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達尼爾 Daniel
1貝耳沙匝王為大員千人擺設了盛筵,並與千人宴飲。1Baltasar the king made a great feast for a thousand of his nobles: and every one drank according to his age.
2貝耳沙匝乘著酒興,命人將他父親拿步高從耶路撒冷殿中劫掠的金銀器皿取來,給君王和他的大員並自己的妻妾用來飲酒。2And being now drunk he commanded that they should bring the vessels of gold and silver which Nabuchodonosor his father had brought away out of the temple, that was in Jerusalem, that the king and his nobles, and his wives and his concubines, might drink in them.
3於是人把從耶路撒冷天主殿宇聖所內劫掠的金銀器皿取來,給君王和他的大員並妻妾用來飲酒;3Then were the golden and silver vessels brought, which he had brought away out of the temple that was in Jerusalem: and the king and his nobles, his wives and his concubines, drank in them.
4大家一面飲酒,一面讚揚自己用金、銀、銅、鐵、木、石製的神像。4They drank wine, and praised their gods of gold, and of silver, of brass, of iron, and of wood, and of stone.
5正在此時,忽然出現了一個人的手指,在燈臺後面王宮的粉牆上寫字,君王也看見了那寫字的手掌。5In the same hour there appeared fingers, as it were of the hand of a man, writing over against the candlestick upon the surface of the wall of the king's palace: and the king beheld the joints of the hand that wrote.
6當時君王的面色立即改變,心意煩亂,兩腰關節鬆弛,兩膝互相碰擊,6Then was the king's countenance changed, and his thoughts troubled him: and the joints of his loins were loosed, and his knees struck one against the other.
7君王遂大聲喊叫,命召術士、占星者和占卜者來;君王就向巴比倫的智者說:不論誰,如能閱讀這些字,給我解說其中的意義,就必身被絳袍,帶上金項鏈,位居全國第三。7And the king cried out aloud to bring in the wise men, the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers. And the king spoke, and said to the wise men of Babylon: Whosoever shall read this writing, and shall make known to me the interpretation thereof, shall be clothed with purple, and shall have a golden chain on his neck, and shall be the third man in my kingdom.
8巴比倫所有的智者都來了,卻沒有一個人能閱讀那些文字,也不能給君王說明所有的意義。8Then came in all the king's wise men, but they could neither read the writing, nor declare the interpretation to the king.
9因此貝耳沙匝王極其驚慌,面色大變,他的大臣也都不知所措。9Wherewith king Baltasar was much troubled, and his countenance was changed: and his nobles also were troubled.
10太后聽到了君王和大臣們的喧嘩聲,遂進入坐席的大廳,啟奏說:「大王萬歲!你不要心慌意亂,面容也不必改變;10Then the queen, on occasion of what had happened to the king, and his nobles, came into the banquet house: and she spoke and said: O king, live for ever: let not thy thoughts trouble thee, neither let thy countenance be changed.
11你國內現有一個人,具有至聖神明精神,你父親在日,已發見他具有真知灼見,智慧如神。你父親拿步高王,曾立他為所有巫師、術士、占星者和占卜者的首領,11There is a man in thy kingdom that hath the spirit of the holy gods in him: and in the days of thy father knowledge and wisdom were found in him: for king Nabuchodonosor thy father appointed him prince of the wise men, enchanters, Chaldeans, and soothsayers, thy father, I say, O king:
12就因為在他身上具有一種卓越的精神、學識和聰敏,能詳解夢境,釋謎破惑;君王就將達尼爾的名字改作貝耳特沙匝。現在就召達尼爾前來,他必能說出其中的意義。」12Because a greater spirit, and knowledge, and understanding, and interpretation of dreams, and shewing of secrets, and resolving of difficult things, were found in him, that is, in Daniel: whom the king named Baltassar. Now therefore let Daniel be called for, and he will tell the interpretation.
13於是達尼爾被引到王前,王問達尼爾說:「你就是我父王昔日由猶大擄來的猶大俘擄中的達尼爾嗎?13Then Daniel was brought in before the king. And the king spoke, and said to him: Art thou Daniel of the children of the captivity of Juda, whom my father the king brought out of Judea?
14我聽說你有神的精神,具有真知灼見,和卓越的智慧。14I have heard of thee, that thou hast the spirit of the gods, and excellent knowledge, and understanding, and wisdom are found in thee.
