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
12¶ Is 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.
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.
2Ukulira 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.
3Yuda 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.
4Misewu 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.
5Adani ake asanduka mabwana ake;
odana naye akupeza bwino.
Yehova wamubweretsera mavuto
chifukwa cha machimo ake ambiri.
Ana ake atengedwa ukapolo
pamaso pa mdani.
6Ulemerero wonse wa mwana wamkazi wa Ziyoni
Akalonga ake ali ngati mbawala
alibe mphamvu zothawira
7Pa 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.
8Yerusalemu wachimwa kwambiri
ndipo potero wakhala wodetsedwa.
Onse amene ankamulemekeza pano akumunyoza,
chifukwa aona umaliseche wake.
Iye mwini akubuwula
ndipo akubisa nkhope yake.
9Uve 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.”
chuma chake chonse;
iye anaona mitundu ya anthu achikunja ikulowa mʼmalo ake opatulika,
amene Inu Mulungu munawaletsa
kulowa mu msonkhano wanu.
11Anthu 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.
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.”