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约伯传 Job
1上主又接着问约伯说:1Yahweh said to Job:
2好辩之士,岂能同全能者辩论?非难天主的,请答复这一切!2Must a faultfinder contend with the Almighty? Let him who would correct God answer.
3约伯回答上主说:3Job said:
4「看,我这么卑贱,我能回答什么?只好用手掩口。4How can I reply, unworthy as I am! All I can do is put my hand over my mouth.
5我说过一次,再不敢重复;我再说一次:我不敢再说什么!」5I have spoken once, now I will not answer; oh, yes, twice, but I will do no further. Yahweh's discourse continues
6上主由旋风中回答约伯说:6Then Yahweh addressed Job out of the storm:
7你要像勇士束好腰,我要问你,请指教我。7Gird up your loins like a man; I will question you, and you must answer.
8你岂能推翻我的评断,归罪于我,而自以为有理?8Would you deny my right and condemn me that you may be justified?
9你的手臂岂能同天主的相比?你的声音,那能像雷鸣?9Have you an arm like that of God, and can you thunder with a voice like this?
10请你以尊贵和高雅作你的点缀,以光华美丽作你的衣裳;10Then adorn yourself with glory and splendor, array yourself with grandeur and majesty.
11发泄你的烈怒,贬抑一切高傲的人;11Unleash the fury of your wrath;
12视察一切傲慢的人,且加以制服,推翻恶人所处的地位;12look for every proud man and abase him; crush the wicked where they stand.
13将他们一同埋在土中,把他们都关在黑暗中13Bury them all in the dust, lock them in the dungeon.
14如果你能这样作,我也要称赞你,因为你的右手救护了你。14If you can do this, I myself will praise you, admittting that your right hand can save you.
15且看河马,牠同你都是我造成的,牠像牛一样吃草。15Just think about Behemoth, who feeds on grass like the ox.
16牠的精力全在腰部,牠的力量是在腹部的肌肉;16What strength he has in his loins, what power in the muscles of his belly!
17牠挺起尾巴好像香柏,大腿上的筋联结在一起;17Like a cedar his tail sways, the sinews of his thighs are like cables.
18牠的脊骨好似铜管,牠的骨骸有如铁杠。18His bones like tubes of bronze, his limbs like iron rods.
19牠是天主的杰作,造牠者赐给了牠利刃。19He is first among the works of God, created to dominate his companions.
20群山供给牠食物,百兽在那里同牠游戏。20The mountains give him their produce, as do all the wild beasts who play there.
21牠卧在莲叶之下,躺在芦苇和沼泽深处;21Under the lotus trees he lies, hidden among the reeds of the marsh.
22莲叶的荫影遮蔽著牠,溪边的杨柳掩护着牠。22The lotus trees cover him with their shade; the poplar trees on the bank surround him.
23河水涨溢之时,牠毫不战栗;约但河涨到牠口边,牠仍安宁。23He is not alarmed though the river rages and torrents surge against his mouth.
24谁能在牠目前捕捉牠,或以木橛穿透牠的鼻孔?24Who can capture him by the eyes, or trap him and pierce his nose?
25你岂能以鱼钩钩上鳄鱼?以绳索缚住牠的舌头?25Can you pull in Leviathan with a hook, or curb his tongue with a bit?
26你岂能以鼻圈穿过牠的鼻子,以钩子刺透牠的腮骨?26Can you put a ring through his nose or pierce his jaw with a hook?
27牠岂能再三向你哀求,向你说甜言蜜语?27Will he keep begging you for mercy, or speak to you with tender words?
28牠岂能同你订立盟约,使自己常作你的奴隶?28Will you make him your slave forever?
29你岂能玩弄牠像玩弄小鸟,将牠缚著作你女儿的玩物?29Will you make a pet of him like a bird, or put him on a leash for your maids?
30结伙的渔人不是想在牠身谋利,将牠售与商人?30Will traders bargain for him? Will merchants sell him retail?
31你岂能以长矛穿透牠的皮,以鱼叉刺透牠的头颅?31Can you fill his hide with harpoons or his head with fish spears?
32将你的掌抚在牠身上罢!若你想到恶斗,决不敢再抚。32Just try and lay a hand on him - you will not forget the struggle, and you will never do it again!
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