律法与福音版块译稿

The Lutheran Study Bible:
Law & Gospel Note

《TLSB路德宗研读本圣经》
“律法与福音”视角注释版块

【旧约】

编者按:如果说路德宗基督教会在普世教会中的特别贡献是什么,本人会说是“律法和福音”的独特视角及其应用,此原则特别将基督和祂的工作呈现在教导和牧养生活当中。论及得救之事,“唯独基督”的解读和阐释尤为显著。由于时间仓促有限,所以仅摘取《The Lutheran Study Bible路德宗研读本圣经》中的“律法与福音”版块,将之翻译出来,供众圣徒参考,以期在神话语以及救恩的确据上有更美好的认识。中文译稿若有错误或晦涩难懂的地方,只当归咎于我能力有限,也欢迎提供反馈意见,帮助本人翻译水平的提升。每卷书末尾分别有注明翻译和校对人员,特别感谢其他几位弟兄姊妹的参与。

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刘富涛Gary Liu
2019年9月23日星期一

《创世纪》
(第一周星期一—第五周星期三)
第一周星期一
Genesis 1:1 God’s first act, the creation, is an act of grace. God acts freely to reflect His character, making the world “very good”(1:31). Even after the fall and the coming of sin, much of the goodness that God built into creation remains. Philosophers debate why evil exists, and people ask how a good God could allow bad things to happen. But it is not the existence of evil and suffering that requires an explanation; it is the existence of goodness and beauty and love that is most remarkable. A world without God cannot explain such things. The persistence of goodness reminds us of what we have lost, but it also offers us a glimpse of God’s grace and the everlasting glory to which God has called us through Christ.
“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me” (Ps 51:10). Amen.
创世纪1:1上帝的第一个行动,即创造,是一个恩典的作为。上帝自由地行动作为,来反应祂的品格,造出世界并称之为“很好”(1:31 神看著一切所造的都甚好。有晚上,有早晨,是第六日)。即使是在人犯罪和堕落之后,上帝放进创造之工里的良善大部分仍保留着。哲学家辩论为何恶会存在,人们也会问一个良善的上帝如何允许坏的事情发生。但是,并非恶的存在和苦难需要得到解释;相反,良善,美和爱的存在才是最值得我们惊叹深思的。一个没有上帝的世界不能解释这些事物。良善的持续存在提醒我们曾经失去了什么,但它也同时供我们一瞥上帝的恩惠和永恒的荣耀,就是上帝藉着基督呼召我们要得着的。
“神啊,求你为我造清洁的心,使我里面重新有正直(或作:坚定)的灵”(诗51:10)。阿们。

Genesis 1:2-31 God makes all things good. He takes great care to place man and woman in the garden to care for things that He created. Sin has placed the things God created, including us, in bondage to death and decay. Yet Jesus’ death and resurrection has restored the things of God’s creation just as it has restored us (Rm 8:19-23). Indeed, God even used His creation to accomplish our salvation: a cross made of wood; the water of Baptism; the bread and wine of the Eucharist; the printed words on the page in, with, and under which He reveals His Word of life to us.
Lord, You have reclaimed all that is Your own, redeemed and restored all of Your creation to Yourself. Preserve me and Your creation, O Lord, by Your grace. Amen.
创世纪1:2-31上帝造万物为好的。祂用心安置男人和女人在那个园子里管理祂所造的物。罪却使上帝所造之物,包括我们,伏在死亡和朽坏之下。然而耶稣的死和复活却已经在恢复上帝的创造之工,正如这已经恢复了我们一样(罗8:19-23 受造之物切望等候神的众子显出来。 因为受造之物服在虚空之下,不是自己愿意,乃是因那叫他如此的。 但受造之物仍然指望脱离败坏的辖制,得享(享:原文作入)神儿女自由的荣耀。 我们知道一切受造之物一同叹息、劳苦,直到如今。 不但如此,就是我们这有圣灵初结果子的,也是自己心里叹息,等候得著儿子的名分,乃是我们的身体得赎)。的确,上帝甚至使用祂的被造物来成就我们的救恩:一个木制的十字架;圣洗礼的水;圣餐中的饼和酒;打印在纸张上的文字,在其中,藉着它,在它之下,上帝向我们启示祂的生命之道。
主啊,你已经召回所有属于你自己的,赎买和恢复你所有的创造之工归向你自己。噢主啊,请靠着你的恩典,保守我,和你的创造之工。阿们。

Genesis 2:1-3 God creates (sets aside) the Sabbath. in the OT, Saturday is the Rest (Sabbath) Day. When Christ fulfilled the whole Law (Mt. 5:17), He liberated God’s people from the obligation to observe the Sabbath given to the people of Israel in the OT (Col 2:16-17). All days belong equally to God (Rm 14:5-6). nevertheless, faith in Christ moves God’s people to respond to His grace in worship: to hear His Word, to receive His gifts in the Sacraments, to praise Him and give thanks to Him for His mighty works and to call on Him in prayer. Such worship is the constant response of faith to God’s grace. Because God has called Christians together into one Body, the Church, through which He gives His gifts of Word and Sacrament, it is proper for Christians to gather together to worship Him. Sunday, then, symbolically represents the first day of the new rest into which God’s people have been called in Christ. (As the first day of this “new creation,” Sunday is sometimes referred to as “the eighth day.”)
We praise You, O Lord, for the day of rest that our bodies need. We exalt You, O Christ, for the eternal rest that You have won for us! Amen.
创世纪2:1-3 上帝创造(分别)了安息日。在旧约中,周六就是安息日。当基督来完成了整个律法(太5:17),祂释放上帝的百姓,使他们不用守颁给旧约中以色列民的安息日(西2:16-17 所以,不拘在饮食上,或节期、月朔、安息日都不可让人论断你们。这些原是後事的影儿;那形体却是基督)。所有日子都平等地属于上帝(罗14:5-6有人看这日比那日强;有人看日日都是一样。只是各人心里要意见坚定。守日的人是为主守的;吃的人是为主吃的,因他感谢神;不吃的人是为主不吃的,也感谢神)。然而,在基督里的信心感动上帝的百姓在敬拜中回应祂的恩典:即聆听祂的道,领受祂在圣礼中赐下的礼物,因着祂的伟大作为赞美和感谢祂,并在祷告中呼求祂。这样的敬拜是出于信心对上帝恩典的持续回应。因为上帝呼召基督徒连接于一个身体,即教会,藉此祂赐下圣道和圣礼的礼物,因此基督徒聚集一起敬拜祂是合宜的。那么,星期天,象征性地代表新安息的第一天,这安息就是上帝的子民被召在基督里要进入的。(作为这“新创造”的第一天,星期天有时会被称为“第八天。”)
我们赞美你,噢主啊,为着这一安息的日子,就是我们的身体所需要的。我们赞扬你,噢基督,为着你已经为我们赢得的永恒安息!阿们。

Genesis 2:4-25 Ch 2 is a more detailed account of creation, focusing on the creation of humankind. It ends by emphasizing that Adam and Eve are not ashamed-they have nothing to be ashamed of. too often, we are not ashamed because in our spiritual pride we refuse to acknowledge the shamefulness of our thoughts, words, and deeds. One of the reasons that God gave His Law was to teach us shame, to show us our sinfulness and need of forgiveness. There can be no true repentance without the experience of shame. however, in Jesus Christ, God heals our shame, not by allowing us to deny it but by taking our shamefulness upon Himself and declaring us to be without shame in Him (1Jn 2:28).
Jesus, cover my shame with the robe of Your righteousness, that I may serve my family with joy and confidence. Amen.
创世纪2:4-25 第二章是对创造更详细的描述,专注在人的被造上。第二章结束,强调了亚当和夏娃并不羞耻-他们没有什么可以为之羞愧的。经常,我们不感到羞耻因为在我们的属灵骄傲中我们拒绝承认我们在思想,言语和行为上的羞耻。上帝赐下祂的律法的目的之一就是教导我们何为羞耻,向我们显明我们有罪和对赦罪的需要。没有对羞耻的经验,就不会有真正的悔改。然而,在耶稣基督里,上帝医治了我们的羞耻,不是通过允许我们否认它,而是藉着耶稣将我们的羞耻担负在祂自己身上,并宣告我们在祂里面就没有了羞耻(1约2:28小子们哪,你们要住在主里面。这样,他若显现,我们就可以坦然无惧;当他来的时候,在他面前也不至於惭愧)。
耶稣,请用你的义袍遮盖我的羞耻,好叫我可以带着喜乐和信心服侍我的家人。阿们。

第一周星期二
Genesis 3 With the words that God speaks to the serpent, to Eve, and to Adam after their disobedience, He sets the course for the rest of biblical history. Here there is judgment for sin, but also the first hint that the effects of the fall will one day be undone. There is no way back to Eden. The only way for Adam and Eve and their descendants is forward to the cross. The long story culminates in Jesus Christ, the Seed of the woman, but it does not end there. Today, we are part of the unfolding story. We have received God’s grace through the Seed of the woman, and now we are sent out to the ends of the earth to bear witness to the completion of God’s plan of redemption and to offer His grace in Jesus Christ to all the descendants of Adam and Eve.
O Savior, write our names into Your story, into the Lamb’s Book of Life. Amen.
创世纪3章 上帝藉着在蛇,夏娃和亚当悖逆之后说给他们的这些话,定下了圣经历史接下来的轨迹。在此有对罪的宣判,但也有最初的暗示,即堕落的恶果将来有一天会被解除。已经没有路可以返回伊甸园了。对亚当,夏娃和他们的后裔来说,那唯一的出路就是向前仰望十字架。漫长的故事在耶稣基督,即那女人的后裔那里达到高潮,但并没有于此结束。今天,我们是这逐渐展开之故事的一部分。我们已经藉着这女人的后裔领受了上帝的恩典,并且现在被差遣出去,直到世界的地极,要见证上帝救赎计划的完成,向亚当和夏娃的所有后裔提供祂在耶稣基督里的恩典。
噢 救赎主啊,请将我们的名字写入你的故事,记在圣羔羊的生命册里,阿们。

第一周星期三
Genesis 4 begins with a murder and traces how the shadow of violence lengthens until Lamech perverts God’s intention for marriage by taking two wives and boasting that he is 77 times more violent than his murderous ancestor Cain. But we also learn of the birth of Seth, through whom God’s promise (3:15) will continue. God’s plan is not stopped by murder. God appoints another seed of the woman to receive the promise and to carry the story forward. The promise continues to unfold until it comes at last to the cross. There, Satan tries to derail God’s plan by killing the seed of the woman. Once again, God prevails, not by appointing another, but by raising Jesus from the dead in declaration that the work is finished, creation is redeemed, and death itself-the chief effect of the fall-is put to death.
Derail for me, O Lord, the devil’s evil plans. Grant me Your help and salvation in Christ. Amen.
创世纪4章以一庄杀人案开始,接下来追溯这暴力的阴霾是如何延伸的,直到拉麦借着娶两个妻子扭曲了上帝对婚姻的目的,并且他自我炫耀说要比他那杀人的先祖该隐还要暴力七十七倍。但是我们也了解到塞特的出生,上帝的应许(创3:15 我又要叫你和女人彼此为仇;你的後裔和女人的後裔也彼此为仇。女人的後裔要伤你的头;你要伤他的脚跟)藉着塞特,得以延续。上帝的计划并不会因着谋杀而终止。上帝设立女人的另一个后裔来承受应许并且使得故事继续向前。这应许继续展开,直到最后抵达十字架。在那里,撒旦试图通过杀死女人的后裔来破坏上帝的计划。再一次地,上帝得胜了,不是藉着设立另一个,而是藉着使耶稣从死里复活,宣告这工作已完成,创造之工得以救赎,并且死亡本身-即堕落所带来的首要结果-被置于死地。
噢主啊,请为我破坏魔鬼的邪谋恶意。在基督里将你的帮助和拯救赐于我。阿们。

Genesis 5: The genealogical summary advances the story to the next major development-the flood. Genealogies teach an important theological lesson: God perseveres in the fulfillment of His promises. God does not become bored with His plan or discouraged by Satan’s efforts to derail it. Like God’s people before us, we often wander from God’s path. Yet, God works patiently to set the course right again and to draw us back to Himself. For this reason, the genealogies that may seem boring actually proclaim “The Lord is not slow to fulfill His promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance” (2Pt 3:9)
Lord, fulfill Your good purpose for me in Christ, as You have promised. Amen.
创世纪5章:家谱的归纳将故事推向下一个重要的发展,即洪水。家谱带出一个重要的神学题目:上帝在祂应许的成就上不改变。上帝并不会厌弃祂的计划,或因着撒旦为要破坏它所作出的努力而失望泄气。正如在我们之前上帝的百姓一样,我们经常偏离上帝的道路。然而,上帝满有耐心地再一次修正轨迹,并且将我们拉回祂自己。因着这个缘故,看起来无聊的家谱事实上在宣告着“主所应许的尚未成就,有人以为他是耽延,其实不是耽延,乃是宽容你们,不愿有一人沉沦,乃愿人人都悔改”(彼后3:9)。
主啊,愿你成就在基督里为我所定的良善目的,正如你所应许的。阿们。

Genesis 6:1-8 Seth’s descendants increasingly participate in the evil that overwhelms God’s creation, preferring their own inclinations toward beauty and power over God’s clear will for their lives. Recognizing that the human heart is a continual source of evil, God’s patience is about to give way to judgment. But God also plans to have mercy. Even as Noah finds favor in the eyes of the Lord, so also the faithful of all times have God’s favor on account of the promised Savior.
We thank You, O Lord, that You look upon us with favor because of Christ Jesus, our Savior. Keep us ever in this faith. Amen.
创世纪6:1-8 塞特的后裔作恶,摧毁上帝的创造,并且愈演愈烈,他们选择自己对美貌和权力的喜好,而不是上帝对他们生命的清晰旨意。看到人的心是罪恶的源头并且不止息,上帝的忍耐将会让路给审判。但是上帝也计划施舍怜悯。正如挪亚在耶和华的眼中蒙了恩惠一样,所有世代的信徒也因着那应许的救赎主而得着上帝的恩惠。
我们感谢你,噢主啊,因着基督耶稣,我们救主的缘故,你以喜爱看顾我们。保守我们在这信心里面,直到永远。阿们。

第一周星期四
Genesis 6:9-7:24 Faithful Noah and his family experience the greatest horror this earth has known, but the ark carries them up and away from the destruction and total devastation of the great flood. Although dwarfed by Noah’s experience, all Christians experience turbulence in their lives that can lead them to the brink of despair. But through Noah, God has demonstrated that He will lift up and save His faithful people whom He has cleaned in Holy Baptism.
Lord, give to Your people today the confidence in Your salvation that Noah demonstrated when he willingly placed himself and the welfare of his family into Your gracious care. Amen.
创世纪6:9-7:24 忠心的挪亚和他一家人经历了这个地球已知的最大灾难,但是方舟托起了他们并且使他们免受洪水的破坏和完全的摧毁。虽然比起挪亚的经历显得渺小,所有基督徒都会在他们生命中经历那些使他们滑向绝望边缘的动荡不安。但是藉着挪亚,上帝显明了祂必要高举和拯救祂的忠心子民,就是那些祂已经在圣洗礼中洁净了的。
主啊,愿今天赐给你百姓仰望你救赎的信心,就是挪亚在他乐意将自己和他家人的福祉交在你洪恩的眷顾里时所展现的。阿们。

