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艾斯德爾傳 Esther
1此後,薛西斯王擢陞阿加格人哈默大達的兒子哈曼,使他進級,位居所有同僚公卿之上。1After these things, king Assuerus advanced Aman, the son of Amadathi, who was of the race of Agag: and he set his throne above all the princes that were with him.
2君王下命,凡在御門供職的臣僕,都應向哈曼俯首下拜,只有摩爾德開不肯向他低頭,也不下拜。2And all the king's servants, that were at the doors of the palace, bent their knees, and worshipped Aman: for so the emperor had commanded them, only Mardochai did not bend his knee, nor worship him.
3於是御門供職的臣僕問摩爾德開說:「為什麼你違犯王命?」3And the king's servants that were chief at the doors of the palace, said to him: Why dost thou alone not observe the king's commandment?
4他們天天這樣問他,他也不聽;他們便告訴了哈曼,說摩爾德開背叛王命,想觀察摩爾德開的態度是否堅持到底,因為他曾給他們說自己是猶太人。4And when they were saying this often, and he would not hearken to them; they told Aman, desirous to know whether he would continue in his resolution: for he had told them that he was a Jew.
5哈曼見摩爾德開不向他低頭下拜,就非常忿怒,5Now when Aman had heard this, and had proved by experience that Mardochai did not bend his knee to him, nor worship him, he was exceeding angry.
6心想只殺害摩爾德開一人,還不足洩恨,因為人向他告訴了摩爾德開的身世;於是哈曼打算把薛西斯王整個帝國內的一切猶太人,和摩爾德開一起殺盡滅絕。6And he counted it nothing to lay his hands upon Mardochai alone: for he had heard that he was of the nation of the Jews, and he chose rather to destroy all the nation of the Jews that were in the kingdom of Assuerus.
7在薛西斯為王第十二年正月,即「尼散」月,有人在哈曼前抽「普爾」,就是抽籤,為定一個日子和月份,好在那一天滅絕摩爾德開的種族。結果,抽出了十二月,即「阿達爾」月十三日。7In the first month (which is called Nisan) in the twelfth year a of the reign of Assuerus, the lot was cast into an urn, which in Hebrew is called Phur, before Aman, on what day and what month the nation of the Jews should be destroyed: and there came out the twelfth month, which is called Adar.
8於是哈曼對薛西斯王說:「在你全國各省內,有一個民族,散居在各民族之間,他們的法律和各民族的都不同,又不遵守王法;容留他們,於君王實在不利。8And Aman said to king Assuerus: There is a people scattered through all the provinces of thy kingdom, and separated one from another, that use new laws and ceremonies, and moreover despise the king's ordinances: and thou knowest very well that it is not expedient for thy kingdom that they should grow insolent by impunity.
9若君王贊同,可諭令把他們滅絕,我願捐一萬『塔冷通』銀子,交與管理國庫的人,歸入王庫。」9If it please thee, decree that they may he destroyed, and I will pay ten thousand talents to thy treasurers.
10於是君王由自己的手上,取下指璽,交與那迫害猶太人的阿加格人哈默大達的兒子哈曼。10And the king took the ring that he used, from his own hand, and gave it to Aman, the son of Amadathi of the race of Agag, the enemy of the Jews,
11接著對哈曼說:「錢仍還給你,至於這個民族,你可任意處置。」11And he said to him: As to the money which thou promisest, keep it for thyself: and as to the people, do with them as seemeth good to thee.
12即在正月十三日召集了眾御史,根據哈曼的旨意,用各省習用的文字,和各民族的方言,擬定了一道文書,頒發給各省御史大臣,各省省長,各民族族長;文書用薛西斯王的名義措辭,並蓋上君王的指璽;12And the king's scribes were called in the first month Nisan, on the thirteenth day of the same month: and they wrote, as Aman had commanded, to all the king's lieutenants, and to the judges of the provinces, and of divers nations, as every nation could read, and hear according to their different languages, in the name of king Assuerus: and the letters, sealed with his ring,
13然後由眾驛使傳遞至帝國各省,限令在一天內,即十二月,「阿達爾」月十三日,把全國所有的猶太人,不論老幼婦孺,一律加以殲滅、屠殺、剷除,財產一律沒收。13Were sent by the king's messengers to all provinces, to kill and destroy all the Jews, both young and old, little children, and women, in one day, that is, on the thirteenth of the twelfth month, which is called Adar, and to make a spoil of their goods.
14諭文如下:「薛西斯大王欽命印度至厄提約丕雅之一百二十七省省長及其屬員事:14And the contents of the letters were to this effect, that all provinces might know and be ready against that day.
15自朕轄治各邦,管理全國以來,未嘗妄用職權,而常以寬容仁慈,撫育我人民,志在庶民皆享康樂,舉國共慶昇平,勤苦經營,以圖國泰民安,恢復人類久已渴望之和平。15The couriers that were sent made haste to fulfill the king's commandment. And immediately the edict was hung up in Susan, the king and Aman feasting together, and all the Jews that were in the city weeping.
16朕今諮詢樞密,何以克遂此願。而哈曼首相,秉賦忠貞,信智超群,16
17上奏朕曰:有一敗類,散居天下萬邦,風俗律法,與天下異,且不從王法,使朕所頒政令,難奏厥功。17
18今朕始悉其端,惟此民族,與眾殊異,固守己法,生活異趣,對朕天下,實存野心,致力破壞,是以國家不獲安寧。18
19因此朕令:凡當今首相──朕之亞父哈曼──在文書內所示之人物,務於本年十二月即「阿達爾」月十四日,偕其妻孥子女,應一律刀斬,殲滅九族,不得留情顧惜。19
20務使古今敗類,於一日之間,悉葬身九泉,然後國必永安,亂事方息。」20
21諭文應在各省公佈,通知天下人民,準備應付這一天。21
22驛使因迫於君令,就迅速出發;在穌撒禁城裡立即公佈了這道上諭。此時君王與哈曼同席共飲;但是穌撒全城卻陷於混亂。22

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