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耶肋米亞 Jeremiah
1上主傳給耶肋米亞的話:那時,漆德克雅王正派瑪耳基雅的兒子帕市胡爾,和司祭瑪阿色雅的兒子責法尼雅來見他說:1The word that came to Jeremias from the Lord, when king Sedecias sent unto him Phassur, the son of Melchias, and Sophonias, the son of Maasias the priest, saying:
2請你替我們詣詢問上主:「巴比倫王拿步高既來與我們作戰,上主是否依照他所行的奇事來協助我們,叫他離我們遠去?」2Inquire of the Lord for us, for Nabuchodonosor king of Babylon maketh war against us: if so be the Lord will deal with us according to all his wonderful works, that he may depart from us.
3耶肋米亞便回答他們說:「你們應這樣對漆德克雅說:3And Jeremias said to them: Thus shall you say to Sedecias:
4上主,以色列的天主這樣說:看,我必使你們手中所持,用以攻擊在城外圍攻你們的巴比倫王和加色丁人的武器,反回集中在這城的中心。4Thus saith the Lord, the God of Israel: Behold I will turn back the weapons of war that are in your hands, with which you fight against the king of Babylon, and the Chaldeans, that besiege you round about the walls: and I will gather them together in the midst of this city.
5然後我要伸出手來,以強力的手臂、震怒、狂暴和憤恨痛擊你們,5And I myself will fight against you with an outstretched hand, and with a strong arm, and in fury, and in indignation, and in great wrath.
6痛擊住在這裡的人和獸;他們必死於盛行的瘟疫。6And I will strike the inhabitants of this city, men and beasts shall die of a great pestilence.
7此後──上主的斷語──我必將猶大王漆德克雅和他的臣僕,並這城中幸免於瘟疫、刀劍和饑饉的人民,交在巴比倫王拿步高和他們的仇敵,以及謀圖他們性命者的手中,叫敵人用利刃擊殺他們,毫不饒恕,毫不憐憫,毫不表同情。7And after this, saith the Lord, I will give Sedecias the king of Juda, and his servants, and his people, and such as are left in this city from the pestilence, and the sword, and the famine, into the hand of Nabuchodonosor the king of Babylon, and into the hand of their enemies, and into the hand of them that seek their life, and he shall strike them with the edge of the sword, and he shall not be moved to pity, nor spare them, nor shew mercy on them.
8此外,你應對這人民說:上主這樣說:看,我將生命的路和死亡的路,擺在你們面前:8And to this people thou shalt say: Thus saith the Lord: Behold I set before you the way of life, and the way of death.
9凡留在這城中的,必死於刀劍、饑饉和瘟疫;凡出來向圍攻你們的加色丁人投降的,必保全性命,必有生命當作自己的勝利品。9He that shall abide in this city, shall die by the sword, and by the famine, and by the pestilence: but he that shall go out and flee over to the Chaldeans, that besiege you, shall live, and his life shall be to him as a spoil.
10我所以轉面向著這城,是為降災,並不是為賜福──上主的斷語──這城必被交在巴比倫王手中,他要火燒這城。」10For I have set my face against this city for evil, and not for good, saith the Lord: it shall be given into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall burn it with fire.
11對於猶大的王室,你應該這樣說:你們該聆聽上主的話,11And to the house of the king of Juda: Hear ye the word of the Lord,
12達味家族!上主這樣說:「你們應及早執行正義,從壓迫者手中解救被剝奪的人,免得我的忿怒,因你們行事邪惡,像火一般燒起,而沒有人能夠熄滅。」12O house of David, thus saith the Lord: Judge ye judgement in the morning, and deliver him that is oppressed by violence out of the hand of the oppressor: lest my indignation go forth like a fire, and be kindled, and there be none to quench it, because of the evil of your ways.
13至於你這居住在谷中和平原巖石上的人,看,我來對付你──上主的斷語──你們誇說:「誰能下來攻擊我們?誰能進入我們的巢穴?」13Behold I come to thee that dwellest in a valley upon a rock above a plain, saith the Lord: and you say: Who shall strike us? and who shall enter into our houses?
14我必按照你們行為應得的,來懲罰你們──上主的斷語──我要在她的樹林裡放火,吞滅她四周的一切。14But I will visit upon you according to the fruit of your doings, saith the Lord: and I will kindle a fire in the forest thereof: and it shall devour all things round about it.

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