Genesis 8:1-19 Noah demonstrates extraordinary patience and willingness to listen and obey God while confined in the ark for more than a year. People of faith do not always demonstrate such patience and often act on their own, even under less trying circumstances than those of Noah.
Thank You, gracious Lord, for Your patience and forgiveness when we do not trust as we should and when we act on our own without patience. Amen.
创世纪8:1-19 尽管待在方舟中超过一年之久,挪亚在听命顺服上帝上展现出惊人的耐心和意志。信靠上帝的人并不总是能展现出这样的忍耐,却常常靠着自己行动,即使所面对的处境要比挪亚所经历的有着较小的试炼。
感谢你,满有恩典的主,当我们应该信靠却没有如此,当我们缺乏忍耐就去依靠自己行动时,你却仍然以耐心和宽恕相待。阿们。

第一周星期五
Genesis 8:20-9:17 After the fearsome yearlong experience on the ark, God reassures Noah and his family that He will never again send a universal flood. As time would soon tell and continues to tell, no amount of amazing rescues and rainbow sightings can keep humankind, including God’s own people from falling into sin. But God is faithful to His covenants, even when people are not. The message of every rainbow tells us He is faithful to His promise to provide a Savior.
O God, for Jesus’ sake, grant that every sighting of a rainbow may bring to mind Your promises of grace and mercy. Amen.
创世纪8:20-9:17 在方舟上渡过令人畏惧的一年之后,挪亚和他一家得到上帝的重新确据,就是祂永远不会再次发起一个毁灭全地的洪水了。时间很快显明并继续宣告着:无论多少次的奇迹性拯救和彩虹显现都无法阻止人类,包括上帝自己的百姓,陷入罪中。即使当百姓不忠的时候,上帝对祂所立的约仍是信实的。彩虹的每一次出现所要传达的信息就是要告诉我们:祂在祂赐下一位拯救者的应许上,是信实的。
噢上帝啊,因着耶稣的缘故,愿彩虹的每一次出现让我们看见你满有恩典和怜悯的应许。阿们。

Genesis 9:18-29 Noah’s sinful drunkenness results in more sinful behavior and tragic consequences for one of his sons. God’s faithful people, past and present, are never free from temptations that often lead them to sin, at times with adverse consequences for generations. The biblical heroes were sinful men and women who lived by faith in the forgiveness of sins. God has been faithful to His promises and has provided forgiveness of sins and everlasting life through the salvation gained by His Son.
Thank You, O Lord, for the warning that accompanies the encouragement that You have given us through Your servant Noah. Amen.
创世纪9:18-29 挪亚有罪的醉酒,使得祂其中的一个儿子陷入更严重的犯罪和可悲的后果中。信靠上帝的百姓,无论过去的还是今天的,从来不能免受那些经常导致他们犯罪的试探引诱,有时这些罪会将恶果加在后代身上。圣经中的英雄人物都是有罪的男人和女人,他们靠对罪得赦免的信心而活着。上帝一直忠于祂的应许,并且已经藉着祂儿子所赢得的救赎来赐下赦罪恩典和永恒生命。
噢主啊,为着你已经藉着你的仆人挪亚所赐给我们的鼓励还有警告,我们感谢你。阿们。

Genesis 10 The Table of Nations describes the origins and interrelationships of many nations of the world. The list is important because it is the only document of its kind in existence and demonstrates the common descent of all human beings from Noah. Most important to the list are the Canaanites and Shemites, around whom the stories of the OT will revolve. From the Shemites would come the good news that God was remembering His promise of the Seed that would crush the head of the evil one (3:15).
Thank You, O God, that You have been faithful to Your promises of a Savior from sin and death, despite our constant straying into temptation. Amen.
创世纪10 邦国目录描述了这个世界上许多国家的起源和国际关系。这个目录很重要,因为它是这类资料中仅存的一份文件,展现出所有人都是从挪亚这个共同血脉传下来的。目录中最重要的是迦南人和闪族人,旧约的故事围绕着这些人展开。上帝纪念祂的应许,即那个后裔要伤那恶者的头(创3:15 我又要叫你和女人彼此为仇;你的後裔和女人的後裔也彼此为仇。女人的後裔要伤你的头;你要伤他的脚跟),而这个好消息是从闪族人出来的。
感谢你,噢上帝啊,尽管我们不断地偏离正路,滑进试探中,但你对一位救赎主使我们脱离罪和死亡的应许,一直没有改变。阿们。

第一周星期六
Genesis 11:1-9 To curtail the pride and evil design of early humankind, God intervenes to make it difficult for family groups and tribes to communicate with one another, thereby causing them to disperse to different regions of the Near East and beyond. Like the story of the fall, the story of Babel shows that rebellion against God ultimately leads to divisions among people. People are driven away from paradise and from one another. Yet the Lord was preparing to gather and bless all nations in the birth of the living Word from the line of Shem.
We praise You, O God, that You enable Your Church to overcome language barriers with the Gospel of salvation in Christ Jesus. Amen.
创世纪11:1-9 为了阻止早期人类的自大和邪恶计划,上帝进行干预,使家庭团体和族群彼此的交流变得困难,也因此使他们分散在近东及其之外的不同地方。就像堕落的故事一样,巴别的故事显明了人对上帝的背叛最终会导致他们中间的分裂。人们从乐园被驱逐,也彼此疏离。然而主耶和华曾一直预备要藉着闪后裔中的那永生之道的降生来召集,祝福万民。
噢上帝啊,你用那在基督耶稣里拯救的福音,使你的教会能够克服语言隔阂,我们赞美你。阿们。

Genesis 11:10-26 Sin weighs heavily on the human race as spans of life are drastically shortened. Yet this section assures us that the promised messianic line continues through human history.
Thank You, O Lord, that You never abandon Your people, that they may hold fast to the hope of everlasting life. Amen.
创世纪11:10-26 随着寿命的急剧缩短,罪沉重地压在人类身上。然而这部分经文给我们确据,就是那被应许的弥赛亚血脉在人类的历史中继续着。
感谢你,噢主啊,你从未离弃你的百姓,好叫他们可以抓住那永生的盼望。阿们。

Genesis 11:27-32 After the human race has again turned away from God, the history of salvation and the messianic promise is narrowed to one man, Abram, the son of Terah of the line of Shem. Terah adopts heathen superstition and idolatry, a common practice in every age. But God identifies Abram as the father of the line by which all nations of the earth would be blessed. God will call Abram to leave all and follow Him, first to Haran and, in due time, to Canaan.
Thank You, gracious Lord, for Your patience in working out the details necessary for our salvation in Christ Jesus, and for Your patience and forgiveness when we succumb to this world’s attractions and fall into sin. Amen.
创世纪11:27-32 人类再一次背离了上帝,在这之后,救赎和弥赛亚应许的历史收缩在一个人身上,亚伯兰,即从闪这支血脉而出的他拉之子。他拉采取了外邦人的迷信和假神崇拜,这是每个世代里一种普遍的习俗。但上帝使得亚伯兰成为一个血脉的先祖,地上的万民因着他而得福。上帝呼召亚伯兰撇下所有的来跟从祂,首先来到哈兰,时候满足时,到了迦南。
满有恩典的主,为着你在做成所有必须的细微之事上所显明的忍耐,就是为了我们在基督耶稣里得救赎而行的事上所显明的,也为着你在我们顺从这世界的引诱并跌入罪中的时候,所显明的忍耐和饶恕,(我们)感谢你。阿们。

Genesis 12:1-9 God calls an idolater to faith, giving him a promise that God Himself would fulfill for all people. God’s Spirit works faith, when and where He pleases, through the Word. He is faithful to do as He has said. He made Abram into a great nation, blessing all the world through the Son. As Abram’s offspring by faith, we have the blessing of God’s forgiveness and life without end.
Heavenly Father, call us to trust the Word of God in the water of Holy Baptism, to cling to everything You command, and to live by the blessing of Your Word. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
创世纪12:1-9 上帝呼召一个假神崇拜者进入这真信仰,赐给他一个应许,就是上帝祂自己将要为全人类所成就的应许。上帝的灵藉着圣道生发信心,何时何地都随祂的意愿。祂是信实的,要成就祂所说的。祂使亚伯兰成为一个大国,藉着那个后裔(the Son)祝福全世界。我们凭着信被称为亚伯兰的后裔,拥有上帝赦罪和永生的祝福,取之不尽。
天上的父,请呼召我们信靠圣洗礼水中的上帝之道,使我们专心于你所吩咐的每件事,并且依赖你圣道的祝福而活着。奉耶稣的名,阿们。

第二周星期一
Genesis 12:10-20 Although God promises Abram that he will possess the land that God will give him, Abram still finds no secure place in which to dwell. At times, we also find ourselves in circumstances that show the opposite of what God says. In Abram’s case, he went forth-even out of the land of promise-trusting that God would fulfill His Word. God returned Abram and Sarai, in time, to Canaan, and there kept all that He had promised to them. In the fullness of time, He even brought forth the Son by whom all nations would be blessed. Though the hour of Jesus’ agony and death was dark, God was keeping His promise.
Lord God, when all we see appears to contradict what You have promised, teach us to rely on Your unfailing Word. Defend us in Christ Jesus, Our Lord. Amen.
创世纪12:10-20 尽管上帝应许亚伯兰将要拥有上帝所赐给他的那地,但亚伯兰仍然没有找到可以居住的安息之所。有时候,我们也会发现自己所处的境况,看起来正和上帝所说的相反。在亚伯兰的境况里,他继续前行-甚至是离开应许之地-同时相信上帝一定会成就祂的话语。上帝使亚伯兰和撒莱在合适的时候返回迦南地,在那里保守了上帝曾应许要赐给他们的一切。时候满足了,上帝甚至赐下独生子,好叫万民因祂而得福。尽管耶稣受难和死亡的时刻是黑暗的,但上帝信守祂的应许。
主上帝啊,当我们所见的看起来与你所应许的相悖时,请教导我们依赖你永远不朽的圣道。我们的主,请在基督耶稣里,护卫我们。阿们。

Genesis 13 Conflict arises between Abram’s and Lot’s herdsmen. Abram-for the sake of peace within the clan-decides they need to part and relinquishes to Lot the right of first choice. What an example Abram sets for true, godly living, an example Christ Himself shows. Though Christ was God, He counted humanity better than Himself, taking the form of a servant that we might be treated like kings and queens! By His self-sacrificing, humble service in our place, we are reconciled with God.
Lord God, teach us, by Abram’s example, how to love as we have been loved and how to serve as we have been served. Amen.
创世纪13 亚伯兰和罗得的牧人起了冲突。亚伯兰,为了维持部族内部和睦的缘故,决定彼此分开并且将首先选择土地的权利让给了罗得。亚伯兰带出一个多么真实,敬虔生命的榜样啊,正和基督自己所展现的一样。尽管基督是上帝,祂却虚己于人,取了奴仆的样式,好叫我们可以像国王和王后一样被祂服侍!藉着祂代替我们位置的舍己、谦卑服事,我们得以与上帝和好。
主上帝啊,请藉着亚伯兰的榜样,教导我们如何像我们一直被爱着那样去爱,教导我们如何像我们一直被服侍的那样去服事。阿们。

第二周星期二
Genesis 14:1-16 The land of Cannan is torn by marauding invaders, who sweep up Lot in their conquest. But God in His grace provides deliverance. As God rescued Lot through Abram and his 318 well-trained men, so He watches over and cares for us. He sent a Redeemer to rescue us. When your enemies surround you, revealing just how weak your faith is and how great your sins are, call on the Lord and come quickly to the Lord’s Supper, for He sets His Table before you in the presence of your enemies and gives you the victory in Christ.
Dear Lord, You rescued us from sin, death, and the power of the devil when You baptized us in Jesus. By the Gospel of Your Son, pluck us daily from the hands of our enemies, that we may overcome them and finally win the victory. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
创世纪14:1-16迦南地遭受劫掠入侵者扫荡,罗得也在他们的征服中被掳去了。但上帝出于祂的恩典提供了拯救。正如上帝藉着亚伯兰和他的318位精练壮丁拯救了罗得一样,祂也看顾着我们。祂差遣一位救赎主来拯救我们。当你被仇敌环绕,正显得你的信心如此软弱并且你的罪如此沉重的时候,请呼求主,并赶快来到主餐桌前,因为祂在你敌人面前为你摆设了祂的筵席,并且在基督里使你得胜。
亲爱的主,你用圣洗礼使我们归入耶稣。藉着你儿子的福音,每日救拔我们脱离我们仇敌的手,好叫我们可以克服它们,并至终得胜。奉耶稣的名,阿们。

Genesis 14:17-24 The Lord fulfills His promise to bless Abram, doing so through the ministry of Melchizedek, the priest of God Most High, who presents him with a feast. The Lord’s blessings come through His gifts, His means, His ministers. The Lord confirmed this ultimately by sending His Son, who gave the eternal sacrifice, once for all, of His body and His blood on the cross. He continues to bless us, even setting a feast before us as He gives His body and His blood in bread and wine.
Lord, bless us daily to live in Your pleasure, which is ours for the sake of Jesus, our great High Priest. Amen.
创世纪14:17-24耶和华成就了祂要祝福亚伯兰的应许,是藉着至高上帝的祭司,麦基洗德带给亚伯兰一个筵席的服事来成就的。耶和华的祝福是藉着祂的礼物,祂的作工媒介,祂的执事们来临的。主耶和华最终藉着差遣祂的儿子,就是那位在十字架上一次彻底献上祂身体和血为永恒祭物的,来坚振这应许的成就。祂继续祝福我们,甚至在我们面前摆设一个筵席,就是祂在饼和酒中赐下祂的身体和宝血之时。
主啊,祝福我们每一天活在你的悦纳里面,这悦纳就是因着耶稣,我们的至高大祭司的缘故,所属于我们的。阿们。

Genesis 15 God credits righteousness to Abram simply on the basis of His covenant promise and faith. To the promise, He adds the visible sign of the slaughtered animals, the fire pot, and the torch by which God shows Abram that He is committed. Today, rest in God’s promises given to you in Jesus and delivered to you in His Word and Sacraments. They are enough, because Jesus was enough.
Dear Father, rescue us from our enemies by Your promise made sure in Your Son, who delivers our inheritance to us in the New Testament of His blood. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
创世纪15上帝归义于亚伯兰,单单是基于祂立约的应许和信心。向着应许,上帝附上可见的记号,就是宰杀的祭牲,冒烟的炉,并烧着的火把;藉着这些记号,上帝向亚伯兰表明祂是忠贞守约的。今天,请安息于上帝的应许中吧,这些应许已经在耶稣里赐给你们,并且在祂的圣道和圣礼中传递给你们了。它们是足够的,因为耶稣是充足的。
亲爱的父啊,请藉着你在你的儿子身上确定的应许,将我们从我们的仇敌中救拔出来,祂已经在用祂的宝血成就的新约中将我们的产业交付给我们了。奉耶稣的名,阿们。

