Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

撒母耳記上 22

掃羅殘殺祭司

1大衛離開迦特,逃到亞杜蘭洞。他的兄弟和親屬知道後,都來到他那裡, 所有受壓迫的、負債的和心懷不滿的人都紛紛來投奔他。大衛就做了他們的首領,跟隨他的有四百多人。 後來,大衛到摩押的米斯巴去,請求摩押王收留他的父母,直到他明白上帝給他的安排為止。 大衛把父母留在了摩押王那裡。在大衛住堡壘期間,他的父母一直住在摩押。 迦得先知吩咐大衛離開堡壘回猶大去,大衛就動身前往哈列的樹林。

當時,掃羅正在基比亞的拉瑪,坐在垂絲柳下,手中拿著矛,臣僕侍立在左右。他得知大衛一行人的行蹤後, 就對左右的臣僕說:「便雅憫人啊,你們聽著!難道耶西的兒子會給你們田地和葡萄園嗎?他能立你們做千夫長和百夫長嗎? 為什麼你們一同謀害我?我的兒子跟耶西的兒子立約,沒有人告訴我。就是今天我的兒子鼓動我的臣僕來謀害我,也沒有人關心我,告訴我。」 以東人多益正站在掃羅的臣僕中,他說:「我在挪伯親眼看見耶西的兒子到了亞希突的兒子亞希米勒那裡。 10 亞希米勒為他求問耶和華,給他食物,還把非利士人歌利亞的刀給了他。」

11 於是,掃羅派人把挪伯的祭司——亞希突的兒子亞希米勒及其家人都召來。他們都來到王面前。 12 掃羅說:「亞希突的兒子,聽著!」亞希米勒答道:「我主啊,我在這裡。」 13 掃羅說:「你為什麼和耶西的兒子一同謀害我?你為什麼把食物和刀給他,又為他求問耶和華,使他像今天這樣背叛我,伺機害我呢?」 14 亞希米勒答道:「王的臣僕中有誰像大衛那樣忠心呢?他是王的女婿,又是王的護衛長,在王室中受尊重。 15 那也不是我第一次為他求問耶和華,求王不要因這事加罪於我或我的家人,因為我根本不知道謀反的事。」 16 王卻說:「亞希米勒啊,你和你全家都必死無疑!」 17 他就命令身旁的護衛,說:「把這些耶和華的祭司殺掉,因為他們跟大衛同謀,明知道大衛在潛逃,卻不來告訴我。」掃羅的臣僕不願意下手殺害耶和華的祭司。 18 掃羅就對多益說:「你去把祭司殺掉!」以東人多益就殺了他們。那天,他下手殺了八十五個穿細麻布以弗得的祭司。 19 他又把祭司城挪伯的男女老少、牛羊和驢全部殺掉。

20 只有亞希米勒的一個兒子亞比亞他逃出去,投奔了大衛。 21 亞比亞他把掃羅屠殺耶和華祭司的事告訴了大衛, 22 大衛說:「那天我見以東人多益在那裡,就知道他一定會告訴掃羅。是我連累了你父親一家。 23 你就放心留在我這裡,不要害怕,誰想殺你,就是想殺我。你在我這裡很安全。」

The Message

1 Samuel 22

Saul Murders the Priests of God

11-2 So David got away and escaped to the Cave of Adullam. When his brothers and others associated with his family heard where he was, they came down and joined him. Not only that, but all who were down on their luck came around—losers and vagrants and misfits of all sorts. David became their leader. There were about four hundred in all.

3-4 Then David went to Mizpah in Moab. He petitioned the king of Moab, “Grant asylum to my father and mother until I find out what God has planned for me.” David left his parents in the care of the king of Moab. They stayed there all through the time David was hiding out.

The prophet Gad told David, “Don’t go back to the cave. Go to Judah.” David did what he told him. He went to the forest of Hereth.

6-8 Saul got word of the whereabouts of David and his men. He was sitting under the big oak on the hill at Gibeah at the time, spear in hand, holding court surrounded by his officials. He said, “Listen here, you Benjaminites! Don’t think for a minute that you have any future with the son of Jesse! Do you think he’s going to hand over choice land, give you all influential jobs? Think again. Here you are, conspiring against me, whispering behind my back—not one of you is man enough to tell me that my own son is making deals with the son of Jesse, not one of you who cares enough to tell me that my son has taken the side of this, this . . . outlaw!”

9-10 Then Doeg the Edomite, who was standing with Saul’s officials, spoke up: “I saw the son of Jesse meet with Ahimelech son of Ahitub, in Nob. I saw Ahimelech pray with him for God’s guidance, give him food, and arm him with the sword of Goliath the Philistine.”

11 Saul sent for the priest Ahimelech son of Ahitub, along with the whole family of priests at Nob. They all came to the king.

12 Saul said, “You listen to me, son of Ahitub!”

“Certainly, master,” he said.

13 “Why have you ganged up against me with the son of Jesse, giving him bread and a sword, even praying with him for God’s guidance, setting him up as an outlaw, out to get me?”

14-15 Ahimelech answered the king, “There’s not an official in your administration as true to you as David, your own son-in-law and captain of your bodyguard. None more honorable either. Do you think that was the first time I prayed with him for God’s guidance? Hardly! But don’t accuse me of any wrongdoing, me or my family. I have no idea what you’re trying to get at with this ‘outlaw’ talk.”

16 The king said, “Death, Ahimelech! You’re going to die—you and everyone in your family!”

17 The king ordered his henchmen, “Surround and kill the priests of God! They’re hand in glove with David. They knew he was running away from me and didn’t tell me.” But the king’s men wouldn’t do it. They refused to lay a hand on the priests of God.

18-19 Then the king told Doeg, “You do it—massacre the priests!” Doeg the Edomite led the attack and slaughtered the priests, the eighty-five men who wore the sacred robes. He then carried the massacre into Nob, the city of priests, killing man and woman, child and baby, ox, donkey, and sheep—the works.

20-21 Only one son of Ahimelech son of Ahitub escaped: Abiathar. He got away and joined up with David. Abiathar reported to David that Saul had murdered the priests of God.

22-23 David said to Abiathar, “I knew it—that day I saw Doeg the Edomite there, I knew he’d tell Saul. I’m to blame for the death of everyone in your father’s family. Stay here with me. Don’t be afraid. The one out to kill you is out to kill me, too. Stick with me. I’ll protect you.”