Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

出埃及 1

以色列人受欺压

1以色列的众子带着家眷跟雅各[a]一起去了埃及,以下是他们的名字: 吕便、西缅、利未、犹大、 以萨迦、西布伦、便雅悯、 但、拿弗他利、迦得、亚设。 雅各的子孙总共有七十人。那时,约瑟已经住在埃及。 后来,约瑟和他的弟兄以及同辈的人都相继去世。 以色列人生养众多,人口大增,很快就遍布埃及,成为一个强大的民族。 那时,埃及有一位不认识约瑟的新王登基, 对他的百姓说:“你们看,以色列人比我们多,又比我们强。 10 来吧!我们要设法阻止他们人口增长,否则一遇到战争,他们便会加入我们敌人的阵营来攻打我们,然后一走了之。”

11 于是,埃及人派监工强迫以色列人服劳役,在比东和兰塞两地为法老兴建储货城。 12 以色列人越受奴役,人口增长得越快,散居的范围也越广,令埃及人感到恐惧。 13 于是,埃及人更残酷地奴役他们, 14 强迫他们和泥造砖,并做田间一切的苦工,使他们痛苦不堪。 15 埃及王又命令两个希伯来的接生婆施弗拉和普阿: 16 “你们在替希伯来妇女接生的时候,如果看到生下的是男婴,就把他杀掉;如果是女婴,就让她活下来。” 17 但这两个接生婆敬畏上帝,没有执行王的命令,而是保留了男婴的性命。 18 埃及王召见那两个接生婆,质问她们:“你们为什么这样做?为什么让男婴活着?” 19 她们回答说:“因为希伯来妇女跟埃及妇女不同。她们身体强健,我们还没有赶到,婴儿就生下来了。” 20-21 因此,以色列人口继续增加,更加繁盛。因为这两个接生婆敬畏上帝,上帝便赐福给她们,使她们生儿育女。 22 后来,法老命令全埃及的人把以色列人生的所有男婴都抛进尼罗河里,只让女婴活着。

Notas al pie

  1. 1:1 雅各”就是“以色列”,上帝为雅各改名以色列,故事参考创世记32:28

The Message

Exodus 1

11-5 These are the names of the Israelites who went to Egypt with Jacob, each bringing his family members:

Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah,

Issachar, Zebulun, and Benjamin,

Dan and Naphtali, Gad and Asher.

Seventy persons in all generated by Jacob’s seed. Joseph was already in Egypt.

6-7 Then Joseph died, and all his brothers—that whole generation. But the children of Israel kept on reproducing. They were very prolific—a population explosion in their own right—and the land was filled with them.

“A New King . . . Who Didn’t Know Joseph”

8-10 A new king came to power in Egypt who didn’t know Joseph. He spoke to his people in alarm, “There are way too many of these Israelites for us to handle. We’ve got to do something: Let’s devise a plan to contain them, lest if there’s a war they should join our enemies, or just walk off and leave us.”

11-14 So they organized them into work-gangs and put them to hard labor under gang-foremen. They built the storage cities Pithom and Rameses for Pharaoh. But the harder the Egyptians worked them the more children the Israelites had—children everywhere! The Egyptians got so they couldn’t stand the Israelites and treated them worse than ever, crushing them with slave labor. They made them miserable with hard labor—making bricks and mortar and back-breaking work in the fields. They piled on the work, crushing them under the cruel workload.

15-16 The king of Egypt had a talk with the two Hebrew midwives; one was named Shiphrah and the other Puah. He said, “When you deliver the Hebrew women, look at the sex of the baby. If it’s a boy, kill him; if it’s a girl, let her live.”

17-18 But the midwives had far too much respect for God and didn’t do what the king of Egypt ordered; they let the boy babies live. The king of Egypt called in the midwives. “Why didn’t you obey my orders? You’ve let those babies live!”

19 The midwives answered Pharaoh, “The Hebrew women aren’t like the Egyptian women; they’re vigorous. Before the midwife can get there, they’ve already had the baby.”

20-21 God was pleased with the midwives. The people continued to increase in number—a very strong people. And because the midwives honored God, God gave them families of their own.

22 So Pharaoh issued a general order to all his people: “Every boy that is born, drown him in the Nile. But let the girls live.”