Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

創世記 32

雅各預備見以掃

1雅各繼續前行,遇見了上帝的天使。 雅各看見他們,就說:「這是上帝的軍隊!」於是稱那地方為瑪哈念[a]

雅各先派人到西珥,就是以東,去見他哥哥以掃, 並吩咐他們:「你們要這樣對我主以掃說,『你僕人雅各一直寄居在拉班家裡, 現在他帶了牛羊、驢和僕婢回來見你,派我們來報信,希望得到你的恩待。』」

報信的人回到雅各那裡,說:「我們到了你哥哥以掃那裡,他正帶著四百人前來見你。」 雅各聽了非常害怕,便把隨從、牛群、羊群和駱駝分成兩隊, 心想:「如果以掃來攻擊一隊,另一隊還可以逃生。」

他禱告說:「耶和華,我祖父亞伯拉罕和我父親以撒的上帝啊!你吩咐我回到家鄉和親族那裡,答應厚待我。 10 我不配蒙你以慈愛和信實相待,我先前過約旦河的時候,手上只有一根杖,現在卻有兩隊人丁家畜。 11 求你救我脫離我哥哥以掃的手,我怕他會來殺我和我的妻兒。 12 然而,你曾說,『我必厚待你,使你的後代多如海沙,不可勝數。』」

13 那天晚上,雅各就在那裡過夜,又挑選牲畜送給哥哥以掃作禮物: 14 母山羊二百隻、公山羊二十隻、母綿羊二百隻、公綿羊二十隻、 15 哺乳的駱駝三十頭及其小駱駝、母牛四十頭、公牛十頭、母驢二十頭、驢駒十頭。 16 雅各把牲畜每類分成一群,交給僕人看管,對他們說:「你們走在前頭,每群牲畜之間要保持一段距離!」 17 又吩咐走在最前面的僕人說:「我哥哥以掃遇到你的時候,如果問你是誰家的人?要到哪裡去?前頭這些牲畜是誰的? 18 你就說,『是僕人雅各要送給他主人以掃的禮物,他自己就跟在後面。』」 19 雅各又吩咐看管第二群、第三群及其餘牲畜的僕人遇見以掃時也要這樣回答, 20 並且一定要說:「你僕人雅各就在後面。」雅各想先用禮物去化解以掃的怨恨,或許見面時以掃會善待他。 21 於是,他派人先把禮物送過去,自己則留在營裡過夜。

雅各遇見上帝

22 那天晚上,雅各起來帶著兩個妻子、兩個婢女和十一個兒子渡過雅博渡口。 23 雅各把他們連同一切所有都送過河以後, 24 自己獨自留下。這時,有一個人來和他摔跤,直到黎明。 25 那人見勝不過雅各,就在他的大腿窩摸了一下,他大腿的關節就脫了臼。 26 那人說:「天亮了,讓我走吧!」但雅各說:「你不祝福我,我就不讓你走。」 27 那人問道:「你叫什麼名字?」他說:「我叫雅各。」 28 那人說:「你以後不要再叫雅各了,你要叫以色列,因為你跟上帝和人角力都得勝了。」

29 雅各說:「請你告訴我你的名字。」那人說:「你為什麼問我的名字?」他就在那裡給雅各祝福。 30 雅各稱那地方為毗努伊勒,因為他說:「我當面見過上帝,竟能活命。」 31 雅各經過毗努伊勒的時候,太陽出來了,那時他的大腿瘸了。 32 以色列人至今都不吃大腿窩的筋,因為那人摸過雅各大腿窩的筋。

Notas al pie

  1. 32·2 瑪哈念」意思是「兩營軍隊」。

Amplified Bible

Genesis 32

Jacob’s Fear of Esau

1Then as Jacob went on his way, the angels of God met him [to reassure and protect him]. When Jacob saw them, he said, “This is God’s camp.” So he named that place Mahanaim ([a]double camps).

