Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

创世记 29

雅各到达舅父家

1雅各继续前行,来到东方人住的地方, 看见田间有一口井,有三群羊卧在井边,因为当地人用那口井的水饮羊。井口盖着一块大石头。 羊群聚集在井旁的时候,牧人就把石头挪开饮羊,随后再把石头挪回原处。

雅各问牧人:“弟兄们,你们是从哪里来的?”他们说:“我们是从哈兰来的。” 雅各问道:“你们认识拿鹤的孙子拉班吗?”他们说:“我们认识。” 雅各又问:“他好吗?”他们回答说:“很好。你看,他的女儿拉结带着羊群来了。” 雅各对他们说:“太阳还高,不到把羊关起来的时候,你们饮了羊,再放它们去吃草吧!” 他们说:“不行,要等所有的羊群到齐,有人挪开井口的石头后,才能饮羊。”

他们还在说话的时候,拉结就带着她父亲的羊群来到井边,她是个牧羊女。 10 雅各看见表妹拉结和舅父拉班的羊群来了,就上前把井口的石头挪开,饮他舅父的羊。 11 他亲吻拉结,并放声大哭。 12 雅各告诉拉结自己是她父亲的外甥,是利百加的儿子。拉结便跑去告诉她父亲。

13 拉班听见外甥雅各来了,就跑去迎接他,拥抱他,亲吻他,然后把他接到自己家里。雅各把事情的经过告诉他。 14 拉班高兴地说:“你真是我的骨肉之亲啊!”雅各在拉班家里住了一个月。

雅各娶妻

15 一天,拉班对他说:“虽然我们是亲戚,也不能让你白白地替我工作。告诉我,你希望得到什么报酬?” 16 拉班有两个女儿,大的叫利亚,小的叫拉结。 17 利亚两眼无神[a],而拉结长得美丽出众。 18 雅各爱上了拉结,于是对拉班说:“我愿意为你工作七年,请你把拉结许配给我。” 19 拉班说:“把她嫁给你比嫁给外人好,你就留下来吧!” 20 雅各为了拉结给拉班工作了七年。因为他深爱拉结,所以这七年在他眼中就像短短的几天。

21 一天,雅各对拉班说:“期限已经满了,现在请把我妻子给我,我好和她同房。” 22 于是,拉班就摆设宴席款待当地的人。 23 到了晚上,拉班却把女儿利亚送给雅各,雅各和她同房。 24 拉班又把自己的婢女悉帕送给女儿利亚做婢女。

25 第二天早上,雅各才发现娶的是利亚,就对拉班说:“你对我做的是什么事啊!我服侍你不就是为了拉结吗?你为什么骗我?” 26 拉班说:“依照本地的习俗,妹妹不能比姐姐先出嫁。 27 等这七天的婚期过了,我就把拉结也许配给你,你再替我工作七年。”

28 雅各同意了。过了七天,拉班把女儿拉结嫁给雅各, 29 又把自己的婢女辟拉送给拉结。 30 雅各也和拉结同房,他深爱拉结,胜过爱利亚。他又替拉班工作了七年。

雅各的儿女

31 耶和华看见利亚失宠,就使利亚生育,但拉结却不生育。 32 利亚怀孕生了一个儿子,给孩子取名叫吕便[b]。她说:“耶和华看见了我的痛苦,现在我丈夫一定会爱我。” 33 她又怀孕生了一个儿子,就说:“耶和华听见了我丈夫不爱我,所以又给我这个儿子。”于是,她给孩子取名叫西缅[c] 34 她又再度怀孕,生了一个儿子,就说:“这次我丈夫一定会依恋我,因为我给他生了三个儿子。”于是,他给孩子取名叫利未[d] 35 后来,利亚再次怀孕,生了一个儿子,她说:“这次我要赞美耶和华!”于是,她给孩子取名叫犹大[e]。之后,利亚停止了生育。

Notas al pie

  1. 29:17 两眼无神”或译“两眼很美丽”。
  2. 29:32 吕便”意思是“看,一个儿子”,此词发音像希伯来文“他看见了我的痛苦”一词的发音。
  3. 29:33 西缅”意思是“听见”。
  4. 29:34 利未”意思是“联合”。
  5. 29:35 犹大”意思是“赞美”。

The Message

Genesis 29

11-3 Jacob set out again on his way to the people of the east. He noticed a well out in an open field with three flocks of sheep bedded down around it. This was the common well from which the flocks were watered. The stone over the mouth of the well was huge. When all the flocks were gathered, the shepherds would roll the stone from the well and water the sheep; then they would return the stone, covering the well.

