Japanese Living Bible

歴代誌Ⅱ 30

過越の祭り

1ヒゼキヤ王は、全イスラエルとユダ、エフライム、マナセに手紙を送り、エルサレムの神殿に来て、年ごとの過越の祭り(パン種を入れないパンを食べる、ユダヤ人の三大祭の一つ。出エジプトを記念して守られるようになった)を祝うよう呼びかけました。 2-3 王と王を支える人々、それにエルサレムの全会衆は、今回に限り、ひと月遅れの第二の月に祭りを祝うことを決めました。一月では、身をきよめた祭司がまだ足りず、また、通知する時間も足りなかったからです。 王とその助言者たちはそれで完全に意見が一致したので、 ダンからベエル・シェバまでイスラエル全土に過越の祭りを祝う布告を出し、だれであろうと招きました。決まりどおりに過越の祭りを祝う者が多くはなかったからです。

王の手紙にはこう書かれていました。「アブラハム、イサク、イスラエル(ヤコブ)の神、主に立ち返りなさい。そうすれば主は、アッシリヤの王たちの支配から逃れた私たちのところへ帰って来てくださる。 父祖の神、主に罪を犯して滅びを招いた、あなたがたの父や兄弟のようになってはいけない。 彼らのように強情を張ってはいけない。自分を主にささげ、主が永久にきよめた神殿に来て、あなたがたの神、主を礼拝しなさい。そうすれば、主の燃える怒りも去るに違いない。 あなたがたが主に立ち返るなら、捕虜となった兄弟や子どもたちも、連れて行かれた先であわれみを受け、再びこの地に戻ることができるだろう。主は思いやりにあふれた方だから、もしあなたがたが立ち返るなら、顔をそむけたままでおられることは決してない。」

10 こうして王の布告を伝える使者は、エフライムとマナセ、さらにゼブルンの地に至るまで、町から町へと回りましたが、ほとんどどこでも、冷笑とさげすみで迎えられました。 11 しかし、アシェル、マナセ、ゼブルンの部族のある者たちは主に心を向け、エルサレムへ上って来ました。 12 ユダでは、王と高官たちに命じられたように、主の示すことに従いたいという強い願いが、全国民のうちに起こりました。主がそのような願いを起こさせたのです。

13 第二の月になると、人々は過越の祭りを祝うために続々とエルサレムに集まり、おびただしい群衆にふくれ上がりました。 14 彼らはエルサレムにある異教の祭壇と香の祭壇を取り壊し、その残骸をキデロン川に捨てました。 15 そして、第二の月の十四日に過越の子羊をほふりました。祭司とレビ人は、自分たちが積極的でなかったことを恥じて身をきよめ、焼き尽くすいけにえを神殿に運びました。 16 それから、神の人モーセの律法で決められたとおり、そのおのおのの部署に就きました。祭司はレビ人から受け取った血を注ぎました。

17-19 エフライム、マナセ、イッサカル、ゼブルンから来た人々の多くはきよめの儀式を受けていなかったので、汚れたままでした。それでレビ人は、彼らのために過越の子羊をほふり、彼らをきよめました。それからヒゼキヤ王が彼らのために祈ったので、規則に反してはいたものの、彼らは過越のいけにえを食べることが許されたのです。王は祈りました。「恵み深い主よ。たとえ正しい手順できよめられていない者でも、父祖の神、主に従う決心をした者の罪をお赦しください。」 20 主は王の祈りを聞き、彼らを滅ぼすようなことはしませんでした。

21 こうしてイスラエルの民は、七日間、エルサレムで過越の祭りを大きな喜びのうちに祝いました。その間、レビ人と祭司は毎日、シンバルなどに合わせて主をほめたたえました。 22 ヒゼキヤ王は、すぐれた音楽をもって仕えたレビ人に、感謝のことばを述べました。祝いは七日続き、和解のいけにえがささげられ、民は彼らの父祖の神、主に罪を告白しました。

23 興奮が高まる中で、さらに七日間祝いを続けることが、全会一致で決められました。 24 王は民にいけにえ用の雄の子牛千頭と羊七千頭を贈り、高官たちも雄の子牛千頭と羊一万頭を寄贈しました。多くの祭司たちは進み出て、身をきよめました。 25 ユダの民は、祭司やレビ人、寄留の外国人やイスラエルから来た人々と喜びを分かち合いました。 26 ダビデの子ソロモン王の時代からこのかた、エルサレムでこのように盛大に祭りが祝われたことはありませんでした。 27 祭司とレビ人は立ち上がって民を祝福しました。彼らの祈りは、天の聖所の主に聞き届けられました。

New Living Translation

2 Chronicles 30

Preparations for Passover

1King Hezekiah now sent word to all Israel and Judah, and he wrote letters of invitation to the people of Ephraim and Manasseh. He asked everyone to come to the Temple of the Lord at Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover of the Lord, the God of Israel. The king, his officials, and all the community of Jerusalem decided to celebrate Passover a month later than usual.[a] They were unable to celebrate it at the prescribed time because not enough priests could be purified by then, and the people had not yet assembled at Jerusalem.

