Jonah:Chapter 4


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約納 Jonah
1約納因此很不高興,遂發起怒來。 1But Jonah was greatly displeased at this, and he was indignant.
2他懇求天主說:「上主,當我還在故鄉時,我豈不是已想到這事?所以,我預先要逃往塔爾史士去,因為我知道你是慈悲的,寬仁的天主;是緩於發怒,富於慈愛,憐憫而不願降災禍的天主。 2He prayed to Yahweh and said, "O Yahweh, is this not what I said when I was yet in my own country? This is why I fled to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and merciful God, slow to anger and full of love, and you relent from imposing terrible punishment.
3上主,現在,求你從我身上收去我的性命,因為,我死了比活著還好!」 3I beseech you now, Yahweh, to take my life, for now it is better for me to die than to live."
4上主說:「你的忿怒合理嗎?」 4But Yahweh replied, "What right have you to be angry?"
5約納出了城,坐在城東,在那裡為自己搭了一個棚,坐在棚蔭下,要看看那城究竟要發生什麼事。 5Jonah then left the city. He went to a place east of it, built himself a shelter and sat under its shade to wait and see what would happen to Nineveh.
6上主天主安排了一株篦麻,使它長的高過約納,為他的頭遮蔭,消除他的煩惱。約納很喜愛這株篦麻。 6Then Yahweh God provided a castor-oil plant and made it grow up over Jonah to give shade over his head and to ease his discomfort. Jonah was very happy about the plant.
7但第二天曙光升起時,天主安排了一個蟲子咬死篦麻,篦麻便枯萎了。 7But the next day, at dawn, God sent a worm which attacked the plant and made it wither.
8當太陽升起時,天主又安排了炎熱的東風,太陽射在約納頭上,使他無法忍受,遂要求死去,說:「我死了比活著還好!」 8When the sun rose, God sent a scorching east wind; the sun blazed down upon Jonah's head, and he grew faint. His death wish returned and he said, "It is better for me to die than to live."
9天主向約納說:「你為這株篦麻發怒合理嗎?」他回答說:「我發怒以至於死,是合理的!」 9Then God asked Jonah, "Do you have a right to be angry about the castor-oil plant?" Jonah answered, "I am right to be angry enough to wish to die."
10上主說:「你為這株篦麻,並沒有勞過力,也沒有使它生長,還憐惜它:它不過是一夜生出,一夜死去的植物; 10Yahweh said, "You are concerned about a plant which cost you no labor to make it grow. Overnight it sprang up, and overnight it perished.
11對尼尼微這座大城,其中有十二萬多不能分辨自己左右手的人,且有許多牲畜,我就不該憐惜他們麼?」 11But Nineveh has more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot distinguish right from left and they have many cattle as well. Should I not be concerned for such a great city?"




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