New International Version

Lamentations 2:1-22

This chapter is an acrostic poem, the verses of which begin with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet. 1How the Lord has covered Daughter Zion

with the cloud of his anger2:1 Or How the Lord in his anger / has treated Daughter Zion with contempt!

He has hurled down the splendor of Israel

from heaven to earth;

he has not remembered his footstool

in the day of his anger.

2Without pity the Lord has swallowed up

all the dwellings of Jacob;

in his wrath he has torn down

the strongholds of Daughter Judah.

He has brought her kingdom and its princes

down to the ground in dishonor.

3In fierce anger he has cut off

every horn2:3 Or off / all the strength; or every king2:3 Horn here symbolizes strength. of Israel.

He has withdrawn his right hand

at the approach of the enemy.

He has burned in Jacob like a flaming fire

that consumes everything around it.

4Like an enemy he has strung his bow;

his right hand is ready.

Like a foe he has slain

all who were pleasing to the eye;

he has poured out his wrath like fire

on the tent of Daughter Zion.

5The Lord is like an enemy;

he has swallowed up Israel.

He has swallowed up all her palaces

and destroyed her strongholds.

He has multiplied mourning and lamentation

for Daughter Judah.

6He has laid waste his dwelling like a garden;

he has destroyed his place of meeting.

The Lord has made Zion forget

her appointed festivals and her Sabbaths;

in his fierce anger he has spurned

both king and priest.

7The Lord has rejected his altar

and abandoned his sanctuary.

He has given the walls of her palaces

into the hands of the enemy;

they have raised a shout in the house of the Lord

as on the day of an appointed festival.

8The Lord determined to tear down

the wall around Daughter Zion.

He stretched out a measuring line

and did not withhold his hand from destroying.

He made ramparts and walls lament;

together they wasted away.

9Her gates have sunk into the ground;

their bars he has broken and destroyed.

Her king and her princes are exiled among the nations,

the law is no more,

and her prophets no longer find

visions from the Lord.

10The elders of Daughter Zion

sit on the ground in silence;

they have sprinkled dust on their heads

and put on sackcloth.

The young women of Jerusalem

have bowed their heads to the ground.

11My eyes fail from weeping,

I am in torment within;

my heart is poured out on the ground

because my people are destroyed,

because children and infants faint

in the streets of the city.

12They say to their mothers,

“Where is bread and wine?”

as they faint like the wounded

in the streets of the city,

as their lives ebb away

in their mothers’ arms.

13What can I say for you?

With what can I compare you,

Daughter Jerusalem?

To what can I liken you,

that I may comfort you,

Virgin Daughter Zion?

Your wound is as deep as the sea.

Who can heal you?

14The visions of your prophets

were false and worthless;

they did not expose your sin

to ward off your captivity.

The prophecies they gave you

were false and misleading.

15All who pass your way

clap their hands at you;

they scoff and shake their heads

at Daughter Jerusalem:

“Is this the city that was called

the perfection of beauty,

the joy of the whole earth?”

16All your enemies open their mouths

wide against you;

they scoff and gnash their teeth

and say, “We have swallowed her up.

This is the day we have waited for;

we have lived to see it.”

17The Lord has done what he planned;

he has fulfilled his word,

which he decreed long ago.

He has overthrown you without pity,

he has let the enemy gloat over you,

he has exalted the horn2:17 Horn here symbolizes strength. of your foes.

18The hearts of the people

cry out to the Lord.

You walls of Daughter Zion,

let your tears flow like a river

day and night;

give yourself no relief,

your eyes no rest.

19Arise, cry out in the night,

as the watches of the night begin;

pour out your heart like water

in the presence of the Lord.

Lift up your hands to him

for the lives of your children,

who faint from hunger

at every street corner.

20“Look, Lord, and consider:

Whom have you ever treated like this?

Should women eat their offspring,

the children they have cared for?

Should priest and prophet be killed

in the sanctuary of the Lord?

21“Young and old lie together

in the dust of the streets;

my young men and young women

have fallen by the sword.

