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Babylon

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耶利米書 51:58
This is what the Lord Almighty says: "Babylon's thick wall will be leveled and her high gates set on fire; the peoples exhaust themselves for nothing, the nations' labor is only fuel for the flames."
萬軍之耶和華如此說:巴比倫寬闊的城牆必全然傾倒;他高大的城門必被火焚燒。眾民所勞碌的必致虛空;列國所勞碌的被火焚燒,他們都必困乏。
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詩篇 137:8
Daughter Babylon, doomed to destruction, happy is the one who repays you according to what you have done to us.
將要被滅的巴比倫城啊(城:原文作女子),報復你像你待我們的,那人便為有福!
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耶利米書 50:1 - 46
This is the word the Lord spoke through Jeremiah the prophet concerning Babylon and the land of the Babylonians : "Announce and proclaim among the nations, lift up a banner and proclaim it; keep nothing back, but say, 'Babylon will be captured; Bel will be put to shame, Marduk filled with terror. Her images will be put to shame and her idols filled with terror.' A nation from the north will attack her and lay waste her land. No one will live in it; both people and animals will flee away. "In those days, at that time," declares the Lord, "the people of Israel and the people of Judah together will go in tears to seek the Lord their God. They will ask the way to Zion and turn their faces toward it. They will come and bind themselves to the Lord in an everlasting covenant that will not be forgotten. "My people have been lost sheep; their shepherds have led them astray and caused them to roam on the mountains. They wandered over mountain and hill and forgot their own resting place. Whoever found them devoured them; their enemies said, 'We are not guilty, for they sinned against the Lord, their verdant pasture, the Lord, the hope of their ancestors.' "Flee out of Babylon; leave the land of the Babylonians, and be like the goats that lead the flock. For I will stir up and bring against Babylon an alliance of great nations from the land of the north. They will take up their positions against her, and from the north she will be captured. Their arrows will be like skilled warriors who do not return empty-handed. So Babylonia will be plundered; all who plunder her will have their fill," declares the Lord. "Because you rejoice and are glad, you who pillage my inheritance, because you frolic like a heifer threshing grain and neigh like stallions, your mother will be greatly ashamed; she who gave you birth will be disgraced. She will be the least of the nations- a wilderness, a dry land, a desert. Because of the Lord's anger she will not be inhabited but will be completely desolate. All who pass Babylon will be appalled; they will scoff because of all her wounds. "Take up your positions around Babylon, all you who draw the bow. Shoot at her! Spare no arrows, for she has sinned against the Lord. Shout against her on every side! She surrenders, her towers fall, her walls are torn down. Since this is the vengeance of the Lord, take vengeance on her; do to her as she has done to others. Cut off from Babylon the sower, and the reaper with his sickle at harvest. Because of the sword of the oppressor let everyone return to their own people, let everyone flee to their own land. "Israel is a scattered flock that lions have chased away. The first to devour them was the king of Assyria; the last to crush their bones was Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon." Therefore this is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: "I will punish the king of Babylon and his land as I punished the king of Assyria. But I will bring Israel back to their own pasture, and they will graze on Carmel and Bashan; their appetite will be satisfied on the hills of Ephraim and Gilead. In those days, at that time," declares the Lord, "search will be made for Israel's guilt, but there will be none, and for the sins of Judah, but none will be found, for I will forgive the remnant I spare. "Attack the land of Merathaim and those who live in Pekod. Pursue, kill and completely destroy them," declares the Lord. "Do everything I have commanded you. The noise of battle is in the land, the