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厄斯德拉上 Ezra
1这些事完毕后,众首领来到我面说:「以色列民众、司祭和肋未人在可耻的事上,并没有离开当地的人民:客纳罕人、希威人、培黎齐人、耶步斯人、阿孟人、摩阿布人、埃及人和阿摩黎人,1And after these things were accomplished, the princes came to me, saying: The people of Israel, and the priests and Levites have not separated themselves from the people of the lands, and from their abominations, namely, of the Chanaanites, and the Hethites, and the Pherezites, and the Jebusites, and the Ammonites, and the Moabites, and the Egyptians, and the Amorrhites.
2因为他们为自己和自己的儿子,娶了他们的女子,以致圣洁的苗裔,与当地的人民混合;尤其首长和官员,是这罪孽的魁首。」2For they have taken of their daughters for themselves and for their sons, and they have mingled the holy seed with the people of the lands. And the hand of the princes and magistrates hath been first in this transgression.
3我一听这话,便撕裂了我的衣服和外氅,拔我的头发和胡须,绝望地坐下。3And when I had heard this word, I rent my mantle and my coat, and plucked off the hairs of my head and my beard, and I sat down mourning.
4当时凡对以色列天主的诫命起敬起畏的人,为了充军归来者的罪孽,都聚集在我周围,我绝望地坐着,直到晚祭。4And there were assembled to me all that feared the God of Israel, because of the transgression of those that were come from the captivity, and I sat sorrowful, until the evening sacrifice.
5到了献晚祭时,我由悲愤中起来,仍穿着撕裂的衣服和外氅,双膝跪下,伸手向上主我的天主5And at the evening sacrifice I rose up from my affliction, and having rent my mantle and my garment, I fell upon my knees, and spread out my hands to the Lord my God,
6说「我的天主,我实觉惭愧!我的天主,我不敢向你仰面,因为我们的邪恶,积累得高过了我们的头顶,我的罪孽上达于天。6And said: My God I am confounded and ashamed to lift up my face to thee: for our iniquities are multiplied over our heads, and our sins are grown up even unto heaven,
7自从我们的祖先时代,直到今日,我们犯了重大的罪孽;为了我们的罪恶,我们连我们的君王和司祭,都被交在异地的君王手中,丧身刀下,被俘掳,遭掠夺,丢脸受辱,就像今日一样。7From the days of our fathers: and we ourselves also have sinned grievously unto this day, and for our iniquities we and our kings, and our priests have been delivered into the hands of the kings of the lands, and to the sword, and to captivity, and to spoil, and to confusion of face, as it is at this day.
8但是现在,转瞬之间,上主我们的天主,对我们施了仁慈,留给了我们一些残存的人,又在圣地给了我们居所;并且我们的天主,还使我们的眼目明亮,在我们为奴隶期中,使我们尚有少许生气。8And now as a little, and for a moment has our prayer been made before the Lord our God, to leave us a remnant, and give us a pin in his holy place, and that our God would enlighten our eyes, and would give us a little life in our bondage.
9我们原是奴隶,但我们在为奴隶期中,我们的天主没有离弃我们,反而使我们在波斯王前,获得了宠遇,使我们有了生气,得以重建天主的殿宇,重修废墟,使我们在犹大和耶路撒冷,得了保障。9For we are bondmen, and in our bondage our God hath not forsaken us, but hath extended mercy upon us before the king of the Persians, to give us life, and to set up the house of our God, and rebuild the desolations thereof, and to give us a fence in Juda and Jerusalem.
10现今,我们的天主!在这些事后,我们还有什么可说的呢?只能说我们又遗弃了你的诫命,10And now, O our God, what shall we say after this? for we have forsaken thy commandments,
11因你曾藉你的仆人众先知,吩咐说:『你们要去占领的地方,因各地异民的卑污行为,成了不洁之地;他们的丑行和罪孽,充满了那地方的各个角落,11Which thou hast commanded by the hand of thy servants the prophets, saying: The land which you go to possess, is an unclean land, according to the uncleanness of the people, and of other lands, with their abominations, who have filled it from mouth to mouth with their filth.
12所以你们绝不可将你们的女儿,嫁给他们的儿子;也不可给你们的儿子,娶他们的女儿为妻,也永不可与他们共谋平安和福利:这样你们才会强盛,才能吃那地方的出产,将这地留给你们的子孙,作为永远基业。』12Now therefore give not your daughters to their sons, and take not their daughters for your sons, and seek not their peace, nor their prosperity forever: that you may be strengthened, and may eat the good things of the land, and may have your children your heirs for ever.
13为我们的许多恶行和重大的罪孽,这一切降到了我们身上之后,──我们的天主!其实你估低了我们的罪恶,还给我们留下了这些亡命的人,──13And after all that is come upon us, for our most wicked deeds, and our great sin, seeing that thou our God hast saved us from our iniquity, and hast given us a deliverance as at this day,
14我们还敢破坏你的诫命,而同这些不洁的民族联婚吗?难道还要你向我们发怒,一直将我们完全消灭,不留一个遗民或亡命的人吗?14That we should not turn away, nor break thy commandments, nor join in marriage with the people of these abominations. Art thou angry with us unto utter destruction, not to leave us a remnant to be saved?
15上主,以色列的天主!因你仁义,才剩下了我们这些亡命的人,像今天一样;看,我们在你面前都带有罪孽,因此,没有一个能在你面前站得住。」15O Lord God of Israel, thou art just: for we remain yet to be saved as at this day. Behold we are before thee in our sin, for there can be no standing before thee in this matter.
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