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1那時,天上出現了一個大異兆:有一個女人,身披太陽,腳踏月亮,頭戴十二顆星的榮冠;1A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman, clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head.
2她胎中懷了孕,在產痛和苦勞中,呼疼呻吟。2She was pregnant and cried out in pain, looking to her time of delivery.
3隨著天上又出現了另一個異兆:有一條火紅的大龍,有七個頭,十隻角,頭上戴著七個王冠。3Then another sign appeared: a huge, red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and wearing seven crowns on its heads.
4牠的尾巴將天上的星辰勾下了三分之一,投在地上。那條龍便站在那要生產的女人面前,待她生產後,要吞下她的孩子。4It had just swept along a third of the stars of heaven with its tail, throwing them down to the earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that it might devour the child as soon as it was born.
5那女人生了一個男孩子,他就是那要以鐵杖牧放萬民的;那女人的孩子被提到天主和他的寶座前。5She gave birth to a male child, the one who is to rule all the nations with an iron scepter; then her child was seized and taken up to God and to his throne
6女人就逃到曠野去了,在那裡有天主已給她準備好的地方,叫她在那裡受供養一千二百六十天。6while the woman fled to the desert where God had prepared a place for her; there she would be looked after for one thousand two hundred and sixty days.
7以後,天上就發生了戰爭:彌額爾和他的天使一同與那龍交戰,那龍也和牠的使者一起應戰,7War broke out in heaven with Michael and his angels battling with the dragon. The dragon fought back with his angels,
8但牠們敵不住,在天上遂再也沒有牠們的地方了。8but they were defeated and lost their place in heaven.
9於是那大龍被摔了下來,牠就是那遠古的蛇,號稱魔鬼或撒殫的。那欺騙了全世界的,被摔到地上,牠的使者也同牠一起被摔了下來。9The great dragon, the ancient serpent known as the devil or Satan, seducer of the whole world, was thrown out. He was hurled down to earth, together with his angels.
10那時我聽見天上有大聲音說:「如今我們的天主獲得了勝利、權能和國度,也顯示了他基督的權柄,因為那日夜在我們的天主前,控告我們弟兄的控告者,已被摔下去了。10Then I heard a loud voice from heaven: Now has salvation come, with the power and the kingdom of our God, and the rule of his anointed. For our brothers' accuser has been cast out, who accused them night and day, before God.
11他們賴羔羊的血和他們作證的話,得勝了那條龍,因為他們情願犧牲自己的性命死了。11They conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they gave up their lives going to death.
12為此,高天和住在那裡的,你們歡樂罷!禍哉,大地和海洋!因為魔鬼懷著大怒下到你們那裡去了,因為他知道自己只有很短的時間了。」12Rejoice, therefore, O you heavens and you who dwell in them; but woe to you, earth and sea, for the devil has come to you in anger knowing that he has but a little time.
13那條龍一看見自己被摔到地上,就去追趕那生了男嬰的女人。13When the dragon saw that he had been thrown down to earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child.
14可是有大鷹的兩個翅膀給了那女人,為叫她飛入曠野,到自己的地方去,在那裡受供養一段時期、兩段時期和半段時期,遠離那蛇的面。14Then the woman was given the two wings of the great eagle so that she might fly into the desert where she would be looked after for three and a half years.
15那蛇遂在女人後面,從自己的口中吐出一道像河的水,為使那女人被河水沖去;15The serpent poured water out of his mouth after the woman, to carry her away in the flood,
16可是大地卻援助了那女人,大地裂開一個口,把那條龍從口中所吐出的河水吸了去。16but the earth came to her rescue: it opened its mouth and swallowed the flood which the dragon had poured from its mouth.
17那條龍便對那女人大發忿怒,遂去與她其餘的後裔,即那些遵行天主的誡命,且為耶穌作證的人交戰;17Then the dragon was furious with the woman and went off to wage war on the rest of her children, those who keep God's commandments and bear witness to Jesus.
18於是牠就站在海灘上。18And he stood on the seashore.
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