noise of great destruction! How broken and shattered is the hammer of the whole earth! How desolate is Babylon among the nations! I set a trap for you, Babylon, and you were caught before you knew it; you were found and captured because you opposed the Lord. The Lord has opened his arsenal and brought out the weapons of his wrath, for the Sovereign Lord Almighty has work to do in the land of the Babylonians. Come against her from afar. Break open her granaries; pile her up like heaps of grain. Completely destroy her and leave her no remnant. Kill all her young bulls; let them go down to the slaughter! Woe to them! For their day has come, the time for them to be punished. Listen to the fugitives and refugees from Babylon declaring in Zion how the Lord our God has taken vengeance, vengeance for his temple. "Summon archers against Babylon, all those who draw the bow. Encamp all around her; let no one escape. Repay her for her deeds; do to her as she has done. For she has defied the Lord, the Holy One of Israel. Therefore, her young men will fall in the streets; all her soldiers will be silenced in that day," declares the Lord. "See, I am against you, you arrogant one," declares the Lord, the Lord Almighty, "for your day has come, the time for you to be punished. The arrogant one will stumble and fall and no one will help her up; I will kindle a fire in her towns that will consume all who are around her." This is what the Lord Almighty says: "The people of Israel are oppressed, and the people of Judah as well. All their captors hold them fast, refusing to let them go. Yet their Redeemer is strong; the Lord Almighty is his name. He will vigorously defend their cause so that he may bring rest to their land, but unrest to those who live in Babylon. "A sword against the Babylonians!" declares the Lord- "against those who live in Babylon and against her officials and wise men! A sword against her false prophets! They will become fools. A sword against her warriors! They will be filled with terror. A sword against her horses and chariots and all the foreigners in her ranks! They will become weaklings. A sword against her treasures! They will be plundered. A drought on her waters! They will dry up. For it is a land of idols, idols that will go mad with terror. "So desert creatures and hyenas will live there, and there the owl will dwell. It will never again be inhabited or lived in from generation to generation. As I overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah along with their neighboring towns," declares the Lord, "so no one will live there; no people will dwell in it. "Look! An army is coming from the north; a great nation and many kings are being stirred up from the ends of the earth. They are armed with bows and spears; they are cruel and without mercy. They sound like the roaring sea as they ride on their horses; they come like men in battle formation to attack you, Daughter Babylon. The king of Babylon has heard reports about them, and his hands hang limp. Anguish has gripped him, pain like that of a woman in labor. Like a lion coming up from Jordan's thickets to a rich pastureland, I will chase Babylon from its land in an instant. Who is the chosen one I will appoint for this? Who is like me and who can challenge me? And what shepherd can stand against me?" Therefore, hear what the Lord has planned against Babylon, what he has purposed against the land of the Babylonians: The young of the flock will be dragged away; their pasture will be appalled at their fate. At the sound of Babylon's capture the earth will tremble; its cry will resound among the nations.
