Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

約書亞記 22

建祭壇之爭

1約書亞召來了呂便、迦得和瑪拿西半個支派的人來, 對他們說:「你們都遵守了耶和華的僕人摩西的一切吩咐,也遵守了我的一切吩咐。 這些日子以來,你們從沒有離棄自己的弟兄,遵守了你們的上帝耶和華的吩咐。 現在你們的上帝耶和華已經照祂的應許使你們的弟兄安居,你們可以回到約旦河東,到摩西賜給你們作產業的地方。 不過,你們要謹遵耶和華的僕人摩西吩咐你們的誡命和律法,要愛你們的上帝耶和華,遵行祂的旨意,聽從祂的命令,忠於祂,全心全意地事奉祂。」

於是,約書亞為他們祝福,送他們回去,他們就各自返回家園去了。

摩西已經在巴珊把土地分給了瑪拿西半個支派,約書亞把約旦河西的土地分給了瑪拿西另外的半個支派及其他支派。約書亞派他們回家的時候,為他們祝福, 說:「現在你們帶著大量的財物、牲畜、金銀、銅、鐵和衣物返回家園,要把從敵人那裡得來的財物分給你們的弟兄。」 於是,呂便、迦得和瑪拿西半個支派的人便離開在迦南的示羅的以色列人,返回耶和華藉摩西分配給他們的基列。

10 他們來到約旦河附近的迦南境內,就在約旦河邊築了一座高大的祭壇。 11 以色列人聽見呂便、迦得和瑪拿西半個支派的人在約旦河西的迦南境內築起了一座祭壇, 12 便全部聚集在示羅,要討伐他們。

13 以色列人派祭司以利亞撒的兒子非尼哈去基列見他們, 14 又從每支派差遣一位族長,共十位隨行。 15 他們來到基列的呂便、迦得和瑪拿西半個支派的人那裡,對他們說: 16 「耶和華的全體會眾問你們,你們怎能這樣背叛以色列的上帝,離棄耶和華,為自己另建祭壇呢? 17 從前拜毗珥的罪惡不夠大嗎?那一次,瘟疫降到耶和華的會眾身上,直到今日我們還沒有洗淨這罪。 18 你們今日要離棄耶和華嗎?今日你們背叛耶和華,明日祂必向以色列全體會眾發怒。 19 如果你們認為自己的土地不潔淨,可以搬到耶和華的土地跟我們一起居住,這裡有耶和華的聖幕。只是不可在耶和華的祭壇以外,自己另築祭壇,以致背叛耶和華,連累我們。 20 從前謝拉的曾孫亞干私自留下那些耶和華吩咐要毀滅的東西,以致耶和華的烈怒臨到以色列全體會眾,因他的罪而死的不只他一個人!」

21 呂便、迦得和瑪拿西半個支派的人便回答這些以色列的族長說: 22 「大能的上帝耶和華,大能的上帝耶和華,祂知道一切!以色列人也當知道!如果我們做了違背或干犯耶和華的事,願祂今天就不放過我們! 23 如果我們離棄耶和華,為自己造祭壇,或是在壇上獻燔祭、素祭和平安祭,願耶和華親自懲罰我們。 24 我們這樣做是怕以後你們的子孫可能會對我們的子孫說,『你們和以色列的上帝耶和華有什麼關係? 25 耶和華把約旦河定為我們跟你們呂便和迦得人的邊界,你們與耶和華一點關係也沒有。』這樣,恐怕你們的子孫會使我們的子孫不再敬畏耶和華。 26 因此,我們便商議在這裡築一座祭壇,這壇不是用來獻燔祭或別的祭, 27 只是在你們和我們之間,也在彼此的後人之間立個證據,證明我們也獻燔祭、平安祭及其他祭事奉耶和華,免得日後你們的子孫對我們的子孫說,『你們與耶和華一點關係也沒有。』 28 萬一你們對我們或我們的子孫這樣說,我們可以回答說,『你們看我們祖先築的這座祭壇跟耶和華的祭壇一模一樣,只是這座壇不是用來獻燔祭或別的祭,而是作為你們和我們之間的證據!』 29 我們根本無意背叛、離棄我們的上帝耶和華,在祂聖幕前的祭壇以外另築祭壇來獻燔祭、素祭和別的祭。」

30 祭司非尼哈和以色列會眾的族長聽了他們的解釋,都很滿意。 31 以利亞撒的兒子祭司非尼哈對他們說:「今日我們知道耶和華在我們當中,因為你們沒有對耶和華不忠,現在你們使以色列人免遭耶和華的懲罰了。」

32 以利亞撒的兒子非尼哈祭司和眾族長便離開呂便人和迦得人,從基列回到迦南向以色列人報告這事。 33 大家聽後,都很滿意,便頌讚耶和華,打消了出兵討伐呂便人和迦得人、毀滅他們家園的念頭。

34 呂便和迦得人給那座祭壇取名叫「證壇」,意思是這壇在我們中間證明耶和華是上帝。

Amplified Bible

Joshua 22

Tribes beyond Jordan Return

1Then Joshua called the Reubenites and the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh, and said to them, “You have kept all that Moses the servant of the Lord commanded you, and have listened to and obeyed my voice in everything that I commanded you. You have not deserted your brothers these many days to this day, but have [carefully] kept the obligation of the commandment of the Lord your God. And now the Lord your God has given rest to your brothers, as He has promised them; so turn now and go to your tents, to the land of your possession, which Moses the servant of the Lord gave you beyond the [east side of the] Jordan. Only be very careful and diligently observe the commandment and the law which Moses the servant of the Lord has commanded you to love the Lord your God and walk in all His ways and keep His commandments and hold fast to Him and serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul [your very life].” So Joshua blessed them and sent them away, and they went to their tents.

