The Message

Psalm 90

A Prayer of Moses, Man of God

11-2 God, it seems you’ve been our home forever;
    long before the mountains were born,
Long before you brought earth itself to birth,
    from “once upon a time” to “kingdom come”—you are God.

3-11 So don’t return us to mud, saying,
    “Back to where you came from!”
Patience! You’ve got all the time in the world—whether
    a thousand years or a day, it’s all the same to you.
Are we no more to you than a wispy dream,
    no more than a blade of grass
That springs up gloriously with the rising sun
    and is cut down without a second thought?
Your anger is far and away too much for us;
    we’re at the end of our rope.
You keep track of all our sins; every misdeed
    since we were children is entered in your books.
All we can remember is that frown on your face.
    Is that all we’re ever going to get?
We live for seventy years or so
    (with luck we might make it to eighty),
And what do we have to show for it? Trouble.
    Toil and trouble and a marker in the graveyard.
Who can make sense of such rage,
    such anger against the very ones who fear you?

12-17 Oh! Teach us to live well!
    Teach us to live wisely and well!
Come back, God—how long do we have to wait?—
    and treat your servants with kindness for a change.
Surprise us with love at daybreak;
    then we’ll skip and dance all the day long.
Make up for the bad times with some good times;
    we’ve seen enough evil to last a lifetime.
Let your servants see what you’re best at—
    the ways you rule and bless your children.
And let the loveliness of our Lord, our God, rest on us,
    confirming the work that we do.
    Oh, yes. Affirm the work that we do!

Nkwa Asem

Nnwom 90


NNWOM 90-106

Onyankopoɔn ne onipa

1O Awurade, wo na daa nyinaa woayɛ yɛn tenabea. Ansa na wɔrebɛbɔ nkoko anaa wiase no, na woyɛ Onyankopɔn teasefo, na wobɛyɛ Onyankopɔn daa daa.

Woka kyerɛ onipa se ɔnkɔ ne tebea dedaw mu. Wosesaa no ma ɔbɛyɛɛ mfutuma. Mfe apem yɛ wo sɛ da koro. Wofa no sɛ nnera a etwaam no; anaa anadwo mu dɔnhwerew tiaa bi. Wosoaa yɛn kɔe sɛ nsuyiri; yɛntena hɔ nkyɛ sɛ ɔdae mpo. Yɛte sɛ afifide a yɛyɛ frɔmm anɔpa na enyin na ɛyɛ fɛfɛ na ɛwo na ewu anwummere. W’abufuw asɛe yɛn. W’abufuw abɔ yɛn hu. Wode yɛn bɔne gu w’anim; wuhu yɛn kokoam bɔne nyinaa. W’abufuw twa yɛn nkwa nna so; ɛpa te sɛ asomsɛm.

10 Yɛn mfirihyia mu nna, emu wɔ mfe aduɔson, na sɛ ɛboro so a, na ɛredu aduɔwɔtwe, na emu ahohoahoade yɛ ɔhaw ne awerɛhow. Ɛnkyɛ na nkwa asa na yɛkɔ. 11 Hena na waka w’abufuw mu tumi nyinaa ahwɛ da? Hena na onim ehu ko a ɛwɔ w’abufuw mu?

12 Ma yenhu yɛn nna kan sɛnea ɛte, na yɛanya nyansa koma. 13 W’abufuw bɛkyɛ akosi bere bɛn? O Awurade, hu w’asomfo mmɔbɔ! 14 Anɔpa biara, fa wo dɔ a ɛwɔ hɔ daa no hyɛ yɛn mu sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ a yɛbɛto dwom na yɛn ani agye wɔ yɛn nkwanna nyinaa mu. 15 Mprempren, ma yɛn ahotɔ te sɛ nea mfe a yɛwɔ ahoyeraw mu no woma yedii awerɛhow no pɛ. 16 Ma yɛn a yɛyɛ w’asomfo nhu wo nneyɛe a tumi wɔ mu no, na ma yɛn asefo nhu w’anuonyam mu tumi no. 17 Awurade yɛn Nyankopɔn, wo nhyira mmra yɛn so. Nea yɛyɛ biara, ma ɛnyɛ ye.