Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

歷代志下 20

約沙法禱告退敵

1後來摩押人、亞捫人同一些米烏尼人[a]一起來攻打約沙法。 有人稟告約沙法說:「有一支大軍從死海對岸的以東[b]殺來,已經攻到哈洗遜·他瑪。」哈洗遜·他瑪就是隱·基底。 約沙法很害怕,決定尋求耶和華,在整個猶大宣告禁食。 猶大人聚集起來尋求耶和華。他們從猶大各城前來尋求耶和華。

約沙法站在耶和華殿的新院裡,在猶大和耶路撒冷的民眾面前, 說:「我們祖先的上帝耶和華啊,你不是住在天上的上帝嗎?你主宰萬邦萬國,你手中有權柄和能力,無人能抵擋你。 我們的上帝啊,你不是曾經在你的以色列子民面前驅逐這地方的居民,把這片土地賜給你的朋友亞伯拉罕的後裔永遠作產業嗎? 你的子民在這裡居住,為你的名建造殿宇,說, 『如果我們遭遇禍患,無論是戰禍、瘟疫或饑荒,當我們在急難中站在這殿前向你呼求時,你必定垂聽,施行拯救,因為你的名在這殿裡。』

10 「從前以色列人離開埃及的時候,你不准他們侵犯亞捫人、摩押人和來自西珥山的人,他們就繞道而行,沒有毀滅這些人。 11 但現在這些人要報復我們,把我們從你賜給我們作產業的地方趕走。 12 我們的上帝啊,難道你不懲罰他們嗎?面對前來攻擊的大軍,我們無力抵擋,不知道該怎麼辦,我們只有仰望你。」

13 猶大人與他們的妻子、兒女和嬰孩都站在耶和華面前。 14 這時,耶和華的靈降在雅哈悉身上。雅哈悉是利未人亞薩的後裔、瑪探雅的玄孫、耶利的曾孫、比拿雅的孫子、撒迦利雅的兒子。 15 他說:「全體猶大人、耶路撒冷的居民和約沙法王啊,你們要留心聽!耶和華對你們如此說,『你們不要因敵軍強大而恐懼驚慌,因為戰爭的勝敗不在乎你們,而在乎上帝。 16 明天你們下去迎敵,敵軍會從洗斯坡上來,你們一定會在耶魯伊勒曠野前面的谷口遇見他們。 17 你們不用與他們交戰,只要守住陣勢,站立不動,看耶和華為你們施行拯救。猶大人和耶路撒冷人啊,不要恐懼,不要驚慌,明天只管出去迎敵,耶和華必與你們同在!』」

18 於是,約沙法面伏於地,所有猶大人和耶路撒冷的居民也都俯伏在耶和華面前敬拜祂。 19 哥轄族和可拉族的利未人都站起來,高聲讚美以色列的上帝耶和華。 20 第二天清晨,眾人起來去提哥亞的曠野。他們出發的時候,約沙法站著說:「猶大人和耶路撒冷的居民啊,請聽我說!要信靠你們的上帝耶和華,你們就必堅立;要相信祂的先知,你們就必得勝。」 21 約沙法與眾人商議後,就派歌樂手穿上聖潔的禮服走在軍隊前面,讚美耶和華,說:「你們要稱謝耶和華,因祂的慈愛永遠長存!」

22 他們開始唱歌讚美的時候,耶和華就派伏兵擊殺前來攻打猶大的亞捫人、摩押人和來自西珥山的人,打敗了他們。 23 原來亞捫人和摩押人攻擊來自西珥山的人,消滅了他們,然後亞捫人和摩押人又自相殘殺。

24 猶大人來到曠野的瞭望塔俯瞰那支大軍,發現敵軍屍橫遍野,無一倖免。 25 約沙法和他的百姓前去拾財物,發現屍體中有許多財物、衣服和貴重物品,多得拿不完。他們拾了三天才拾完。 26 第四天,他們聚集到一個山谷,一起稱頌耶和華。那裡從此名叫比拉迦[c]谷,直到今天。

27 猶大人和耶路撒冷人在約沙法的帶領下,歡歡喜喜地返回耶路撒冷,因為耶和華使他們戰勝了仇敵。 28 他們一路彈琴、鼓瑟、吹號回到耶路撒冷,進入耶和華的殿。 29 列邦列國聽聞耶和華打敗了以色列的敵人,都很懼怕。 30 因此,約沙法執政期間國家太平,因為他的上帝賜他四境平安。

約沙法逝世

31 約沙法三十五歲登基做猶大王,在耶路撒冷執政二十五年。他母親叫阿蘇巴,是示利希的女兒。 32 約沙法效法他父親亞撒,做耶和華視為正的事,不偏不離。 33 然而,他沒有拆除邱壇,民眾還沒有全心歸向他們祖先的上帝。

