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厄則克耳 Ezekiel
1上主的話傳給我說:1This word of Yahweh came to me,
2「人子,樹林中這棵葡萄樹,到底有什麼超越其他一切樹木之處?2"Son of man, in what way is the wood of the vine superior to that of any other tree in the forest?
3豈能取它的木材製造用具,或者能取出它一根枝條,在上面懸掛器具?3Do they take its wood to make anything? Do they use it to make a peg for hanging a tool?
4只有投入火中焚燒;火焚燒了它的兩端,中間也在焚燒;它還能有什麼用途?4But now they have used it as fuel and the fire has burned it at both ends leaving the middle charred. Is it then of any use?
5當它完整時,還不能作什麼用具,何況經火燃燒焚化之後,豈不是更不能製造什麼用具?5If it was of no use when it was whole, of even less use will it be when burnt in the fire."
6為此,吾主上主這樣說:我怎樣把樹林中的葡萄樹投入火中焚燒,也必怎樣對待耶路撒冷的居民。6That is why Yahweh speaks thus, "I took the vine from among all the trees of the forest, and I gave it to the fire to be burned. This is how I have just dealt with those living in Jerusalem.
7我要翻臉打擊他們:他們雖從火中逃出來,仍要為火焚燒。當我翻臉打擊他們時,他們必承認我是上主。7I will turn my face against them. Though they escaped from the fire, the fire will burn them and you will know that I am Yahweh when I turn against them.
8因為他們背信違約,我必使那地方變為荒野──吾主上主的斷語。」8I will make the land desolate because they have been unfaithful - word of Yahweh."
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