Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

民数记 9

逾越节

1以色列人离开埃及后第二年的一月,耶和华在西奈旷野对摩西说: “以色列人要在指定的时间守逾越节, 就是在一月十四日黄昏按照有关的律例和典章守逾越节。” 于是,摩西吩咐以色列人守逾越节。 一月十四日黄昏,以色列人照耶和华对摩西的吩咐,在西奈山守逾越节。

可是,有几个人因碰到死尸而不洁净,不能在那天守逾越节,他们就来见摩西和亚伦, 说:“我们不过因碰到死尸而不洁净,为什么不准我们跟其他以色列人一起在指定的时间向耶和华献供物?” 摩西说:“你们等一下,我要去听听耶和华对这事有什么吩咐。”

耶和华对摩西说: 10 “你把以下条例告诉以色列人。

“如果你们或你们的子孙中有人因为碰了死尸而不洁净,或是出了远门,可以改期为耶和华守逾越节。 11 他们可以在二月十四日黄昏守逾越节,要配无酵饼和苦菜一起吃逾越节的羊羔。 12 食物不可留到天明,也不可折断羊羔的一根骨头。要遵守逾越节的一切律例。 13 如果有人是洁净的,又没有出远门,却不守逾越节,要将他从民中铲除。他不在指定的时间向耶和华献供物,就必须自负罪责。 14 如果寄居在你们中间的外族人也想为耶和华守逾越节,他们也要遵守这些律例和典章。不论是外族人还是以色列人,都要遵守同样的律例。”

云彩遮盖会幕

15 安放约柜的圣幕支起来那天,云彩遮盖了它。当晚,云彩整夜像火焰一般。 16 之后,每天如此:白天云彩遮盖圣幕,晚上云彩像火。 17 云彩什么时候从圣幕上升起,以色列人就启行;云彩在哪里停下来,以色列人就在哪里安营。 18 他们无论启行还是安营,都遵照耶和华的吩咐。云彩在圣幕上停留多久,他们就安营多久。 19 有时云彩在圣幕上停留多日,他们就遵照耶和华的吩咐安营多日。 20 有时云彩在圣幕上只停留几天,他们就遵照耶和华的吩咐只安营几天。随后再照耶和华的吩咐启行。 21 有时云彩整夜停留在圣幕上,到早晨才升起,他们就早晨才启行。不管白天黑夜,云彩一升起,他们就启行。 22 不管是两天、一个月或是一年,只要云彩停留在圣幕上,以色列人就安营不动;云彩一升起,他们就启行。 23 他们遵照耶和华的吩咐安营,也遵照耶和华的吩咐启行。他们遵行耶和华借摩西吩咐的话。

The Message

Numbers 9

Passover

11-3 God spoke to Moses in the Wilderness of Sinai in the first month of the second year after leaving Egypt: “Have the People of Israel celebrate Passover at the set time. Celebrate it on schedule, on the evening of the fourteenth day of this month, following all the rules and procedures.”

4-5 Moses told the People of Israel to celebrate the Passover and they did—in the Wilderness of Sinai at evening of the fourteenth day of the first month. The People of Israel did it all just as God had commanded Moses.

6-7 But some of them couldn’t celebrate the Passover on the assigned day because they were ritually unclean on account of a corpse. So they presented themselves before Moses and Aaron on Passover and told Moses, “We have become ritually unclean because of a corpse, but why should we be barred from bringing God’s offering along with other Israelites on the day set for Passover?”

Moses said, “Give me some time; I’ll find out what God says in your circumstances.”

9-12 God spoke to Moses: “Tell the People of Israel, If one or another of you is ritually unclean because of a corpse, or you happen to be off on a long trip, you may still celebrate God’s Passover. But celebrate it on the fourteenth day of the second month at evening. Eat the lamb together with unraised bread and bitter herbs. Don’t leave any of it until morning. Don’t break any of its bones. Follow all the procedures.

13 “But a man who is ritually clean and is not off on a trip and still fails to celebrate the Passover must be cut off from his people because he did not present God’s offering at the set time. That man will pay for his sin.

14 “Any foreigner living among you who wants to celebrate God’s Passover is welcome to do it, but he must follow all the rules and procedures. The same procedures go for both foreigner and native-born.”

The Cloud

15-16 The day The Dwelling was set up, the Cloud covered The Dwelling of the Tent of Testimony. From sunset until daybreak it was over The Dwelling. It looked like fire. It was like that all the time, the Cloud over The Dwelling and at night looking like fire.

17-23 When the Cloud lifted above the Tent, the People of Israel marched out; and when the Cloud descended the people camped. The People of Israel marched at God’s command and they camped at his command. As long as the Cloud was over The Dwelling, they camped. Even when the Cloud hovered over The Dwelling for many days, they honored God’s command and wouldn’t march. They stayed in camp, obedient to God’s command, as long as the Cloud was over The Dwelling, but the moment God issued orders they marched. If the Cloud stayed only from sunset to daybreak and then lifted at daybreak, they marched. Night or day, it made no difference—when the Cloud lifted, they marched. It made no difference whether the Cloud hovered over The Dwelling for two days or a month or a year, as long as the Cloud was there, they were there. And when the Cloud went up, they got up and marched. They camped at God’s command and they marched at God’s command. They lived obediently by God’s orders as delivered by Moses.