历代志下24 Chronicles

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24:1 约阿施登基的时候年七岁,在耶路撒冷作王四十年。他母亲名叫西比亚,是别是巴人。

Joash was seven years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name also was Zibiah of Beersheba.

24:2 祭司耶何耶大在世的时候,约阿施行耶和华眼中看为正的事。

And Joash did that which was right in the sight of the LORD all the days of Jehoiada the priest.

24:3 耶何耶大为他娶了两个妻,并且生儿养女。

And Jehoiada took for him two wives; and he begat sons and daughters.

24:4 此后,约阿施有意重修耶和华的殿,

And it came to pass after this, that Joash was minded to repair the house of the LORD.

24:5 便召聚众祭司和利未人,吩咐他们说,你们要往犹大各城去,使以色列众人捐纳银子,每年可以修理你们神的殿。你们要急速办理这事。只是利未人不急速办理。

And he gathered together the priests and the Levites, and said to them, Go out unto the cities of Judah, and gather of all Israel money to repair the house of your God from year to year, and see that ye hasten the matter. Howbeit the Levites hastened it not.

24:6 王召了大祭司耶何耶大来,对他说,从前耶和华的仆人摩西,为法柜的帐幕与以色列会众所定的捐项,你为何不叫利未人照这例从犹大和耶路撒冷带来作殿的费用呢。

And the king called for Jehoiada the chief, and said unto him, Why hast thou not required of the Levites to bring in out of Judah and out of Jerusalem the collection, according to the commandment of Moses the servant of the LORD, and of the congregation of Israel, for the tabernacle of witness?

24:7 因为那恶妇亚他利雅的众子曾拆毁神的殿,又用耶和华殿中分别为圣的物供奉巴力。

For the sons of Athaliah, that wicked woman, had broken up the house of God; and also all the dedicated things of the house of the LORD did they bestow upon Baalim.

24:8 于是王下令,众人作了一柜,放在耶和华殿的门外,

And at the king’s commandment they made a chest, and set it without at the gate of the house of the LORD.

24:9 又通告犹大和耶路撒冷的百姓,要将神仆人摩西在旷野所吩咐以色列人的捐项给耶和华送来。

And they made a proclamation through Judah and Jerusalem, to bring in to the LORD the collection that Moses the servant of God laid upon Israel in the wilderness.

24:10 众首领和百姓都欢欢喜喜地将银子送来,投入柜中,直到捐完。

And all the princes and all the people rejoiced, and brought in, and cast into the chest, until they had made an end.

24:11 利未人见银子多了,就把柜抬到王所派的司事面前。王的书记和大祭司的属员来将柜倒空,仍放在原处。日日都是这样,积蓄的银子甚多。

Now it came to pass, that at what time the chest was brought unto the king’s office by the hand of the Levites, and when they saw that there was much money, the king’s scribe and the high priest’s officer came and emptied the chest, and took it, and carried it to his place again. Thus they did day by day, and gathered money in abundance.

24:12 王与耶何耶大将银子交给耶和华殿里办事的人,他们就雇了石匠,木匠重修耶和华的殿,又雇了铁匠,铜匠修理耶和华的殿。

And the king and Jehoiada gave it to such as did the work of the service of the house of the LORD, and hired masons and carpenters to repair the house of the LORD, and also such as wrought iron and brass to mend the house of the LORD.

24:13 工人操作,渐渐修成,将神殿修造得与从前一样,而且甚是坚固。

So the workmen wrought, and the work was perfected by them, and they set the house of God in his state, and strengthened it.

24:14 工程完了,他们就把其馀的银子拿到王与耶何耶大面前,用以制造耶和华殿供奉所用的器皿和调羹,并金银的器皿。耶何耶大在世的时候,众人常在耶和华殿里献燔祭。

And when they had finished it, they brought the rest of the money before the king and Jehoiada, whereof were made vessels for the house of the LORD, even vessels to minister, and to offer withal, and spoons, and vessels of gold and silver. And they offered burnt offerings in the house of the LORD continually all the days of Jehoiada.

24:15 耶何耶大年纪老迈,日子满足而死。死的时候年一百三十岁,

But Jehoiada waxed old, and was full of days when he died; an hundred and thirty years old was he when he died.

24:16 葬在大卫城列王的坟墓里。因为他在以色列人中行善,又事奉神,修理神的殿。

And they buried him in the city of David among the kings, because he had done good in Israel, both toward God, and toward his house.

24:17 耶何耶大死后,犹大的众首领来朝拜王。王就听从他们。

Now after the death of Jehoiada came the princes of Judah, and made obeisance to the king. Then the king hearkened unto them.

24:18 他们离弃耶和华他们列祖神的殿,去事奉亚舍拉和偶像。因他们这罪,就有忿怒临到犹大和耶路撒冷。

And they left the house of the LORD God of their fathers, and served groves and idols: and wrath came upon Judah and Jerusalem for this their trespass.

24:19 但神仍遣先知到他们那里,引导他们归向耶和华。这先知警戒他们,他们却不肯听。

Yet he sent prophets to them, to bring them again unto the LORD; and they testified against them: but they would not give ear.

