مَرَاثِي إِرْمِيَا 4

كَيْفَ ٱكْدَرَّ ٱلذَّهَبُ، تَغَيَّرَ ٱلْإِبْرِيزُ ٱلْجَيِّدُ! ٱنْهَالَتْ حِجَارَةُ ٱلْقُدْسِ فِي رَأْسِ كُلِّ شَارِعٍ. ١ 1
The gold has become tarnished; how the purest gold has changed! The holy stones are scattered at the corner of every street.
بَنُو صِهْيَوْنَ ٱلْكُرَمَاءُ ٱلْمَوْزُونُونَ بِٱلذَّهَبِ ٱلنَّقِيِّ، كَيْفَ حُسِبُوا أَبَارِيقَ خَزَفٍ عَمَلَ يَدَيْ فَخَّارِيٍّ! ٢ 2
The precious sons of Zion were worth their weight in pure gold, but now they are worth no more than clay jars, the work of the potter's hands!
بَنَاتُ آوَى أَيْضًا أَخْرَجَتْ أَطْبَاءَهَا، أَرْضَعَتْ أَجْرَاءَهَا. أَمَّا بِنْتُ شَعْبِي فَجَافِيَةٌ كَٱلنَّعَامِ فِي ٱلْبَرِّيَّةِ. ٣ 3
Even the jackals offer the breast to nurse their cubs, but the daughter of my people has become cruel, like the ostriches in the desert.
لَصِقَ لِسَانُ ٱلرَّاضِعِ بِحَنَكِهِ مِنَ ٱلْعَطَشِ. اَلْأَطْفَالُ يَسْأَلُونَ خُبْزًا وَلَيْسَ مَنْ يَكْسِرُهُ لَهُمْ. ٤ 4
The tongue of the nursing baby sticks to the roof of his mouth by thirst; the children ask for food, but there is none for them.
اَلَّذِينَ كَانُوا يَأْكُلُونَ ٱلْمَآكِلَ ٱلْفَاخِرَةَ قَدْ هَلِكُوا فِي ٱلشَّوَارِعِ. ٱلَّذِينَ كَانُوا يَتَرَبَّوْنَ عَلَى ٱلْقِرْمِزِ ٱحْتَضَنُوا ٱلْمَزَابِلَ. ٥ 5
Those who used to feast on the finest food now starve in the streets. Those who were brought up wearing scarlet clothing now lie on piles of ashes.
وَقَدْ صَارَ عِقَابُ بِنْتِ شَعْبِي أَعْظَمَ مِنْ قِصَاصِ خَطِيَّةِ سَدُومَ ٱلَّتِي ٱنْقَلَبَتْ كَأَنَّهُ فِي لَحْظَةٍ، وَلَمْ تُلْقَ عَلَيْهَا أَيَادٍ. ٦ 6
The punishment of the daughter of my people is greater than that of Sodom, which was overthrown in a moment and no hands were wrung for her.
كَانَ نُذُرُهَا أَنْقَى مِنَ ٱلثَّلْجِ وَأَكْثَرَ بَيَاضًا مِنَ ٱللَّبَنِ، وَأَجْسَامُهُمْ أَشَدَّ حُمْرَةً مِنَ ٱلْمَرْجَانِ. جَرَزُهُمْ كَٱلْيَاقُوتِ ٱلْأَزْرَقِ. ٧ 7
Her leaders were purer than snow, whiter than milk; their bodies were more ruddy than coral, their form was like sapphire.
صَارَتْ صُورَتُهُمْ أَشَدَّ ظَلَامًا مِنَ ٱلسَّوَادِ. لَمْ يُعْرَفُوا فِي ٱلشَّوَارِعِ. لَصِقَ جِلْدُهُمْ بِعَظْمِهِمْ. صَارَ يَابِسًا كَٱلْخَشَبِ. ٨ 8
Their appearance now is darker than soot; they are not recognized in the streets. Their skin has shriveled on their bones; it has become as dry as wood.
كَانَتْ قَتْلَى ٱلسَّيْفِ خَيْرًا مِنْ قَتْلَى ٱلْجُوعِ. لِأَنَّ هَؤُلَاءِ يَذُوبُونَ مَطْعُونِينَ لِعَدَمِ أَثْمَارِ ٱلْحَقْلِ. ٩ 9
Those who have been killed by the sword were happier than those killed by hunger, who wasted away, pierced by the lack of any harvest from the field.
أَيَادِي ٱلنِّسَاءِ ٱلْحَنَائِنِ طَبَخَتْ أَوْلَادَهُنَّ. صَارُوا طَعَامًا لَهُنَّ فِي سَحْقِ بِنْتِ شَعْبِي. ١٠ 10
The hands of compassionate women have boiled their own children; they became their food during the time when the daughter of my people was being destroyed.
أَتَمَّ ٱلرَّبُّ غَيْظَهُ. سَكَبَ حُمُوَّ غَضَبِهِ وَأَشْعَلَ نَارًا فِي صِهْيَوْنَ فَأَكَلَتْ أُسُسَهَا. ١١ 11
Yahweh showed all his wrath; he poured out his fierce anger. He kindled a fire in Zion that consumed her foundations.
