Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

耶利米哀歌 1

凄惨的耶路撒冷

1从前人烟稠密的城,
现在何其荒凉!
从前扬威万邦的强国,
现在竟像寡妇一样。
从前在诸省做公主的,
现在却沦为奴婢。

她在夜间痛哭,泪流满面。
情人中没有一个前来安慰。
朋友都出卖她,与她为敌。

犹大饱受苦难和奴役,
被掳往远方,流落异邦,
找不到安居之所。
她在走投无路之际被追敌擒获。

通往锡安[a]的道路满目凄凉,
因为无人前去过节。
她的城门冷落,
她的祭司悲叹,
她的少女哀伤,她痛苦不已。

敌人做了她的主人,
兴旺发达。
因为她作恶多端,
耶和华叫她饱受困苦,
她的孩子被敌人掳去。

锡安的尊荣消逝,
她的首领像找不到草吃的鹿,
无力逃脱敌人的追赶。

在困苦流离中,
耶路撒冷想起昔日的荣华。
如今,她的人民落在敌人手中,
无人援救。
仇敌看见她,都嘲笑她的灭亡。

耶路撒冷罪大恶极,
沦为污秽之物。
从前尊重她的人看见她赤身裸体,就蔑视她。
她只能哀叹、退避。

她的裙子沾满污秽,
她未曾想过自己的结局。
她的败落无比凄惨,
无人安慰。
她哭喊道:“耶和华啊,
仇敌已经获胜,
求你垂顾我的苦难!”

10 敌人伸手夺去她的一切珍宝。
她目睹外族人闯入圣殿——那是耶和华禁止他们进入的地方。

11 她的人民呻吟着四处觅食,
用珍宝换取粮食维生。

耶路撒冷的哀叹

她说:“耶和华啊,求你眷顾我,
因为我被人蔑视。

12 “路人啊,你们都无动于衷吗?
你们看看,
耶和华向我发烈怒,降祸于我,
还有谁比我更痛苦呢?

13 “祂从高天降下火来,
焚烧我的骨头;
祂在我脚前设下网罗,
使我返回;
祂使我凄凉孤寂,终日痛苦。

14 “我的罪恶连接成轭,
祂亲手把它们编在一起,
绑在我的颈项上,
使我筋疲力尽。
主把我交给我无力抵挡的敌人。

15 “主藐视我所有的勇士,
召集军队攻击我,
打垮我的青年。
主践踏犹大人[b]
如同在榨酒池踩踏。

16 “我为此哭泣,
泪流满面,
却无人安慰、鼓励我。
我的儿女凄凉孤苦,
因为仇敌已经得胜。”

17 锡安伸手求助,却无人理睬。
耶和华已命四周邻国与雅各为敌。
耶路撒冷在他们当中成了污秽之物。

18 “但耶和华是公义的,
因为我违背了祂的命令。
万国啊,请听我的话,
看看我的痛苦!
我的年轻男女都被掳去。

19 “我向情人们求助,
他们却欺骗我。
我的祭司和长老在觅食求生时,
倒毙在城中。

20 “耶和华啊,
看看我是多么痛苦!
我的内脏搅动,
我的心灵翻腾,
因为我背叛了你。
街上有屠杀,
家中有死亡。

21 “人们听见我的哀叹,
却无人安慰我。
敌人看见你降给我的灾难,
都幸灾乐祸。
愿你应许的审判之日来临,
叫他们像我一样受苦!

22 “愿他们的恶行都摆在你眼前!
你怎样因我的罪恶而惩罚我,
愿你也照样惩罚他们!
我叹息不绝,心中哀伤。”

Footnotes

  1. 1:4 锡安”又称“耶路撒冷”。
  2. 1:15 犹大人”希伯来文是“犹大的纯洁少女”。

New Living Translation

Lamentations 1

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
    with contempt.
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.
    Punish them,
as you have punished me
    for all my sins.
My groans are many,
    and I am sick at heart.”

Footnotes

  1. 1:4 Hebrew Zion; also in 1:17.
  2. 1:6 Hebrew of the daughter of Zion.
  3. 1:15 Hebrew the virgin daughter of Judah.
  4. 1:17 Hebrew Jacob. The names “Jacob” and “Israel” are often interchanged throughout the Old Testament, referring sometimes to the individual patriarch and sometimes to the nation.