Now to the one-half of the tribe of Manasseh Moses had given a possession in Bashan, but to the other half Joshua gave a possession on the west side of the Jordan among their brothers. So when Joshua sent them away to their tents, he blessed them, and he said to them, “Return to your tents with great riches and with very much livestock, with silver, gold, bronze, iron, and with very many clothes; divide the spoil of your enemies with your brothers (fellow tribesmen).” So the sons (descendants) of Reuben and the sons of Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh returned home and departed from the [other] sons (western tribes) of Israel at Shiloh which is in the land of Canaan, to go to the land of Gilead, to the land of their own which they had possessed, in accordance with the command of the Lord through Moses.

The Offensive Altar

10 When they came to the region of the Jordan which is in the land of Canaan, the sons of Reuben and the sons of Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh built an altar there by the Jordan, an altar that was great to behold. 11 And the [other] sons of Israel heard it said, “Look, the sons of Reuben and the sons of Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh have built an [a]altar at the edge of the land of Canaan, in the region [west] of the Jordan, on the side belonging to the sons of Israel.” 12 When the sons of Israel heard of it, the whole congregation of the Israelites gathered at Shiloh to make war against them.

13 Then the sons of Israel sent Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest to the sons of Reuben and the sons of Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh, in the land of Gilead, 14 and with him ten leaders, one leader from each father’s household from each of the tribes of Israel; and each one was the head of his father’s household among the thousands of Israel. 15 They came to the sons of Reuben and the sons of Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh, in the land of Gilead, and they said to them, 16 “This is what the entire congregation of the Lord says, ‘What is this disloyal and unfaithful act which you have committed against the God of Israel, so as to turn away from following the Lord this day, by building yourselves an altar, to rebel against the Lord this day? 17 Is the wrongdoing (idolatry) of Peor not enough for us, from which we have not cleansed ourselves to this day, even though the affliction [in which twenty-four thousand died] came on the congregation of the Lord, 18 that you would turn away this day from following the Lord? If you rebel against the Lord today, He will be angry with the entire congregation of Israel tomorrow. 19 If, however, the land of your possession is unclean, then cross into the land of the possession of the Lord, where the Lord’s tabernacle is situated, and settle down among us. But do not rebel against the Lord, or rebel against us by building an altar for yourselves, besides the altar of the Lord our God [at Shiloh]. 20 Did not Achan the son of Zerah act unfaithfully in the things under the ban, and [as a result God’s] wrath came on the entire congregation of Israel? And that man did not perish alone in his wrongdoing.’”

21 Then the sons of Reuben and the sons of Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh answered and said to the heads of the families of Israel, 22 “The Mighty One, God, the Lord, the Mighty One, God, the Lord! He knows, and may Israel itself know. If it was in rebellion, or if in an unfaithful act against the Lord, do not save us this day! 23 If we have built an altar for ourselves to turn away from following the Lord, or if [we did so] to offer a burnt offering or grain offering on it, or if to offer sacrifices of peace offerings on it, may the Lord Himself require it [of us and hold us responsible]. 24 But in truth we have done this out of concern, for a reason, saying, ‘In time to come your sons (descendants) may say to our sons, “What [b]claim do you have to the Lord, the God of Israel? 25 For the Lord has made the Jordan a border between us and you, you sons of Reuben and sons of Gad; you have no part in the Lord.” So your sons (descendants) may cause our sons to stop fearing the Lord.’

26 “So we said, ‘Let us prepare and build an altar, not for burnt offering or for sacrifice, 27 but to be a witness between us and you and between the generations after us, that we are to perform the service of the Lord before Him with our burnt offerings, and with our sacrifices and with our peace offerings, so that your sons (descendants) will not say to our sons in time to come, “You have no part in the Lord.”’ 28 So we said, ‘If your descendants should say this to us or to our descendants in time to come, then we can reply, “See the copy of the altar of the Lord which our fathers made, not for burnt offering or for sacrifice, but rather it is a witness between us and you.”’ 29 Far be it from us that we should rebel against the Lord and turn away from following the Lord this day, by building an altar for burnt offering, for grain offering or for sacrifice, besides the altar of the Lord our God which is before His [c]tabernacle [in Shiloh].”

30 So when Phinehas the priest and the leaders of the congregation and heads of the families of Israel who were with him, heard the words which the sons of Reuben and the sons of Gad and the sons of Manasseh spoke, it [d]pleased them. 31 Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest said to the sons of Reuben and the sons of Gad and the sons of Manasseh, “Today we know that the Lord is among us, because you have not committed this unfaithful act against the Lord; indeed you have saved Israel from the hand of the Lord.”

32 Then Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest and the leaders returned from the sons of Reuben and the sons of Gad, from the land of Gilead to the land of Canaan, to the sons of Israel, and brought back word to them. 33 The report [e]pleased the sons of Israel, and the sons of Israel blessed God; and they said no more about going to battle against them to destroy the land in which the sons of Reuben and the sons of Gad were living. 34 The sons of Reuben and the sons of Gad called the altar Witness; “For it is a witness between us that the Lord is God.”

  1. Joshua 22:11 The immediate assumption of the Israelites was that this altar was an act of rebellion and was built to compete with the true altar of God in Shiloh.
  2. Joshua 22:24 Lit to you and to the Lord.
  3. Joshua 22:29 Lit dwelling place.
  4. Joshua 22:30 Lit was good in their eyes.
  5. Joshua 22:33 Lit was good in the eyes of.