Akuapem Twi Contemporary Bible

Kwadwom 1:1-22

1Sɛnea kuropɔn no adan amamfo ni,

kuropɔn a anka nnipa ahyɛ no ma!

Adɛn nti na wayɛ okunafobea a

kan no na anka ɔyɛ ɔkɛse wɔ amanaman no mu?

Nea na ɔyɛ ɔhemmea wɔ amantam no mu no

abɛyɛ afenaa nnɛ.

2Osu yayaayaw anadwo,

nusu sensan nʼafono so.

Nʼadɔfo nyinaa mu no,

obiara nni hɔ a ɔkyekyee ne werɛ.

Ne nnamfonom nyinaa ayi no ama

Wɔayɛ nʼatamfo.

3Amanehunu ne adwumaden akyi no,

Yuda kɔ nnommum mu.

Ɔte amanaman no mu

na onni ahomegyebea.

Wɔn a wɔtaa no nyinaa ato no

wɔ nʼahokyere mu.

4Akwan a ɛkɔ Sion no resu,

efisɛ obiara nkɔ nʼafahyɛ ase.

Nʼapon nyinaa adeda mpan,

na nʼasɔfo si apini,

ne mmabaa di yaw,

na ɔwɔ yawdi a mu yɛ den mu.

5Nʼatamfo abɛyɛ ne wuranom;

wɔn a wɔne no ayɛ adɔm ho adwo wɔn.

Awurade ama awerɛhow aba ne so

nʼamumɔyɛ bebrebe nti.

Ne mma kɔ nnommum mu.

Wɔayɛ nneduafo ama ɔtamfo.

6Anuonyam nyinaa atu

afi Ɔbabea Sion so kɔ.

Ne mmapɔmma ayɛ sɛ aforote

a wonnya adidibea;

na wɔde mmerɛwyɛ aguan

wɔ wɔn ataafo anim.

7Nʼamanehunu ne akyinkyinakyinkyin nna mu no,

Yerusalem kae ademude nyinaa

a na ɛwɔ no wɔ nna a atwa mu no mu.

Ne nkurɔfo kɔtɔɔ ɔtamfo no nsa mu no,

na obiara nni hɔ a ɔbɛboa no.

Nʼatamfo de wɔn ani hwɛɛ no

na wɔserew ne sɛe.

8Yerusalem ayɛ bɔne kɛse

enti ne ho agu fi.

Wɔn a wodi no ni no sopa no,

efisɛ wɔahu nʼadagyaw;

ɔno ankasa gu ahome

na ɔdan nʼani.

9Nʼafideyɛ atu aka ne ntade mu;

wannwene ne daakye ho.

Nʼasehwe yɛ nwonwa;

obiara ankyekye ne werɛ.

Awurade, hwɛ mʼamanehunu,

efisɛ ɔtamfo adi nkonim.”

10Ɔtamfo no de ne nsa too

nʼademude nyinaa so;

ohuu sɛ amanaman

rehyɛn ne kronkronbea hɔ,

nnipa a woabra sɛ

wɔnnhyɛn wʼasafo mu no.

11Ne nkurɔfo nyinaa si apini

bere a wɔrehwehwɛ aduan;

wɔde wɔn ademude sesa aduan

de nya ahoɔden.

“Awurade, hwɛ na dwene me ho,

efisɛ wobu me animtiaa.”

12“Ɛmfa mo ho ana, mo a mutwa mu wɔ hɔ nyinaa?

Monhwɛ na munhu.

Ɔyaw bi wɔ hɔ a ɛte sɛ me de

a wɔma ɛbaa me so yi,

nea Awurade de baa me so

wɔ nʼabufuwhyew da no ana?

13“Ɔsomaa ogya fii ɔsoro,

ma ɛbaa me nnompe mu.

Osum afiri maa mʼanan

na ɔsan me kɔɔ mʼakyi.

Ɔyɛɛ me pasaa,

metɔɔ beraw da mu nyinaa.

14“Woakyekyere me bɔne ahyɛ konnua mu;

ɔde ne nsa nwen bɔɔ mu.

Wɔde asɛn me kɔn mu

na Awurade atwe mʼahoɔden.

Ɔde me ahyɛ wɔn a

merentumi nnyina wɔn anim no nsa.

15“Awurade apo

akofo a wɔwɔ me ntam nyinaa;

wafrɛ asraafo atia me

sɛ wɔmmɛdwerɛw me mmerante.

Awurade atiatia Ɔbabea Ɔbabun Yuda so

wɔ ne nsakyiamoa mu.

16“Eyinom nti na misu

na nusu aguare me.

Obiara mmɛn a ɔbɛkyekye me werɛ,

nea ɔbɛhyɛ me honhom den nni hɔ.

Me mma agyigya

efisɛ ɔtamfo no adi nkonim.”

17Sion trɛw ne nsa mu

nanso obiara nni hɔ a ɔbɛkyekye ne werɛ.

Awurade ahyɛ ama Yakob se

ne mfɛfo bɛyɛ nʼatamfo;

Yerusalem abɛyɛ

afide wɔ wɔn mu.

18Awurade yɛ ɔtreneeni,

nanso manni nʼahyɛde so.

Muntie, mo amanaman nyinaa

monhwɛ me yaw.