لَمْ تُصَدِّقْ مُلُوكُ ٱلْأَرْضِ وَكُلُّ سُكَّانِ ٱلْمَسْكُونَةِ أَنَّ ٱلْعَدُوَّ وَٱلْمُبْغِضَ يَدْخُلَانِ أَبْوَابَ أُورُشَلِيمَ. ١٢ 12
The kings of the earth did not believe, nor did any of the inhabitants of the world believe, that enemies or opponents could enter the gates of Jerusalem.
مِنْ أَجْلِ خَطَايَا أَنْبِيَائِهَا، وَآثَامِ كَهَنَتِهَا ٱلسَّافِكِينَ فِي وَسَطِهَا دَمَ ٱلصِّدِّيقِينَ، ١٣ 13
This happened because of the sins of her prophets and the iniquities of her priests who have shed the blood of the righteous in her midst.
تَاهُوا كَعُمْيٍ فِي ٱلشَّوَارِعِ، وَتَلَطَّخُوا بِٱلدَّمِ حَتَّى لَمْ يَسْتَطِعْ أَحَدٌ أَنْ يَمَسَّ مَلَابِسَهُمْ. ١٤ 14
They wandered, blind, through the streets. They were so defiled by that blood that no one was allowed to touch their clothes.
«حِيدُوا! نَجِسٌ!» يُنَادُونَ إِلَيْهِمْ. «حِيدُوا! حِيدُوا لَا تَمَسُّوا!». إِذْ هَرَبُوا تَاهُوا أَيْضًا. قَالُوا بَيْنَ ٱلْأُمَمِ: «إِنَّهُمْ لَا يَعُودُونَ يَسْكُنُونَ». ١٥ 15
“Away! Unclean!” people cried at them. “Away! Away! Do not touch!” So they wandered about; people said among the nations, “They can stay here no longer.”
وَجْهُ ٱلرَّبِّ قَسَمَهُمْ. لَا يَعُودُ يَنْظُرُ إِلَيْهِمْ. لَمْ يَرْفَعُوا وُجُوهَ ٱلْكَهَنَةِ، وَلَمْ يَتَرَأَّفُوا عَلَى ٱلشُّيُوخِ. ١٦ 16
Yahweh himself scattered them; he does not watch over them anymore. They do not honor the priests, and they did not show any favor to the elders.
أَمَّا نَحْنُ فَقَدْ كَلَّتْ أَعْيُنُنَا مِنَ ٱلنَّظَرِ إِلَى عَوْنِنَا ٱلْبَاطِلِ. فِي بُرْجِنَا ٱنْتَظَرْنَا أُمَّةً لَا تُخَلِّصُ. ١٧ 17
Our eyes failed, looking in vain for help; from our watchtowers we watched for a nation that could not rescue us.
نَصَبُوا فِخَاخًا لِخَطَوَاتِنَا حَتَّى لَا نَمْشِيَ فِي سَاحَاتِنَا. قَرُبَتْ نِهَايَتُنَا. كَمُلَتْ أَيَّامُنَا لِأَنَّ نِهَايَتَنَا قَدْ أَتَتْ. ١٨ 18
They followed our steps, we could not walk in our streets. Our end was near and our days were numbered, our end had come.
صَارَ طَارِدُونَا أَخَفَّ مِنْ نُسُورِ ٱلسَّمَاءِ. عَلَى ٱلْجِبَالِ جَدُّوا فِي أَثَرِنَا. فِي ٱلْبَرِّيَّةِ كَمَنُوا لَنَا. ١٩ 19
Our pursuers were swifter than the eagles in the sky. They chased us to the mountains and lay in wait for us in the wilderness.
نَفَسُ أُنُوفِنَا، مَسِيحُ ٱلرَّبِّ، أُخِذَ فِي حُفَرِهِمِ. ٱلَّذِي قُلْنَا عَنْهُ: «فِي ظِلِّهِ نَعِيشُ بَيْنَ ٱلْأُمَمِ». ٢٠ 20
The breath in our nostrils—Yahweh's anointed one—he was the one who was captured in their pits; of whom it was said, “Under his shadow we will live among the nations.”
اِطْرَبِي وَٱفْرَحِي يَا بِنْتَ أَدُومَ، يَا سَاكِنَةَ عَوْصٍ. عَلَيْكِ أَيْضًا تَمُرُّ ٱلْكَأْسُ. تَسْكَرِينَ وَتَتَعَرَّينَ. ٢١ 21
Rejoice and be glad, daughter of Edom, you who live in the land of Uz. But to you also the cup will be passed; you will be drunk and strip yourself naked.
قَدْ تَمَّ إِثْمُكِ يَا بِنْتَ صِهْيَوْنَ. لَا يَعُودُ يَسْبِيكِ. سَيُعَاقِبُ إِثْمَكِ يَا بِنْتَ أَدُومَ وَيُعْلِنُ خَطَايَاكِ. ٢٢ 22
Daughter of Zion, your punishment will come to an end; he will not extend your exile. But daughter of Edom, he will punish; he will uncover your sins.