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约书亚记 22

建祭坛之争

1约书亚召来了吕便、迦得和玛拿西半个支派的人来, 对他们说:“你们都遵守了耶和华的仆人摩西的一切吩咐,也遵守了我的一切吩咐。 这些日子以来,你们从没有离弃自己的弟兄,遵守了你们的上帝耶和华的吩咐。 现在你们的上帝耶和华已经照祂的应许使你们的弟兄安居,你们可以回到约旦河东,到摩西赐给你们作产业的地方。 不过,你们要谨遵耶和华的仆人摩西吩咐你们的诫命和律法,要爱你们的上帝耶和华,遵行祂的旨意,听从祂的命令,忠于祂,全心全意地事奉祂。”

于是,约书亚为他们祝福,送他们回去,他们就各自返回家园去了。

摩西已经在巴珊把土地分给了玛拿西半个支派,约书亚把约旦河西的土地分给了玛拿西另外的半个支派及其他支派。约书亚派他们回家的时候,为他们祝福, 说:“现在你们带着大量的财物、牲畜、金银、铜、铁和衣物返回家园,要把从敌人那里得来的财物分给你们的弟兄。” 于是,吕便、迦得和玛拿西半个支派的人便离开在迦南的示罗的以色列人,返回耶和华借摩西分配给他们的基列。

10 他们来到约旦河附近的迦南境内,就在约旦河边筑了一座高大的祭坛。 11 以色列人听见吕便、迦得和玛拿西半个支派的人在约旦河西的迦南境内筑起了一座祭坛, 12 便全部聚集在示罗,要讨伐他们。

13 以色列人派祭司以利亚撒的儿子非尼哈去基列见他们, 14 又从每支派差遣一位族长,共十位随行。 15 他们来到基列的吕便、迦得和玛拿西半个支派的人那里,对他们说: 16 “耶和华的全体会众问你们,你们怎能这样背叛以色列的上帝,离弃耶和华,为自己另建祭坛呢? 17 从前拜毗珥的罪恶不够大吗?那一次,瘟疫降到耶和华的会众身上,直到今日我们还没有洗净这罪。 18 你们今日要离弃耶和华吗?今日你们背叛耶和华,明日祂必向以色列全体会众发怒。 19 如果你们认为自己的土地不洁净,可以搬到耶和华的土地跟我们一起居住,这里有耶和华的圣幕。只是不可在耶和华的祭坛以外,自己另筑祭坛,以致背叛耶和华,连累我们。 20 从前谢拉的曾孙亚干私自留下那些耶和华吩咐要毁灭的东西,以致耶和华的烈怒临到以色列全体会众,因他的罪而死的不只他一个人!”

21 吕便、迦得和玛拿西半个支派的人便回答这些以色列的族长说: 22 “大能的上帝耶和华,大能的上帝耶和华,祂知道一切!以色列人也当知道!如果我们做了违背或干犯耶和华的事,愿祂今天就不放过我们! 23 如果我们离弃耶和华,为自己造祭坛,或是在坛上献燔祭、素祭和平安祭,愿耶和华亲自惩罚我们。 24 我们这样做是怕以后你们的子孙可能会对我们的子孙说,‘你们和以色列的上帝耶和华有什么关系? 25 耶和华把约旦河定为我们跟你们吕便和迦得人的边界,你们与耶和华一点关系也没有。’这样,恐怕你们的子孙会使我们的子孙不再敬畏耶和华。 26 因此,我们便商议在这里筑一座祭坛,这坛不是用来献燔祭或别的祭, 27 只是在你们和我们之间,也在彼此的后人之间立个证据,证明我们也献燔祭、平安祭及其他祭事奉耶和华,免得日后你们的子孙对我们的子孙说,‘你们与耶和华一点关系也没有。’ 28 万一你们对我们或我们的子孙这样说,我们可以回答说,‘你们看我们祖先筑的这座祭坛跟耶和华的祭坛一模一样,只是这座坛不是用来献燔祭或别的祭,而是作为你们和我们之间的证据!’ 29 我们根本无意背叛、离弃我们的上帝耶和华,在祂圣幕前的祭坛以外另筑祭坛来献燔祭、素祭和别的祭。”

30 祭司非尼哈和以色列会众的族长听了他们的解释,都很满意。 31 以利亚撒的儿子祭司非尼哈对他们说:“今日我们知道耶和华在我们当中,因为你们没有对耶和华不忠,现在你们使以色列人免遭耶和华的惩罚了。”

32 以利亚撒的儿子非尼哈祭司和众族长便离开吕便人和迦得人,从基列回到迦南向以色列人报告这事。 33 大家听后,都很满意,便颂赞耶和华,打消了出兵讨伐吕便人和迦得人、毁灭他们家园的念头。

34 吕便和迦得人给那座祭坛取名叫“证坛”,意思是这坛在我们中间证明耶和华是上帝。

New American Standard Bible

Joshua 22

Tribes beyond Jordan Return

1Then Joshua summoned the Reubenites and the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh, and said to them, “You have kept all that Moses the servant of the Lord commanded you, and have listened to my voice in all that I commanded you. You have not forsaken your brothers these many days to this day, but have kept the charge of the commandment of the Lord your God. And now the Lord your God has given rest to your brothers, as He spoke to them; therefore turn now and go to your tents, to the land of your possession, which Moses the servant of the Lord gave you beyond the Jordan. Only be very careful to observe the commandment and the law which Moses the servant of the Lord commanded you, to love the Lord your God and walk in all His ways and keep His commandments and hold fast to Him and serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul.” So Joshua blessed them and sent them away, and they went to their tents.

