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约伯传 Job
1特曼人厄里法次接着说:1Eliphaz the Temanite replied:
2人为天主能有什么益处?明智人只能于一己有益。2Can man be of any use to God? Only himself a wise man benefits.
3纵然你公正,对全能者能有什么好处?纵然你品行齐全,对天主有什么利益?3What would the Almighty gain if you were upright? What profit if you were blameless in your ways?
4他岂能因你敬畏之心而责斥你,拉你来听审?4Is it for your piety that he reproves and brings you to judgment?
5岂不是因为你罪恶多端,罪过无穷?5Is it not for your great wickedness, for there is no end to your sins?
6因为你无理地强取了你兄弟的抵押,剥去了人的衣服,使之赤裸;6Without any need you kept your kinsmen's goods and stripped them naked of their clothing.
7口渴的人,你没有给他水喝;饥饿的人,你没有给他饭吃;7You denied drink to the thirsty and withheld bread from the hungry.
8让强有力的人占有土地,让尊贵体面的人住在其中;8The powerful control the land and allot it to their cronies.
9却使寡妇空手而归,折断孤儿的手臂;9You have sent widows away empty-handed and crushed the arms of orphans.
10因此罗网要四面围困你,恐吓突降,使你惊惶。10No wonder snares are round about you and sudden terror makes you dismayed,
11光明变成黑暗,使你毫无所见;洪水漫漫,将你淹没。11you are blinded by darkness and covered by flood.
12天主岂不是居于高天?看,最高的星辰何其高远?12Is not God above the heavens? See how lofty are the highest stars.
13你曾说过:「天主知道什么?他岂能透过黑云施行审判?13Yet you say, "What does God know? Can he see through deep shadows?
14云彩遮蔽着他,使他看不到什么,而他只在天边周围游行。」14He cannot see for thick clouds veil him as he walks upon the vault of the heavens."
15你岂要固守恶人所蹈的故辙?15Will you keep to the old path that the wicked have trod?
16尚未到时,他们已被攫去,大水冲去了他们的基础。16In a moment they were carried off and their foundation washed away.
17他们曾向天主说:「离开我们!全能者能为我们作什么?」17They said to God, "Away from us! What can the Almighty do to us?"
18他原来是以福利充满了他们的家,可是恶人的思想离他很远。18He had filled their houses with good things, but the thoughts of the wicked were far from him.
19义人见了就欢乐,无罪者也讥笑他们说:19The righteous see their ruin and are glad, the innocent laugh at them and say,
20「的确,他们的财富已被消灭,他们所剩余的皆被火焚毁。」20"Now the great have come to nothing, fire has devoured their heritage."
21请你与他亲善和好,借此你的幸福必得恢复。21Come to terms with God and make peace; in this way you will prosper.
22请你领受他口中的教训,将他的话存在心中。22Listen to his teaching and keep his words in your heart.
23如果你归向全能者,你必兴起;你若使邪恶离开你的帐幕,23If you return humbled to the Almighty, if you drive injustice from your tent,
24视金子如尘埃,视敖非尔金如溪石,24then you will look on gold as dust, gold of Ophir as pebbles from a stream.
25全能者必作为你的精金,作为你的银堆。25For the Almighty will be your gold and your sparkling silver.
26那时你必以全能者为喜乐,向天主仰起你的头来。26For then you will delight in the Almighty and lift up your face to God.
27那时你祈求他,他必应允你;你可向他还你的誓愿。27You will pray to him and he will hear, and you will fulfill your vows.
28你决定的事,事必成就;光明要照耀你的道路,28You will succeed in your decision, and light will shine upon your way.
29因为他压伏骄傲的人,拯救低首下心的人。29For God brings down the proud and saves the downcast.
30他必解救无罪的人;你若手中清廉,你必获救。30He who rescues the innocent man, will rescue you too if your hands are clean.
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