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訓道篇 Ecclesiastes
1把你的糧食拋到水面,多日後你必有所獲。1Cast your bread on the water for after a given time you will find it again.
2將你的家產分作七分八分,因為你不知道世上要發生什麼災禍。2Share with seven or even with eight for you never know what misfortune may strike the earth.
3雲一滿了,雨即傾注於地。樹倒向南或倒向北,一倒在那裡,就躺在那 裡。3When clouds are heavy rain falls on the earth and when a tree falls facing south or north there in that place it will lie.
4觀察風向的,必不撒種;研究雲象的,必不收割,4He who watches the wind will not sow and he who watches the clouds will not reap.
5就如你不知道生氣如何進入孕婦胎中的骨骼裡,同樣你也不知道天主所創造的一切化工。5Just as you do not know how the spirit pervades the members in the mother's womb, neither will you understand the work of God, creator of all things.
6你早上撒種,晚上也不要住手,因為你不知道:是早上撒的,或是晚上撒的長的好,或是兩種都同樣好。6Sow your seed in the morning and do not be idle until the evening for you don't know whether one or the other will succeed. What if both prove to be good?
7光明實在可愛,看見太陽實在令眼舒暢。7Light is pleasant and it is good for the eyes to see the sun.
8人無論活了多大年紀,儘可享受各種福樂;但他應想到黑暗的日子還多,所發生的事,盡屬虛幻。8If a man lives for many years, let him rejoice in them all, thinking that dark days will be many and all that comes after will be meaningless.
9少年人,在你青春時應歡樂;在你少壯的時日,應心神愉快;隨你心所欲,你眼所悅的去行,但應知道:天主必要就你所行的一切審判你。9Rejoice, young man, in your youth and direct well your heart when you are young; follow your desires and achieve your ambitions but recall that God will take account of all you do.
10掃除你心中的煩惱,驅除你身上的痛苦,因為青春和少年都是虛幻。10Drive sorrow from your heart and pain from your flesh, for youth and dark hair will not last.
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