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1阿哈次登極時年二十歲,在耶路撒冷作王凡十六年。他沒有像他的祖先達味一樣,行上主視為正義的事,1Achaz was twenty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem: he did not that which was right in the sight of the Lord as David his father had done,
2卻走了以色列列王的路,為巴耳諸神鑄了像,2But walked in the ways of the kings of Israel; moreover also he cast statues for Baalim.
3在本希農山谷焚香,仿效上主從以色列子民面前所趕走的異民所行的醜惡之事,令自己的兒女經火獻神,3It was he that burnt incense in the valley of Benennom, and consecrated his sons in the fire according to the manner of the nations, which the Lord slew at the coming of the children of Israel.
4又在高處、丘陵和綠樹下焚香獻祭。4He sacrificed also, and burnt incense in the high places, and on the hills, and under every green tree.
5因此,上主他的天主將他交於阿蘭王手中,阿蘭打敗了他,擄去了他一大批人民,帶到大馬士革。上主又將他交於以色列王手中,大加殺戮。5And the Lord his God delivered him into the hands of the king of Syria, who defeated him, and took a great booty out of his kingdom, and carried it to Damascus: he was also delivered into the hands of the king of Israel, who overthrew him with a great slaughter.
6勒瑪里雅的兒子培卡黑在猶大一日殺了十二萬人,都是戰士,因為他們離棄了上主,他們祖先的天主。6For Phacee the son of Romelia slew of Juda a hundred and twenty thousand in one day, all valiant men: because they had forsaken the Lord the God of their fathers.
7厄弗辣因一個名叫齊革黎的勇士,殺了王子瑪阿色雅、王宮總管阿次黎岡和君王的輔相厄耳卡納。7At the same time Zechri a powerful man of Ephraim, slew Maasias the king's son, and Ezricam the governor of his house, and Elcana who was next to the king.
8以色列子民由他們的弟兄中擄去了婦女和他們的子女,共二十萬人,並掠去了許多財物,都帶到撒瑪黎雅。8And the children of Israel carried away of their brethren two hundred thousand women, boys, and girls, and an immense booty: and they brought it to Samaria.
9在那裡有一位上主的先知,名叫敖德得,出來迎接回撒瑪黎雅的軍隊,向他們說:「看,上主,你們祖先的天主,由於向猶大發怒,纔將他們交在你們手中,你們卻怒氣沖天,大加殺戮;9At that time there was a prophet of the Lord there, whose name was Oded: and he went out to meet the army that came to Samaria, and said to them: Behold the Lord the God of your fathers being angry with Juda, hath delivered them into your hands, and you have butchered them cruelly, so that your cruelty hath reached up to heaven.
10現在你們又想強迫猶大和耶路撒冷的子民作你們的奴婢;難道你們自己就沒有干犯上主你們天主的罪惡嗎?10Moreover you have a mind to keep under the children of Juda and Jerusalem for your bondmen and bondwomen, which ought not to be done: for you have sinned in this against the Lord your God.
11現在,你們聽我的話,將由你們弟兄中擄來的俘虜放回去,因為上主的震怒已臨到你們身上。」11But hear ye my counsel, and release the captives that you have brought of your brethren, because a great indignation of the Lord hangeth over you.
12那時厄弗辣因子民的首領中有幾個人,即約哈南的兒子阿匝黎雅,默史肋摩特的兒子貝勒革雅,沙隆的兒子希則克雅和哈德來的兒子阿瑪撒,就起來反對歸來的軍隊,12Then some of the chief men of the sons of Ephraim, Azarias the son of Johanan, Barachias the son of Mosollamoth, Ezechias the son of Sellum, and Amasa the son of Adali, stood up against them that came from the war.
13對他們說:「不可將俘虜帶到這裡來,因為你們想使我們得罪上主,來增加我們的罪惡和過犯!我們的過犯已經夠重了,上主的震怒已臨於以色列。13And they said to them: You shall not bring in the captives hither, lest we sin against the Lord. Why will you add to our sins, and heap up upon our former offences? for the sin is great, and the fierce anger of the Lord hangeth over Israel.
