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 Living Translation

2 Kings 7

1Elisha replied, “Listen to this message from the Lord! This is what the Lord says: By this time tomorrow in the markets of Samaria, six quarts of choice flour will cost only one piece of silver,[a] and twelve quarts of barley grain will cost only one piece of silver.[b]

The officer assisting the king said to the man of God, “That couldn’t happen even if the Lord opened the windows of heaven!”

But Elisha replied, “You will see it happen with your own eyes, but you won’t be able to eat any of it!”

Outcasts Visit the Enemy Camp

Now there were four men with leprosy[c] sitting at the entrance of the city gates. “Why should we sit here waiting to die?” they asked each other. “We will starve if we stay here, but with the famine in the city, we will starve if we go back there. So we might as well go out and surrender to the Aramean army. If they let us live, so much the better. But if they kill us, we would have died anyway.”

So at twilight they set out for the camp of the Arameans. But when they came to the edge of the camp, no one was there! For the Lord had caused the Aramean army to hear the clatter of speeding chariots and the galloping of horses and the sounds of a great army approaching. “The king of Israel has hired the Hittites and Egyptians[d] to attack us!” they cried to one another. So they panicked and ran into the night, abandoning their tents, horses, donkeys, and everything else, as they fled for their lives.

When the men with leprosy arrived at the edge of the camp, they went into one tent after another, eating and drinking wine; and they carried off silver and gold and clothing and hid it. Finally, they said to each other, “This is not right. This is a day of good news, and we aren’t sharing it with anyone! If we wait until morning, some calamity will certainly fall upon us. Come on, let’s go back and tell the people at the palace.”

10 So they went back to the city and told the gatekeepers what had happened. “We went out to the Aramean camp,” they said, “and no one was there! The horses and donkeys were tethered and the tents were all in order, but there wasn’t a single person around!” 11 Then the gatekeepers shouted the news to the people in the palace.

Israel Plunders the Camp

12 The king got out of bed in the middle of the night and told his officers, “I know what has happened. The Arameans know we are starving, so they have left their camp and have hidden in the fields. They are expecting us to leave the city, and then they will take us alive and capture the city.”

13 One of his officers replied, “We had better send out scouts to check into this. Let them take five of the remaining horses. If something happens to them, it will be no worse than if they stay here and die with the rest of us.”

14 So two chariots with horses were prepared, and the king sent scouts to see what had happened to the Aramean army. 15 They went all the way to the Jordan River, following a trail of clothing and equipment that the Arameans had thrown away in their mad rush to escape. The scouts returned and told the king about it. 16 Then the people of Samaria rushed out and plundered the Aramean camp. So it was true that six quarts of choice flour were sold that day for one piece of silver, and twelve quarts of barley grain were sold for one piece of silver, just as the Lord had promised. 17 The king appointed his officer to control the traffic at the gate, but he was knocked down and trampled to death as the people rushed out.

So everything happened exactly as the man of God had predicted when the king came to his house. 18 The man of God had said to the king, “By this time tomorrow in the markets of Samaria, six quarts of choice flour will cost one piece of silver, and twelve quarts of barley grain will cost one piece of silver.”

19 The king’s officer had replied, “That couldn’t happen even if the Lord opened the windows of heaven!” And the man of God had said, “You will see it happen with your own eyes, but you won’t be able to eat any of it!” 20 And so it was, for the people trampled him to death at the gate!

Footnotes

  1. 7:1a Hebrew 1 seah [7.3 liters] of choice flour will cost 1 shekel [0.4 ounces or 11 grams]; also in 7:16, 18.
  2. 7:1b Hebrew 2 seahs [14.6 liters] of barley grain will cost 1 shekel [0.4 ounces or 11 grams]; also in 7:16, 18.
  3. 7:3 Or with a contagious skin disease. The Hebrew word used here and throughout this passage can describe various skin diseases.
  4. 7:6 Possibly and the people of Muzur, a district near Cilicia.