15方纔智者和術士被引至我前,要他們念這些文字,給我說明其中的意義,但是他們卻都不能給我解釋這些文字的意義。15And now the wise men the magicians have come in before me, to read this writing, and shew me the interpretation thereof: and they could not declare to me the meaning of this writing.
16我聽說你能解疑釋難,現在你若能念這些文字,給我說明其中的意義,你就要身披絳袍,帶上金項鏈,位居全國第三。」16But I have heard of thee, that thou canst interpret obscure things, and resolve difficult things: now if thou art able to read the writing, and to shew me the interpretation thereof, thou shalt be clothed with purple, and shalt have a chain of gold about thy neck, and shalt be the third prince in my kingdom.
17達尼爾回答君王說:「你的禮物仍歸你所有,你的酬報可賞給他人,至於我,我仍要給大王念這些文字,使大王得知其中的含義。17To which Daniel made answer, and said before the king: Thy rewards be to thyself, and the gifts of thy house give to another: but the writing I will read to thee, O king, and shew thee the interpretation thereof.
18大王!至高者天主曾將國家、威權、光榮和尊嚴賞賜了你的父親拿步高,18O king, the most high God gave to Nabuchodonosor thy father a kingdom, and greatness, and glory, and honour.
19由於天主賞賜了他這樣大的威權,各民族,各邦國,各異語人民,在他面前無不震驚害怕;他願意殺的就殺,他願意活的就活,他願意升的就升,他願意貶的就貶。19And for the greatness that he gave to him, all people, tribes, and languages trembled, and were afraid of him: whom he would, he slew: and whom he would, he destroyed: and whom he would, he set up: and whom he would, he brought down.
20但在他心高氣傲,目空一切的時候,便從王位上被推下來,喪失了自己的光榮,20But when his heart was lifted up, and his spirit hardened unto pride, he was put down from the throne of his kingdom, and his glory was taken away.
21由人間被驅逐,他的心相似獸心,與野驢為伍,吃草如同牛一樣;他的身體為露水浸濕,直到他承認至高者天主統治世人的國度,他願意給誰統治,就給誰。21And he was driven out from the sons of men, and his heart was made like the beasts, and his dwelling was with the wild asses, and he did eat grass like an ox, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven: till he knew that the most High ruled in the kingdom of men, and that he will set over it whomsoever it shall please him.
22貝耳沙匝!你是他的兒子,雖然你知道這一切,但是你仍不低首下心,22Thou also his son, O Baltasar, hast not humbled thy heart, whereas thou knewest all these things:
23反而自高自大,抵抗上天的大主,命人將他殿宇的器皿給你拿來,供你和你的大臣並你的妻妾用來飲酒,並且你讚美那些不能看,不能聽,不能知的金、銀、銅、鐵、木、石製的神像,卻不知尊崇那掌握你的氣息,註定你一切命途的天主。23But hast lifted thyself up against the Lord of heaven: and the vessels of his house have been brought before thee: and thou, and thy nobles, and thy wives, and thy concubines have drunk wine in them: and thou hast praised the gods of silver, and of gold, and of brass, of iron, and of wood, and of stone, that neither see, nor hear, nor feel: but the God who hath thy breath in his hand, and all thy ways, thou hast not glorified.
24為此,他使一隻手掌出現,寫了這些字。24Wherefore he hath sent the part of the hand which hath written this that is set down.
25寫出來的這些字是:「默乃,默乃;特刻耳,培勒斯。」25And this is the writing that is written: MANE, THECEL, PHARES.
26這些字的含義是:「默乃:」天主數了你的國祚,使它完結;26And this is the interpretation of the word. MANE: God hath numbered thy kingdom, and hath finished it.
27「特刻耳:」你在天秤上被衡量了,不夠分量;27THECEL: thou art weighed in the balance, and art found wanting.
28「培勒斯:」你的國被瓜分了,給了瑪待人和波斯人。」28PHARES: thy kingdom is divided, and is given to the Medes and Persians.
29於是貝耳沙匝下令,給達尼爾披上絳袍,帶上金項鏈,並宣布他位居全國第三。29Then by the king's command Daniel was clothed with purple, and a chain of gold was put about his neck: and it was proclaimed of him that he had power as the third man in the kingdom.
30當夜加色丁王貝耳沙匝即為人所殺。30The same night Baltasar the Chaldean king was slain.
31 31And Darius the Mede succeeded to the kingdom, being threescore and two years old.

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