Nehemiah:Chapter 4


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厄斯德拉(下) Nehemiah
1當桑巴拉特和托彼雅,以及阿剌伯人、阿孟人和阿市多得人,聽說耶路撒冷城垣正在進行修建中,缺口開始修補,就大發忿怒, 1And it came to pass, that when Sanaballat heard that we were building the wall he was angry: and being moved exceedingly he scoffed at the Jews.
2都聯合起來,圖謀來攻打耶路撒冷,擾亂我們。 2And said before his brethren, and the multitude of the Samaritans: What are the silly Jews doing? Will the Gentiles let them alone? will they sacrifice and make an end in a day? are they able to raise stones out of the heaps of the rubbish, which are burnt?
3我們一面祈求我們的天主,一面派了衛隊,日夜防守。 3Tobias also the Ammonite who was by him said: Let them build: if a fox go up, he will leap over their stone wall.
4有一個猶太人說:「運夫的力量已耗盡,積土又太多,我們不能再修城墻了!」 4Hear thou our God, for we are despised: turn their reproach upon their own head, and give them to be despised in a land of captivity.
5我們的仇敵原已議決說:「不讓他們知道,不讓他們看出,我們直衝入他們中間,將他們殺掉,停止那工程。」 5Cover not their iniquity, and let not their sin be blotted out from before thy face, because they have mocked thy builders.
6那時,有些靠近他們居住的猶太人,十次前來通知我們說:「他們由所住的各方上來,攻打我們, 6So we built the wall, and joined it all together unto the half thereof: and the heart of the people was excited to work.
7已在城牆下低處的田野中安了營。」我就按照家族分派了人,帶上刀槍和弓。 7And it came to pass, when Sanaballat, and Tobias, and the Arabians, and the Ammonites, and the Azotians heard that the walls of Jerusalem were made up, and the breaches began to be closed, that they were exceedingly angry.
8我巡視之後,就起來對權貴、長官和其餘的人民說:「對他們,你們不可畏縮!要記住吾主是偉大而可畏的;應為你們的兄弟、兒女、妻子、家庭而作戰。」 8And they all assembled themselves together, to come, and to fight against Jerusalem, and to prepare ambushes.
9我們的敵人一聽說我們得了情報,同時天主也破壞了他們的陰謀,他們遂都撤退;我們也都回到城牆那裏,各返自己的工作崗位。 9And we prayed to our God, and set watchmen upon the wall day and night against them.
10從那天起,我的僕人一半做工,一半佩帶着刀、矛、盾、弓和鎧甲,立在全猶大家後邊, 10And Juda said: The strength of the bearer of burdens is decayed, and the rubbish is very much, and we shall not be able to build the wall.
11即在城牆作工的人後邊。那些搬運的人,也都武裝起來:一手作工,一手拿着武器; 11And our enemies said: Let them not know, nor understand, till we come in the midst of them, and kill them, and cause the work to cease.
12修牆的工人,每人腰間都佩着刀工作。吹號筒的站在我身旁。 12And it came to pass, that when the Jews that dwelt by them came and told us ten times, out of all the places from whence they came to us,
13我向權貴、官長和其餘的人民說:「這工程範圍很大,我們在城牆上彼此分離甚遠, 13I set the people in the place behind the wall round about in order, with their swords, and spears, and bows.
14所以你們無論在什麼地方,一聽到號聲,就立時聚集我們身旁;我們的天主必為我們戰爭。」 14And I looked and rose up: and I said to the chief men and the magistrates, and to the rest of the common people: be not afraid of them. Remember the Lord who is great and terrible, and fight for your brethren, your sons, and your daughters, and your wives, and your houses.
15我們便這樣繼續工作,由旭日初昇,直到星辰出現。 15And it came to pass, when our enemies heard that the thing had been told us, that God defeated their counsel. And we returned all of us to the walls, every man to his work.
16同時我又吩咐眾民眾說:「每人和他的僕人,應在耶路撒冷過夜。如此,在夜間可為我們守衛,白天可以工作。」 16And it came to pass from that day forward, that half of their young men did the work, and half were ready for to fight, with spears, and shields, and bows, and coats of mail, and the rulers were behind them in all the house of Juda.
17至於我和我的兄弟,以及我的僕人和跟隨我、護衛我的人,沒有一人脫過衣服,各人手中常拿着武器。 17Of them that built on the wall and that carried burdens, and that laded: with one of his hands he did the work, and with the other he held a sword.
18 18For every one of the builders was girded with a sword about his reins. And they built, and sounded with a trumpet by me.
19 19And I said to the nobles, and to the magistrates, and to the rest of the common people: The work is great and wide, and we are separated on the wall one far from another:
20 20In what place soever you shall hear the sound of the trumpet, run all thither unto us: our God will fight for us.
21 21And let us do the work: and let one half of us hold our spears from the rising of the morning, till the stars appear.
22 22At that time also I said to the people: Let every one with his servant stay in the midst of Jerusalem, and let us take our turns in the night, and by day, to work.
23 23Now I and my brethren, and my servants, and the watchmen that followed me, did not put off our clothes: only every man stripped himself when he was to be washed.




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