The Message

Lamentations 1

Worthless, Cheap, Abject!

1Oh, oh, oh . . .
How empty the city, once teeming with people.
    A widow, this city, once in the front rank of nations,
    once queen of the ball, she’s now a drudge in the kitchen.

She cries herself to sleep each night, tears soaking her pillow.
    No one’s left among her lovers to sit and hold her hand.
    Her friends have all dumped her.

After years of pain and hard labor, Judah has gone into exile.
    She camps out among the nations, never feels at home.
    Hunted by all, she’s stuck between a rock and a hard place.

Zion’s roads weep, empty of pilgrims headed to the feasts.
    All her city gates are deserted, her priests in despair.
    Her virgins are sad. How bitter her fate.

Her enemies have become her masters. Her foes are living it up
    because God laid her low, punishing her repeated rebellions.
    Her children, prisoners of the enemy, trudge into exile.

All beauty has drained from Daughter Zion’s face.
    Her princes are like deer famished for food,
    chased to exhaustion by hunters.

Jerusalem remembers the day she lost everything,
    when her people fell into enemy hands, and not a soul there to help.
    Enemies looked on and laughed, laughed at her helpless silence.

Jerusalem, who outsinned the whole world, is an outcast.
    All who admired her despise her now that they see beneath the surface.
    Miserable, she groans and turns away in shame.

She played fast and loose with life, she never considered tomorrow,
    and now she’s crashed royally, with no one to hold her hand:
    “Look at my pain, O God! And how the enemy cruelly struts.”

10 The enemy reached out to take all her favorite things. She watched
    as pagans barged into her Sanctuary, those very people for whom
    you posted orders: keep out: this assembly off-limits.

11 All the people groaned, so desperate for food, so desperate to stay alive
    that they bartered their favorite things for a bit of breakfast:
    “O God, look at me! Worthless, cheap, abject!

12 “And you passersby, look at me! Have you ever seen anything like this?
    Ever seen pain like my pain, seen what he did to me,
    what God did to me in his rage?

13 “He struck me with lightning, skewered me from head to foot,
    then he set traps all around so I could hardly move.
    He left me with nothing—left me sick, and sick of living.

14 “He wove my sins into a rope
    and harnessed me to captivity’s yoke.
    I’m goaded by cruel taskmasters.

15 “The Master piled up my best soldiers in a heap,
    then called in thugs to break their fine young necks.
    The Master crushed the life out of fair virgin Judah.

16 “For all this I weep, weep buckets of tears,
    and not a soul within miles around cares for my soul.
    My children are wasted, my enemy got his way.”

17 Zion reached out for help, but no one helped.
    God ordered Jacob’s enemies to surround him,
    and now no one wants anything to do with Jerusalem.

18 God has right on his side. I’m the one who did wrong.
    Listen everybody! Look at what I’m going through!
    My fair young women, my fine young men, all herded into exile!

19 “I called to my friends; they betrayed me.
    My priests and my leaders only looked after themselves,
    trying but failing to save their own skins.

20 “O God, look at the trouble I’m in! My stomach in knots,
    my heart wrecked by a life of rebellion.
    Massacres in the streets, starvation in the houses.

21 “Oh, listen to my groans. No one listens, no one cares.
    When my enemies heard of the trouble you gave me, they cheered.
    Bring on Judgment Day! Let them get what I got!

22 “Take a good look at their evil ways and give it to them!
    Give them what you gave me for my sins.
    Groaning in pain, body and soul, I’ve had all I can take.”

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”。