Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

約拿書 1

約拿違背耶和華

1耶和華對亞米太的兒子約拿說: 「你起來前往尼尼微大城,大聲警告那裡的居民,因為他們的罪惡滔天,已經達到我面前。」 可是,約拿卻起身逃往他施,想躲避耶和華。他到了約帕港,看見一艘要開往他施的船,就付了船費,上了船,想和眾人一起去他施,好躲避耶和華。

然而,耶和華使海面起了狂風,滔天巨浪幾乎把船打成碎片。 水手們非常害怕,紛紛呼求自己的神,又把船上的貨物全都拋進海裡,以減輕重量。這時候,約拿已下到底艙,躺在那裡呼呼大睡。 船長來到約拿身邊對他說:「你這個人,怎麼這時候還在睡覺!快起來祈求你的神吧,也許你的神會憐憫我們,饒我們一命。」

後來,船上的人彼此商量說:「來,我們抽籤,看看這場災難是誰惹來的。」於是他們就抽籤,結果抽中了約拿。 眾人問他:「請告訴我們,這場災難是誰惹來的?你是做什麼的?從哪裡來?是哪一國、哪一族的人?」 約拿回答說:「我是希伯來人,我敬畏耶和華,祂是創造海洋陸地、掌管諸天的上帝。」 10 之後,他就把怎樣逃避耶和華的事告訴他們。眾人知道後,萬分恐懼,問他:「你怎麼做出這種事?」

11 那時,風浪越來越大,他們便對約拿說:「我們要怎樣處置你,才能使風浪平靜呢?」 12 約拿對他們說:「我知道這場風暴是因我而起的,你們把我抬起來拋進海裡,風浪自然會平靜。」 13 然而船上的人還是拚命划船,希望把船划向岸邊,可是沒有成功,因為風浪實在太大了。 14 他們只好呼求耶和華,說:「耶和華啊,求你不要因這個人的性命而毀滅我們,不要因我們殺害無辜的人而怪罪我們,因為你耶和華按自己的旨意行事。」 15 然後他們把約拿抬起來拋進海裡,狂風巨浪立刻平靜了。 16 眾人都極其敬畏耶和華,向祂獻祭,並且許願。

17 耶和華安排了一條大魚,把約拿吞下,他在魚腹裡度過三天三夜。

Amplified Bible

Jonah 1

Jonah’s Disobedience

1Now the word of the Lord came to [a]Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, “Go to [b]Nineveh, that great city, and proclaim [judgment] against it, for their wickedness has come up before Me.” But Jonah ran away to Tarshish to escape from the presence of the Lord [and his duty as His prophet]. He went down to [c]Joppa and found a ship going to [d]Tarshish [the most remote of the Phoenician trading cities]. So he paid the fare and went down into the ship to go with them to Tarshish away from the presence of the Lord.

But the Lord hurled a great wind toward the sea, and there was a violent tempest on the sea so that the ship was about to break up. Then the sailors were afraid, and each man cried out to his god; and to lighten the ship [and diminish the danger] they threw the ship’s cargo into the sea. But Jonah had gone below into the hold of the ship and had lain down and was sound asleep. So the captain came up to him and said, “How can you stay asleep? Get up! Call on your god! Perhaps your god will give a thought to us so that we will not perish.”

And they said to another, “Come, [e]let us cast lots, so we may learn who is to blame for this disaster.” So they cast lots and the lot fell on Jonah. Then they said to him, “Now tell us! [f]Who is to blame for this disaster? What is your occupation? Where do you come from? What is your country?” So he said to them, “I am a Hebrew, and I [reverently] fear and worship the Lord, the God of heaven, [g]who made the sea and the dry land.”

10 Then the men became extremely frightened and said to him, “How could you do this?” For the men knew that he was running from the presence of the Lord, [h]because he had told them. 11 Then they said to him, “What should we do to you, so that the sea will become calm for us?”—for the sea was becoming more and more violent. 12 Jonah said to them, “Pick me up and throw me into the sea. Then the sea will become calm for you, for I know that it is because of me that this great storm has come upon you.” 13 Nevertheless, the men rowed hard [breaking through the waves] to return to land, but they could not, because the sea became even more violent [surging higher] against them. 14 Then they called on the Lord and said, “Please, O Lord, do not let us perish because of taking this man’s life, and do not make us accountable for innocent blood; for You, O Lord, have done as You pleased.”

15 So they picked up Jonah and threw him into the sea, and the sea stopped its raging. 16 Then the men greatly feared the Lord, and they offered a sacrifice to the Lord and made vows.

17 Now the Lord had prepared (appointed, destined) a great [i]fish to swallow Jonah. And Jonah was in the stomach of the fish [j]three days and three nights.

Notas al pie

  1. Jonah 1:1 Jonah, the only prophet known to attempt to run away from a divinely appointed mission, lived during the time when Jeroboam II ruled Israel (the ten tribes of the Northern Kingdom). He was from the town of Gath-Hepher in Galilee.
  2. Jonah 1:2 The city of Nineveh was the magnificent capital of the Assyrian Empire. The great palace of Sennacherib was without rival and contained seventy or more rooms. The city was home to more than 120,000 residents (at least twice the size of Babylon) and had no less than fifteen gates in the wall surrounding the city. During this period of time it was probably the largest city in the known world. Built near the juncture of the Tigris River and its tributary the Khoser, it was served by an elaborate water system of eighteen canals. Nineveh had many suburbs, three are mentioned along with Nineveh in Gen 10:11, 12. Nineveh’s extensive ruins are located near the modern city of Mosul, Iraq.
  3. Jonah 1:3 The natural harbor of the city of Joppa (modern Jaffa, Israel) has been in use since the Bronze Age. It was the port of entry for the cedars of Lebanon for Solomon’s temple (2 Chr 2:16), and again for the second temple of Jerusalem (Ezra 3:7). It is located just south of Tel Aviv.
  4. Jonah 1:3 Possibly Tartessos in southwest Spain.
  5. Jonah 1:7 To these sailors, who undoubtedly believed in their own pagan gods, the casting of lots was a way to allow the gods to express themselves since only they could control how a lot fell. In this case, it is possible that God intervened to identify Jonah as the guilty party.
  6. Jonah 1:8 The questions asked indicate that the sailors were afraid of Jonah even before he confessed his worship of the Lord (v 9). The lot had already confirmed that he was responsible, but instead of acting on that they gave him the option of blaming someone else. The other questions are typical of what one would ask any stranger.
  7. Jonah 1:9 This was an important addition to Jonah’s description of God, because most people who believed in pagan gods had different deities for different regions of the created world, and often they also worshiped deities of their own localities. Jonah was affirming that there is only one true God.
  8. Jonah 1:10 Jonah probably had informed them when he first boarded (cf v 3) but they may not have taken him seriously, or perhaps they were just indifferent to his reason for the voyage. Now that they were in mortal danger, they believed him.
  9. Jonah 1:17 The ancient Hebrew term “fish” did not make a distinction between fish and marine mammals. There are no marine creatures known today which would be capable of swallowing a man, either because of their anatomy or because of their observed behavior. It is possible that the creature that swallowed Jonah has long since been extinct, or even that it was uniquely created by God for this one purpose.
  10. Jonah 1:17 Jesus cited Jonah’s experience as a sign of His resurrection (Matt 12:40).