耶和華藉先知耶利米論巴比倫和迦勒底人之地所說的話。 你們要在萬國中傳揚報告,豎立大旗;要報告,不可隱瞞,說:巴比倫被攻取,彼勒蒙羞,米羅達驚惶。巴比倫的神像都蒙羞;他的偶像都驚惶。 「因有一國從北方上來攻擊他,使他的地荒涼,無人居住,連人帶牲畜都逃走了。」 耶和華說:「當那日子、那時候,以色列人要和猶大人同來,隨走隨哭,尋求耶和華他們的神。 他們必訪問錫安,又面向這裡,說:『來吧,你們要與耶和華聯合為永遠不忘的約。』 「我的百姓作了迷失的羊,牧人使他們走差路,使他們轉到山上。他們從大山走到小山,竟忘了安歇之處。 凡遇見他們的,就把他們吞滅。敵人說:『我們沒有罪;因他們得罪那作公義居所的耶和華,就是他們列祖所仰望的耶和華。』 「我民哪,你們要從巴比倫中逃走,從迦勒底人之地出去,要像羊群前面走的公山羊。 因我必激動聯合的大國從北方上來攻擊巴比倫,他們要擺陣攻擊他;他必從那裡被攻取。他們的箭好像善射之勇士的箭,一枝也不徒然返回。 迦勒底必成為掠物;凡擄掠他的都必心滿意足。這是耶和華說的。」 搶奪我產業的啊,你們因歡喜快樂,且像踹穀撒歡的母牛犢,又像發嘶聲的壯馬。 你們的母巴比倫就極其抱愧,生你們的必然蒙羞。他要列在諸國之末,成為曠野、旱地、沙漠。 因耶和華的忿怒,必無人居住,要全然荒涼。凡經過巴比倫的要受驚駭,又因他所遭的災殃嗤笑。 所有拉弓的,你們要在巴比倫的四圍擺陣,射箭攻擊他。不要愛惜箭枝,因他得罪了耶和華。 你們要在他四圍吶喊;他已經投降。外郭坍塌了,城牆拆毀了,因為這是耶和華報仇的事。你們要向巴比倫報仇;他怎樣待人,也要怎樣待他。 你們要將巴比倫撒種的和收割時拿鐮刀的都剪除了。他們各人因怕欺壓的刀劍,必歸回本族,逃到本土。 「以色列是打散的羊,是被獅子趕出的。首先是亞述王將他吞滅,末後是巴比倫王尼布甲尼撒將他的骨頭折斷。」 所以萬軍之耶和華以色列的神如此說:「我必罰巴比倫王和他的地,像我從前罰亞述王一樣。 我必再領以色列回他的草場,他必在迦密和巴珊吃草,又在以法蓮山上和基列境內得以飽足。」 耶和華說:「當那日子、那時候,雖尋以色列的罪孽,一無所有;雖尋猶大的罪惡,也無所見;因為我所留下的人,我必赦免。」 耶和華說:上去攻擊米拉大翁之地,又攻擊比割的居民。要追殺滅盡,照我一切所吩咐你的去行。 境內有打仗和大毀滅的響聲。 全地的大錘何竟砍斷破壞?巴比倫在列國中何竟荒涼? 巴比倫哪,我為你設下網羅,你不知不覺被纏住。你被尋著,也被捉住;因為你與耶和華爭競。 耶和華已經開了武庫,拿出他惱恨的兵器;因為主萬軍之耶和華在迦勒底人之地有當做的事。 你們要從極遠的邊界來攻擊他,開他的倉廩,將他堆如高堆,毀滅淨盡,絲毫不留。 要殺他的一切牛犢,使他們下去遭遇殺戮。他們有禍了,因為追討他們的日子已經來到。 (有從巴比倫之地逃避出來的人,在錫安揚聲報告耶和華我們的神報仇,就是為他的殿報仇。) 「招集一切弓箭手來攻擊巴比倫。要在巴比倫四圍安營,不要容一人逃脫,照著他所做的報應他;他怎樣待人,也要怎樣待他,因為他向耶和華以色列的聖者發了狂傲。 所以他的少年人必仆倒在街上。當那日,一切兵丁必默默無聲。這是耶和華說的。」 主萬軍之耶和華說:你這狂傲的啊,我與你反對,因為我追討你的日子已經來到。 狂傲的必絆跌仆倒,無人扶起。我也必使火在他的城邑中裡起來,將他四圍所有的盡行燒滅。 萬軍之耶和華如此說:「以色列人和猶大人一同受欺壓;凡擄掠他們的都緊緊抓住他們,不肯釋放。 他們的救贖主大有能力,萬軍之耶和華是他的名。他必伸清他們的冤,好使全地得平安,並攪擾巴比倫的居民。」 耶和華說:有刀劍臨到迦勒底人和巴比倫的居民,並他的首領與智慧人。 有刀劍臨到矜誇的人,他們就成為愚昧;有刀劍臨到他的勇士,他們就驚惶。 有刀劍臨到他的馬匹、車輛,和其中雜族的人民;他們必像婦女一樣。有刀劍臨到他的寶物,就被搶奪。 有乾旱臨到他的眾水,就必乾涸;因為這是有雕刻偶像之地,人因偶像而顛狂。 所以曠野的走獸和豺狼必住在那裡,鴕鳥也住在其中,永無人煙,世世代代無人居住。」 耶和華說:「必無人住在那裡,也無人在其中寄居,要像我傾覆所多瑪、蛾摩拉,和鄰近的城邑一樣。 看哪,有一種民從北方而來,並有一大國和許多君王被激動,從地極來到。 他們拿弓和槍,性情殘忍,不施憐憫;他們的聲音像海浪匉訇。巴比倫城(原文作女子)啊,他們騎馬,都擺隊伍如上戰場的人,要攻擊你。 巴比倫王聽見他們的風聲,手就發軟,痛苦將他抓住,疼痛彷彿產難的婦人。 「仇敵必像獅子從約但河邊的叢林上來,攻擊堅固的居所。轉眼之間,我要使他們逃跑,離開這地。誰蒙揀選,我就派誰治理這地。誰能比我呢?誰能給我定規日期呢?有何牧人能在我面前站立得住呢? 你們要聽耶和華攻擊巴比倫所說的謀略和他攻擊迦勒底人之地所定的旨意。仇敵定要將他們群眾微弱的拉去,定要使他們的居所荒涼。 因巴比倫被取的聲音,地就震動,人在列邦都聽見呼喊的聲音。」
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啟示錄 17:1 - 18
One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, "Come, I will show you the punishment of the great prostitute, who sits by many waters. With her the kings of the earth committed adultery, and the inhabitants of the earth were intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries." Then the angel carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness. There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns. The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, and was glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls. She held a golden cup in her hand, filled with abominable things and the filth of her adulteries. The name written on her forehead was a mystery: babylon the great the mother of prostitutes and of the abominations of the earth. I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of God's holy people, the blood of those who bore testimony to Jesus. When I saw her, I was greatly astonished. Then the angel said to me: "Why are you astonished? I will explain to you the mystery of the woman and of the beast she rides, which has the seven heads and ten horns. The beast, which you saw, once was, now is not, and yet will come up out of the Abyss and go to its destruction. The inhabitants of the earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the creation of the world will be astonished when they see the beast, because it once was, now is not, and yet will come. "This calls for a mind with wisdom. The seven heads are seven hills on which the woman sits. They are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; but when he does come, he must remain for only a little while. The beast who once was, and now is not, is an eighth king. He belongs to the seven and is going to his destruction. "The ten horns you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but who for one hour will receive authority as kings along with the beast. They have one purpose and will give their power and authority to the beast. They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings-and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers." Then the angel said to me, "The waters you saw, where the prostitute sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations and languages. The beast and the ten horns you saw will hate the prostitute. They will bring her to ruin and leave her naked; they will eat her flesh and burn her with fire. For God has put it into their hearts to accomplish his purpose by agreeing to hand over to the beast their royal authority, until God's words are fulfilled. The woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth."
