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編年紀下 2 Chronicles
1那時,天主的神感動了敖德得的兒子阿匝黎雅,1The spirit of God came on Azariah, son of Obed;
2他便出來迎接阿撒,對他說:「阿撒,全猶大和本雅明人,請聽我的話:幾時你們與上主同在,上主也與你們同在;如果你們尋求他,他必讓你們尋到;但如果你們離棄他,他必離棄你們。2he went out to meet Asa and said, "Listen to me, Asa, and all you of Judah and of Benjamin. Yahweh is with you so long as you are with him. When you look for him, he lets you find him; when you turn away, he will abandon you.
3將有一段長時期,以色列沒有真天主,沒有教導的司祭,也沒有法律;3For a long time Israel will be without the true God, and without priest to teach the Law,
4但他們在遭難期間,必回心歸向上主,以色列的天主,必尋求他,他必讓他們尋到。4but when trouble comes, they will turn to Yahweh, the God of Israel. They will look for him and find him.
5在那時期內,出入的人,都必得不到平安,各地所有的居民,必要遭受很大的混亂:5When that time comes, there will be no peace for anyone, for many troubles will come upon all the inhabitants of the earth.
6這族攻擊那族,這城攻擊那城,因為天主必用種種災禍難為他們。6One nation will oppress another nation, and one city another city, because God will bring trouble and distress on them.
7至於你們,你們應當堅強,你們的手不要發軟,因為你們的作為必獲賞報。」7But for your part, take courage, and be strong, for your deeds will be rewarded."
8阿撒一聽見這些話和預言,便壯了膽,將在猶大和本雅明全境,以及在厄弗辣因山地所佔領的各城內的可憎之物,一概除掉,重修上主東廊前的上主的祭壇,8When Asa heard these words and this prophecy, he was encouraged to do away with all the idols throughout the land of Judah and Benjamin, and in the towns he had captured in the highlands of Ephraim; he then repaired the altar of Yahweh that stood in front of the Hall of Yahweh.
9又召集了猶大和本雅明全民眾,以及在他們中間寄居的厄弗辣因人、默納協人和西默盎人,──因為有許多人由以色列來投奔阿撒,因為他們看見上主,他的天主是與他同在。9He gathered all Judah and Benjamin together, and also the Ephraimites, Manassites and Simeonites who had settled with them, since great numbers of Israelites had gone over to Asa's side when they saw that Yahweh was with him.
10阿撒當國第十五年三月,他們聚集在耶路撒冷,10In the third month of the fifteenth year of Asa they assembled in Jerusalem;
11當天由所擄獲的戰利品,取出了七百頭牛,七千隻羊,祭獻給上主,11and they sacrificed to Yahweh that day seven hundred oxen and seven thousand sheep out of the spoil they had brought back.
12結盟立約,要全心全意尋求上主,他們祖先的天主;12They made a covenant in which they agreed to seek Yahweh, the God of their ancestors, with all their heart and soul;
13凡不尋求上主以色列天主的,不分老幼,不分男女,一律處死。13anyone who would not seek Yahweh the God of Israel was to be put to death, young or old, man or woman.
14然後高聲歡呼,鳴號吹角,向上主起誓。14They pledged their oath to Yahweh aloud with shouts to the sound of trumpet and horn;
15全猶大人發了這誓,都非常高興,因為他們是全心起誓,全意尋求上主;因此上主也為他們所尋見,並使他們四境安寧。15all Judah rejoiced at the oath they had wholeheartedly taken. They sought Yahweh so earnestly that he let them find him, and granted them peace on every side.
16阿撒王廢除了他祖母瑪阿加作太后的權位,因為她給阿舍辣立了可恥的柱像;阿撒將柱像砍倒,打得粉粹,在克德龍谷焚毀,16King Asa took from his grandmother Maacah her title of queen mother, because she had made a hideous idol Asherah. Asa cut down the idol, and burned it in the wadi Kidron. Though the High places were not abolished in Israel, the heart of Asa was blameless all his life. He deposited the offerings dedicated by his father and his own offerings too, in the house of God, silver and gold and furnishings.
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