第二周星期三
Genesis 16 Sarai Seeks alternative means for fulfilling God’s promise. When God provides a son to Hagar, discord and strife arise because of jealousy and pride. How often our own households and marriages are torn asunder when we devise ways and means that God has not commanded! Consider how willing our Lord was to submit Himself to everything the Father willed, even when that meant suffering at the hands of evil men and dying in their place. He has seen your suffering, and has taken it upon Himself. By His dying and His rising, He makes sure the God who sees all is now graciously disposed toward you.
Dear Lord, though You see all, You promise now to see us only in Jesus. Tenderly work among us by Your means of grace, exercising Your fatherly care. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
创世纪16章 撒莱另谋途径来实现上帝的应许。当上帝赐夏甲一个儿子时,不合和纷争就因着嫉妒和傲慢兴起来了。当我们谋算上帝所没有吩咐的途径和媒介的时候,我们自己的家人和婚姻就被扯碎,这是多么寻常啊!请思想我们的主是如何顺服,将自己交托给父所意愿的一切事上,甚至当这意味着要在恶人的手中受苦并代替他们的位置去死的时候。祂已经看到你的苦难,并且将之背在祂自己身上。藉着祂的死和复活,祂确保那位知晓万事的上帝如今在洪恩中喜悦你们。
亲爱的主,尽管你看透万事,你应许如今只在耶稣里看待我们。请藉着你恩典的媒介在我们中间作工,实现你父亲般的关爱。奉耶稣的名,阿们。

Genesis 17:1-14 Abraham receives both a new name and the sign of the covenant promise God has given His people. The Lord received the same sign of circumcision, shedding His infant blood and receiving the name “Jesus,” providing Himself to be our dear Savior.
Lord, lead us to treasure the precious Word and Sacraments, which mark and sign us as Your beloved children. Amen.
创世纪17:1-14 亚伯拉罕不但领受了一个新的名字,而且也领受了上帝已经赐给祂子民盟约应许的记号。主也领受了一个相同的割礼记号,流了祂的婴儿之血,得了“耶稣”这个名字,使祂自己成为我们亲爱的救赎主。
主啊,引导我们珍惜那宝贵的圣道和圣礼,就是那印记我们为你蒙爱儿女的。阿们。

Genesis 17:15-18:21 Divine messengers, on their way to Sodom to deliver judgment, visit Abraham and Sarah to announce that Sarah will bear the child of promise. Like Sarah, we may doubt and even laugh at God’s purposes for us. Despite such moments of weakness, the Lord reassures His saints not only of His omnipotence but also of His forgiveness, as Sarah realized when she gave birth to Isaac in her old age.
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, nothing is too hard for You. Thank You for patiently bearing with us and forgiving us when we are of little faith. Amen.
创世纪17:15-18:21上帝的使者在去所多玛要执行审判的路上,拜访了亚伯拉罕和撒拉,并且告诉他们撒拉将要生产那个应许的儿子。就像撒拉一样,我们也可能怀疑,甚至暗笑上帝对我们的计划。既使是在这些软弱的时刻,主也再次将确据赐给祂的圣徒们,不仅是证实祂的全能,而且也证实祂的赦罪,正如撒拉在她年迈中生出以撒时所看见的那样。
主耶稣基督,上帝的儿子啊,对你来说没有难成的事。感谢你在我们小信的时候,仍以耐心待我们,并饶恕我们。阿们。

第二周星期四
Genesis 18:22-33 Abraham begs the Lord to spare the wicked cities for the sake of the righteous. The evils of Sodom remind us of our own time, with evil that also cries out for divine intervention. Intercede in prayer for those who have not yet repented of their wickedness. Take comfort in the truth that God spares the wicked for the sake of one righteous man-Jesus Christ.
O Lord, spare us who live in this world of wickedness, for Jesus’ sake. Amen.
创世纪18:22-23 亚伯拉罕祈求主为着义人的缘故不毁灭那些邪恶的城市。所多玛的罪恶提醒我们,我们自己这个带着罪恶的时代也在呼求上帝的干预。请在祷告中为着那些还没有从他们的诡诈中转离的人代求。请在真理中领受安慰,这真理就是上帝为着那一位义人-耶稣基督的缘故,要饶恕诡诈的人。
噢主啊,为着耶稣的缘故,愿我们这些居住在这邪恶世界中的人得着赦免。阿们。

Genesis 19:1-22 Lot and his small family are spared the destruction of Sodom, but the deliverance clearly is due to divine mercy and not human righteousness, as Lot’s behavior shows. Just as Lot’s rescue makes sense only when contrasted with Sodom’s destruction, so also our salvation by Christ’s death makes sense only when contrasted with the threats of God’s Law.
Lord God, thank You for Your long-suffering when we, like Lot, are weak in faith. Amen.
创世纪19:1-22 罗得和他的小家庭逃过了所多玛的毁灭,但这拯救很显然是出于上帝的怜悯而不是人的义,正如罗得的行为所表明的。就像罗得的获救只能在与所多玛的毁灭作比较时才说得通一样,我们藉着基督的死获救只能在与上帝律法的威吓作比较时才有道理。
主上帝啊,为着你在我们像罗得一样信心软弱时所显明的恒久忍耐,感谢你。阿们。

Genesis 19:23-29 God grants Abraham’s prayer by preserving the lives of Lot and his daughters. In the destruction of Sodom and the neighboring cities, we see that wicked behavior on earth cries out to God for judgment. This judgment sometimes comes by catastrophic events. But just as clearly, we see God’s patient love for His children on earth, even when their response to His grace is weak and pitiful, as in the case of Lot and his family.
Heavenly Father, thank you for Your patience. Deliver us from evil, for Jesus’ sake. Amen.
创世纪19:23-29上帝听了亚伯拉罕的祷告,就存留了罗得和他女儿的性命。在所多玛和它邻邦城市的毁灭中,我们看见地上邪恶的行为正向上帝呼求审判。这个审判有时候是藉着灾难性事件降临。但正如罗得和他家人的例子所清楚显明的那样,我们看到了上帝对地上祂儿女的忍耐恩慈,甚至是在他们对祂恩典的回应显得软弱苍白之时。
天上的父啊,为着你的忍耐感谢你。请因着基督的缘故,救我们脱离凶恶。阿们。

Genesis 19:30-38 Lot and his daughters, driven by weakness and fear, resort to evil means to preserve the family line. They demonstrate no regret, as if the end justifies the means. And still God is patient, even granting protection to their offspring. Weak Christians often resort to an “end justifies the means” solution when they feel they must take matters into their own hands, disregarding God’s clear will. God calls us to repent of this. In His grace, through the perfect life, death, and resurrection of His Son, God has provided us with the means to the best of ends:eternal life and blessedness.
“Remove the power of sin from me And cleanse all my impurity That I may have the strength and will Temptations of the flesh to still.” Amen.(LSB 704:2)
创世纪19:30-38 罗得和他的女儿们被软弱和恐惧驱使,为了留存后裔就诉诸于罪恶的手段。她们没有显示任何的后悔,好像结果可以为手段辩护一样。但上帝仍然是满有忍耐的,甚至保守了她们的后裔。软弱的基督徒在他们觉得必须要将事情掌握在自己手中时,经常无视上帝明显的旨意,诉诸于“结果为手段辩护”的方案。上帝呼唤我们为此悔改。在祂的恩典中,藉着祂儿子的完美生命,死亡和复活,上帝已经提供给我们达至最好结局的手段,就是那通向永恒生命和祝福的。
“挪去我罪的权势,洁净我所有污渍;叫我得力量心志,肉体的试探快消逝。”阿们。(路德宗崇拜手册 704:2)

第二周星期五
Genesis 20 Abraham is deceptive in pretending that Sarah is only his sister, but God intervenes to protect him from the harm of his own doing. Left to our own devices, our scheming makes a mess of our lives and brings affliction to those around us. For Abraham and his promised offspring, a dream and an accompanying illness set matters straight again. For us and for the entire world, the future promised Offspring, Christ, set matters straight again, reconciling us to God.
Gracious God, thank You for intervening in our lives in Your promised Offspring, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
创世纪20章 亚伯拉罕假装撒拉只是他的妹子,这是他的虚伪,但上帝干预其中并保守他免受因着自己行为所带来的伤害。若被放逐于自己的谋算,我们的诡计会使我们的生活一团糟,并且给我们身边的人带来痛苦。对亚伯拉罕和他蒙应许的后裔来说,一个梦和随之而来的疾病使事情再次得以纠正。对于我们和整个世界来说,那将来应许的后裔,基督,使事情再次得以纠正,叫我们与上帝和好。
满有恩典的上帝啊,感谢你在你应许的那后裔,我们的主和拯救者耶稣基督里面,干预我们的生活。阿们。

Genesis 21:1-7 Twenty-five years after the promise was given, a child is born to Abraham and Sarah. His name is Isaac, “he laughs,” calling to mind the past laughter of his parents and describing their joy upon his birth. The parents needed patience and faith as those 25 years came and went. How impatient we can become when things do not go as we think they should, even over short periods of time, even when God has clearly promised that all things will work together for good. But God is faithful , even when our patience and faith fall short. He has delivered the greatest of His promises, to give salvation and everlasting life to all who believe in the Lord Jesus.
Heavenly Father, keep us patient and faithful while You carry out Your plan for our lives and our salvation. Amen.
创世纪21:1-7 应许被赐下的二十五年后,一个孩子从亚伯拉罕和撒拉生出。他的名字叫以撒,意思是“他喜笑”,记忆着他父母过去的笑,也表达了他们对以撒出生的喜乐。这对父母在25年的匆匆岁月中需要忍耐和信心。当事情不像我们想的那样发展,既使只是短暂的时间,既使上帝已经清楚地应许万事为着良善互相效力之时,我们仍会变得多么不耐烦啊!但上帝是信实的,既使在我们的忍耐和信心亏缺的时候。祂已经成就祂应许中那最大的一个,就是赐救恩和永生给所有信靠主耶稣的人。
天父啊,你正在成就你为了我们的生命和救恩所计划的,也请同时保守我们有忍耐和信心。阿们。

Genesis 21:8-21 When Sarah becomes alarmed at Ishmael’s behavior toward Issac, Abraham determines to dismiss Ishmael and Hagar from his household. Despite clear promises from God, we also become overly concerned about matters in our lives that irritate us or cause us to doubt His promises. But as with Abraham and Sarah, God takes our human weakness into consideration. God has promised to forgive us and adopt us as His children for the sake of Christ’s sacrifice. Through faith in Him, we are the children of promise, the children of God.
Heavenly Father, thank You for adopting me in Your only-begotten Son, Jesus. Teach me patience and compassion toward others. Amen.
创世纪21:8-21 当撒拉因着以实玛利对待以撒的行为开始忧心忡忡时,亚伯拉罕决定将以实玛利和夏甲从他的家室中打发走。尽管有着从上帝而来的清楚应许,我们也会在那些我们生活中激怒我们或使我们质疑上帝应许的事情上变得忧虑过分。但是就像对待亚伯拉罕和撒拉一样,上帝迁就我们人的软弱。上帝已经应许要因着基督这祭物的缘故赦免我们并且收养我们为祂的儿女。藉着在祂里面的信心,我们成为上帝的儿女,应许的儿女。
天父啊,感谢你在你独生子耶稣里面收养我。请教导我以忍耐和恩慈待他人。阿们。

Genesis 21:22-34 Abraham agrees to a covenant and works out his differences with the government so that he might live in peace. Good and orderly government is always helpful for the mission of the Church, and God’s people are required to support their government with proper citizenship. At the same time, the salvation God provides does not depend on good governments like that of Abimelech, for God will continue to save His elect by the power of Gospel preaching and Sacraments, at times despite evil governments.
O Lord, give good government throughout the world so that the Gospel of Christ’s cross may be preached without obstacle or persecution. Amen.
创世纪21:22-34 亚伯拉罕立了约并解决他与政府之间的不合,好使他能够平安度日。良好且有秩序的政府对教会的使命总是有帮助,并且上帝的百姓应当以合宜的公民身份支持他们的政府。同时,上帝所提供的救恩并不依赖于像亚比米勒那样好的政府,因为有时既使政府是邪恶的,上帝仍会继续藉着福音宣讲和圣礼的能力来拯救祂的选民。
噢主啊,请在全地赐下好的政府,好叫基督十字架的福音不受拦阻或逼迫地得以宣讲。阿们。

第二周星期六
Genesis 22 The climax of Abraham’s life of faith comes when he who loves his son so much is willing to offer him as a sacrifice to his Lord. Surely Abraham finds great relief when God provides the ram in the thicket. Often we fail tests of faith that do not begin to compare to Abraham’s. Thankfully, there was an even greater sacrifice when God the Father in heaven offered the sacrifice of His beloved Son to secure forgiveness for our failures.
Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us. Amen.
创世纪22章 亚伯拉罕的信仰生活抵达高潮,就是在他如此爱他的儿子却仍愿意将他献给耶和华为祭物的时候。上帝提供了那只在树丛中的公羊,那个时候亚伯拉罕肯定得了极大的释放。我们经常不能通过信仰的测试,而这些测试甚至一点儿也不能与亚伯拉罕所经历的相提并论。感恩的是,当天父上帝提供了祂独生儿子的献祭来确保我们的失败可以得着赦免之时,一个更大的祭物就出现了。
上帝的羔羊啊,你除去世人的罪孽;请怜悯我们。阿们。

第三周星期一
Genesis 23 Sarah’s death is the occasion for a significant development: Abraham purchases a plot of ground in the Promised Land, a testimony to his confidence in God’s promises and to his concern for his wife’s remains. At times of death, it is important to give clear testimony to our faith in God’s promises, even as God Himself did. God’s testimony at the time of His Son’s death was clear. By raising Him from the dead on the third day, He assured bodily resurrection and eternal life in heaven for all who believe in Him.
O Lord, grant us confidence in Your promises like that of Abraham, a confidence that is reflected in all we do. Amen.
创世纪23章 撒拉的死是一个有着非常重要历史发展意义的事件:亚伯拉罕在那应许之地买了一块地,这见证了他对上帝应许的信心和他对自己妻子遗骸的关切。有时在死亡面前,清楚地见证我们对上帝应许的信靠是重要的,甚至就像上帝祂自己所做的那样。上帝在祂儿子的死亡面前所做的见证是清楚的。藉着使祂儿子在第三天从死里复活,上帝给所有信祂的人,确保了身体复活和天上永恒生命。
噢主啊,请赐给我们像亚伯拉罕那样对你应许的信心,一个显明在我们全部作为中的信心。阿们。

Genesis 24 Abraham sends his servant to find a wife for his son Isaac. Rebekah and her parents consent to the proposal. Though they have not met, Isaac and Rebekah consent to a marriage that will be filled with God’s blessing and love. Many people today wrongly see romance and emotion as the basis of marriage. Instead, God wants marriage (lifelong faithfulness vowed publicly) to be the basis for the love of husband and wife. Such love is a picture of Christ’s love for the Church. He sought us from afar and promises His faithfulness to us.
O Christ, our heavenly Bridegroom, help us to trust the Word spoken by Your servants, the Word that calls us to be joined to You. Amen.
创世纪24章 亚伯拉罕差遣祂的仆人去给他儿子以撒找一个妻子。利百加和她的父母同意了求婚。尽管他们从未谋面,以撒和利百加顺从了一个将要蒙上帝所爱和祝福的婚姻。今天许多人错误地认为浪漫和情感是婚姻的基础。相反的是,上帝想让婚姻(公开誓言的终身相许)成为夫妻彼此相爱的基础。这样的爱是基督爱教会的反映。祂从远处来寻找我们,并且将祂自己的信实应许给我们。
噢基督啊,我们天上的新郎,请帮助我们信靠那藉着你的仆人们所宣讲的圣道,就是那呼召我们来与你连合的圣道。阿们。