Me mmerante ne mmabaa

kɔ nnommum mu.

19“Mefrɛɛ mʼadɔfo

nanso woyii me mae.

Mʼasɔfo ne me mpanyimfo

ase tɔree wɔ kuropɔn no mu,

bere a wɔrehwehwɛ aduan adi

na wɔanwuwu.

20“Awurade, hwɛ me mmɔbɔ!

Meredi yaw wɔ me mu,

na me koma mu nso minni ahotɔ,

efisɛ mayɛ otuatewfo kɛse.

Afoa hyɛ me awerɛhow wɔ abɔnten so;

ofie nso yɛ owu nko ara.

21“Nnipa ate mʼapinisi,

nanso obiara nni hɔ a ɔbɛkyekye me werɛ.

Mʼatamfo nyinaa ate mʼamanehunu

wɔn ani gye nea woayɛ no ho.

Ma nna a woahyɛ no mmra

sɛnea wɔbɛyɛ sɛ me.

22“Fa wɔn atirimɔdensɛm nyinaa si wʼanim;

na wo ne wɔn nni

sɛnea wo ne me adi;

esiane mʼamumɔyɛ no nti.

Mʼapinisi dɔɔso

na me koma abotow.”

King James Version

Lamentations 1:1-22

1How doth the city sit solitary, that was full of people! how is she become as a widow! she that was great among the nations, and princess among the provinces, how is she become tributary! 2She weepeth sore in the night, and her tears are on her cheeks: among all her lovers she hath none to comfort her: all her friends have dealt treacherously with her, they are become her enemies. 3Judah is gone into captivity because of affliction, and because of great servitude: she dwelleth among the heathen, she findeth no rest: all her persecutors overtook her between the straits.1.3 because of great…: Heb. for the greatness of servitude 4The ways of Zion do mourn, because none come to the solemn feasts: all her gates are desolate: her priests sigh, her virgins are afflicted, and she is in bitterness. 5Her adversaries are the chief, her enemies prosper; for the LORD hath afflicted her for the multitude of her transgressions: her children are gone into captivity before the enemy. 6And from the daughter of Zion all her beauty is departed: her princes are become like harts that find no pasture, and they are gone without strength before the pursuer. 7Jerusalem remembered in the days of her affliction and of her miseries all her pleasant things that she had in the days of old, when her people fell into the hand of the enemy, and none did help her: the adversaries saw her, and did mock at her sabbaths.1.7 pleasant: or, desirable 8Jerusalem hath grievously sinned; therefore she is removed: all that honoured her despise her, because they have seen her nakedness: yea, she sigheth, and turneth backward.1.8 is…: Heb. is become a removing, or, wandering 9Her filthiness is in her skirts; she remembereth not her last end; therefore she came down wonderfully: she had no comforter. O LORD, behold my affliction: for the enemy hath magnified himself. 10The adversary hath spread out his hand upon all her pleasant things: for she hath seen that the heathen entered into her sanctuary, whom thou didst command that they should not enter into thy congregation.1.10 pleasant: or, desirable 11All her people sigh, they seek bread; they have given their pleasant things for meat to relieve the soul: see, O LORD, and consider; for I am become vile.1.11 to…: or, to make the soul to come again

12Is it nothing to you, all ye that pass by? behold, and see if there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow, which is done unto me, wherewith the LORD hath afflicted me in the day of his fierce anger.1.12 Is it…: or, It is nothing1.12 pass by: Heb. pass by the way? 13From above hath he sent fire into my bones, and it prevaileth against them: he hath spread a net for my feet, he hath turned me back: he hath made me desolate and faint all the day. 14The yoke of my transgressions is bound by his hand: they are wreathed, and come up upon my neck: he hath made my strength to fall, the Lord hath delivered me into their hands, from whom I am not able to rise up. 15The Lord hath trodden under foot all my mighty men in the midst of me: he hath called an assembly against me to crush my young men: the Lord hath trodden the virgin, the daughter of Judah, as in a winepress.1.15 the virgin…: or, the winepress of the virgin, etc 16For these things I weep; mine eye, mine eye runneth down with water, because the comforter that should relieve my soul is far from me: my children are desolate, because the enemy prevailed.1.16 relieve: Heb. bring back 17Zion spreadeth forth her hands, and there is none to comfort her: the LORD hath commanded concerning Jacob, that his adversaries should be round about him: Jerusalem is as a menstruous woman among them.

18¶ The LORD is righteous; for I have rebelled against his commandment: hear, I pray you, all people, and behold my sorrow: my virgins and my young men are gone into captivity.1.18 commandment: Heb. mouth 19I called for my lovers, but they deceived me: my priests and mine elders gave up the ghost in the city, while they sought their meat to relieve their souls. 20Behold, O LORD; for I am in distress: my bowels are troubled; mine heart is turned within me; for I have grievously rebelled: abroad the sword bereaveth, at home there is as death. 21They have heard that I sigh: there is none to comfort me: all mine enemies have heard of my trouble; they are glad that thou hast done it: thou wilt bring the day that thou hast called, and they shall be like unto me.1.21 called: or, proclaimed 22Let all their wickedness come before thee; and do unto them, as thou hast done unto me for all my transgressions: for my sighs are many, and my heart is faint.