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亞毛斯 Amos
1吾主上主叫我看見這事:割完君王的青草,當晚草初生時,看,蝗蟲出現了。1These things the Lord God shewed to me: and behold the locust was formed in the beginning of the shooting up of the latter rain, and lo, it was the latter rain after the king's mowing.
2當蝗蟲要吃光地上的青草時,我就說:「吾主上主,求你饒恕罷!雅各伯還怎能存在?他已這樣弱小!」2And it came to pass, that when they had made an end of eating the grass of the land, I said: O Lord God, be merciful, I beseech thee: who shall raise up Jacob, for he is very little?
3上主對這事後悔了。上主說:「這事不會發生。」3The Lord had pity upon this: It shall not be, said the Lord.
4吾主上主叫我看見這事:看,吾主上主召來懲罰的火,燒毀了廣大的深淵,又燒毀了上主的基業。4These things the Lord God shewed to me: and behold the Lord called for judgment unto fire, and it devoured the great deep, and ate up a part at the same time.
5我就說:「吾主上主!求你罷休!雅各伯還怎能存在?他已這樣弱小!」5And I said: O Lord God, cease, I beseech thee, who shall raise up Jacob, for he is a little one?
6上主對這事後悔了。吾主上主說:「這事也不會發生。」6The Lord had pity upon this. Yea this also shall not be, said the Lord God.
7吾主上主叫我看見這事:看,有一人立在牆上,手中拿著一條鉛垂線。7These things the Lord shewed to me: and behold the Lord was standing upon a plastered wall, and in his hand a mason's trowel.
8上主對我說:「亞毛斯,你看見了什麼?」我答說:「一條鉛垂線。」吾主說:「看,我將鉛垂線安置在我民族以色列當中,我不再放過她。8And the Lord said to me: What seest thou, Amos? And I said: A mason's trowel. And the Lord said: Behold, I will lay down the trowel in the midst of my people Israel. I will plaster them over no more.
9依撒格的高丘必要荒蕪,以色列的聖所必要廢棄;我必起來用刀攻擊雅洛貝罕家。」9And the high places of the idol shall be thrown down, and the sanctuaries of Israel shall be laid waste: and I will rise up against the house of Jeroboam with the sword.
10那時,貝特耳的司祭阿瑪責雅派人向以色列王雅洛貝罕說:「亞毛斯在以色列家中圖謀背叛你,國家不能再容受他的一切言論,10And Amasias the priest of Bethel sent to Jeroboam king of Israel, saying: Amos hath rebelled against thee in the midst of the house of Israel: the land is not able to bear all his words.
11因為亞毛斯這樣說:雅洛貝罕必死於刀下,以色列必被擄去充軍,遠離本土。」11For thus saith Amos: Jeroboam shall die by the sword, and Israel shall be carried away captive out of their own land.
12事後,阿瑪責雅又向亞毛斯說:「先見者,你走罷!趕快到猶大國去,在那裡餬口,在那裡講預言。12And Amasias said to Amos: Thou seer, go, flee away into the land of Juda: and eat bread there, and prophesy there.
13在貝特耳不可再講預言,因為這裡是君王的聖所,王國的殿宇。」13But prophesy not again any more in Bethel: because it is the king's sanctuary, and it is the house of the kingdom.
14亞毛斯回答阿瑪責雅說:「我原不是先知,也不是先知的弟子,只是一個放羊兼修剪野無花果的人。14And Amos answered and said to Amasias: I am not a prophet, nor am I the son of a prophet: but I am a herdsman plucking wild figs.
15但是,上主正在我趕羊時提了我來。上主對我說:你去向我的百姓以色列講預言罷!15And the Lord took me when I followed the flock, and the Lord said to me: Go, prophesy to my people Israel.
16現今,你且聽上主說什麼。你說:不要講預言攻擊以色列,不要發言反對依撒格家!16And now hear thou the word of the Lord: Thou sayest, thou shalt not prophesy against Israel, and thou shalt not drop thy word upon the house of the idol.
17為此,上主這樣說:你的妻子必在城中賣淫,你的子女必喪身刀下,你的田地必被人以繩墨瓜分,你自己必死在不潔之地,以色列必被擄去充軍,遠離本土。」17Therefore thus saith the Lord: Thy wife shall play the harlot in the city, and thy sons and thy daughters shall fall by the sword, and thy land shall be measured by a line: and thou shalt die in a polluted land, and Israel shall go into captivity out of their land.

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