Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

传道书 8


我劝你遵守王的命令,因为你曾在上帝面前这样发誓。 不要在王面前鲁莽行事,也不要参与恶行,因为王可以随意行事。 况且,王的命令至高无上,谁敢质问他呢? 遵从王命的必免遭祸患,因为智者心里懂得做事的时机和方法。 尽管人面临重重困难,但做任何事都有时机和方法。 无人知道未来的事,谁能告诉人将来的事呢? 无人能掌管生命[a],留住生命,也无人能掌管死期。无人能免于这场争战,邪恶也救不了作恶者。 这一切我都见过了,我用心思考日光之下的一切事。有时人欺压人、伤害人。 10 我看见恶人生前出入圣所,死后安葬,还在他们作恶的城中受到称赞,这也是虚空。 11 对犯罪者的刑罚不迅速执行,世人便尽情作恶。 12 虽然罪人作恶多端仍得长寿,我却认为敬畏上帝的人必亨通。 13 然而,恶人得不到祝福,他们必像幻影一样不能长久,因为他们不敬畏上帝。 14 世上有一件虚空的事,就是义人遭受了恶人当受的报应,恶人却享受了义人该享的福乐。我认为这也是虚空。 15 因此,我便赞赏享乐,因为在日光之下没有什么比吃喝快乐更好。这是人在上帝所赐的年日里,从劳碌中当得的享受。 16 我全心去寻求智慧,观察世上所发生的事,甚至昼夜不眠, 17 思想上帝所做的一切,便知道人无法理解日光之下所发生的事。尽管人努力不懈地去寻找,也不能明白;即使智者自以为明白,他其实仍不能参透。

Notas al pie

  1. 8:8 生命”也可译作“风”或“气息”。

The Message

Ecclesiastes 8

1There’s nothing better than being wise,
Knowing how to interpret the meaning of life.
    Wisdom puts light in the eyes,
    And gives gentleness to words and manners.

No One Can Control the Wind

2-7 Do what your king commands; you gave a sacred oath of obedience. Don’t worryingly second-guess your orders or try to back out when the task is unpleasant. You’re serving his pleasure, not yours. The king has the last word. Who dares say to him, “What are you doing?” Carrying out orders won’t hurt you a bit; the wise person obeys promptly and accurately. Yes, there’s a right time and way for everything, even though, unfortunately, we miss it for the most part. It’s true that no one knows what’s going to happen, or when. Who’s around to tell us?

No one can control the wind or lock it in a box.
No one has any say-so regarding the day of death.
No one can stop a battle in its tracks.
No one who does evil can be saved by evil.

All this I observed as I tried my best to understand all that’s going on in this world. As long as men and women have the power to hurt each other, this is the way it is.

One Fate for Everybody

10 One time I saw wicked men given a solemn burial in holy ground. When the people returned to the city, they delivered flowery eulogies—and in the very place where wicked acts were done by those very men! More smoke. Indeed.

11 Because the sentence against evil deeds is so long in coming, people in general think they can get by with murder.

12-13 Even though a person sins and gets by with it hundreds of times throughout a long life, I’m still convinced that the good life is reserved for the person who fears God, who lives reverently in his presence, and that the evil person will not experience a “good” life. No matter how many days he lives, they’ll all be as flat and colorless as a shadow—because he doesn’t fear God.

14 Here’s something that happens all the time and makes no sense at all: Good people get what’s coming to the wicked, and bad people get what’s coming to the good. I tell you, this makes no sense. It’s smoke.

15 So, I’m all for just going ahead and having a good time—the best possible. The only earthly good men and women can look forward to is to eat and drink well and have a good time—compensation for the struggle for survival these few years God gives us on earth.

16-17 When I determined to load up on wisdom and examine everything taking place on earth, I realized that if you keep your eyes open day and night without even blinking, you’ll still never figure out the meaning of what God is doing on this earth. Search as hard as you like, you’re not going to make sense of it. No matter how smart you are, you won’t get to the bottom of it.