34 約沙法其他的事蹟自始至終都記在哈拿尼的兒子耶戶的史記上。耶戶的史記收錄在以色列的列王史上。

35 後來,猶大王約沙法與作惡多端的以色列王亞哈謝修好。 36 他們在以旬·迦別造船,要去他施。 37 瑪利沙人多大瓦的兒子以利以謝向約沙法預言說:「因為你與亞哈謝修好,耶和華必破壞你所造的船隻。」那些船隻果然壞了,無法前往他施。

Footnotes

  1. 20·1 米烏尼人」出現在古希臘譯本,但希伯來文是「亞捫人」。
  2. 20·2 以東」希伯來文是「亞蘭」。
  3. 20·26 比拉迦」就是稱讚的意思。

King James Version

2 Chronicles 20

1It came to pass after this also, that the children of Moab, and the children of Ammon, and with them other beside the Ammonites, came against Jehoshaphat to battle.

Then there came some that told Jehoshaphat, saying, There cometh a great multitude against thee from beyond the sea on this side Syria; and, behold, they be in Hazazontamar, which is Engedi.

And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.

And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the Lord: even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek the Lord.

And Jehoshaphat stood in the congregation of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the Lord, before the new court,

And said, O Lord God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? and rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee?

Art not thou our God, who didst drive out the inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, and gavest it to the seed of Abraham thy friend for ever?

And they dwelt therein, and have built thee a sanctuary therein for thy name, saying,

If, when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in thy presence, (for thy name is in this house,) and cry unto thee in our affliction, then thou wilt hear and help.

10 And now, behold, the children of Ammon and Moab and mount Seir, whom thou wouldest not let Israel invade, when they came out of the land of Egypt, but they turned from them, and destroyed them not;

11 Behold, I say, how they reward us, to come to cast us out of thy possession, which thou hast given us to inherit.

12 O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.

13 And all Judah stood before the Lord, with their little ones, their wives, and their children.

14 Then upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, came the Spirit of the Lord in the midst of the congregation;

15 And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the Lord unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God's.

16 To morrow go ye down against them: behold, they come up by the cliff of Ziz; and ye shall find them at the end of the brook, before the wilderness of Jeruel.

17 Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the Lord will be with you.

18 And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground: and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the Lord, worshipping the Lord.

19 And the Levites, of the children of the Kohathites, and of the children of the Korhites, stood up to praise the Lord God of Israel with a loud voice on high.

20 And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the Lord your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.

21 And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the Lord, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the Lord; for his mercy endureth for ever.

22 And when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.

23 For the children of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of mount Seir, utterly to slay and destroy them: and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, every one helped to destroy another.

24 And when Judah came toward the watch tower in the wilderness, they looked unto the multitude, and, behold, they were dead bodies fallen to the earth, and none escaped.

25 And when Jehoshaphat and his people came to take away the spoil of them, they found among them in abundance both riches with the dead bodies, and precious jewels, which they stripped off for themselves, more than they could carry away: and they were three days in gathering of the spoil, it was so much.

26 And on the fourth day they assembled themselves in the valley of Berachah; for there they blessed the Lord: therefore the name of the same place was called, The valley of Berachah, unto this day.

27 Then they returned, every man of Judah and Jerusalem, and Jehoshaphat in the forefront of them, to go again to Jerusalem with joy; for the Lord had made them to rejoice over their enemies.

28 And they came to Jerusalem with psalteries and harps and trumpets unto the house of the Lord.

29 And the fear of God was on all the kingdoms of those countries, when they had heard that the Lord fought against the enemies of Israel.

30 So the realm of Jehoshaphat was quiet: for his God gave him rest round about.

31 And Jehoshaphat reigned over Judah: he was thirty and five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned twenty and five years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Azubah the daughter of Shilhi.

32 And he walked in the way of Asa his father, and departed not from it, doing that which was right in the sight of the Lord.

33 Howbeit the high places were not taken away: for as yet the people had not prepared their hearts unto the God of their fathers.

34 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoshaphat, first and last, behold, they are written in the book of Jehu the son of Hanani, who is mentioned in the book of the kings of Israel.

35 And after this did Jehoshaphat king of Judah join himself with Ahaziah king of Israel, who did very wickedly:

36 And he joined himself with him to make ships to go to Tarshish: and they made the ships in Eziongaber.

37 Then Eliezer the son of Dodavah of Mareshah prophesied against Jehoshaphat, saying, Because thou hast joined thyself with Ahaziah, the Lord hath broken thy works. And the ships were broken, that they were not able to go to Tarshish.