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欧瑟亚 Hosea
1当以色列尚在童年时,我就爱了他;从在埃及时,我就召叫他为我的儿子。1I loved Israel when he was a child; out of Egypt I called my son.
2可是我越呼唤他们,他们越远离我,去给巴耳献祭,向偶像进香。2But the more I have called, the further have they gone from me - sacrificing to the Baals, burning incense to the idols.
3是我教了厄弗辣因迈步,双臂抱着他们,但他们却不理会是我照顾了他们。3Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk, taking them by the arms; yet little did they realize that it was I who cared for them.
4是我用仁慈的绳索,爱情的带子牵着他们,我对他们有如高举婴儿到自己面颊的慈亲,俯身喂养他们。4I led them with cords of human kindness, with leading strings of love, and I became for them as one who eases the yoke upon their neck and stoops down to feed them.
5他们却要返回埃及地,要亚述作他们的君王,因为他们拒绝归依我。5If they refuse to return to me, they will have to go back to Egypt and be ruled by an Assyrian king.
6刀剑必要在他们的城中横行,杀绝他们的子女,在他们的堡垒中吞噬他们。6Swords will flash in their cities, slaughtering their sons, putting an end to all their plans.
7我的百姓因着自己的叛逆使我厌烦了;为此上主给他们指定应负的重轭,因为他已不再怜惜他们。7They insist on turning away from me; they cry out because the yoke is upon them and no one lifts it.
8厄弗辣因!我怎能舍弃你?以色列!我怎能抛掉你?我怎能使你如同阿德玛,待你如同责波殷?我的心已转变,我的五内已感动;8How can I give you up, Ephraim? Can I abandon you like Admah or make you like Zeboiim? My heart is troubled within me and I am moved with compassion.
9我不再按我的盛怒行事,不再毁灭厄弗辣因,因为我是天主而不是人,是在你中间的圣者,而不是伏于城门的仇敌。9I will not give vent to my great anger; I will not return to destroy Ephraim for I am God and not human. I am the Holy One in your midst and I do not want to come to you in anger.
10的确,他们必要追随上主,他要像狮子吼叫;他一吼叫,他的子女便要从西方急速归来,10You will follow Yahweh when he roars like a lion. When he roars his sons will come trembling from the west;
11犹如飞鸟由埃及急速飞来,犹如鸽子从亚述飞来;我要使他们安居在他们的家中──上主的断语。11they will come with fear like sparrows from Egypt, like doves from Assyria. For I will bring them to their homes again.
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