箴言21 Proverbs

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21:1 王的心在耶和华手中,好像陇沟的水,随意流转。

The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.

21:2 人所行的,在自己的眼中都看为正,惟有耶和华衡量人心。

Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts.

21:3 行仁义公平,比献祭更蒙耶和华悦纳。

To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.

21:4 恶人发达,眼高心傲,这乃是罪。(发达原文是灯)

An high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked, is sin.

21:5 殷勤筹画的,足致丰裕。行事急躁的,都必缺乏。

The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want.

21:6 用诡诈之舌求财的,就是自己取死。所得之财,乃是吹来吹去的浮云。

The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vanity tossed to and fro of them that seek death.

21:7 恶人的强暴,必将自己扫除。因他们不肯按公平行事。

The robbery of the wicked shall destroy them; because they refuse to do judgment.

21:8 负罪之人的路,甚是弯曲。至于清洁的人,他所行的乃是正直。

The way of man is froward and strange: but as for the pure, his work is right.

21:9 宁可住在房顶的角上,不在宽阔的房屋,与争吵的妇人同住。

It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house.

21:10 恶人的心,乐人受祸。他眼并不怜恤邻舍。

The soul of the wicked desireth evil: his neighbour findeth no favour in his eyes.

21:11 亵慢的人受刑罚,愚蒙的人就得智慧。智慧人受训诲,便得知识。

When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise: and when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge.

21:12 义人思想恶人的家,知道恶人倾倒,必至灭亡。

The righteous man wisely considereth the house of the wicked: but God overthroweth the wicked for their wickedness.

21:13 塞耳不听穷人哀求的,他将来呼吁也不蒙应允。

Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard.

21:14 暗中送的礼物,挽回怒气。怀中搋的贿赂,止息暴怒。

A gift in secret pacifieth anger: and a reward in the bosom strong wrath.

21:15 秉公行义,使义人喜乐,使作孽的人败坏。

It is joy to the just to do judgment: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.

21:16 迷离通达道路的,必住在阴魂的会中。

The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead.

21:17 爱宴乐的,必致穷乏。好酒爱膏油的,必不富足。

He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich.

21:18 恶人作了义人的赎价。奸诈人代替正直人。

The wicked shall be a ransom for the righteous, and the transgressor for the upright.

21:19 宁可住在旷野,不与争吵使气的妇人同住。

It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman.

21:20 智慧人家中积蓄宝物膏油。愚昧人随得来随吞下。

There is treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man spendeth it up.

21:21 追求公义仁慈的,就寻得生命,公义,和尊荣。

He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour.

21:22 智慧人爬上勇士的城墙,倾覆他所倚靠的坚垒。

A wise man scaleth the city of the mighty, and casteth down the strength of the confidence thereof.

21:23 谨守口与舌的,就保守自己免受灾难。

Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.

21:24 心骄气傲的人,名叫亵慢。他行事狂妄,都出于骄傲。

Proud and haughty scorner is his name, who dealeth in proud wrath.

21:25 懒惰人的心愿,将他杀害,因为他手不肯作工。

The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour.

21:26 有终日贪得无厌的,义人施舍而不吝惜。

He coveteth greedily all the day long: but the righteous giveth and spareth not.

21:27 恶人的祭物是可憎的,何况他存恶意来献呢。

The sacrifice of the wicked is abomination: how much more, when he bringeth it with a wicked mind?

21:28 作假见证的必灭亡,惟有听真情而言的,其言长存。

A false witness shall perish: but the man that heareth speaketh constantly.

21:29 恶人脸无羞耻,正直人行事坚定。

A wicked man hardeneth his face: but as for the upright, he directeth his way.

21:30 没有人能以智慧,聪明,谋略,敌挡耶和华。

There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD.

21:31 马是为打仗之日豫备的。得胜乃在乎耶和华。

The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the LORD.

箴言21参考

世上掌权的都在神掌握中吗?连那些独裁的暴君也在内?
21:1 在所罗门王时期,君王拥有绝对的权柄,甚至被视为神一样。但这节箴言指出,只有神才有终极的权柄管治全球。或许很多君王并没有意识到这点,但世上有权势的君王确实都在神掌管之下(有关神藉君王完成他旨意的例子,请参赛10:5-8)。

这事我做得没错,动机呢?动机……这……
21:2 人常会为自己所做的事找藉口,但神能透过人的藉口看穿人行事的动机。在不易辨明所做的是否正确的时候,我们常需要慎重地抉择,可以先找出自己的动机,再问“神会不会喜欢我做这件事的动机呢”,最后再作抉择。神并不喜欢我们为了得报答而行善。

你看重自己对义行的追求过于你的奉献吗?
21:3 献祭并不是用来贿赂神,遮他的眼不看我们的过错。如果我们待人处世不符合公义的原则的话,不管怎样慷慨地奉献,也不能赎罪。

你有没有急于行事、筹划不足而导致失败的教训?
21:5 能忠心地完成属世的任务是一项伟大的成就。这需要人按照计划,耐心地实行才成。勤奋不是大多数人的天性,而是出于坚强的性格。不要寻求轻易快捷的解决方法,要作神殷勤的仆人。

别人犯错有没有为你敲响警钟?你是否觉得与己无关?
21:11-12 以别人的过错作借鉴,强过自己犯错后才得教训。我们应该先听别人的劝告,从中汲取教训,以免自己冒冒失失地在困难中摸索,弄得焦头烂额。

我们做在穷人身上的,原来不只是做在他们身上……
21:13 我们应帮助穷人,为他们服务,并保护他们的权益,因为可能有一天我们也会有同样的需要。

“今天有钱今天花,反正神不会叫我缺乏……”
21:20 这是一节论积谷防饥的箴言。现时的信用贷款服务,令许多人面临破产的边缘,消费的欲望使他们用尽所赚的钱。凡花尽他所有的人,他的消费已超过了他所能负担的。聪明人会量入为出,留下一部分,以备不时之需。神悦纳有远见、能节制的人。属他的子民应当省察自己的生活方式和支出,看看是神所喜悦的,还是自己所喜悦的。

有没有人想贿赂神?
21:27 这一节经文所描述的献祭和贿赂不相上下。人怎样贿赂神呢?他们去教会参加聚会,作十一奉献,或做义务工作,但这些事奉并不是出于对神的爱和委身,而是盼望神报答他们。但是神说得很清楚,他盼望人顺服他、爱他,胜过守宗教仪式(参21:3;撒上15:22)。神不单要我们牺牲时间、精力与金钱,他更要我们献上内心──完全的爱与虔敬。我们能够贿赂人(参21:14),却不能贿赂神。

神的掌权和人的本分是成功的两方面,应如何看待?
21:31 这是一节有关备战的经文。如果没有神,即使你准备好一切也是徒劳。当然,有了神的帮助,我们也须尽上自己本分作好准备。成事固然在神,但这并不免除我们的责任。他可能要你出版一本巨著,但事前你必须学习写作;他可能使用你到海外作宣教士,但事前你必须学会外国语言。如果你能尽你的本分好好准备的话,他就能使用你来成全他的旨意。

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