拿著七碗的七位天使中,有一位前來對我說:「你到這裡來,我將坐在眾水上的大淫婦所要受的刑罰指給你看。 地上的君王與他行淫,住在地上的人喝醉了他淫亂的酒。」 我被聖靈感動,天使帶我到曠野去,我就看見一個女人騎在朱紅色的獸上;那獸有七頭十角,遍體有褻瀆的名號。 那女人穿著紫色和朱紅色的衣服,用金子、寶石、珍珠為妝飾;手拿金杯,杯中盛滿了可憎之物,就是他淫亂的污穢。 在他額上有名寫著說:「奧秘哉!大巴比倫,作世上的淫婦和一切可憎之物的母。」 我又看見那女人喝醉了聖徒的血和為耶穌作見證之人的血。我看見他,就大大的希奇。 天使對我說:「你為什麼希奇呢?我要將這女人和馱著他的那七頭十角獸的奧秘告訴你。 你所看見的獸,先前有,如今沒有,將要從無底坑裡上來,又要歸於沉淪。凡住在地上、名字從創世以來沒有記在生命冊上的,見先前有、如今沒有、以後再有的獸,就必希奇。 智慧的心在此可以思想。那七頭就是女人所坐的七座山, 又是七位王;五位已經傾倒了,一位還在,一位還沒有來到;他來的時候,必須暫時存留。 那先前有如今沒有的獸,就是第八位;他也和那七位同列,並且歸於沉淪。 你所看見的那十角就是十王;他們還沒有得國,但他們一時之間要和獸同得權柄,與王一樣。 他們同心合意將自己的能力、權柄給那獸。 他們與羔羊爭戰,羔羊必勝過他們,因為羔羊是萬主之主、萬王之王。同著羔羊的,就是蒙召、被選、有忠心的,也必得勝。」 天使又對我說,你所看見那淫婦坐的眾水,就是多民、多人、多國、多方。 你所看見的那十角與獸必恨這淫婦,使他冷落赤身,又要吃他的肉,用火將他燒盡。 因為神使諸王同心合意,遵行他的旨意,把自己的國給那獸,直等到神的話都應驗了。 你所看見的那女人就是管轄地上眾王的大城。」
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耶利米書 32:28
Therefore this is what the Lord says: I am about to give this city into the hands of the Babylonians and to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, who will capture it.
耶和華如此說:我必將這城交付迦勒底人的手和巴比倫王尼布甲尼撒的手,他必攻取這城。
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啟示錄 16:19
The great city split into three parts, and the cities of the nations collapsed. God remembered Babylon the Great and gave her the cup filled with the wine of the fury of his wrath.
那大城裂為三段,列國的城也都倒塌了;神也想起巴比倫大城來,要把那盛自己烈怒的酒杯遞給他。
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創世記 10:10
The first centers of his kingdom were Babylon, Uruk, Akkad and Kalneh, in Shinar.
他國的起頭是巴別、以力、亞甲、甲尼,都在示拿地。
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列王記下 24:7
The king of Egypt did not march out from his own country again, because the king of Babylon had taken all his territory, from the Wadi of Egypt to the Euphrates River.
