New International Reader's Version

Psalm 109

Psalm 109

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

God, I praise you.
    Don’t remain silent.
Sinful people who lie and cheat have spoken against me.
    They have used their tongues to tell lies about me.
They gather all around me with their words of hatred.
    They attack me without any reason.
They bring charges against me,
    even though I love them
    and pray for them.
They pay me back with evil for the good things I do.
    They pay back my love with hatred.

Appoint an evil person to take my enemies to court.
    Let him stand at their right hand and bring charges against them.
When they are tried, let them be found guilty.
    May even their prayers judge them.
May their days be few.
    Let others take their places as leaders.
May their children’s fathers die.
    May their wives become widows.
10 May their children be driven from their destroyed homes.
    May they wander around like beggars.
11 May everything those people own be taken away to pay for what they owe.
    May strangers rob them of everything they’ve worked for.
12 May no one be kind to them
    or take pity on the children they leave behind.
13 May their family line come to an end.
    May their names be forgotten by those who live after them.
14 May the Lord remember the evil things their fathers have done.
    May he never erase the sins of their mothers.
15 May the Lord never forget their sins.
    Then he won’t let people remember the names of my enemies anymore.

16 They never thought about doing anything kind.
    Instead, they drove those who were poor and needy to their deaths.
    They did the same thing to those whose hearts were broken.
17 They loved to curse others.
    May their curses come back on them.
They didn’t find any pleasure in giving anyone their blessing.
    May no blessing ever come to them.
18 They cursed others as easily as they put on clothes.
    Cursing was as natural to them as getting a drink of water
    or putting olive oil on their bodies.
19 May their curses cover them like coats.
    May their curses be wrapped around them like a belt forever.
20 May that be the Lord’s way of paying back
    those who bring charges against me.
May it happen to those who say
    evil things about me.

21 But Lord and King,
    help me so that you bring honor to yourself.
    Because your love is so good, save me.
22 I am poor and needy.
    My heart is wounded deep down inside me.
23 I fade away like an evening shadow.
    I’m like a locust that someone brushes off.
24 My knees are weak because I’ve gone without food.
    My body is very thin.
25 Those who bring charges against me laugh at me.
    When they see me, they shake their heads at me.

26 Lord my God, help me.
    Save me because of your faithful love.
27 Lord, let my enemies know that you yourself have saved me.
    You have done it with your own hand.
28 They may curse me.
    But may you bless me.
May those who attack me be put to shame.
    But may I be filled with joy.
29 May those who bring charges against me be clothed with dishonor.
    May they be wrapped in shame as if it were a coat.

30 With my mouth I will continually praise the Lord.
    I will praise him when all his people gather for worship.
31 He stands ready to help those who need it.
    He saves them from those who are ready to sentence them to death.

Nkwa Asem

Nnwom 109

Ɔhaw mu anwiinwii

1Mekamfo wo, Onyankopɔn; nyɛ komm! Amumɔyɛfo ne atorofo aba me so. Wɔka atorosɛm fa me ho, na wɔka bɔne fa me ho, taa me so kwa. Ɛwom sɛ medɔ wɔn, bɔ mpae ma wɔn, nanso wotia me. Papa a meyɛ no, wɔde bɔne tua me so ka, na ɔdɔ a medɔ wɔn no, wɔde ɔtan tua me so ka.

Hwehwɛ ɔtemmufo bɔne na onni me tamfo asɛm, na ma ɔno ara n’atamfo no mu baako nkasa ntia no. Ma wonni n’asɛm na wommu no fɔ; ne mpaebɔ mpo, ma wɔmfa no sɛ ɛyɛ awudi! Ma ne nkwa nna to ntwa; ma ɔfoforo nyɛ n’adwuma! Ma ne mma nyɛ nnyanka na ne yere nyɛ okunafo. 10 Ma ne mma nyɛ adesrɛfo a wonni baabi te; ma wɔmpam wɔn mfi amamfo a wɔte hɔ no. 11 Ma n’adefirifo mmɛsesaw n’agyapade nyinaa, na ma amamfrafo nya dwuma biara a odii ho mfaso. 12 Mma obiara nnhu no mmɔbɔ. Mma obiara nnhu nnyanka a ogyaw wɔn akyiri no nso mmɔbɔ. 13 Ma n’asefo nyinaa nwuwu na ma wɔn werɛ mfi ne din wɔ nkyirimma a wɔreba no mu. 14 Awurade, nkae n’asefo na wɔmmfa ne na bɔne mmfiri no da biara da. 15 Awurade nkae wɔn bɔne daa na wɔn de, ɛnsɛ sɛ obiara kae wɔn da biara da.

16 Saa onipa no annwene atirimɔmmerɛw ho; ɔtaa ahiafo, mmɔborɔfo ne wɔn a wonni aboafo kum wɔn. 17 Ɔpɛɛ nnome, enti wɔnnome no! Na onhyira, enti obi nso renhyira no! 18 Na ɔdome te sɛ nea ɔrehyɛ atade, enti ɔno ara ne nnome no nnonom nkɔ ne nipadua mu sɛ nsu, ne ne nnompe mu sɛ ngo!

19 Ma wɔnkata ne ho sɛ ntade na entwa ne ho nhyia sɛ abɔso! 20 Awurade, twe m’atamfo aso saa kwan no so, wɔn a wɔka nsɛmmɔne tia me no.

21 Nanso, wo Awurade me Nyankopɔn, boa me sɛnea woahyɛ me bɔ no na esiane wo dɔ mu ade pa nti, gye me.

22 Ahia me na minni biribiara. Me koma mu hyehye me. 23 Mete sɛ anwummere sunsuma a ɛreyɛ ayera; mframa bɔ me sɛ aboawa. 24 Aduan a minnya nti, me kotodwe mu agugow; menyɛ hwee sɛ ɔhonam ne nnompe kɛkɛ. 25 Sɛ nnipa hu me a, wɔserew me; wɔwosow wɔn ti di me ho fɛw.

26 Boa me, O Awurade me Nyankopɔn; wo dɔ a ɛnsa da no nti, gye me! 27 Ma m’atamfo nhu sɛ wo ne me gyefo. 28 Wɔbɛdome me, nanso wubehyira me. Ma wɔn a wɔtaa me no nni nkogu, na ma me a meyɛ wo somfo no ani nnye.

29 Ma animguase nnura m’atamfo ho; ma wɔnhyɛ animguase no sɛ atade. 30 Mɛda Awurade ase. Mɛkamfo no wɔ ne baguafo anim 31 efisɛ, ɔbɔ ohiani ho ban na ogye no fi wɔn a wɔabu no kumfɔ nsam.