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.
1 Sura hii imetungwa kila beti likianzia, na pia kila mstari katika lile beti, na herufi ya alfabeti ya Kiebrania zikifuatana tangu Aleph (A) hadi Taw (T); zote ni 22. 11:1 Isa 47:7-8; Ezr 4:20; Eze 5:5; Isa 3:26; Yer 42:2; Law 26:43; Mao 1:9Tazama jinsi mji ulivyoachwa ukiwa,
mji ambao zamani ulikuwa umejaa watu!
Jinsi ambavyo umekuwa kama mama mjane,
ambaye wakati fulani alikuwa maarufu miongoni mwa mataifa!
Yule ambaye alikuwa malkia miongoni mwa majimbo
sasa amekuwa mtumwa.
21:2 Za 6:6; Yer 4:30; Mik 7:5; Yer 30:14; 13:17; Mao 1:16; Ay 7:3Kwa uchungu, hulia sana usiku,
machozi yapo kwenye mashavu yake.
Miongoni mwa wapenzi wake wote
hakuna yeyote wa kumfariji.
Rafiki zake wote wamemsaliti,
wamekuwa adui zake.
31:3 Yer 13:19; Kum 28:64-65; Kut 15:9; Law 26:14, 32, 33Baada ya mateso na kufanyishwa kazi kikatili,
Yuda amekwenda uhamishoni.
Anakaa miongoni mwa mataifa,
hapati mahali pa kupumzika.
Wote ambao wanamsaka wamemkamata
katikati ya dhiki yake.
41:4 Isa 27:10; Yer 9:11; Yoe 1:8-13Barabara zielekeazo Sayuni zaomboleza,
kwa kuwa hakuna yeyote anayekuja
kwenye sikukuu zake zilizoamriwa.
Malango yake yote yamekuwa ukiwa,
makuhani wake wanalia kwa uchungu,
wanawali wake wanahuzunika,
naye yuko katika uchungu wa maumivu makuu.
51:5 Isa 22:5; Yer 10:20; 39:9; 30:14; Mao 3:39; Yer 30:15; 52:28-30; Za 5:10; Mao 2:17Adui zake wamekuwa mabwana zake,
watesi wake wana raha.
Bwana amemletea huzuni
kwa sababu ya dhambi zake nyingi.
Watoto wake wamekwenda uhamishoni,
mateka mbele ya adui.
61:6 Yer 13:18; Za 9:14; Law 26:36Fahari yote imeondoka
kutoka kwa Binti Sayuni.
Wakuu wake wako kama ayala
ambaye hapati malisho,
katika udhaifu wamekimbia
mbele ya anayewasaka.
71:7 2Fal 14:26; Yer 37:7; Mik 4:11; Mao 4:17; Yer 2:26Katika siku za mateso yake na kutangatanga,
Yerusalemu hukumbuka hazina zote
ambazo zilikuwa zake siku za kale.
Wakati watu wake walipoanguka katika mikono ya adui,
hapakuwepo na yeyote wa kumsaidia.
Watesi wake walimtazama
na kumcheka katika maangamizi yake.
81:8 Isa 59:2-13; Za 38:8; Yer 13:22-26; 2:22Yerusalemu ametenda dhambi sana
kwa hiyo amekuwa najisi.
Wote waliomheshimu wanamdharau,
kwa maana wameuona uchi wake.
Yeye mwenyewe anapiga kite
na kugeukia mbali.
91:9 Isa 47:7; Eze 24:13; Yer 13:18; Mhu 4:1; Yer 16:7; Za 25:18; Kum 32:29Uchafu wake umegandamana na nguo zake;
hakuwaza juu ya maisha yake ya baadaye.
Anguko lake lilikuwa la kushangaza,
hapakuwepo na yeyote wa kumfariji.
“Tazama, Ee Bwana, teso langu,
kwa maana adui ameshinda.”
101:10 Neh 13:1; Kum 23:3; Yer 51:51; Isa 64:11; Za 74:7-8Adui ametia mikono
juu ya hazina zake zote,
aliona mataifa ya kipagani
wakiingia mahali patakatifu pake,
wale uliowakataza kuingia
kwenye kusanyiko lako.
