1Remember, Lord, what has happened to us;
look, and see our disgrace.
2Our inheritance has been turned over to strangers,
our homes to foreigners.
3We have become fatherless,
our mothers are widows.
4We must buy the water we drink;
our wood can be had only at a price.
5Those who pursue us are at our heels;
we are weary and find no rest.
6We submitted to Egypt and Assyria
to get enough bread.
7Our ancestors sinned and are no more,
and we bear their punishment.
8Slaves rule over us,
and there is no one to free us from their hands.
9We get our bread at the risk of our lives
because of the sword in the desert.
10Our skin is hot as an oven,
feverish from hunger.
11Women have been violated in Zion,
and virgins in the towns of Judah.
12Princes have been hung up by their hands;
elders are shown no respect.
13Young men toil at the millstones;
boys stagger under loads of wood.
14The elders are gone from the city gate;
the young men have stopped their music.
15Joy is gone from our hearts;
our dancing has turned to mourning.
16The crown has fallen from our head.
Woe to us, for we have sinned!
17Because of this our hearts are faint,
because of these things our eyes grow dim
18for Mount Zion, which lies desolate,
with jackals prowling over it.
19You, Lord, reign forever;
your throne endures from generation to generation.
20Why do you always forget us?
Why do you forsake us so long?
21Restore us to yourself, Lord, that we may return;
renew our days as of old
22unless you have utterly rejected us
and are angry with us beyond measure.
1Ao Awurade, kae deɛ aba yɛn so;
hwɛ, na hunu yɛn animguaseɛ.
2Wɔadane yɛn agyapadeɛ ama ahɔhoɔ,
wɔde yɛn afie ama ananafoɔ.
3Yɛayɛ nwisiaa na yɛnni agyanom,
yɛn maamenom ayɛ sɛ akunafoɔ.
4Ɛsɛ sɛ yɛtɔ nsuo a yɛnom;
yɛbɛnya nnyina a, gye sɛ yɛtɔ.
5Wɔn a wɔtaa yɛn no abɛn yɛn pɛɛ;
Yɛabrɛ na yɛnnya ahomegyeɛ.
6Yɛde yɛn ho maa Misraim ne Asiria
sɛdeɛ yɛbɛnya aduane a ɛbɛso yɛn.
7Yɛn agyanom yɛɛ bɔne, na wɔnni hɔ bio,
na yɛn na wɔn asotwe abɛda yɛn so.
8Nkoa di yɛn so,
na obiara nni hɔ a ɔbɛgye yɛn afiri wɔn nsam.
9Yɛde yɛn nkwa bɔ afɔdeɛ de pɛ yɛn anoduane,
akofena a ɛwɔ ɛserɛ so no enti.
10Yɛn honam adɔ sɛ fononoo.
Ɛkɔm ama huraeɛ abɔ yɛn.
11Wɔato mmaa monnaa wɔ Sion,
ne mmaabunu a wɔwɔ Yuda nkuro so.
12Wɔkyekyere mmapɔmma nsa na wɔasɛn wɔn;
wɔmmfa anidie mma mpanimfoɔ.
13Mmeranteɛ yɛ adwuma den wɔ ayuoyammoɔ so;
na mmerantewaa nan toto wɔ nnyina duruduru ase.
14Mpanimfoɔ ntena kuropɔn apono ano bio;
mmeranteɛ agyae wɔn nnwontoɔ.
15Ahosɛpɛ afiri yɛn akoma mu;
yɛn asa adane agyaadwotwa.
16Ahenkyɛ afiri yɛn tiri so.
Yɛn ara, yɛnnue sɛ yɛayɛ bɔne!
17Yei enti yɛn akoma atɔ piti,
yeinom enti yɛn ani so ayɛ kusuu
18wɔ Sion bepɔ a ada mpan
na sakraman nenam soɔ no enti.
19Wo, Ao Awurade, di ɔhene afebɔɔ;
wʼahennwa firi awoɔ ntoatoasoɔ kɔsi awoɔ ntoatoasoɔ.
20Adɛn enti na wo werɛ firi yɛn daa yi?
Adɛn enti na wagya yɛn mmerɛ tenten mu yi?
21Ka yɛn bata wo ho bio, Ao, Awurade, na yɛatumi aba wo nkyɛn;
yɛ yɛn nna foforɔ sɛ tete no
22agye sɛ wapo yɛn koraa
anaa sɛ wo bo afu yɛn mmorosoɔ.