Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

以西结书 33

耶和华立以西结为守望者

1耶和华对我说: “人子啊,你要告诉你的同胞,‘我若使战争降临某地,那地方的百姓就应选一人做守望者。 守望者发现敌人来攻打,便吹号警告百姓。 凡听见号声而不接受警告的,敌人来把他杀了,这流血的罪就要由他自己承担。 因为他听见号声,却不接受警告,他的死是咎由自取。他若接受警告,就不至于死了。 但如果守望者看见敌人来攻打而不吹号警告百姓,以致有人被敌人杀了,那人固然是因自己的罪恶而被杀,我却要向这守望者追讨那人被杀的血债。’

“人子啊,现在我立你为以色列人的守望者,你要听我的信息,代我警告他们。 如果我说恶人必定要死,你却不警告他离开罪恶的行径,他必因自己的罪而死,我却要向你追讨他丧命的血债。 如果你警告恶人离开罪恶的行径,他却不听,他必因自己的罪恶而死,他的死与你无关。

10 “人子啊,你要对以色列人说,‘你们说,我们背负过犯和罪恶,正因此而灭亡。我们怎能存活下去呢? 11 你要告诉他们,主耶和华说,“我凭我的永恒起誓,我绝不喜欢恶人死亡,我更愿意恶人改邪归正,得以存活。以色列人啊,回头吧!回头吧!改邪归正吧!何必自取灭亡呢?”’ 12 人子啊,你要对你的同胞说,‘当义人犯罪时,他以往的义救不了他;当恶人悔改时,他以往的恶不会使他灭没。义人若犯罪,他以往的义不能使他存活。’ 13 我虽对义人说他必能存活,但如果他仗着自己的义而犯罪,他的义将不会被记念,他必因犯罪而死亡。 14 我虽对恶人说他必定要死,但他若改邪归正,行事公正仁义, 15 偿还抵押,归还赃物,遵行生命之律例,不再犯罪,就必存活,不致死亡。 16 他犯的罪不会被追究,因为他行事公正仁义,所以必得存活。

17 “你的同胞却说,主这样做不公平。其实是他们自己行事不公。 18 义人离义行恶,必因恶行而死亡。 19 恶人弃恶行义,必因义行而存活。 20 可是你们却说,主这样做不公平。以色列人啊,我必按你们各人的行为审判你们。”

21 在我们被掳后第十二年十月五日,有人从耶路撒冷逃出来对我说:“城已经沦陷了。” 22 逃难的人来的前一晚,耶和华的灵降在我身上,开了我的口。当那人早上来到我这里时,我就开了口,不再沉默。

23 耶和华对我说: 24 “人子啊,那些住在以色列废墟中的人说,‘亚伯拉罕一人尚且能拥有这片土地,我们这么多人更能拥有这片土地为业。’ 25 但你要告诉他们,主耶和华这样说,‘你们吃带血的肉,仰赖偶像,又杀人流血,怎能拥有这片土地呢? 26 你们靠刀剑行可憎之事,个个玷污别人的妻子,你们怎能拥有这片土地呢?’ 27 你要告诉他们,主耶和华这样说,‘我凭我的永恒起誓,那些住在废墟中的必死于刀下,逃到田野的必被野兽吞吃,躲进堡垒和洞穴的必死于瘟疫。 28 我要使这片土地荒凉不堪,使她所夸耀的势力消逝。以色列的山必荒凉,杳无人迹。 29 因为他们所行的一切可憎之事,我必使这地方荒凉不堪,那时他们就知道我是耶和华。’

30 “人子啊,你的同胞在墙边和门口彼此议论你说,‘来,听听耶和华要他传什么信息。’ 31 他们随着人群来到你面前,坐着聆听你的话,俨然像我的子民。但他们不付诸实行,嘴里说的是甜言蜜语,心中却追求不义之财。 32 他们只听不做,你在他们眼中只不过是善唱情歌、长于弹奏乐器的人。 33 看吧,我所说的必定应验。当一切应验的时候,他们就知道有先知在他们当中。”

New International Version

Ezekiel 33

Renewal of Ezekiel’s Call as Watchman

1The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, speak to your people and say to them: ‘When I bring the sword against a land, and the people of the land choose one of their men and make him their watchman, and he sees the sword coming against the land and blows the trumpet to warn the people, then if anyone hears the trumpet but does not heed the warning and the sword comes and takes their life, their blood will be on their own head. Since they heard the sound of the trumpet but did not heed the warning, their blood will be on their own head. If they had heeded the warning, they would have saved themselves. But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people and the sword comes and takes someone’s life, that person’s life will be taken because of their sin, but I will hold the watchman accountable for their blood.’

“Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. When I say to the wicked, ‘You wicked person, you will surely die,’ and you do not speak out to dissuade them from their ways, that wicked person will die for[a] their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. But if you do warn the wicked person to turn from their ways and they do not do so, they will die for their sin, though you yourself will be saved.

10 “Son of man, say to the Israelites, ‘This is what you are saying: “Our offenses and sins weigh us down, and we are wasting away because of[b] them. How then can we live?”’ 11 Say to them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live. Turn! Turn from your evil ways! Why will you die, people of Israel?’

12 “Therefore, son of man, say to your people, ‘If someone who is righteous disobeys, that person’s former righteousness will count for nothing. And if someone who is wicked repents, that person’s former wickedness will not bring condemnation. The righteous person who sins will not be allowed to live even though they were formerly righteous.’ 13 If I tell a righteous person that they will surely live, but then they trust in their righteousness and do evil, none of the righteous things that person has done will be remembered; they will die for the evil they have done. 14 And if I say to a wicked person, ‘You will surely die,’ but they then turn away from their sin and do what is just and right— 15 if they give back what they took in pledge for a loan, return what they have stolen, follow the decrees that give life, and do no evil—that person will surely live; they will not die. 16 None of the sins that person has committed will be remembered against them. They have done what is just and right; they will surely live.

17 “Yet your people say, ‘The way of the Lord is not just.’ But it is their way that is not just. 18 If a righteous person turns from their righteousness and does evil, they will die for it. 19 And if a wicked person turns away from their wickedness and does what is just and right, they will live by doing so. 20 Yet you Israelites say, ‘The way of the Lord is not just.’ But I will judge each of you according to your own ways.”

Jerusalem’s Fall Explained

21 In the twelfth year of our exile, in the tenth month on the fifth day, a man who had escaped from Jerusalem came to me and said, “The city has fallen!” 22 Now the evening before the man arrived, the hand of the Lord was on me, and he opened my mouth before the man came to me in the morning. So my mouth was opened and I was no longer silent.

23 Then the word of the Lord came to me: 24 “Son of man, the people living in those ruins in the land of Israel are saying, ‘Abraham was only one man, yet he possessed the land. But we are many; surely the land has been given to us as our possession.’ 25 Therefore say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Since you eat meat with the blood still in it and look to your idols and shed blood, should you then possess the land? 26 You rely on your sword, you do detestable things, and each of you defiles his neighbor’s wife. Should you then possess the land?’

27 “Say this to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: As surely as I live, those who are left in the ruins will fall by the sword, those out in the country I will give to the wild animals to be devoured, and those in strongholds and caves will die of a plague. 28 I will make the land a desolate waste, and her proud strength will come to an end, and the mountains of Israel will become desolate so that no one will cross them. 29 Then they will know that I am the Lord, when I have made the land a desolate waste because of all the detestable things they have done.’

30 “As for you, son of man, your people are talking together about you by the walls and at the doors of the houses, saying to each other, ‘Come and hear the message that has come from the Lord.’ 31 My people come to you, as they usually do, and sit before you to hear your words, but they do not put them into practice. Their mouths speak of love, but their hearts are greedy for unjust gain. 32 Indeed, to them you are nothing more than one who sings love songs with a beautiful voice and plays an instrument well, for they hear your words but do not put them into practice.

33 “When all this comes true—and it surely will—then they will know that a prophet has been among them.”

Footnotes

  1. Ezekiel 33:8 Or in; also in verse 9
  2. Ezekiel 33:10 Or away in