以斯帖记8 Esther

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8:1 当日,亚哈随鲁王把犹大人仇敌哈曼的家产,赐给王后以斯帖。末底改也来到王面前,因为以斯帖已经告诉王,末底改是她的亲属。

On that day did the king Ahasuerus give the house of Haman the Jews’ enemy unto Esther the queen. And Mordecai came before the king; for Esther had told what he was unto her.

8:2 王摘下自己的戒指,就是从哈曼追回的,给了末底改。以斯帖派末底改管理哈曼的家产。

And the king took off his ring, which he had taken from Haman, and gave it unto Mordecai. And Esther set Mordecai over the house of Haman.

8:3 以斯帖又俯伏在王脚前,流泪哀告,求他除掉亚甲族哈曼害犹大人的恶谋。

And Esther spake yet again before the king, and fell down at his feet, and besought him with tears to put away the mischief of Haman the Agagite, and his device that he had devised against the Jews.

8:4 王向以斯帖伸出金杖,以斯帖就起来,站在王前。

Then the king held out the golden sceptre toward Esther. So Esther arose, and stood before the king,

8:5 说,亚甲族哈米大他的儿子哈曼设谋传旨,要杀灭在王各省的犹大人。现今王若愿意,我若在王眼前蒙恩,王若以为美,若喜悦我,请王另下旨意,废除哈曼所传的那旨意。

And said, If it please the king, and if I have found favour in his sight, and the thing seem right before the king, and I be pleasing in his eyes, let it be written to reverse the letters devised by Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, which he wrote to destroy the Jews which are in all the king’s provinces:

8:6 我何忍见我本族的人受害。何忍见我同宗的人被灭呢。

For how can I endure to see the evil that shall come unto my people? or how can I endure to see the destruction of my kindred?

8:7 亚哈随鲁王对王后以斯帖,和犹大人末底改说,因哈曼要下手害犹大人,我已将他的家产赐给以斯帖,人也将哈曼挂在木架上。

Then the king Ahasuerus said unto Esther the queen and to Mordecai the Jew, Behold, I have given Esther the house of Haman, and him they have hanged upon the gallows, because he laid his hand upon the Jews.

8:8 现在你们可以随意,奉王的名写谕旨给犹大人,用王的戒指盖印。因为奉王名所写,用王戒指盖印的谕旨,人都不能废除。

Write ye also for the Jews, as it liketh you, in the king’s name, and seal it with the king’s ring: for the writing which is written in the king’s name, and sealed with the king’s ring, may no man reverse.

8:9 三月,就是西弯月二十三日,将王的书记召来。按着末底改所吩咐的,用各省的文字,各族的方言,并犹大人的文字方言写谕旨。传给那从印度直到古实一百二十七省的犹大人和总督省长首领。

Then were the king’s scribes called at that time in the third month, that is, the month Sivan, on the three and twentieth day thereof; and it was written according to all that Mordecai commanded unto the Jews, and to the lieutenants, and the deputies and rulers of the provinces which are from India unto Ethiopia, an hundred twenty and seven provinces, unto every province according to the writing thereof, and unto every people after their language, and to the Jews according to their writing, and according to their language.

8:10 末底改奉亚哈随鲁王的名写谕旨,用王的戒指盖印,交给骑御马圈快马的驿卒,传到各处。

And he wrote in the king Ahasuerus’ name, and sealed it with the king’s ring, and sent letters by posts on horseback, and riders on mules, camels, and young dromedaries:

8:11 谕旨中,王准各省各城的犹大人在一日之间,十二月,就是亚达月十三日,聚集保护性命,

Wherein the king granted the Jews which were in every city to gather themselves together, and to stand for their life, to destroy, to slay, and to cause to perish, all the power of the people and province that would assault them, both little ones and women, and to take the spoil of them for a prey,

8:12 剪除杀戮灭绝那要攻击犹大人的一切仇敌,和他们的妻子儿女,夺取他们的财为掠物。

Upon one day in all the provinces of king Ahasuerus, namely, upon the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month Adar.

8:13 抄录这谕旨,颁行各省,宣告各族,使犹大人预备等候那日,在仇敌身上报仇。

The copy of the writing for a commandment to be given in every province was published unto all people, and that the Jews should be ready against that day to avenge themselves on their enemies.

8:14 于是骑快马的驿卒被王命催促,急忙起行。谕旨也传遍书珊城。

So the posts that rode upon mules and camels went out, being hastened and pressed on by the king’s commandment. And the decree was given at Shushan the palace.

8:15 末底改穿着蓝色白色的朝服,头戴大金冠冕,又穿紫色细麻布的外袍,从王面前出来。书珊城的人民都欢呼快乐。

And Mordecai went out from the presence of the king in royal apparel of blue and white, and with a great crown of gold, and with a garment of fine linen and purple: and the city of Shushan rejoiced and was glad.

8:16 犹大人有光荣,欢喜快乐而得尊贵。

The Jews had light, and gladness, and joy, and honour.

8:17 王的谕旨所到的各省各城,犹大人都欢喜快乐,设摆筵宴,以那日为吉日。那国的人民,有许多因惧怕犹大人,就入了犹大籍。

And in every province, and in every city, whithersoever the king’s commandment and his decree came, the Jews had joy and gladness, a feast and a good day. And many of the people of the land became Jews; for the fear of the Jews fell upon them.

以斯帖记8参考

神的奖赏何时会赐下?圣经中有哪些例子?今日呢?
8:1-7 虽然我们为神做工的,不应期盼地上的报酬,但神时常也意外地赐下奖赏。以斯帖与末底改忠于神,为了拯救族人置生死于度外。当他们愿意舍弃一切,神便因著他们的全然委身给予奖赏。

既然王颁的诏令不能废除,又如何救犹太人免遭灭绝呢?
8:8 哈曼发出的诏书,已经用御用戒指盖了印,就算皇帝也不能推翻,这是著名的“玛代波斯法律”。现在国王准许末底改颁发一道诏令,来抵销(并不是直接废除)先前法例的效力。

8:12 这日是哈曼订为灭绝犹太人的日子。

末底改接受百姓的欢呼拥戴,是出于甚么?是否炫耀自己?
8:15-17 每个人都想当英雄,受人赏识、名成利就,但极少人愿意付出代价。末底改效忠朝廷多年,忍受哈曼的威逼压迫,甚至冒生命危险来拯救同胞。要做受神赞赏的英雄,须长期委身给他。你是否愿意和准备好付上代价?

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