Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

詩篇 78

上帝引導祂的子民

亞薩的訓誨詩。

1我的百姓啊!
你們要聽我的教導,
側耳傾聽我的話。
我要開口講比喻,
道出古時的奧秘,
是我們所聞所知、世代流傳下來的事。
我們不要在子孫面前隱瞞事實,
要把耶和華當受稱頌的作為、
祂的權能和所行的奇事告訴下一代。
因為祂為雅各制定法度,
為以色列設立律法,
又吩咐我們的祖先把這些律法傳給兒女,
好讓他們也照樣教導自己的子孫後代,
世代相傳。
這樣,他們就會信靠上帝,
遵行祂的命令,
不忘記祂的作為;
也不會像自己的祖先那樣頑梗叛逆,
對上帝不忠,心懷二意。
以法蓮人備上了弓箭,
卻臨陣逃命。
10 他們不遵守上帝的約,
拒絕遵行祂的律法。
11 他們忘記了祂的作為,
忘記了祂為他們所行的奇事。
12 祂曾在埃及,在瑣安當著他們祖先的面行神蹟。
13 祂把海水分開,
帶領他們安然渡過;
祂使海水堆起如牆壁。
14 祂白天以雲柱帶領他們,
晚上用火柱引導他們。
15 祂在曠野劈開磐石,
供應他們豐沛的水源。
16 祂使水從磐石中滾滾流出,
如滔滔江河。
17 然而,他們仍舊犯罪,
在曠野反叛至高的上帝。
18 他們頑梗地試探上帝,
索要他們想吃的食物。
19 他們抱怨上帝,說:
「難道上帝可以在曠野擺宴席嗎?
20 祂擊打磐石,
水就湧出,流淌成河,
但祂能賜給我們——祂的子民食物和肉嗎?」
21 耶和華聽後大怒,
祂的怒火燒向雅各,
祂的怒氣撒向以色列。
22 因為他們不相信上帝,也不信靠祂的拯救。
23 祂向穹蒼發出命令,
又打開天門,
24 降下嗎哪給他們吃,賜下天糧。
25 他們吃了天使的食物,
上帝賜給他們豐富的食物。
26 祂使空中颳起東風,
用大能引來南風,
27 使飛鳥像雨點一般降在他們當中,多如塵埃,
使他們有多如海沙的肉吃。
28 祂使飛鳥降落在他們營中的帳篷周圍,
29 讓他們盡情地吃,
遂了他們的心願。
30 但是,他們還沒有吃完,
肉還在口中的時候,
31 上帝就向他們發怒,
殺掉了他們當中最強壯的,
消滅了以色列的青年。
32 即使如此,
他們依舊犯罪,
不相信上帝奇妙的作為。
33 所以上帝使他們虛度一生,
讓他們的歲月充滿恐懼。
34 直到上帝擊殺他們的時候,
他們才回轉,誠心尋求上帝。
35 他們才想起上帝是他們的磐石,
至高的上帝是他們的救贖主。
36 他們卻虛情假意,滿口謊言。
37 他們不忠於祂,
也不信守祂的約。
38 但上帝充滿憐憫,
赦免了他們的罪,
沒有毀滅他們。
祂多次收住怒氣,
沒有完全發出祂的烈怒。
39 祂顧念他們不過是血肉之軀,
像一陣風轉眼消逝。
40 他們在曠野屢屢反叛祂,
使祂傷心。
41 他們再三試探上帝,
惹以色列的聖者發怒。
42 他們忘記了祂的大能,
忘記了祂救他們脫離壓迫的日子,
43 也忘記了祂在埃及所行的神蹟,
在瑣安的田野所行的奇事。
44 祂曾使江河溪流變成血,
以致無人能喝。
45 祂曾使成群的蒼蠅吞沒他們,
使青蛙毀滅他們。
46 祂將他們的五穀賞給蚱蜢,
讓蝗蟲吃盡他們的收成。
47 祂用冰雹毀壞他們的葡萄樹,
用嚴霜毀壞他們的無花果樹,
48 又用冰雹毀滅他們的牛群,
用閃電毀滅他們的牲畜。
49 祂把怒火、烈怒、憤恨和禍患傾倒在他們身上,
遣下一群降災的天使。
50 祂的怒氣盡發,
使他們被瘟疫吞噬,難逃一死。
51 祂擊殺了埃及人所有的長子,
就是含帳篷中頭生的兒子。
52 祂領出自己的子民,
好像領出羊群,
引領他們經過曠野,
53 使他們一路平安,免受驚嚇,
大海卻淹沒了他們的仇敵。
54 祂帶領自己的子民來到聖地的邊界,
來到祂親手為他們預備的山區,
55 從他們面前趕出外族人,
把外族人的土地分給他們,
作為他們的產業,
使以色列各支派安頓下來。
56 可是,他們仍舊試探上帝,
反叛至高者,不遵行祂的法度。
57 他們跟祖先一樣背信棄義,
像斷弓一樣毫不可靠。
58 他們建造邱壇,惹祂發怒;
他們豎起神像,令祂憤怒。
59 上帝知道了他們的惡行,
怒不可遏,
徹底棄絕了以色列人。
60 祂離棄了設在示羅的聖幕,
就是祂在人間的居所。
61 祂任憑自己的約櫃被人擄去,
讓自己的榮耀落在敵人手中。
62 祂使自己的子民被刀劍殺戮,
向自己的產業大發怒氣。
63 青年被烈火吞噬,
少女無法婚嫁。
64 祭司喪身刀下,
寡婦無法哭喪。
65 那時,主像從睡眠中醒來,
又如酒後醒來的勇士。
66 祂擊退仇敵,
叫他們永遠蒙羞。
67 祂丟棄了約瑟的子孫,
沒有揀選以法蓮支派。
68 祂揀選了猶大支派,
祂所喜愛的錫安山。
69 祂為自己建造高聳的聖所,
使它像大地一樣長存。
70 祂揀選了祂的僕人大衛,
把他從羊圈中召來,
71 讓他離開牧羊的生活,
去牧養祂的子民雅各的後裔,
牧養祂的產業以色列。
72 於是,大衛以正直的心牧養他們,
用靈巧的手帶領他們。