埃及王不再從他國中出來;因為巴比倫王將埃及王所管之地,從埃及小河直到伯拉大河都奪去了。
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耶利米書 46:13 - 26
This is the message the Lord spoke to Jeremiah the prophet about the coming of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon to attack Egypt: "Announce this in Egypt, and proclaim it in Migdol; proclaim it also in Memphis and Tahpanhes: 'Take your positions and get ready, for the sword devours those around you.' Why will your warriors be laid low? They cannot stand, for the Lord will push them down. They will stumble repeatedly; they will fall over each other. They will say, 'Get up, let us go back to our own people and our native lands, away from the sword of the oppressor.' There they will exclaim, 'Pharaoh king of Egypt is only a loud noise; he has missed his opportunity.' "As surely as I live," declares the King, whose name is the Lord Almighty, "one will come who is like Tabor among the mountains, like Carmel by the sea. Pack your belongings for exile, you who live in Egypt, for Memphis will be laid waste and lie in ruins without inhabitant. "Egypt is a beautiful heifer, but a gadfly is coming against her from the north. The mercenaries in her ranks are like fattened calves. They too will turn and flee together, they will not stand their ground, for the day of disaster is coming upon them, the time for them to be punished. Egypt will hiss like a fleeing serpent as the enemy advances in force; they will come against her with axes, like men who cut down trees. They will chop down her forest," declares the Lord, "dense though it be. They are more numerous than locusts, they cannot be counted. Daughter Egypt will be put to shame, given into the hands of the people of the north." The Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: "I am about to bring punishment on Amon god of Thebes, on Pharaoh, on Egypt and her gods and her kings, and on those who rely on Pharaoh. I will give them into the hands of those who want to kill them-Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and his officers. Later, however, Egypt will be inhabited as in times past," declares the Lord.
耶和華對先知耶利米所說的話,論到巴比倫王尼布甲尼撒要來攻擊埃及地: 你們要傳揚在埃及,宣告在密奪,報告在挪弗、答比匿說:要站起出隊,自作準備,因為刀劍在你四圍施行吞滅的事。 你的壯士為何被沖去呢?他們站立不住;因為耶和華驅逐他們, 使多人絆跌;他們也彼此撞倒,說:起來吧!我們再往本民本地去,好躲避欺壓的刀劍。 他們在那裡喊叫說:埃及王法老不過是個聲音(或作:已經敗亡);他已錯過所定的時候了。 君王名為萬軍之耶和華的說:我指著我的永生起誓:尼布甲尼撒(原文作他)來的勢派必像他泊在眾山之中,像迦密在海邊一樣。 住在埃及的民哪(原文作女子),要預備擄去時所用的物件;因為挪弗必成為荒場,且被燒毀,無人居住。 埃及是肥美的母牛犢;但出於北方的毀滅(或作:牛?)來到了!來到了! 其中的雇勇好像圈裡的肥牛犢,他們轉身退後,一齊逃跑,站立不住;因為他們遭難的日子、追討的時候已經臨到。 其中的聲音好像蛇行一樣。敵人要成隊而來,如砍伐樹木的手拿斧子攻擊他。 耶和華說:埃及的樹林雖然不能尋察(或作:穿不過),敵人卻要砍伐,因他們多於蝗蟲,不可勝數。 埃及的民(原文作女子)必然蒙羞,必交在北方人的手中。 萬軍之耶和華以色列的神說:「我必刑罰挪的亞捫(埃及尊大之神)和法老,並埃及與埃及的神,以及君王,也必刑罰法老和倚靠他的人。 我要將他們交付尋索其命之人的手和巴比倫王尼布甲尼撒與他臣僕的手;以後埃及必再有人居住,與從前一樣。這是耶和華說的。」
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啟示錄 18:1 - 24
After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven. He had great authority, and the earth was illuminated by his splendor. With a mighty voice he shouted: " 'Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great!' She has become a dwelling for demons and a haunt for every impure spirit, a haunt for every unclean bird, a haunt for every unclean and detestable animal. For all the nations have drunk the maddening wine of her adulteries. The kings of the earth committed adultery with her, and the merchants of the earth grew rich from her excessive luxuries." Then I heard another voice from heaven say: " 'Come out of her, my people,' so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues; for her sins are piled up to heaven, and God has remembered her crimes. Give back to her as she has given; pay