1The city of Jerusalem is so empty!
She used to be full of people.
But now she’s like a woman whose husband has died.
She used to be great among the nations.
She was like a queen among the kingdoms.
But now she is a slave.
2Jerusalem weeps bitterly at night.
Tears run down her cheeks.
None of her friends comforts her.
All those who were going to help her
have turned against her.
They have become her enemies.
3After Judah’s people had suffered greatly,
they were taken away as prisoners.
Now they live among the nations.
They can’t find any place to rest.
All those who were chasing them have caught up with them.
And they can’t get away.
4The roads to Zion are empty.
No one travels to her appointed feasts.
All the public places near her gates are deserted.
Her priests groan.
Her young women are sad.
And Zion herself weeps bitterly.
5Her enemies have become her masters.
They have an easy life.
The Lord has brought suffering to Jerusalem
because her people have committed so many sins.
Her children have been taken away as prisoners.
Her enemies have forced her people to leave their homes.
6The city of Zion used to be full of glory.
But now her glory has faded away.
Her princes are like deer.
They can’t find anything to eat.
They are almost too weak to get away
from those who hunt them down.
7Jerusalem’s people are suffering and wandering.
They remember all the treasures
they used to have.
But they fell into the hands of their enemies.
And no one was there to help them.
Their enemies looked at them.
They laughed because Jerusalem had been destroyed.
8Her people have committed many sins.
They have become impure.
All those who honored Jerusalem now look down on her.
They all look at her as if she were a naked woman.
The city groans and turns away in shame.
9Her skirts are dirty.
She didn’t think about how things might turn out.
Her fall from power amazed everyone.
And no one was there to comfort her.
She said, “Lord, please pay attention to how much I’m suffering.
My enemies have won the battle over me.”
10Jerusalem’s enemies took away
all her treasures.
Her people saw outsiders
enter her temple.
The Lord had commanded them
not to do that.
11All Jerusalem’s people groan
as they search for bread.
They trade their treasures for food
just to stay alive.
Jerusalem says, “Lord, look at me.
Think about my condition.
Everyone looks down on me.”
12Jerusalem also says, “All you who are passing by,
don’t you care about what has happened to me?
Just look at my condition.
Has anyone suffered the way I have?
The Lord has brought all this on me.
He has made me suffer.
His anger has burned against me.
13“He sent down fire from heaven.
It went deep down into my bones.
He spread a net to catch me by the feet.
He stopped me right where I was.
He made me empty.
I am sick all the time.
14“My sins have been made into a heavy yoke.
They were woven together by his hands.
They have been placed on my neck.
The Lord has taken away my strength.
He has handed me over to my enemies.
I can’t win the battle over them.
15“The Lord has refused to accept
any of my soldiers.
He has sent for an army
to crush my young men.
I am like grapes in the Lord’s winepress.
He has stomped on me,
even though I am his very own.
16“That’s why I am weeping.
Tears are flowing from my eyes.
No one is near to comfort me.
No one can heal my spirit.
My children don’t have anything.
My enemies are much too strong for me.”
17Zion reaches out her hands.
But no one is there to comfort her people.
The Lord has ordered that
the neighbors of Jacob’s people would become their enemies.
Jerusalem has become impure among them.
18Jerusalem says, “The Lord always does what is right.
But I refused to obey his commands.
Listen, all you nations.
Pay attention to how much I’m suffering.
My young men and women
have been taken away as prisoners.
19“I called out to those who were going to help me.
But they turned against me.
My priests and elders
died in the city.
They were searching for food
just to stay alive.
20“Lord, see how upset I am!
I am suffering deep down inside.
My heart is troubled.
Again and again I have refused to obey you.
Outside the city, people are being killed by swords.
Inside, there is nothing but death.
21“People have heard me groan.
But no one is here to comfort me.
My enemies have heard about all my troubles.
What you have done makes them happy.
So please judge them, just as you said you would.
Let them become like me.
22“Please pay attention to all their sinful ways.
Punish them as you have punished me.
You judged me because I had committed so many sins.
I groan all the time.
And my heart is weak.”
Yerusaalemi Kifuuse Matongo
11:1 a Is 47:8 b 1Bk 4:21 c Is 3:26; Yer 40:9Ekibuga ekyajjulanga abantu nga kyabuliddwa!
Ekyabanga eky’amaanyi mu mawanga,
nga kifuuse nga nnamwandu!
Eyali kabaka omukazi ng’alina amasaza,
afuuse omuddu omukazi.
21:2 a Zab 6:6 b Yer 3:1 c Yer 4:30; Mi 7:5 d nny 16Ekiro akaaba nnyo nnyini,
n’amaziga ne gakulukuta ku matama ge.
Mu baganzi be bonna,
talina n’omu amubeesabeesa.
Mikwano gye bonna bamuliddemu olukwe,
bafuuse balabe be.
31:3 a Yer 13:19 b Ma 28:65Yuda agenze mu buwaŋŋanguse
oluvannyuma lw’okubonaabona n’okukozesebwa n’obukambwe ng’omuddu.
Kati abeera mu bannamawanga,
talaba kifo kya kuwummuliramu.
Bonna abamunoonya bamusanga
mu nnaku ye.
41:4 a Yer 9:11 b Yo 1:8-13Enguudo za Sayuuni zikungubaga,
kubanga tewali n’omu ajja ku mbaga zaakyo ezaalagibwa.
Emiryango gye gyonna girekeddwa awo,
bakabona be, basinda;
bawala be abaweereza bali mu buyinike,
naye yennyini ali mu nnaku.
51:5 a Yer 30:15 b Yer 39:9; 52:28-30Abamuyigganya bafuuse bakama be;
abalabe be beeyagala,
kubanga Mukama amuleeseeko ennaku,
olw’ebibi bye ebingi.
