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耶肋米亞 Jeremiah
1猶大王約史雅的兒子約雅金為王時,上主有話傳給耶肋米亞說:1A message from Yahweh came to Jeremiah in the days of Joasiah's son Jehoiakim, king of Judah:
2「你到勒加布人家裡去,與他們會談,引他們走進上主殿宇的一間房裡,給他們酒喝。」2"Go to the Rechabite family; speak to them and bring them to a room in the House of Yahweh; then give them wine to drink."
3於是我帶了哈巴漆尼雅的孫子,依爾米雅的兒子雅匝尼雅,和他的兄弟與他所有的兒子,以及勒加布全家,3So I went to get Jaazaniah, son of Jeremiah, son of Habazziniah, his brothers and sons and all the household of the Rechabites.
4到了上主的殿宇,進了天主的人依革達里雅的兒子哈南的兒子們的房間──這間房靠近長官室,正是在看守殿門的沙隆的兒子瑪阿色雅的住房上面,4I brought them to the House of Yahweh, into the room of the sons of Hanan, son of Igdaliah, the man of God. It was close to the room of the leaders which is above the room of the doorkeeper Maasekah, son of Shallum.
5將滿杯滿爵的酒,擺在勒加布的子孫面前,向他們請說:「請喝酒罷!」5I then placed pitchers of wine and cups before the Rechabites and told them, "Drink wine!"
6他們答說:「我們不喝酒,因為我們的祖先勒加布的兒子約納達布曾吩咐我們說:你們和你們的兒子永不可喝酒;6But they answered, "We don't drink wine because our father Jonadab son of Rechab commanded us: 'Never drink wine, you as well as your children;
7也不可建造房屋,不可播種,不可栽植或佔有葡萄園,卻要終生住在帳幕裡,好使你們能長久生活在你們作客的地方。7don't build a house and don't sow seeds. You shall not plant or own a vineyard; do nothing like that but live in tents all your days so that you may live for a long time in the land where you dwell!'
8在我們的祖先勒加布的兒子約納達布吩咐我們的一切事上,我們全聽從了他的話,我們、妻子和兒女,終生不喝酒,8We have observed all the commands of our father Jonadab, son of Rechab, always abstaining from wine, we, our wives, our sons and daughters.
9也不建造房屋居住,也沒有葡萄園或田地和播種的事,9We haven't built houses to live in and we have no vineyards, fields or seeds.
10只住在帳幕裡,全聽從並履行我們的祖先約納達布吩咐的事。10We live in tents and we obey and practice all that our father Jonadab ordered us.
11只在巴比倫王拿步高上來進攻這地時,我們纔說:走罷!到耶路撒冷去,躲避加色丁和阿蘭軍隊;從此我們纔住在耶路撒冷。」11But when king Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon attacked the land, we said: "Come, we shall go to Jerusalem to escape from the army of the Chaldeans and the army of the Arameans. This is why now we stay in Jerusalem."
12於是有上主的話傳給耶肋米亞說:12Yahweh spoke again to Jeremiah,
13「萬軍的上主,以色列的天主這樣說:你去對猶大人和耶路撒冷的居民說:你們不接受教訓,聽從我的話嗎?──上主的斷語──13"Yahweh the God of hosts and the God of Israel bids you to go and tell the people of Judah and the citizens of Jerusalem: Will you reject a correction and refuse what I say? - word of Yahweh.
14勒加布的兒子約納達布的話居然有人遵守:他命子孫們不喝酒,他們直到今日就不喝酒,全聽從了他們祖先的命令;我不斷懇切教訓你們,你們卻沒有聽從;14Jonadab son of Rechab commanded his children not to drink wine, and his words have been observed; to this day they have obeyed their father by not taking wine. As for you, I have spoken to you time and time again and you have not listened to me!
15我給你們派遣──且不斷派遣,我所有的僕人先知們,來勸你們各自離棄自己的邪道,改善自己的行為,不再追隨事奉外方的神祇,好能住在我賜給你們和你們祖先的地方;你們仍不側耳聽從我。15I have sent you my servants the prophets again and again saying: 'Turn away from your wickedness, reform your way of life and do not follow other gods to serve them. Then you will live in the land that I gave you and your forefathers.' But you neither heeded nor listened to me.
16實在,勒加布的兒子約納達布的子孫,遵守了他們祖先吩咐的命令;至於這民族,卻不聽從我。16The descendants of Jonadab son of Rechab have carried out their father's order but this nation has not obeyed me."
17為此,上主萬軍的天主,以色列的天主這樣說:看,我必給猶大和耶路撒冷所有的居民,招來我對他們所預告的一切災禍,因為我訓諭他們,他們不聽;我呼喚他們,他們不答應。」17Therefore this is what Yahweh the God of hosts and the God of Israel says, "I am going to bring on Judah and on everyone living in Jerusalem all the disaster I foretold, because I spoke and they would not listen, I called and they would not respond."
18於是耶肋米亞對勒加布人家族說:「萬軍的上主,以色列的天主這樣說:因為你們聽從了祖先約納達布的命令,遵守了他的一切規誡,完全依照他所吩咐的做了;18Then Jeremiah said to the Rechabites, "This is what Yahweh God of hosts and God of Israel says: 'Because you have been obedient to your father Jonadab and observed all his instructions, because you have acted according to his commands,
19為此,萬軍的上主,以色列的天主這樣說:勒加布的兒子約納達布從此永不會缺少侍立在我面前的人。」19because of that - word of Yahweh - Jonadab shall always have a descendant to stand before me."
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