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Lamentations 3:1-66

This chapter is an acrostic poem; the verses of each stanza begin with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet, and the verses within each stanza begin with the same letter. 1I am the man who has seen affliction

by the rod of the Lord’s wrath.

2He has driven me away and made me walk

in darkness rather than light;

3indeed, he has turned his hand against me

again and again, all day long.

4He has made my skin and my flesh grow old

and has broken my bones.

5He has besieged me and surrounded me

with bitterness and hardship.

6He has made me dwell in darkness

like those long dead.

7He has walled me in so I cannot escape;

he has weighed me down with chains.

8Even when I call out or cry for help,

he shuts out my prayer.

9He has barred my way with blocks of stone;

he has made my paths crooked.

10Like a bear lying in wait,

like a lion in hiding,

11he dragged me from the path and mangled me

and left me without help.

12He drew his bow

and made me the target for his arrows.

13He pierced my heart

with arrows from his quiver.

14I became the laughingstock of all my people;

they mock me in song all day long.

15He has filled me with bitter herbs

and given me gall to drink.

16He has broken my teeth with gravel;

he has trampled me in the dust.

17I have been deprived of peace;

I have forgotten what prosperity is.

18So I say, “My splendor is gone

and all that I had hoped from the Lord.”

19I remember my affliction and my wandering,

the bitterness and the gall.

20I well remember them,

and my soul is downcast within me.

21Yet this I call to mind

and therefore I have hope:

22Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,

for his compassions never fail.

23They are new every morning;

great is your faithfulness.

24I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;

therefore I will wait for him.”

25The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him,

to the one who seeks him;

26it is good to wait quietly

for the salvation of the Lord.

27It is good for a man to bear the yoke

while he is young.

28Let him sit alone in silence,

for the Lord has laid it on him.

29Let him bury his face in the dust—

there may yet be hope.

30Let him offer his cheek to one who would strike him,

and let him be filled with disgrace.

31For no one is cast off

by the Lord forever.

32Though he brings grief, he will show compassion,

so great is his unfailing love.

33For he does not willingly bring affliction

or grief to anyone.

34To crush underfoot

all prisoners in the land,

35to deny people their rights

before the Most High,

36to deprive them of justice—

would not the Lord see such things?

37Who can speak and have it happen

if the Lord has not decreed it?

38Is it not from the mouth of the Most High

that both calamities and good things come?

39Why should the living complain

when punished for their sins?

40Let us examine our ways and test them,

and let us return to the Lord.

41Let us lift up our hearts and our hands

to God in heaven, and say:

42“We have sinned and rebelled

and you have not forgiven.

43“You have covered yourself with anger and pursued us;

you have slain without pity.

44You have covered yourself with a cloud

so that no prayer can get through.

45You have made us scum and refuse

among the nations.

46“All our enemies have opened their mouths

wide against us.

47We have suffered terror and pitfalls,

ruin and destruction.”

48Streams of tears flow from my eyes

because my people are destroyed.

49My eyes will flow unceasingly,

without relief,

50until the Lord looks down

from heaven and sees.

51What I see brings grief to my soul

because of all the women of my city.

52Those who were my enemies without cause

hunted me like a bird.

53They tried to end my life in a pit

and threw stones at me;

54the waters closed over my head,

and I thought I was about to perish.

55I called on your name, Lord,

from the depths of the pit.

56You heard my plea: “Do not close your ears

to my cry for relief.”

57You came near when I called you,

and you said, “Do not fear.”

58You, Lord, took up my case;

you redeemed my life.

59Lord, you have seen the wrong done to me.

Uphold my cause!

60You have seen the depth of their vengeance,

all their plots against me.

61Lord, you have heard their insults,

all their plots against me—

62what my enemies whisper and mutter

against me all day long.

63Look at them! Sitting or standing,

they mock me in their songs.

64Pay them back what they deserve, Lord,

for what their hands have done.

65Put a veil over their hearts,

and may your curse be on them!

66Pursue them in anger and destroy them

from under the heavens of the Lord.

Kiswahili Contemporary Version (Neno: Bibilia Takatifu)

Maombolezo 3:1-66

3 Sura hii imetungwa kila beti likianzia, na pia kila mstari katika lile beti, na herufi ya alfabeti ya Kiebrania zikifuatana tangu Aleph (A) hadi Taw (T); zote ni 22. 13:1 Ay 19:21; Za 88:7; Yer 15:17-18Mimi ndiye mtu aliyeona mateso

kwa fimbo ya ghadhabu yake.

23:2 Ay 19:8; Za 82:5; Yer 4:23Amenifukuzia mbali na kunifanya nitembee

gizani wala si katika nuru;

33:3 Isa 5:25; Za 38:2hakika, amegeuza mkono wake dhidi yangu

tena na tena, mchana kutwa.