Abaana be batwalibbwa mu buwaŋŋanguse,
61:6 Yer 13:18Ekitiibwa kyonna ekyali ku muwala wa Sayuuni
abalangira be bafuuse ng’ennangaazi
71:7 Yer 37:7; Kgb 4:17Mu nnaku ez’okubonaabona kwe ng’asagaasagana,
Yerusaalemi ajjukira ebintu eby’omuwendo byonna
bye yalinanga mu nnaku ez’edda.
Abantu be bwe baagwa mu mikono gy’omulabe,
tewaali n’omu amubeera;
abalabe be ne bamutunuulira
ne bamusekerera olw’okugwa kwe.
81:8 a nny 20; Is 59:2-13 b Yer 13:22, 26 c Is 59:21, 22Yerusaalemi yayonoona nnyo nnyini,
bw’atyo n’afuuka atali mulongoofu.
Bonna abaamussangamu ekitiibwa bamunyooma,
kubanga balabye bw’asigalidde awo;
ye yennyini asinda,
era akwatibwa ensonyi.
91:9 a Ma 32:28-29; Is 47:7; Ez 24:13 b Yer 13:18 c Mub 4:1; Yer 16:7 d Zab 25:18Obutali bulongoofu bwe bwali mu birenge bye;
teyassaayo mwoyo ku bulamu bwe obw’ebiseera ebijja.
Okugwa kwe kwali kwa kyewuunyo;
tewaali n’omu amubeesabeesa.
“Ayi Mukama, tunuulira okubonaabona kwange,
kubanga omulabe awangudde.”
101:10 a Is 64:11 b Zab 74:7-8; Yer 51:51 c Ma 23:3Omulabe yagololera omukono
ku bintu bya Yerusaalemi byonna eby’omuwendo;
yalaba amawanga amakaafiiri
nga gayingira awatukuvu we,
beebo be wali ogaanye
okuyingira mu kuŋŋaaniro lyo.
111:11 a Zab 38:8 b Yer 52:6Abantu be bonna basinda
nga bwe banoonya ekyokulya;
eby’obugagga byabwe babiwanyisaamu emmere,
okusobola okuba abalamu.
“Laba, Ayi Mukama Katonda, onziseeko omwoyo
121:12 a Yer 18:16 b nny 18 c Is 13:13; Yer 30:24“Mmwe tekibakwatako, mmwe mwenna abayitawo?
obanga waliwo obuyinike obwenkana,
Mukama bwe yanteekako
ku lunaku olw’obusungu bwe obungi.
131:13 a Yob 30:30 b Yer 44:6 c Kbk 3:16“Yaweereza omuliro okuva waggulu,
ne gukka mu magumba gange.
Yatega ebigere byange akatimba,
nga nzirise olunaku lwonna.
141:14 a Ma 28:48; Is 47:6 b Yer 32:5“Ebibi byange binfuukidde ekikoligo;
bisibiddwa ne binywezebwa omukono gwe.
Binzitoowerera mu bulago,
era bimmazeemu amaanyi.
Mukama ampaddeyo mu mikono gy’abo
be siyinza kugumiikiriza.
151:15 a Yer 37:10 b Is 41:2 c Is 28:18; Yer 18:21“Mukama anyoomye
abalwanyi abazira bonna abaali nange;
akuŋŋaanyizza eggye okunwanyisa,
okuzikiriza abavubuka bange.
Mukama alinnyiridde Omuwala Embeerera owa Yuda,
ng’omuntu bw’asambirira ezabbibu mu lyato ng’asogola.
161:16 a Kgb 2:11, 18; 3:48-49 b Zab 69:20; Mub 4:1 c nny 2; Yer 13:17; 14:17“Kyenva nkaaba,
amaaso gange ne gajjula amaziga,
kubanga tewali n’omu andi kumpi okumbeesabeesa,
ayinza okunzizaamu amaanyi.
Abaana bange banakuwavu
kubanga omulabe awangudde.”
171:17 Yer 4:31Sayuuni agolola emikono gye,
naye tewali n’omu amudduukirira.
Mukama awadde ekiragiro ku Yakobo
baliraanwa be babeere balabe be;
ekintu ekitali kirongoofu wakati mu bo.
181:18 a 1Sa 12:14 b nny 12 c Ma 28:32, 41“Mukama mutuukirivu,
newaakubadde nga najeemera ekiragiro kye.
Muwulirize mmwe amawanga gonna,
mutunuulire okubonaabona kwange;
Abavubuka bange ne bawala bange
batwalibbwa mu busibe.
191:19 Yer 14:15; Kgb 2:20“Nakoowoola bannange bannyambe,
bakabona bange n’abakadde b’ekibuga kyange
bazikiririra mu kibuga
nga banoonya ekyokulya
201:20 a Yer 4:19 b Kgb 2:11 c Ma 32:25; Ez 7:15“Laba, Ayi Mukama Katonda bwe ndi omunakuwavu!
Ndi mu kubonaabona,
n’omutima gwange teguteredde
kubanga njeemye nnyo ekiyitiridde.
Ebweru ekitala kirindiridde okunsanyaawo,
ne mu nnyumba mulimu kufa kwereere.
211:21 a nny 8 b nny 4 c Kgb 2:15 d Is 47:11; Yer 30:16“Abantu bawulidde okusinda kwange,
naye tewali n’omu ananyamba.
Abalabe bange bonna bawulidde okusinda kwange;
basanyukidde ekyo ky’okoze.
Olunaku lwe walangirira,
lubatuukeko, babeere nga nze.
221:22 Nek 4:5“Obabonereze olw’obutali butuukirivu bwabwe bwonna,
nga nze bwe wambonereza.
Okusinda kwange kungi
n’omutima gwange guzirika.”