This chapter is an acrostic poem, the verses of which begin with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet. 1How deserted lies the city,
once so full of people!
How like a widow is she,
who once was great among the nations!
She who was queen among the provinces
has now become a slave.
2Bitterly she weeps at night,
tears are on her cheeks.
Among all her lovers
there is no-one to comfort her.
All her friends have betrayed her;
they have become her enemies.
3After affliction and harsh labour,
Judah has gone into exile.
She dwells among the nations;
she finds no resting-place.
All who pursue her have overtaken her
in the midst of her distress.
4The roads to Zion mourn,
for no-one comes to her appointed festivals.
All her gateways are desolate,
her priests groan,
her young women grieve,
and she is in bitter anguish.
5Her foes have become her masters;
her enemies are at ease.
The Lord has brought her grief
because of her many sins.
Her children have gone into exile,
captive before the foe.
6All the splendour has departed
from Daughter Zion.
Her princes are like deer
that find no pasture;
in weakness they have fled
before the pursuer.
7In the days of her affliction and wandering
Jerusalem remembers all the treasures
that were hers in days of old.
When her people fell into enemy hands,
there was no-one to help her.
Her enemies looked at her
and laughed at her destruction.
8Jerusalem has sinned greatly
and so has become unclean.
All who honoured her despise her,
for they have all seen her naked;
she herself groans
and turns away.
9Her filthiness clung to her skirts;
she did not consider her future.
Her fall was astounding;
there was none to comfort her.
‘Look, Lord, on my affliction,
for the enemy has triumphed.’
10The enemy laid hands
on all her treasures;
she saw pagan nations
enter her sanctuary –
those you had forbidden
to enter your assembly.
11All her people groan
as they search for bread;
they barter their treasures for food
to keep themselves alive.
‘Look, Lord, and consider,
for I am despised.’
12‘Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by?
Look around and see.
Is any suffering like my suffering
that was inflicted on me,
that the Lord brought on me
in the day of his fierce anger?
13‘From on high he sent fire,
sent it down into my bones.
He spread a net for my feet
and turned me back.
He made me desolate,
faint all the day long.
14‘My sins have been bound into a yoke1:14 Most Hebrew manuscripts; many Hebrew manuscripts and Septuagint He kept watch over my sins;
by his hands they were woven together.
They have been hung on my neck,
and the Lord has sapped my strength.
He has given me into the hands
of those I cannot withstand.
15‘The Lord has rejected
all the warriors in my midst;
he has summoned an army against me
to1:15 Or has set a time for me / when he will crush my young men.
In his winepress the Lord has trampled
Virgin Daughter Judah.
16‘This is why I weep
and my eyes overflow with tears.
No-one is near to comfort me,
no-one to restore my spirit.
My children are destitute
because the enemy has prevailed.’
17Zion stretches out her hands,
but there is no-one to comfort her.
The Lord has decreed for Jacob
that his neighbours become his foes;
Jerusalem has become
an unclean thing among them.
18‘The Lord is righteous,
yet I rebelled against his command.
Listen, all you peoples;
look on my suffering.
My young men and young women
have gone into exile.
19‘I called to my allies
but they betrayed me.
My priests and my elders
perished in the city
while they searched for food
to keep themselves alive.
20‘See, Lord, how distressed I am!
I am in torment within,
and in my heart I am disturbed,
for I have been most rebellious.
Outside, the sword bereaves;
inside, there is only death.
21‘People have heard my groaning,
but there is no-one to comfort me.
All my enemies have heard of my distress;
they rejoice at what you have done.
May you bring the day you have announced
so that they may become like me.
22‘Let all their wickedness come before you;
deal with them
as you have dealt with me
because of all my sins.
My groans are many
and my heart is faint.’
Yerusaalemi Kifuuse Matongo
11:1 a Is 47:8 b 1Bk 4:21 c Is 3:26; Yer 40:9Ekibuga ekyajjulanga abantu nga kyabuliddwa!
Ekyabanga eky’amaanyi mu mawanga,
nga kifuuse nga nnamwandu!
Eyali kabaka omukazi ng’alina amasaza,
afuuse omuddu omukazi.
21:2 a Zab 6:6 b Yer 3:1 c Yer 4:30; Mi 7:5 d nny 16Ekiro akaaba nnyo nnyini,
n’amaziga ne gakulukuta ku matama ge.
Mu baganzi be bonna,
talina n’omu amubeesabeesa.
Mikwano gye bonna bamuliddemu olukwe,
bafuuse balabe be.
31:3 a Yer 13:19 b Ma 28:65Yuda agenze mu buwaŋŋanguse
oluvannyuma lw’okubonaabona n’okukozesebwa n’obukambwe ng’omuddu.
Kati abeera mu bannamawanga,
talaba kifo kya kuwummuliramu.
Bonna abamunoonya bamusanga
mu nnaku ye.
41:4 a Yer 9:11 b Yo 1:8-13Enguudo za Sayuuni zikungubaga,
kubanga tewali n’omu ajja ku mbaga zaakyo ezaalagibwa.
Emiryango gye gyonna girekeddwa awo,
bakabona be, basinda;
bawala be abaweereza bali mu buyinike,
naye yennyini ali mu nnaku.
51:5 a Yer 30:15 b Yer 39:9; 52:28-30Abamuyigganya bafuuse bakama be;
abalabe be beeyagala,
kubanga Mukama amuleeseeko ennaku,
olw’ebibi bye ebingi.
