Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

歷代志下 35

約西亞守逾越節

1約西亞在耶路撒冷為耶和華守逾越節。一月十四日,眾人宰殺逾越節的祭牲。 他指派祭司各盡其職,鼓勵他們在耶和華的殿裡事奉, 又對將自己獻給耶和華、負責教導以色列人的利未人說:「你們把聖約櫃放在以色列王大衛的兒子所羅門建的殿裡,不用再扛在肩上。現在你們去事奉你們的上帝耶和華和祂的以色列子民吧。 你們要按宗族和班次,依照以色列王大衛和他兒子所羅門所寫的指示,預備自己。 你們要按你們弟兄所在宗族的班次,侍立在聖所,每個班次中要有幾個利未宗族的人。 你們要宰殺逾越節的羊羔,潔淨自己,為你們的弟兄做好準備,依照耶和華藉摩西所吩咐的去行。」

約西亞從自己的產業中,捐出三萬隻綿羊羔和山羊羔,以及三千頭公牛,賜給所有在場的人做逾越節的祭牲。 他的眾官員也自願為民眾、祭司和利未人捐獻。管理上帝殿的希勒迦、撒迦利亞和耶歇獻出兩千六百隻羊羔和三百頭牛,給祭司做逾越節的祭牲。 利未人的首領歌楠雅和他的兩個兄弟示瑪雅和拿坦業,及哈沙比雅、耶利、約撒拔獻出五千隻羊羔和五百頭牛,給利未人做逾越節的祭牲。

10 一切都準備好後,依照王的吩咐,祭司站在自己的地方,利未人按照班次侍立。 11 利未人宰殺逾越節的羊羔,祭司從他們手中接過血,灑在壇上,又剝去祭牲的皮。 12 他們按照宗族把燔祭分給眾人,好使他們按照摩西書上所寫的,把祭物獻給耶和華。獻牛也是這樣。 13 他們按規定用火烤逾越節的羊羔,在鍋裡、罐裡和盆裡煮聖物,然後迅速分給民眾。 14 之後,利未人為自己和祭司預備祭物,因為做祭司的亞倫子孫要繼續獻燔祭和脂肪一直到晚上。 15 負責歌樂的亞薩子孫依照大衛、亞薩、希幔和王的先見耶杜頓的吩咐,站在自己的崗位上;殿門守衛都看守各門,不必離開工作崗位,因為他們的弟兄利未人為他們預備了祭物。

16 當天,一切事奉的事都辦好了,他們就按約西亞王的命令守逾越節,又在耶和華的壇上獻燔祭。 17 所有在場的以色列人都在那時守逾越節,又守除酵節七天。 18 自撒母耳先知以來,在以色列從來沒有守過這樣的逾越節,以色列從沒有君王像約西亞、祭司、利未人、所有在場的猶大人和以色列人,以及耶路撒冷的居民這樣守過逾越節。 19 這次逾越節是在約西亞執政第十八年慶祝的。

約西亞逝世

20 約西亞辦理完殿裡的事後,埃及王尼哥上來,要攻打幼發拉底河附近的迦基米施。約西亞出兵攔阻。 21 尼哥派使者對約西亞說:「猶大王啊,我與你沒有恩怨。我今天來不是要攻擊你,乃是要攻擊與我作戰的那一家。上帝吩咐我要速速完成,你不要與上帝作對,免得祂毀滅你,因為上帝與我同在。」 22 約西亞卻不聽上帝藉尼哥說的話。他沒有退兵,反而喬裝上陣,與尼哥會戰於米吉多平原。 23 約西亞王在戰場上中箭受傷,就對僕人說:「我受了重傷,帶我離開吧。」 24 他的僕人就扶他下戰車,上另一輛戰車,送到耶路撒冷。約西亞死在那裡,葬在他祖先的墳墓裡。所有猶大和耶路撒冷的人都為他哀悼。 25 耶利米為約西亞作了哀歌,所有的男女歌樂手至今仍用這些哀歌紀念約西亞,成了以色列的傳統。這些哀歌都記在《哀歌書》上。

26 約西亞其他的事蹟和他怎樣忠心地遵行耶和華的律法, 27 自始至終都記在《以色列和猶大的列王史》上。

New Living Translation

2 Chronicles 35

Josiah Celebrates Passover

1Then Josiah announced that the Passover of the Lord would be celebrated in Jerusalem, and so the Passover lamb was slaughtered on the fourteenth day of the first month.[a] Josiah also assigned the priests to their duties and encouraged them in their work at the Temple of the Lord. He issued this order to the Levites, who were to teach all Israel and who had been set apart to serve the Lord: “Put the holy Ark in the Temple that was built by Solomon son of David, the king of Israel. You no longer need to carry it back and forth on your shoulders. Now spend your time serving the Lord your God and his people Israel. Report for duty according to the family divisions of your ancestors, following the directions of King David of Israel and the directions of his son Solomon.