her back double for what she has done. Pour her a double portion from her own cup. Give her as much torment and grief as the glory and luxury she gave herself. In her heart she boasts, 'I sit enthroned as queen. I am not a widow; I will never mourn.' Therefore in one day her plagues will overtake her: death, mourning and famine. She will be consumed by fire, for mighty is the Lord God who judges her. "When the kings of the earth who committed adultery with her and shared her luxury see the smoke of her burning, they will weep and mourn over her. Terrified at her torment, they will stand far off and cry: " 'Woe! Woe to you, great city, you mighty city of Babylon! In one hour your doom has come!' "The merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her because no one buys their cargoes anymore- cargoes of gold, silver, precious stones and pearls; fine linen, purple, silk and scarlet cloth; every sort of citron wood, and articles of every kind made of ivory, costly wood, bronze, iron and marble; cargoes of cinnamon and spice, of incense, myrrh and frankincense, of wine and olive oil, of fine flour and wheat; cattle and sheep; horses and carriages; and human beings sold as slaves. "They will say, 'The fruit you longed for is gone from you. All your luxury and splendor have vanished, never to be recovered.' The merchants who sold these things and gained their wealth from her will stand far off, terrified at her torment. They will weep and mourn and cry out: " 'Woe! Woe to you, great city, dressed in fine linen, purple and scarlet, and glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls! In one hour such great wealth has been brought to ruin!' "Every sea captain, and all who travel by ship, the sailors, and all who earn their living from the sea, will stand far off. When they see the smoke of her burning, they will exclaim, 'Was there ever a city like this great city?' They will throw dust on their heads, and with weeping and mourning cry out: " 'Woe! Woe to you, great city, where all who had ships on the sea became rich through her wealth! In one hour she has been brought to ruin!' "Rejoice over her, you heavens! Rejoice, you people of God! Rejoice, apostles and prophets! For God has judged her with the judgment she imposed on you." Then a mighty angel picked up a boulder the size of a large millstone and threw it into the sea, and said: "With such violence the great city of Babylon will be thrown down, never to be found again. The music of harpists and musicians, pipers and trumpeters, will never be heard in you again. No worker of any trade will ever be found in you again. The sound of a millstone will never be heard in you again. The light of a lamp will never shine in you again. The voice of bridegroom and bride will never be heard in you again. Your merchants were the world's important people. By your magic spell all the nations were led astray. In her was found the blood of prophets and of God's holy people, of all who have been slaughtered on the earth."
此後,我看見另有一位有大權柄的天使從天降下,地就因他的榮耀發光。 他大聲喊著說:巴比倫大城傾倒了!傾倒了!成了鬼魔的住處和各樣污穢之靈的巢穴(或作:牢獄;下同),並各樣污穢可憎之雀鳥的巢穴。 因為列國都被他邪淫大怒的酒傾倒了。地上的君王與他行淫;地上的客商因他奢華太過就發了財。 我又聽見從天上有聲音說:我的民哪,你們要從那城出來,免得與他一同有罪,受他所受的災殃; 因他的罪惡滔天;他的不義神已經想起來了。 他怎樣待人,也要怎樣待他,按他所行的加倍的報應他;用他調酒的杯加倍的調給他喝。 他怎樣榮耀自己,怎樣奢華,也當叫他照樣痛苦悲哀,因他心裡說:我坐了皇后的位,並不是寡婦,決不至於悲哀。 所以在一天之內,他的災殃要一齊來到,就是死亡、悲哀、饑荒。他又要被火燒盡了,因為審判他的主神大有能力。 地上的君王,素來與他行淫、一同奢華的,看見燒他的煙,就必為他哭泣哀號。 因怕他的痛苦,就遠遠的站著說:哀哉!哀哉!巴比倫大城,堅固的城啊,一時之間你的刑罰就來到了。 地上的客商也都為他哭泣悲哀,因為沒有人再買他們的貨物了; 這貨物就是金、銀、寶石、珍珠、細麻布、紫色料、綢子、朱紅色料、各樣香木、各樣象牙的器皿、各樣極寶貴的木頭,和銅、鐵、漢白玉的器皿, 並肉桂、荳蔻、香料、香膏、乳香、酒、油、細麵、麥子、牛、羊、車、馬,和奴僕、人口。 巴比倫哪,你所貪愛的果子離開了你;你一切的珍饈美味,和華美的物件也從你中間毀滅,決不能再見了。 販賣這些貨物、藉著他發了財的客商,因怕他的痛苦,就遠遠的站著哭泣悲哀,說: 哀哉!哀哉!這大城啊,素常穿著細麻、紫色、朱紅色的衣服,又用金子、寶石,和珍珠為妝飾。 一時之間,這麼大的富厚就歸於無有了。凡船主和坐船往各處去的,並眾水手,連所有靠海為業的,都遠遠的站著, 看見燒他的煙,就喊著說:有何城能比這大城呢?」 他們又把塵土撒在頭上,哭泣悲哀,喊著說:哀哉!哀哉!這大城啊。凡有船在海中的,都因他的珍寶成了富足!他在一時之間就成了荒場! 天哪,眾聖徒、眾使徒、眾先知啊,你們都要因他歡喜,因為神已經在他身上伸了你們的冤。 有一位大力的天使舉起一塊石頭,好像大磨石,扔在海裡,說:巴比倫大城也必這樣猛力的被扔下去,決不能再見了。 彈琴、作樂、吹笛、吹號的聲音,在你中間決不能再聽見;各行手藝人在你中間決不能再遇見;推磨的聲音在你中間決不能再聽見; 燈光在你中間決不能再照耀;新郎和新婦的聲音,在你中間決不能再聽見。你的客商原來是地上的尊貴人;萬國也被你的邪術迷惑了。 先知和聖徒,並地上一切被殺之人的血,都在這城裡看見了。
