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历代志下 19:1-11

先知责备约沙法

1犹大约沙法平安地回到耶路撒冷的宫中。 2哈拿尼先见的儿子耶户出来迎接约沙法王,对他说:“你怎能帮助恶人,爱那憎恨耶和华的人呢?你这样做已经惹怒耶和华了。 3然而你还有善行,因为你铲除境内的亚舍拉神像,立志寻求上帝。”

约沙法的改革

4约沙法耶路撒冷住了一段时间后,就出巡民间,从别示巴一直走到以法莲山区,引导民众归向他们祖先的上帝耶和华。 5他又在犹大各坚城委任审判官, 6对他们说:“你们办事必须谨慎,因为你们不是为人而是为耶和华断案,你们断案的时候,耶和华必与你们同在。 7现在你们应当敬畏耶和华,谨慎办事,因为我们的上帝耶和华毫无不义,不偏待人,不受贿赂。”

8约沙法还在耶路撒冷委任一些利未人、祭司和以色列族长替耶和华断案,审理诉讼。他们就住在耶路撒冷9约沙法训导他们说:“你们要怀着敬畏耶和华的心,全心全意地办事。 10各城中的同胞若把案件带到你们面前,无论是杀人流血,还是有关律法、诫命、律例和典章的案件,你们都要警告他们不要得罪耶和华,免得耶和华的烈怒临到你们和你们的同胞。你们这样行,就没有罪了。 11凡有关耶和华的事,由亚玛利雅大祭司监督你们;凡有关君王的事,由犹大支派的族长以实玛利的儿子西巴第雅监督你们。利未人做官长协助你们。你们要行事勇敢,愿耶和华与正直的人同在!”

New International Version - UK

2 Chronicles 19:1-11

1When Jehoshaphat king of Judah returned safely to his palace in Jerusalem, 2Jehu the seer, the son of Hanani, went out to meet him and said to the king, ‘Should you help the wicked and love19:2 Or and make alliances with those who hate the Lord? Because of this, the wrath of the Lord is on you. 3There is, however, some good in you, for you have rid the land of the Asherah poles and have set your heart on seeking God.’

Jehoshaphat appoints judges

4Jehoshaphat lived in Jerusalem, and he went out again among the people from Beersheba to the hill country of Ephraim and turned them back to the Lord, the God of their ancestors. 5He appointed judges in the land, in each of the fortified cities of Judah. 6He told them, ‘Consider carefully what you do, because you are not judging for mere mortals but for the Lord, who is with you whenever you give a verdict. 7Now let the fear of the Lord be on you. Judge carefully, for with the Lord our God there is no injustice or partiality or bribery.’

8In Jerusalem also, Jehoshaphat appointed some of the Levites, priests and heads of Israelite families to administer the law of the Lord and to settle disputes. And they lived in Jerusalem. 9He gave them these orders: ‘You must serve faithfully and wholeheartedly in the fear of the Lord. 10In every case that comes before you from your people who live in the cities – whether bloodshed or other concerns of the law, commands, decrees or regulations – you are to warn them not to sin against the Lord; otherwise his wrath will come on you and your people. Do this, and you will not sin.

11‘Amariah the chief priest will be over you in any matter concerning the Lord, and Zebadiah son of Ishmael, the leader of the tribe of Judah, will be over you in any matter concerning the king, and the Levites will serve as officials before you. Act with courage, and may the Lord be with those who do well.’