Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

歷代志下 20

約沙法禱告退敵

1後來摩押人、亞捫人同一些米烏尼人[a]一起來攻打約沙法。 有人稟告約沙法說:「有一支大軍從死海對岸的以東[b]殺來,已經攻到哈洗遜·他瑪。」哈洗遜·他瑪就是隱·基底。 約沙法很害怕,決定尋求耶和華,在整個猶大宣告禁食。 猶大人聚集起來尋求耶和華。他們從猶大各城前來尋求耶和華。

約沙法站在耶和華殿的新院裡,在猶大和耶路撒冷的民眾面前, 說:「我們祖先的上帝耶和華啊,你不是住在天上的上帝嗎?你主宰萬邦萬國,你手中有權柄和能力,無人能抵擋你。 我們的上帝啊,你不是曾經在你的以色列子民面前驅逐這地方的居民,把這片土地賜給你的朋友亞伯拉罕的後裔永遠作產業嗎? 你的子民在這裡居住,為你的名建造殿宇,說, 『如果我們遭遇禍患,無論是戰禍、瘟疫或饑荒,當我們在急難中站在這殿前向你呼求時,你必定垂聽,施行拯救,因為你的名在這殿裡。』

10 「從前以色列人離開埃及的時候,你不准他們侵犯亞捫人、摩押人和來自西珥山的人,他們就繞道而行,沒有毀滅這些人。 11 但現在這些人要報復我們,把我們從你賜給我們作產業的地方趕走。 12 我們的上帝啊,難道你不懲罰他們嗎?面對前來攻擊的大軍,我們無力抵擋,不知道該怎麼辦,我們只有仰望你。」

13 猶大人與他們的妻子、兒女和嬰孩都站在耶和華面前。 14 這時,耶和華的靈降在雅哈悉身上。雅哈悉是利未人亞薩的後裔、瑪探雅的玄孫、耶利的曾孫、比拿雅的孫子、撒迦利雅的兒子。 15 他說:「全體猶大人、耶路撒冷的居民和約沙法王啊,你們要留心聽!耶和華對你們如此說,『你們不要因敵軍強大而恐懼驚慌,因為戰爭的勝敗不在乎你們,而在乎上帝。 16 明天你們下去迎敵,敵軍會從洗斯坡上來,你們一定會在耶魯伊勒曠野前面的谷口遇見他們。 17 你們不用與他們交戰,只要守住陣勢,站立不動,看耶和華為你們施行拯救。猶大人和耶路撒冷人啊,不要恐懼,不要驚慌,明天只管出去迎敵,耶和華必與你們同在!』」

18 於是,約沙法面伏於地,所有猶大人和耶路撒冷的居民也都俯伏在耶和華面前敬拜祂。 19 哥轄族和可拉族的利未人都站起來,高聲讚美以色列的上帝耶和華。 20 第二天清晨,眾人起來去提哥亞的曠野。他們出發的時候,約沙法站著說:「猶大人和耶路撒冷的居民啊,請聽我說!要信靠你們的上帝耶和華,你們就必堅立;要相信祂的先知,你們就必得勝。」 21 約沙法與眾人商議後,就派歌樂手穿上聖潔的禮服走在軍隊前面,讚美耶和華,說:「你們要稱謝耶和華,因祂的慈愛永遠長存!」

22 他們開始唱歌讚美的時候,耶和華就派伏兵擊殺前來攻打猶大的亞捫人、摩押人和來自西珥山的人,打敗了他們。 23 原來亞捫人和摩押人攻擊來自西珥山的人,消滅了他們,然後亞捫人和摩押人又自相殘殺。

24 猶大人來到曠野的瞭望塔俯瞰那支大軍,發現敵軍屍橫遍野,無一倖免。 25 約沙法和他的百姓前去拾財物,發現屍體中有許多財物、衣服和貴重物品,多得拿不完。他們拾了三天才拾完。 26 第四天,他們聚集到一個山谷,一起稱頌耶和華。那裡從此名叫比拉迦[c]谷,直到今天。

27 猶大人和耶路撒冷人在約沙法的帶領下,歡歡喜喜地返回耶路撒冷,因為耶和華使他們戰勝了仇敵。 28 他們一路彈琴、鼓瑟、吹號回到耶路撒冷,進入耶和華的殿。 29 列邦列國聽聞耶和華打敗了以色列的敵人,都很懼怕。 30 因此,約沙法執政期間國家太平,因為他的上帝賜他四境平安。

約沙法逝世

31 約沙法三十五歲登基做猶大王,在耶路撒冷執政二十五年。他母親叫阿蘇巴,是示利希的女兒。 32 約沙法效法他父親亞撒,做耶和華視為正的事,不偏不離。 33 然而,他沒有拆除邱壇,民眾還沒有全心歸向他們祖先的上帝。

34 約沙法其他的事蹟自始至終都記在哈拿尼的兒子耶戶的史記上。耶戶的史記收錄在以色列的列王史上。

35 後來,猶大王約沙法與作惡多端的以色列王亞哈謝修好。 36 他們在以旬·迦別造船,要去他施。 37 瑪利沙人多大瓦的兒子以利以謝向約沙法預言說:「因為你與亞哈謝修好,耶和華必破壞你所造的船隻。」那些船隻果然壞了,無法前往他施。

Notas al pie

  1. 20·1 米烏尼人」出現在古希臘譯本,但希伯來文是「亞捫人」。
  2. 20·2 以東」希伯來文是「亞蘭」。
  3. 20·26 比拉迦」就是稱讚的意思。

New International Version

2 Chronicles 20

Jehoshaphat Defeats Moab and Ammon

1After this, the Moabites and Ammonites with some of the Meunites[a] came to wage war against Jehoshaphat.

