第 24 章

1. 耶和華又向以色列人發怒、就激動大衛、使他吩咐人去數點以色列人和猶大人。
Again the anger of the LORD burned against Israel, and he incited David against them, saying, "Go and take a census of Israel and Judah."
2. 大衛就吩咐跟隨他的元帥約押說、你去走遍以色列眾支派、從但直到別是巴、數點百姓、我好知道他們的數目。
So the king said to Joab and the army commanders with him, "Go throughout the tribes of Israel from Dan to Beersheba and enroll the fighting men, so that I may know how many there are."
3. 約押對王說、無論百姓多少、願耶和華你的 神再加增百倍、使我主我王親眼得見.我主我王何必喜悅行這事呢。
But Joab replied to the king, "May the LORD your God multiply the troops a hundred times over, and may the eyes of my lord the king see it. But why does my lord the king want to do such a thing?"
4. 但王的命令勝過約押和眾軍長、約押和眾軍長、就從王面前出去、數點以色列的百姓。
The king's word, however, overruled Joab and the army commanders; so they left the presence of the king to enroll the fighting men of Israel.
5. 他們過了約但河、在迦得谷中城的右邊亞羅珥安營、與雅謝相對.
After crossing the Jordan, they camped near Aroer, south of the town in the gorge, and then went through Gad and on to Jazer.
6. 又到了基列、和他停合示地.又到了但雅安、繞到西頓、
They went to Gilead and the region of Tahtim Hodshi, and on to Dan Jaan and around toward Sidon.
7. 來到推羅的保障、並希未人和迦南人的各城.又到猶大南方的別是巴。
Then they went toward the fortress of Tyre and all the towns of the Hivites and Canaanites. Finally, they went on to Beersheba in the Negev of Judah.
8. 他們走遍全地、過了九個月零二十天就回到耶路撒冷。
After they had gone through the entire land, they came back to Jerusalem at the end of nine months and twenty days.
9. 約押將百姓的總數奏告於王.以色列拿刀的勇士有八十萬.猶大有五十萬。
Joab reported the number of the fighting men to the king: In Israel there were eight hundred thousand able-bodied men who could handle a sword, and in Judah five hundred thousand.
10. 大衛數點百姓以後、就心中自責、禱告耶和華、說、我行這事大有罪了.耶和華阿、求你除掉僕人的罪孽.因我所行的甚是愚昧。
David was conscience-stricken after he had counted the fighting men, and he said to the LORD, "I have sinned greatly in what I have done. Now, O LORD, I beg you, take away the guilt of your servant. I have done a very foolish thing."
11. 大衛早晨起來、耶和華的話臨到先知迦得、就是大衛的先見、說、
Before David got up the next morning, the word of the LORD had come to Gad the prophet, David's seer:
12. 你去告訴大衛說、耶和華如此說、我有三樣災、隨你選擇一樣、我好降與你。
"Go and tell David, 'This is what the LORD says: I am giving you three options. Choose one of them for me to carry out against you.'"
13. 於是迦得來見大衛、對他說、你願意國中有七年的饑荒呢.是在你敵人面前逃跑、被追趕三個月呢.是在你國中有三日的瘟疫呢.現在你要揣摩思想、我好回覆那差我來的。
So Gad went to David and said to him, "Shall there come upon you three years of famine in your land? Or three months of fleeing from your enemies while they pursue you? Or three days of plague in your land? Now then, think it over and decide how I should answer the one who sent me."
14. 大衛對迦得說、我甚為難.我願落在耶和華的手裡、因為他有豐盛的憐憫.我不願落在人的手裡。
David said to Gad, "I am in deep distress. Let us fall into the hands of the LORD, for his mercy is great; but do not let me fall into the hands of men."
15. 於是耶和華降瘟疫與以色列人、自早晨到所定的時候.從但直到別是巴、民間死了七萬人。
So the LORD sent a plague on Israel from that morning until the end of the time designated, and seventy thousand of the people from Dan to Beersheba died.
16. 天使向耶路撒冷伸手要滅城的時候、耶和華後悔、就不降這災了、吩咐滅民的天使說、彀了、住手罷。那時耶和華的使者在耶布斯人亞勞拿的禾場那裡。
When the angel stretched out his hand to destroy Jerusalem, the LORD was grieved because of the calamity and said to the angel who was afflicting the people, "Enough! Withdraw your hand." The angel of the LORD was then at the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.
17. 大衛看見滅民的天使、就禱告耶和華、說、我犯了罪、行了惡.但這群羊作了甚麼呢。願你的手攻擊我、和我的父家。
When David saw the angel who was striking down the people, he said to the LORD, "I am the one who has sinned and done wrong. These are but sheep. What have they done? Let your hand fall upon me and my family."
18. 當日迦得來見大衛、對他說、你上去、在耶布斯人亞勞拿的禾場上、為耶和華築一座壇。
On that day Gad went to David and said to him, "Go up and build an altar to the LORD on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite."
19. 大衛就照著迦得奉耶和華名所說的話、上去了.
So David went up, as the LORD had commanded through Gad.
20. 亞勞拿觀看、見王和他臣僕前來、就迎接出去、臉伏於地、向王下拜、
When Araunah looked and saw the king and his men coming toward him, he went out and bowed down before the king with his face to the ground.
21. 說、我主我王為何來到僕人這裡呢。大衛說、我要買你這禾場、為耶和華築一座壇、使民間的瘟疫止住。
Araunah said, "Why has my lord the king come to his servant?" "To buy your threshing floor," David answered, "so I can build an altar to the LORD, that the plague on the people may be stopped."
22. 亞勞拿對大衛說、我主我王、你喜悅用甚麼、就拿去獻祭.看哪、這裡有牛、可以作燔祭、有打糧的器具、和套牛的軛、可以當柴燒。
Araunah said to David, "Let my lord the king take whatever pleases him and offer it up. Here are oxen for the burnt offering, and here are threshing sledges and ox yokes for the wood.
23. 王阿、這一切我亞勞拿都奉給你.又對王說、願耶和華你的 神悅納你。
O king, Araunah gives all this to the king." Araunah also said to him, "May the LORD your God accept you."
24. 王對亞勞拿說、不然.我必要按著價值向你買、我不肯用白得之物作燔祭、獻給耶和華我的 神。大衛就用五十舍客勒銀子、買了那禾場與牛。
But the king replied to Araunah, "No, I insist on paying you for it. I will not sacrifice to the LORD my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing." So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen and paid fifty shekels of silver for them.
25. 大衛在那裡為耶和華築了一座壇、獻燔祭和平安祭。如此耶和華垂聽國民所求的、瘟疫在以色列人中就止住了。
David built an altar to the LORD there and sacrificed burnt offerings and fellowship offerings. Then the LORD answered prayer in behalf of the land, and the plague on Israel was stopped.