo ne Moabfo a wɔyɛ Lot asefo no dɔm no ayɛ den.

Yɛ wɔn sɛnea woyɛɛ Midianfo ne Siserafo ne Yabinfo wɔ Kison subon mu hɔ no. 10 Wudii wɔn so wɔ Endor maa wɔn amu porɔwee wɔ fam. 11 Yɛ wɔn a wodi wɔn anim no sɛnea woyɛɛ Oreb ne Seeb no; di wɔn ahene so sɛnea woyɛɛ Sebah ne Salmuna 12 a wɔkae se, “Yɛbɛfa asase a ɛyɛ Onyankopɔn de no” no.

13 Bɔ wɔn hwete sɛ mfutuma, O Onyankopɔn; sɛ ntɛtɛ a mframa bɔ gu. 14 Sɛnea ogya hyew kwae, sɛnea ogyaframa ma nkoko hyew no, 15 saa ara na fa ahum taa wɔn na fa wo mframa a ano yɛ den no yi wɔn hu. 16 Ma animguase nka wɔn, O Awurade, na ma wonhu wo tumi. 17 Ma wonni wɔn so nkonim na wɔmmɔ hu daa daa; ma wonwu wɔ animguase pɔtɔɔ mu. 18 Ma wonhu sɛ, wo nko ara ne Awurade Otumfoɔ wɔ asase so nyinaa.