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1因此,天主用同樣的動物來懲罰他們,使他們受許多動物的殘害,很為適當。 1That is why this people received the punishment they deserved through similar animals and hordes of tormenting insects.
2正與此懲罰相反,你卻恩待了你的百姓,為滿足他們的食慾;給他們預備了珍奇的美味──鵪鶉,當作食物。 2But in contrast to this punishment it was kindness you showed to your people by providing quails - a delicious food - for them.
3那些想進食的埃及人,一看見上主遣來的醜陋的動物,連原有的食慾都失去了;至於你的百姓,雖遭受了片時的飢餓,卻分享了奇異的美味。 3As for the Egyptians, in spite of their fierce hunger, they were restrained by disgust from eating because of the repulsive sight of the creatures sent against them. But the Israelites after being deprived for a time were then given the finest food.
4因為,埃及人殘忍無道,理應遭受難挨的飢餓;至於你的百姓受餓,只是為叫他們明白,他們的仇敵受了如何的痛苦。 4It was necessary for their oppressors to suffer severe want, but enough for your people to know how the enemy was punished.
5以色列人固然也受到了猛獸的殘害,和毒蛇的咬傷; 5Indeed when they experienced the fury of wild animals and the bites of writhing snakes, your anger did not endure.
6但你的憤怒並沒有堅持到底,只不過是為警戒他們,使他們暫時驚惶,獲得救援的標記,好想起你的法令; 6Their temporary affliction served as a warning; then they were given a sign of salvation to remind them of the prescriptions of your law.
7凡轉向這標記的,並不是因著所瞻望的記號得救,而是因著你,萬民的救主。 7For whoever turned towards it was saved, not by the image he saw, but by you, Lord, the Savior of all.
8藉此,你向我們的仇敵證明:是你救人脫免一切災禍; 8In that way you taught our enemies that it is you who deliver us from every evil.
9因為蝗蟲和蒼蠅咬死了他們,卻沒有醫治他們生命的方法,因為他們理應遭受這樣的刑罰。 9They were, in fact, killed by the sting of insects and flies for which there was no cure since they deserved punishment from these creatures.
10但是你的子民,卻沒有為毒蛇的牙所制勝:這是因為你的仁慈前來救助,治好了他們。 10Your children instead were not overcome, even by the fangs of venomous serpents, for your mercy intervened and healed them.
11他們被咬後,即刻獲治,是要他們記念你的話,免得他們深深遺忘,而不注意你的仁慈。 11Bites quickly healed reminded them of your commands, lest they fall into deep oblivion and forget your kindness.
12醫好他們的,並不是草樂,也不是膏藥,上主,而是你那治好一切的話。 12No herb, no ointment healed them but your word, Lord, that heals all.
13因為,是你掌握生死的大權,引人下入陰府的門,而又領回。 13You are Lord of life and death; you bring down to the gate of the netherworld and bring back again.
14人固然可以因邪惡而殺人,卻不能使已離去的神魂再回來,也不能解救一個被囚在陰府中的靈魂。 14Man in his wickedness is able to kill but he cannot bring back the departed spirit or rescue the snatched soul.
15逃出你的掌握,那是不可能的。 15It is impossible to escape your hand.
16為此,那不肯承認你的敗類,遭受了你大力手臂的打擊,受那罕有的大雨、冰雹與無情暴雨的襲擊,並為火所毀滅。 16The godless, refusing to acknowledge you, were scourged by the strength of your arm, lashed by relentless downpours, hail, and pitiless storms, and consumed by fire.
17最堪驚奇的,是在能熄滅一切的水中,火燄反而更為熾烈,因為世界都為義人而戰: 17But this was the most astounding: water, powerful to quench, made fire burn more fiercely. For the elements fight on the side of the righteous.
18有時火勢緩和,免得燒掉那些為對付不虔敬的人所派來的野獸,令他們見了,自知難逃天主正義的追擊; 18At times the flame abated to spare the insects thrust against the wicked, that they might know they were pursued by God's sentence.
19有時火在水中反燒得異常熾烈,為燒盡毀滅不義之田的出產。 19At other times, in the midst of water the flame rose more fiercely than fire to destroy the harvest of an unholy land.
20相反地,你用天神之糧,養育了你的子民;他們不必操勞,你從天上給他們降下了現成的食糧,具有各種美味,適合各人的口味。 20But to your people you gave the food of angels and from heaven sent bread already prepared and suiting all tastes, having every flavor.
21你賜予的食糧,合乎取食者的嗜好,隨著人的願望而變化,這表明你對待兒女如何恩愛。 21In this way you revealed your loving kindness to your children.
22雪和冰遇著火並不融化,這是使他們知道:為毀滅仇敵的收穫,火曾在冰雹中熾燃,在雨水中閃爍; 22Satisfying all needs, this bread provided what each one wanted. That food, having the appearance of snow and ice, resisted fire and did not melt; thus they understood how their enemy's harvest was destroyed by fire in the midst of hail, while lightning flashed in the falling rain.
23但為養育義人,火卻忘記了自己的本能。 23This same fire seemed to forget its own nature in order to spare the food of the righteous.
24實在,在受造物都服從你,自己的造主,致力懲罰不義的人,恩待信賴你的人。 24Your creation is at your service for you are its Author. It works to punish the wicked and withdraws for the benefit of those who put their trust in you.
25因此,「瑪納」就依照你那養育眾人的恩寵,起種種變化,來適應需求者的願望, 25In the service of your bounty which attends to everything, creation made itself manifold and adjusted to the wish of everyone.
26為使你所愛的子女們知道:上主,養育世人的,不是各種果食,而是你的言語,保全了信賴你的人。 26Then the children you love learned that it is not crops of whatever kind which nourish mankind, but your word that sustains those who trust you.
27因為,火所不能燒毀的,因著溫和的一線陽光,立即融化, 27That food which resisted fire, simply melted in the warmth of a fleeting sunbeam,
28使人知道:在太陽沒有升起以前,就應讚頌你;在曙光破曉時分,就該祈求你; 28teaching us that we must rise before the sun to give thanks and pray to you at dawn.
29因為,不知恩者的希望,就如冬天的霜,勢必消溶,逝去有如無用的流水。 29The hope of the ungrateful will melt like winter frost and flow away like water that is not being used.

 

 

 

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