The Message

Leviticus 26

1“Don’t make idols for yourselves; don’t set up an image or a sacred pillar for yourselves, and don’t place a carved stone in your land that you can bow down to in worship. I am God, your God.

“Keep my Sabbaths; treat my Sanctuary with reverence. I am God.

“If You Live by My Decrees . . .”

3-5 “If you live by my decrees and obediently keep my commandments, I will send the rains in their seasons, the ground will yield its crops and the trees of the field their fruit. You will thresh until the grape harvest and the grape harvest will continue until planting time; you’ll have more than enough to eat and will live safe and secure in your land.

6-10 “I’ll make the country a place of peace—you’ll be able to go to sleep at night without fear; I’ll get rid of the wild beasts; I’ll eliminate war. You’ll chase out your enemies and defeat them: Five of you will chase a hundred, and a hundred of you will chase ten thousand and do away with them. I’ll give you my full attention: I’ll make sure you prosper, make sure you grow in numbers, and keep my covenant with you in good working order. You’ll still be eating from last year’s harvest when you have to clean out the barns to make room for the new crops.

11-13 “I’ll set up my residence in your neighborhood; I won’t avoid or shun you; I’ll stroll through your streets. I’ll be your God; you’ll be my people. I am God, your personal God who rescued you from Egypt so that you would no longer be slaves to the Egyptians. I ripped off the harness of your slavery so that you can move about freely.

“But If You Refuse to Obey Me . . .”

14-17 “But if you refuse to obey me and won’t observe my commandments, despising my decrees and holding my laws in contempt by your disobedience, making a shambles of my covenant, I’ll step in and pour on the trouble: debilitating disease, high fevers, blindness, your life leaking out bit by bit. You’ll plant seed but your enemies will eat the crops. I’ll turn my back on you and stand by while your enemies defeat you. People who hate you will govern you. You’ll run scared even when there’s no one chasing you.

18-20 “And if none of this works in getting your attention, I’ll discipline you seven times over for your sins. I’ll break your strong pride: I’ll make the skies above you like a sheet of tin and the ground under you like cast iron. No matter how hard you work, nothing will come of it: No crops out of the ground, no fruit off the trees.

21-22 “If you defy me and refuse to listen, your punishment will be seven times more than your sins: I’ll set wild animals on you; they’ll rob you of your children, kill your cattle, and decimate your numbers until you’ll think you are living in a ghost town.

23-26 “And if even this doesn’t work and you refuse my discipline and continue your defiance, then it will be my turn to defy you. I, yes I, will punish you for your sins seven times over: I’ll let war loose on you, avenging your breaking of the covenant; when you huddle in your cities for protection, I’ll send a deadly epidemic on you and you’ll be helpless before your enemies; when I cut off your bread supply, ten women will bake bread in one oven and ration it out. You’ll eat, but barely—no one will get enough.

27-35 “And if this—even this!—doesn’t work and you still won’t listen, still defy me, I’ll have had enough and in hot anger will defy you, punishing you for your sins seven times over: famine will be so severe that you’ll end up cooking and eating your sons in stews and your daughters in barbecues; I’ll smash your sex-and-religion shrines and all the paraphernalia that goes with them, and then stack your corpses and the idol-corpses in the same piles—I’ll abhor you; I’ll turn your cities into rubble; I’ll clean out your sanctuaries; I’ll hold my nose at the “pleasing aroma” of your sacrifices. I’ll turn your land into a lifeless moonscape—your enemies who come in to take over will be shocked at what they see. I’ll scatter you all over the world and keep after you with the point of my sword in your backs. There’ll be nothing left in your land, nothing going on in your cities. With you gone and dispersed in the countries of your enemies, the land, empty of you, will finally get a break and enjoy its Sabbath years. All the time it’s left there empty, the land will get rest, the Sabbaths it never got when you lived there.

36-39 “As for those among you still alive, I’ll give them over to fearful timidity—even the rustle of a leaf will throw them into a panic. They’ll run here and there, back and forth, as if running for their lives even though no one is after them, tripping and falling over one another in total confusion. You won’t stand a chance against an enemy. You’ll perish among the nations; the land of your enemies will eat you up. Any who are left will slowly rot away in the enemy lands. Rot. And all because of their sins, their sins compounded by their ancestors’ sins.

“On the Other Hand, If They Confess . . .”

40-42 “On the other hand, if they confess their sins and the sins of their ancestors, their treacherous betrayal, the defiance that set off my defiance that sent them off into enemy lands; if by some chance they soften their hard hearts and make amends for their sin, I’ll remember my covenant with Jacob, I’ll remember my covenant with Isaac, and, yes, I’ll remember my covenant with Abraham. And I’ll remember the land.

43-45 “The land will be empty of them and enjoy its Sabbaths while they’re gone. They’ll pay for their sins because they refused my laws and treated my decrees with contempt. But in spite of their behavior, while they are among their enemies I won’t reject or abhor or destroy them completely. I won’t break my covenant with them: I am God, their God. For their sake I will remember the covenant with their ancestors whom I, with all the nations watching, brought out of Egypt in order to be their God. I am God.”

