Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

創世記 42

約瑟的哥哥們到埃及買糧

1雅各知道埃及有糧食,就對兒子們說:「你們為什麼還在這兒互相觀望呢? 我聽說埃及有糧食,你們快到埃及去買些糧食回來吧,免得我們餓死。」 於是,約瑟的十個哥哥下到埃及買糧。 雅各不肯讓約瑟的弟弟便雅憫與他們同去,恐怕他會遭害。 以色列的兒子們加入了買糧的行列,因為迦南也鬧饑荒。

那時,約瑟治理埃及,負責賣糧。約瑟的哥哥們來到他面前,向他俯伏下拜。 約瑟一眼就認出了他們,卻不動聲色。他疾言厲色地問道:「你們從哪裡來?」他們回答說:「我們是從迦南來買糧食的。」 約瑟認得他哥哥們,但他哥哥們卻認不出他來。 約瑟想起了自己從前做的兩個夢,就對他們說:「你們是奸細,是來探聽我們虛實的!」 10 他們說:「我主啊,不是的!僕人們是來買糧的。 11 僕人們都是弟兄,是誠實人,不是奸細。」

12 約瑟說:「不對,你們是來探聽我們虛實的。」 13 他們說:「僕人們共有弟兄十二人,父親住在迦南,最年幼的弟弟留在父親身邊,還有一個已經去世。」 14 約瑟說:「我說你們是奸細一點不錯。 15 我以法老的性命起誓,你們最小的弟弟不來這裡,你們都不能走,這是對你們的驗證。 16 你們派一個人回去把你們的弟弟帶來,其他人都要被囚禁在這裡,我要看看你們說的是真還是假。要是你們說的是假話,我以法老的性命起誓,你們一定是奸細。」 17 於是,約瑟把他們囚禁了三天。

18 到了第三天,約瑟對他們說:「我是敬畏上帝的人,你們照我的話做就能活命。 19 如果你們是誠實人,就把一個人留在監裡,其他人帶糧食回去接濟你們的家人。 20 但你們一定要帶你們最小的弟弟回來,以證實你們說的是實話,這樣你們就不會被處死。」他們同意了, 21 彼此議論說:「我們一定是在遭報應。從前我們的弟弟苦苦地哀求我們,我們卻不理會,現在這場痛苦臨到我們了。」 22 呂便說:「我不是勸你們不要犯罪害那孩子嗎?你們不聽,現在我們必須償還血債了。」 23 他們不知道約瑟聽得懂他們的話,因為約瑟是通過翻譯跟他們談話。 24 約瑟聽後轉身出去哭了,然後又回來跟他們談話,從他們中間選了西緬,當著他們的面把西緬捆綁起來。

25 約瑟又吩咐人把他們的袋子裝滿糧食,把各人買糧的錢放在他們的口袋中,還為他們預備了路上的食物。僕人一一辦妥了。 26 約瑟的哥哥們把糧食馱在驢上,啟程回去了。 27 他們來到一處住宿的地方,其中一人打開口袋拿飼料餵驢,卻發現裡面有錢, 28 就對其他弟兄說:「你們看,我的錢又回來了,在我的口袋裡!」他們心驚膽戰地彼此議論說:「上帝這樣對待我們是什麼意思呢?」

29 他們回到迦南父親雅各那裡,把事情的經過告訴了他, 30 說:「埃及的宰相對我們說話很凶,還把我們當成奸細。 31 我們對他說,『我們是誠實人,不是奸細。 32 我們有十二個同胞弟兄,其中有一個已經去世,年紀最小的跟父親留在迦南。』 33 那人卻對我們說,『我要看看你們是不是誠實人,你們把一個弟兄留在我這裡,其他人帶糧食回去接濟家人吧。 34 但你們要把最小的弟弟帶來見我,這樣我便知道你們不是奸細,是誠實人。我就會釋放你們的弟兄,你們也可以在這裡自由地買賣。』」

35 後來他們倒口袋時,發現每個人買糧的錢袋都在自己的口袋裡,他們和父親見此情形,都害怕起來。 36 雅各說:「你們使我連連失去兒子,約瑟沒了,西緬沒了,你們還要帶走便雅憫!災禍都落在了我頭上!」 37 呂便對父親說:「要是我不把便雅憫帶回你身邊,你就殺了我的兩個兒子吧!請你把便雅憫放心地交給我,我一定會把他帶回你身邊。」 38 雅各說:「我的兒子不可跟你們去。他哥哥已經死了,現在只剩下他。要是他在路上遇到什麼意外,你們會使我這白髮蒼蒼的老人淒淒慘慘地進墳墓。」

New American Standard Bible

Genesis 42

Joseph’s Brothers Sent to Egypt

1Now Jacob saw that there was grain in Egypt, and Jacob said to his sons, “Why are you staring at one another?” He said, “Behold, I have heard that there is grain in Egypt; go down there and buy some for us [a]from that place, so that we may live and not die.” Then ten brothers of Joseph went down to buy grain from Egypt. But Jacob did not send Joseph’s brother Benjamin with his brothers, for he said, “I am afraid that harm may befall him.” So the sons of Israel came to buy grain among those who were coming, for the famine was in the land of Canaan also.