Now to the one half-tribe of Manasseh Moses had given a possession in Bashan, but to the other half Joshua gave a possession among their brothers westward beyond the Jordan. So when Joshua sent them away to their tents, he blessed them, and said to [a]them, “Return to your tents with great riches and with very much livestock, with silver, gold, bronze, iron, and with very many clothes; divide the spoil of your enemies with your brothers.” The sons of Reuben and the sons of Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh returned home and departed from the sons of Israel at Shiloh which is in the land of Canaan, to go to the land of Gilead, to the land of their possession which they had possessed, according to the [b]command of the Lord [c]through Moses.

The Offensive Altar

10 When they came to the region of the Jordan which is in the land of Canaan, the sons of Reuben and the sons of Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh built an altar there by the Jordan, a large altar in appearance. 11 And the sons of Israel heard it [d]said, “Behold, the sons of Reuben and the sons of Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh have built an altar at the [e]frontier of the land of Canaan, in the region of the Jordan, on the side belonging to the sons of Israel.” 12 When the sons of Israel heard of it, the whole congregation of the sons of Israel gathered themselves at Shiloh to go up against them in war.

13 Then the sons of Israel sent to the sons of Reuben and to the sons of Gad and to the half-tribe of Manasseh, into the land of Gilead, Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest, 14 and with him ten chiefs, one chief for each father’s household from each of the tribes of Israel; and each one of them was the head of his father’s household among the [f]thousands of Israel. 15 They came to the sons of Reuben and to the sons of Gad and to the half-tribe of Manasseh, to the land of Gilead, and they spoke with them saying, 16 “Thus says the whole congregation of the Lord, ‘What is this unfaithful act which you have committed against the God of Israel, turning away from following the Lord this day, by building yourselves an altar, to rebel against the Lord this day? 17 Is not the iniquity of Peor [g]enough for us, from which we have not cleansed ourselves to this day, although a plague came on the congregation of the Lord, 18 that you must turn away this day from following the Lord? If you rebel against the Lord today, He will be angry with the whole congregation of Israel tomorrow. 19 If, however, the land of your possession is unclean, then [h]cross into the land of the possession of the Lord, where the Lord’s tabernacle [i]stands, and take possession among us. Only do not rebel against the Lord, or rebel against us by building an altar for yourselves, besides the altar of the Lord our God. 20 Did not Achan the son of Zerah act unfaithfully in the things under the ban, and wrath fall on all the congregation of Israel? And that man did not perish alone in his iniquity.’”

21 Then the sons of Reuben and the sons of Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh answered and spoke to the heads of the [j]families of Israel. 22 “The Mighty One, God, the Lord, the Mighty One, God, the Lord! He knows, and may Israel itself know. If it was in rebellion, or if in an unfaithful act against the Lord do not save us this day! 23 If we have built us an altar to turn away from following the Lord, or if to offer a burnt offering or grain offering on it, or if to offer sacrifices of peace offerings on it, may the Lord Himself require it. 24 But truly we have done this out of concern, [k]for a reason, saying, ‘In time to come your sons may say to our [l]sons, “What have you to do with the Lord, the God of Israel? 25 For the Lord has made the Jordan a border between us and you, you sons of Reuben and sons of Gad; you have no portion in the Lord.” So your sons may make our sons stop fearing the Lord.’

26 “Therefore we said, ‘Let us [m]build an altar, not for burnt offering or for sacrifice; 27 rather it shall be a witness between us and you and between our generations after us, that we are to perform the service of the Lord before Him with our burnt offerings, and with our sacrifices and with our peace offerings, so that your sons will not say to our sons in time to come, “You have no portion in the Lord.”’ 28 Therefore we said, ‘It shall also come about if they say this to us or to our generations in time to come, then we shall say, “See the copy of the altar of the Lord which our fathers made, not for burnt offering or for sacrifice; rather it is a witness between us and you.”’ 29 Far be it from us that we should rebel against the Lord and turn away from following the Lord this day, by building an altar for burnt offering, for grain offering or for sacrifice, besides the altar of the Lord our God which is before His [n]tabernacle.”

30 So when Phinehas the priest and the leaders of the congregation, even the heads of the [o]families of Israel who were with him, heard the words which the sons of Reuben and the sons of Gad and the sons of Manasseh spoke, it pleased them. 31 And Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest said to the sons of Reuben and to the sons of Gad and to the sons of Manasseh, “Today we know that the Lord is in our midst, because you have not committed this unfaithful act against the Lord; now you have delivered the sons of Israel from the hand of the Lord.”

32 Then Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest and the leaders returned from the sons of Reuben and from the sons of Gad, from the land of Gilead to the land of Canaan, to the sons of Israel, and brought back word to them. 33 The word pleased the sons of Israel, and the sons of Israel blessed God; and they did not speak of going up against them in war to destroy the land in which the sons of Reuben and the sons of Gad were living. 34 The sons of Reuben and the sons of Gad called the altar Witness; “For,” they said, “it is a witness between us that the Lord is God.”

Notas al pie

  1. Joshua 22:8 Lit them, saying, “Return
  2. Joshua 22:9 Lit mouth
  3. Joshua 22:9 Lit by the hand of
  4. Joshua 22:11 Lit saying
  5. Joshua 22:11 Lit front
  6. Joshua 22:14 Or families
  7. Joshua 22:17 Lit little for us
  8. Joshua 22:19 Lit cross for yourselves
  9. Joshua 22:19 Lit abides
  10. Joshua 22:21 Lit thousands
  11. Joshua 22:24 Lit from
  12. Joshua 22:24 Lit sons, saying
  13. Joshua 22:26 Lit prepare to build for ourselves
  14. Joshua 22:29 Lit dwelling place
  15. Joshua 22:30 Lit thousands