第三周星期二
Genesis 25:1-18 Abraham grows old, being blessed with many children. Yet he makes clear that Isaac alone is his heir. Finally, Abraham dies a blessed death and is given a proper burial by his sons Isaac and Ishmael. Children are a blessing from the Lord that husband and wife should celebrate. Like Abraham, we should instruct our children about the Lord and should bury the bodies of the faithful departed with honor. Such burial is a confession of the resurrection, that Christ will return and raise us from the dead to be gathered to Him.
Lord, continue to give us the blessings of Your cross and the empty tomb as we daily die to sin in our Baptism and await the glorious resurrection with all the saints. Amen.
创世纪25:1-18 亚伯拉罕年迈之时,蒙了多子多孙的福。然而他也清楚讲明唯独以撒是他的后嗣。最后,亚伯拉罕蒙了善终并且从他的儿子以撒和以实玛利得了尊贵的葬礼。儿女是从耶和华来的祝福,夫妻应当庆祝。就像亚伯拉罕一样,我们应当将耶和华的事教导给我们的儿女,并且应当以尊贵荣耀埋葬离世信徒的身体。这样的葬礼是对复活的告白,告白基督要再来并且使我们死里复生,与祂团聚。
主啊,愿我们每日在我们的圣洗礼中向罪死并且与众圣徒一同等候那荣耀的复活,也请继续将你十字架和空坟墓的祝福赐给我们。阿们。

Genesis 25:19-28 God’s ways are not our ways. The Lord chooses to give His special blessing to Jacob, who does not deserve this gift either by birth order or by virtue. When we come before God on the basis of rights, claims, and human justice, we fall into the mind-set of Isaac, who wrongfully favored his firstborn, Esau, despite God’s promise concerning Jacob. Thankfully, God does not deal with us on the basis of what we deserve for our sin. He chose us from eternity to be His people. Christ bore all our deserved punishment on the cross.
We thank You, Lord Jesus, that Your ways are not our ways. You have given us undeserved pardon and peace in Your cross. Amen.
创世纪25:19-28 上帝的方式不是我们的方式。主耶和华选择将祂特别的祝福赐给雅各,虽然雅各按着出生次序或修养都不配得到这礼物。当我们想要依靠权利,主张或者人世间的公正来到上帝面前时,我们就会陷入以撒的思维方式,以撒尽管已经有了上帝关于雅各的应许,仍错误地偏爱他的长子以扫。感恩的是,上帝不会基于我们因着我们的罪所配得的,来待我们。祂从永恒中拣选我们成为祂的百姓。基督已经在十字架上担负了我们应得的惩罚。
我们感谢你,主耶稣,因为你的方式不像我们的那样。你已经在你的十字架中赐给我们不配得的赦免和平安。阿们。

Genesis 25:29-34 Esau disdains his birthright, and Jacob schemes against his brother. Neither is worthy of the Lord’s favor and the honor to carry on the promise. By our sinful nature and our actions, we are unworthy of any blessing of this life, especially the gift of forgiveness and eternal life with Christ. Yet, in His mercy, we receive a great inheritance because Christ has made us a part of His family in Baptism. We are heirs of the promise made to the patriarchs and fulfilled in Christ.
Praise be to our Savior, who has granted us an inheritance among the saints! Amen.
创世纪25:29-34 以扫轻看自己长子的名分,雅各算计对付他的弟兄。两个人没有一个配得主的恩宠和荣耀来承载那个应许。按照我们有罪的本性和我们的行动,我们是不配得到今生任何祝福的,更不用说基督所赐赦罪和永生的礼物了。然而,在祂怜悯中,我们领受了一个巨大的产业,因为基督已经使我们在圣洗礼中成为祂家庭的一部分。我们就是那应许的后嗣,那应许就是曾经赐给列祖并且在基督里面所成就了的。
赞美归给我们的救赎主,祂在众圣徒中赐给我们一个产业!阿们。

Genesis 26:1-5 When a severe famine forces Isaac to relocate his family, the Lord appears to him with words of comfort. In this adversity, the Lord promises to Isaac the same favor He did to Abraham: His caring presence, land, offspring, and blessedness to all people. In times of adversity, we should not doubt the Lord’s care for us. He promises that nothing will separate us from His love.
Thanks be to God that the blessing of the cross covers even our sins of doubt and forgetfulness! Lord, we praise You for Your boundless love. Amen.
创世纪26:1-5 当一次严重的饥荒要迫使以撒带着家人迁移的时候,主耶和华带着安慰的话语向他显现。在这次逆境中,主把曾经赐给亚伯拉罕的恩宠也同样应许给以撒:就是祂慈爱的同在,土地,后裔,还有对万民的祝福。我们不应当在困境中怀疑主对我们的看顾。祂应许没有什么可以使我们与祂的爱隔绝。
感谢归给上帝,十字架的祝福甚至遮盖了我们怀疑和健忘的罪!主啊,我们赞美你,因为你的爱没有限量。阿们。

Genesis 26:6-35 Although Isaac doubts the Lord’s protection and lies to Abimelech, the Lord provides Isaac with agricultural prosperity and the respect of local rulers. When Isaac is displaced because of a water dispute, the Lord shows His care by promising His presence. Although we sometimes lack confidence in the Lord’s providential care, He daily and richly provides for all our needs of body and soul. He is richly present with us because He has placed His name on us in Baptism and feeds us with the true body and blood of Christ in the bread and wine of the Lord’s supper.
For all Your gifts we thank You, dear Savior! Amen.
创世纪26:6-35 尽管以撒怀疑主的护卫,以致向亚比米勒撒谎,但主耶和华却以农产的丰收和本地掌权者的尊敬供给以撒。当以撒因着一次井水纷争而迁移时,主耶和华藉着应许祂的同在来显明祂的眷顾。尽管我们有时缺乏对主佑护看顾的信心,但祂却每天丰盛地供应我们身体和灵魂的所需。祂与我们同在是丰丰富富的,因为祂已经将祂的名在圣洗礼中印在我们身上,并且在主圣餐的饼和酒中以基督的真身体和宝血喂养我们。
亲爱的救赎主啊,因着你所有的恩赐,我们感谢你!阿们。

第三周星期三
Genesis 27 Deceptive Jacob, scheming Rebekah, unwitting Isaac, and impulsive Esau all fall short of the Lord’s perfect standard. Our hope cannot rest on human nature or accomplishments. We share in this fallen humanity and often act like these biblical figures. Despite this sorry state, Christ became our substitute. He loved us and gave Himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. He was cursed so we may be blessed (Gal 3:13). Through the means of grace (Gospel and Sacraments), we receive the blessings of Christ’s saving acts.
Lord, we thank You for providing a salvation that does not rely on our virtue or accomplishments. Amen.
创世纪27 欺骗人的雅各,诡计多端的利百加,糊里糊涂的以撒,还有易冲动的以扫都亏缺了主耶和华完美的标准。我们的盼望不能依赖于人的本性或成就。我们也同样落在这样堕落的人性中,并且行事为人经常和这些圣经人物一样。尽管落在这个悲伤的境况中,基督代替了我们。祂爱我们,将祂自己为我们舍了,作为一个馨香之祭和供物献给上帝。祂被咒诅好叫我们可以得祝福(加3:13基督既为我们受了咒诅、〔受原文作成〕就赎出我们脱离律法的咒诅.因为经上记着、『凡挂在木头上都是被咒诅的。』)。藉着恩典的媒介(福音和圣礼),我们领受基督救赎工作所带来的祝福。
主啊,我们感谢你,因为你赐下救恩,并且这个救恩不依靠我们的美德或功劳。阿们。

Genesis 28:1-5 Isaac gives Jacob a command and a blessing: Jacob must leave home, go to his relatives, and not marry a Canaanite wife. Before he departs, Isaac gives Jacob the blessing of Abraham, a blessing that includes the land of Canaan, many descendants, and ultimately the dignity of being an ancestor of the Messiah. Parents today should carefully raise their children to seek a godly, Christian spouse, and children should honor and obey their parents according to God’s Word. This is God’s command. But He also has a blessing for us. In Christ Jesus, the blessing of Abraham comes to all nations, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith (Gal 3:14).
Heavenly Father, keep us in Your Son, Jesus, that we may retain the Holy Spirit to the end of our days. Amen.
创世纪28:1-5 以撒赐给雅各一个命令和一个祝福:雅各必须离开家,去到他亲戚那里,并且不能娶迦南地女子为妻。他出发前,以撒将亚伯拉罕的祝福赐给雅各,这个祝福包括迦南地,多子多孙,并且最终有尊荣成为弥赛亚的先祖。今天父母应当谨慎教养他们的儿女长大了去寻找一个敬虔的基督徒配偶,并且教导他们儿女应当根据上帝的话语尊荣和顺从他们的父母。这是上帝的命令。但祂也赐给我们一个祝福。在基督耶稣里,亚伯拉罕的祝福临到万国,好叫我们可以凭着信心领受那应许的圣灵(加3:14这便叫亚伯拉罕的福、因基督耶稣可以临到外邦人、使我们因信得着所应许的圣灵)。
天上的父啊,愿我们在你的儿子耶稣里面得蒙保守,好叫我们留住圣灵,直到我们(地上)日子的末了。阿们。

Genesis 28:6-9 Esau chooses a wife from Abraham’s family (Ishmael) in order to please Isaac, which may indicate repentance from previously dishonoring his parents. In opposition to the Fourth Commandments, we have often disrespected our parents and others in authority. God’s Law condemns our disobedience and calls us to sincere repentance. We are also recipients of His blessing in Christ.
We praise You, O Lord Jesus, that You paid for all our sins with Your bitter suffering and death. Grant us sound marriages and sincere repentance. Amen.
创世记28:6-9以扫从亚伯拉罕的宗族(以实玛利)那里娶了一个妻子,为的是取悦以撒,这或许表明他后悔先前没有尊荣他的父母。与第四条诫命相违背,我们也经常不尊重我们的父母或其他掌权者。上帝的律法咒诅我们的悖逆,并且呼唤我们真诚的悔改。我们也是领受祂在基督里所赐福分的人。
我们感谢你,噢主耶稣,因为你以你的受苦和死亡为我们所有的罪付了代价。请赐给我们稳固的婚姻和真诚的悔改。阿们。

Genesis 28:10-22 Long before becoming man, the Second Person of the Godhead appears to Jacob in a vision with ascending and descending angels. The Son of God tells how all nations will be blessed in Him through the line of Jacob. In thankfulness, Jacob vows to build an altar for the worship of the true God and to tithe. Even now, such promises are pleasing to God, if made in faith without superstition. We have much to be thankful for. Christ is our gateway to heaven. To forgive sins and strengthen our faith, Christ descends to us in His Word and Sacraments.
We praise You, Lord, for Your promises and mercy. Be with us as we ascend and descend in service to others. Amen.
创世纪28:10-22 成为人很久以前,上帝的第二位格在一个带有上去下来天使的异象中向雅各显现。上帝的儿子告诉他万国将如何藉着雅各的血脉在祂里面蒙福。出于感恩,雅各许愿要建造一个祭坛来敬拜独一真上帝,并且将十分之一献上。即使在今天,这样的许愿也是蒙上帝喜悦的,如果是出于信心并且不带有任何迷信的话。我们有太多应当感恩的地方。基督是我们通天的门。为了赦免我们的罪,坚固我们的信心,基督在祂的圣道和圣礼中降临在我们中间。
我们感谢你,主啊,为着你的应许和怜悯。当我们上去下来服侍他人时,请与我们同在。阿们。

第三周星期四
Genesis 29:1-30 Jacob’s sin falls back upon him. Just as he deceived his brother Esau, the firstborn, so also Laban deceives Jacob regarding a firstborn. When people are engaged and married, falsehood and deceit leads to great harm, though the love of husband and wife can make hard work light. Thanks be to God, the Church’s Bridegroom deals faithfully. He covers our debt with the sacrifice of His life and love so that we may be His.
Lord Jesus, we praise You for Your extravagant love. Amen.
创世纪29:1-30 雅各的罪又返回来落在他自己身上。正如他欺骗他的弟兄以扫那个长子一样,拉班也在长女之事上欺骗雅各。当有人订婚、结婚时,虽然夫妻彼此相爱能够减轻重担,虚假和欺骗却能带来很大的伤害。感谢归给上帝,教会的新郎以忠实相待。祂以祂的舍命和爱遮掩我们的罪债,好叫我们属于祂。
主耶稣啊,我们为着你无限丰满的爱赞美你。阿们。

Genesis 29:31-30:24 As Leah and Rachel contend with each other regarding childbearing and Jacob’s affection, they degrade the marriage relationship. As the sole giver of all good gifts, the Lord finally grants Rachel a child and thus removes her reproach (30:23). In many cases, modern technology allows people to turn God’s gift of childbearing into a product they can obtain or refuse at will. Such manipulative attitudes are as old as Leah and Rachel. As Jacob suggests (30:2), we cannot stand in the place of God in these matters, but we must entrust them to His wisdom. In any case, the Lord has given us a child—His only-begotten Son (Is 9:6-7)—to save us and bring salvation to the world.
Lord, grant us patience and trust in matters beyond our control. Bless marriages and families with Your forgiving love. Amen.
创世纪29:31-20:24 利亚和拉结为着生育和雅各的宠幸彼此相争,她们这样行就玷污了婚姻关系。作为那所有美善礼物的独一赐予者,主耶和华最终赐给拉结一个孩子,并因此除去了她的羞耻(创30:23拉结怀孕生子、说、 神除去了我的羞耻)。在很多案例中,现代科技使得人可以将上帝所赐生育的礼物变成一个他们可以任意拥有或拒绝的产品。这些善于操纵的态度是古老的,正如利亚和拉结那时的一样。像雅各所说的(创30:2 雅各向拉结生气、说、叫你不生育的是 神、我岂能代替他作主呢),我们不能在这类事情中代替上帝的位置,但我们可以将它们交托给祂的智慧。无论在哪种境况中,主耶和华已经赐给我们一个婴孩—祂的独生儿子(赛9:1-7因有一婴孩为我们而生、有一子赐给我们.政权必担在他的肩头上.他名称为奇妙、策士、全能的 神、永在的父、和平的君。他的政权与平安必加增无穷.他必在大卫的宝座上、治理他的国、以公平公义使国坚定稳固、从今直到永远。万军之耶和华的热心、必成就这事)—来拯救我们并且将救赎带给整个世界。
主啊,请在超出我们可控范围的事情中赐给我们忍耐和信靠。用你饶恕的爱祝福婚姻和家庭。阿们。

