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编年纪下 2 Chronicles
1那时,天主的神感动了敖德得的儿子阿匝黎雅,1The spirit of God came on Azariah, son of Obed;
2他便出来迎接阿撒,对他说:「阿撒,全犹大和本雅明人,请听我的话:几时你们与上主同在,上主也与你们同在;如果你们寻求他,他必让你们寻到;但如果你们离弃他,他必离弃你们。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将有一段长时期,以色列没有真天主,没有教导的司祭,也没有法律;3For a long time Israel will be without the true God, and without priest to teach the Law,
4但他们在遭难期间,必回心归向上主,以色列的天主,必寻求他,他必让他们寻到。4but when trouble comes, they will turn to Yahweh, the God of Israel. They will look for him and find him.
5在那时期内,出入的人,都必得不到平安,各地所有的居民,必要遭受很大的混乱:5When that time comes, there will be no peace for anyone, for many troubles will come upon all the inhabitants of the earth.
6这族攻击那族,这城攻击那城,因为天主必用种种灾祸难为他们。6One nation will oppress another nation, and one city another city, because God will bring trouble and distress on them.
7至于你们,你们应当坚强,你们的手不要发软,因为你们的作为必获赏报。」7But for your part, take courage, and be strong, for your deeds will be rewarded."
8阿撒一听见这些话和预言,便壮了胆,将在犹大和本雅明全境,以及在厄弗辣因山地所占领的各城内的可憎之物,一概除掉,重修上主东廊前的上主的祭坛,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又召集了犹大和本雅明全民众,以及在他们中间寄居的厄弗辣因人、默纳协人和西默盎人,──因为有许多人由以色列来投奔阿撒,因为他们看见上主,他的天主是与他同在。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阿撒当国第十五年三月,他们聚集在耶路撒冷,10In the third month of the fifteenth year of Asa they assembled in Jerusalem;
11当天由所掳获的战利品,取出了七百头牛,七千只羊,祭献给上主,11and they sacrificed to Yahweh that day seven hundred oxen and seven thousand sheep out of the spoil they had brought back.
12结盟立约,要全心全意寻求上主,他们祖先的天主;12They made a covenant in which they agreed to seek Yahweh, the God of their ancestors, with all their heart and soul;
13凡不寻求上主以色列天主的,不分老幼,不分男女,一律处死。13anyone who would not seek Yahweh the God of Israel was to be put to death, young or old, man or woman.
14然后高声欢呼,鸣号吹角,向上主起誓。14They pledged their oath to Yahweh aloud with shouts to the sound of trumpet and horn;
15全犹大人发了这誓,都非常高兴,因为他们是全心起誓,全意寻求上主;因此上主也为他们所寻见,并使他们四境安宁。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阿撒王废除了他祖母玛阿加作太后的权位,因为她给阿舍辣立了可耻的柱像;阿撒将柱像砍倒,打得粉粹,在克德龙谷焚毁,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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