14軍隊立即將擄來的人和搶來的財物,留在首領和全會眾面前。14So the soldiers left the spoils, and all that they had taken, before the princes and all the multitude.
15以上題名的那幾個人便起來,領去被擄的人,其中有赤身的,便從所掠取的財物中,取出衣服來給他們穿,給他們鞋穿,又給他們吃喝,且給他們擦油;又將所有軟弱的人,放在驢上,送到棕櫚城耶里哥,他們的弟兄那裡;以後,便回了撒瑪黎雅。15And the men, whom we mentioned above, rose up and took the captives, and with the spoils clothed all them that were naked: and when they had clothed and shed them, and refreshed them with meat and drink, and anointed them because of their labour, and had taken care of them, they set such of them as could not walk, and were feeble, upon beasts, and brought them to Jericho the city of palm trees to their brethren, and they returned to Samaria.
16那時,阿哈次派人去亞述王那裡求救,16At that time king Achaz sent to the king of the Assyrians asking help.
17因為厄東人又來攻打猶大,擄去了許多人民;17And the Edomites came and slew many of Juda, and took a great booty.
18培肋舍特人也侵入了平原的城市和猶大的南方,佔領了貝特舍默士、阿雅隆、革德洛特、索苛及其四郊村鎮、提默納及其四郊村鎮、基默左及其四郊村鎮,並住在那裡。18The Philistines also spread themselves among the cities of the plains, and to the south of Juda: and they took Bethsames, and Aialon, and Gaderoth, and Socho, and Thamnan, and Gamzo, with their villages, and they dwelt in them.
19由於猶大王阿哈次在猶大肆無忌憚,背叛了上主,因此,上主壓伏了猶大。19For the Lord had humbled Juda because of Achaz the king of Juda, for he had stripped it of help, and had contemned the Lord.
20亞述王提革拉特丕肋色爾到了他那裡,不但沒有協助,反而壓迫了他。20And he brought, against him Thelgathphalnasar king of the Assyrians, who also afflicted him, and plundered him without any resistance.
21阿哈次強奪了上主殿內、王宮以及群臣家中的財寶,奉送給亞述王,但無濟於事。21And Achaz stripped the house of the Lord, and the house of the kings, and of the princes, and gave gifts to the king of the Assyrians, and yet it availed him nothing.
22阿哈次王這個人越在困難之時,越發背叛上主,22Moreover also in the time of his distress he increased contempt against the Lord: king Achaz himself by himself,
23他竟祭祀打敗了他的大馬士革的神說:「阿蘭王的神,既協助了阿蘭人,我也向他們獻祭,好使他們也協助我。」但是那些神卻使他與以色列民眾陷於滅亡。23Sacrificed victims to the gods of Damascus that struck him, and he said: The gods of the kings of Syria help them, and I will appease them with victims, and they will help me; whereas on the contrary they were the ruin of him, and of all Israel.
24阿哈次又將上主殿內的器皿收集起來,將上主殿內的器皿予以粉碎,將上主殿宇的門封鎖,在耶路撒冷每個角落設立祭壇,24Then Achaz having taken away all the vessels of the house of God, and broken them, shut up the doors of the temple of God, and made himself altars in all the corners of Jerusalem.
25在猶大各城建立丘壇,向外邦的神焚香,這樣激起了上主,他祖先的天主的震怒。25And in all the cities of Juda he built altars to burn frankincense, and he provoked the Lord the God of his fathers to wrath.
26阿哈次其餘的事蹟和他行的一切,前前後後,都記載在猶大和以色列列王實錄上。26But the rest of his acts, and all his works first and last are written in the book of the kings of Juda and Israel.
27阿哈次與祖先同眠,葬在耶路撒冷城內,但沒有將他葬在以色列王陵內。他的兒子希則克雅繼位為王。27And Achaz slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the city of Jerusalem: for they received him not into the sepulchres of the kings of Israel. And Ezechias his son reigned in his stead.

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