Genesis 30:25-43 Laban deceives Jacob by taking away the livestock he promised. Nonetheless, the Lord blesses Jacob by miraculously prospering his livestock and granting him shrewdness with honesty. In business, you will be tempted to act dishonestly, as Laban did. Instead, pray for wisdom and shrewdness. In all cases, remember and give thanks that the Lord daily and richly provides for your needs of body and soul. In His faithfulness, He gives us the blessings of His cross in Word and Sacraments and will set all things right at His second coming.
Come, Lord Jesus, and grant us Your wholesome wisdom. Amen.
创世纪30:25-43 拉班欺骗雅各,拿走了所有他曾许诺要给的牲畜。然而,主耶和华祝福雅各,奇迹般地繁衍他的牲畜,并且赐给他精明和诚实。在生意场上,你也会受到试探想要不诚实地行事,就像拉班所做的那样。与之相反,可以祷告祈求智慧和精明。在所有境况中,请记得主耶和华每天丰富地供应你身体和灵魂的所需,并为此感谢祂。在祂的信实中,祂赐给我们祂在圣道和圣礼中十字架的祝福,并且祂必再来,更新万物。
主耶稣啊,快来,赐给我们你整全的智慧。阿们。

第三周星期五
Genesis 31 Deception leads to dispute between relatives, which threatens to break out into open warfare. Such an outcome is avoided because God steps in. Family feuds, often fueled by deceit, continue to plague relationships today. We need God to step into our lives, into our families. In Him and in His Word there is no deceit. Trust Him to forgive the contrite sinner and quiet the angry heart. Go to Christ for pardon and for peace.
“Grant peace in mercy, Lord, we pray, Peace in our time, O send us! For there is none on earth but thee, None other to defend us. Only thou, Lord, canst fight for us.” Amen. (AE 53:287)
创世纪31章 欺骗招致亲戚之间的纷争,甚至危机到要爆发公开打仗的地步。因着上帝的介入,这样的结局得以避免。亲人仇怨,经常是由欺骗点燃起来的,这在今天也继续蔓延在关系当中。我们需要上帝介入我们的生命,介入我们的家庭。因为在祂和祂的圣道里面,没有诡诈。信靠祂来是要赦免痛悔的罪人并且要安抚愤怒的心。到基督那里祈求饶恕和平安吧。
“我们祈愿主怜悯中赐平安,噢差遣和平到我们中间!因在地上除你以外,无他可为我们护辩,主啊,唯有你能为我们争战。”阿们。(路德作品集美国版 53:287)

Genesis 32:1-21 Faced with possible death, Jacob turns to the Lord in prayer, then makes preparations to aid his family’s safety. His prayer is a model for ours: address God, confess who God is and what He has done, confess our unworthiness, petition Him, and remember God’s promises, which are the basis for our prayers. God’s promise is to bless and pardon us for the sake of Christ, the Offspring of Jacob.
Lord, teach us so to pray! Amen.
创世纪32:1-21 面对可能降临的死亡,雅各在祷告中转向主耶和华,然后为确保家人的平安做了准备。他的祷告给了我们一个很好的典范:呼求上帝,告白上帝是谁并且祂的所作所为,承认我们的不配,向祂祷告,思念上帝的应许,因为这些应许就是我们祷告的根基。上帝的应许就是要因着雅各的那后裔基督的缘故,赦免我们,祝福我们。
主啊,教导我们如此祷告!阿们。

Genesis 32:22-32 Alone and faced with danger, Jacob finds God to be his adversary. Yet faithful Jacob wrestles and receives a new name and God’s blessing. It does not always seem that God is on our side. Sometimes He causes Christians to bear trials, temptations, and suffering—i.e., the cross. Yet, this is not to destroy us, but to strengthen us and finally bless us. Christian faith clings to God’s Word of mercy in Jesus Christ.
Lord, in Baptism, You have promised to be my God. Grant to me what You see that I need. Amen.
创世纪32:22-32 独自一人面对险境,雅各发现上帝站在他的对立面。然而有信心的雅各摔跤后领受了一个新的名字,还有上帝的祝福。事情并不总是看起来上帝站在我们这边。有时祂让基督徒承受试炼,试探,甚至苦难—也就是,十字架。然而,这不是要摧毁我们,乃是要坚固我们,并最终祝福我们。基督徒的信心紧紧依附上帝在耶稣基督里充满怜悯的圣道上。
主啊,在圣洗礼中,你已经应许自己要成为我的上帝。请将你看为我所需用的赐给我。阿们。

Genesis 33 God turns Jacob’s fear into joy as Esau approaches and the two brothers are reconciled. Jacob humbles himself, and Esau forgives. As much as possible, without compromising Christian doctrine and morality, we should make peace with those who oppose us—especially family members. This takes mutual humility and forgiveness. God took the lead here. While we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son (Rm 5:10).
Lord God, in Christ You have dealt graciously with me, and in Him I have enough. Amen.
创世纪33章 随着以扫的到来,上帝使雅各的恐惧转为喜乐,并且两个弟兄重归于好。雅各谦卑自己,而以扫饶恕。尽可能地,在不损伤基督信仰教义和道德情况下,我们应当与那些反对我们的人寻求和睦—特别是亲人。这需要双方的谦卑和饶恕。上帝在这里是主动的。当我们还是上帝仇敌时,我们藉着祂儿子的死得以与上帝和好(罗5:10因为我们作仇敌的时候、且借着 神儿子的死、得与 神和好、既已和好、就更要因他的生得救了)。
主上帝啊,你一直在基督里以丰盛的恩典待我,我在祂里面知足了。阿们。

第三周星期六
Genesis 34 One sin leads to another. Shechem rapes Dinah, and Jacob’s sons abuse God’s holy institution of circumcision so they could massacre the men of Shechem. Christians, beware! Those who treat God’s holy things carelessly and who nurture vengeance prepare for themselves lasting misery. Zeal for a right cause is good, but moderation and due process are also required. The same Savior who died for us also died for sinners such as Shechem and Jacob’s sons.
Lord Jesus, grant me wisdom and patience. Help me to love others as You have loved me. Amen.
创世纪34章 一个罪会导致另一个罪。示剑玷辱了底拿,然后雅各的儿子们就滥用上帝所设立的圣洁割礼制度好叫他们能够屠杀示剑所属地的百姓。基督徒啊,要小心了!那些轻慢上帝圣物和滋生报仇之心的人是在为自己积蓄恒久的悲惨。对伸张正义的热心是好的,但节制和合理的程序也是必需的。因为那为我们死的同一位救赎主,也为像示剑和雅各儿子们一样的罪人死了。
主耶稣啊,请赐给我们智慧和忍耐。帮助我像你一直爱我一样,去爱他人。阿们。

Genesis 35:1-15 There was little mention of God in ch 34. Now, He again takes center stage, and Jacob responds. Jacob gets rid of the false gods. He journeys to Bethel, the “house of God.” He again hears God’s promises. He worships. Where God’s people assemble around Word and Sacrament, God Himself is present to forgive those who repent.
“My soul, now praise your Maker! Let all within me bless His name Who makes you full partaker of mercies more than you dare claim.” Amen. (LSB 820:1)
创世纪35:1-15 第34章几乎没有提及上帝。现在,祂再次站在舞台的焦点上,雅各回应了。雅各除去假神。他上伯特利去,伯特利意思就是“上帝的居所。” 雅各再次听见上帝的应许。他献上敬拜。每当上帝的百姓围绕着圣道和圣礼聚集时,上帝自己就临在其中,赦免那些悔改的人。
“我的灵啊,现在当赞美造你的主!让我里面的全部向着祂的名祝福,因祂使你享用怜悯,比你所求还要丰丰富富。”阿们。(路德宗崇拜手册 820:1)

Genesis 35:16-29 Sorrows surround Jacob. He learns of his son’s incest with his concubine and also the death of his wife and of his father. God-fearing people such as Jacob sometimes have children who fall into great sin and shame. And even those who receive God’s promises, such as Rachel and Isaac, are still subject to death. Mourning is a part of life in a sin-broken world. When sorrows surround you, call on the Lord in prayer. Remember and celebrate His promises, which are guaranteed to you in Jesus’ death and resurrection. Because Jesus conquered death and sin, we have comfort in the midst of all troubles.
O Lord, forgive our sins, and bring us to eternal life for Jesus’ sake. Amen.
创世纪35:16-29 悲哀环绕着雅各。他知道他的儿子与他的妾同寝,也经历了妻子和父亲的离世。像雅各一样敬畏上帝的人有时也会遇到自己的孩子陷入严重的罪和羞耻之中。甚至那些像拉结和以撒一样领受上帝应许的人,也仍然逃不过死亡。哀悼是在这个被罪所破坏的世界中生命的一部分。当哀痛环绕你时,请在祷告中呼求主耶和华。请思念祂的应许并为之欢庆,因为这些应许已经在耶稣的死和复活中保证给你了。耶稣胜过了死亡和罪恶,因此我们可以在所有患难当中,依然有安慰。
噢主啊,赦免我们的罪,为着耶稣的缘故将我们带到永生里去。阿们。

第四周星期一
Genesis 36 God shows us that for the sake of devout parents such as Isaac and Rebekah, He will give good things to their children, the Edomites, even though the children do not imitate their parent’s faith and life. By doing so, God would lead them and their descendants to repentance. Though the Edomites were often rivals of Israel, the Lord made provision for their salvation (Dt 23:7-8). How great is God’s mercy!
Lord Jesus, have mercy on all generations that stray. Call them back to You. Amen.
创世纪36章 上帝向我们显明,因着这些如以撒和利百加之虔敬父母的缘故,祂将美善之物赐给他们的儿女,即以东人,尽管儿女不效法他们父母的信心和生命。藉着如此行,上帝引导他们和他们的后裔悔改。虽然以东人经常与以色列为敌,主耶和华也供应了他们的救恩(申23:7-8 不可憎恶以东人、因为他是你的弟兄.不可憎恶埃及人、因为你在他的地上作过寄居的。他们第三代子孙可以入耶和华的会)。上帝的怜悯何等浩大啊!
主耶稣,愿赐下怜悯给所有悖逆的世代。呼召他们归向你。阿们。

Genesis 37:1-11 Joseph is favored by his father but hated by his brothers, Joseph’s prophetic dreams only raise tensions in the family. We can expect those who love virtue will be hated and envied by the wicked. Yet we should also pursue humility and avoid arrogance. Thanks be to God, His favored Son died to redeem His people, though they hated Him. In righteous humility, He redeemed us too.
Almighty God, in this world of division and family strife, bless us with the healing love of Your Son, Jesus. Forgive us our jealousies and hatred. In the Savior’s name. Amen.
创世纪37:1-11 约瑟受到他父亲的偏爱,但却受他弟兄们的嫉恨,约瑟预言式的异梦在他家中只能引起纷争。我们能够意料到那些喜爱美德的人会受到作恶之人的嫉妒和愤恨。然而我们也应当寻求谦卑,避免自大。感谢归给上帝,祂所喜悦的儿子死了,为要拯救祂的子民,尽管他们恨祂。在公义的谦卑中,祂也赎买了我们。
全能的上帝,请在这个充满纷争和家庭矛盾的世界中,用你儿子耶稣满有医治能力的爱祝福我们。赦免我们嫉妒和忿恨的罪。奉救赎主的名,阿们。

Genesis 37:12-36 Joseph is betrayed by his brothers and sold into slavery. Yet God spares Joseph’s life in order to fulfill His plan and the dreams He had revealed. When sin is not dealt with, it breeds even more wickedness. Joseph’s brothers let their hatred lead to betrayal and lies. Many years later, God’s Son was betrayed by His friend, not for 20 shekels but for 30 pieces of silver. Yet this also took place so that God could fulfill His plan for our salvation.
Heavenly Father, enable us to help those in need. Turn us away from self-pity and worry to compassion and sympathy. Send Your Holy Spirit to strengthen our faith in times of trial. In the Savior’s name we pray. Amen.
创世纪37:12-36 耶稣被他的弟兄们背叛并卖为奴隶。然而上帝保守了约瑟的性命,好叫祂的计划和祂所启示给约瑟的异梦得以成就。当罪不被解决时,就会生出更多的诡诈。约瑟的弟兄们放纵他们的忿恨以致后来有了背叛和欺骗。许多年后,上帝的儿子被祂的朋友背叛,不是为了二十舍客勒银子,而是为了三十块。然而这事的发生乃是要叫上帝成就祂为着我们的救恩所计划了的。
天上的父啊,请赐我们能力去帮助那些有需要的人。使我们转离自怜和忧虑,走向同情和怜悯。请差遣你的圣灵在试炼中坚固我们的信心。奉救赎主的名我们祷告,阿们。

第四周星期二
Genesis 38 The sins of Onan, Judah, and Tamar make this one of the most sordid chapters of the Bible. Yet despite human sinfulness, God is at work. Through Judah’s son Perez, the line that would eventually give birth to the Savior was preserved (cf Mt 1:3). Sexual sins lead to trouble and heartache in this life. Yet God does not cast away those who were conceived and born out of wedlock, but He preserves those who fear Him, just as He preserved Perez. So let us flee from sexual immorality, being mindful that God punishes unchastity. And let us confess our sins as Judah did, knowing that God, for the sake of Jesus Christ, will forgive all who repent.
Holy God, forgive us our sins. Fill our hearts with the sober and chaste love of Jesus Christ. Amen.
创世纪38章 俄南,犹大和他玛的罪使得创38章成为圣经中最污秽不堪的章节之一。然而尽管人有罪,上帝仍然在做工。藉着犹大的儿子法勒斯,那条最终生出救赎主的血脉得以保存(太1:3 犹大从他玛氏生法勒斯和谢拉.法勒斯生希斯仑.希斯仑生亚兰)。性犯罪能够给今生带来麻烦和头痛。然而上帝没有摒弃那些在合法婚姻之外怀孕生出的人,相反祂保守那些敬畏祂的人,就像祂保守法勒斯一样。因此让我们逃离淫乱,谨记上帝惩罚不贞。让我们也承认我们的罪,就像犹大所做的,知道上帝因着耶稣基督的缘故,必要赦免所有悔改的人。
圣洁的上帝,请赦免我们的罪。用耶稣基督朴实贞洁的爱充满我们的心。阿们。

Genesis 39 With steadfast faith, Joseph resists the temptation of Potiphar’s wife. Yet in return for his godly life, Joseph loses his job and is thrown into prison. Today, pursue chastity and flee fornication, as Joseph did. Mark and avoid the bad example of Potiphar’s wife, who slandered Joseph. And take comfort: whenever the Lord places the cross and suffering on His people, He also gives consolation and help, as He gave Joseph in Potiphar’s house and in prison.
Lord Jesus Christ, You were tempted in every way, just as we are, yet You were without sin (Heb 4:15). Be with us in our temptations, free us from the prison of sin, and by Your cross bring us to eternal life. Amen.
创世纪39章 凭着坚定的信心,约瑟拒绝了波提乏之妻的诱惑。然而约瑟敬虔的生命所得的报偿却是,他丢了他的工作,并且被扔进监牢。今日,要追求贞洁,远离奸淫,正如约瑟所做的。谨记并要避免波提乏之妻的坏榜样,因为她诬陷了约瑟。而且领受这安慰:无论何时主耶和华将十字架和患难放在祂子民身上,祂也会赐下安慰和帮助,正如祂赐给在波提乏家中或在监牢中的约瑟一样。
主耶稣基督,就像我们经受的一样,你也曾历经各种试探,然而你没有犯罪(来4:15 因我们的大祭司、并非不能体恤我们的软弱.他也曾凡事受过试探、与我们一样.只是他没有犯罪)。请在我们经受的试探中与我们同在,将我们从罪的监牢中释放出来,并且藉着你的十字架赐给我们永恒生命。阿们。

