创世记17 Genesis

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17:1 亚伯兰年九十九岁的时候,耶和华向他显现,对他说,我是全能的神。你当在我面前作完全人,

And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.

17:2 我就与你立约,使你的后裔极其繁多。

And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.

17:3 亚伯兰俯伏在地。神又对他说,

And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying,

17:4 我与你立约,你要作多国的父。

As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.

17:5 从此以后,你的名不再叫亚伯兰,要叫亚伯拉罕,因为我已立你作多国的父。

Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.

17:6 我必使你的后裔极其繁多。国度从你而立,君王从你而出。

And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee.

17:7 我要与你并你世世代代的后裔坚立我的约,作永远的约,是要作你和你后裔的神。

And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.

17:8 我要将你现在寄居的地,就是迦南全地,赐给你和你的后裔永远为业,我也必作他们的神。

And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.

17:9 神又对亚伯拉罕说,你和你的后裔,必世世代代遵守我的约。

And God said unto Abraham, Thou shalt keep my covenant therefore, thou, and thy seed after thee in their generations.

17:10 你们所有的男子,都要受割礼。这就是我与你,并你的后裔所立的约,是你们所当遵守的。

This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised.

17:11 你们都要受割礼(受割礼原文作割阳皮。14 ,23 ,24 ,25节同),这是我与你们立约的证据。

And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt me and you.

17:12 你们世世代代的男子,无论是家里生的,是在你后裔之外用银子从外人买的,生下来第八日,都要受割礼。

And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every man child in your generations, he that is born in the house, or bought with money of any stranger, which is not of thy seed.

17:13 你家里生的和你用银子买的,都必须受割礼。这样,我的约就立在你们肉体上作永远的约。

He that is born in thy house, and he that is bought with thy money, must needs be circumcised: and my covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant.

17:14 但不受割礼的男子,必从民中剪除,因他背了我的约。

And the uncircumcised man child whose flesh of his foreskin is not circumcised, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken my covenant.

17:15 神又对亚伯拉罕说,你的妻子撒莱,不可再叫撒莱,她的名要叫撒拉。

And God said unto Abraham, As for Sarai thy wife, thou shalt not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall her name be.

17:16 我必赐福给她,也要使你从她得一个儿子。我要赐福给她,她也要作多国之母。必有百姓的君王从她而出。

And I will bless her, and give thee a son also of her: yea, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of people shall be of her.

17:17 亚伯拉罕就俯伏在地喜笑,心里说,一百岁的人还能得孩子吗。撒拉已经九十岁了,还能生养吗。

Then Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, Shall a child be born unto him that is an hundred years old? and shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear?

17:18 亚伯拉罕对神说,但愿以实玛利活在你面前。

And Abraham said unto God, O that Ishmael might live before thee!

17:19 神说,不然,你妻子撒拉要给你生一个儿子,你要给他起名叫以撒。我要与他坚定所立的约,作他后裔永远的约。

And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him.

17:20 至于以实玛利,我也应允你,我必赐福给他,使他昌盛极其繁多,他必生十二个族长,我也要使他成为大国。

And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation.

17:21 到明年这时节,撒拉必给你生以撒,我要与他坚定所立的约。

But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear unto thee at this set time in the next year.

17:22 神和亚伯拉罕说完了话,就离开他上升去了。

And he left off talking with him, and God went up from Abraham.

17:23 正当那日,亚伯拉罕遵着神的命,给他的儿子以实玛利和家里的一切男子,无论是在家里生的,是用银子买的,都行了割礼。

And Abraham took Ishmael his son, and all that were born in his house, and all that were bought with his money, every male among the men of Abraham’s house; and circumcised the flesh of their foreskin in the selfsame day, as God had said unto him.

17:24 亚伯拉罕受割礼的时候,年九十九岁。

And Abraham was ninety years old and nine, when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin.

17:25 他儿子以实玛利受割礼的时候,年十三岁。

And Ishmael his son was thirteen years old, when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin.

17:26 正当那日,亚伯拉罕和他儿子以实玛利,一同受了割礼。

In the selfsame day was Abraham circumcised, and Ishmael his son.

17:27 家里所有的人,无论是在家里生的,是用银子从外人买的,也都一同受了割礼。

And all the men of his house, born in the house, and bought with money of the stranger, were circumcised with him.

创世记17参考

神是一个全能者,值得我们全心顺服他。你认为是吗?
17:1 耶和华对亚伯兰说:“我是全能的神,你当在我面前作完全人。”今天神也这样对我们说,我们应当在一切事上顺服他,因为他是神──这已是最充分的理由。如果你认为顺服神没有甚么好处,就要想想神是谁──他是独一无二、有权能去满足你一切需要的神。

神再三向亚伯兰重申应许,其实他也一再向我说……
17:2-8 神为甚么再三申述他跟亚伯兰所立的约呢?他在以前(参12:1-3;15:1-5)已经提过两次。不过,他在这里是要把焦点集中在这个应许上,并准备履约。他向亚伯兰显明这约的几个重点:(1)他要赐给亚伯兰许多后裔;(2)必有多族从他而出;(3)他也要向亚伯兰的后裔坚守这约;(4)他要将迦南地赐给亚伯兰的后裔。

神为亚伯兰及撒莱易名,代表了他的更新。神在我身上更新了甚么?
17:5, 15 在撒莱怀孕前不久,神给亚伯兰(意为父被高举)改名为亚伯拉罕(意为多国之父)。从这时候起,圣经就称他为亚伯拉罕。同时神也给撒莱易名为撒拉(意为公主)。

立约的条款是顺服,但神向我所要求的,若比起他要赐的福气,根本毫不足道……
17:5-14 神与亚伯拉罕立约的条款非常简单:亚伯拉罕要顺服神,又要为他家中所有的男丁施行割礼;神则把后裔、产业、权力、财富赐给亚伯拉罕。大多数的盟约都是平等交易:我们付出,得回同等价值的回报。但是与神立约,我们所领受的福气,远超过我们所付出的。

神为甚么要人受割礼?
17:9-10 割礼是为人在一切事上顺服他并成为立约之民的记号。一经受割礼,就永远成为犹太人,不能反悔。割礼也象徵与犯罪的旧生命断绝,洁净自己内心,并将自己献给神。也有说是为了健康的缘故。

信心,就是让我在乌云盖天时,仍知云后是阳光……
17:17-27 亚伯拉罕和妻子撒拉已经年纪老迈,叫他们生孩子,实在难以置信。亚伯拉罕虽因信心蒙神称义,但要他相信神这个应许也是困难的;不过,他还是照著神的吩咐去行了(17:22-27)。可见,即使信心之父也会有怀疑的时候。当你开始怀疑神的引导时,要效法亚伯拉罕,专注于神实现他应许的承诺,并继续顺服他。

神没有忘记以实玛利,也不会忘记我。但我清楚神对我一生的心意吗?
17:20 神并没有忘记以实玛利,他虽然不能承受亚伯拉罕的家业,但也将成为大国之父。不管你的环境怎样,神并没有忘记你。他对你的一生有美好的计划,你要顺服信靠他。

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