Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

申命记 4

当守律法

1“以色列人啊,要聆听我传授给你们的律法,要切实遵行,以便你们可以存活,并进入你们祖先的上帝耶和华赐给你们的那片土地。 我吩咐你们的,你们不可做任何增减,这是你们的上帝耶和华的命令,你们要遵守。 你们亲眼看见耶和华在巴力·毗珥事件中的作为,你们的上帝耶和华毁灭了你们中间所有拜巴力·毗珥的人, 但你们这些信靠你们的上帝耶和华的人至今还活着。 看啊,遵照我的上帝耶和华的吩咐,我把律例和典章传授给你们,好让你们在将要占领的土地上遵守。 你们要谨遵这些律例和典章,因为这样就会让外族人看见你们的智慧和聪明。他们听见这些律法后,必说,‘这伟大的民族真有智慧和聪明!’ 我们的上帝耶和华与我们如此亲近,随时垂听我们的呼求,有哪个伟大民族的神明能与之相比? 有哪个伟大的民族拥有我今天所传授给你们的如此公义的律例和典章?

“要谨慎、小心,不可忘记亲眼所见的事,要一生铭记在心,并且告诉子子孙孙。 10 那天,你们在何烈山站在你们的上帝耶和华面前,耶和华对我说,‘把民众招聚起来,让他们听我的教诲,学习一生敬畏我,并传授给自己的儿女。’ 11 你们来到山脚下,站在那里,山上烈焰冲天、乌云密布、极其幽暗。 12 耶和华在火焰中对你们说话,你们只听见祂的声音,却看不见祂的形象。 13 祂向你们宣告祂的约,就是祂吩咐你们遵守的十诫,并写在两块石版上。 14 那时,耶和华吩咐我把律例和典章传授给你们,好让你们在将要占领的土地上遵守。

不可拜偶像

15 “你们要格外小心,耶和华在何烈山的火焰中对你们说话时,你们没有看见任何形象, 16 所以不可堕落,去为自己制造任何形状的神像——男人、女人、 17 飞禽走兽、 18 爬虫或鱼类。 19 当你们举目观看你们的上帝耶和华赐给天下万民的日、月、星辰等天上万象时,不要受诱惑去跪拜、供奉它们。 20 耶和华拯救你们脱离埃及那座熔铁炉,让你们做祂自己的子民,正如今日的情形。 21 因你们的缘故,耶和华向我发怒,起誓不让我过约旦河、进入祂赐给你们作产业的那片佳美之地。 22 我将死在约旦河这边,过不了约旦河。但你们必过去得到那片佳美之地。 23 你们要谨慎,不可忘记你们的上帝耶和华与你们所立的约,不可违背你们上帝耶和华的禁令,去制造任何形状的神像。 24 因为你们的上帝耶和华是烈火,是痛恨不贞的上帝。

25 “将来,即使你们在那里安顿已久、子孙满堂,也不可堕落、制造任何形状的神像,不可做你们的上帝耶和华视为邪恶的事,惹祂发怒。 26 否则,今天我叫天地作证,你们必很快从约旦河对面将要占领的土地上灭亡,你们必被彻底消灭,不得在那里长久居住。 27 耶和华必把你们驱散到列邦,使你们在列邦中的人数所剩无几。 28 你们必在那里供奉人用木石造的不会看、不会听、不会吃、不会闻的神像。 29 但你们若在那里寻求你们的上帝耶和华,全心全意地寻求祂,就必寻见。 30 日后,当你们遭遇这些事,受尽苦难的时候,必归向你们的上帝耶和华,听从祂。 31 因为你们的上帝耶和华充满怜悯,祂不会抛弃你们,灭绝你们,也不会忘记祂与你们祖先所立的誓约。

独一的上帝

32 “你们可以查考历史,自上帝创造世人以来,这样的奇事,天地之间何曾有过?谁曾听闻? 33 有哪个民族像你们一样,听见了上帝在火中说话,还活了下来? 34 有哪个神明像你们的上帝耶和华那样在埃及当着你们的面降灾祸、行神迹奇事、兴起战争、伸出臂膀、施展大能的手、以伟大而可畏的作为拯救一族脱离异邦? 35 耶和华行这样的事,是要叫你们知道祂是上帝,除祂以外,别无他神。 36 祂让你们听见祂从天上来的声音,好教导你们,又在地上让你们看见祂的烈火,并听见祂在烈火中说的话。 37 因为祂爱你们的祖先,所以拣选你们,亲自用大能把你们从埃及领出来, 38 赶走比你们强大的民族,领你们进入他们的土地,把他们的土地赐给你们作产业,正如今日的情形。 39 所以,今天你们要知道并谨记,耶和华是天上地下的上帝,此外别无他神。 40 我今天将祂的律例和诫命传授给你们,你们要遵守,以便你们及子孙都蒙福,在你们上帝耶和华所赐的土地上得享长寿。”