Jacob said, “Hello friends. Where are you from?”

They said, “We’re from Haran.”

Jacob asked, “Do you know Laban son of Nahor?”

“We do.”

“Are things well with him?” Jacob continued.

“Very well,” they said. “And here is his daughter Rachel coming with the flock.”

Jacob said, “There’s a lot of daylight still left; it isn’t time to round up the sheep yet, is it? So why not water the flocks and go back to grazing?”

“We can’t,” they said. “Not until all the shepherds get here. It takes all of us to roll the stone from the well. Not until then can we water the flocks.”

9-13 While Jacob was in conversation with them, Rachel came up with her father’s sheep. She was the shepherd. The moment Jacob spotted Rachel, daughter of Laban his mother’s brother, saw her arriving with his uncle Laban’s sheep, he went and single-handedly rolled the stone from the mouth of the well and watered the sheep of his uncle Laban. Then he kissed Rachel and broke into tears. He told Rachel that he was related to her father, that he was Rebekah’s son. She ran and told her father. When Laban heard the news—Jacob, his sister’s son!—he ran out to meet him, embraced and kissed him and brought him home. Jacob told Laban the story of everything that had happened.

14-15 Laban said, “You’re family! My flesh and blood!”

When Jacob had been with him for a month, Laban said, “Just because you’re my nephew, you shouldn’t work for me for nothing. Tell me what you want to be paid. What’s a fair wage?”

16-18 Now Laban had two daughters; Leah was the older and Rachel the younger. Leah had nice eyes, but Rachel was stunningly beautiful. And it was Rachel that Jacob loved.

So Jacob answered, “I will work for you seven years for your younger daughter Rachel.”

19 “It is far better,” said Laban, “that I give her to you than marry her to some outsider. Yes. Stay here with me.”

20 So Jacob worked seven years for Rachel. But it only seemed like a few days, he loved her so much.

21-24 Then Jacob said to Laban, “Give me my wife; I’ve completed what we agreed I’d do. I’m ready to consummate my marriage.” Laban invited everyone around and threw a big feast. At evening, though, he got his daughter Leah and brought her to the marriage bed, and Jacob slept with her. (Laban gave his maid Zilpah to his daughter Leah as her maid.)

25 Morning came: There was Leah in the marriage bed!

Jacob confronted Laban, “What have you done to me? Didn’t I work all this time for the hand of Rachel? Why did you cheat me?”

26-27 “We don’t do it that way in our country,” said Laban. “We don’t marry off the younger daughter before the older. Enjoy your week of honeymoon, and then we’ll give you the other one also. But it will cost you another seven years of work.”

28-30 Jacob agreed. When he’d completed the honeymoon week, Laban gave him his daughter Rachel to be his wife. (Laban gave his maid Bilhah to his daughter Rachel as her maid.) Jacob then slept with her. And he loved Rachel more than Leah. He worked for Laban another seven years.

31-32 When God realized that Leah was unloved, he opened her womb. But Rachel was barren. Leah became pregnant and had a son. She named him Reuben (Look-It’s-a-Boy!). “This is a sign,” she said, “that God has seen my misery; and a sign that now my husband will love me.”

33-35 She became pregnant again and had another son. “God heard,” she said, “that I was unloved and so he gave me this son also.” She named this one Simeon (God-Heard). She became pregnant yet again—another son. She said, “Now maybe my husband will connect with me—I’ve given him three sons!” That’s why she named him Levi (Connect). She became pregnant a final time and had a fourth son. She said, “This time I’ll praise God.” So she named him Judah (Praise-God). Then she stopped having children.