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以賽亞書 13:1 - 22
A prophecy against Babylon that Isaiah son of Amoz saw: Raise a banner on a bare hilltop, shout to them; beckon to them to enter the gates of the nobles. I have commanded those I prepared for battle; I have summoned my warriors to carry out my wrath- those who rejoice in my triumph. Listen, a noise on the mountains, like that of a great multitude! Listen, an uproar among the kingdoms, like nations massing together! The Lord Almighty is mustering an army for war. They come from faraway lands, from the ends of the heavens- the Lord and the weapons of his wrath- to destroy the whole country. Wail, for the day of the Lord is near; it will come like destruction from the Almighty. Because of this, all hands will go limp, every heart will melt with fear. Terror will seize them, pain and anguish will grip them; they will writhe like a woman in labor. They will look aghast at each other, their faces aflame. See, the day of the Lord is coming -a cruel day, with wrath and fierce anger- to make the land desolate and destroy the sinners within it. The stars of heaven and their constellations will not show their light. The rising sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light. I will punish the world for its evil, the wicked for their sins. I will put an end to the arrogance of the haughty and will humble the pride of the ruthless. I will make people scarcer than pure gold, more rare than the gold of Ophir. Therefore I will make the heavens tremble; and the earth will shake from its place at the wrath of the Lord Almighty, in the day of his burning anger. Like a hunted gazelle, like sheep without a shepherd, they will all return to their own people, they will flee to their native land. Whoever is captured will be thrust through; all who are caught will fall by the sword. Their infants will be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses will be looted and their wives violated. See, I will stir up against them the Medes, who do not care for silver and have no delight in gold. Their bows will strike down the young men; they will have no mercy on infants, nor will they look with compassion on children. Babylon, the jewel of kingdoms, the pride and glory of the Babylonians, will be overthrown by God like Sodom and Gomorrah. She will never be inhabited or lived in through all generations; there no nomads will pitch their tents, there no shepherds will rest their flocks. But desert creatures will lie there, jackals will fill her houses; there the owls will dwell, and there the wild goats will leap about. Hyenas will inhabit her strongholds, jackals her luxurious palaces. Her time is at hand, and her days will not be prolonged.
亞摩斯的兒子以賽亞得默示,論巴比倫。 應當在淨光的山豎立大旗,向群眾揚聲招手,使他們進入貴冑的門。 我吩咐我所挑出來的人;我招呼我的勇士,就是那矜誇高傲之輩,為要成就我怒中所定的。 山間有多人的聲音,好像是大國人民。有許多國的民聚集鬨嚷的聲音;這是萬軍之耶和華點齊軍隊,預備打仗。 他們從遠方來,從天邊來,就是耶和華並他惱恨的兵器要毀滅這全地。 你們要哀號,因為耶和華的日子臨近了!這日來到,好像毀滅從全能者來到。 所以,人手都必軟弱;人心都必消化。 他們必驚惶悲痛;愁苦必將他們抓住。他們疼痛,好像產難的婦人一樣,彼此驚奇相看,臉如火焰。 耶和華的日子臨到,必有殘忍、忿恨、烈怒,使這地荒涼,從其中除滅罪人。 天上的眾星群宿都不發光;日頭一出就變黑暗;月亮也不放光。 我必因邪惡刑罰世界,因罪孽刑罰惡人,使驕傲人的狂妄止息,制伏強暴人的狂傲。 我必使人比精金還少,使人比俄斐純金更少。 我萬軍之耶和華在忿恨中發烈怒的日子,必使天震動,使地搖撼,離其本位。 人必像被追趕的鹿,像無人收聚的羊,各歸回本族,各逃到本土。 凡被仇敵追上的必被刺死;凡被捉住的必被刀殺。 他們的嬰孩必在他們眼前摔碎;他們的房屋必被搶奪;他們的妻子必被玷污。 我必激動瑪代人來攻擊他們。瑪代人不注重銀子,也不喜愛金子。 他們必用弓擊碎少年人,不憐憫婦人所生的,眼也不顧惜孩子。 巴比倫素來為列國的榮耀,為迦勒底人所矜誇的華美,必像神所傾覆的所多瑪、蛾摩拉一樣。 其內必永無人煙,世世代代無人居住。亞拉伯人也不在那裡支搭帳棚;牧羊的人也不使羊群臥在那裡。 只有曠野的走獸臥在那裡;咆哮的獸滿了房屋。鴕鳥住在那裡;野山羊在那裡跳舞。 豺狼必在他宮中呼號;野狗必在他華美殿內吼叫。巴比倫受罰的時候臨近;他的日子必不長久。
