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2 Kings 7

Elisha Promises Food

1Then Elisha said, “Hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord, ‘Tomorrow about this time a [a]measure of finely-milled flour will sell for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, at the gate of Samaria.’” Then the royal officer on whose arm the king leaned answered the man of God and said, “If the Lord should make windows in heaven [for the rain], could this thing take place?” Elisha said, “Behold, you will see it with your own eyes, but [because you doubt] you will not eat of it.”

Four Lepers Relate Arameans’ Flight

Now four men who were [b]lepers were at the entrance of the [city’s] gate; and they said to one another, “Why should we sit here until we die? If we say, ‘We will enter the city’—then the famine is in the city and we will die there; and if we sit still here, we will also die. So now come, let us go over to the camp of the Arameans (Syrians). If they let us live, we will live; and if they kill us, we will only die.” So they got up at twilight to go to the Aramean camp. But when they came to the edge of the camp, there was no one there. For the Lord had caused the Aramean army to hear the sound of chariots, and the sound of horses, the sound of a great army. They had said to one another, “The king of Israel has hired against us the kings of the Hittites, and the kings of the Egyptians, to come [and fight] against us.” So the Arameans set out and fled during the twilight, and left their tents, horses, and donkeys, even left the camp just as it was, and fled for their lives. When these lepers came to the edge of the camp, they went into one tent and ate and drank, and carried away from there silver, gold, and clothing, and went and hid them. Then they went back and entered another tent and carried [some valuable things] from there also, and went and hid them.

Then they said one to another, “We are not doing the right thing. This is a day of good news, yet we are keeping silent. If we wait until the morning light, some punishment [for not reporting this now] will come on us. So now come, let us go and tell the king’s household.” 10 So they came and called to the gatekeepers of the city. They told them, “We went to the camp of the Arameans (Syrians), and behold, there was no one there, nor the sound of man there—only the horses and donkeys tied up, and the tents [had been left] just as they were.” 11 Then the gatekeepers called out and it was reported to the king’s household inside [the city]. 12 Then the king got up in the night and said to his servants, “I will tell you what the Arameans have done to us. They know that we are hungry; so they have left the camp to hide themselves in the open country, thinking, ‘When they come out of the city, we shall take them alive and get into the city.’” 13 One of his servants replied, “Please let some men take five of the horses which remain inside the city. Consider this: [if they are caught then at worst] they will be like all the people of Israel who are left in the city; [even if they are killed then] they will be like all the people of Israel who have already died. So let us send [them] and see [what happens].” 14 So they took two chariots with horses, and the king sent them after the Aramean army, saying, “Go and see.”

The Promise Fulfilled

15 They went after them to the Jordan, and all the road was entirely littered with clothing and equipment which the Arameans (Syrians) had thrown away when they hurriedly fled. And the messengers returned and told the king.

16 Then the people [of Israel] went out and plundered the camp of the Arameans. So [goods were so plentiful that] a measure of finely-milled flour [was sold] for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, in accordance with the word of the Lord [as spoken through Elisha]. 17 Now the king had appointed the royal officer on whose arm he leaned to be in charge of the [city] gate; and the [starving] people trampled him at the gate [as they struggled to get through for food], and he died, just as the man of God had foretold when the king came down to him. 18 It happened just as [Elisha] the man of God had spoken to the king, saying, “Two measures of barley will be sold for a shekel and a measure of finely-milled flour for a shekel tomorrow about this time at the gate of Samaria.” 19 The royal officer had answered the man of God and said, “Now behold, [even] if the Lord should make windows in heaven, could such a thing happen?” And Elisha had answered, “You will see it with your own eyes, but [because of your doubt] you will not eat it.” 20 And so it happened to him; for the people trampled him at the gate, and he died.

Notas al pie

  1. 2 Kings 7:1 Heb seah.
  2. 2 Kings 7:3 See note 5:1.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

列王紀下 7

1以利沙說:「你們要聽耶和華的話,耶和華說,『明天這個時候,在撒瑪利亞城門口,三公斤細麵粉只賣十一克銀子,六公斤大麥也賣十一克銀子。』」 一個攙扶王的將領對上帝的僕人說:「即使耶和華打開天上的窗戶,也不可能發生這樣的事!」以利沙說:「你必親眼看見,卻吃不到。」

撒瑪利亞城獲救

城門口有四個痲瘋病人,他們商量說:「我們為什麼坐在這裡等死呢? 如果我們進城,城裡正鬧饑荒,我們會餓死;但我們坐在這裡也是死,不如去投靠亞蘭軍。如果他們不殺我們,我們就能活命;如若不然,死就死吧!」 傍晚時分,他們動身去亞蘭人的營地,到了營地外邊,卻發現人影全無。 原來,主使亞蘭人聽見大隊人馬和戰車的聲音。他們以為以色列王雇用了赫人的諸王和埃及人的諸王來攻營, 便在傍晚時分撇下帳篷、馬和驢,棄營而逃。 那幾個痲瘋病人到了營地,走進一個帳篷,又吃又喝,把那裡的金銀和衣服拿走收藏起來,再回來進入另一個帳篷,把財物拿走收藏起來。

後來,他們彼此說:「我們這樣做不對。今天是個報好消息的日子,我們卻不作聲。若等到天亮,我們會受懲罰的。走,我們給王報信去。」 10 他們就去喊城門守衛,對他們說:「我們到了亞蘭人的營中,裡面不見人影也沒有人聲,只有拴著的馬和驢,帳篷依然在那裡。」 11 城門守衛就高聲宣告消息,有人去稟告王。 12 王連夜起來,對臣僕說:「我告訴你們是怎麼回事。亞蘭人知道我們正鬧饑荒,就故意離開軍營,埋伏在田野,等我們以色列人出城後,好活捉我們,並攻入城中。」

13 一個臣僕說:「不如派人騎著城中僅存的五匹馬出去打探一下。反正他們和城中剩下的以色列人一樣快要死了。」 14 他們預備了兩輛馬車,王便命人出去追蹤亞蘭軍、查明實情。 15 探子一路追到約旦河,沿路看見到處都是亞蘭軍倉皇逃走時丟棄的衣服和裝備,便回去稟告王。 16 於是,民眾出城搶掠亞蘭人的營地。那時,三公斤細麵粉只賣十一克銀子,六公斤大麥也只賣十一克銀子,正如耶和華所言。 17 王派那位攙扶他的將領守在城門口維持秩序,那將領卻被湧出的人群踩死,應驗了上帝的僕人在王去見他時所說的話。 18 上帝的僕人曾對王說:「明天這個時候,在撒瑪利亞城門口,三公斤細麵粉只賣十一克銀子,六公斤大麥也只賣十一克銀子。」

19 但那將領對上帝的僕人說:「即使耶和華打開天上的窗戶,也不可能發生這樣的事!」上帝的僕人說:「你必親眼看見,卻吃不到。」 20 這話果然應驗在他身上,他被人群踩死在城門口。