Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

出埃及 10

蝗虫之灾

1耶和华对摩西说:“你去见法老,我已使他和他臣仆的心刚硬,好在他们当中行我这些神迹。 这样,你就可以把我如何严惩埃及人以及我在他们当中所行的神迹告诉你的子孙,好叫你们知道我是耶和华。”

摩西和亚伦便进宫去见法老,对他说:“希伯来人的上帝耶和华说,‘你要到什么时候才肯在我面前谦卑下来,让我的子民离开这里去事奉我? 这次你若再不答应,明天我要使蝗虫飞入你的国境。 它们铺天盖地,要吃光冰雹过后田间所剩的,包括一切树木。 你的王宫及臣仆和所有埃及人的房屋都要布满蝗虫,这是你祖祖辈辈从未见过的蝗灾。’”摩西说完,便转身离开法老。

臣仆对法老说:“这个人还要给我们添多少麻烦呢?让他们离开去事奉他们的上帝耶和华吧!埃及已经快崩溃了,你不知道吗?” 法老便召摩西和亚伦进宫,对他们说:“你们去事奉你们的上帝耶和华吧!但你们谁要去呢?” 摩西回答说:“我们男女老幼都要去,还有我们的牛群和羊群,因为我们要去守耶和华的节期,向祂献祭。” 10 法老听后,说:“我若让你们带走妇女和孩子,最好耶和华能保护你们!你们真是居心叵测。 11 不行!只有男子可以去事奉耶和华,这是你们一直要求的。”法老说完,便下令把他们赶出去。

12 耶和华对摩西说:“你向埃及伸杖,使蝗虫飞来吃尽冰雹过后剩下的植物。” 13 摩西就向埃及伸杖。耶和华使东风在埃及境内刮了整整一天一夜,到早晨,东风带来了蝗虫。 14 埃及到处都布满了蝗虫,数目之多实在是空前绝后。 15 整个埃及铺满蝗虫,地上一片黑暗。这些蝗虫吃尽了冰雹过后剩下的农作物和树上的果子,没有留下一点青绿。 16 法老急忙召见摩西和亚伦,对他们说:“我得罪了你们的上帝耶和华,又得罪了你们。 17 现在求你饶恕我的罪,就这一次,为我祈求你们的上帝耶和华撤去这场死亡之灾吧!” 18 摩西就离开法老出去祈求耶和华, 19 耶和华就把风向倒转,变成猛烈的西风,把蝗虫刮走,吹进红海。埃及境内一只蝗虫也没留下。 20 可是,耶和华又使法老心硬,不让以色列人离开埃及。

黑暗之灾

21 耶和华对摩西说:“你向天伸杖,使埃及全境漆黑一片,那黑暗浓得甚至可以摸到。” 22 摩西向天伸杖,埃及全境便漆黑了三天之久。 23 埃及人彼此看不见,谁也不敢移动半步。可是,以色列人住的地方却有光。 24 法老把摩西召来,对他说:“去吧,带着你们的妇女和孩子去事奉耶和华吧,但你们要把牛羊留下。” 25 摩西回答说:“你要让我们带走牛羊,因为它们是献给我们上帝耶和华的祭物和燔祭牲。 26 我们要带走所有的牲畜,一只蹄子也不留下,因为我们要从其中选一些来献给我们的上帝耶和华。我们抵达目的地前,还不知道把哪些献给祂。” 27 但耶和华使法老的心刚硬,不肯让以色列百姓离开。 28 法老对摩西说:“给我滚出去!不要再让我见到你,因为你再见我面之日必死。” 29 摩西回答说:“你说得好,我必不再见你的面。”

The Message

Exodus 10

Strike Eight: Locusts

11-2 God said to Moses: “Go to Pharaoh. I’ve made him stubborn, him and his servants, so that I can force him to look at these signs and so you’ll be able to tell your children and grandchildren how I toyed with the Egyptians, like a cat with a mouse; you’ll tell them the stories of the signs that I brought down on them, so that you’ll all know that I am God.”

3-6 Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said to him, “God, the God of the Hebrews, says, ‘How long are you going to refuse to knuckle under? Release my people so that they can worship me. If you refuse to release my people, watch out; tomorrow I’m bringing locusts into your country. They’ll cover every square inch of ground; no one will be able to see the ground. They’ll devour everything left over from the hailstorm, even the saplings out in the fields—they’ll clear-cut the trees. And they’ll invade your houses, filling the houses of your servants, filling every house in Egypt. Nobody will have ever seen anything like this, from the time your ancestors first set foot on this soil until today.’”

Then he turned on his heel and left Pharaoh.

Pharaoh’s servants said to him, “How long are you going to let this man harass us? Let these people go and worship their God. Can’t you see that Egypt is on its last legs?”

So Moses and Aaron were brought back to Pharaoh. He said to them, “Go ahead then. Go worship your God. But just who exactly is going with you?”

Moses said, “We’re taking young and old, sons and daughters, flocks and herds—this is our worship-celebration of God.”

10-11 He said, “I’d sooner send you off with God’s blessings than let you go with your children. Look, you’re up to no good—it’s written all over your faces. Nothing doing. Just the men are going—go ahead and worship God. That’s what you want so badly.” And they were thrown out of Pharaoh’s presence.

12 God said to Moses: “Stretch your hand over Egypt and signal the locusts to cover the land of Egypt, devouring every blade of grass in the country, everything that the hail didn’t get.”

13 Moses stretched out his staff over the land of Egypt. God let loose an east wind. It blew that day and night. By morning the east wind had brought in the locusts.

14-15 The locusts covered the country of Egypt, settling over every square inch of Egypt; the place was thick with locusts. There never was an invasion of locusts like it in the past, and never will be again. The ground was completely covered, black with locusts. They ate everything, every blade of grass, every piece of fruit, anything that the hail didn’t get. Nothing left but bare trees and bare fields—not a sign of green in the whole land of Egypt.

16-17 Pharaoh had Moses and Aaron back in no time. He said, “I’ve sinned against your God and against you. Overlook my sin one more time. Pray to your God to get me out of this—get death out of here!”

18-19 Moses left Pharaoh and prayed to God. God reversed the wind—a powerful west wind took the locusts and dumped them into the Red Sea. There wasn’t a single locust left in the whole country of Egypt.

20 But God made Pharaoh stubborn as ever. He still didn’t release the Israelites.

Strike Nine: Darkness

21 God said to Moses: “Stretch your hand to the skies. Let darkness descend on the land of Egypt—a darkness so dark you can touch it.”

22-23 Moses stretched out his hand to the skies. Thick darkness descended on the land of Egypt for three days. Nobody could see anybody. For three days no one could so much as move. Except for the Israelites: they had light where they were living.

24 Pharaoh called in Moses: “Go and worship God. Leave your flocks and herds behind. But go ahead and take your children.”

25-26 But Moses said, “You have to let us take our sacrificial animals and offerings with us so we can sacrifice them in worship to our God. Our livestock has to go with us with not a hoof left behind; they are part of the worship of our God. And we don’t know just what will be needed until we get there.”

27 But God kept Pharaoh stubborn as ever. He wouldn’t agree to release them.

28 Pharaoh said to Moses: “Get out of my sight! And watch your step. I don’t want to ever see you again. If I lay eyes on you again, you’re dead.”

29 Moses said, “Have it your way. You won’t see my face again.”