Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

尼希米記 1

尼希米的禱告

1以下是哈迦利亞的兒子尼希米的記述。

波斯王亞達薛西二十年基斯流月[a],我在書珊城裡。 從猶大來了我的一個兄弟哈拿尼和一些人,我問他們有關從流亡之地歸回的猶太餘民和耶路撒冷的情況。 他們回答說:「那些從流亡之地歸回猶大省的人深陷苦難,飽受凌辱。耶路撒冷的城牆已經倒塌,城門也被燒毀。」

我一聽見這消息,就坐下痛哭,悲傷了好幾天。我在天上的上帝面前禁食禱告,說:

「天上的上帝耶和華啊,你是偉大而可畏的上帝,你向愛你、守你誡命的人守約,施慈愛。 僕人在你面前晝夜為你的眾僕人以色列民祈禱,求你睜眼察看,側耳傾聽。我承認以色列人向你所犯的罪,以及我和我的家族所犯的罪。 我們行事敗壞,沒有遵守你賜給你僕人摩西的誡命、律例和典章。 求你顧念你對你僕人摩西所說的話,『如果你們不忠,我必把你們驅散到列邦中。 但如果你們轉向我,謹遵我的誡命,即使你們流落天涯,我也必從那裡把你們召集到我選為我名所在之地。』 10 我們是你的僕人、你的子民,是你用大能大力救贖的。 11 主啊,求你側耳聽你僕人的禱告,垂聽那些喜愛敬畏你名的眾僕人的祈求,使你僕人今天亨通,在王面前蒙恩。」

我是王的侍酒總管。

Notas al pie

  1. 1·1 基斯流月」即希伯來曆的九月,陽曆是十一月中旬到十二月中旬。

Amplified Bible

Nehemiah 1

Nehemiah’s Grief for the Exiles

1The words of Nehemiah son of Hacaliah:

Now it happened in the month of Chislev, in the [a]twentieth year [of the [b]Persian king], as I was in the [c]capitol of Susa, Hanani, one of my brothers, and some men from Judah came; and I asked them about the surviving Jews who had escaped and survived the captivity, and about Jerusalem. They said to me, “The remnant there in the province who survived the captivity are in great distress and reproach; the wall of Jerusalem is broken down and its [fortified] gates have been burned (destroyed) by fire.”

Now it came about when I heard these words, I sat down and wept and mourned for days; and I was fasting and praying [constantly] before the God of heaven. And I said, “Please, O Lord God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps the covenant and lovingkindness for those who love Him and keep His commandments, please let Your ear be attentive and Your eyes open to hear the prayer of Your servant which I am praying before You, day and night, on behalf of Your servants, the [d]sons (descendants) of Israel (Jacob), confessing the sins of the sons of Israel which we have committed against You; I and my father’s house have sinned. We have acted very corruptly against You and have not kept the commandments, nor the statutes, nor the ordinances which You commanded Your servant Moses. Please remember the word which You commanded Your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful and violate your obligations to Me I will scatter you [abroad] among the peoples; but if you return to Me and keep My commandments and do them, though those of you who have been scattered are in the most remote part of the [e]heavens, I will gather them from there and will bring them to the place where I have chosen for My [f]Name to dwell.’ 10 Now they are Your servants and Your people whom You have redeemed by Your great power and by Your strong hand. 11 Please, O Lord, let Your ear be attentive to the prayer of Your servant and the prayer of Your servants who delight to [reverently] fear Your Name [Your essence, Your nature, Your attributes, with awe]; and make Your servant successful this day and grant him compassion in the sight of this man [the king].”

For I was [g]cupbearer to the king [of Persia].

Notas al pie

  1. Nehemiah 1:1 445 b.c.
  2. Nehemiah 1:1 Artaxerxes I (son of Xerxes I) ruled the Persian Empire from 465-424 b.c.
  3. Nehemiah 1:1 Or palace or citadel.
  4. Nehemiah 1:6 In general, sons of Israel or Israel or Israelites refers to all the people (males and females) of the various tribes descended from the twelve sons (Gen 35:23-26) of Jacob (later renamed Israel by God). In verses concerning things such as warfare or circumcision sons of Israel or Israel or Israelites usually refers only to the males. Tribes of ancient people were identified by the name of their founding ancestor. Therefore, this same general rule applies when referring to individual tribal groups, e.g. sons of Reuben, Reuben, Reubenites and so throughout.
  5. Nehemiah 1:9 This seems to be a hypothetical expression, but the grammatical form is that of a real possibility, to emphasize that God will find His people no matter where in the world they may be.
  6. Nehemiah 1:9 See note Deut 12:5.
  7. Nehemiah 1:11 The cupbearer was an official of high rank in royal courts. He served the wine at the king’s table and sometimes tasted it first to be certain it was not poisoned. He was often a trusted confidant of the ruler, and his position was one of influence in the court.