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友弟德传 Judith
1他们遂派遣使者同他商谈和平说:1They therefore sent messengers to Holofernes offering him terms of peace:
2「看,我们是拿步高大王的奴仆,俯伏在你面前,你看怎样好,就怎样处置我们罢!2"See, we consider ourselves as servants of Nebuchadnezzar, the great king, do with us as you will.
3看,我们的住宅、所有的土地和麦田,以及羊群牛群,帐幕旁所有的羊圈,都摆在你面前,你可任意取用。3All our farms, our whole territory, all our wheatfields, our oxen and our sheepfolds lie before you - use them as you please.
4看,我们的城与城中的居民,都是你的奴仆,你来,看着怎样好,就怎样对待他们罢!」4See, our towns and all their inhabitants are yours, deal with them as you wish."
5使者来到敖罗斐乃前,就向他说了这些话。5These men went to Holofernes and repeated these words.
6他便同他的军队,下到沿海一带,派兵据守设防的城,又在他们中选拔壮丁,作后备兵。6Then Holofernes moved down to the seacoast with his army. He stationed garrisons in the hill cities and took from them men whom he chose as auxiliaries.
7城中的居民,及其附近境内的人民,都带着花冠,跳着舞,敲著鼓,出来迎接他。7The people of these cities received him, as did all the people of the surrounding countryside, with garlands, singing and dancing to the music of tambourines.
8但是,他还是要破坏他们的圣地,砍伐他们的神林,因为他曾受命,要铲除地上所有的神祇,使万国一致崇拜拿步高一人,万民异口同声称他为神。8Nevertheless, he still laid waste all their land, cut down their sacred woods and destroyed all their gods, that all people of all languages and nations might worship Nebuchadnezzar alone and proclaim him as god.
9随后来到厄斯得隆对面,即犹太平原前的多堂附近,9Then he arrived opposite Esdraelon, near Dothan, facing the great chain of Judean hills.
10安营在革巴与史托颇里之间,在那里驻扎了一个月,为把自己部队的辎重集合起来。10He encamped between Geba Scythopolis, and remained there a month in order to reorganize the provisions of his army.
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