Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

約拿書 1

約拿違背耶和華

1耶和華對亞米太的兒子約拿說: 「你起來前往尼尼微大城,大聲警告那裡的居民,因為他們的罪惡滔天,已經達到我面前。」 可是,約拿卻起身逃往他施,想躲避耶和華。他到了約帕港,看見一艘要開往他施的船,就付了船費,上了船,想和眾人一起去他施,好躲避耶和華。

然而,耶和華使海面起了狂風,滔天巨浪幾乎把船打成碎片。 水手們非常害怕,紛紛呼求自己的神,又把船上的貨物全都拋進海裡,以減輕重量。這時候,約拿已下到底艙,躺在那裡呼呼大睡。 船長來到約拿身邊對他說:「你這個人,怎麼這時候還在睡覺!快起來祈求你的神吧,也許你的神會憐憫我們,饒我們一命。」

後來,船上的人彼此商量說:「來,我們抽籤,看看這場災難是誰惹來的。」於是他們就抽籤,結果抽中了約拿。 眾人問他:「請告訴我們,這場災難是誰惹來的?你是做什麼的?從哪裡來?是哪一國、哪一族的人?」 約拿回答說:「我是希伯來人,我敬畏耶和華,祂是創造海洋陸地、掌管諸天的上帝。」 10 之後,他就把怎樣逃避耶和華的事告訴他們。眾人知道後,萬分恐懼,問他:「你怎麼做出這種事?」

11 那時,風浪越來越大,他們便對約拿說:「我們要怎樣處置你,才能使風浪平靜呢?」 12 約拿對他們說:「我知道這場風暴是因我而起的,你們把我抬起來拋進海裡,風浪自然會平靜。」 13 然而船上的人還是拚命划船,希望把船划向岸邊,可是沒有成功,因為風浪實在太大了。 14 他們只好呼求耶和華,說:「耶和華啊,求你不要因這個人的性命而毀滅我們,不要因我們殺害無辜的人而怪罪我們,因為你耶和華按自己的旨意行事。」 15 然後他們把約拿抬起來拋進海裡,狂風巨浪立刻平靜了。 16 眾人都極其敬畏耶和華,向祂獻祭,並且許願。

17 耶和華安排了一條大魚,把約拿吞下,他在魚腹裡度過三天三夜。

New Living Translation

Jonah 1

Jonah Runs from the Lord

1The Lord gave this message to Jonah son of Amittai: “Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh. Announce my judgment against it because I have seen how wicked its people are.”

But Jonah got up and went in the opposite direction to get away from the Lord. He went down to the port of Joppa, where he found a ship leaving for Tarshish. He bought a ticket and went on board, hoping to escape from the Lord by sailing to Tarshish.

But the Lord hurled a powerful wind over the sea, causing a violent storm that threatened to break the ship apart. Fearing for their lives, the desperate sailors shouted to their gods for help and threw the cargo overboard to lighten the ship.

But all this time Jonah was sound asleep down in the hold. So the captain went down after him. “How can you sleep at a time like this?” he shouted. “Get up and pray to your god! Maybe he will pay attention to us and spare our lives.”

Then the crew cast lots to see which of them had offended the gods and caused the terrible storm. When they did this, the lots identified Jonah as the culprit. “Why has this awful storm come down on us?” they demanded. “Who are you? What is your line of work? What country are you from? What is your nationality?”

Jonah answered, “I am a Hebrew, and I worship the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the land.”

10 The sailors were terrified when they heard this, for he had already told them he was running away from the Lord. “Oh, why did you do it?” they groaned. 11 And since the storm was getting worse all the time, they asked him, “What should we do to you to stop this storm?”

12 “Throw me into the sea,” Jonah said, “and it will become calm again. I know that this terrible storm is all my fault.”

13 Instead, the sailors rowed even harder to get the ship to the land. But the stormy sea was too violent for them, and they couldn’t make it. 14 Then they cried out to the Lord, Jonah’s God. “O Lord,” they pleaded, “don’t make us die for this man’s sin. And don’t hold us responsible for his death. O Lord, you have sent this storm upon him for your own good reasons.”

15 Then the sailors picked Jonah up and threw him into the raging sea, and the storm stopped at once! 16 The sailors were awestruck by the Lord’s great power, and they offered him a sacrifice and vowed to serve him.

17 [a]Now the Lord had arranged for a great fish to swallow Jonah. And Jonah was inside the fish for three days and three nights.

Footnotes

  1. 1:17 Verse 1:17 is numbered 2:1 in Hebrew text.