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约纳 Jonah
1上主的话再次传给约纳说: 1The word of Yahweh came to Jonah a second time:
2「你起身往尼尼微大城去,向他们宣告我晓谕你的事。」 2"Go to Nineveh, the great city, and announce to them the message I give you."
3约纳便依从上主的话,起身去了尼尼微。尼尼微在天主前是一座大城,需要三天的行程。 3In obedience to the word of Yahweh, Jonah went to Nineveh. It was a very large city, and it took three days just to cross it.
4约纳开始进城,行了一天的路程,宣布说:「还有四十天,尼尼微就要毁灭了。」 4So Jonah walked a single day's journey and began proclaiming, "Forty days more and Nineveh will be destroyed."
5尼尼微人便信仰了天主,立即宣布禁食,从大到小,都身披苦衣。 5The people of the city believed God. They declared a fast, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth.
6当这消息传到尼尼微王那里,他便起来,离开自己的宝座,脱去长服,披上苦衣,坐在灰土中; 6Upon hearing the news, the king of Nineveh got up from his throne, took off his royal robe, put on sackcloth and sat down in ashes.
7然后命人以君王的谕令和其大臣的名义,在尼尼微宣布说:「人、牲畜、牛羊,都不可吃什么;不可牧放,也不可喝水。 7He issued a proclamation throughout Nineveh: "By the decree of the king and his nobles, no people or beasts, herd or flock, will taste anything; neither will they eat nor drink.
8人和牲畜,都应身披苦衣,人要恳切呼求天主,更要转离自己的邪路,放弃手中的暴行。 8But let people and beasts be covered with sackcloth. Let everyone call aloud to God, turn from his evil ways and violence.
9谁知道天主也许会转意怜悯,收回自己的烈怒,使我们不致灭亡。」 9Who knows? God may yet relent, turn from his fierce anger and spare us."
10天主看到他们所行的事,看到他们离开了自己的邪路,遂怜悯他们,不将已宣布的灾祸,降在他们身上。 10When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he had compassion and did not carry out the destruction he had threatened upon them.
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