第四周星期三
Genesis 40 The dreams of the two prisoners mean death for the baker and life for the cupbearer. Yet the chief cupbearer forgot Joseph. Once people are free from danger or troubling situations, they so easily forget those who helped them, and they neglect to honor God, who delivered them. Although others may forget us, even if our father and mother forsake us, the Lord will take care of His people and remember them in His mercy (Ps 27:10).
Lord God, You have said, “I will not forget you,” and Your Word is true. Remember us in mercy for the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
创世纪40章 两个坐监之人的梦对膳长来说意味着死亡,对酒政来说意味着活命。然而那个酒政忘记了约瑟。一旦人们脱离危险或麻烦的境况,他们就很容易忘记那些帮助过他们的人,并且疏忽以致没有归荣耀给那位拯救他们的上帝。尽管其他人会忘记我们,甚至我们的父母会离弃我们,但主耶和华眷顾祂的百姓,并且在祂的怜悯中纪念他们(诗27:10 我父母离弃我、耶和华必收留我)。
主上帝,你曾说,“我不会忘记你们,”而且你的话语是实在正确的。请为着你儿子,我们主耶稣基督的缘故,在你的怜悯中纪念我们。阿们。

第四周星期四
Genesis 41:1-36 Pharaoh’s fortune-tellers and sorcerers cannot help him understand the dreams that God sent. Therefore, Joseph is brought up from the dungeon. Giving all the glory to God, he interprets the dreams and warns of the coming famine. The devil’s tools—fortune-tellers and sorcerers—are powerless in divine matters. Like Joseph, we should praise God for any good thing we have. Let us also not be afraid to share good advice in a spirit of humility when such words would help our neighbor. The best thing we have is God Himself—speaking us through His Word, redeeming us through His Son, and bringing us to Himself through His Sacraments and Spirit.
O Lord, our times are in Your hands. When the opportunity comes for us to help others, give us wisdom and strength to do so. We praise You for Your mercy, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
创世纪41:1-36 法老的算命先生和术士都不能帮他明白上帝赐下的梦。因此,约瑟就被提出监牢。他给梦做出了解释并且警告将要来临的灾难,同时也将所有荣耀归给上帝。魔鬼的道具—算命先生和术士—在上帝的事情上毫无能力。像约瑟一样,我们应当为着我们所拥有的任何美善之物赞美上帝。当这类言语能够帮助我们的邻舍时,让我们也不要害怕带着谦卑的态度分享好的建议。我们所拥有的最美之物就是上帝祂自己—藉着祂的圣道向我们说话,藉着祂的儿子拯救我们,并且藉着祂的圣礼和圣灵将祂自己赐给我们。
噢主啊,我们的时间在你手中。当能够帮助他人的机会临到我们时,请赐给我们智慧和力量去如此行。我们藉着耶稣基督,我们的主,因着你的怜悯赞美你。阿们。

第四周星期五
Genesis 41:37-57 After years of frustration, Joseph is exalted to oversee the storage and distribution of Egypt’s great harvests. As the years of famine begin to take their toll, there is enough surplus to share with those in need throughout all the earth. In hard times, those who have should share with those who have not. Here is comfort: after long periods of suffering, at just the right time, the Lord will give help to His people, just as He did for Joseph. Through His Son, Jesus, God rules over us and gives us what we need: pardon, provision, and peace.
Heavenly Father, give us this day our daily bread, and deliver us from evil, for Jesus’ sake. Amen.
创世纪41:37-57 经过多年的苦情,约瑟被提拔来监管埃及大丰收的存储和分配。随着饥荒开始蔓延,他们却有足够剩余的来分享给那些各地有需要的人。在困难时期,那些有的应当与那些没有的分享。这是安慰:很长一段时间的苦难之后,在刚刚好的时间点,主耶和华提供帮助给祂的百姓,正如祂为约瑟所做的那样。藉着祂的儿子耶稣,上帝掌权看顾我们,并且赐给我们所需的:饶恕,护卫和平安。
天上的父,请因着耶稣的缘故今日赐给我们日用的饮食,救我们脱离凶恶。阿们。

第四周星期六
Genesis 42 The sons of Israel enter Egypt for food and unknowingly fulfill the dream they had resented (37:5-8). Joseph, though harsh, was motivated by the fear of the Lord, and began a test to determine his brothers’ treatment of his father and Benjamin, and to encourage repentance and a renewed relationship with God. Luth: “In trials God conducts Himself toward His saints just as Joseph conducts himself toward his brothers” (AE 7:225). Unrepentant sin is not resolved by time or forgetfulness, but by true repentance and forgiveness. Joseph’s tears reveal affection. Luth: “Christ is our completely friendly Joseph, who died for us and shed His blood for the remission of our sins” (AE 7:256).
O Lord, no matter how high I sit, You are able to cast me down, and no matter how deep I have fallen, You are able to lift me up. To You be glory, through Jesus Christ. Amen.
创世纪42章 以色列的儿子们去到埃及找粮食,不知不觉中成就了他们曾经厌恶的那个梦(37:5-8约瑟作了一梦、告诉他哥哥们、他们就越发恨他)。约瑟尽管有些苛刻,但出于对上帝的敬畏,就开始测试他兄弟们对待他父亲和便雅悯的态度,并且可以借此呼召他们悔改和与上帝关系的更新。路德说:“在试炼中,上帝与祂的圣徒交通,就像约瑟与他兄弟们的交往一样”(路德文集美国版7:225). 没有悔改的罪是不会因着时间或健忘而得到解决的,但却可以藉着真诚悔改和赦罪得以除掉。约瑟的眼泪透露出爱。路德说:“基督是我们完全友善的约瑟,祂为我们死并流出祂的宝血,好使我们罪得赦免。”(路德文集美国版7:256)
噢主啊,无论我位有多高,你有能力使我降卑;无论我落的有多深,你有能力将我高举。藉着耶稣基督,荣耀归给你。阿们。

Genesis 43 Joseph—motivated by love for Benjamin and his other brothers-test his brothers to learn whether they will be jealous or abandon their youngest brother, as they had Joseph. Joseph’s conduct is like God’s. He displays both generosity and severity, seeking repentance. The brothers’ fear comes from the alienating power of sin. When we do not rightly fear God, we fear other things more (Mt 10:28). Joseph’s banquet displays kindness and generosity, independent of his brothers’ recognition of his love. So also God blesses His people, even when they doubt His goodness. Jesus, like His earthly ancestor, Judah, offered Himself to His Father for us.
Holy God, give us grace to endure Your tests and to recognize Your kindness, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
创世纪43章 约瑟被他对便雅悯和其他几位兄弟的爱所触动,就测试他兄弟们,看他们是否就像曾经对约瑟所做的那样,依然会嫉妒或抛弃他们最小的弟兄。约瑟的举动就像上帝的举动。祂同时展示宽容和严厉,呼召悔改。兄弟们的恐惧来自罪使关系隔绝疏远的权势。当我们没有正确地敬畏上帝时,我们就更加惧怕别的事物(太10:28 那杀身体不能杀灵魂的、不要怕他们.惟有能把身体和灵魂都灭在地狱里的、正要怕他)。约瑟摆的筵席展示出恩慈和宽恕,而这些都不依附于他弟兄们是否识别他的爱。上帝也是如此祝福祂的百姓,甚至当他们怀疑祂的良善时。耶稣,就像祂世上的先祖犹大一样,将自己为我们献上给祂的父。
圣洁的上帝,请赐给我们恩典好叫我们能够承受你的试验,并且看见你的恩慈,奉耶稣的名,阿们。

Genesis 44 Joseph prepares a final test to determine whether his brothers will allow Benjamin to be enslaved and bring further grief to their father. Their refusal to leave Benjamin behind, and Judah’s sacrificial offer of himself to spare both brother and father, show that their hearts have genuinely changed. Like Joseph, God often tests what is in our hearts. He reminds us to humbly acknowledge and take responsibility for our sin. When Judah mediates with his father and with Joseph, and shows himself willing to be enslaved in place of his brother, this prefigures the saving work of his descendant, Jesus, who gave Himself as mediator, ransom, and sacrifice for the world.
Jesus, You gave Yourself for us and made known the Father’s loving heart. Turn us from sin, selfishness, and alienation to live for You, as You have died for us. Amen.
创世纪44章 约瑟预备一个最后的测试,来查验他的弟兄们是否会放弃便雅悯为奴隶,以致给他们的父亲带来更大的悲伤。他们拒绝将便雅悯留下来,并且犹大为了他兄弟和父亲的缘故愿意将自己献上为祭,这显明他们的心已经真实地改变了。就像约瑟一样,上帝经常测验我们心中所怀的是什么。犹大也给我们提醒,要我们谦卑地承认我们的罪并为之负责。当犹大在约瑟和他的父亲之间作中保并且表明他自己愿意代替他的弟兄为奴之时,这也预表了他的后裔耶稣的救赎工作,耶稣将祂自己献上成为这个世界的中保,赎价,和祭物。
耶稣,你已将你自己赐给我们并且显明天父的慈心。请使我们转离罪,自私和隔绝,并为你而活,就像你已经为我们而死一样。阿们。

第五周星期一
Genesis 45 Joseph reveals himself, reassuring his brothers. With Pharaoh’s full support, he sends for his father and family. Jacob is finally convinced that his son is alive. God rules the world and brings evil to a good end for the sake of His people, as He did with Joseph’s slavery. Let us pursue Joseph’s virtues—humility, wisdom, forgiveness, care for parents and family. And let us not quarrel in our Christian Journey, but hold fast to the mercy and doctrine that God has revealed. In Christ, our sin is forgiven, and God gives us the joy of reconciliation and new life.
Lord Jesus, the evil that happened to You on the cross was for our good. Give us the benefits of Your death, and form our lives to Your cross. Amen.
创世纪45章 约瑟表明他的身份,并且重新立定他的弟兄们。凭着法老的全力支持,他打发人去请来他的父亲和其他亲人。雅各最终确信他的儿子仍然活着。上帝掌管这个世界,正如祂处理约瑟为奴之事一样,祂为了祂子民的缘故使恶事有好的结局。让我们追求约瑟的美德—谦卑,智慧,饶恕和对父母亲人的关爱。并且让我们在十字架道路上不互相争吵,紧紧抓住上帝所启示的怜悯和教义。在基督里,我们的罪得到赦免,并且上帝赐给我们和好及新生的喜乐。
主耶稣,那十字架落在你身上的恶是为了我们的益处。请赐给我们你死亡所带来的益处,塑造我们的生命朝向你的十字架。阿们。

Genesis 46 Jacob leaves Canaan for Egypt only when he knows it is the Lord’s will. The Lord is not limited by geography. He will fulfill His promise to make Abraham’s Seed a great nation in Egypt. Israel’s children are called by name as they journey to Egypt. Like Jacob, we should seek the Lord’s guidance and blessing for our plans. He has revealed His will for our deeds and our salvation in His Word. Where He has not spoken, He gives us freedom to make reasonable choices. The tearful reunion of Jacob and Joseph is a pattern of the reunion that God seeks with His children. The Lord knows our name, and in the Sacrament of Holy Baptism, His name has been given to us.
Lord God, give us courage to follow You each new day, especially when You call us to paths unknown; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
创世纪46章 雅各只有在知道这是上帝的旨意时才离开迦南地走向埃及。主耶和华不受地域的限制。祂一定会成就祂曾赐给亚伯拉罕的应许,即亚伯拉罕的那后裔要在埃及成为大国。以色列的孩子们在去埃及的路上被一一点名。像雅各一样,我们应当寻求主耶和华的引导和对我们所谋之事的祝福。祂已经在祂的圣道中为着我们的行动和救赎显明祂的旨意。祂没有启示的方面,就赐给我们自由去做出合理的选择。雅各和约瑟的悲喜重逢正是上帝要寻求与祂百姓重逢的范式。主耶和华知道我们的名字,并且在圣洗礼中祂的名字被赐给我们。
主上帝啊,请赐给我们勇气在每一个新日子里跟随你,特别是当你呼召我们要走未知之路时;藉着耶稣基督,我们的主。阿们。

第五周星期二
Genesis 47 Powerful, wealthy Pharaoh humbly receives the blessing of Jacob, a lowly Hebrew, whose son addresses the famine by centralizing all Egypt’s resources in a sharecropping system. Like Pharaoh, we should realize that spiritual blessings take precedence over temporal ones. People who put earthly security and temporal blessings first often take desperate measures to keep things that death will someday take from them. Just as blessing came to mighty Pharaoh through a lowly shepherd, so also the kingdom of God and His righteousness come to believers in humble forms-an infant in a manger, a man dying on a cross; words, water, bread, wine—yet in them are hidden God’s majesty.
“Be present at our table, Lord; Be here and everywhere adored; Thy creatures bless, and grant that we May feast in paradise with Thee.” Amen. (LSB 775)
创世纪47章 有权势又有财力的法老谦卑地领受一位卑微的希伯来人雅各的祝福,雅各的儿子藉着集中全埃及的资源于一个耕种分成制度来对付饥荒。像法老一样,我们应当意识到属灵的祝福要比现世的更重要。那些将属地的安全和世俗的祝福放在首位的人经常采取绝望的手段来保存死亡总有一天会从他们身上拿走的东西。正如祝福藉着一个卑微的牧羊人临到有能力的法老一样,上帝的国和祂的义以卑微的样式—一个马槽里的婴孩,一个死在十字架上的人来临到信徒;文字,水,饼,酒—然而在其中隐藏着上帝的荣光。
“愿主同在我们桌前;在此地及他方被尊崇;祝福你所造之物,好叫我们在天堂与你共筵席。”阿们。(路德宗崇拜手册 775)

Genesis 48 Jacob (Israel) adopts and blesses Joseph’s sons. Though born in Egypt to an Egyptian mother, they have full status as “children of Israel,” people through whom God will bless the world. Like their father, Joseph, we must learn not to value human convention over God’s Word and purposes. As Jacob adopted Ephraim and Manasseh, God has graciously adopted us in Holy Baptism (Gal. 3:27-4:7).
“Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, You who lead Joseph like a flock! You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth. Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh, stir up Your might and come to save us! Restore us, O God; let Your face shine, that we may be saved!” (Ps. 80:1-3). Amen.
创世纪48章 雅各(以色列)收养并祝福约瑟的儿子们。尽管在埃及出生于一位埃及母亲,他们有着完全的身份被称为“以色列的儿女,”并且上帝将要藉着他们祝福整个世界。就像他们的父亲约瑟一样,我们必须学会不看人的传统过于上帝的道和旨意。正如雅各收养以法莲和玛拿西一样,上帝也曾在圣洗礼中满有恩典地收养了我们(加3:27-4:7所以你们因信基督耶稣、都是 神的儿子。—)。
“领约瑟如领羊群之以色列的牧者阿、求你留心听.坐在二基路伯上的阿、求你发出光来。
在以法莲便雅悯玛拿西前面施展你的大能、来救我们。神阿、求你使我们回转、〔回转或作复兴〕使你的脸发光、我们便要得救。” (诗 80:1-3)。 阿们。