46 These are the decrees, laws, and instructions that God established between himself and the People of Israel through Moses at Mount Sinai.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

利未記 26

遵行誡命蒙祝福

1「你們不可為自己製造偶像,不可豎立神像和神柱,也不可在你們境內安放祭拜用的石像。我是你們的上帝耶和華。 你們要守我的安息日,敬畏我的聖所。我是耶和華。 如果你們遵行我的律例,持守我的誡命, 我就按時降雨給你們,使土地長出莊稼、果樹結出果實。 你們要打糧食打到摘葡萄的時候,摘葡萄摘到播種的時候。你們必豐衣足食,安然居住。

「我要使你們得享太平,安枕無憂。我要除掉你們境內的猛獸,也要使你們免遭刀劍之災。 你們將追趕仇敵,使他們倒在你們刀下。 你們五人要追趕一百人,一百人要追趕一萬人,他們必死在你們刀下。 我要眷顧你們,使你們生養眾多,也要堅守與你們所立的約。 10 你們存糧很多,甚至要搬出陳糧來儲存新糧。 11 我要住在你們中間,我必不厭棄你們。 12 我要在你們中間往來。我要做你們的上帝,你們要做我的子民。 13 我是你們的上帝耶和華。我曾帶領你們離開埃及,使你們不再做埃及人的奴隸。我打碎了壓在你們身上的重軛,使你們能昂首挺胸、揚眉吐氣。

違背誡命受懲罰

14 「如果你們不聽從我,不遵行我的這一切誡命; 15 如果你們拒絕遵守我的律例,厭棄我的典章,不聽從我的命令,破壞我與你們所立的約, 16 我要懲罰你們,使你們陷入恐慌、患癆病和熱症,使你們眼睛昏花、心力衰竭。你們撒種卻一無所獲,因為敵人要吃盡你們所種的。 17 我要嚴懲你們,使你們敗在敵人手下;你們要被那些恨你們的人統治,即使沒有人追趕,你們也要逃命。

18 「如果你們受過這些懲罰,仍然不知悔改,我要把比先前嚴厲七倍的懲罰加在你們身上。 19 我要重挫你們的傲氣,使你們頭上的天如鐵,腳下的地如銅。 20 你們勞作也是徒然,因為你們的土地必不長莊稼,果樹也不結果實。

21 「如果你們仍然與我作對,不肯聽從我,我要把比先前嚴重七倍的災難降在你們身上。 22 我要讓野獸殘害你們的子女,吞噬你們的牲畜,使你們人口銳減,路上杳無人跡。

23 「如果你們還是與我作對, 24 我也要與你們作對,用比先前嚴重七倍的災難擊打你們。 25 因為你們毀約,我要用戰禍報應你們。你們躲進各城的時候,我要在你們中間降下瘟疫,使你們落在敵人手裡。 26 我要斷絕你們的糧源。那時候,十個婦女將用一個烤爐烤餅,按定量分餅給你們,你們吃卻吃不飽。

27 「如果你們仍然不肯聽從我,繼續與我作對, 28 我也要與你們作對,向你們發烈怒,把比先前嚴厲七倍的懲罰加在你們身上。 29 你們要吃自己兒女的肉。 30 我要毀滅你們的邱壇,拆掉你們的香壇,把你們的屍體堆在你們毫無氣息的神像上。我厭惡你們。 31 我要使你們的城邑淪為廢墟,使你們的敬拜場所荒涼,也不再悅納你們的馨香之祭。 32 我要使你們的土地荒廢,連佔據那裡的敵人也為此而震驚。 33 我要把你們驅散到各國,還要拔刀追殺你們。你們的土地將荒廢,城邑將淪為廢墟。 34 你們被擄到敵國的時候,你們的土地將荒廢,享受安息。 35 你們住在那裡的時候,沒有在安息年讓土地安息,因此土地在荒廢的日子裡將享受安息。

36 「我要使你們當中的那些倖存者在敵國心驚膽戰,過著風聲鶴唳、惶恐不安的生活。 37 即使無人追趕,他們也將倉皇逃命,互相絆倒,如同躲避刀劍一樣。你們必無力抵擋敵人。 38 你們將葬身列國,死在敵人的土地上。 39 你們當中的倖存者將因自己的罪和祖先的罪而消亡在敵人的土地上。

認罪悔改蒙眷顧

40 「如果他們承認自己和祖先的罪,就是背叛我、與我作對的惡行—— 41 以致我與他們作對,把他們流放到敵國;如果他們頑固[a]的心謙卑下來,甘願接受刑罰, 42 我便履行我與亞伯拉罕、以撒和雅各所立的約,眷顧那片土地。 43 土地被他們離棄,荒無人煙,得享安息。他們卻要因拒絕遵守我的典章、厭棄我的律例而飽受懲罰。 44 然而,他們流落敵國的時候,我不會棄絕他們,不會因厭惡而毀滅他們,也不會違背我與他們所立的約。我是他們的上帝耶和華。 45 我必為他們的緣故履行我與他們祖先所立的約。我曾在列國面前帶領他們的祖先離開埃及,為要做他們的上帝。我是耶和華。」

46 以上是耶和華藉摩西在西奈山上頒佈給以色列人的律例、典章和法度。

Notas al pie

  1. 26·41 頑固」希伯來文是「未受割禮」。