Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

出埃及 3


1摩西为岳父米甸祭司叶忒罗放羊。一天他领着羊群穿越旷野,来到上帝的山——何烈山。 忽然有耶和华的天使在荆棘里的火焰中向他显现。摩西看见荆棘虽然在燃烧,却没有被烧毁。 摩西想:“我要过去看这个奇异的景象,荆棘为什么没有被烧掉呢?” 耶和华上帝见他要上前观看,就从荆棘丛中呼唤他说:“摩西!摩西!”摩西说:“我在这里。” 上帝说:“别再靠近,脱下你脚上的鞋子,因为你所站的地方是圣地。” 又说:“我是你祖先的上帝,是亚伯拉罕的上帝,以撒的上帝,雅各的上帝。”摩西害怕看上帝,就把脸蒙起来。 耶和华说:“我已经看见我子民在埃及所受的苦难,听见了他们因监工的压迫而发出的呼求。我知道他们的痛苦。 我下来是要从埃及人手中救他们,带他们离开那里,到一个辽阔肥沃的奶蜜之乡,就是现在迦南人、赫人、亚摩利人、比利洗人、希未人和耶布斯人居住的地方。 现在,以色列人的呼求传到我耳中,我也看到了埃及人怎样压迫他们。 10 现在去吧,我要派你到法老那里,带领我的以色列子民离开埃及。” 11 但摩西对上帝说:“我是谁啊?怎么能去见法老,把以色列人从埃及领出来呢?” 12 上帝说:“我必与你同在,你带百姓离开埃及后,你们必在这座山上事奉我——这将是我派你去的证据。” 13 摩西问上帝:“假如我到以色列人那里,对他们说,‘你们祖先的上帝派我来你们这里。’他们如果问我,‘祂叫什么名字?’我该怎样回答他们呢?” 14 上帝对摩西说:“我是自有永有者。你要这样回答以色列人,‘那位自有永有者派我到你们这里。’” 15 上帝又对摩西说:“你要告诉以色列人是我派遣你到他们那里,我是他们祖先的上帝耶和华,是亚伯拉罕的上帝,以撒的上帝,雅各的上帝。耶和华是我的名字,直到永远,世世代代的人都要这样称呼我。 16 你去招聚以色列的长老,对他们说,‘你们祖先的上帝耶和华,就是亚伯拉罕、以撒、雅各的上帝向我显现,说祂关切你们,知道你们在埃及的遭遇。 17 祂应许要带领你们脱离在埃及所受的苦难,到迦南人、赫人、亚摩利人、比利洗人,希未人和耶布斯人住的地方,那里是奶蜜之乡。’ 18 以色列的长老们必定听从你的话,你就跟他们一起去见埃及王,对他说,‘希伯来人的上帝耶和华向我们显现。现在请你容许我们走三天的路程,到旷野去,向我们的上帝耶和华献祭。’ 19 我也知道除非我用大能的手向他施压,不然埃及王不会让你们离开。 20 因此,我必伸手行各种神迹攻击埃及,之后他必让你们离开。 21 我必使埃及人恩待你们,好叫你们不致空手离开埃及。 22 你们的妇女只管向埃及邻居及住在邻居家的妇女索取金器、银器和衣服,给自己的儿女穿戴,你们必这样夺取埃及人的财物。”

The Message

Exodus 3

11-2 Moses was shepherding the flock of Jethro, his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. He led the flock to the west end of the wilderness and came to the mountain of God, Horeb. The angel of God appeared to him in flames of fire blazing out of the middle of a bush. He looked. The bush was blazing away but it didn’t burn up.

Moses said, “What’s going on here? I can’t believe this! Amazing! Why doesn’t the bush burn up?”

God saw that he had stopped to look. God called to him from out of the bush, “Moses! Moses!”

He said, “Yes? I’m right here!”

God said, “Don’t come any closer. Remove your sandals from your feet. You’re standing on holy ground.”

Then he said, “I am the God of your father: The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob.”

Moses hid his face, afraid to look at God.

7-8 God said, “I’ve taken a good, long look at the affliction of my people in Egypt. I’ve heard their cries for deliverance from their slave masters; I know all about their pain. And now I have come down to help them, pry them loose from the grip of Egypt, get them out of that country and bring them to a good land with wide-open spaces, a land lush with milk and honey, the land of the Canaanite, the Hittite, the Amorite, the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite.

9-10 “The Israelite cry for help has come to me, and I’ve seen for myself how cruelly they’re being treated by the Egyptians. It’s time for you to go back: I’m sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the People of Israel, out of Egypt.”

11 Moses answered God, “But why me? What makes you think that I could ever go to Pharaoh and lead the children of Israel out of Egypt?”

12 “I’ll be with you,” God said. “And this will be the proof that I am the one who sent you: When you have brought my people out of Egypt, you will worship God right here at this very mountain.”

13 Then Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the People of Israel and I tell them, ‘The God of your fathers sent me to you’; and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ What do I tell them?”

14 God said to Moses, “I-AM-WHO-I-AM. Tell the People of Israel, ‘I-AM sent me to you.’”

15 God continued with Moses: “This is what you’re to say to the Israelites: ‘God, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob sent me to you.’ This has always been my name, and this is how I always will be known.

16-17 “Now be on your way. Gather the leaders of Israel. Tell them, ‘God, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, appeared to me, saying, “I’ve looked into what’s being done to you in Egypt, and I’ve determined to get you out of the affliction of Egypt and take you to the land of the Canaanite, the Hittite, the Amorite, the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite, a land brimming over with milk and honey.”’

18 “Believe me, they will listen to you. Then you and the leaders of Israel will go to the king of Egypt and say to him: ‘God, the God of the Hebrews, has met with us. Let us take a three-day journey into the wilderness where we will worship Godour God.’

19-22 “I know that the king of Egypt won’t let you go unless forced to, so I’ll intervene and hit Egypt where it hurts—oh, my miracles will send them reeling!—after which they’ll be glad to send you off. I’ll see to it that this people get a hearty send-off by the Egyptians—when you leave, you won’t leave empty-handed! Each woman will ask her neighbor and any guests in her house for objects of silver and gold, for jewelry and extra clothes; you’ll put them on your sons and daughters. Oh, you’ll clean the Egyptians out!”