Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

創世記 17

上帝再次與亞伯蘭立約

1亞伯蘭九十九歲那年,耶和華向他顯現說:「我是全能的上帝。你要遵行我的旨意,做純全無過的人。 我要與你立約,我要使你子孫極其興旺。」 亞伯蘭就俯伏在地,上帝又對他說: 「我要與你立約,你必成為許多民族的始祖。 以後你的名字不再叫亞伯蘭,要改為亞伯拉罕[a],因為我要立你為萬族之父。 我要使你的子孫極其興旺,許多民族和君王必從你而出。 我要和你並你的子子孫孫立永恆的約,我要做你和你子孫的上帝。 我要把你現在寄居的整個迦南賜給你和你的後裔永遠作產業,我也必做他們的上帝。」

上帝又對亞伯拉罕說:「你和你的子孫世世代代都要遵守我的約。 10 你們所有的男子都要受割禮,這是我與你和你的子孫所立的約,你們要遵守。 11 你們都要割包皮,作為我與你們立約的記號。 12 你們世世代代的男子在出生後的第八日都要接受割禮。在你家裡出生的和用錢從外族人那裡買來的奴僕也要受割禮。 13 不論是在你家裡生的,還是你用錢買來的男子,都要接受割禮,這樣你們的肉體上就有我永恆之約的記號。 14 任何沒有接受割禮的男子,要將他從民中剷除,因為他違背了我的約。」

15 上帝對亞伯拉罕說:「你的妻子以後不要叫撒萊,她的名字要叫撒拉。 16 我必賜福給她,讓她為你生一個兒子。她必成為萬族的母親,萬民的君王必從她而出。」 17 亞伯拉罕就俯伏在地,笑了起來,心想:「我一百歲了,還能有孩子嗎?撒拉已經九十歲了,還能生養嗎?」 18 亞伯拉罕對上帝說:「願以實瑪利蒙你賜福。」 19 上帝說:「不,你妻子撒拉必為你生一個兒子,你要給他取名叫以撒,我必向他和他的後代堅守我的約,直到永遠。 20 至於以實瑪利,我已聽見你的祈求,我必賜福給他,使他的後代極其興旺昌盛。他必做十二個族長的父親,我必使他成為大國。 21 撒拉必在明年這時候給你生以撒,我必向他堅守我的約。」 22 上帝說完以後,便離開亞伯拉罕上升而去。

23 亞伯拉罕就在那天照著上帝的吩咐,為兒子以實瑪利和家中所有的男子,不論是在家中出生的,還是買回來的,都行了割禮。 24 亞伯拉罕接受割禮的時候九十九歲。 25 他的兒子以實瑪利接受割禮的時候十三歲。 26 他們父子二人就在那天接受了割禮。 27 亞伯拉罕家裡所有的男子,包括家中出生的和買回來的,都一起接受了割禮。

  1. 17·5 亞伯拉罕」意思是「萬族之父」。

The Message

Genesis 17

11-2 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, God showed up and said to him, “I am The Strong God, live entirely before me, live to the hilt! I’ll make a covenant between us and I’ll give you a huge family.”

3-8 Overwhelmed, Abram fell flat on his face.

Then God said to him, “This is my covenant with you: You’ll be the father of many nations. Your name will no longer be Abram, but Abraham, meaning that ‘I’m making you the father of many nations.’ I’ll make you a father of fathers—I’ll make nations from you, kings will issue from you. I’m establishing my covenant between me and you, a covenant that includes your descendants, a covenant that goes on and on and on, a covenant that commits me to be your God and the God of your descendants. And I’m giving you and your descendants this land where you’re now just camping, this whole country of Canaan, to own forever. And I’ll be their God.”

9-14 God continued to Abraham, “And you: You will honor my covenant, you and your descendants, generation after generation. This is the covenant that you are to honor, the covenant that pulls in all your descendants: Circumcise every male. Circumcise by cutting off the foreskin of the penis; it will be the sign of the covenant between us. Every male baby will be circumcised when he is eight days old, generation after generation—this includes house-born slaves and slaves bought from outsiders who are not blood kin. Make sure you circumcise both your own children and anyone brought in from the outside. That way my covenant will be cut into your body, a permanent mark of my permanent covenant. An uncircumcised male, one who has not had the foreskin of his penis cut off, will be cut off from his people—he has broken my covenant.”

15-16 God continued speaking to Abraham, “And Sarai your wife: Don’t call her Sarai any longer; call her Sarah. I’ll bless her—yes! I’ll give you a son by her! Oh, how I’ll bless her! Nations will come from her; kings of nations will come from her.”

17 Abraham fell flat on his face. And then he laughed, thinking, “Can a hundred-year-old man father a son? And can Sarah, at ninety years, have a baby?”

18 Recovering, Abraham said to God, “Oh, keep Ishmael alive and well before you!”

19 But God said, “That’s not what I mean. Your wife, Sarah, will have a baby, a son. Name him Isaac (Laughter). I’ll establish my covenant with him and his descendants, a covenant that lasts forever.

20-21 “And Ishmael? Yes, I heard your prayer for him. I’ll also bless him; I’ll make sure he has plenty of children—a huge family. He’ll father twelve princes; I’ll make him a great nation. But I’ll establish my covenant with Isaac whom Sarah will give you about this time next year.”

22 God finished speaking with Abraham and left.

23 Then Abraham took his son Ishmael and all his servants, whether houseborn or purchased—every male in his household—and circumcised them, cutting off their foreskins that very day, just as God had told him.

24-27 Abraham was ninety-nine years old when he was circumcised. His son Ishmael was thirteen years old when he was circumcised. Abraham and Ishmael were circumcised the same day together with all the servants of his household, those born there and those purchased from outsiders—all were circumcised with him.