“Then stand in the sanctuary at the place appointed for your family division and help the families assigned to you as they bring their offerings to the Temple. Slaughter the Passover lambs, purify yourselves, and prepare to help those who come. Follow all the directions that the Lord gave through Moses.”

Then Josiah provided 30,000 lambs and young goats for the people’s Passover offerings, along with 3,000 cattle, all from the king’s own flocks and herds. The king’s officials also made willing contributions to the people, priests, and Levites. Hilkiah, Zechariah, and Jehiel, the administrators of God’s Temple, gave the priests 2,600 lambs and young goats and 300 cattle as Passover offerings. The Levite leaders—Conaniah and his brothers Shemaiah and Nethanel, as well as Hashabiah, Jeiel, and Jozabad—gave 5,000 lambs and young goats and 500 cattle to the Levites for their Passover offerings.

10 When everything was ready for the Passover celebration, the priests and the Levites took their places, organized by their divisions, as the king had commanded. 11 The Levites then slaughtered the Passover lambs and presented the blood to the priests, who sprinkled the blood on the altar while the Levites prepared the animals. 12 They divided the burnt offerings among the people by their family groups, so they could offer them to the Lord as prescribed in the Book of Moses. They did the same with the cattle. 13 Then they roasted the Passover lambs as prescribed; and they boiled the holy offerings in pots, kettles, and pans, and brought them out quickly so the people could eat them.

14 Afterward the Levites prepared Passover offerings for themselves and for the priests—the descendants of Aaron—because the priests had been busy from morning till night offering the burnt offerings and the fat portions. The Levites took responsibility for all these preparations.

15 The musicians, descendants of Asaph, were in their assigned places, following the commands that had been given by David, Asaph, Heman, and Jeduthun, the king’s seer. The gatekeepers guarded the gates and did not need to leave their posts of duty, for their Passover offerings were prepared for them by their fellow Levites.

16 The entire ceremony for the Lord’s Passover was completed that day. All the burnt offerings were sacrificed on the altar of the Lord, as King Josiah had commanded. 17 All the Israelites present in Jerusalem celebrated Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread for seven days. 18 Never since the time of the prophet Samuel had there been such a Passover. None of the kings of Israel had ever kept a Passover as Josiah did, involving all the priests and Levites, all the people of Jerusalem, and people from all over Judah and Israel. 19 This Passover was celebrated in the eighteenth year of Josiah’s reign.

Josiah Dies in Battle

20 After Josiah had finished restoring the Temple, King Neco of Egypt led his army up from Egypt to do battle at Carchemish on the Euphrates River, and Josiah and his army marched out to fight him.[b] 21 But King Neco sent messengers to Josiah with this message:

“What do you want with me, king of Judah? I have no quarrel with you today! I am on my way to fight another nation, and God has told me to hurry! Do not interfere with God, who is with me, or he will destroy you.”

22 But Josiah refused to listen to Neco, to whom God had indeed spoken, and he would not turn back. Instead, he disguised himself and led his army into battle on the plain of Megiddo. 23 But the enemy archers hit King Josiah with their arrows and wounded him. He cried out to his men, “Take me from the battle, for I am badly wounded!”

24 So they lifted Josiah out of his chariot and placed him in another chariot. Then they brought him back to Jerusalem, where he died. He was buried there in the royal cemetery. And all Judah and Jerusalem mourned for him. 25 The prophet Jeremiah composed funeral songs for Josiah, and to this day choirs still sing these sad songs about his death. These songs of sorrow have become a tradition and are recorded in The Book of Laments.

26 The rest of the events of Josiah’s reign and his acts of devotion (carried out according to what was written in the Law of the Lord), 27 from beginning to end—all are recorded in The Book of the Kings of Israel and Judah.

Notas al pie

  1. 35:1 This day in the ancient Hebrew lunar calendar was April 5, 622 B.c.
  2. 35:20 Or Josiah went out to meet him.