Nkwa Asem

Nnwom 140

Banbɔ mpaebɔ

1Awurade, gye me fi nnebɔneyɛfo nsam; na bɔ me ho ban fi basabasayɛfo nsam. Daa wɔdwene bɔne ho na wɔakɔka ntɔkwaw. Wɔn tɛkrɛma te sɛ awɔ a bɔre ahyɛ wɔn ma. Awurade, bɔ me ho ban fi amumɔyɛfo tumi ase; gye me fi basabasayɛfo a wɔdwene tia me, pɛ m’asehwe no nsam. Ahantanfo asum me firi; wɔasum wɔn mfiri na ɔkwan ho nyinaa wɔasunsum mfiri repɛ me ayi me.

Meka kyerɛ Awurade se, “Wone me Nyankopɔn.” Tie me sufrɛ na boa me, Awurade! Awurade me Nyankopɔn, me hwɛfo dennen, woabɔ me ho ban wɔ ɔko mu. Awurade, mfa nea amumɔyɛfo hwehwɛ mma wɔn; mma wɔn nsusuw bɔne no nnni nkonim. Mma m’atamfo nnni nkonim. Ma ahunahuna a wɔrehunahuna me no ntew mfa wɔn so. 10 Ma nnyansrama ngu wɔn so. Ma wɔntow wɔn ngu amoa donkudonku a wɔrentumi mfi bio mu.

11 Ma wɔn a wɔka nsɛmmɔne gu wɔn yɔnkonom so no nni nkogu. Ma bɔne nni basabasayɛfo so na ɛnsɛe wɔn. 12 Awurade, minim sɛ woko gye ahiafo ma wonya wɔn kyɛfa. 13 Atreneefo bɛkamfo wo ampa; wɔbɛtena nkwa mu wɔ wo nkyɛn.

The Message

Psalm 140

A David Psalm

11-5 God, get me out of here, away from this evil;
    protect me from these vicious people.
All they do is think up new ways to be bad;
    they spend their days plotting war games.
They practice the sharp rhetoric of hate and hurt,
    speak venomous words that maim and kill.
God, keep me out of the clutch of these wicked ones,
    protect me from these vicious people;
Stuffed with self-importance, they plot ways to trip me up,
    determined to bring me down.
These crooks invent traps to catch me
    and do their best to incriminate me.

6-8 I prayed, “God, you’re my God!
    Listen, God! Mercy!
God, my Lord, Strong Savior,
    protect me when the fighting breaks out!
Don’t let the wicked have their way, God,
    don’t give them an inch!”

9-11 These troublemakers all around me—
    let them drown in their own verbal poison.
Let God pile hellfire on them,
    let him bury them alive in crevasses!
These loudmouths—
    don’t let them be taken seriously;
These savages—
    let the Devil hunt them down!

12-13 I know that you, God, are on the side of victims,
    that you care for the rights of the poor.
And I know that the righteous personally thank you,
    that good people are secure in your presence.