Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

以賽亞書 44

以色列蒙揀選

1「我的僕人雅各,
我所揀選的以色列啊,
現在你要留心聽。
造你、使你在母胎中成形、
幫助你的耶和華說,
『我的僕人雅各,
我所揀選的耶書崙[a]啊,
不要害怕。
我要用水澆灌乾渴之地,
使河流滋潤乾旱之土。
我要用我的靈澆灌你的後裔,
使我的福澤臨到你的子孫。
他們要滋長如青草,
又如溪旁楊柳。』
這個說,『我屬於耶和華』,
那個說,『我是雅各的子孫』,
還有人手上寫著,『耶和華之民』,
稱自己屬於以色列。

「耶和華,以色列的君王和救贖主,
萬軍之耶和華說,
『我是首先的,我是末後的,
除我以外再沒有真神。
誰能與我相比?讓他告訴我。
自從我設立這古老的民族以來所發生的事和將要發生的事,
讓他告訴我。
不要恐懼,不要害怕,
我不是早已告訴過你們嗎?
你們是我的證人。
除我以外還有真神嗎?
沒有,沒有別的磐石,
一個也沒有。』」

製造偶像的真是無用,他們珍愛的偶像毫無價值。拜神像的人目盲眼瞎,愚昧無知,自找羞辱。 10 製造神像、雕刻無益偶像的是誰? 11 看啊,製造神像的工匠不過是人,他們必羞愧。讓他們一起來對質吧,他們必恐懼、羞愧。 12 鐵匠把鐵塊放在炭火裡燒,用他強壯的臂膀揮動鐵錘把它打成偶像。他饑餓時就會無力,口渴時就會疲乏。 13 木匠拉線測量木料,用筆勾出形狀,用圓規畫出模樣,仿照人的樣子用鑿子做成逼真的神像,放在廟宇裡。 14 他砍伐香柏木,或從林中選取柏木和橡木。他栽種松樹,雨水使它長大。 15 這樹可以用來作燃料,他取一些木料生火取暖、烤餅,又製成神像來祭拜,雕成偶像來叩拜。 16 他用一半木頭烤肉,飽餐一頓,並用火取暖,說:「啊!我這裡有火,真暖和。」 17 他用另一半木頭造了一個神,一個偶像,向它俯伏叩拜、禱告說:「你是我的神明,求你拯救我。」 18 他們愚昧無知,因為眼睛被封住以致看不見,心竅被塞住以致不明白。 19 他們無人思想,無人明白,無人醒悟說:「我用一半木頭當柴烤餅、烤肉吃,我豈能用另一半木頭造可憎的神像?我豈能向一塊木頭叩拜?」 20 他們以灰為食,心智迷糊,走入歧途,不能自救,也不會說:「我右手拿的神像不是假的嗎?」

耶和華救贖以色列

21 「雅各啊,以色列啊,
要記住這些事,
因為你是我的僕人。
我造了你,你是我的僕人;
以色列啊,我不會忘記你。
22 我除去了你的過犯和罪惡,
使它們如雲霧消散。
歸向我吧,因為我救贖了你。」
23 諸天啊,歌唱吧!
因為耶和華成就了這事。
地的深處啊,歡呼吧!
眾山嶺和林中的樹木啊,
你們都要歌唱!
因為耶和華救贖了雅各,
在以色列彰顯了祂的榮耀。
24 在母腹中造你、救贖你的耶和華說:
「我是創造萬物的耶和華,
我獨自鋪展穹蒼,開闢大地。
25 我使假先知的預兆無法應驗,
使占卜者醜態百出;
我顛覆智者的知識,
使之愚不可及。
26 我使我僕人的話應驗,
使我使者的計劃成就。
我說耶路撒冷必有人居住,
我說猶大的城邑必重建起來,
從廢墟中重建起來。
27 我對深海說,『枯乾吧!
我要使你的河流乾涸』;
28 我說塞魯士是我的牧人,
他必完成我的旨意,
他會下令重建耶路撒冷,
降旨奠定聖殿的根基。

Notas al pie

  1. 44·2 耶書崙」是以色列的暱稱。

New American Standard Bible

Isaiah 44

The Blessings of Israel

1“But now listen, O Jacob, My servant,
And Israel, whom I have chosen:
Thus says the Lord who made you
And formed you from the womb, who will help you,
‘Do not fear, O Jacob My servant;
And you Jeshurun whom I have chosen.
‘For I will pour out water on [a]the thirsty land
And streams on the dry ground;
I will pour out My Spirit on your offspring
And My blessing on your descendants;
And they will spring up [b]among the grass
Like poplars by streams of water.’
“This one will say, ‘I am the Lord’s’;
And that one [c]will call on the name of Jacob;
And another will write [d]on his hand, ‘Belonging to the Lord,’
And will name Israel’s name with honor.

“Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts:

‘I am the first and I am the last,
And there is no God besides Me.
‘Who is like Me? Let him proclaim and declare it;
Yes, let him recount it to Me in order,
[e]From the time that I established the ancient [f]nation.
And let them declare to them the things that are coming
And the events that are going to take place.
‘Do not tremble and do not be afraid;
Have I not long since announced it to you and declared it?
And you are My witnesses.
Is there any God besides Me,
Or is there any other Rock?
I know of none.’”

The Folly of Idolatry

Those who fashion [g]a graven image are all of them futile, and their precious things are of no profit; even their own witnesses fail to see or know, so that they will be put to shame. 10 Who has fashioned a god or cast [h]an idol to no profit? 11 Behold, all his companions will be put to shame, for the craftsmen themselves are mere men. Let them all assemble themselves, let them stand up, let them tremble, let them together be put to shame.

12 The man shapes iron into a cutting tool and does his work over the coals, [i]fashioning it with hammers and working it with his strong arm. He also gets hungry and [j]his strength fails; he drinks no water and becomes weary. 13 Another shapes wood, he extends a measuring line; he outlines it with red chalk. He works it with planes and outlines it with a compass, and makes it like the form of a man, like the beauty of man, so that it may sit in a house. 14 Surely he cuts cedars for himself, and takes a [k]cypress or an oak and [l]raises it for himself among the trees of the forest. He plants a fir, and the rain makes it grow. 15 Then it becomes something for a man to burn, so he takes one of them and warms himself; he also makes a fire to bake bread. He also makes a god and worships it; he makes it a graven image and falls down before it. 16 Half of it he burns in the fire; over this half he eats meat as he roasts a roast and is satisfied. He also warms himself and says, “Aha! I am warm, I have seen the fire.” 17 But the rest of it he makes into a god, his graven image. He falls down before it and worships; he also prays to it and says, “Deliver me, for you are my god.”

18 They do not know, nor do they understand, for He has smeared over their eyes so that they cannot see and their hearts so that they cannot comprehend. 19 No one [m]recalls, nor is there knowledge or understanding to say, “I have burned half of it in the fire and also have baked bread over its coals. I roast meat and eat it. Then [n]I make the rest of it into an abomination, [o]I fall down before a block of wood!” 20 He [p]feeds on ashes; a deceived heart has turned him aside. And he cannot deliver [q]himself, nor say, “Is there not a lie in my right hand?”

God Forgives and Redeems

21 “Remember these things, O Jacob,
And Israel, for you are My servant;
I have formed you, you are My servant,
O Israel, you will not be forgotten by Me.
22 “I have wiped out your transgressions like a thick cloud
And your sins like a [r]heavy mist.
Return to Me, for I have redeemed you.”
23 Shout for joy, O heavens, for the Lord has done it!
Shout joyfully, you lower parts of the earth;
Break forth into a shout of joy, you mountains,
O forest, and every tree in it;
For the Lord has redeemed Jacob
And in Israel He shows forth His glory.

24 Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, and the one who formed you from the womb,

“I, the Lord, am the maker of all things,
Stretching out the heavens by Myself
And spreading out the earth [s]all alone,
25 Causing the [t]omens of boasters to fail,
[u]Making fools out of diviners,
Causing wise men to draw back
And [v]turning their knowledge into foolishness,
26 Confirming the word of His servant
And [w]performing the purpose of His messengers.
It is I who says of Jerusalem, ‘She shall be inhabited!’
And of the cities of Judah, ‘They shall be built.’
And I will raise up her ruins again.
27 It is I who says to the depth of the sea, ‘Be dried up!’
And I will make your rivers dry.
28 It is I who says of Cyrus, ‘He is My shepherd!
And he will perform all My desire.’
And [x]he declares of Jerusalem, ‘She will be built,’
And of the temple, ‘[y]Your foundation will be laid.’”

Notas al pie

  1. Isaiah 44:3 Or him who is thirsty
  2. Isaiah 44:4 Another reading is like grass among the waters
  3. Isaiah 44:5 Another reading is will be called by the name of Jacob
  4. Isaiah 44:5 Or with
  5. Isaiah 44:7 Lit From My establishing of
  6. Isaiah 44:7 Or people
  7. Isaiah 44:9 Or an idol
  8. Isaiah 44:10 Or a graven image
  9. Isaiah 44:12 Lit and fashions
  10. Isaiah 44:12 Lit there is no strength
  11. Isaiah 44:14 Or holm-oak
  12. Isaiah 44:14 Lit makes strong
  13. Isaiah 44:19 Lit returns to his heart
  14. Isaiah 44:19 Or shall I make?
  15. Isaiah 44:19 Or shall I fall...?
  16. Isaiah 44:20 Or is a companion of ashes
  17. Isaiah 44:20 Lit his soul
  18. Isaiah 44:22 Or cloud
  19. Isaiah 44:24 Or who was with Me?
  20. Isaiah 44:25 Lit signs
  21. Isaiah 44:25 Lit He makes
  22. Isaiah 44:25 Lit He turns
  23. Isaiah 44:26 Lit He performs
  24. Isaiah 44:28 Lit to say
  25. Isaiah 44:28 Lit You will be founded