第五周星期三
Genesis 49:1-27 The blessing (testament) of Jacob is a prophecy about each son and his tribe. All 12 sons are blessed as participants in the promise that began with Abraham, emphasizing return to the land. Jacob concentrates on Reuben, Simeon, Judah, and Joseph—the first two negatively, the latter two positively. Jacob’s testament promises great blessings, including the height of God’s goodness: messianic kingship for Judah’s line. Jacob’s predictions are not uniformly happy. The reality of sin includes judgment (Simeon and Levi), oppression (Issachar), warfare (Gad, Benjamin), and other distress. Though Joseph will prosper in many ways, the greatest gift to Jacob’s descendants is Judah’s scepter. The Seed of Abraham culminates in an eternal kingdom for Judah’s descendants, fulfilled in the Messiah, Jesus (Shiloh).
“I wait for Your salvation, O LORD” (v 18). Amen.
创世纪49:1-27 雅各的祝福(遗言)是对每个儿子和他整个部族的一个预言。所有十二个儿子作为始于亚伯拉罕的应许的参与者都蒙了祝福,并且归回应许之地得以强调。雅各的遗言专注在流便,西缅,犹大和约瑟身上—前两个是负面的,后两个是正面的。雅各的遗言应许了极大的祝福,包括上帝良善的高潮:犹大支派要承载弥赛亚的君王职分。雅各的预告并不都是快乐的。罪的代价包括审判(西缅和利未),奴役(以萨迦),战争(迦得,便雅悯),和其它祸患。尽管约瑟会多方通达,雅各后裔所得最大祝福却是犹大的杖。亚伯拉罕的那后裔在为犹大后代所预备的永恒国度中完全彰显,而这国度是在弥赛亚,耶稣(细罗)里面得以成就的。
“耶和华啊,我向来等候你的救恩”(18节)。阿们。

Genesis 49:28-50:14 Jacob insists on burial in Canaan, Israel’s permanent home. He receives the most ornate funeral in the Bible, which also shows Joseph’s importance. The grief at Jacob’s death reflects the reality of sin, death’s cause (cf 2:17), and yet also the dignity of the human body. Our funeral customs are a way of confessing that God has promised to raise the dead. Christ Jesus has conquered death for our sake (1Co. 15:55-57).
Lord Jesus, we praise You for Your resurrection, which conquered sin and death. Amen.
创世纪49:28-50:14 雅各坚持要埋葬在迦南地,就是以色列永恒的家园。他得了圣经中已知的最豪华葬礼,这也表明约瑟的重要性。对雅各去世的哀悼反映出罪的代价,死亡的起因(参 创2:17只是分别善恶树上的果子、你不可吃、因为你吃的日子必定死),同时也表明人身体的尊贵。我们葬礼的仪式是对上帝已经应许要使死人复活的告白。基督耶稣已经为我们的缘故战胜死亡(林前15:55-57—死阿、你得胜的权势在那里.死阿、你的毒钩在那里.死的毒钩就是罪.罪的权势就是律法。感谢 神、使我们借着我们的主耶稣基督得胜)。
主耶稣,我们赞美你,因为你的死里复活战胜了罪和死亡。阿们。

Genesis 50:15-21 Jacob’s sons fear that only their father’s presence prevented Joseph’s revenge fro their earlier hatred and violence. But Joseph consoles them and speaks kindly to them. Reconciliation should come from the heart and be confirmed by our deeds, just as Joseph provided for his brothers’ families in addition to forgiving them. Sin penetrates flesh and spirit and can lead people to despair. To console despairing sinners, God caused the Gospel of reconciliation in Christ to be preached, and He confirms this message with the comforting Sacraments of Baptism and the Holy Supper.
O Lord, though humans meant to do evil to You with the cross, You meant it for good, to bring about eternal salvation. Praise to You, O Christ. Amen.
创世纪50:15-21 雅各的儿子们担心唯有他们父亲的在世可以阻挡约瑟报复他们从前的嫉恨和暴力。但是约瑟安慰他们并且带着和善向他们说话。和好应当出于内心并且以我们的行动来证实,就像约瑟除了饶恕他们以外还供养他哥哥们的家眷那样。罪侵蚀着肉体和灵魂,并且能将人引至绝望。为了安慰绝望中的罪人,上帝使藉着基督和好的福音得以宣讲,并且祂用满有安慰的圣洗礼和圣餐礼来证实这个信息。
噢主啊,尽管人的意图是要用十字架害你,你在其中的意思却是良善,要藉着它带来永恒的救恩。赞美归给你,噢基督。阿们。

Genesis 50:22-26 The death of Joseph after 93 years in Egypt closes the first Book of Moses, but his request for final burial in Canaan reminds us that the story has only begun. Joseph’s life illustrates one of God’s promises for obedience to the Law—prosperous, long life (Ex 20:12). Despite his long, prosperous life, Joseph looks forward, not back: “God will surely visit you” (v 25). Egypt’s material prosperity is not God’s ultimate blessing for His people. The coming gift is the Lord Himself, His visitation, fulfilled in part in the exodus from Egypt. But even the exodus pales before God’s final visitation in the Messiah (Lk 1:68) and its culmination when the bones of Joseph and all the redeemed are raised to immorality (1Co 15:53-57).
“Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, You who lead Joseph like a flock!” (Ps 80:1). Give us hearts that long for Your return to lead us out of the Egypt of this world to Yourself in heaven. Amen.
创世纪50:22-26 约瑟在埃及93年之后去世,摩西五经第一卷书以此结束,但他请求最终要被埋葬于迦南地,这提醒我们故事才刚刚开始。约瑟的一生显明上帝对顺服律法的应许之一就是—繁荣和长久的日子(出20:12 当孝敬父母、使你的日子在耶和华你 神所赐你的地上、得以长久)。尽管他拥有长寿和兴盛,约瑟却向前看,而不是向后:“神必看顾你们”(25节)。埃及物质的繁荣不是上帝对祂子民的最终祝福。那将要来的礼物是主祂自己,祂的看顾,(这)在出埃及中得以部分地成就。但与上帝最终在弥赛亚(路1:68主以色列的 神、是应当称颂的.因他眷顾他的百姓、为他们施行救赎)中的访和它的高潮,就是当约瑟和所有蒙救赎之人的遗骸被兴起进入永不朽坏里时比较起来,出埃及要显得逊色的多(林前15:53-57这必朽坏的、总要变成不朽坏的.〔变成原文作穿下同〕这必死的、总要变成不死的。这必朽坏的、既变成不朽坏的.这必死的、既变成不死的.那时经上所记、死被得胜吞灭的话就应验了)。
“领约瑟如领羊群之以色列的牧者阿、求你留心听.坐在二基路伯上的阿、求你发出光来”(诗80:1)。请赐给我们期盼你再来的心,引领我们走出这世界的埃及并朝向居住在天上的你自己。阿们。

翻译:Gary Liu
主后2016.11.01
《出埃及记》
(第五周星期四—第九周星期四)

第五周星期四
Exodus Chapter 1:1-7 Israel emerges as a people. God’s blessing and fulfillment of God’s promise gives growth and preserves His people in a foreign land. Consider how God provides for, supports, protects, and preserves His Church day by day. “For all this it is my duty to thank and praise, serve and obey Him” (SC, First Article, p xxxvi). God blesses us as He blessed Israel, yet He has also revealed to us His greatest blessings in His only-begotten Son.
O Lord, the multitude of Your blessings leads us to multiply thanks and praise to Your name. Fill Your Church with sons and daughters faithful to You. Amen.
出埃及记1:1-7 以色列作为一个民族崛起了。上帝的祝福和祂应许的成就,在一个寄居之地赐给祂百姓繁荣并保守了他们。请思想上帝每一天如何供养,扶持,保护,和存留祂的教会。为这一切,我有责任感谢,赞美,服侍和顺从祂”(小问答,部分一,36页)。正如祂祝福以色列一样,上帝也祝福我们,并且祂也在祂独生子中将祂最大的祝福显明给我们。
噢主啊,你祝福的丰盛也引导我们更多地感谢和赞美你的名。请以忠于你的儿女充满你的教会。阿们。

Exodus Chapter 1:8-22 As a last resort to halt the growth of Israel, Pharaoh commands all his people to collaborate in the mass killing of Hebrew boys (v 22). Pharaoh imagines that he can thwart God’s will, just as Herod does when he slaughters many infants while trying to slay Jesus (Mt 2:16). But “He who sits in the heavens laughs,” and the Lord holds worldly rulers “in derision” (Ps2:4). Luth: “Oh, how much strength of faith is demanded by these words!” (AE 14:321). When evil in this world seems to triumph and we struggle on account of our weakness, we can call to mind the women who feared God and were blessed by Him. By God’s grace, we also shall persevere in faith because we will win the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ (1Co 15:57).
Lord, grant us brave faith like the midwives so that we faithfully serve You in the face of all opposition. Amen.
出埃及记1:8-22 法老为了阻止以色列人的增长使出最后一招,他吩咐他所有的百姓一同协作大面积灭绝希伯来男婴(22节)法老以为他可以阻止上帝的旨意,就如希律为了杀死耶稣就屠杀许多婴孩时所想象的一样(太2:16希律见自己被博士愚弄、就大大发怒、差人将伯利恒城里、并四境所有的男孩、照着他向博士仔细查问的时候、凡两岁以里的、都杀尽了)。但是“那坐在天上的必发笑,” 并且主必“嗤笑”世界的掌权者。路德说:“噢,这些话语要求多大的信心那!”(路德文集美国版14:321)当这世界的邪恶似乎得胜,而我们在我们的软弱中挣扎时,我们可以思想这些敬畏上帝并蒙祂祝福的妇女们。靠着上帝的恩典,我们也可以在信心中坚守,因为我们藉着我们的主耶稣基督必将赢得胜利(林前15:57 感谢 神、使我们借着我们的主耶稣基督得胜) 。
主耶和华,请赐给我们像接生婆所拥有的勇敢信心,好叫我们在面对所有敌对势力时能够忠心地服侍你。阿们。

第五周星期五
Exodus Chapter 2:1-10 Moses, born of believing Hebrew parents (Heb 11:23), is raised in Pharaoh’s household and “instructed in all the wisdom of the Egyptians” (Ac 7:22), enjoying the best of two worlds. Although God is not mentioned, He is accomplishing His purposes to redeem Israel. Even when God does not seem to be at work in our lives, we can be certain that His good and gracious will is being done among us.
Lord, help us to provide well for our children and their instruction, especially in the Christian faith, and to celebrate Your redemption for us. Amen.
出埃及记2:1-10 摩西,生于一对信靠上帝的希伯来父母(希11:23摩西生下来、他的父母见他是个俊美的孩子、就因着信把他藏了三个月、并不怕王命), 在法老的家中被养大并且(徒7:22 摩西学了埃及人一切的学问、说话行事、都有才能)。学了埃及人一切的学问,得着了两个国度的精华。尽管上帝在这一章没有被提及,祂仍在成就祂的计划来拯救以色列。即使当上帝看起来没有在我们的生命中做工时,我们仍可以确信祂良善洪恩的旨意在我们中间得以成就。
主啊,帮助我们好好供养我们的孩子们,提供他们(所需的)教导,特别是在基督信仰方面,并且帮助我们为着你赐给我们的救恩而欢庆。阿们。

Exodus Chapter 2:11-22 God humbles Moses before calling him to lead Israel out of Egypt, letting him feel the sufferings of his people and making Moses realize how totally inadequate he is to save them. This former prince must live as a fugitive in the household of a Midianite priest. Luth: “God is the God of the humble, the miserable, the afflicted, the oppressed, the desperate, and of those who have been brought down to nothing at all” (AE 26:314). God humbles us as He humbled Moses. He does this so that at the proper time He may raise us up in Christ (1Pt 5:6).
Lord, teach me to trust Your guidance even when days are dark. Amen.
出埃及记2:11-22 上帝在呼召摩西带领以色列出埃及之前先使他降卑,让他体验同胞们的苦情,使他明白他在拯救他们的事上是多么的无能为力。这位曾经的王子必须作为一名亡命者居住在一位米甸的祭司家中。路德说:“上帝是谦卑之人,可怜之人,受苦之人,被压迫之人,绝望之人的上帝,也是那些曾经被降卑到一无是处之人的上帝”(路德文集美国版26:314)。上帝降卑我们就像祂降卑摩西一样。祂如此行,为的是在祂适当的时间可以在基督里将我们高举(彼前5:6 所以你们要自卑、服在 神大能的手下、到了时候他必叫你们升高)。
主啊,教导我们信靠你的引领,即使在黑暗的日子里。阿们。

Exodus Chapter 2:23-25 God hears Israel’s cry for deliverance. Sinful humans forget the promises they make, but God never forgets. He does not forget Israel but remembers His covenant with their fathers. In Holy Communion, we remember God’s new covenant in Christ. Holy Communion is God’s promise of forgiveness to us and assures us that He will never forget us.
Rescue us, dearest Jesus, from the slavery of sin, and deliver us to the promised Land. Amen.
出埃及记2:23-25 上帝垂听以色列祈求拯救的哭声。有罪的人会忘记他们做出的应许,但上帝绝不忘记。祂没有忘记以色列,而是纪念祂与他们先祖所立的约。在圣餐礼中,我们纪念上帝在基督里所立的新约。圣餐礼是上帝赐给我们的赦罪应许,并且使我们确信祂永不会忘记我们。
亲爱的耶稣,拯救我们脱离罪的奴役,救拔我们到那应许之地。阿们。

第五周星期六
Exodus Chapter 3 What begins as just another day tending sheep changes dramatically when God confronts Moses at the burning bush on the holy mountain. I AM makes His presence known in fire and word. I AM discloses His special name. I AM sends Moses on what seems to him an impossible mission. Moses has absolutely no hope for success except through God’s Word and promise, which assures him of God’s presence. Luth: “Without God’s Word, we can have no God” (AE 13:386). What was true for Moses is true for us as well. God is present for us and speaks to us in His Word. We have no hope for salvation except through God’s Word and promise.
“Lord, open now my heart to hear, And through Your Word to me draw near” (LSB 908:1). Amen.
出埃及记3章 当上帝在圣山上燃烧的荆棘中直面摩西时,本来只是一个牧放羊群的平常日子就戏剧性地改变了。“我是I AM”显明祂自己于火和话语当中。“我是I AM”启示了祂的特殊名字。“我是I AM”差遣摩西踏上对他来说看起来不可能的使命。除非藉着上帝的话语(道)和应许,摩西就完全没有成功的盼望,而上帝的话语和应许就是上帝与他同在的确据。路德说:“离开上帝的话语,我们就没有上帝”(路德文集美国版13:386)。对摩西来说是真实的东西,于我们来说也是真实的。上帝在祂的道中与我们同在并且向我们说话。我们若不藉着上帝的道和应许,就没有得救的盼望。
“愿主使我听从开启我心,藉你话语向我亲近”(路德崇拜手册908:1)。阿们。