Then Jacob sent messengers ahead of him to his brother Esau in the land of Seir, the country of Edom. He commanded them, saying, “This is what to say to my lord Esau: ‘Your servant Jacob says this, “I have been living temporarily with Laban, and have stayed there until now; I have oxen, donkeys, flocks, male servants, and female servants; and I have sent [this message] to tell my lord, so that I may find grace and kindness in your sight.”’”

The messengers returned to Jacob, saying, “We went to your brother Esau, and now he is coming to meet you, and there are four hundred men with him.” Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed; and he divided the people who were with him, and the flocks and herds and camels, into two camps; and he said, “If Esau comes to the one camp and attacks it, then the other camp which is left will escape.”

Jacob said, “O God of my father Abraham and God of my father Isaac, the Lord, who said to me, ‘Return to your country and to your people, and I will make you prosper,’ 10 I am unworthy of all the lovingkindness and compassion and of all the faithfulness which You have shown to Your servant. With only my staff [long ago] I crossed over this Jordan, and now I have become [blessed and increased into these] two groups [of people]. 11 Save me, please, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau; for I fear him, that he will come and attack me and the mothers with the children. 12 And You [Lord] said, ‘I will certainly make you prosper and make your descendants as [numerous as] the sand of the sea, which is too great to be counted.’”

13 So Jacob spent the night there. Then he selected a present for his brother Esau from the livestock he had acquired: 14 two hundred female goats, twenty male goats, two hundred ewes, twenty rams, 15 thirty milking camels with their colts, forty cows, ten bulls, twenty female donkeys, and ten [donkey] colts. 16 He put them into the care of his servants, every herd by itself, and said to his servants, “Go on ahead of me, and put an interval [of space] between the individual herds.” 17 Then he commanded the one in front, saying, “When Esau my brother meets you and asks to whom you belong, and where you are going, and whose are the animals in front of you? 18 then you shall say, ‘They are your servant Jacob’s; they are a gift sent to my lord Esau. And he also is behind us.’” 19 And so Jacob commanded the second and the third as well, and all that followed the herds, saying, “This is what you shall say to Esau when you meet him; 20 and you shall say, ‘Look, your servant Jacob is behind us.’” For he said [to himself], “I will try to appease him with the gift that is going ahead of me. Then afterward I will see him; perhaps he will accept and forgive me.” 21 So the gift [of the herds of livestock] went on ahead of him, and he himself spent that night back in the camp.

22 But he got up that same night and took his two wives, his two female servants, and his eleven children, and waded over the ford of the Jabbok. 23 Then he took them and sent them across the brook. And he also sent across whatever he had.

Jacob Wrestles

24 So Jacob was left alone, and a [b]Man [came and] wrestled with him until daybreak. 25 When the Man saw that He had not prevailed against Jacob, He touched his hip joint; and Jacob’s hip was dislocated as he wrestled with Him. 26 Then He said, “Let Me go, for day is breaking.” But Jacob said, “I will not let You go unless You declare a blessing on me.” 27 So He asked him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.” 28 And He said, “Your name shall no longer be Jacob, but [c]Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men and have prevailed.” 29 Then Jacob asked Him, “Please tell me Your name.” But He said, “Why is it that you ask My name?” And He declared a blessing [of the covenant promises] on Jacob there. 30 So Jacob named the place Peniel (the face of God), saying, “For I have seen God face to face, yet my life has not been snatched away.” 31 Now the sun rose on him as he passed Penuel (Peniel), and he was limping because of his hip. 32 Therefore, to this day the Israelites do not eat the tendon of the hip which is on the socket of the thigh, because He touched the socket of Jacob’s thigh by the tendon of the hip.

Notas al pie

  1. Genesis 32:2 Jacob may have been referring to the angels as another camp, along with his own, and viewing their presence as evidence of divine protection. This was Jacob’s second encounter with the “angels of God” (28:12).
  2. Genesis 32:24 This was God Himself (as Jacob eventually realizes in Gen 32:30; see also v 29 and Hosea 12:4), in the form of an angel.
  3. Genesis 32:28 “He who strives with God,” or “God strives.”