The Message

Psalm 78

An Asaph Psalm

11-4 Listen, dear friends, to God’s truth,
    bend your ears to what I tell you.
I’m chewing on the morsel of a proverb;
    I’ll let you in on the sweet old truths,
Stories we heard from our fathers,
    counsel we learned at our mother’s knee.
We’re not keeping this to ourselves,
    we’re passing it along to the next generation—
God’s fame and fortune,
    the marvelous things he has done.

5-8 He planted a witness in Jacob,
    set his Word firmly in Israel,
Then commanded our parents
    to teach it to their children
So the next generation would know,
    and all the generations to come—
Know the truth and tell the stories
    so their children can trust in God,
Never forget the works of God
    but keep his commands to the letter.
Heaven forbid they should be like their parents,
    bullheaded and bad,
A fickle and faithless bunch
    who never stayed true to God.

9-16 The Ephraimites, armed to the teeth,
    ran off when the battle began.
They were cowards to God’s Covenant,
    refused to walk by his Word.
They forgot what he had done—
    marvels he’d done right before their eyes.
He performed miracles in plain sight of their parents
    in Egypt, out on the fields of Zoan.
He split the Sea and they walked right through it;
    he piled the waters to the right and the left.
He led them by day with a cloud,
    led them all the night long with a fiery torch.
He split rocks in the wilderness,
    gave them all they could drink from underground springs;
He made creeks flow out from sheer rock,
    and water pour out like a river.

17-20 All they did was sin even more,
    rebel in the desert against the High God.
They tried to get their own way with God,
    clamored for favors, for special attention.
They whined like spoiled children,
    “Why can’t God give us a decent meal in this desert?
Sure, he struck the rock and the water flowed,
    creeks cascaded from the rock.
But how about some fresh-baked bread?
    How about a nice cut of meat?”

