第 29 章

1. 先知耶利米從耶路撒冷寄信與被擄的祭司、先知、和眾民、並生存的長老、就是尼布甲尼撒從耶路撒冷擄到巴比倫去的。
This is the text of the letter that the prophet Jeremiah sent from Jerusalem to the surviving elders among the exiles and to the priests, the prophets and all the other people Nebuchadnezzar had carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon.
2. (這在耶哥尼雅王、和太后、太監、並猶大、耶路撒冷的首領、以及工匠、鐵匠、都離了耶路撒冷以後。)
(This was after King Jehoiachin and the queen mother, the court officials and the leaders of Judah and Jerusalem, the craftsmen and the artisans had gone into exile from Jerusalem.)
3. 他藉沙番的兒子以利亞薩、和希勒家的兒子基瑪利的手寄去.他們二人、是猶大王西底家打發往巴比倫去見尼布甲尼撒王的。
He entrusted the letter to Elasah son of Shaphan and to Gemariah son of Hilkiah, whom Zedekiah king of Judah sent to King Nebuchadnezzar in Babylon. It said:
4. 信上說、萬軍之耶和華以色列的 神、對一切被擄去的、就是我使他們從耶路撒冷被擄到巴比倫的人、如此說、
This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says to all those I carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon:
5. 你們要蓋造房屋住在其中、栽種田園喫其中所產的。
"Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce.
6. 娶妻生兒女、為你們的兒子娶妻、使你們的女兒嫁人、生兒養女、在那裡生養眾多、不至減少。
Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease.
7. 我所使你們被擄到的那城、你們要為那城求平安、為那城禱告耶和華、因為那城得平安、你們也隨著得平安。
Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper."
8. 萬軍之耶和華以色列的 神如此說、不要被你們中間的先知和占卜的誘惑、也不要聽信自己所作的夢.
Yes, this is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: "Do not let the prophets and diviners among you deceive you. Do not listen to the dreams you encourage them to have.
9. 因為他們託我的名對你們說假豫言、我並沒有差遣他們.這是耶和華說的。
They are prophesying lies to you in my name. I have not sent them," declares the LORD.
10. 耶和華如此說、為巴比倫所定的七十年滿了以後、我要眷顧你們、向你們成就我的恩言、使你們仍回此地。
This is what the LORD says: "When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my gracious promise to bring you back to this place.
11. 耶和華說、我知道我向你們所懷的意念、是賜平安的意念、不是降災禍的意念、要叫你們末後有指望。
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
12. 你們要呼求我、禱告我、我就應允你們。
Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.
13. 你們尋求我、若專心尋求我、就必尋見。
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
14. 耶和華說、我必被你們尋見、我也必使你們被擄的人歸回、將你們從各國中、和我所趕你們到的各處招聚了來、又將你們帶回我使你們被擄掠離開的地方.這是耶和華說的。
I will be found by you," declares the LORD, "and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you," declares the LORD, "and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile."
15. 你們說、耶和華在巴比倫為我們興起先知.
You may say, "The LORD has raised up prophets for us in Babylon,"
16. 所以耶和華論到坐大衛寶座的王、和住在這城著的一切百姓、就是未曾與你們一同被擄的弟兄、
but this is what the LORD says about the king who sits on David's throne and all the people who remain in this city, your countrymen who did not go with you into exile--
17. 萬軍之耶和華如此說、看哪、我必使刀劍、飢荒、瘟疫、臨到他們、使他們像極壞的無花果、壞得不可喫。
yes, this is what the LORD Almighty says: "I will send the sword, famine and plague against them and I will make them like poor figs that are so bad they cannot be eaten.
18. 我必用刀劍、飢荒、瘟疫、追趕他們、使他們在天下萬國拋來拋去、在我所趕他們到的各國中、令人咒詛、驚駭、嗤笑、羞辱。
I will pursue them with the sword, famine and plague and will make them abhorrent to all the kingdoms of the earth and an object of cursing and horror, of scorn and reproach, among all the nations where I drive them.
