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Lamentations 1

The Sorrows of Zion

1[a]How solitary and lonely sits the city [Jerusalem]
That was [once] full of people!
How like a widow she has become.
She who was great among the nations!
The princess among the provinces,
Has become a forced laborer!

She weeps bitterly in the night
And her tears are [constantly] on her cheeks;
Among all her lovers (political allies)
She has no one to comfort her.
All her friends have dealt treacherously with her;
They have become her enemies.

Judah has gone into exile under affliction
And under harsh servitude;
She dwells among the [pagan] nations,
But she has found no rest;
All her pursuers have overtaken her
In the midst of [her] distress.

The roads to Zion are in mourning
Because no one comes to the appointed feasts.
All her gates are desolate;
Her priests are groaning,
Her virgins are grieved and suffering,
And she suffers bitterly.

Her adversaries have become her masters,
Her enemies prosper;
For the Lord has caused her grief
Because of the multitude of her transgressions;
Her young children have gone
Into captivity before the enemy.

All her beauty and majesty
Have departed from the Daughter of Zion (Jerusalem).
Her princes have become like deer
That have found no pasture;
They have fled without strength
Before the pursuer.

In the days of her affliction and homelessness
Jerusalem remembers all her precious things
That she had from the days of old,
When her people fell into the hand of the adversary,
And no one helped her,
The enemy saw her,
They mocked at her downfall.

Jerusalem sinned greatly;
Therefore she has become an unclean thing [and has been removed].
All who honored her [now] despise her
Because they have seen her nakedness;
Even she herself groans and turns [her face] away.

Her (ceremonial) uncleanness was on her skirts;
She did not [seriously] consider her future.
Therefore she has come down [from throne to slavery] in an astonishing manner;
She has no comforter.
“O Lord” [cries Jerusalem], “look at my affliction,
For the enemy has magnified himself [in triumph]!”
10 
The adversary has spread out his hand
Over all her precious and desirable things;
For she has seen the [Gentile] nations enter her sanctuary (the Jerusalem temple)—
[b]The ones whom You commanded
That they should not enter into Your congregation [not even in the outer courts].
11 
All her people groan, seeking bread;
They have exchanged their desirable and precious things for food
To restore their lives.
“See, O Lord, and consider
How despised and repulsive I have become!”
12 
“Is it nothing to you, all you who pass this way?
Look and see if there is any pain like my pain
Which was severely dealt out to me,
Which the Lord has inflicted [on me] on the day of His fierce anger.
13 
“From on high He sent fire into my bones,
And it prevailed over them.
He has spread a net for my feet;
He has turned me back.
He has made me desolate and hopelessly miserable,
Faint all the day long.
14 
“The yoke of my transgressions is bound;
By His hand they are knit and woven together.
They have come upon my neck.
He has made my strength fail;
The Lord has put me into the hand
Of those against whom I cannot stand.
15 
“The Lord has rejected all the strong men
In my midst;
He has proclaimed an established time against me
To crush my young men.
The Lord has trampled down as in a wine press
The Virgin Daughter of Judah.
16 
“I weep for these things;
My eyes overflow with tears,
Because a comforter,
One who could restore my soul, is far away from me.
My children are desolate and perishing,
For the enemy has prevailed.”
17 
Zion stretches out her hands,
But there is no comforter for her.
The Lord has commanded concerning Jacob
That his neighbors should be his enemies;
Jerusalem has become a filthy thing [an object of contempt] among them.
18 
“The Lord is righteous and just;
For I have rebelled against His commandment (His word).
Hear now, all you peoples,
And look at my pain;
My virgins and my young men
Have gone into captivity.
19 
“I [Jerusalem] called to my lovers (political allies), but they deceived me.
My priests and my elders perished in the city
While they looked for food to restore their strength.
20 
“See, O Lord, how distressed I am!
My spirit is deeply disturbed;
My heart is overturned within me and cannot rest,
For I have been very rebellious.
In the street the sword kills and bereaves;
In the house there is [famine, disease and] death!
21 
“People have heard that I groan,
That I have no comforter [in You].
All my enemies have heard of my desperation;
They are delighted [O Lord] that You have done it.
Oh, that You would bring the day [of judgment] which You have proclaimed
So that they will become like me.
22 
“Let all their wickedness come before You;
And deal with them as You have dealt with me
Because of all my transgressions;
For my groans are many and my heart is faint.”