43:4 Za 51:8; Isa 38:13; Yer 50:17; Ay 30:30; Mao 4:8Amefanya ngozi yangu na nyama yangu kuchakaa

na ameivunja mifupa yangu.

53:5 Yer 23:15Amenizingira na kunizunguka

kwa uchungu na taabu.

63:6 Isa 59:10; Za 143:3; 88:5-6Amenifanya niishi gizani

kama wale waliokufa.

73:7 Ay 3:23; Yer 40:4Amenizungushia ukuta ili nisiweze kutoroka,

amenifunga kwa minyororo mizito.

83:8 Kum 1:45; Ay 30:20; Za 22:2; 5:2Hata ninapoita au kulia ili kuomba msaada,

anakataa kupokea maombi yangu.

93:9 Ay 9:24; Hos 2:6; Isa 63:17Ameizuia njia yangu kwa mapande ya mawe,

amepotosha njia zangu.

103:10 Ay 10:16; Hos 13:8; Amo 5:18-19Kama dubu aviziaye,

kama simba mafichoni,

11ameniburuta kutoka njia,

akanirarua na kuniacha bila msaada.

123:12 Mao 2:4; Ay 16:12; Za 38:2; 34:2Amevuta upinde wake

na kunifanya mimi niwe lengo

kwa ajili ya mishale yake.

13Alinichoma moyo wangu kwa mishale

iliyotoka kwenye podo lake.

143:14 Mwa 38:23; Za 22:6-7; Ay 30:9; Neh 4:2-4; Mt 27:29-31; Yer 20:7Nimekuwa kichekesho kwa watu wangu wote,

wananidhihaki kwa wimbo mchana kutwa.

153:15 Yer 9:15Amenijaza kwa majani machungu

na kunishibisha kwa nyongo.

163:16 Mit 20:17Amevunja meno yangu kwa changarawe,

amenikanyagia mavumbini.

17Amani yangu imeondolewa,

nimesahau kufanikiwa ni nini.

183:18 Ay 17:15; Za 31:22Kwa hiyo nasema, “Fahari yangu imeondoka

na yale yote niliyokuwa nimetarajia kutoka kwa Bwana.”

19Nayakumbuka mateso yangu na kutangatanga kwangu,

uchungu na nyongo.

203:20 Za 42:5; 43:5Ninayakumbuka vyema,

nayo nafsi yangu imezimia ndani yangu.

21Hata hivyo najikumbusha neno hili

na kwa hiyo ninalo tumaini.

223:22 Za 130:7; Mt 3:6; Neh 9:31; Ay 34:15; Za 130:1; Hos 11:9; Za 78:38; 57:10; Mal 3:6Kwa sababu ya upendo mkuu wa Bwana, hatuangamii,

kwa kuwa huruma zake hazikomi kamwe.

233:23 Kut 34:6; Isa 33:2; Ebr 10:23Ni mpya kila asubuhi,

uaminifu wako ni mkuu.

243:24 Za 16:5Nimeiambia nafsi yangu, “Bwana ni fungu langu,

kwa hiyo nitamngojea.”

253:25 Za 33:18; Isa 25:9; 30:18; Za 130:6Bwana ni mwema kwa wale ambao tumaini lao ni kwake,

kwa yule ambaye humtafuta;

263:26 Za 37:7ni vyema kungojea kwa utulivu

kwa ajili ya wokovu wa Bwana.

273:27 Za 90:12Ni vyema mtu kuchukua nira

bado angali kijana.

283:28 Yer 15:17Na akae peke yake awe kimya,

kwa maana Bwana ameiweka juu yake.

293:29 Yer 31:17; Ay 2:8; 42:6Na azike uso wake mavumbini

bado panawezekana kuwa na matumaini.

303:30 Ay 16:10; Isa 50:6; Mik 5:1; Mt 5:39Na atoe shavu lake kwa yule ampigaye,

na ajazwe na aibu.

313:31 Za 94:14; Isa 54:7Kwa kuwa watu hawakatiliwi mbali

na Bwana milele.

323:32 Za 106:43-45; Nah 1:12; Hos 11:8Ingawa huleta huzuni, ataonyesha huruma,

kwa kuwa upendo wake usiokoma ni mkuu.

333:33 Ay 37:23; Ebr 12:10; Yer 31:20; Eze 18:23Kwa maana hapendi kuwaletea mateso

au huzuni watoto wa wanadamu.

34Kuwaponda chini ya nyayo

wafungwa wote katika nchi,

353:35 Mwa 14:18-22Kumnyima mtu haki zake

mbele za Aliye Juu Sana,

363:36 Za 140:12; Mit 17:15; Hab 1:13; Yer 22:3kumnyima mtu haki:

Je, Bwana asione mambo kama haya?

