Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

那鴻書 1

1以下是關於尼尼微的預言,是伊勒歌斯人那鴻的啟示書。

耶和華向尼尼微發怒

耶和華是痛恨不貞、施行報應的上帝。
耶和華施行報應,充滿烈怒。
耶和華報應祂的仇敵,向他們發烈怒。
耶和華不輕易發怒,有偉大的能力。
耶和華斷不以有罪的為無罪。
祂行走在旋風和暴風中,
雲彩是祂腳下的塵土。
祂斥責大海,使大海乾涸;
祂使一切河流枯竭。
巴珊和迦密的草木凋零,
黎巴嫩的鮮花衰殘。
在祂面前,群山震動,丘陵消融。
在祂面前,大地隆起,
世界和世上的一切都戰慄。
祂發怒,誰能站立?
祂發烈怒,誰能承受?
祂的憤怒如火焰噴湧而出,
磐石在祂面前崩裂。
耶和華是良善的,
是人患難時的避難所;
祂看顧那些信靠祂的人。
祂必用滔滔洪水滅絕祂的敵人,
把他們驅逐到黑暗中。

尼尼微人啊,
你們為何圖謀抵擋耶和華?
祂要徹底毀滅你們,
無需擊打兩次。
10 你們像糾結的荊棘,
又像酩酊大醉的人,
要如乾稭被火燒盡。
11 你們當中有一個人,
一個邪惡的陰謀者,
圖謀抵擋耶和華。
12 耶和華說:
「儘管尼尼微勢力強大、人口眾多,
但必被剷除,化為烏有。
我的子民啊,我使你們受了苦,
但必不再使你們受苦。
13 現在我要打碎他們套在你們頸項上的軛,
鬆開你們身上的鎖鏈。」
14 尼尼微啊,
耶和華已發出有關你的命令:
「你的名不會傳於後世。
我要摧毀你神廟中雕刻和鑄造的偶像。
我要為你掘好墳墓,
因為你毫無用處。」

15 看啊,
傳喜訊、報平安的人穿山越嶺而來。
猶大啊,
慶祝你的節期,
還你許的願吧!
邪惡之人將不再侵擾你,
他們都將被徹底毀滅。

The Message

Nahum 1

God Is Serious Business

1A report on the problem of Nineveh, the way God gave Nahum of Elkosh to see it:

2-6 God is serious business.
    He won’t be trifled with.
He avenges his foes.
    He stands up against his enemies, fierce and raging.
But God doesn’t lose his temper.
    He’s powerful, but it’s a patient power.
Still, no one gets by with anything.
    Sooner or later, everyone pays.
Tornadoes and hurricanes
    are the wake of his passage,
Storm clouds are the dust
    he shakes off his feet.
He yells at the sea: It dries up.
    All the rivers run dry.
The Bashan and Carmel mountains shrivel,
    the Lebanon orchards shrivel.
Mountains quake in their roots,
    hills dissolve into mud flats.
Earth shakes in fear of God.
    The whole world’s in a panic.
Who can face such towering anger?
    Who can stand up to this fierce rage?
His anger spills out like a river of lava,
    his fury shatters boulders.

7-10 God is good,
    a hiding place in tough times.
He recognizes and welcomes
    anyone looking for help,
No matter how desperate the trouble.
    But cozy islands of escape
He wipes right off the map.
    No one gets away from God.
Why waste time conniving against God?
    He’s putting an end to all such scheming.
For troublemakers, no second chances.
    Like a pile of dry brush,
Soaked in oil,
    they’ll go up in flames.

A Think Tank for Lies

11 Nineveh’s an anthill
    of evil plots against God,
A think tank for lies
    that seduce and betray.

12-13 And God has something to say about all this:
    “Even though you’re on top of the world,
With all the applause and all the votes,
    you’ll be mowed down flat.

“I’ve afflicted you, Judah, true,
    but I won’t afflict you again.
From now on I’m taking the yoke from your neck
    and splitting it up for kindling.
I’m cutting you free
    from the ropes of your bondage.”

14 God’s orders on Nineveh:

“You’re the end of the line.
    It’s all over with Nineveh.
I’m gutting your temple.
    Your gods and goddesses go in the trash.
I’m digging your grave. It’s an unmarked grave.
    You’re nothing—no, you’re less than nothing!”

15 Look! Striding across the mountains—
    a messenger bringing the latest good news: peace!
A holiday, Judah! Celebrate!
    Worship and recommit to God!
No more worries about this enemy.
    This one is history. Close the books.