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但以理書 2:21 - 38
He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning. He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with him. I thank and praise you, God of my ancestors: You have given me wisdom and power, you have made known to me what we asked of you, you have made known to us the dream of the king." Then Daniel went to Arioch, whom the king had appointed to execute the wise men of Babylon, and said to him, "Do not execute the wise men of Babylon. Take me to the king, and I will interpret his dream for him." Arioch took Daniel to the king at once and said, "I have found a man among the exiles from Judah who can tell the king what his dream means." The king asked Daniel (also called Belteshazzar), "Are you able to tell me what I saw in my dream and interpret it?" Daniel replied, "No wise man, enchanter, magician or diviner can explain to the king the mystery he has asked about, but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries. He has shown King Nebuchadnezzar what will happen in days to come. Your dream and the visions that passed through your mind as you were lying in bed are these: "As Your Majesty was lying there, your mind turned to things to come, and the revealer of mysteries showed you what is going to happen. As for me, this mystery has been revealed to me, not because I have greater wisdom than anyone else alive, but so that Your Majesty may know the interpretation and that you may understand what went through your mind. "Your Majesty looked, and there before you stood a large statue-an enormous, dazzling statue, awesome in appearance. The head of the statue was made of pure gold, its chest and arms of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze, its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of baked clay. While you were watching, a rock was cut out, but not by human hands. It struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay and smashed them. Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver and the gold were all broken to pieces and became like chaff on a threshing floor in the summer. The wind swept them away without leaving a trace. But the rock that struck the statue became a huge mountain and filled the whole earth. "This was the dream, and now we will interpret it to the king. Your Majesty, you are the king of kings. The God of heaven has given you dominion and power and might and glory; in your hands he has placed all mankind and the beasts of the field and the birds in the sky. Wherever they live, he has made you ruler over them all. You are that head of gold.
他改變時候、日期,廢王,立王,將智慧賜與智慧人,將知識賜與聰明人。 他顯明深奧隱秘的事,知道暗中所有的,光明也與他同居。 我列祖的神啊,我感謝你,讚美你,因你將智慧才能賜給我,允准我們所求的,把王的事給我們指明。」 於是,但以理進去見亞略,就是王所派滅絕巴比倫哲士的,對他說:「不要滅絕巴比倫的哲士,求你領我到王面前,我要將夢的講解告訴王。」 亞略就急忙將但以理領到王面前,對王說:「我在被擄的猶大人中遇見一人,他能將夢的講解告訴王。」 王問稱為伯提沙撒的但以理說:「你能將我所做的夢和夢的講解告訴我嗎?」 但以理在王面前回答說:「王所問的那奧秘事,哲士、用法術的、術士、觀兆的都不能告訴王; 只有一位在天上的神能顯明奧秘的事。他已將日後必有的事指示尼布甲尼撒王。你的夢和你在床上腦中的異象是這樣: 王啊,你在床上想到後來的事,那顯明奧秘事的主把將來必有的事指示你。 至於那奧秘的事顯明給我,並非因我的智慧勝過一切活人,乃為使王知道夢的講解和心裡的思念。 「王啊,你夢見一個大像,這像甚高,極其光耀,站在你面前,形狀甚是可怕。 這像的頭是精金的,胸膛和膀臂是銀的,肚腹和腰是銅的, 腿是鐵的,腳是半鐵半泥的。 你觀看,見有一塊非人手鑿出來的石頭打在這像半鐵半泥的腳上,把腳砸碎; 於是金、銀、銅、鐵、泥都一同砸得粉碎,成如夏天禾場上的糠秕,被風吹散,無處可尋。打碎這像的石頭變成一座大山,充滿天下。 「這就是那夢。我們在王面前要講解那夢。 王啊,你是諸王之王。天上的神已將國度、權柄、能力、尊榮都賜給你。 凡世人所住之地的走獸,並天空的飛鳥,他都交付你手,使你掌管這一切。你就是那金頭。