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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 (Traditional)

耶利米哀歌 1

淒慘的耶路撒冷

1從前人煙稠密的城,
現在何其荒涼!
從前揚威萬邦的強國,
現在竟像寡婦一樣。
從前在諸省做公主的,
現在卻淪為奴婢。

她在夜間痛哭,淚流滿面。
情人中沒有一個前來安慰。
朋友都出賣她,與她為敵。

猶大飽受苦難和奴役,
被擄往遠方,流落異邦,
找不到安居之所。
她在走投無路之際被追敵擒獲。

通往錫安[a]的道路滿目淒涼,
因為無人前去過節。
她的城門冷落,
她的祭司悲歎,
她的少女哀傷,她痛苦不已。

敵人做了她的主人,
興旺發達。
因為她作惡多端,
耶和華叫她飽受困苦,
她的孩子被敵人擄去。

錫安的尊榮消逝,
她的首領像找不到草吃的鹿,
無力逃脫敵人的追趕。

在困苦流離中,
耶路撒冷想起昔日的榮華。
如今,她的人民落在敵人手中,
無人援救。
仇敵看見她,都嘲笑她的滅亡。

耶路撒冷罪大惡極,
淪為污穢之物。
從前尊重她的人看見她赤身裸體,就蔑視她。
她只能哀歎、退避。

她的裙子沾滿污穢,
她未曾想過自己的結局。
她的敗落無比淒慘,
無人安慰。
她哭喊道:「耶和華啊,
仇敵已經獲勝,
求你垂顧我的苦難!」

10 敵人伸手奪去她的一切珍寶。
她目睹外族人闖入聖殿——那是耶和華禁止他們進入的地方。

11 她的人民呻吟著四處覓食,
用珍寶換取糧食維生。

耶路撒冷的哀歎

她說:「耶和華啊,求你眷顧我,
因為我被人蔑視。

12 「路人啊,你們都無動於衷嗎?
你們看看,
耶和華向我發烈怒,降禍於我,
還有誰比我更痛苦呢?

13 「祂從高天降下火來,
焚燒我的骨頭;
祂在我腳前設下網羅,
使我返回;
祂使我淒涼孤寂,終日痛苦。

14 「我的罪惡連接成軛,
祂親手把它們編在一起,
綁在我的頸項上,
使我精疲力盡。
主把我交給我無力抵擋的敵人。

15 「主藐視我所有的勇士,
召集軍隊攻擊我,
打垮我的青年。
主踐踏猶大人[b]
如同在榨酒池踩踏。

16 「我為此哭泣,
淚流滿面,
卻無人安慰、鼓勵我。
我的兒女淒涼孤苦,
因為仇敵已經得勝。」

17 錫安伸手求助,卻無人理睬。
耶和華已命四周鄰國與雅各為敵。
耶路撒冷在他們當中成了污穢之物。

18 「但耶和華是公義的,
因為我違背了祂的命令。
萬國啊,請聽我的話,
看看我的痛苦!
我的年輕男女都被擄去。

19 「我向情人們求助,
他們卻欺騙我。
我的祭司和長老在覓食求生時,
倒斃在城中。

20 「耶和華啊,
看看我是多麼痛苦!
我的內臟攪動,
我的心靈翻騰,
因為我背叛了你。
街上有屠殺,
家中有死亡。

21 「人們聽見我的哀歎,
卻無人安慰我。
敵人看見你降給我的災難,
都幸災樂禍。
願你應許的審判之日來臨,
叫他們像我一樣受苦!

22 「願他們的惡行都擺在你眼前!
你怎樣因我的罪惡而懲罰我,
願你也照樣懲罰他們!
我歎息不絕,心中哀傷。」

Notas al pie

  1. 1·4 錫安」又稱「耶路撒冷」。
  2. 1·15 猶大人」希伯來文是「猶大的純潔少女」。