This plan for keeping the Passover seemed right to the king and all the people. So they sent a proclamation throughout all Israel, from Beersheba in the south to Dan in the north, inviting everyone to come to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover of the Lord, the God of Israel. The people had not been celebrating it in great numbers as required in the Law.

At the king’s command, runners were sent throughout Israel and Judah. They carried letters that said:

“O people of Israel, return to the Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel,[b] so that he will return to the few of us who have survived the conquest of the Assyrian kings. Do not be like your ancestors and relatives who abandoned the Lord, the God of their ancestors, and became an object of derision, as you yourselves can see. Do not be stubborn, as they were, but submit yourselves to the Lord. Come to his Temple, which he has set apart as holy forever. Worship the Lord your God so that his fierce anger will turn away from you.

“For if you return to the Lord, your relatives and your children will be treated mercifully by their captors, and they will be able to return to this land. For the Lord your God is gracious and merciful. If you return to him, he will not continue to turn his face from you.”

Celebration of Passover

10 The runners went from town to town throughout Ephraim and Manasseh and as far as the territory of Zebulun. But most of the people just laughed at the runners and made fun of them. 11 However, some people from Asher, Manasseh, and Zebulun humbled themselves and went to Jerusalem.

12 At the same time, God’s hand was on the people in the land of Judah, giving them all one heart to obey the orders of the king and his officials, who were following the word of the Lord. 13 So a huge crowd assembled at Jerusalem in midspring[c] to celebrate the Festival of Unleavened Bread. 14 They set to work and removed the pagan altars from Jerusalem. They took away all the incense altars and threw them into the Kidron Valley.

15 On the fourteenth day of the second month, one month later than usual,[d] the people slaughtered the Passover lamb. This shamed the priests and Levites, so they purified themselves and brought burnt offerings to the Temple of the Lord. 16 Then they took their places at the Temple as prescribed in the Law of Moses, the man of God. The Levites brought the sacrificial blood to the priests, who then sprinkled it on the altar.

17 Since many of the people had not purified themselves, the Levites had to slaughter their Passover lamb for them, to set them apart for the Lord. 18 Most of those who came from Ephraim, Manasseh, Issachar, and Zebulun had not purified themselves. But King Hezekiah prayed for them, and they were allowed to eat the Passover meal anyway, even though this was contrary to the requirements of the Law. For Hezekiah said, “May the Lord, who is good, pardon those 19 who decide to follow the Lord, the God of their ancestors, even though they are not properly cleansed for the ceremony.” 20 And the Lord listened to Hezekiah’s prayer and healed the people.

21 So the people of Israel who were present in Jerusalem joyously celebrated the Festival of Unleavened Bread for seven days. Each day the Levites and priests sang to the Lord, accompanied by loud instruments.[e] 22 Hezekiah encouraged all the Levites regarding the skill they displayed as they served the Lord. The celebration continued for seven days. Peace offerings were sacrificed, and the people gave thanks to the Lord, the God of their ancestors.

23 The entire assembly then decided to continue the festival another seven days, so they celebrated joyfully for another week. 24 King Hezekiah gave the people 1,000 bulls and 7,000 sheep and goats for offerings, and the officials donated 1,000 bulls and 10,000 sheep and goats. Meanwhile, many more priests purified themselves.

25 The entire assembly of Judah rejoiced, including the priests, the Levites, all who came from the land of Israel, the foreigners who came to the festival, and all those who lived in Judah. 26 There was great joy in the city, for Jerusalem had not seen a celebration like this one since the days of Solomon, King David’s son. 27 Then the priests and Levites stood and blessed the people, and God heard their prayer from his holy dwelling in heaven.

Notas al pie

  1. 30:2 Hebrew in the second month. Passover was normally observed in the first month (of the ancient Hebrew lunar calendar).
  2. 30:6 Israel is the name that God gave to Jacob.
  3. 30:13 Hebrew in the second month. The second month of the ancient Hebrew lunar calendar usually occurs within the months of April and May.
  4. 30:15 Hebrew On the fourteenth day of the second month. Passover normally began on the fourteenth day of the first month (see Lev 23:5).
  5. 30:21 Or sang to the Lord with all their strength.