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Previous 2 Samuel:Chapter 24
撒慕爾紀(下) 2 Samuel
1上主對以色列又大發忿怒,遂激動達味去難為他們,並向他說:「你去統計以色列和猶大人口。」1And the anger of the Lord was again kindled against Israel, and stirred up David among them, saying: Go, number Israel and Juda.
2王遂對在自己身邊的約阿布和其餘的軍長說:「你們應走遍以色列各支派,由丹直到貝爾舍巴,統計人民,我好知道人民的數目。」2And the king said to Joab the general of his army: Go through all the tribes of Israel from Dan to Bersabee, and number ye the people that I may know the number of them.
3約阿布對君王說:「願上主你的天主將目前的百姓增加百倍,願我主大王親見到!但我主大王,為什麼要行此事?」3And Joab said to the king: The Lord thy God increase thy people, and make them as many more as they are now, and again multiply them a hundredfold in the sight of my lord the king: but what meaneth my lord the king by this kind of thing?
4可是君王堅持向約阿布和眾軍長所出的命令,約阿布和眾軍長便離開君王,去統計以色列百姓。4But the king's words prevailed over the words of Joab, and of the captains of the army: and Joab, and the captains of the soldiers went out from the presence of the king, to number the people of Israel.
5他們過了約但河,由阿洛厄爾及山谷間的城市開始,經過加得直到雅則爾,5And when they had passed the Jordan, they came to Aroer to the right side of the city, which is in the vale of Gad.
6而後來到基肋阿得及赫特人地方的刻德士,再由此到丹,轉到漆冬。6And by Jazer they passed into Galaad, and to the lower land of Hodsi, and they came into the woodlands of Dan. And going about by Sidon,
7以後來到提洛的堡壘,希威人和客納罕人的各城,然後經過猶大南部,來到了貝爾舍巴。7They passed near the walls of Tyre, and all the land of the Hevite, and the Chanaanite, and they came to the south of Juda into Bersabee:
8他們走遍了全國,經過九個月零二十天,回了耶路撒冷。8And having gone through the whole land, after nine months and twenty days, they came to Jerusalem.
9約阿布將統計人民的數目,呈報給君王:以色列能執刀的士兵,有八十萬人,猶大有五十萬人。9And Joab gave up the sum of the number of the people to the king, and there were found of Israel eight hundred thousand valiant men that drew the sword: and of Juda five hundred thousand fighting men.
10達味統計人民以後,心中感到不安,遂向上主說:「我做這事,實在犯了重罪。上主,現在我求你,赦免你僕人的罪,因為我所行的實在昏愚。」10But David's heart struck him, after the people were numbered: and David said to the Lord: I have sinned very much in what I have done: but I pray thee, O Lord, to take away the iniquity of thy servant, because I have done exceeding foolishly.
11達味清早一起來,上主有話向先知加得──達味的先見者,說:11And David arose in the morning, and the word of the Lord came to Gad the prophet and the seer of David, saying:
12「你去告訴達味:上主這樣說:我給你提出三件事,任你選擇一件,我好向你實行。」12Go, and say to David: Thus saith the Lord: I give thee thy choice of three things, choose one of them which thou wilt, that I may do it to thee.
13加得來到達味前,告訴他說:「你要在國內三年饑荒呢?或是要三個月逃避趕你的敵人呢?或是要在國內發生三天瘟疫呢?現在請你考慮一下,決定我應向那派我來者回覆什麼。」13And when Gad was come to David, he told him, saying: Either seven years of famine shall come to thee in thy land: or thou shalt flee three months before thy adversaries, and they shall pursue thee: or for three days there shall be a pestilence in thy land. Now therefore deliberate, and see what answer I shall return to him that sent me.
14達味對加得說:「我很作難!我們寧願落在上主的手中,因為他富於仁慈,而不願落在人的手中。」14And David said to Gad: I am in a great strait: but it is better that I should fall into the hands of the Lord (for his mercies are many) than into the hands of men.
15達味就揀選了瘟疫;正當收割麥子時,上主遂使瘟疫降於以色列,從早晨直到規定的時期,由丹直到貝爾舍巴,民間死了七萬人。15And the Lord sent a pestilence upon Israel, from the morning unto the time appointed, and there died of the people from Dan to Bersabee seventy thousand men.
16當時上主派一位使者往耶路撒冷去,要毀滅那城。達味看見那打擊人民的使者,遂向上主說:「是我犯了罪,行了不義,然而這些羊作了什麼?請你伸手打擊我和我的父家。」上主後悔降災,遂吩咐那毀滅人民的使者說:「夠了,現今收回你的手!」那時,上主的使者正站在耶步斯人敖爾難的打禾場上。16And when the angel of the Lord had stretched out his hand over Jerusalem to destroy it, the Lord had pity on the affliction, and said to the angel that slew the people: It is enough: now hold thy hand. And the angel of the Lord was by the threshingfloor of Areuna the Jebusite.
17那一天,加得來到達味前,對他說:「你上去,在耶步斯敖爾難的打禾場上,為上主建立一座祭壇。」17And David said to the Lord, when he saw the angel striking the people: It is I; I am he that have sinned, I have done wickedly: these that are the sheep, what have they done? let thy hand, I beseech thee, be turned against me, and against my father's house.
18達味便照加得奉上主所吩咐的話上去了。18And Gad came to David that day, and said: Go up, and build an altar to the Lord in the threshingfloor of Areuna the Jebusite.
19敖爾難望見君王和他的臣僕向他走來,敖爾難就上前去,俯首至地叩拜君王,19And David went up according to the word of Gad which the Lord had commanded him.
20說:「我主大王,為什麼到他僕人這裡來?」達味回答他說:「願向你買這禾場,給上主建立一座祭壇,為平息民間的災禍。」20And Areuna looked, and saw the king and his servants coming towards him:
21敖爾難對達味說:「我主大王看著好的,就拿去祭獻罷!看,這裡有牛可作全燔祭,有打禾具和牛軛可作木柴。21An going out he worshipped the king, bowing with his face to the earth, and said: Wherefore is my lord the king come to his servant? Arid David said to him: To buy the threshingfloor of thee, and build an altar to the Lord, that the plague, which rageth among the people, may cease.
22大王,敖爾難願將這一切獻於大王!」繼而又對君王說:「願上主你的天主悅納你的祭獻!」22And Areuna said to David: Let my lord the king take, and offer, as it seemeth good to him: thou hast here oxen for a holocaust, and the wain, and the yokes of the oxen for wood.
23君王對敖爾難說:「不成,我非用錢向你買不可,我不願用不化錢的全燔祭,獻給上主我的天主。」於是達味以五十『協刻耳』銀子,買了那塊打禾場和牛。23All these things Areuna as a king gave to the king: and Areuna said to the king: The Lord thy God receive thy vow.
24達味在那裡為上主建立了一座祭壇,奉獻了全燔祭與和平祭。這樣上主纔憐恤了那地,以色列間的災禍遂告平息。24And the king answered him, and said: Nay, but I will buy it of thee at a price, and I will not offer to the Lord my God holocausts free cost. So David bought the floor, and the oxen, for fifty sicles of silver:
25 25And David built there an altar to the Lord, and offered holocausts and peace offerings: and the Lord became merciful to the land, and the plague was stayed from Israel.

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