Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

列王纪下 7

1以利沙说:“你们要听耶和华的话,耶和华说,‘明天这个时候,在撒玛利亚城门口,三公斤细面粉只卖十一克银子,六公斤大麦也卖十一克银子。’” 一个搀扶王的将领对上帝的仆人说:“即使耶和华打开天上的窗户,也不可能发生这样的事!”以利沙说:“你必亲眼看见,却吃不到。”

撒玛利亚城获救

城门口有四个麻风病人,他们商量说:“我们为什么坐在这里等死呢? 如果我们进城,城里正闹饥荒,我们会饿死;但我们坐在这里也是死,不如去投靠亚兰军。如果他们不杀我们,我们就能活命;如若不然,死就死吧!” 傍晚时分,他们动身去亚兰人的营地,到了营地外边,却发现人影全无。 原来,主使亚兰人听见大队人马和战车的声音。他们以为以色列王雇用了赫人的诸王和埃及人的诸王来攻营, 便在傍晚时分撇下帐篷、马和驴,弃营而逃。 那几个麻风病人到了营地,走进一个帐篷,又吃又喝,把那里的金银和衣服拿走收藏起来,再回来进入另一个帐篷,把财物拿走收藏起来。

后来,他们彼此说:“我们这样做不对。今天是个报好消息的日子,我们却不作声。若等到天亮,我们会受惩罚的。走,我们给王报信去。” 10 他们就去喊城门守卫,对他们说:“我们到了亚兰人的营中,里面不见人影也没有人声,只有拴着的马和驴,帐篷依然在那里。” 11 城门守卫就高声宣告消息,有人去禀告王。 12 王连夜起来,对臣仆说:“我告诉你们是怎么回事。亚兰人知道我们正闹饥荒,就故意离开军营,埋伏在田野,等我们以色列人出城后,好活捉我们,并攻入城中。”

13 一个臣仆说:“不如派人骑着城中仅存的五匹马出去打探一下。反正他们和城中剩下的以色列人一样快要死了。” 14 他们预备了两辆马车,王便命人出去追踪亚兰军、查明实情。 15 探子一路追到约旦河,沿路看见到处都是亚兰军仓皇逃走时丢弃的衣服和装备,便回去禀告王。 16 于是,民众出城抢掠亚兰人的营地。那时,三公斤细面粉只卖十一克银子,六公斤大麦也只卖十一克银子,正如耶和华所言。 17 王派那位搀扶他的将领守在城门口维持秩序,那将领却被涌出的人群踩死,应验了上帝的仆人在王去见他时所说的话。 18 上帝的仆人曾对王说:“明天这个时候,在撒玛利亚城门口,三公斤细面粉只卖十一克银子,六公斤大麦也只卖十一克银子。”

19 但那将领对上帝的仆人说:“即使耶和华打开天上的窗户,也不可能发生这样的事!”上帝的仆人说:“你必亲眼看见,却吃不到。” 20 这话果然应验在他身上,他被人群踩死在城门口。

New International Reader's Version

2 Kings 7

1Elisha replied, “Listen to a message from the Lord. He says, ‘About this time tomorrow, flour won’t cost very much. Even 12 pounds of the finest flour will cost less than half of an ounce of silver. You will also be able to buy 20 pounds of barley for the same price. That’s all you will have to pay for those things at the gate of Samaria.’ ”

The king was leaning on an officer’s arm. The officer spoke to the man of God. The officer said, “Suppose the Lord opens the sky and pours down food on us. Even if he does, could what you are saying really happen?”

“You will see it with your own eyes,” answered Elisha. “But you won’t eat any of it!”

The Attack on Samaria Ends

There were four men who had a skin disease. They were at the entrance of the gate of Samaria. They said to one another, “Why should we stay here until we die? Suppose we say, ‘We’ll go into the city.’ There isn’t any food there, and we’ll die. But if we stay here, we’ll die anyway. So let’s go over to Aram’s army camp. Let’s give ourselves up. If they spare us, we’ll live. If they kill us, we’ll die.”

At sunset they got up and went to Aram’s army camp. They arrived at the edge of it. But no one was there. The Lord had caused the soldiers of Aram to hear a noise. It sounded like chariots and horses and a huge army. So the soldiers said to one another, “Listen! The king of Israel has hired the Hittite and Egyptian kings. He has paid them to attack us!” So the soldiers of Aram had run away at sunset. They had left their tents and horses and donkeys behind. They had left the camp just as it was. And they had run for their lives.

The men who had a skin disease arrived at the edge of the camp. They entered one of the tents. They ate and drank. Then they took silver, gold and clothes. They went off and hid them. They returned and entered another tent. They took some things from it and hid them also.

But then they said to one another, “What we’re doing isn’t right. This is a day of good news. And we’re keeping it to ourselves. If we wait until sunrise, we’ll be punished. Let’s go at once. Let’s report this to the royal palace.”

10 So they went. They called out to the people who were guarding the city gates. They told them, “We went into Aram’s army camp. No one was there. We didn’t hear anyone. The horses and donkeys were still tied up. The tents were left just as they were.” 11 The people who guarded the gates shouted the news. It was reported inside the palace.

12 The king of Israel got up in the night. He spoke to his officers. He said, “I’ll tell you what the men of Aram have done to us. They know we are very hungry. So they have left the camp to hide in the countryside. They are thinking, ‘We are sure they’ll come out. Then we’ll take them alive. And we’ll get into the city.’ ”

13 One of the king’s officers said, “A few horses are still left in the city. Have some men get five of them. Those men won’t be any worse off than all the other Israelites who are left here. In fact, all of us will soon be dead anyway. So let’s send the men to find out what happened.”

14 The men chose two chariots and their horses. The king sent them out to look for Aram’s army. He commanded the drivers, “Go and find out what has happened.” 15 They followed the trail of Aram’s soldiers all the way to the Jordan River. They found clothes and supplies all along the road. The soldiers had thrown them down when they ran away. So the men who were sent out returned. They reported to the king what they had seen. 16 Then the people went out of the city. They took everything of value from Aram’s army camp. So 12 pounds of the finest flour sold for less than half of an ounce of silver. And 20 pounds of barley sold for the same price. That’s exactly what the Lord had said would happen.

17 The king had put an officer in charge of the city gate. He was the officer on whose arm the king leaned. On their way out of the city, the people knocked the officer down. In the entrance of the gate he was crushed as they walked on top of him. And so he died. That’s exactly what the man of God had said would happen. He had said it when the king came down to his house. 18 What Elisha, the man of God, had told the king came true. Elisha had said, “About this time tomorrow, flour won’t cost very much. Even 12 pounds of the finest flour will cost less than half of an ounce of silver. You will also be able to buy 20 pounds of barley for the same price. That’s all you will have to pay for those things at the gate of Samaria.”

19 The officer had spoken to the man of God. The officer had said, “Suppose the Lord opens the sky and pours down food on us. Even if he does, could what you are saying really happen?” The man of God had replied, “You will see it with your own eyes. But you won’t eat any of it!” 20 And that’s exactly what happened to the officer. On their way out of the city, the people knocked him down. In the entrance of the gate he was crushed as they walked on top of him. And so he died.