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。

The Message

Jonah 1

Running Away from God

11-2 One day long ago, God’s Word came to Jonah, Amittai’s son: “Up on your feet and on your way to the big city of Nineveh! Preach to them. They’re in a bad way and I can’t ignore it any longer.”

But Jonah got up and went the other direction to Tarshish, running away from God. He went down to the port of Joppa and found a ship headed for Tarshish. He paid the fare and went on board, joining those going to Tarshish—as far away from God as he could get.

4-6 But God sent a huge storm at sea, the waves towering.

The ship was about to break into pieces. The sailors were terrified. They called out in desperation to their gods. They threw everything they were carrying overboard to lighten the ship. Meanwhile, Jonah had gone down into the hold of the ship to take a nap. He was sound asleep. The captain came to him and said, “What’s this? Sleeping! Get up! Pray to your god! Maybe your god will see we’re in trouble and rescue us.”

Then the sailors said to one another, “Let’s get to the bottom of this. Let’s draw straws to identify the culprit on this ship who’s responsible for this disaster.”

So they drew straws. Jonah got the short straw.

Then they grilled him: “Confess. Why this disaster? What is your work? Where do you come from? What country? What family?”

He told them, “I’m a Hebrew. I worship God, the God of heaven who made sea and land.”

10 At that, the men were frightened, really frightened, and said, “What on earth have you done!” As Jonah talked, the sailors realized that he was running away from God.

11 They said to him, “What are we going to do with you—to get rid of this storm?” By this time the sea was wild, totally out of control.

12 Jonah said, “Throw me overboard, into the sea. Then the storm will stop. It’s all my fault. I’m the cause of the storm. Get rid of me and you’ll get rid of the storm.”

13 But no. The men tried rowing back to shore. They made no headway. The storm only got worse and worse, wild and raging.

14 Then they prayed to God, “O God! Don’t let us drown because of this man’s life, and don’t blame us for his death. You are God. Do what you think is best.”

15 They took Jonah and threw him overboard. Immediately the sea was quieted down.

16 The sailors were impressed, no longer terrified by the sea, but in awe of God. They worshiped God, offered a sacrifice, and made vows.

17 Then God assigned a huge fish to swallow Jonah. Jonah was in the fish’s belly three days and nights.