Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

传道书 8

1谁像有智慧的人呢?
谁知道事情的原委呢?
智慧能使人容光焕发,
使冷酷的面孔柔和。

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”。

New Living Translation

Ecclesiastes 8

1How wonderful to be wise,
    to analyze and interpret things.
Wisdom lights up a person’s face,
    softening its harshness.

Obedience to the King

Obey the king since you vowed to God that you would. Don’t try to avoid doing your duty, and don’t stand with those who plot evil, for the king can do whatever he wants. His command is backed by great power. No one can resist or question it. Those who obey him will not be punished. Those who are wise will find a time and a way to do what is right, for there is a time and a way for everything, even when a person is in trouble.

Indeed, how can people avoid what they don’t know is going to happen? None of us can hold back our spirit from departing. None of us has the power to prevent the day of our death. There is no escaping that obligation, that dark battle. And in the face of death, wickedness will certainly not rescue the wicked.

The Wicked and the Righteous

I have thought deeply about all that goes on here under the sun, where people have the power to hurt each other. 10 I have seen wicked people buried with honor. Yet they were the very ones who frequented the Temple and are now praised[a] in the same city where they committed their crimes! This, too, is meaningless. 11 When a crime is not punished quickly, people feel it is safe to do wrong. 12 But even though a person sins a hundred times and still lives a long time, I know that those who fear God will be better off. 13 The wicked will not prosper, for they do not fear God. Their days will never grow long like the evening shadows.

14 And this is not all that is meaningless in our world. In this life, good people are often treated as though they were wicked, and wicked people are often treated as though they were good. This is so meaningless!

15 So I recommend having fun, because there is nothing better for people in this world than to eat, drink, and enjoy life. That way they will experience some happiness along with all the hard work God gives them under the sun.

16 In my search for wisdom and in my observation of people’s burdens here on earth, I discovered that there is ceaseless activity, day and night. 17 I realized that no one can discover everything God is doing under the sun. Not even the wisest people discover everything, no matter what they claim.

Notas al pie

  1. 8:10 As in some Hebrew manuscripts and Greek version; many Hebrew manuscripts read and are forgotten.