19. 耶和華說、這是因為他們沒有聽從我的話、就是我從早起來差遣我僕人眾先知去說的、無奈他們不聽.這是耶和華說的。
For they have not listened to my words," declares the LORD, "words that I sent to them again and again by my servants the prophets. And you exiles have not listened either," declares the LORD.
20. 所以你們一切被擄去的、就是我從耶路撒冷打發到巴比倫去的、當聽耶和華的話。
Therefore, hear the word of the LORD, all you exiles whom I have sent away from Jerusalem to Babylon.
21. 萬軍之耶和華以色列的 神、論到哥賴雅的兒子亞哈、並瑪西雅的兒子西底家、如此說、他們是託我名向你們說假豫言的.我必將他們交在巴比倫王尼布甲尼撒的手中、他要在你們眼前殺害他們。
This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says about Ahab son of Kolaiah and Zedekiah son of Maaseiah, who are prophesying lies to you in my name: "I will hand them over to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and he will put them to death before your very eyes.
22. 住巴比倫一切被擄的猶大人、必藉這二人賭咒、說、願耶和華使你像巴比倫王在火中燒的西底家和亞哈一樣。
Because of them, all the exiles from Judah who are in Babylon will use this curse: 'The LORD treat you like Zedekiah and Ahab, whom the king of Babylon burned in the fire.'
23. 這二人是在以色列中行了醜事、與鄰舍的妻行淫、又假託我名說我未曾吩咐他們的話.知道的是我、作見證的也是我.這是耶和華說的。
For they have done outrageous things in Israel; they have committed adultery with their neighbors' wives and in my name have spoken lies, which I did not tell them to do. I know it and am a witness to it," declares the LORD.
24. 論到尼希蘭人示瑪雅、你當說、
Tell Shemaiah the Nehelamite,
25. 萬軍之耶和華以色列的 神如此說、你曾用自己的名寄信給耶路撒冷的眾民、和祭司瑪西雅的兒子西番雅、並眾祭司、說、
"This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: You sent letters in your own name to all the people in Jerusalem, to Zephaniah son of Maaseiah the priest, and to all the other priests. You said to Zephaniah,
26. 耶和華已經立你西番雅為祭司、代替祭司耶何耶大、使耶和華殿中有官長、好將一切狂妄自稱為先知的人、用枷枷住、用鎖鎖住。
'The LORD has appointed you priest in place of Jehoiada to be in charge of the house of the LORD; you should put any madman who acts like a prophet into the stocks and neck-irons.
27. 現在亞拿突人耶利米、向你們自稱為先知、你們為何沒有責備他呢.
So why have you not reprimanded Jeremiah from Anathoth, who poses as a prophet among you?
28. 因為他寄信給我們在巴比倫的人說、被擄的事必長久、你們要蓋造房屋住在其中、栽種田園喫其中所產的。
He has sent this message to us in Babylon: It will be a long time. Therefore build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce.'"
29. 祭司西番雅就把這信念給先知耶利米聽。
Zephaniah the priest, however, read the letter to Jeremiah the prophet.
30. 於是耶和華的話臨到耶利米說、
Then the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah:
31. 你當寄信給一切被擄的人、說、耶和華論到尼希蘭人示瑪雅說、因為示瑪雅向你們說豫言、我並沒有差遣他、他使你們倚靠謊言.
"Send this message to all the exiles: 'This is what the LORD says about Shemaiah the Nehelamite: Because Shemaiah has prophesied to you, even though I did not send him, and has led you to believe a lie,
32. 所以耶和華如此說、我必刑罰尼希蘭人示瑪雅、和他的後裔、他必無一人存留住在這民中、也不得見我所要賜與我百姓的福樂、因為他向耶和華說了叛逆的話。這是耶和華說的。
this is what the LORD says: I will surely punish Shemaiah the Nehelamite and his descendants. He will have no one left among this people, nor will he see the good things I will do for my people, declares the LORD, because he has preached rebellion against me.'"