373:37 Mit 19:21; Za 33:9-11; Mit 21:30Nani awezaye kusema nalo likatendeka

kama Bwana hajaamuru?

383:38 Ay 2:10; Isa 45:7; Yer 32:42Je, si ni kwenye kinywa cha Aliye Juu Sana

ndiko yatokako maafa na mambo mema?

393:39 Yer 30:15; Mik 7:9Mwanadamu yeyote aliye hai aweza kulalamika

wakati anapoadhibiwa kwa ajili ya dhambi zake?

403:40 2Kor 13:5; Za 119:59; 139:23-24Tuzichunguze njia zetu na kuzijaribu,

na tumrudie Bwana Mungu.

413:41 Dan 9:5; Yer 14:20; 2Fal 24:4; Yer 5:7-9; Za 86:4Tuinue mioyo yetu pamoja na mikono yetu

kwa Mungu mbinguni, na tuseme:

423:42 Dan 9:5“Tumetenda dhambi na kuasi

nawe hujasamehe.

433:43 Mao 2:2, 17, 21; Za 35:6“Umejifunika mwenyewe kwa hasira na kutufuatilia;

umetuchinja bila huruma.

443:44 Mao 2:1; Zek 7:13; Za 97:2; Isa 58:4Unajifunika mwenyewe kwa wingu,

ili pasiwe na ombi

litakaloweza kupenya.

453:45 1Kor 4:13Umetufanya takataka na uchafu

miongoni mwa mataifa.

463:46 Za 22:13; Mao 2:16“Adui zetu wote wamefumbua vinywa vyao

wazi dhidi yetu.

473:47 Yer 48:43; Isa 24:17-18; 51:19Tumeteseka kwa hofu kuu na shida ya ghafula,

uharibifu na maangamizi.”

483:48 Yer 9:1; Mao 2:18Vijito vya machozi vinatiririka kutoka machoni mwangu,

kwa sababu watu wangu wameangamizwa.

49Macho yangu yatatiririka machozi bila kukoma,

bila kupata nafuu,

503:50 Za 14:2; 80:14; Isa 63:15hadi Bwana atazame chini

kutoka mbinguni na kuona.

51Lile ninaloliona huniletea huzuni nafsini

kwa sababu ya wanawake wote wa mji wangu.

523:52 Za 35:7; 69:4Wale waliokuwa adui zangu bila sababu

wameniwinda kama ndege.

533:53 Yer 38:6; 37:16; Dan 6:17Walijaribu kukomesha maisha yangu ndani ya shimo

na kunitupia mawe;

543:54 Za 69:2; Yon 2:3-5; Eze 37:11; Za 88:5maji yalifunika juu ya kichwa changu,

nami nikafikiri nilikuwa karibu

kukatiliwa mbali.

553:55 Za 130:1; 2Nya 33:12; Yon 2:2; Za 18:5, 6Nililiitia jina lako, Ee Bwana,

kutoka vina vya shimo.

563:56 Rum 8:26; Za 116:1-2; 6:8Ulisikia ombi langu: “Usikizibie masikio yako

kilio changu nikuombapo msaada.”

573:57 Isa 41:10; Yak 4:8; Za 46:1; 69:18; Isa 58:9Ulikuja karibu nilipokuita,

nawe ukasema, “Usiogope.”

583:58 Yer 51:36; Za 34:22; Yer 50:34; 1Sam 25:39Ee Bwana, ulichukua shauri langu,

ukaukomboa uhai wangu.

593:59 Yer 18:19; Za 35:23Umeona, Ee Bwana, ubaya niliotendewa.

Tetea shauri langu!

603:60 Yer 11:20; 18:18Umeona kina cha kisasi chao,

mashauri yao yote mabaya dhidi yangu.

61Ee Bwana, umesikia matukano yao,

mashauri yao yote mabaya dhidi yangu:

623:62 Eze 36:3kile adui zangu wanachonongʼona na kunungʼunikia

dhidi yangu mchana kutwa.

633:63 Ay 30:9; Za 139:2Watazame! Wakiwa wameketi au wamesimama,

wananidhihaki katika nyimbo zao.

643:64 Za 28:4; Yer 51:6; 2Tim 4:14; Yer 11:20; Ufu 6:10Uwalipe kile wanachostahili, Ee Bwana,

kwa yale ambayo mikono yao imetenda.

653:65 Kut 14:8; Kum 2:30; Isa 6:10; Za 8:3Weka pazia juu ya mioyo yao,

laana yako na iwe juu yao!

66Wafuatilie katika hasira na uwaangamize

kutoka chini ya mbingu za Bwana.