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厄斯德拉下 Nehemiah
1在阿塔薛西斯王二十年「尼散」月,轮到我掌酒时,我拿起酒来,献给国王。我不愿在王面前现出忧愁,1And it came to pass in the month of Nisan, in the twentieth year of Artaxerxes the king: that wine was before him, and I took up the wine, and gave it to the king: and I was as one languishing away before his face.
2王却问我说:「你不像有病,为什么面带愁容?没有别的,你心中一定有愁事!」我很是惊慌,2And the king said to me: Why is thy countenance sad, seeing thou dost not appear to be sick? this is not without cause, but some evil, I know not what, is in thy heart. And I was seized with an exceeding great fear:
3便向君王说:「大王万岁!我祖先坟墓所在的城池,成了废墟,城门为火焚毁,我怎能不面带愁容呢?」3And I said to the king: O king, live for ever: why should not my countenance be sorrowful, seeing the city of the place of the sepulchres of my fathers is desolate, and the gates thereof are burnt with fire?
4王问我说:「你要求什么?」我向天上的天主祈祷之后,4Then the king said to me: For what dost thou make request? And I prayed to the God of heaven,
5回答君王说:「大王若看着好,你仆人在你面前若获得宠遇,就打发我回犹大去,到我祖先坟墓所在的城去,重修那城。」5And I said to the king: If it seem good to the king, and if thy servant hath found favour in thy sight, that thou wouldst send me into Judea to the city of the sepulchre of my father, and I will build it.
6那时,皇后也在旁坐着;王便向我说:「你旅行需要多久?你几时能回来?」我向君王说了一个时期;王以为好,就准许我去。6And the king said to me, and the queen that sat by him: For how long shall thy journey be, and when wilt thou return? And it pleased the king, and he sent me: and I fixed him a time.
7我又向王说:「大王若看着好,请赐我一诏书,通知河西州长放我通行,直到犹大;7And I said to the king: If it seem good to the king, let him give me letters to the governors of the country beyond the river, that they convey me over, till I come into Judea:
8另一诏书,通知护守王家园林的阿撒夫,令他给我木料,为做圣殿堡垒的门户、城墙和我要住的房舍之用。」赖我的天主慈善的手扶助我,君王都赐给了我。8And a letter to Asaph the keeper of the king's forest, to give me timber that I may cover the gates of the tower of the house, and the walls of the city, and the house that I shall enter into. And the king gave me according to the good hand of my God with me.
9我一来到河西州长那里,便向他们呈上君王的诏书。同时君王还派了队长和马兵协助我。9And I came to the governors of the country beyond the river, and gave them the king's letters. And the king had sent with me captains of soldiers, and horsemen.
10曷龙人桑巴拉特,和作臣仆的阿孟人托彼雅,听说此事,很不高兴有人来为以色列子民谋图福利。10And Sanaballat the Horonite, and Tobias the servant, the Ammonite, heard it, and it grieved them exceedingly, that a man was come, who sought the prosperity of the children of Israel.
11我到了耶路撒冷,在那里停留了三天之后,11And I came to Jerusalem, and was there three days.
12夜间,我和跟随我的几个人起来;当时我并没有告诉任何人,有关我的天主激发我的心,要为耶路撒冷所作的事;除了我骑的一头牲口外,也没有别的牲口。12And I arose in the night, I and some few men with me, and I told not any man what God had put in my heart to do in Jerusalem, and there was no beast with me, but the beast that I rode upon.
13夜间我出来,经过谷门到了龙泉前,又到了粪门,观察耶路撒冷城墙那里有缺口,并见城门已被火焚毁。13And I went out by night by the gate of the valley, and before the dragon fountain, and to the dung gate, and I viewed the wall of Jerusalem which was broken down, and the gates thereof which were consumed with fire.
14以后,又到了泉门,到了王池,但那地方不能骑我的牲口过去,14And I passed to the gate of the fountain, and to the king's aqueduct, and there was no place for the beast on which I rode to pass.
15遂在夜间,由山涧攀登而上,视察了城垣,然后转身,由谷门进来,回了家。15And I went up in the night by the torrent, and viewed the wall, and going back I came to the gate of the valley, and returned.
16我到过那里,或作什么,官员都不知道;直到此时,我也没有告诉过犹太人、司祭、权贵、官员和其他工作人员。16But the magistrates knew not whither I went, or what I did: neither had I as yet told any thing to the Jews, or to the priests, or to the nobles, or to the magistrates, or to the rest that did the work.
17于是我向他们说:「你们都清楚我们所处的苦境:耶路撒冷成了废墟,城门为火焚毁。来,让我们重修耶路撒冷的城垣,免得再受人耻笑!」17Then I said to them: You know the affliction wherein we are, because Jerusalem is desolate, and the gates thereof are consumed with fire: come, and let us build up the walls of Jerusalem, and let us be no longer a reproach.
18随后,我又向他们报告:我的天主慈善的手怎样扶助了我,以及君王向我说过什么话。他们遂说道:「起来,大家一同修建!」众人勇气倍增,遂着手进行。18And I shewed them how the hand of my God was good with me, and the king's words, which he had spoken to me, and I said: Let us rise up, and build. And their hands were strengthened in good.
19当曷龙人桑巴拉特、作臣仆的阿孟人托彼雅,和阿剌伯人革笙听说这事,就讥笑我们侮辱我们说:「你们在那里干什么?要背叛君王吗?」19But Sanaballat the Horonite, and Tobias the servant, the Ammonite, and Gossem the Arabian heard of it, and they scoffed at us, and despised us, and said: What is this thing that you do? are you going to rebel against the king?
20我答复他们说:「天上的天主必要使我们成功;我们是他的仆役,要动工兴建;至于你们,在耶路撒冷无分无权,也无可留念的事物。」20And I answered them, and said to them: The God of heaven he helpeth us, and we are his servants: let us rise up and build: but you have no part, nor justice, nor remembrance in Jerusalem.
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