以斯帖记6 Esther

章: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

6:1 那夜王睡不着觉,就吩咐人取历史来,念给他听。

On that night could not the king sleep, and he commanded to bring the book of records of the chronicles; and they were read before the king.

6:2 正遇见书上写着说,王的太监中有两个守门的,辟探和提列,想要下手害亚哈随鲁王,末底改将这事告诉王后。

And it was found written, that Mordecai had told of Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s chamberlains, the keepers of the door, who sought to lay hand on the king Ahasuerus.

6:3 王说,末底改行了这事,赐他什么尊荣爵位没有。伺候王的臣仆回答说,没有赐他什么。

And the king said, What honour and dignity hath been done to Mordecai for this? Then said the king’s servants that ministered unto him, There is nothing done for him.

6:4 王说,谁在院子里。(那时哈曼正进王宫的外院,要求王将末底改挂在他所预备的木架上

And the king said, Who is in the court? Now Haman was come into the outward court of the king’s house, to speak unto the king to hang Mordecai on the gallows that he had prepared for him.

6:5 臣仆说,哈曼站在院内。王说,叫他进来。

And the king’s servants said unto him, Behold, Haman standeth in the court. And the king said, Let him come in.

6:6 哈曼就进去。王问他说,王所喜悦尊荣的人,当如何待他呢。哈曼心里说,王所喜悦尊荣的,不是我是谁呢。

So Haman came in. And the king said unto him, What shall be done unto the man whom the king delighteth to honour? Now Haman thought in his heart, To whom would the king delight to do honour more than to myself?

6:7 哈曼就回答说,王所喜悦尊荣的人,

And Haman answered the king, For the man whom the king delighteth to honour,

6:8 当将王常穿的朝服和戴冠的御马,

Let the royal apparel be brought which the king useth to wear, and the horse that the king rideth upon, and the crown royal which is set upon his head:

6:9 都交给王极尊贵的一个大臣,命他将衣服给王所喜悦尊荣的人穿上,使他骑上马,走遍城里的街市,在他面前宣告说,王所喜悦尊荣的人,就如此待他。

And let this apparel and horse be delivered to the hand of one of the king’s most noble princes, that they may array the man withal whom the king delighteth to honour, and bring him on horseback through the street of the city, and proclaim before him, Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delighteth to honour.

6:10 王对哈曼说,你速速将这衣服和马,照你所说的,向坐在朝门的犹大人末底改去行。凡你所说的,一样不可缺。

Then the king said to Haman, Make haste, and take the apparel and the horse, as thou hast said, and do even so to Mordecai the Jew, that sitteth at the king’s gate: let nothing fail of all that thou hast spoken.

6:11 于是哈曼将朝服给末底改穿上,使他骑上马,走遍城里的街市,在他面前宣告说,王所喜悦尊荣的人,就如此待他。

Then took Haman the apparel and the horse, and arrayed Mordecai, and brought him on horseback through the street of the city, and proclaimed before him, Thus shall it be done unto the man whom the king delighteth to honour.

6:12 末底改仍回到朝门,哈曼却忧忧闷闷地蒙着头,急忙回家去了。

And Mordecai came again to the king’s gate. But Haman hasted to his house mourning, and having his head covered.

6:13 将所遇的一切事,详细说给他的妻细利斯,和他的众朋友听。他的智慧人,和他的妻细利斯对他说,你在末底改面前始而败落,他如果是犹大人,你必不能胜他,终必在他面前败落。

And Haman told Zeresh his wife and all his friends every thing that had befallen him. Then said his wise men and Zeresh his wife unto him, If Mordecai be of the seed of the Jews, before whom thou hast begun to fall, thou shalt not prevail against him, but shalt surely fall before him.

6:14 他们还与哈曼说话的时候,王的太监来催哈曼,快去赴以斯帖所预备的筵席。

And while they were yet talking with him, came the king’s chamberlains, and hasted to bring Haman unto the banquet that Esther had prepared.

以斯帖记6参考

王夜读历史,想起末底改的功绩,这是偶然的吗?
6:1-2 亚哈随鲁王不能入睡,大可传召美女,歌舞作乐、尽情畅饮;但此夜他偏选择叫人念史书给他听,因而发现末底改的伟大功绩。这事看似巧合,实际上却是神的大作为。神一直在你的生命中默默工作。“万事都互相效力,叫爱神的人得益处”;这并非偶然,而是神介入他子民生命中的结果。

钱、权我都不看重,名誉地位嘛……
6:7-9 哈曼拥有财富,可购买成功和权力,但仍渴求金钱买不到的尊敬。他摆脱不了得人尊崇的欲念。当心,不要因渴望得到别人的称许或欢心而行差踏错。

我为神做了那么多工作,却看不到多少奖赏,怎样回事?
6:10-13 末底改曾揭发弑君阴谋,救王一命(2:21-23)。虽然史书记录了他的功绩,但他并未得到分文奖赏。神只是把末底改的赏赐,留到适当的时候才赏赐他。正当哈曼要无理处决末底改的关头,国王却赏赐末底改,使他的处境变为主动。虽然神应许报答我们的善工,但有时我们会因迟迟未见“报酬”而感到失望。要忍耐,神会在最合适的时刻介入的。

事与愿违,只因自己的动机不纯正,你有没有做过这种蠢事?
6:12 前一夜(5:9-14),哈曼正自夸自己的地位和将得的尊荣;现在他却既羞且脑,快要受死(7:8-10)。人生变幻无常,既然我们无法预测将来,就不要傲慢自夸(参雅4:13-16)。神并不喜悦自满自恃的态度。

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