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德训篇 Sirach
1我儿,你前去服事上主时,应固守正义与敬畏,并应预备你的心承受试探。1My son, if you have decided to serve the Lord, prepare yourself for trials.
2使你的心居正不偏,坚忍不拔;应侧耳听取明智的言语;在灾难中,不要慌张。2Keep your heart upright and remain resolute; do not be upset in the time of adversity.
3应静心等待天主的照顾,与天主保持联系,总不要离弃他,好使你至死充满幸福。3Hold fast to the Lord, do not separate yourself from him so that you may be successful to the end of your days.
4凡降到你身上的,你都要接受;在痛苦中,你要忍受;在各种困苦中,你要多多忍耐;4Accept all that happens to you, be patient when you are humbled,
5因为金银应在火里鍜炼,天主所喜悦的人,也应在谦卑的火炉中鍜炼。5for as gold is tested in the fire, so those acceptable to God are tested in the crucible of humiliation.
6你只管信赖天主,他必扶持你;你应修直你的道路,要仰望他,要保持敬畏他的心,至死不替。6Have confidence in him and he will take care of you; follow the right path and hope in him.
7你们敬畏上主的,要等待他的仁慈;不要离开他,免得跌倒。7You who fear the Lord, wait for his mercy and do not turn away lest you fall.
8你们敬畏上主的,要信赖他,你们的赏报,就不会落空。8You who fear the Lord, trust him and you will not lose your reward.
9你们敬畏上主的,要希望幸福,及永远的喜乐和救恩。9You who fear the Lord, hope for all good things; hope for eternal joy and mercy.
10你们敬畏上主的,要爱慕他,你们的心灵,就会蒙光照。10Remember what happened to your ancestors. Who has ever trusted in the Lord and been confounded? Who has persevered in fear of the Lord and been abandoned? Who has called upon him and not been heard?
11请你们追念前代,看看有谁依赖了上主,而受了耻辱?11For the Lord is compassion and loving-kindness; he forgives our sins and saves us in time of distress.
12有谁保持了对他的敬畏,而被遗弃?有谁呼求了他,而被他轻视?12Woe to faint hearts and weak hands, to the sinner who wavers between two paths.
13因为,上主富于慈惠宽仁;在患难中,赦免罪过,并施救恩。他是一切真心寻求他的护卫者。13Woe to the fainthearted who lack confidence, because of this they will not be protected.
14祸哉,怯懦的心,邪恶的口,虚弱的手,及徘徊于两条路的罪人!14Woe to you who have lost patience! What will you do when the Lord calls you to account?
15祸哉,心无志气的人!他既对天主没有信赖,决得不到他的保护。15Those who fear the Lord do not disobey his commandments; those who love him faithfully keep his laws.
16祸哉,你们失去坚忍,离弃正道,喜欢走邪路的人!16Those who fear the Lord seek to please him; those who love him are filled with his law.
17因为,当上主视察你们时,你们将作什么?17Those who fear the Lord keep their hearts ready and humble themselves in his presence saying,
18凡敬畏上主的,决不背弃他的言语;爱慕他的,必遵循他的道路。18"Let us fall into the hands of the Lord and not into the hands of men, for great as his power is his mercy."
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