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1这些事以后,有上主的话在神视中对亚巴郎说:「亚巴郎,你不要怕,我是你的盾牌;你得的报酬必很丰厚!」1After this the word of Yahweh was spoken to Abram in a vision: "Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield; your reward will be very great!"
2亚巴郎说:「我主上主!你能给我什么?我一直没有儿子;继承我家业的是大马士革人厄里厄则尔。」2Abram said, "My Lord Yahweh, where are your promises? I am still childless and all I have will go to Eliezer of Damascus.
3亚巴郎又说:「你既没有赐给我后裔,那么只有一个家仆来作我的承继人。」3You have given me no children, so a slave of mine will be my heir."
4有上主的话答复他说:「这人决不会是你的承继人,而是你亲生的要做你的承继人。」4Then the word of Yahweh was spoken to him again, "Eliezer will not be your heir, but a child born of you (your own flesh and blood) will be your heir."
5上主遂领他到外面说:「请你仰观苍天,数点星辰,你能够数清吗?」继而对他说:「你的后裔也将这样。」5Then Yahweh brought him outside and said to him, "Look up at the sky and count the stars if you can. Your descendants will be like that."
6亚巴郎相信了上主,上主就以此算为他的正义。6Abram believed Yahweh who, because of this, held him to be an upright man.
7上主又对他说:「我是上主,我从加色丁人的乌尔领你出来,是为将这地赐给你作为产业。」7And he said, "I am Yahweh who brought you from Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land as your possession."
8亚巴郎说:「我主上主!我如何知道我要占有此地为产业?」8Then Abram asked, "My Lord, how am I to know that it shall be mine?"
9上主对他说:「你给我拿来一只三岁的母牛,一只三岁的母山羊,一只三岁的公绵羊,一只斑鸠和一只雏鸽。」9Yahweh replied, "Bring me a three-year-old heifer, a three-year-old goat, a three-year-old ram, a turtle dove and a young pigeon."
10亚巴郎便把这一切拿了来,每样从中剖开,将一半与另一半相对排列,只有飞鸟没有剖开。10Abram brought all these animals, cut them in two, and laid each half facing its other half, but he did not cut the birds in half.
11有鸷鸟落在兽尸上,亚巴郎就把牠们赶走。11The birds of prey came down upon them, but Abram drove them away.
12太阳快要西落时,亚巴郎昏沉地睡去,忽觉阴森万分,遂害怕起来。12As the sun was going down, a deep sleep came over Abram, and a dreadful darkness took hold of him.
13上主对亚巴郎说:「你当知道,你的后裔必要寄居在异邦,受人奴役虐待四百年之久。13Then Yahweh said to Abram, "Know for certain that your descendants will be exiles in a land that is not theirs. They will be slaves there, oppressed for four hundred years.
14但是,我要亲自惩罚他们所要服事的民族;如此你的后裔必要带着丰富的财物由那里出来。14But I will judge the nation that oppresses them, and after that, they will not leave empty-handed.
15至于你,你要享受高寿,以后平安回到你列祖那里,被人埋葬。15As for yourself, you shall go to your fathers in peace, and be buried at a ripe old age.
16到了第四代,他们必要回到这里,因为阿摩黎人的罪恶至今尚未满贯。」16Your descendants of the fourth generation will come back here, for the wickedness of the Amorites has not yet deserved that I take the land from them."
17当日落天黑的时候,看,有冒烟的火炉和燃著的火炬,由那些肉块间经过。17When the sun had set and darkness had fallen, a smoking firepot and a flaming torch passed between the halves of the victims.
18在这一天,上主与亚巴郎立约说:「我要赐给你后裔的这土地,是从埃及河直到幼发拉的河,18On that day Yahweh made a covenant with Abram, saying, "To your descendants I have given this country from the river of Egypt to the Great River, the Euphrates.
19就是刻尼人、刻纳次人、卡德摩尼人、19The land of the Kenites, the Kenizzites, the Kadmonites,
20赫特人、培黎齐人、勒法因人、20the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Rephraim,
21阿摩黎人、客纳罕人、基尔加士人和耶步斯人的土地。」21the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Girgashites and the Jebusites."
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