Notas al pie

  1. Lamentations 1:1 The writings of the prophets are not only valuable contributions to Old Testament history, but the reader is also enriched by familiarity with the forecasts of events which have been fulfilled, thus revealing the divine inspiration of the books and the wisdom and power of the God who prompted their writings.
  2. Lamentations 1:10 The Ammonites and Moabites, descendants of Lot and related to Israel, were forbidden to enter the congregation of the Lord, “even to their tenth generation,” because they refused to assist the sons of Israel when they were escaping from Egypt, and because they hired Balaam to curse Israel (Deut 23:3, 4). The Israelites never assembled any closer to the sanctuary of the temple than in the court outside its door. No Jew, not even David was authorized to enter the sanctuary proper except for certain Levites to whom such service was assigned. But now, Jeremiah says, the forbidden pagan nations enter the Holy of Holies to vandalize.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

耶利米哀歌 1

凄惨的耶路撒冷

1从前人烟稠密的城,
现在何其荒凉!
从前扬威万邦的强国,
现在竟像寡妇一样。
从前在诸省做公主的,
现在却沦为奴婢。

她在夜间痛哭,泪流满面。
情人中没有一个前来安慰。
朋友都出卖她,与她为敌。

犹大饱受苦难和奴役,
被掳往远方,流落异邦,
找不到安居之所。
她在走投无路之际被追敌擒获。

通往锡安[a]的道路满目凄凉,
因为无人前去过节。
她的城门冷落,
她的祭司悲叹,
她的少女哀伤,她痛苦不已。

敌人做了她的主人,
兴旺发达。
因为她作恶多端,
耶和华叫她饱受困苦,
她的孩子被敌人掳去。

锡安的尊荣消逝,
她的首领像找不到草吃的鹿,
无力逃脱敌人的追赶。

在困苦流离中,
耶路撒冷想起昔日的荣华。
如今,她的人民落在敌人手中,
无人援救。
仇敌看见她,都嘲笑她的灭亡。

耶路撒冷罪大恶极,
沦为污秽之物。
从前尊重她的人看见她赤身裸体,就蔑视她。
她只能哀叹、退避。

她的裙子沾满污秽,
她未曾想过自己的结局。
她的败落无比凄惨,
无人安慰。
她哭喊道:“耶和华啊,
仇敌已经获胜,
求你垂顾我的苦难!”

10 敌人伸手夺去她的一切珍宝。
她目睹外族人闯入圣殿——那是耶和华禁止他们进入的地方。

11 她的人民呻吟着四处觅食,
用珍宝换取粮食维生。

耶路撒冷的哀叹

她说:“耶和华啊,求你眷顾我,
因为我被人蔑视。

12 “路人啊,你们都无动于衷吗?
你们看看,
耶和华向我发烈怒,降祸于我,
还有谁比我更痛苦呢?

13 “祂从高天降下火来,
焚烧我的骨头;
祂在我脚前设下网罗,
使我返回;
祂使我凄凉孤寂,终日痛苦。

14 “我的罪恶连接成轭,
祂亲手把它们编在一起,
绑在我的颈项上,
使我筋疲力尽。
主把我交给我无力抵挡的敌人。

15 “主藐视我所有的勇士,
召集军队攻击我,
打垮我的青年。
主践踏犹大人[b]
如同在榨酒池踩踏。

16 “我为此哭泣,
泪流满面,
却无人安慰、鼓励我。
我的儿女凄凉孤苦,
因为仇敌已经得胜。”

17 锡安伸手求助,却无人理睬。
耶和华已命四周邻国与雅各为敌。
耶路撒冷在他们当中成了污秽之物。

18 “但耶和华是公义的,
因为我违背了祂的命令。
万国啊,请听我的话,
看看我的痛苦!
我的年轻男女都被掳去。

19 “我向情人们求助,
他们却欺骗我。
我的祭司和长老在觅食求生时,
倒毙在城中。

20 “耶和华啊,
看看我是多么痛苦!
我的内脏搅动,
我的心灵翻腾,
因为我背叛了你。
街上有屠杀,
家中有死亡。

21 “人们听见我的哀叹,
却无人安慰我。
敌人看见你降给我的灾难,
都幸灾乐祸。
愿你应许的审判之日来临,
叫他们像我一样受苦!

22 “愿他们的恶行都摆在你眼前!
你怎样因我的罪恶而惩罚我,
愿你也照样惩罚他们!
我叹息不绝,心中哀伤。”

Notas al pie

  1. 1:4 锡安”又称“耶路撒冷”。
  2. 1:15 犹大人”希伯来文是“犹大的纯洁少女”。