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耶肋米亞 Jeremiah
1猶大王約史雅的兒子漆德克雅第四年,上主有這話傳給耶肋米亞說:1In the beginning of the reign of Joakim the son of Josias king of Juda, this word came to Jeremias from the Lord, saying:
2「上主對我這樣說:你要備製繩索和木軛,放在你頸上;2Thus saith the Lord to me: Make thee bands, and chains: and thou shalt put them on thy neck.
3然後託那些來耶路撒冷覲見猶大王漆德克雅的使者,送給厄東王和摩阿布王,阿孟子民的王和提洛王以及漆冬王,3And thou shalt send them to the king of Edom, and to the king of Moab, and to the king of the children of Ammon, and to the king of Tyre, and to the king of Sidon: by the hand of the messengers that are come to Jerusalem to Sedecias the king of Juda.
4吩咐他們對自己的主上說:萬軍的上主,以色列的天主這樣說:你們應如此對你們的主上說:4And thou shalt command them to speak to their masters: Thus saith the Lord of hosts the God of Israel: Thus shall you say to your masters:
5是我以我的大能和我伸展的手臂,創造了大地、人類及地面上的走獸,我能把大地賜給我喜歡給的人。5I made the earth, and the men, and the beasts that are upon the face of the earth, by my great power, and by my stretched out arm: and I have given it to whom it seemed good in my eyes.
6現在我把這些土地交在我的僕人巴比倫王拿步高的手中,連田野的走獸我也賜給他,作他的奴隸;6And now I have given all these lands into the hand of Nabuchodonosor king of Babylon my servant: moreover also the beasts of the field I have given him to serve him.
7列國要作他、他的兒子和孫子的奴隸,直到他國家的時運終於來到──他也不例外──那時必有強盛的民族和強大的君王來使他作奴隸。7And all nations shall serve him, and his son, and his son's son: till the time come for his land and himself: and many nations and great kings shall serve him.
8若一個民族或國家,不願作巴比倫王拿步高的奴隸,或不願屈服在巴比倫王軛下,我必以戰爭、饑饉和瘟疫懲罰這民族──上主的斷語──直至將他們悉數交在他手中。8But the nation and kingdom that will not serve Nabuchodonosor king of Babylon, and whosoever will not bend his neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon: I will visit upon that nation with the sword, and with famine, and with pestilence, saith the Lord: till I consume them by his hand.
9所以你們不要聽從常對你們說:「你們決不會作巴比倫王的奴隸」的先知、占卦師、卜夢者、巫士和術士的話,9Therefore hearken not to your prophets, and diviners, and dreamers, and soothsayers, and sorcerers, that say to you: You shall not serve the king Babylon.
10因為他們給你們預言的只是謊話,致使你們遠離故土,叫我驅逐你們,令你們趨於滅亡。10For they prophesy lies to you: to remove you far from your country, and cast you out, and to make you perish.
11至於引領接受巴比倫王的軛,甘願作他奴隸的民族,我必使他們仍留在本土──上主的斷語──在那裡安居樂業。11But the nation that shall bend down their neck under the yoke of the king Babylon, and shall serve him: I will let them remain in their own land, saith the Lord: and they shall till it, and dwell in it.
12我於是全依照這些話轉告猶大王漆德克雅說:「你們應引頸受巴比倫王的軛,服事他和他的人民,你們纔可生存。12And I spoke to Sedecias the king of Juda according to all these words, saying: Bend down your necks under the yoke of the king of Babylon, and serve him, and his people, and you shall live.
13為什麼你和你的人民寧願死於刀劍、饑饉和瘟疫,如同上主對不願服事巴比倫王的民族所警告的呢?13Why will you die, thou and thy people by the sword, and by famine, and by the pestilence, as the Lord hath spoken against the nation that will not serve the king of Babylon?
14你們不要聽從對你們說:「不要服事巴比倫王」的先知的話,因為他們給你們預言的只是謊話;14Hearken not to the words of the prophets that say to you: You shall not serve the king of Babylon: for they tell you a lie.
15我並沒有派遣他們──上主的斷語──他們竟奉我的名向你們預言,叫我驅逐你們,使你們和對你們說預言的先知同趨滅亡。」15For I have not sent them, saith the Lord: and they prophesy in my name falsely: to drive you out, and that you may perish, both you, and the prophets that prophesy to you.
16對司祭和這全體人民我也曾警告說:「上主這樣說:你們的先知們對你們說:看,上主殿宇的器皿,現在快要由巴比倫送回來了!你們不要聽信,因為他們對你們預言的只是謊話。16I spoke also to the priests, and to this people, saying: Thus saith the Lord: Hearken not to the words of your prophets, that prophesy to you, saying: Behold the vessels of the Lord shall now in a short time be brought again from Babylon: for they prophesy a lie unto you.
17你們不要聽信他們,只管服事巴比倫王,就必生存。為什麼要使這城變為荒野?17Therefore hearken not to them, but serve the king of Babylon, that you may live. Why should this city be given up to desolation?
18假使他們是先知,真有上主的話,就請他們祈求萬軍的上主,使尚留在上主殿宇,猶大王宮和耶路撒冷的器皿,不致運到巴比倫去。18But if they be prophets, and the word of the Lord be in them: let them interpose themselves before the Lord of hosts, that the vessels which were left in the house of the Lord, and in the house of the king of Juda, and in Jerusalem, may not go to Babylon.
19因為萬軍的上主這樣論到銅柱、銅海和銅座,以及在這城剩下的殘餘器皿,19For thus saith the Lord of hosts to the pillars, and to the sea, and to the bases, and to the rest of the vessels that remain in this city:
20即巴比倫王拿步高把猶大王約雅金的兒子耶苛尼雅,及猶大和耶路撒冷所有的貴族,從耶路撒冷擄到巴比倫時,沒有帶走的器皿,20Which Nabuchodonosor the king of Babylon did not take, when he carried away Jechonias the son of Joakim the king of Juda, from Jerusalem to Babylon, and all the great men of Juda and Jerusalem.
21萬軍的上主,以色列的天主論到這些尚存在上主殿宇、猶大王宮和耶路撒冷的器皿,這漾說:21For thus saith the Lord of hosts the God of Israel, to the vessels that are left in the house of the Lord, and in the house of the king of Juda and Jerusalem:
22都要運到巴比倫去,留在那裡,直到我再來眷顧的一天──上主的斷語──那時,我必再取回來,放在原處。」22They shall be carried to Babylon, and there they shall be until the day of their visitation, saith the Lord: and I will cause them to be brought, and to be restored in this place.

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