Sorrow in Jerusalem
1Jerusalem, once so full of people,
is now deserted.
She who was once great among the nations
now sits alone like a widow.
Once the queen of all the earth,
she is now a slave.
2 She sobs through the night;
tears stream down her cheeks.
Among all her lovers,
there is no one left to comfort her.
All her friends have betrayed her
and become her enemies.
3 Judah has been led away into captivity,
oppressed with cruel slavery.
She lives among foreign nations
and has no place of rest.
Her enemies have chased her down,
and she has nowhere to turn.
4 The roads to Jerusalem[a] are in mourning,
for crowds no longer come to celebrate the festivals.
The city gates are silent,
her priests groan,
her young women are crying—
how bitter is her fate!
5 Her oppressors have become her masters,
and her enemies prosper,
for the Lord has punished Jerusalem
for her many sins.
Her children have been captured
and taken away to distant lands.
6 All the majesty of beautiful Jerusalem[b]
has been stripped away.
Her princes are like starving deer
searching for pasture.
They are too weak to run
from the pursuing enemy.
7 In the midst of her sadness and wandering,
Jerusalem remembers her ancient splendor.
But now she has fallen to her enemy,
and there is no one to help her.
Her enemy struck her down
and laughed as she fell.
8 Jerusalem has sinned greatly,
so she has been tossed away like a filthy rag.
All who once honored her now despise her,
for they have seen her stripped naked and humiliated.
All she can do is groan
and hide her face.
9 She defiled herself with immorality
and gave no thought to her future.
Now she lies in the gutter
with no one to lift her out.
“Lord, see my misery,” she cries.
“The enemy has triumphed.”
10 The enemy has plundered her completely,
taking every precious thing she owns.
She has seen foreigners violate her sacred Temple,
the place the Lord had forbidden them to enter.
11 Her people groan as they search for bread.
They have sold their treasures for food to stay alive.
“O Lord, look,” she mourns,
“and see how I am despised.
12 “Does it mean nothing to you, all you who pass by?
Look around and see if there is any suffering like mine,
which the Lord brought on me
when he erupted in fierce anger.
13 “He has sent fire from heaven that burns in my bones.
He has placed a trap in my path and turned me back.
He has left me devastated,
racked with sickness all day long.
14 “He wove my sins into ropes
to hitch me to a yoke of captivity.
The Lord sapped my strength and turned me over to my enemies;
I am helpless in their hands.
15 “The Lord has treated my mighty men
At his command a great army has come
to crush my young warriors.
The Lord has trampled his beloved city[c]
like grapes are trampled in a winepress.
16 “For all these things I weep;
tears flow down my cheeks.
No one is here to comfort me;
any who might encourage me are far away.
My children have no future,
for the enemy has conquered us.”
17 Jerusalem reaches out for help,
but no one comforts her.
Regarding his people Israel,[d]
the Lord has said,
“Let their neighbors be their enemies!
Let them be thrown away like a filthy rag!”
18 “The Lord is right,” Jerusalem says,
“for I rebelled against him.
Listen, people everywhere;
look upon my anguish and despair,
for my sons and daughters
have been taken captive to distant lands.
19 “I begged my allies for help,
but they betrayed me.
My priests and leaders
starved to death in the city,
even as they searched for food
to save their lives.
20 “Lord, see my anguish!
My heart is broken
and my soul despairs,
for I have rebelled against you.
In the streets the sword kills,
and at home there is only death.
21 “Others heard my groans,
but no one turned to comfort me.
When my enemies heard about my troubles,
they were happy to see what you had done.
Oh, bring the day you promised,
when they will suffer as I have suffered.
22 “Look at all their evil deeds, Lord.
as you have punished me
for all my sins.
My groans are many,
and I am sick at heart.”
Notas al pie
1Haa! Mzinda uja wasiyidwa wokhawokha,
umene kale unali wodzaza ndi anthu!
Kale unali wotchuka pakati pa mitundu ya anthu!
Tsopano wasanduka ngati mkazi wamasiye.
Kale unali mfumukazi ya onse pa dziko lapansi,
tsopano wasanduka kapolo.
2 Ukulira mowawidwa mtima usiku wonse,
misozi ili pa masaya pake.
Mwa abwenzi ake onse,
palibe ndi mmodzi yemwe womutonthoza.
Abwenzi ake onse amuchitira chiwembu;
onse akhala adani ake.
3 Yuda watengedwa ku ukapolo,
kukazunzika ndi kukagwira ntchito yolemetsa.
Iye akukhala pakati pa anthu a mitundu ina;
ndipo alibe malo opumulira.
Onse omuthamangitsa iye amupitirira,
ndipo alibe kwina kothawira.
