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

New Living Translation

Exodus 1

The Israelites in Egypt

1These are the names of the sons of Israel (that is, Jacob) who moved to Egypt with their father, each with his family: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, Benjamin, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, and Asher. In all, Jacob had seventy[a] descendants in Egypt, including Joseph, who was already there.

In time, Joseph and all of his brothers died, ending that entire generation. But their descendants, the Israelites, had many children and grandchildren. In fact, they multiplied so greatly that they became extremely powerful and filled the land.

Eventually, a new king came to power in Egypt who knew nothing about Joseph or what he had done. He said to his people, “Look, the people of Israel now outnumber us and are stronger than we are. 10 We must make a plan to keep them from growing even more. If we don’t, and if war breaks out, they will join our enemies and fight against us. Then they will escape from the country.[b]

11 So the Egyptians made the Israelites their slaves. They appointed brutal slave drivers over them, hoping to wear them down with crushing labor. They forced them to build the cities of Pithom and Rameses as supply centers for the king. 12 But the more the Egyptians oppressed them, the more the Israelites multiplied and spread, and the more alarmed the Egyptians became. 13 So the Egyptians worked the people of Israel without mercy. 14 They made their lives bitter, forcing them to mix mortar and make bricks and do all the work in the fields. They were ruthless in all their demands.

15 Then Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, gave this order to the Hebrew midwives, Shiphrah and Puah: 16 “When you help the Hebrew women as they give birth, watch as they deliver.[c] If the baby is a boy, kill him; if it is a girl, let her live.” 17 But because the midwives feared God, they refused to obey the king’s orders. They allowed the boys to live, too.

18 So the king of Egypt called for the midwives. “Why have you done this?” he demanded. “Why have you allowed the boys to live?”

19 “The Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women,” the midwives replied. “They are more vigorous and have their babies so quickly that we cannot get there in time.”

20 So God was good to the midwives, and the Israelites continued to multiply, growing more and more powerful. 21 And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families of their own.

22 Then Pharaoh gave this order to all his people: “Throw every newborn Hebrew boy into the Nile River. But you may let the girls live.”

Notas al pie

  1. 1:5 Dead Sea Scrolls and Greek version read seventy-five; see notes on Gen 46:27.
  2. 1:10 Or will take the country.
  3. 1:16 Hebrew look upon the two stones; perhaps the reference is to a birthstool.