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 (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」。