21-31 When God heard that, he was furious—
    his anger flared against Jacob,
    he lost his temper with Israel.
It was clear they didn’t believe God,
    had no intention of trusting in his help.
But God helped them anyway, commanded the clouds
    and gave orders that opened the gates of heaven.
He rained down showers of manna to eat,
    he gave them the Bread of Heaven.
They ate the bread of the mighty angels;
    he sent them all the food they could eat.
He let East Wind break loose from the skies,
    gave a strong push to South Wind.
This time it was birds that rained down—
    succulent birds, an abundance of birds.
He aimed them right for the center of their camp;
    all round their tents there were birds.
They ate and had their fill;
    he handed them everything they craved on a platter.
But their greed knew no bounds;
    they stuffed their mouths with more and more.
Finally, God was fed up, his anger erupted—
    he cut down their brightest and best,
    he laid low Israel’s finest young men.

32-37 And—can you believe it?—they kept right on sinning;
    all those wonders and they still wouldn’t believe!
So their lives dribbled off to nothing—
    nothing to show for their lives but a ghost town.
When he cut them down, they came running for help;
    they turned and pled for mercy.
They gave witness that God was their rock,
    that High God was their redeemer,
But they didn’t mean a word of it;
    they lied through their teeth the whole time.
They could not have cared less about him,
    wanted nothing to do with his Covenant.

38-55 And God? Compassionate!
    Forgave the sin! Didn’t destroy!
Over and over he reined in his anger,
    restrained his considerable wrath.
He knew what they were made of;
    he knew there wasn’t much to them,
How often in the desert they had spurned him,
    tried his patience in those wilderness years.
Time and again they pushed him to the limit,
    provoked Israel’s Holy God.
How quickly they forgot what he’d done,
    forgot their day of rescue from the enemy,
When he did miracles in Egypt,
    wonders on the plain of Zoan.
He turned the River and its streams to blood—
    not a drop of water fit to drink.
He sent flies, which ate them alive,
    and frogs, which bedeviled them.
He turned their harvest over to caterpillars,
    everything they had worked for to the locusts.
He flattened their grapevines with hail;
    a killing frost ruined their orchards.
He pounded their cattle with hail,
    let thunderbolts loose on their herds.
His anger flared,
    a wild firestorm of havoc,
An advance guard of disease-carrying angels
    to clear the ground, preparing the way before him.
He didn’t spare those people,
    he let the plague rage through their lives.
He killed all the Egyptian firstborns,
    lusty infants, offspring of Ham’s virility.
Then he led his people out like sheep,
    took his flock safely through the wilderness.
He took good care of them; they had nothing to fear.
    The Sea took care of their enemies for good.
He brought them into his holy land,
    this mountain he claimed for his own.
He scattered everyone who got in their way;
    he staked out an inheritance for them—
    the tribes of Israel all had their own places.

56-64 But they kept on giving him a hard time,
    rebelled against God, the High God,
    refused to do anything he told them.
They were worse, if that’s possible, than their parents:
    traitors—crooked as a corkscrew.
Their pagan orgies provoked God’s anger,
    their obscene idolatries broke his heart.
When God heard their carryings-on, he was furious;
    he posted a huge No over Israel.
He walked off and left Shiloh empty,
    abandoned the shrine where he had met with Israel.
He let his pride and joy go to the dogs,
    turned his back on the pride of his life.
He turned them loose on fields of battle;
    angry, he let them fend for themselves.
Their young men went to war and never came back;
    their young women waited in vain.
Their priests were massacred,
    and their widows never shed a tear.

65-72 Suddenly the Lord was up on his feet
    like someone roused from deep sleep,
    shouting like a drunken warrior.
He hit his enemies hard, sent them running,
    yelping, not daring to look back.
He disqualified Joseph as leader,
    told Ephraim he didn’t have what it takes,
And chose the Tribe of Judah instead,
    Mount Zion, which he loves so much.
He built his sanctuary there, resplendent,
    solid and lasting as the earth itself.
Then he chose David, his servant,
    handpicked him from his work in the sheep pens.
One day he was caring for the ewes and their lambs,
    the next day God had him shepherding Jacob,
    his people Israel, his prize possession.
His good heart made him a good shepherd;
    he guided the people wisely and well.