Some people came and told Jehoshaphat, “A vast army is coming against you from Edom,[b] from the other side of the Dead Sea. It is already in Hazezon Tamar” (that is, En Gedi). Alarmed, Jehoshaphat resolved to inquire of the Lord, and he proclaimed a fast for all Judah. The people of Judah came together to seek help from the Lord; indeed, they came from every town in Judah to seek him.

Then Jehoshaphat stood up in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem at the temple of the Lord in the front of the new courtyard and said:

Lord, the God of our ancestors, are you not the God who is in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in your hand, and no one can withstand you. Our God, did you not drive out the inhabitants of this land before your people Israel and give it forever to the descendants of Abraham your friend? They have lived in it and have built in it a sanctuary for your Name, saying, ‘If calamity comes upon us, whether the sword of judgment, or plague or famine, we will stand in your presence before this temple that bears your Name and will cry out to you in our distress, and you will hear us and save us.’

10 “But now here are men from Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir, whose territory you would not allow Israel to invade when they came from Egypt; so they turned away from them and did not destroy them. 11 See how they are repaying us by coming to drive us out of the possession you gave us as an inheritance. 12 Our God, will you not judge them? For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.”

13 All the men of Judah, with their wives and children and little ones, stood there before the Lord.

14 Then the Spirit of the Lord came on Jahaziel son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite and descendant of Asaph, as he stood in the assembly.

15 He said: “Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s. 16 Tomorrow march down against them. They will be climbing up by the Pass of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the gorge in the Desert of Jeruel. 17 You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.’”

18 Jehoshaphat bowed down with his face to the ground, and all the people of Judah and Jerusalem fell down in worship before the Lord. 19 Then some Levites from the Kohathites and Korahites stood up and praised the Lord, the God of Israel, with a very loud voice.

20 Early in the morning they left for the Desert of Tekoa. As they set out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Listen to me, Judah and people of Jerusalem! Have faith in the Lord your God and you will be upheld; have faith in his prophets and you will be successful.” 21 After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise him for the splendor of his[c] holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying:

“Give thanks to the Lord,
    for his love endures forever.”

22 As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated. 23 The Ammonites and Moabites rose up against the men from Mount Seir to destroy and annihilate them. After they finished slaughtering the men from Seir, they helped to destroy one another.

24 When the men of Judah came to the place that overlooks the desert and looked toward the vast army, they saw only dead bodies lying on the ground; no one had escaped. 25 So Jehoshaphat and his men went to carry off their plunder, and they found among them a great amount of equipment and clothing[d] and also articles of value—more than they could take away. There was so much plunder that it took three days to collect it. 26 On the fourth day they assembled in the Valley of Berakah, where they praised the Lord. This is why it is called the Valley of Berakah[e] to this day.

27 Then, led by Jehoshaphat, all the men of Judah and Jerusalem returned joyfully to Jerusalem, for the Lord had given them cause to rejoice over their enemies. 28 They entered Jerusalem and went to the temple of the Lord with harps and lyres and trumpets.

29 The fear of God came on all the surrounding kingdoms when they heard how the Lord had fought against the enemies of Israel. 30 And the kingdom of Jehoshaphat was at peace, for his God had given him rest on every side.

The End of Jehoshaphat’s Reign

31 So Jehoshaphat reigned over Judah. He was thirty-five years old when he became king of Judah, and he reigned in Jerusalem twenty-five years. His mother’s name was Azubah daughter of Shilhi. 32 He followed the ways of his father Asa and did not stray from them; he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord. 33 The high places, however, were not removed, and the people still had not set their hearts on the God of their ancestors.

34 The other events of Jehoshaphat’s reign, from beginning to end, are written in the annals of Jehu son of Hanani, which are recorded in the book of the kings of Israel.

35 Later, Jehoshaphat king of Judah made an alliance with Ahaziah king of Israel, whose ways were wicked. 36 He agreed with him to construct a fleet of trading ships.[f] After these were built at Ezion Geber, 37 Eliezer son of Dodavahu of Mareshah prophesied against Jehoshaphat, saying, “Because you have made an alliance with Ahaziah, the Lord will destroy what you have made.” The ships were wrecked and were not able to set sail to trade.[g]

Notas al pie

  1. 2 Chronicles 20:1 Some Septuagint manuscripts; Hebrew Ammonites
  2. 2 Chronicles 20:2 One Hebrew manuscript; most Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint and Vulgate Aram
  3. 2 Chronicles 20:21 Or him with the splendor of
  4. 2 Chronicles 20:25 Some Hebrew manuscripts and Vulgate; most Hebrew manuscripts corpses
  5. 2 Chronicles 20:26 Berakah means praise.
  6. 2 Chronicles 20:36 Hebrew of ships that could go to Tarshish
  7. 2 Chronicles 20:37 Hebrew sail for Tarshish