Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

但以理書 1

但以理被擄到巴比倫

1猶大王約雅敬執政第三年,巴比倫王尼布甲尼撒前來圍攻耶路撒冷。 主將猶大王約雅敬及上帝殿中的部分器具交在他手中。他把器具擄到巴比倫[a]的神廟,放在他神明的庫房裡。

王吩咐太監長亞施毗拿從以色列的王室貴族中選一些人, 即毫無殘疾、相貌英俊、學問淵博、知識豐富、聰慧善學、能在王宮服侍的青年,教他們迦勒底的語言和文字。 王安排他們每日享用一份御用的膳食和酒。他們要受教養三年,期滿後好在王身邊供職。 被選的人中有猶大族的但以理、哈拿尼雅、米沙利、亞撒利雅。 太監長給他們起了名字:稱但以理為伯提沙撒,哈拿尼雅為沙得拉,米沙利為米煞,亞撒利雅為亞伯尼歌。

然而,但以理決心不用王的膳食和酒,以免玷污自己。他請求太監長准許他不玷污自己。 上帝使但以理得到太監長的恩待和同情。 10 不過,太監長對但以理說:「我懼怕我主我王,因為這是他安排給你們的飲食。如果他看見你們比同齡的青年瘦弱,如何是好?你們會使我在王面前人頭難保。」 11 但以理便對太監長派來監管他、哈拿尼雅、米沙利和亞撒利雅的人說: 12 「求你試試看,十天內只讓僕人們吃素菜、喝清水, 13 然後比較一下我們的面貌和那些用御膳的青年的面貌,看了之後再作決定。」 14 監管同意試他們十天。 15 十天後,但以理和他三個朋友看上去比那些用御膳的青年更俊美健康。 16 於是,監管撤去了安排給他們的膳食和酒,只給他們素菜。

17 上帝使這四個青年精通各樣學問和知識。但以理能明白各種異象和夢兆。 18 到了尼布甲尼撒王規定青年們進宮的日子,太監長便帶他們去見王。 19 王與他們談話,發現無人比得上但以理、哈拿尼雅、米沙利和亞撒利雅,便把他們留在身邊供職。 20 王詢問他們各樣的事,發現他們的智慧和聰明比全國的術士和巫師高十倍。 21 直到塞魯士王元年,但以理仍在那裡供職。

Notas al pie

  1. 1·2 巴比倫」希伯來文是「示拿」,巴比倫的別稱。

The Message

Daniel 1

Daniel Was Gifted by God

11-2 It was the third year of King Jehoiakim’s reign in Judah when King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon declared war on Jerusalem and besieged the city. The Master handed King Jehoiakim of Judah over to him, along with some of the furnishings from the Temple of God. Nebuchadnezzar took king and furnishings to the country of Babylon, the ancient Shinar. He put the furnishings in the sacred treasury.

3-5 The king told Ashpenaz, head of the palace staff, to get some Israelites from the royal family and nobility—young men who were healthy and handsome, intelligent and well-educated, good prospects for leadership positions in the government, perfect specimens!—and indoctrinate them in the Babylonian language and the lore of magic and fortunetelling. The king then ordered that they be served from the same menu as the royal table—the best food, the finest wine. After three years of training they would be given positions in the king’s court.

6-7 Four young men from Judah—Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah—were among those selected. The head of the palace staff gave them Babylonian names: Daniel was named Belteshazzar, Hananiah was named Shadrach, Mishael was named Meshach, Azariah was named Abednego.

8-10 But Daniel determined that he would not defile himself by eating the king’s food or drinking his wine, so he asked the head of the palace staff to exempt him from the royal diet. The head of the palace staff, by God’s grace, liked Daniel, but he warned him, “I’m afraid of what my master the king will do. He is the one who assigned this diet and if he sees that you are not as healthy as the rest, he’ll have my head!”

11-13 But Daniel appealed to a steward who had been assigned by the head of the palace staff to be in charge of Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: “Try us out for ten days on a simple diet of vegetables and water. Then compare us with the young men who eat from the royal menu. Make your decision on the basis of what you see.”

14-16 The steward agreed to do it and fed them vegetables and water for ten days. At the end of the ten days they looked better and more robust than all the others who had been eating from the royal menu. So the steward continued to exempt them from the royal menu of food and drink and served them only vegetables.

17-19 God gave these four young men knowledge and skill in both books and life. In addition, Daniel was gifted in understanding all sorts of visions and dreams. At the end of the time set by the king for their training, the head of the royal staff brought them in to Nebuchadnezzar. When the king interviewed them, he found them far superior to all the other young men. None were a match for Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah.

19-20 And so they took their place in the king’s service. Whenever the king consulted them on anything, on books or on life, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters in his kingdom put together.

21 Daniel continued in the king’s service until the first year in the reign of King Cyrus.