Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

士师记 3

迦南余族

11-2 耶和华为了考验那些没有经历过迦南战事的以色列人,让他们学习作战,就留下了以下各族: 五个非利士王、所有的迦南人、西顿人和住在巴力·黑门山到哈马口一带的黎巴嫩山区的希未人。 耶和华留下这几个外族是要考验以色列人,看他们是否愿意遵从祂借摩西向他们祖先颁布的诫命。 以色列人住在这些迦南人、赫人、亚摩利人、比利洗人、希未人和耶布斯人当中, 跟他们通婚,祭拜他们的神明。

士师俄陀聂

以色列人做耶和华视为恶的事,忘记他们的上帝耶和华,祭拜假神巴力和亚舍拉。 耶和华向他们发怒,把他们交在美索不达米亚王古珊·利萨田的手中,受古珊·利萨田统治八年。 他们向耶和华呼求,耶和华就使一位名叫俄陀聂的拯救者兴起,他是迦勒弟弟基纳斯的儿子。 10 耶和华的灵降在俄陀聂身上,他就做了以色列的士师,领兵出战。耶和华将美索不达米亚王古珊·利萨田交在他手中,他便战胜了古珊·利萨田。 11 此后,国内安享太平四十年,直到俄陀聂去世。

士师以笏

12 之后,以色列人又做耶和华视为恶的事,耶和华就使摩押王伊矶伦强盛起来,攻打以色列人。 13 伊矶伦联合亚扪人和亚玛力人进攻以色列人,占据了棕树城, 14 以色列人受摩押王伊矶伦统治十八年。 15 他们呼求耶和华,耶和华就使一位名叫以笏的拯救者兴起。他是便雅悯人基拉的儿子,善用左手。以色列人派他去向摩押王伊矶伦进贡。 16 他造了一把约半米长的两刃利剑,绑在右腿的衣服里。 17 他带着贡物去见肥胖的摩押王伊矶伦。 18 以笏献上了贡物之后,便和抬贡物的人一起离去。 19 到了吉甲附近雕石神像的地方,他让抬贡物的人先回去,自己则折回王宫,对王说:“王啊,我有机密禀告。”王就命左右的人回避,众人便都退去了。 20 当时王独自坐在楼上的房间乘凉,以笏近前说:“我有从上帝而来的讯息要禀告。”王站起来的时候, 21 以笏左手拔出藏在右腿上的剑刺进王的肚腹, 22 连剑柄也刺了进去,深深嵌入肥肉。以笏没有拔剑, 23 便走出房间,把门都关上,锁好。

24 以笏走后,王的仆人过来,见房门紧锁,以为王在大解。 25 等了很久,门还没开,他们很焦急,就拿钥匙开门,发现他们的主人已经倒毙在地上。

26 他们等待的时候,以笏已经逃走了。他经过雕石神像的地方,逃往西伊拉。 27 到了那里,他就在以法莲的山区吹响号角,召集以色列人。众人跟随以笏下山, 28 以笏对他们说:“跟我来!耶和华已经把仇敌摩押人交在你们手中了。”于是,众人跟着他占领了通往摩押的约旦河各渡口,不许任何人渡河。 29 当时他们杀了约一万名强悍善战的摩押勇士,没有一人逃脱。 30 这样,以色列人征服了摩押人,国中安享太平八十年。

珊迦

31 以笏之后,亚拿的儿子珊迦拯救了以色列人。他曾用一根赶牛棍杀了六百名非利士人。

The Message

Judges 3

11-4 These are the nations that God left there, using them to test the Israelites who had no experience in the Canaanite wars. He did it to train the descendants of Israel, the ones who had no battle experience, in the art of war. He left the five Philistine tyrants, all the Canaanites, the Sidonians, and the Hivites living on Mount Lebanon from Mount Baal Hermon to Hamath’s Pass. They were there to test Israel and see whether they would obey God’s commands that were given to their parents through Moses.

5-6 But the People of Israel made themselves at home among the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites. They married their daughters and gave their own daughters to their sons in marriage. And they worshiped their gods.

Othniel

7-8 The People of Israel did evil in God’s sight. They forgot their God and worshiped the Baal gods and Asherah goddesses. God’s hot anger blazed against Israel. He sold them off to Cushan-Rishathaim king of Aram Naharaim. The People of Israel were in servitude to Cushan-Rishathaim for eight years.

9-10 The People of Israel cried out to God and God raised up a savior who rescued them: Caleb’s nephew Othniel, son of his younger brother Kenaz. The Spirit of God came on him and he rallied Israel. He went out to war and God gave him Cushan-Rishathaim king of Aram Naharaim. Othniel made short work of him.

11 The land was quiet for forty years. Then Othniel son of Kenaz died.

Ehud

12-14 But the People of Israel went back to doing evil in God’s sight. So God made Eglon king of Moab a power against Israel because they did evil in God’s sight. He recruited the Ammonites and Amalekites and went out and struck Israel. They took the City of Palms. The People of Israel were in servitude to Eglon fourteen years.

15-19 The People of Israel cried out to God and God raised up for them a savior, Ehud son of Gera, a Benjaminite. He was left-handed. The People of Israel sent tribute by him to Eglon king of Moab. Ehud made himself a short two-edged sword and strapped it on his right thigh under his clothes. He presented the tribute to Eglon king of Moab. Eglon was grossly fat. After Ehud finished presenting the tribute, he went a little way with the men who had carried it. But when he got as far as the stone images near Gilgal, he went back and said, “I have a private message for you, O King.”

The king told his servants, “Leave.” They all left.

20-24 Ehud approached him—the king was now quite alone in his cool rooftop room—and said, “I have a word of God for you.” Eglon stood up from his throne. Ehud reached with his left hand and took his sword from his right thigh and plunged it into the king’s big belly. Not only the blade but the hilt went in. The fat closed in over it so he couldn’t pull it out. Ehud slipped out by way of the porch and shut and locked the doors of the rooftop room behind him. Then he was gone.

When the servants came, they saw with surprise that the doors to the rooftop room were locked. They said, “He’s probably relieving himself in the restroom.”

25 They waited. And then they worried—no one was coming out of those locked doors. Finally, they got a key and unlocked them. There was their master, fallen on the floor, dead!

26-27 While they were standing around wondering what to do, Ehud was long gone. He got past the stone images and escaped to Seirah. When he got there, he sounded the trumpet on Mount Ephraim. The People of Israel came down from the hills and joined him. He took his place at their head.

28 He said, “Follow me, for God has given your enemies—yes, Moab!—to you.” They went down after him and secured the fords of the Jordan against the Moabites. They let no one cross over.

29-30 At that time, they struck down about ten companies of Moabites, all of them well-fed and robust. Not one escaped. That day Moab was subdued under the hand of Israel.

The land was quiet for eighty years.

Shamgar

31 Shamgar son of Anath came after Ehud. Using a cattle prod, he killed six hundred Philistines single-handed. He too saved Israel.