You have slain them in the day of your anger;

you have slaughtered them without pity.

22“As you summon to a feast day,

so you summoned against me terrors on every side.

In the day of the Lord’s anger

no one escaped or survived;

those I cared for and reared

my enemy has destroyed.”

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

耶利米哀歌 2:1-22

耶和華懲罰耶路撒冷

1主的怒氣像烏雲一樣遮蓋錫安2·1 」希伯來文是「女子」,可能是對錫安的暱稱,下同2·4104·22

祂使以色列的榮美從天上墜下。

祂發怒的時候並不顧念自己的腳凳。

2主毫不留情地毀滅雅各一切的住處,

祂在烈怒中夷平猶大的堡壘,

以色列及其首領蒙羞。

3祂發烈怒毀滅以色列全軍。

敵人襲來時,祂收回大能的手。

祂像烈焰一樣吞噬雅各

4祂抬起右手張弓搭箭,

宛若仇敵,

殺戮一切悅人眼目的人,

將祂的怒火撒向錫安城的帳篷。

5主像敵人一樣毀滅以色列

吞噬她的宮殿,夷平她的堡壘,

使猶大人哀哭不止。

6祂摧毀自己的居所,

如同摧毀花園;

祂摧毀自己規定的聚會之處,

使錫安的人民忘記安息日和節期。

祂在烈怒中棄絕所有的君王和祭司。

7主撇棄自己的祭壇,

憎惡自己的聖所,

耶路撒冷的殿牆交給敵人。

他們像過節一樣,

在耶和華的殿中喧嚷吵鬧。

8耶和華決意拆毀錫安的城牆,

祂拉了準線,

定意毀滅,決不停止。

祂使城牆和壁壘一同悲哀哭泣。

9錫安的城門陷入地中,

主摧毀、砍斷她的門閂。

她的君王和首領流落異鄉,

律法不復存在,

她的先知得不到從耶和華而來的異象。

10錫安城的長老腰束麻布,

頭蒙灰塵,坐在地上,

默然不語;

耶路撒冷的少女垂頭至地。

11我哭得眼睛失明,

心如刀割,肝膽欲碎,

因為人民慘遭毀滅,

兒童和嬰孩昏倒在街頭。

12孩子們問母親:

「哪裡有餅和酒呢?」

他們像受傷的勇士,

昏倒在城中的街頭,

在母親懷中奄奄一息。

13耶路撒冷啊,我該說什麼呢?

誰能與你的苦難相比呢?

錫安啊,我用什麼話語才能安慰你呢?

你的傷口深如海洋,

誰能醫治你呢?

14你的先知所見的異象虛假無用。

他們沒有揭露你的罪惡,

以致你被擄。

他們給你的預言虛假謬誤。

15路人都拍掌嘲笑你。

他們向耶路撒冷城搖頭,

嗤笑道:

「這就是那被譽為完美無瑕、

普世喜悅的城嗎?」

16敵人都幸災樂禍地譏諷你,

他們咬牙切齒地說:

「我們吞滅了她!

這是我們期待已久的日子!

我們終於見到這一天了!」

17耶和華實現了祂的計劃,

成就了祂很久以前的應許。

祂毫不留情地毀滅了你,

使你的仇敵幸災樂禍,

耀武揚威。

18錫安的城牆啊,

你要從心裡向主呼求!

你的眼淚要像江河一樣晝夜湧流,

不歇不眠。

19你要在夜間起來,

在主面前整夜呼求,

向祂傾心吐意;

你要為餓昏街頭的孩童向主舉手禱告。

20「耶和華啊,求你看看,

你曾這樣對付過誰呢?

母親豈能吃自己的孩子?

祭司和先知豈能在主的聖所中被殺?

21「老人和小孩陳屍街頭,

少男少女都喪身刀下。

你在發怒的日子殺了他們,

毫不留情。

22「你從四面八方召人攻擊我,

如同召集人過節。

耶和華發怒的日子,

無人得以逃脫,無人得以倖免。

敵人殺光了我養育的孩子。」