Judith:Chapter 1


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友弟德傳 Judith
1拿步高在尼尼微大城為亞述王第十二年,那時阿法撒得也在厄克巴塔納為瑪待王。 1Now Arphaxad king of the Medes had brought many nations under his dominions, and he built a very strong city, which he called Ecbatana,
2阿法撒得在厄克巴塔納周圍,用鑿成寬三肘,長六肘的石塊,修建了一座高七十肘,寬五十肘的城垣。 2Of stones squared and hewed: he made the walls thereof seventy cubits broad, and thirty cubits high, and the towers thereof he made a hundred cubits high. But on the square of them, each side was extended the space of twenty feet.
3在城門旁,還建築了一些碉樓,高一百肘,基廣六十肘; 3And he made the gates thereof according to the height of the towers:
4又修了城門,高達七十肘,寬四十肘,以便他的大軍可以出發,步隊可以列隊而行。 4And he gloried as a mighty one in the force of his army and in the glory of his chariots.
5那時,拿步高王在辣高境內一個大平原上,與阿法撒得王作戰。 5Now in the twelfth year of his reign, Nabuchodonosor king of the Assyrians, who reigned in Ninive the great city, fought against Arphaxad and overcame him,
6凡居住在山地、幼發拉的、底格里斯、依達斯貝,以及屬厄藍王阿黎約客的平原上的人民,都支持阿法撒得;因此有許多民族前來參加赫婁得人的戰爭。 6In the great plain which is called Ragua, about the Euphrates, and the Tigris, and the Jadason, in the plain of Erioch the king of the Elicians.
7亞述王拿步高遂向波斯所有居民,向西方所有居民:即住在基里基雅、大馬士革、黎巴嫩、安提黎巴嫩,以及所有沿海一帶的人, 7Then was the kingdom of Nabuchodonosor exalted, and his heart was elevated: and he sent to all that dwelt in Cilicia and Damascus, and Libanus,
8向加爾默耳、基肋阿得、上加里肋亞、厄斯得隆大平原的民族, 8And to the nations that are in Carmelus, and Cedar, and to the inhabitants of Galilee in the great plain of Asdrelon,
9向撒瑪黎雅及所屬城鎮,向約但河西岸直到耶路撒冷、巴塔乃、赫婁斯、卡德士的居民,向埃及河、塔弗乃、辣默色斯及哥笙全境, 9And to all that were in Samaria, and beyond the river Jordan even to Jerusalem, and all the land of Jesse till you come to the borders of Ethiopia.
10直到塔尼斯上部與孟非斯的居民,向住在埃及至厄提約丕雅邊疆上的居民,派遣使節; 10To all these Nabuchodonosor king of the Assyrians, sent messengers:
11但上述各地的居民,都輕視亞述王拿步高的號召,不肯與他聯盟參戰,也不怕他,看他不過如一常人,叫他的使者空手蒙羞而回。 11But they all with one mind refused, and sent them back empty, and rejected them without honour.
12拿步高對這些國家大怒,即指著自己的御座和帝國發誓,必雪此恨,要用刀兵消滅基里基雅、大馬士革和敘利亞全境,以及摩阿布境內一切居民,阿孟子民,猶太全國與埃及,直到兩海邊境間的一切居民。 12Then king Nabuchodonosor being angry against all that land, swore by his throne and kingdom that he would revenge himself of all those countries.
13第十七年,他果然率領大軍,進攻阿法撒得王,一戰告捷,使阿法撒得的全軍,馬隊戰車,全部潰敗, 13
14遂佔領他的城池,來到厄克巴塔納,奪取城樓,沿街掠奪,使京華變為恥辱。 14
15後又在辣高山上,擒獲了阿法撒得,命自己的槍手當天刺殺了他。 15
16然後率領大軍,並所有龐大的混合軍隊回了國。在國內與自己的軍隊,慶祝宴樂,凡一百二十日。 16

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