Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

瑪拉基書 1

1以下是耶和華藉瑪拉基對以色列人的宣告。

耶和華愛以色列

耶和華說:「我曾愛你們。」你們卻說:「你在何事上愛我們呢?」耶和華說:「以掃不是雅各的哥哥嗎?但我卻愛雅各, 厭惡以掃。我使以掃的山嶺荒涼,把他的地業留給曠野的豺狼。」 也許以掃的後代以東人會說:「我們現在雖然被毀,但我們要重建毀壞之處。」萬軍之耶和華卻這樣說:「他們儘管建造,但我必拆毀。他們的土地要被稱為『罪惡之地』,他們要被稱為『耶和華永遠惱怒之民。』」 以色列人啊,你們必親眼看見這事,也必說:「願耶和華在以色列境外受尊崇!」

斥責祭司

萬軍之耶和華對祭司說:「兒子應當尊敬父親,僕人應當敬畏主人。我是你們的父親,但你們對我的尊敬在哪裡呢?我是你們的主人,但你們對我的敬畏在哪裡呢?你們藐視我的名,卻狡辯說,『我們在何事上藐視過你的名呢?』 你們把污穢的食物獻在我的祭壇上,還說,『我們在何事上玷污了你呢?』你們說耶和華的桌子是可藐視的。 你們拿瞎眼、瘸腿和有病的牲畜來獻祭,難道這不是罪過嗎?你試試把這樣的東西送給你的省長,看他會不會悅納你、恩待你。這是萬軍之耶和華說的。」

現在,你們祈求上帝向我們施恩吧!然而,你們獻上這樣的祭物,祂怎會垂聽你們的祈求呢? 10 萬軍之耶和華說:「我真希望你們當中有人把殿門關上,免得你們在我祭壇上枉然點火。因為我不喜悅你們,也不接納你們的祭物。」 11 萬軍之耶和華說:「從日出之地到日落之處,列國必尊崇我的名。世上每個角落都有人向我焚香,獻上潔淨的供物。因為我的名必受列國尊崇。 12 可是,你們卻褻瀆我的名,竟然說我的桌子是污穢的,上面的祭物是可藐視的。 13 你們不屑地說,『哼!這些事真麻煩!』這是萬軍之耶和華說的。你們把搶來的、瘸腿的、有病的獻給我,我豈能接納呢?這是耶和華說的。 14 許願時說要獻上羊群中的公羊,後來卻拿傷殘的來獻給主,這種人該受咒詛!因為我是大君王,就是外族人也敬畏我的名。這是萬軍之耶和華說的。」

New Living Translation

Malachi 1

1This is the message[a] that the Lord gave to Israel through the prophet Malachi.[b]

The Lord’s Love for Israel

“I have always loved you,” says the Lord.

But you retort, “Really? How have you loved us?”

And the Lord replies, “This is how I showed my love for you: I loved your ancestor Jacob, but I rejected his brother, Esau, and devastated his hill country. I turned Esau’s inheritance into a desert for jackals.”

Esau’s descendants in Edom may say, “We have been shattered, but we will rebuild the ruins.”

But the Lord of Heaven’s Armies replies, “They may try to rebuild, but I will demolish them again. Their country will be known as ‘The Land of Wickedness,’ and their people will be called ‘The People with Whom the Lord Is Forever Angry.’ When you see the destruction for yourselves, you will say, ‘Truly, the Lord’s greatness reaches far beyond Israel’s borders!’”

Unworthy Sacrifices

The Lord of Heaven’s Armies says to the priests: “A son honors his father, and a servant respects his master. If I am your father and master, where are the honor and respect I deserve? You have shown contempt for my name!

“But you ask, ‘How have we ever shown contempt for your name?’

“You have shown contempt by offering defiled sacrifices on my altar.

“Then you ask, ‘How have we defiled the sacrifices?[c]

“You defile them by saying the altar of the Lord deserves no respect. When you give blind animals as sacrifices, isn’t that wrong? And isn’t it wrong to offer animals that are crippled and diseased? Try giving gifts like that to your governor, and see how pleased he is!” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.

“Go ahead, beg God to be merciful to you! But when you bring that kind of offering, why should he show you any favor at all?” asks the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.

10 “How I wish one of you would shut the Temple doors so that these worthless sacrifices could not be offered! I am not pleased with you,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, “and I will not accept your offerings. 11 But my name is honored[d] by people of other nations from morning till night. All around the world they offer[e] sweet incense and pure offerings in honor of my name. For my name is great among the nations,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.

12 “But you dishonor my name with your actions. By bringing contemptible food, you are saying it’s all right to defile the Lord’s table. 13 You say, ‘It’s too hard to serve the Lord,’ and you turn up your noses at my commands,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. “Think of it! Animals that are stolen and crippled and sick are being presented as offerings! Should I accept from you such offerings as these?” asks the Lord.

14 “Cursed is the cheat who promises to give a fine ram from his flock but then sacrifices a defective one to the Lord. For I am a great king,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, “and my name is feared among the nations!

Notas al pie

  1. 1:1a Hebrew An Oracle: The message.
  2. 1:1b Malachi means “my messenger.”
  3. 1:7 As in Greek version; Hebrew reads defiled you?
  4. 1:11a Or will be honored.
  5. 1:11b Or will offer.