Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

約珥書 1

1以下是耶和華對毗土珥的兒子約珥所說的話。

嚴重的蝗災

長老們啊,請聽我說!
地上的所有居民啊,要留心聽!
在你們或你們祖先的時代可曾發生過這樣的事?
要把這事告訴你們的子子孫孫,
傳到世世代代!

蝗蟲吃剩的,蝻子來吃;
蝻子吃剩的,蚱蜢來吃;
蚱蜢吃剩的,螞蚱來吃[a]

醉漢啊,醒過來哭泣吧!
貪杯的人啊,哀號吧!
你們再無美酒可飲了。
有一群兇猛的蝗蟲侵犯我的國土,
牠們不計其數,
有雄獅的獠牙和母獅的利齒。
牠們毀壞我的葡萄樹和無花果樹,
剝光樹皮,
只留下光禿的樹枝。

我的子民啊,你們要像死了未婚夫的少女,
穿上喪服痛哭哀號。
耶和華殿中的素祭[b]和奠祭[c]都停止了,
事奉耶和華的祭司都哀傷。
10 田園荒廢,遍地淒涼,
五穀盡毀,
再也沒有新酒和油了。

11 農夫啊,你們要憂傷!
照料葡萄園的人啊,
你們要哀號!
因為田間的大麥和小麥全毀了。
12 葡萄樹枯死,
無花果樹凋殘,
石榴樹、棕樹、蘋果樹等田野的一切樹木枯乾。
人間的歡樂消逝了。

13 祭司啊,穿著喪服痛哭吧;
在祭壇前事奉的人啊,要哀號;
我上帝的僕人啊,要披上麻衣過夜;
因為再無素祭和奠祭獻到你們上帝的殿中了。

14 你們要定一個禁食的日子,
舉行莊嚴的聚會,
召集全國的長老和人民,
到你們的上帝耶和華的殿中,
向耶和華呼求。

15 太可怕了!耶和華的日子近了,
那是全能者施行毀滅的日子。
16 我們的糧食斷絕了,
我們上帝殿中的歡樂消失了。

17 種子在土裡腐爛,
五穀乾死,倉庫荒廢,
穀倉被拆毀。

18 牲畜哀鳴,
牛群因找不到草場而四處亂竄,
羊群也受苦。

19 耶和華啊,我向你呼求,
因為火焰吞滅了曠野的草場,
烈火燒光了田野的樹木。
20 田野的走獸向你呼求,
因為溪水已經枯乾,
火也燒盡了曠野的草場。

  1. 1·4 蝗蟲蝻子蚱蜢螞蚱」四個詞希伯來語的確切意思很難考證。
  2. 1·9 素祭就是獻上五穀、麵粉之類的供物,參見利未記2章。
  3. 1·9 奠祭就是獻上新釀的酒。

The Message

Joel 1

Get in Touch with Reality—and Weep!

11-3 God’s Message to Joel son of Pethuel:

Attention, elder statesmen! Listen closely,
    everyone, whoever and wherever you are!
Have you ever heard of anything like this?
    Has anything like this ever happened before—ever?
Make sure you tell your children,
    and your children tell their children,
And their children their children.
    Don’t let this message die out.

What the chewing locust left,
    the gobbling locust ate;
What the gobbling locust left,
    the munching locust ate;
What the munching locust left,
    the chomping locust ate.

5-7 Sober up, you drunks!
    Get in touch with reality—and weep!
Your supply of booze is cut off.
    You’re on the wagon, like it or not.
My country’s being invaded
    by an army invincible, past numbering,
Teeth like those of a lion,
    fangs like those of a tiger.
It has ruined my vineyards,
    stripped my orchards,
And clear-cut the country.
    The landscape’s a moonscape.

8-10 Weep like a young virgin dressed in black,
    mourning the loss of her fiancé.
Without grain and grapes,
    worship has been brought to a standstill
    in the Sanctuary of God.
The priests are at a loss.
    God’s ministers don’t know what to do.
The fields are sterile.
    The very ground grieves.
The wheat fields are lifeless,
    vineyards dried up, olive oil gone.

11-12 Dirt farmers, despair!
    Grape growers, wring your hands!
Lament the loss of wheat and barley.
    All crops have failed.
Vineyards dried up,
    fig trees withered,
Pomegranates, date palms, and apple trees—
    deadwood everywhere!
And joy is dried up and withered
    in the hearts of the people.

Nothing’s Going On in the Place of Worship

13-14 And also you priests,
    put on your robes and join the outcry.
You who lead people in worship,
    lead them in lament.
Spend the night dressed in gunnysacks,
    you servants of my God.
Nothing’s going on in the place of worship,
    no offerings, no prayers—nothing.
Declare a holy fast, call a special meeting,
    get the leaders together,
Round up everyone in the country.
    Get them into God’s Sanctuary for serious prayer to God.

15-18 What a day! Doomsday!
    God’s Judgment Day has come.
The Strong God has arrived.
    This is serious business!
Food is just a memory at our tables,
    as are joy and singing from God’s Sanctuary.
The seeds in the field are dead,
    barns deserted,
Grain silos abandoned.
    Who needs them? The crops have failed!
The farm animals groan—oh, how they groan!
    The cattle mill around.
There’s nothing for them to eat.
    Not even the sheep find anything.

19-20 God! I pray, I cry out to you!
    The fields are burning up,
The country is a dust bowl,
    forest and prairie fires rage unchecked.
Wild animals, dying of thirst,
    look to you for a drink.
Springs and streams are dried up.
    The whole country is burning up.