设立避难城

41 那时,摩西在约旦河东划出三座城作避难城, 42 供素无冤仇却误杀他人者逃往避难。 43 三座城分别是旷野高原的比悉——供吕便人避难,基列的拉末——供迦得人避难,巴珊的哥兰——供玛拿西人避难。

重申律法

44 以下是摩西颁布给以色列人的律法, 45 即在离开埃及后传授给他们的法度、律例和典章。 46 当时他们在约旦河以东伯·毗珥对面的山谷,那里原属于希实本的亚摩利王西宏。摩西领以色列人离开埃及后消灭了西宏, 47 占领了他的土地,还占领了巴珊王噩的土地。西宏和噩是约旦河东亚摩利人的两个王, 48 其国土从亚嫩谷边的亚罗珥一直到西云山,即黑门山, 49 包括约旦河东的整个亚拉巴,远至毗斯迦山脚的亚拉巴海。

Amplified Bible

Deuteronomy 4

Israel Urged to Obey God’s Law

1“Now, O Israel, listen and pay attention to the statutes and the judgments (God’s legal decisions) which I am teaching you to do, so that you may live and go in and take possession of the land which the Lord, the God of your fathers, is giving you. You shall not add to the word which I am commanding you, nor take away from it, so that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I am commanding you. Your eyes have seen what the Lord did at Baal-peor; for all the men who followed [and participated in the worship of] Baal of Peor, the Lord your God destroyed them from among you, but you who held tightly to the Lord your God are alive today, every one of you.

“Look, I have taught you statutes and judgments just as the Lord my God has commanded me, so that you may do them in the land which you are entering to possess. So keep and do them, for that is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples who will hear all these statutes and say, ‘Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.’ For what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as the Lord our God [is to us] whenever we call on Him? Or what great nation has statutes and judgments so righteous (upright, just) as this whole law which I am [a]placing before you today?

“Only pay attention and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things which your eyes have seen and they do not depart from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your grandchildren [impressing these things on their mind and penetrating their heart with these truths]— 10 especially the day you stood before the Lord your God at Horeb (Mount Sinai), when the Lord said to me, ‘Assemble the people to Me and I will let them hear My words, so that they may learn to fear Me [with awe-filled reverence and profound respect] all the days they live on the land, and so that they may teach their children.’ 11 You approached and stood at the foot of the mountain, and the mountain burned with fire to the [very] heart of the heavens: darkness, cloud and thick gloom. 12 Then the Lord spoke to you from the midst of the fire; you heard the sound of the words, but you saw no form—there was only a voice. 13 So He declared to you His covenant which He commanded you to follow, [b]the Ten Commandments; and He wrote them on two tablets of stone. 14 The Lord commanded me at that time to teach you the statutes and judgments, so that you might do them in the land which you are going over to possess.

15 “So pay attention and watch [c]yourselves carefully—for you did not see any form [of God] on the day the Lord spoke to you at Horeb from the midst of the fire— 16 so that you do not act corruptly and make for yourselves a carved or sculpted image [to worship] in the form of any figure, the likeness of male or female, 17 the likeness of any animal that is on the earth, or of any winged bird that flies in the [d]sky, 18 the likeness of anything that crawls on the ground, or of any fish that is in the waters beneath the earth. 19 And beware that you do not raise your eyes toward heaven and see the sun and the moon and the stars, all the host of heaven, and let yourselves be led astray and worship them and serve them, [mere created bodies] which the Lord your God has allotted to [serve and benefit] all the peoples under the whole heaven. 20 But the Lord has taken you and brought you out of the iron [smelting] furnace, out of Egypt, to be a people for His own possession, as [you are] this day.