24:20 那时,神的灵感动祭司耶何耶大的儿子撒迦利亚,他就站在上面对民说,神如此说,你们为何干犯耶和华的诫命,以致不得亨通呢。因为你们离弃耶和华,所以他也离弃你们。

And the Spirit of God came upon Zechariah the son of Jehoiada the priest, which stood above the people, and said unto them, Thus saith God, Why transgress ye the commandments of the LORD, that ye cannot prosper? because ye have forsaken the LORD, he hath also forsaken you.

24:21 众民同心谋害撒迦利亚,就照王的吩咐,在耶和华殿的院内用石头打死他。

And they conspired against him, and stoned him with stones at the commandment of the king in the court of the house of the LORD.

24:22 这样,约阿施王不想念撒迦利亚的父亲耶何耶大向自己所施的恩,杀了他的儿子。撒迦利亚临死的时候说,愿耶和华鉴察伸冤。

Thus Joash the king remembered not the kindness which Jehoiada his father had done to him, but slew his son. And when he died, he said, The LORD look upon it, and require it.

24:23 满了一年,亚兰的军兵上来攻击约阿施,来到犹大和耶路撒冷,杀了民中的众首领,将所掠的财货送到大马士革王那里。

And it came to pass at the end of the year, that the host of Syria came up against him: and they came to Judah and Jerusalem, and destroyed all the princes of the people from among the people, and sent all the spoil of them unto the king of Damascus.

24:24 亚兰的军兵虽来了一小队,耶和华却将大队的军兵交在他们手里,是因犹大人离弃耶和华他们列祖的神,所以藉亚兰人惩罚约阿施。

For the army of the Syrians came with a small company of men, and the LORD delivered a very great host into their hand, because they had forsaken the LORD God of their fathers. So they executed judgment against Joash.

24:25 亚兰人离开约阿施的时候,他患重病。臣仆背叛他,要报祭司耶何耶大儿子流血之仇,杀他在床上,葬他在大卫城,只是不葬在列王的坟墓里。

And when they were departed from him, (for they left him in great diseases,) his own servants conspired against him for the blood of the sons of Jehoiada the priest, and slew him on his bed, and he died: and they buried him in the city of David, but they buried him not in the sepulchres of the kings.

24:26 背叛他的是亚扪妇人示米押的儿子撒拔和摩押妇人示米利的儿子约萨拔。

And these are they that conspired against him; Zabad the son of Shimeath an Ammonitess, and Jehozabad the son of Shimrith a Moabitess.

24:27 至于他的众子和他所受的警戒,并他重修神殿的事,都写在列王的传上。他儿子亚玛谢接续他作王。

Now concerning his sons, and the greatness of the burdens laid upon him, and the repairing of the house of God, behold, they are written in the story of the book of the kings. And Amaziah his son reigned in his stead.

历代志下24参考

利未人拖延捐献的事,我是否也因种种利益上的考虑,而拖延了一些应立刻做的事?
24:5 约阿施王虽然吩咐利未人要尽速收集捐献,他们却不急速办理。为修理圣殿而纳银子,不但是王的意愿,更是神的吩咐(参出30:11-16)。所以,这一班利未人既是藐视王命,又是藐视神。须要顺从神的吩咐时,却慢腾腾地回应,这跟不顺服相去不远。所以你要甘心乐意、立刻顺服神。

有时神的百姓的热心会超过我们的想象,反而是我们的冷漠往往把别人的热心低估了……
24:10 利未人显然没有想到人民会甘心乐意,为重修圣殿捐钱(24:5),而百姓的确乐意为此奉献。不要低估人对神忠心的意愿。你激励别人做神的工作,人常常会甘心乐意、慷慨地去做。

为甚么人会偏离神呢?很多时候不是因为穷乏,而是因为丰足 ……
24:18 犹大凡事尽皆顺利,人民也一直敬拜神,为甚么至终仍会偏离他呢?凡事亨通既可成为祝福,又能成为咒诅。对信从神的人,亨通可能是祝福的徵兆,但也带来道德与灵性衰退的潜在危机。富足的人易于骄傲自满,把神的赐福看作理所当然的。在我们富足的时候,不要忘记神是我们蒙福的源头(请参申6:10-12;8:11-14)。

在审判之先,神往往会不断提醒警戒,只是我们没有听从罢了 ……
24:18-20 约阿施王与犹大的人民离弃神,神差遣撒迦利亚去呼召他们悔改。神在施行审判与处罚以前,先给他们一个机会。我们犯罪,他也照样不弃绝我们,不会对我们滥施刑罚。相反地,神会藉著他的道、他住在我们里面的灵、别人的规劝,甚至有时施行管教,一步一步地矫正、引导我们。他并不愿我们死亡,只想劝我们回转归向他。在你偏离神的时候,请记住,他仍在寻找你。你要停步静听,让他指出你的罪,使你能再次悔改跟随他。

神差遣了哪一个先知去警戒犹大?先知的信息内容是甚么?
24:19 神差派许多先知警告约阿施和百姓,指出他们正步向灭亡。约珥可能是这批先知之一。若想更详细地了解当时属灵上与政治上的情况,可读约珥书。

撒迦利亚是殉道的先知,他的遗言表达了甚么心声?
24:22 撒迦利亚求神追究百姓的罪,“愿耶和华鉴察伸冤”,他不要报复,而是求公义。当周围尽是邪恶时,我们尽可放心,到了末后,神一定会使公平临到全世界。

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