Now Joseph was the ruler over the land; he was the one who sold to all the people of the land. And Joseph’s brothers came and bowed down to him with their faces to the ground. When Joseph saw his brothers he recognized them, but he disguised himself to them and spoke to them harshly. And he said to them, “Where have you come from?” And they said, “From the land of Canaan, to buy food.”

But Joseph had recognized his brothers, although they did not recognize him. Joseph remembered the dreams which he [b]had about them, and said to them, “You are spies; you have come to look at the [c]undefended parts of our land.” 10 Then they said to him, “No, my lord, but your servants have come to buy food. 11 We are all sons of one man; we are honest men, your servants are not spies.” 12 Yet he said to them, “No, but you have come to look at the [d]undefended parts of our land!” 13 But they said, “Your servants are twelve brothers in all, the sons of one man in the land of Canaan; and behold, the youngest is with our father today, and one is no longer alive.” 14 Joseph said to them, “It is as I said [e]to you, you are spies; 15 by this you will be tested: by the life of Pharaoh, you shall not go from this place unless your youngest brother comes here! 16 Send one of you that he may get your brother, while you remain confined, that your words may be tested, whether there is truth in you. But if not, by the life of Pharaoh, surely you are spies.” 17 So he put them all together in prison for three days.

18 Now Joseph said to them on the third day, “Do this and live, for I fear God: 19 if you are honest men, let one of your brothers be confined in [f]your prison; but as for the rest of you, go, carry grain for the famine of your households, 20 and bring your youngest brother to me, so your words may be verified, and you will not die.” And they did so. 21 Then they said to one another, “Truly we are guilty concerning our brother, because we saw the distress of his soul when he pleaded with us, yet we would not listen; therefore this distress has come upon us.” 22 Reuben answered them, saying, “Did I not tell [g]you, ‘Do not sin against the boy’; and you would not listen? [h]Now comes the reckoning for his blood.” 23 They did not know, however, that Joseph understood, for there was an interpreter between them. 24 He turned away from them and wept. But when he returned to them and spoke to them, he took Simeon from them and bound him before their eyes. 25 Then Joseph gave orders to fill their bags with grain and to restore every man’s money in his sack, and to give them provisions for the journey. And thus it was done for them.

26 So they loaded their donkeys with their grain and departed from there. 27 As one of them opened his sack to give his donkey fodder at the lodging place, he saw his money; and behold, it was in the mouth of his sack. 28 Then he said to his brothers, “My money has been returned, and behold, it is even in my sack.” And their hearts [i]sank, and they turned [j]trembling to one another, saying, “What is this that God has done to us?”

Simeon Is Held Hostage

29 When they came to their father Jacob in the land of Canaan, they told him all that had happened to them, saying, 30 “The man, the lord of the land, spoke harshly with us, and took us for spies of the country. 31 But we said to him, ‘We are honest men; we are not spies. 32 We are twelve brothers, sons of our father; one is no longer alive, and the youngest is with our father today in the land of Canaan.’ 33 The man, the lord of the land, said to us, ‘By this I will know that you are honest men: leave one of your brothers with me and take grain for the famine of your households, and go. 34 But bring your youngest brother to me that I may know that you are not spies, but [k]honest men. I will give your brother to you, and you may trade in the land.’”

35 Now it came about as they were emptying their sacks, that behold, every man’s bundle of money was in his sack; and when they and their father saw their bundles of money, they were dismayed. 36 Their father Jacob said to them, “You have bereaved me of my children: Joseph is no more, and Simeon is no more, and you would take Benjamin; all these things are against me.” 37 Then Reuben spoke to his father, saying, “You may put my two sons to death if I do not bring him back to you; put him in my [l]care, and I will return him to you.” 38 But [m]Jacob said, “My son shall not go down with you; for his brother is dead, and he alone is left. If harm should befall him on the journey [n]you are taking, then you will bring my gray hair down to Sheol in sorrow.”

Notas al pie

  1. Genesis 42:2 Lit from there
  2. Genesis 42:9 Lit had dreamed
  3. Genesis 42:9 Lit nakedness of the land
  4. Genesis 42:12 Lit nakedness of the land
  5. Genesis 42:14 Lit to you, saying
  6. Genesis 42:19 Lit the house of your prison
  7. Genesis 42:22 Lit you saying
  8. Genesis 42:22 Lit And behold, his blood also is required
  9. Genesis 42:28 Lit went out
  10. Genesis 42:28 Lit trembled
  11. Genesis 42:34 Lit you are honest
  12. Genesis 42:37 Lit hand
  13. Genesis 42:38 Lit he
  14. Genesis 42:38 Lit on which you are going