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耶肋米亚 Jeremiah
1上主传给耶肋米亚的话:那时,漆德克雅王正派玛耳基雅的儿子帕市胡尔,和司祭玛阿色雅的儿子责法尼雅来见他说:1These words of Yahweh came to Jeremiah when king Zedekiah sent Pashur, son of Malchiah and the priest Zephaniah son of Maaseiah, to say to him:
2请你替我们诣询问上主:「巴比伦王拿步高既来与我们作战,上主是否依照他所行的奇事来协助我们,叫他离我们远去?」2"Consult Yahweh on our behalf, for Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, has started a war with us. Perhaps Yahweh will work a few of his miracles and make the enemy withdraw."
3耶肋米亚便回答他们说:「你们应这样对漆德克雅说:3Jeremiah replied, "This is what Yahweh the God of Israel says to Zedekiah:
4上主,以色列的天主这样说:看,我必使你们手中所持,用以攻击在城外围攻你们的巴比伦王和加色丁人的武器,反回集中在这城的中心。4I am about to bring back to you the weapons with which you are fighting outside the wall the king of Babylon and the Chaldeans who are besieging you; and I will pile up these weapons in the center of the city.
5然后我要伸出手来,以强力的手臂、震怒、狂暴和愤恨痛击你们,5Then I myself will fight against you with outstretched hand and mighty arm, with anger and fury and great wrath,
6痛击住在这里的人和兽;他们必死于盛行的瘟疫。6I will strike all in the city, both humans and animals, and they will perish in a terrible plague.
7此后──上主的断语──我必将犹大王漆德克雅和他的臣仆,并这城中幸免于瘟疫、刀剑和饥馑的人民,交在巴比伦王拿步高和他们的仇敌,以及谋图他们性命者的手中,叫敌人用利刃击杀他们,毫不饶恕,毫不怜悯,毫不表同情。7After this - it is Yahweh who speaks - I will hand over Zedekiah, king of Judah, his servants and the citizens who survive the plague, the sword and famine over to Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon. I will hand them over to their enemies, to those who have been hounding their blood. They shall be slain without mercy or compassion."
8此外,你应对这人民说:上主这样说:看,我将生命的路和死亡的路,摆在你们面前:8Then Yahweh instructed me to say this to the people: "Take heed! I, Yahweh, am presenting you a choice between the way that leads to life and the way that leads to death.
9凡留在这城中的,必死于刀剑、饥馑和瘟疫;凡出来向围攻你们的加色丁人投降的,必保全性命,必有生命当作自己的胜利品。9Those who remain in the confines of the city will meet their deaths by the sword, famine or plague; those who go out and surrender to the Chaldeans besieging the city will live and will be the only ones to be saved.
10我所以转面向着这城,是为降灾,并不是为赐福──上主的断语──这城必被交在巴比伦王手中,他要火烧这城。」10For I am turning to this city for its ruin, not for its good - word of Yahweh - it will be given over to the king of Babylon who will destroy it by fire."
11对于犹大的王室,你应该这样说:你们该聆听上主的话,11You will give this message to the King's officials. To the royal family of Judah say this:
12达味家族!上主这样说:「你们应及早执行正义,从压迫者手中解救被剥夺的人,免得我的忿怒,因你们行事邪恶,像火一般烧起,而没有人能够熄灭。」12Officials of David's palace, hear the word of Yahweh: Give judgment each morning and deliver the oppressed from the hand of the oppressor, lest my fury break loose like a fire with no one to quench it."
13至于你这居住在谷中和平原巖石上的人,看,我来对付你──上主的断语──你们夸说:「谁能下来攻击我们?谁能进入我们的巢穴?」13This is Yahweh's word, "See, I am coming to you who live in the hills overlooking the valley, you who say, 'Who will come against us and enter this secure place?'
14我必按照你们行为应得的,来惩罚你们──上主的断语──我要在她的树林里放火,吞灭她四周的一切。14I will punish you according to your deeds, and in your forests I will kindle a fire that will devour all that surrounds it."
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