Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

民數記 20

磐石出水

1一月,以色列全體會眾抵達荀曠野,在加低斯安營。米利暗離世,葬在那裡。 會眾沒有水喝,就聚集起來反對摩西和亞倫, 他們埋怨說:「還不如當初跟我們的弟兄一起死在耶和華面前! 你們為什麼領耶和華的會眾到這曠野來,要叫我們和牲畜都死在這裡嗎? 你們為什麼把我們領出埃及,帶到這不毛之地?這裡沒有五穀、無花果樹、葡萄樹和石榴樹,甚至沒有水喝。」 摩西和亞倫離開會眾到會幕門口,俯伏在地。耶和華的榮光向他們顯現。 耶和華對摩西說: 「你拿著杖和你哥哥亞倫招聚會眾,當著他們的面吩咐磐石流出水來,水就會從磐石流出,供會眾和牲畜喝。」 摩西遵命而行,從耶和華面前取了杖, 10 然後和亞倫把會眾招聚到磐石前,說:「你們這些叛逆之徒聽著,非要我們叫磐石給你們流出水來嗎?」 11 接著,摩西舉起手中的杖擊打磐石兩下,水便噴湧而出,會眾和牲畜都喝了。

12 耶和華對摩西和亞倫說:「你們對我沒有足夠的信心,沒有當著以色列人的面尊我為聖,所以你們不得帶領會眾進入我將要賜給他們的土地。」 13 這地方叫米利巴泉,因為以色列人在那裡埋怨耶和華,耶和華就向他們彰顯了祂的聖潔。

以東王不借路

14 摩西從加低斯派使者去見以東王,說:「你的弟兄以色列人說,你知道我們遭遇的種種困難。 15 我們祖先到埃及寄居多年,我們世代受埃及人虐待。 16 但我們呼求耶和華,祂就垂聽了我們的聲音,差遣天使把我們領出埃及。現在我們來到你邊境的加低斯城, 17 求你容我們借道貴國。我們不會踏入田地和葡萄園,也不會喝井裡的水,只走大路,不會偏離,直到走出貴國。」 18 以東王卻說:「你們不可從我這裡經過,否則我必兵戎相見。」 19 以色列人說:「我們只走大路,倘若我們和牲畜喝了你的水,我們會付錢。我們別無他求,只求步行穿過貴國。」 20 但以東王仍然不准,還率領大軍嚴陣以待。 21 由於無法從以東穿過,以色列人只好繞道。

亞倫離世

22 以色列全體會眾從加低斯出發,來到何珥山。 23 耶和華在位於以東邊界的何珥山對摩西和亞倫說: 24 「亞倫要去他祖先那裡了,他不能進入我賜給以色列人的土地,因為你們在米利巴泉違背了我的命令。 25 摩西啊,你要帶亞倫和他兒子以利亞撒上何珥山, 26 把亞倫的聖衣脫下來給他兒子以利亞撒穿上,因為亞倫將死在那裡。」 27 摩西遵命而行。他們三人就當著全體會眾的面上了何珥山。 28 摩西把亞倫的聖衣脫下,給以利亞撒穿上。隨後亞倫在山頂離世。摩西和以利亞撒便下了山。 29 以色列全體會眾得知亞倫離世,就為他哀悼了三十天。

New Living Translation

Numbers 20

Moses Strikes the Rock

1In the first month of the year,[a] the whole community of Israel arrived in the wilderness of Zin and camped at Kadesh. While they were there, Miriam died and was buried.

There was no water for the people to drink at that place, so they rebelled against Moses and Aaron. The people blamed Moses and said, “If only we had died in the Lord’s presence with our brothers! Why have you brought the congregation of the Lord’s people into this wilderness to die, along with all our livestock? Why did you make us leave Egypt and bring us here to this terrible place? This land has no grain, no figs, no grapes, no pomegranates, and no water to drink!”

Moses and Aaron turned away from the people and went to the entrance of the Tabernacle,[b] where they fell face down on the ground. Then the glorious presence of the Lord appeared to them, and the Lord said to Moses, “You and Aaron must take the staff and assemble the entire community. As the people watch, speak to the rock over there, and it will pour out its water. You will provide enough water from the rock to satisfy the whole community and their livestock.”

So Moses did as he was told. He took the staff from the place where it was kept before the Lord. 10 Then he and Aaron summoned the people to come and gather at the rock. “Listen, you rebels!” he shouted. “Must we bring you water from this rock?” 11 Then Moses raised his hand and struck the rock twice with the staff, and water gushed out. So the entire community and their livestock drank their fill.

12 But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust me enough to demonstrate my holiness to the people of Israel, you will not lead them into the land I am giving them!” 13 This place was known as the waters of Meribah (which means “arguing”) because there the people of Israel argued with the Lord, and there he demonstrated his holiness among them.

Edom Refuses Israel Passage

14 While Moses was at Kadesh, he sent ambassadors to the king of Edom with this message:

“This is what your relatives, the people of Israel, say: You know all the hardships we have been through. 15 Our ancestors went down to Egypt, and we lived there a long time, and we and our ancestors were brutally mistreated by the Egyptians. 16 But when we cried out to the Lord, he heard us and sent an angel who brought us out of Egypt. Now we are camped at Kadesh, a town on the border of your land. 17 Please let us travel through your land. We will be careful not to go through your fields and vineyards. We won’t even drink water from your wells. We will stay on the king’s road and never leave it until we have passed through your territory.”

18 But the king of Edom said, “Stay out of my land, or I will meet you with an army!”

19 The Israelites answered, “We will stay on the main road. If our livestock drink your water, we will pay for it. Just let us pass through your country. That’s all we ask.”

20 But the king of Edom replied, “Stay out! You may not pass through our land.” With that he mobilized his army and marched out against them with an imposing force. 21 Because Edom refused to allow Israel to pass through their country, Israel was forced to turn around.

The Death of Aaron

22 The whole community of Israel left Kadesh and arrived at Mount Hor. 23 There, on the border of the land of Edom, the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, 24 “The time has come for Aaron to join his ancestors in death. He will not enter the land I am giving the people of Israel, because the two of you rebelled against my instructions concerning the water at Meribah. 25 Now take Aaron and his son Eleazar up Mount Hor. 26 There you will remove Aaron’s priestly garments and put them on Eleazar, his son. Aaron will die there and join his ancestors.”

27 So Moses did as the Lord commanded. The three of them went up Mount Hor together as the whole community watched. 28 At the summit, Moses removed the priestly garments from Aaron and put them on Eleazar, Aaron’s son. Then Aaron died there on top of the mountain, and Moses and Eleazar went back down. 29 When the people realized that Aaron had died, all Israel mourned for him thirty days.

Footnotes

  1. 20:1 The first month of the ancient Hebrew lunar calendar usually occurs within the months of March and April. The number of years since leaving Egypt is not specified.
  2. 20:6 Hebrew the Tent of Meeting.