111:11 Za 38:8; Yer 38:9; 37:21; 52:6Watu wake wote wanalia kwa uchungu
wanabadilisha hazina zao kwa chakula
ili waweze kuendelea kuishi.
“Tazama, Ee Bwana, ufikiri,
kwa maana nimedharauliwa.”
121:12 Yer 18:16; Isa 10:4; Yer 30:24; Dan 9:12; Isa 13:13; Mit 24:21; Lk 21:22“Je, si kitu kwenu, ninyi nyote mpitao kando?
Angalieni kote mwone.
Je, kuna maumivu kama maumivu yangu
yale yaliyotiwa juu yangu,
yale Bwana aliyoyaleta juu yangu
katika siku ya hasira yake kali?
131:13 Ay 30:30; Za 102:3; Hab 3:16; Yer 44:6; Eze 12:13; Ay 18:8; Za 66:11; Hos 7:12“Kutoka juu alipeleka moto,
akaushusha katika mifupa yangu.
Aliitandia wavu miguu yangu
na akanirudisha nyuma.
na mdhaifu mchana kutwa.
141:14 Isa 47:6; Yer 15:12; 32:5“Dhambi zangu zimefungwa kwenye nira,
kwa mikono yake zilifumwa pamoja.
Zimefika shingoni mwangu
na Bwana ameziondoa nguvu zangu.
Amenitia mikononi mwa wale
ambao siwezi kushindana nao.
151:15 Yer 37:10; Isa 41:2; 28:1; Yer 18:21; Ufu 14:19; Yer 14:17; Amu 6:11; Isa 63:3“Bwana amewakataa wapiganaji wa vita
wote walio kati yangu,
ameagiza jeshi dhidi yangu
kuwaponda vijana wangu wa kiume.
Katika shinikizo lake la divai Bwana amemkanyaga
Bikira Binti Yuda.
161:16 Za 119:136; Ay 7:3; Yer 16:7; 13:17; 14:17; Isa 22:4; Mao 3:48-49“Hii ndiyo sababu ninalia
na macho yangu yanafurika machozi.
Hakuna yeyote aliye karibu kunifariji,
hakuna yeyote wa kuhuisha roho yangu.
Watoto wangu ni wakiwa
kwa sababu adui ameshinda.”
171:17 Yer 4:31; Kut 23:21; Law 18:25-28Sayuni ananyoosha mikono yake,
lakini hakuna yeyote wa kumfariji.
Bwana ametoa amri kwa ajili ya Yakobo
kwamba majirani zake wawe adui zake;
kitu najisi miongoni mwao.
181:18 1Sam 12:14; Kum 28:32; Neh 9:33; Ezr 9:15; Kut 9:27; Dan 9:7“Bwana ni mwenye haki,
hata hivyo niliasi dhidi ya amri yake.
Sikilizeni, enyi mataifa yote,
tazameni maumivu yangu.
Wavulana wangu na wasichana wangu
191:19 Mao 2:20; Yer 14:15; 22:20“Niliita washirika wangu
Makuhani wangu na wazee wangu
walipokuwa wakitafuta chakula
ili waweze kuishi.
201:20 Yer 4:19; Kum 32:25; Eze 7:15; Ay 20:2; Mao 2:11; Isa 16:11; Hos 11:8“Angalia, Ee Bwana, jinsi nilivyo katika dhiki!
Nina maumivu makali ndani yangu,
nami ninahangaika moyoni mwangu,
kwa kuwa nimekuwa mwasi sana.
Huko nje, upanga unaua watu,
ndani, kipo kifo tu.
211:21 Za 38:8; Mao 2:15; Yer 30:16; Isa 47:11; Za 6:6“Watu wamesikia ninavyolia kwa uchungu,
lakini hakuna yeyote wa kunifariji.
Adui zangu wote wamesikia juu ya dhiki yangu,
wanafurahia lile ulilolitenda.
Naomba uilete siku uliyoitangaza
ili wawe kama mimi.
221:22 Neh 4:5; Za 6:6“Uovu wao wote na uje mbele zako;
kama vile ulivyonishughulikia mimi
kwa sababu ya dhambi zangu zote.
Kulia kwangu kwa uchungu ni kwingi
na moyo wangu umedhoofika.”