New International Version

Lamentations 5:1-22

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.

Kiswahili Contemporary Version (Neno: Bibilia Takatifu)

Maombolezo 5:1-22

15:1 Za 44:13-16; 89:50Kumbuka, Ee Bwana, yaliyotupata,

tazama, nawe uione aibu yetu.

25:2 Za 79:1; Sef 1:13; Yer 17:4Urithi wetu umegeuziwa kwa wageni,

na nyumba zetu kwa wageni.

35:3 Kut 22:24; Yer 15:8; 18:21Tumekuwa yatima wasio na baba,

mama zetu wamekuwa kama wajane.

45:4 Isa 55:1; Eze 4:16-17; Isa 3:1Ni lazima tununue maji tunayokunywa,

kuni zetu zapatikana tu kwa kununua.

55:5 Isa 47:6; Neh 9:37; Yos 1:13Wanaotufuatilia wapo kwenye visigino vyetu,

tumechoka na hakuna pumziko.

65:6 Yer 2:36; Mwa 24:2; Hos 5:13; 7:11; Yer 50:15; Hos 12:1Tumejitolea kwa Misri na Ashuru

tupate chakula cha kutosha.

75:7 Yer 14:20; 16:12; Eze 8:2; Yer 31:29; Eze 18:2; Mt 23:32Baba zetu walitenda dhambi na hawapo tena,

na sisi tunachukua adhabu yao.

85:8 Neh 5:15; Zek 11:6Watumwa wanatutawala

na hakuna wa kutuokoa mikononi yao.

9Tunapata chakula chetu kwa kuhatarisha maisha yetu

kwa sababu ya upanga jangwani.

105:10 Ay 30:30; Mao 4:8-9Ngozi yetu ina joto kama tanuru,

kwa sababu ya fadhaa itokanayo na njaa.

115:11 Mwa 34:29; Zek 14:2; Isa 13:16Wanawake wametendwa jeuri katika Sayuni,

na mabikira katika miji ya Yuda.

12Wakuu wametungikwa juu kwa mikono yao,

wazee hawapewi heshima.

135:13 Amu 13:16; 16:21Vijana wanataabika kwenye mawe ya kusagia,

wavulana wanayumbayumba chini ya mizigo ya kuni.

145:14 Isa 24:8; Yer 7:34; 2Fal 25:18Wazee wameondoka langoni la mji,

vijana wameacha kuimba nyimbo zao.

155:15 Amu 8:10; Yer 25:10Furaha imeondoka mioyoni mwetu,

kucheza kwetu kumegeuka maombolezo.

165:16 Yer 13:18; 14:20; Za 89:39; Ay 19:9; Isa 3:11Taji imeanguka kutoka kichwani petu.

Ole wetu, kwa maana tumetenda dhambi!

175:17 Ay 17:7; Za 6:7; 16:8; Yer 8:18Kwa sababu hiyo, mioyo yetu inazimia,

kwa sababu ya hayo, macho yetu yamefifia,

185:18 Isa 27:10; Mik 3:12; Za 74:2-4kwa ajili ya Mlima Sayuni, ambao unakaa ukiwa,

nao mbweha wanatembea juu yake.

195:19 1Nya 16:31; Za 45:6; 102:22-27Wewe, Ee Bwana unatawala milele,

kiti chako cha enzi chadumu kizazi hadi kizazi.

205:20 Za 13:1; 44:24; 71:11Kwa nini watusahau siku zote?

Kwa nini umetuacha kwa muda mrefu?

215:21 Isa 60:20-22; Za 80:3Turudishe kwako mwenyewe, Ee Bwana,

ili tupate kurudi.

Zifanye mpya siku zetu kama siku za kale,

225:22 Isa 64:9; Yer 6:30; Za 53:5; 60:12isipokuwa uwe umetukataa kabisa

na umetukasirikia pasipo kipimo.