21 “Now the Lord was angry with me [at the waters of Meribah] because of you, and He swore [an oath] that I would not cross the Jordan, and that I would not enter the good land which the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance. 22 For I am going to die in this land, I am not going to cross the Jordan, but you shall cross over and take possession of this good land. 23 So be on your guard and watch yourselves, so that you do not forget the covenant of the Lord your God which He has made with you, and make for yourselves a carved or sculpted image in the form of anything which the Lord your God has forbidden you. 24 For the Lord your God is a consuming fire; He is a [e]jealous (impassioned) God [demanding what is rightfully and uniquely His].

25 “When you become the father of children and grandchildren and have grown old in the land, then if you corrupt yourselves by making a carved or sculpted image in the form of anything [for the purpose of worship], and do evil [things] in the sight of the Lord your God, provoking Him to anger, 26 I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you today, that you will soon utterly perish from the land which you are crossing the Jordan to possess. You shall not live long on it, but will be utterly destroyed. 27 The Lord will scatter and disperse you among the peoples (pagan nations), and you will be left few in number among the nations where the Lord drives you. 28 And there you will serve [false and foreign] gods, the work of human hands, [lifeless images of] wood and stone, which neither see nor hear nor eat nor smell [the offerings of food given to them]. 29 But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul. 30 When you are in distress and tribulation and all these things come on you, in the latter days you will return to the Lord your God and listen to His voice. 31 For the Lord your God is a merciful and compassionate God; He will not fail you, nor destroy you, nor forget the covenant with your fathers which He swore to them.

32 “Indeed, ask now about the days that are past, [those days] which were before you, since the day that God created man on the earth, and ask from one end of the heavens to the other. Has anything been done like this great thing, or has anything been heard like it? 33 Did [any] people ever hear the voice of God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as you heard, and [still] live? 34 Or has any [man-made] god ever tried to go and take for himself a nation from within another nation by trials, by signs and wonders and by war and by a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm and by great terrors, as the Lord your God did for you in Egypt before your [very] eyes? 35 It was shown to you so that you might have [personal] knowledge and comprehend that the Lord is God; there is no other besides Him. 36 Out of the heavens He let you hear His voice to discipline and admonish you; and on earth He let you see His great fire, and you heard His words from the midst of the fire. 37 And because He loved your fathers, He chose their descendants who followed them, and brought you from Egypt with His Presence, with His great and awesome power, 38 dispossessing and driving out from before you nations, [nations that were] greater and mightier than you, to bring you in, to give you their land as an inheritance, as it is this day. 39 Therefore know and understand today, and take it to your heart, that the Lord is God in the heavens above and on the earth below; there is no other. 40 So you shall keep His statutes and His commandments which I am commanding you today, so that it may go well with you and with your children after you, and so that you may live long on the land which the Lord your God is giving you for all time.”

41 Then Moses set apart three cities [of refuge] beyond the Jordan toward the rising of the sun (eastward), 42 so that someone who committed manslaughter could flee there, [that is, a person] who killed his neighbor unintentionally and without previously having hostility toward him, and that by escaping to one of these cities he might [claim the right of asylum and] save his life: 43 Bezer in the wilderness on the plateau for the Reubenites, and Ramoth in Gilead for the Gadites, and Golan in Bashan for the Manassites.

44 This is the law which Moses placed before the sons of Israel; 45 these are the testimonies (legal provisions) and the statutes and the judgments which Moses spoke to the sons of Israel when they came out of Egypt, 46 beyond the Jordan in the Valley opposite Beth-peor, in the land of Sihon king of the Amorites who lived at Heshbon, whom Moses and the sons of Israel defeated when they came out from Egypt. 47 They took possession of his land and the land of Og king of Bashan, the two kings of the Amorites, who reigned across the Jordan to the east, 48 from Aroer, which is on the edge of the valley of the [river] Arnon, as far as Mount Sion (that is, Hermon), 49 with all the Arabah (desert lowlands) across the Jordan to the east, even as far as the sea of the Arabah (the Dead Sea), at the foot of the slopes of Pisgah.

  1. Deuteronomy 4:8 Lit giving.
  2. Deuteronomy 4:13 Lit the ten words.
  3. Deuteronomy 4:15 Lit your souls.
  4. Deuteronomy 4:17 Lit heavens, the reference here is to the first heaven, the “heaven of the clouds.”
  5. Deuteronomy 4:24 I.e. intolerant of unfaithfulness.