Abaana be batwalibbwa mu buwaŋŋanguse,
61:6 Yer 13:18Ekitiibwa kyonna ekyali ku muwala wa Sayuuni
abalangira be bafuuse ng’ennangaazi
71:7 Yer 37:7; Kgb 4:17Mu nnaku ez’okubonaabona kwe ng’asagaasagana,
Yerusaalemi ajjukira ebintu eby’omuwendo byonna
bye yalinanga mu nnaku ez’edda.
Abantu be bwe baagwa mu mikono gy’omulabe,
tewaali n’omu amubeera;
abalabe be ne bamutunuulira
ne bamusekerera olw’okugwa kwe.
81:8 a nny 20; Is 59:2-13 b Yer 13:22, 26 c Is 59:21, 22Yerusaalemi yayonoona nnyo nnyini,
bw’atyo n’afuuka atali mulongoofu.
Bonna abaamussangamu ekitiibwa bamunyooma,
kubanga balabye bw’asigalidde awo;
ye yennyini asinda,
era akwatibwa ensonyi.
91:9 a Ma 32:28-29; Is 47:7; Ez 24:13 b Yer 13:18 c Mub 4:1; Yer 16:7 d Zab 25:18Obutali bulongoofu bwe bwali mu birenge bye;
teyassaayo mwoyo ku bulamu bwe obw’ebiseera ebijja.
Okugwa kwe kwali kwa kyewuunyo;
tewaali n’omu amubeesabeesa.
“Ayi Mukama, tunuulira okubonaabona kwange,
kubanga omulabe awangudde.”
101:10 a Is 64:11 b Zab 74:7-8; Yer 51:51 c Ma 23:3Omulabe yagololera omukono
ku bintu bya Yerusaalemi byonna eby’omuwendo;
yalaba amawanga amakaafiiri
nga gayingira awatukuvu we,
beebo be wali ogaanye
okuyingira mu kuŋŋaaniro lyo.
111:11 a Zab 38:8 b Yer 52:6Abantu be bonna basinda
nga bwe banoonya ekyokulya;
eby’obugagga byabwe babiwanyisaamu emmere,
okusobola okuba abalamu.
“Laba, Ayi Mukama Katonda, onziseeko omwoyo
121:12 a Yer 18:16 b nny 18 c Is 13:13; Yer 30:24“Mmwe tekibakwatako, mmwe mwenna abayitawo?
obanga waliwo obuyinike obwenkana,
Mukama bwe yanteekako
ku lunaku olw’obusungu bwe obungi.
131:13 a Yob 30:30 b Yer 44:6 c Kbk 3:16“Yaweereza omuliro okuva waggulu,
ne gukka mu magumba gange.
Yatega ebigere byange akatimba,
nga nzirise olunaku lwonna.
141:14 a Ma 28:48; Is 47:6 b Yer 32:5“Ebibi byange binfuukidde ekikoligo;
bisibiddwa ne binywezebwa omukono gwe.
Binzitoowerera mu bulago,
era bimmazeemu amaanyi.
Mukama ampaddeyo mu mikono gy’abo
be siyinza kugumiikiriza.
151:15 a Yer 37:10 b Is 41:2 c Is 28:18; Yer 18:21“Mukama anyoomye
abalwanyi abazira bonna abaali nange;
akuŋŋaanyizza eggye okunwanyisa,
okuzikiriza abavubuka bange.
Mukama alinnyiridde Omuwala Embeerera owa Yuda,
ng’omuntu bw’asambirira ezabbibu mu lyato ng’asogola.
161:16 a Kgb 2:11, 18; 3:48-49 b Zab 69:20; Mub 4:1 c nny 2; Yer 13:17; 14:17“Kyenva nkaaba,
amaaso gange ne gajjula amaziga,
kubanga tewali n’omu andi kumpi okumbeesabeesa,
ayinza okunzizaamu amaanyi.
Abaana bange banakuwavu
kubanga omulabe awangudde.”
171:17 Yer 4:31Sayuuni agolola emikono gye,
naye tewali n’omu amudduukirira.
Mukama awadde ekiragiro ku Yakobo
baliraanwa be babeere balabe be;
ekintu ekitali kirongoofu wakati mu bo.
181:18 a 1Sa 12:14 b nny 12 c Ma 28:32, 41“Mukama mutuukirivu,
newaakubadde nga najeemera ekiragiro kye.
Muwulirize mmwe amawanga gonna,
mutunuulire okubonaabona kwange;
Abavubuka bange ne bawala bange
batwalibbwa mu busibe.
191:19 Yer 14:15; Kgb 2:20“Nakoowoola bannange bannyambe,
bakabona bange n’abakadde b’ekibuga kyange
bazikiririra mu kibuga
nga banoonya ekyokulya
201:20 a Yer 4:19 b Kgb 2:11 c Ma 32:25; Ez 7:15“Laba, Ayi Mukama Katonda bwe ndi omunakuwavu!
Ndi mu kubonaabona,
n’omutima gwange teguteredde
kubanga njeemye nnyo ekiyitiridde.
Ebweru ekitala kirindiridde okunsanyaawo,
ne mu nnyumba mulimu kufa kwereere.
211:21 a nny 8 b nny 4 c Kgb 2:15 d Is 47:11; Yer 30:16“Abantu bawulidde okusinda kwange,
naye tewali n’omu ananyamba.
Abalabe bange bonna bawulidde okusinda kwange;
basanyukidde ekyo ky’okoze.
Olunaku lwe walangirira,
lubatuukeko, babeere nga nze.
221:22 Nek 4:5“Obabonereze olw’obutali butuukirivu bwabwe bwonna,
nga nze bwe wambonereza.
Okusinda kwange kungi
n’omutima gwange guzirika.”