4 Misewu yopita ku Ziyoni ikulira,
chifukwa palibe ndi mmodzi yemwe akubwera ku maphwando ake.
Zipata zake zonse zili pululu,
Anamwali ake akulira,
ndipo ali mʼmasautso woopsa.
5 Adani ake asanduka mabwana ake;
odana naye akupeza bwino.
Yehova wamubweretsera mavuto
chifukwa cha machimo ake ambiri.
Ana ake atengedwa ukapolo
pamaso pa mdani.
6 Ulemerero wonse wa mwana wamkazi wa Ziyoni
Akalonga ake ali ngati mbawala
alibe mphamvu zothawira
7 Pa masiku a masautso ndi kuzunzika kwake,
Yerusalemu amakumbukira chuma chonse
chimene mʼmasiku amakedzana chinali chake.
Anthu ake atagwidwa ndi adani ake,
panalibe aliyense womuthandiza.
Adani ake ankamuyangʼana
ndi kumuseka chifukwa cha kuwonongeka kwake.
8 Yerusalemu wachimwa kwambiri
ndipo potero wakhala wodetsedwa.
Onse amene ankamulemekeza pano akumunyoza,
chifukwa aona umaliseche wake.
Iye mwini akubuwula
ndipo akubisa nkhope yake.
9 Uve wake umaonekera pa zovala zake;
iye sanaganizire za tsogolo lake.
Nʼchifukwa chake kugwa kwake kunali kwakukulu;
ndipo analibe womutonthoza.
“Inu Yehova, taonani masautso anga,
pakuti mdani wapambana.”
10 Adani amulanda
chuma chake chonse;
iye anaona mitundu ya anthu achikunja ikulowa mʼmalo ake opatulika,
amene Inu Mulungu munawaletsa
kulowa mu msonkhano wanu.
11 Anthu ake onse akubuwula
pamene akufunafuna chakudya;
asinthanitsa chuma chawo ndi chakudya
kuti akhale ndi moyo.
“Inu Yehova, taonani ndipo ganizirani,
chifukwa ine ndanyozeka.”
12 “Kodi zimenezi mukuziyesa zachabe, inu nonse mukudutsa?
Yangʼanani ndipo muone.
Kodi pali mavuto ofanana ndi
amene Ambuye anandibweretsera
pa tsiku la ukali wake?
13 “Anatumiza moto kuchokera kumwamba,
unalowa mpaka mʼmafupa anga.
Anayala ukonde kuti ukole mapazi anga
Anandisiya wopanda chilichonse,
wolefuka tsiku lonse.
14 “Wazindikira machimo anga onse
ndipo ndi manja ake anawaluka pamodzi.
Machimowa afika pakhosi panga,
ndipo Ambuye wandithetsa mphamvu.
kwa anthu amene sindingalimbane nawo.
15 “Ambuye wakana
anthu anga onse amphamvu omwe ankakhala nane:
wasonkhanitsa gulu lankhondo kuti lilimbane nane,
kuti litekedze anyamata anga;
mʼmalo ofinyira mphesa Ambuye wapondereza
anamwali a Yuda.
16 “Chifukwa cha zimenezi ndikulira
ndipo maso anga adzaza ndi misozi.
Palibe aliyense pafupi woti anditonthoze,
palibe aliyense wondilimbitsa mtima.
Ana anga ali okhaokha
chifukwa mdani watigonjetsa.
17 “Ziyoni wakweza manja ake,
koma palibe aliyense womutonthoza.
Yehova walamula kuti abale ake
a Yakobo akhale adani ake;
chinthu chodetsedwa pakati pawo.
18 “Yehova ndi wolungama,
koma ndine ndinawukira malamulo ake.
Imvani inu anthu a mitundu yonse;
onani masautso anga.
Anyamata ndi anamwali anga
19 “Ndinayitana abwenzi anga
Ansembe ndi akuluakulu anga
anafa mu mzinda
pamene ankafunafuna chakudya
kuti akhale ndi moyo.
20 “Inu Yehova, onani mmene ine ndavutikira!
Ndikuzunzika mʼkati mwanga,
ndipo mu mtima mwanga ndasautsidwa
chifukwa ndakhala osamvera.
Mʼmisewu anthu akuphedwa,
ndipo ku mudzi kuli imfa yokhayokha.
21 “Anthu amva kubuwula kwanga,
koma palibe wonditonthoza.
Adani anga onse amva masautso anga;
iwo akusangalala pa zimene Inu mwachita.
Lifikitseni tsiku limene munalonjeza lija
kuti iwonso adzakhale ngati ine.
22 “Lolani kuti ntchito zawo zoyipa zifike pamaso panu;
ngati mmene mwandilangira ine
chifukwa cha machimo anga onse.
ndipo mtima wanga walefuka.”