King James Version

Lamentations 1:1-22

1How doth the city sit solitary, that was full of people! how is she become as a widow! she that was great among the nations, and princess among the provinces, how is she become tributary! 2She weepeth sore in the night, and her tears are on her cheeks: among all her lovers she hath none to comfort her: all her friends have dealt treacherously with her, they are become her enemies. 3Judah is gone into captivity because of affliction, and because of great servitude: she dwelleth among the heathen, she findeth no rest: all her persecutors overtook her between the straits.1.3 because of great…: Heb. for the greatness of servitude 4The ways of Zion do mourn, because none come to the solemn feasts: all her gates are desolate: her priests sigh, her virgins are afflicted, and she is in bitterness. 5Her adversaries are the chief, her enemies prosper; for the LORD hath afflicted her for the multitude of her transgressions: her children are gone into captivity before the enemy. 6And from the daughter of Zion all her beauty is departed: her princes are become like harts that find no pasture, and they are gone without strength before the pursuer. 7Jerusalem remembered in the days of her affliction and of her miseries all her pleasant things that she had in the days of old, when her people fell into the hand of the enemy, and none did help her: the adversaries saw her, and did mock at her sabbaths.1.7 pleasant: or, desirable 8Jerusalem hath grievously sinned; therefore she is removed: all that honoured her despise her, because they have seen her nakedness: yea, she sigheth, and turneth backward.1.8 is…: Heb. is become a removing, or, wandering 9Her filthiness is in her skirts; she remembereth not her last end; therefore she came down wonderfully: she had no comforter. O LORD, behold my affliction: for the enemy hath magnified himself. 10The adversary hath spread out his hand upon all her pleasant things: for she hath seen that the heathen entered into her sanctuary, whom thou didst command that they should not enter into thy congregation.1.10 pleasant: or, desirable 11All her people sigh, they seek bread; they have given their pleasant things for meat to relieve the soul: see, O LORD, and consider; for I am become vile.1.11 to…: or, to make the soul to come again

12Is it nothing to you, all ye that pass by? behold, and see if there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow, which is done unto me, wherewith the LORD hath afflicted me in the day of his fierce anger.1.12 Is it…: or, It is nothing1.12 pass by: Heb. pass by the way? 13From above hath he sent fire into my bones, and it prevaileth against them: he hath spread a net for my feet, he hath turned me back: he hath made me desolate and faint all the day. 14The yoke of my transgressions is bound by his hand: they are wreathed, and come up upon my neck: he hath made my strength to fall, the Lord hath delivered me into their hands, from whom I am not able to rise up. 15The Lord hath trodden under foot all my mighty men in the midst of me: he hath called an assembly against me to crush my young men: the Lord hath trodden the virgin, the daughter of Judah, as in a winepress.1.15 the virgin…: or, the winepress of the virgin, etc 16For these things I weep; mine eye, mine eye runneth down with water, because the comforter that should relieve my soul is far from me: my children are desolate, because the enemy prevailed.1.16 relieve: Heb. bring back 17Zion spreadeth forth her hands, and there is none to comfort her: the LORD hath commanded concerning Jacob, that his adversaries should be round about him: Jerusalem is as a menstruous woman among them.

18¶ The LORD is righteous; for I have rebelled against his commandment: hear, I pray you, all people, and behold my sorrow: my virgins and my young men are gone into captivity.1.18 commandment: Heb. mouth 19I called for my lovers, but they deceived me: my priests and mine elders gave up the ghost in the city, while they sought their meat to relieve their souls. 20Behold, O LORD; for I am in distress: my bowels are troubled; mine heart is turned within me; for I have grievously rebelled: abroad the sword bereaveth, at home there is as death. 21They have heard that I sigh: there is none to comfort me: all mine enemies have heard of my trouble; they are glad that thou hast done it: thou wilt bring the day that thou hast called, and they shall be like unto me.1.21 called: or, proclaimed 22Let all their wickedness come before thee; and do unto them, as thou hast done unto me for all my transgressions: for my sighs are many, and my heart is faint.

Asante Twi Contemporary Bible

Kwadwom 1:1-22

1Ao, sɛdeɛ kuropɔn no adane amamfo nie,

kuropɔn a anka nnipa ahyɛ no ma?

Ɛdeɛn enti na wayɛ okunafoɔ baa a

kane no na anka woyɛ kɛseɛ wɔ amanaman no mu?

Deɛ na ɔyɛ ɔhemmaa wɔ amantam no mu no

abɛyɛ afenaa ɛnnɛ.

2Ɔsu yaayaaya anadwo,

nisuo sensane nʼafono so.

Nʼadɔfoɔ nyinaa mu no,

ɔbiara nni hɔ a ɔkyekyere ne werɛ.

Nʼayɔnkofoɔ nyinaa adi no hwammɔ

Wɔayɛ nʼatamfoɔ.

3Amanehunu ne adwumaden akyi no,

Yuda kɔ nnommumfa mu.

Ɔte amanaman no mu

na ɔnni ahomegyebea

Wɔn a wɔtaa no nyinaa ati no

wɔ nʼahokyere mu.

4Akwan a ɛkɔ Sion no di awerɛhoɔ,

ɛfiri sɛ obiara nkɔ nʼafahyɛ ase.

Nʼapono nyinaa adeda mpan,

na nʼasɔfoɔ si apinie,

ne mmabaawa di yea,

na ɔwɔ yeadie a emu yɛ den.

5Nʼatamfoɔ abɛyɛ ne wuranom;

wɔn a wɔ ne no ayɛ dom ho adwo wɔn.

Awurade ama awerɛhoɔ aba ne so

nʼamumuyɛ bebrebe enti.

Ne mma kɔ nnommumfa mu.

Wɔayɛ nneduafoɔ ama ɔtamfoɔ.

6Animuonyam nyinaa atu

afiri Ɔbabaa Sion so kɔ.

Ne mmapɔmma ayɛ sɛ aforoteɛ

a wɔnnya adidibea;

na wɔde mmerɛyɛ adwane

wɔ wɔn ataafoɔ anim.

7Nʼamanehunu ne ananteananteɛ nna mu no,

Yerusalem kae ademudeɛ nyinaa

a na ɛwɔ no wɔ nna a atwam no mu.

Ne nkurɔfoɔ kɔtɔɔ ɔtamfoɔ no nsa mu no,

na obiara nni hɔ a ɔbɛboa no.

Nʼatamfoɔ de wɔn ani hwɛɛ no

na wɔseree ne sɛeɛ.

8Yerusalem ayɛ bɔne kɛseɛ

enti ne ho agu fi.

Wɔn a wɔdi no ni no sopa no,

ɛfiri sɛ wɔahunu nʼadagya;

ɔno ankasa gu ahome

na ɔdane nʼani.

9Nʼafideyɛ atu aka ne ntadeɛ mu;

wannwene ne daakye ho.

Nʼasehweɛ yɛ nwanwa;

obiara ankyekyere ne werɛ.

“Ao Awurade hwɛ mʼamanehunu,

ɛfiri sɛ ɔtamfoɔ adi nkonim.”

10Ɔtamfoɔ no de ne nsa too

nʼademudeɛ nyinaa so;

ɔhunuu sɛ amanaman

rehyɛne ne kronkronbea hɔ,

nnipa a woabra sɛ

wɔnnhyɛne wʼasafo mu no.

11Ne nkurɔfoɔ nyinaa si apinie

ɛberɛ a wɔrepɛ aduane;

wɔde wɔn ademudeɛ sesa aduane

de nya ahoɔden.

“Ao, Awurade, hwɛ na dwene me ho,

ɛfiri sɛ wɔbu me animtia.”

12“Ɛmfa mo ho anaa, mo a motwam hɔ nyinaa?

Monhwɛ na monhunu.

Ɛyea bi wɔ hɔ a ɛte sɛ me deɛ

a wɔma ɛbaa me soɔ yi anaa?

Deɛ Awurade de baa me so

wɔ nʼabufuhyeɛ da no.

13“Ɔsomaa ogya firi ɔsoro,

ma ɛbaa me nnompe mu.

Ɔsum afidie maa me nan

na ɔsane me kɔɔ mʼakyi.

Ɔyɛɛ me pasaa,

metɔɔ bira da mu nyinaa.

14“Woakyekyere me bɔne sɛ adesoa;

ɔde ne nsa nwene bɔɔ mu.

Abɛda me kɔn mu

na Awurade atwe mʼahoɔden.

Ɔde me ahyɛ wɔn a

merentumi nnyina wɔn anim no nsa.

15“Awurade apo

ahoɔdenfoɔ a wɔwɔ me ntam nyinaa;

wafrɛ akodɔm atia me

sɛ wɔmmɛdwɛre me mmeranteɛ.

Awurade atiatia Ɔbabaa Yuda Bunu so

wɔ ne nsakyiamena hɔ.

16“Yeinom enti na mesu

na nisuo adware me.

Obiara mmɛn a ɔbɛkyekye me werɛ.

Deɛ ɔbɛhyɛ me honhom den nni hɔ.

Me mma agyigya

ɛfiri sɛ ɔtamfoɔ no adi nkonim.”

17Sion trɛ ne nsa mu

nanso obiara nni hɔ a ɔbɛkyekye ne werɛ

Awurade ahyɛ ama Yakob sɛ

ne mfɛfoɔ bɛyɛ nʼatamfoɔ;

Yerusalem abɛyɛ

afideɛ wɔ wɔn mu.

18Awurade yɛ ɔteneneeni,

nanso manni nʼahyɛdeɛ so.

Montie, mo amanaman nyinaa

monhwɛ me yea.

Me mmeranteɛ ne mmabaawa

kɔ nnommumfa mu.

19“Mefrɛɛ mʼapamfoɔ

nanso wɔyii me maeɛ.

Mʼasɔfoɔ ne me mpanimfoɔ

ase tɔreɛ wɔ kuropɔn no mu,

ɛberɛ a wɔrepɛ aduane adi

na wɔanwuwu.

20“Ao Awurade, hwɛ me mmɔborɔ!

Meredi ɛyea wɔ me mu,

na mʼakoma mu nso menni ahotɔ,

ɛfiri sɛ mayɛ otuatefoɔ kɛseɛ.

Akofena hyɛ me awerɛhoɔ wɔ abɔntene so;

efie nso yɛ owuo nko ara.

21“Nnipa ate mʼapinisie,

nanso obiara nni hɔ a ɔbɛkyekye me werɛ.

Mʼatamfoɔ nyinaa ate mʼamanehunu

wɔn ani gye deɛ woayɛ no ho.

Ma nna a woahyɛ no mmra

sɛdeɛ wɔbɛyɛ sɛ me.

22“Fa wɔn atirimuɔdensɛm nyinaa si wʼanim;

na wo ne wɔn nni

sɛdeɛ wo ne me adie

ɛsiane mʼamumuyɛ no enti.

Mʼapinisie dɔɔso

na mʼakoma aboto.”