Exodus Chapter 4:1-17 Moses resists the Lord’s call to lead Israel out of Egypt because of his focus on his own shortcoming and the doubts of his people. Moses may not be the best speaker, but that does not matter because he will be speaking God’s Word (v 12). Like Moses, we Christians have been called to speak God’s Word. This is an important assignment because it is through the Word that God “works in people’s hearts true repentance, knowledge of sins, and true faith in God’s Son, Jesus Christ. By this means, and in no other way…, God desires to call people to eternal salvation” (FC SD II 50).
Lord, bless my mouth that I may speak Your Word clearly and with sincerity. Amen.
出埃及记4:1-17 摩西拒绝主耶和华要他带领以色列出埃及的呼召,因为他专注在自己的缺点和他同胞们的不信上。摩西或许不是最好的演说家,但这无关紧要,因为他将要讲说上帝的话语(4:12现在去吧、我必赐你口才、指教你所当说的话)。就像摩西一样,我们基督徒也被呼召讲说上帝的话语。这是一项很重要的任务,因为上帝是藉着圣道在人的心中做工,为要生发真实的悔改,知罪和对上帝儿子耶稣基督的真信心。藉着这个媒介(Means施恩具)而不是别的…,上帝愿意呼召众人到永恒救恩中”(协同信条之共同宣言 二 50)
主耶和华啊,请祝福我的口,好叫我可以清楚真诚地讲说你的话语。阿们。

Exodus Chapter 4: 18-31 Moses returns to Egypt as an act of faith. Confronting Pharaoh with God’s demands and confronting the people whom he fears (4:1) proves a daunting assignment. Yet Moses obeys, and the people believe. Luther calls faith the “skill above all skills. It is the work of the Holy Spirit alone” (AE14:59). There is no other way to explain the faith of Moses and of the people, and there is no other way to explain our faith. By our own reason and strength, we cannot believe in Jesus Christ. But because “the Holy Spirit has called me by the Gospel,” I bow my head and worship (SC, Third Article, p xxxvii).
Lord, hear our prayer and lead us this day, no matter what challenges arise. Amen.
出埃及记4:18-31 摩西返回埃及是一种出于信心的行动。带着上帝的命令来直面法老,并且直面他所惧怕的同胞们(4:1摩西回答说、他们必不信我、也不听我的话、必说、耶和华并没有向你显现)被证明是一项令人畏惧的任务。然而摩西顺从了,并且百姓相信了。路德称信心“是高于所有技艺之上的技艺。这唯独是圣灵的工作”(路德文集美国版14:59)。再没有别的方法可以解释摩西和百姓的信心,也没有别的方法可以解释我们的信心。凭着我们自己的理性和力量,我们不能信靠耶稣基督。但是因为“圣灵藉着福音呼召我,”我就俯伏敬拜(基督信仰小问答,第三部分,37页)。
主耶和华啊,无论出现什么挑战,请听我们的祈祷,并今日引领我们。阿们。

第六周星期一
Exodus Chapter 5 The Lord sends Moses to deliver the people, but Pharaoh only makes their burdens heavier. Why does God wait and put people through such suffering? Luth: “Faith does not despair of the God who sends trouble. Faith does not consider Him angry or an enemy—Faith rises above all this and sees God’s fatherly heart behind His unfriendly exterior” (AE14:59).
Lord, forgive my accusations and inaction in view of Your Word and the obstacles I face. Grant me confidence in Your fatherly heart. Amen.
出埃及记5章 主耶和华打发摩西去拯救祂的百姓,但法老只是使他们的负担更重些。为什么上帝等待着,使祂的百姓经历这类苦难呢?路德说: “信心不会对那位使麻烦临到的上帝感到绝望。信心不会以怒气或敌对的态度看祂—信心超越这一切之上,并且在上帝不友好的外表背后看见祂的慈父心肠”(路德文集美国版14:59)
主啊,赦免我在你的圣道和困难(我所面对的)面前的牢骚和无动于衷。请赐给我对你慈父之心的信靠。阿们。

Exodus Chapter 6:1-13 The Lord reveals the purpose attached to His sacred name: deliverance. Shakespeare’s famous question “What’s in a name?” dismisses the significance of names, but this does not apply to the name Yahweh! God says of His name: “You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain” (Ex 20:7). This name is for worship and teaching and is not to be abused by cursing and lies. This “name has been revealed and given to us so that it may be of constant use and profit” (LC I 63).
Lord, sanctify my heart and tongue that my words may truly honor You and Your holy name. Amen.
出埃及记6:1-13 主耶和华启示了那个附着于祂神圣名字的计划:拯救。莎士比亚的著名问题“一个名字里面有什么?”消除了名字的重要性,但这并不适用于耶和华的名!上帝提及祂的名时说:“不可妄称耶和华你 上帝的名、因为妄称耶和华名的、耶和华必不以他为无罪”(出20:7)。 这个名字是用来敬拜和教导的,不是藉着咒诅和欺骗来滥用的。“这个名字被启示下来且赐给我们为的是它可以经常被使用并带来益处”(大问答 一 63)
主啊,请将我的心和舌头分别为圣,好叫我的言语能够真实地尊荣你和你的圣名。阿们。

Exodus Chapter 6:14-30 As a Levite, Moses has good family connections, but this does not translate into an eager willingness to serve the Lord. He continues to doubt that Pharaoh will ever let Israel go. How different is another Servant of the Lord with good family connections (Mt 1:1-17; Lk 3:23-38)! His attitude is spelled out in Luther’s great hymn “Dear Christians, One and All, Rejoice” (LSB 556, especially st 1, 6). Jesus’ willing obedience frees us from the eternal consequences of our sinful fears, doubts, and stubbornness.
Dear Father in heaven, my heart and voice sing Your wonders. I praise You for Your victory in Christ, who paid our ransom with His life. Amen.
出埃及记6:14-30 作为一个利未人,摩西有好的血脉关系,但这并不会转化为服侍主的迫切愿望。他仍然怀疑法老是否真的会放以色列人走。另一个有着好的血脉关系的耶和华仆人是多么不同啊(太1:1-17;路3:23-38)!祂的态度在路德著名的圣诗“亲爱的基督徒,个个全都应当欢欣”(路德宗崇拜手册556,特别是1,6节)中展现出来。耶稣的甘心顺服将我们从我们有罪的恐惧,疑惑和固执所带来的永恒后果中释放出来。
亲爱的天父,愿我的心和声音歌唱你的奇妙。基督用自己的生命作了我们的赎价,我们为着你在祂里面的胜利而赞美你。阿们。

第六周星期二
Exodus Chapter 7:1-13 According to God’s divine plan of salvation, Moses and Aaron are His “god” and “prophet” who speak His Word before Pharaoh in order to rescue the Israelites from 430 years of bondage. God’s plan continues through His greater prophet, Jesus, who fulfilled all of God’s promises and became the living Word in order to rescue us from an eternity of bondage to sin.
Lord God, heavenly Father, through Your Holy Spirit, You call, gather, and enlighten Your children. Through the same Spirit, give us a right understanding of Your love toward us, we pray, for the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
出埃及记7:1-13 依照上帝拯救的神圣计划,摩西和亚伦成为祂的“神人”和“先知”,并在法老面前讲说上帝的话语,为要叫以色列人脱离430年的奴役。上帝的计划藉着祂的更大先知,耶稣继续向前,耶稣成就了上帝所有的应许并且成为永活的道(became the living Word),为要救拔我们脱离罪的永恒枷锁。
主上帝,天上的父啊,藉着你的圣灵,你呼召,聚集并且光照你的儿女。我们祈求你藉着那同一位灵,因着你儿子耶稣基督,我们主的缘故,使我们能够正确地明白你对我们的爱。阿们。

Exodus Chapter 7:14-25 The Lord strikes at the very heart of Pharaoh’s idolatry by striking the Nile and the resources provided by the river, which are associated with Egyptian gods. He begins to deliver His people from Egypt through water, by which He will later destroy Pharaoh’s army and set Israel apart. Today, praise God, who has likewise delivered you through a water miracle: Holy Baptism.
Dear Father in heaven, guard us from the craftiness of the devil, who would seek to undo us and draw us away from Christ. In a world of idols and self-made “gods,” remind us that Satan has been judged and his weapon of deceit will soon be fully extinguished, through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord. Amen.
出埃及记7:14-25 主耶和华藉着对尼罗河及其提供的资源的破坏来击打法老偶像崇拜的要害,因为这河与埃及的众假神密切相关。上帝开始藉着水来拯救祂的百姓出埃及,藉着水祂后来也摧毁法老的军队并且使以色列分别为圣。今天,你们当赞美上帝,因为祂同样地,藉着一个水的神迹,即圣洗礼来拯救你们。
亲爱的天父,请保护我们远离魔鬼的诡计,因为他所寻求的就是毁坏我们,使我们远离基督。在一个充满偶像和人造“众神”的世界中,请提醒我们,藉着你的儿子,我们的主耶稣基督,撒旦已经被审判,而且他欺骗的武器将很快被完全地灭绝掉。阿们。

第六周星期三
Exodus 8:1-15 This sets a recurring theme of sin, oppression (the plagues), repentance, and deliverance. Magicians, sorcerers, and charlatans can not stop the power of God. As the intensity of temporal punishment increases in terms of social and economic impact, God still remains slow to anger and desires to deliver sinners by His grace.
Lord, when I am weak in faith, strengthen me. When I am cold in love, warm me so that the love Christ first worked in me through His Word and Spirit may go out to my neighbor. Uphold me that I might remain in You even unto life everlasting. Amen.
出埃及记8:1-15 这章定下一个不断重复的主题,就是罪,惩治(灾祸),悔改和拯救。术士,巫师,和走江湖的都不能阻止上帝的权能。尽管现世的惩罚在社会和经济影响程度方面不断地增加,上帝仍然不轻易发怒,并且愿意藉着祂的恩典拯救罪人。
主啊,当我在信心上软弱时,请坚固我。当我在爱上冷淡时,请温暖我,好叫基督起初藉着祂的圣道和圣灵在我里面生发的爱,能够流淌到我的邻舍那里。扶持我,好叫我可以存留在你里面,甚至直到永生里。阿们。

Exodus 8:16-19 The plague of gnats is more intense than the previous plagues, and the magicians concede that there is a God greater than the ones they serve. God’s judgment increases in magnitude as this plague drives Pharaoh and his magicians toward despair. People who trust Christ the Lord are drawn closer to Him in times of tribulation, seeking His forgiveness, comfort, strength, and healing for the sake of His cross and resurrection.
O God, our Father, what would we be if You would forsake us? What would we do if You would withdraw Your hand? How quickly the prudent become simple; the wise become fools. In Christ Jesus, daily increase our faith that we may recognize Your loving hand at work in our lives. Amen.
出埃及记8:16-19 虱灾的强度要比先前的灾祸更严重,术士们承认有一位上帝要超越他们所供奉的“众神”。这灾使得法老和他的术士们趋向绝望,上帝的审判等级也在不断加增。而信靠主基督的人在苦难中变得与祂更亲近,并且寻求祂的饶恕,安慰,力量和医治,这都是因着祂十字架和死里复活的缘故。
噢上帝,我们的父啊,如果你遗弃我们,我们会变成什么呢?如果你收回你的恩手,我们将能做什么呢?审慎之人变得迟钝,智慧之人变得愚昧会是多么的快啊!在基督耶稣里,请每日增加我们的信心,好叫我们可以认识你在我们生命中做工的慈爱恩手。阿们。

Exodus 8:20-32 The Lord distinguishes between Egypt and Israel by protecting His people in Goshen from the plagues. Pharaoh wants the Israelites to sacrifice and worship according to his expectations, but Moses could never allow this. The means and character of worship must be subject to God’s Word rather than the will of any government or mob. The Lord distinguishes us by His grace and redemption.
O dreadful and severe Judge, wonderful and mysterious are Your judgments. You are so jealous for Your people’s pure praise, sanctified by the blood of Your beloved Son. Keep us in the one true faith. Amen.
出埃及记8:20-32 主耶和华藉着保护祂在歌珊地的子民免受灾害,使得埃及和以色列人分别开来。法老想让以色列人根据他的愿望去献祭和敬拜,但摩西绝不会妥协。敬拜的方法和性质必须顺从上帝的道,而不是任何政府或暴民的意志。主耶和华藉着祂的恩典和救赎来分别我们为圣。
噢,令人恐惧战兢而又严厉的审判者啊,你的判断何等奇妙和不可测度。你爱慕你百姓的纯洁赞美,就是因着你爱子的宝血所分别为圣了的(赞美)。请保守我们在这独一真信仰里。阿们。

Exodus 9:1-7 Despite the number of times Pharaoh goes through the cycle of sin, oppression, regret, and deliverance, God will not be mocked.God deals another detrimental blow to the Egyptian religious and economic systems. By God’s grace, Israel is delivered from temporal judgment and destruction. The Lamb of God delivers us from sin, death, and the devil through His atoning blood.
Heavenly Father, many smile when Your precious Word of Law and Gospel is condemned. Many hear of redeeming grace in Your Son, Jesus Christ, and rail against Him in though, word, and deed. Protect us as we bear witness to all who are hardened to Your Word. Amen.
出埃及记9:1-7 虽然法老多次经历了罪,惩治,后悔和拯救的循环,上帝是轻慢不得的。上帝又给予埃及宗教和经济系统一次摧毁性的打击。藉着上帝的恩典,以色列得以免受现世的审判和毁灭。上帝的羔羊藉着祂赎罪的宝血拯救我们脱离了罪,死亡和魔鬼。
天父啊,当你律法和福音的宝贵话语被玷污时,许多人在嘲笑。许多人听了你儿子耶稣基督的救赎恩典,却以思想,言语和行动抱怨抵挡祂。当我们向所有那些以硬心回应你圣道的人作见证时,请护卫我们。阿们。

Exodus 9:8-12 The magicians collapse under the Lord’s chastisement; both people and animals are smitten by painful skin abscesses. The Lord again distinguishes His people in this plague by sparing the Israelites and their animals. The blessings God gives us should extend beyond us to bless even our animals! If the Lord shows such mercy to sheep, how much more shall He show mercy toward you? His Gospel rescues us from sin, death, and the devil.
Dear Father in heaven, You saved me by grace through faith in Christ, Your Son. As long as this corrupt nature clings to me like a dead corpse, teach me to say, “Forgive me, for I am a wretched sinner worthy of punishment.” Free me, O Lord, for I am helpless without You. Amen.
出埃及记9:8-12 术士们在主耶和华的惩治之下崩溃掉了;人和牲畜都遭受了疮灾之痛的击打。主耶和华再一次藉着赦免以色列人和他们的牲畜在这个灾害中将祂的百姓分别为圣。上帝赐给我们的祝福甚至超越我们之外,临到我们的牲畜身上!如果主耶和华向羊群展现这种怜悯,祂向你们显明的怜悯将会多么更加丰盛呢?祂的福音救拔我们脱离了罪,死亡和魔鬼。
亲爱的天父,你藉着因信你的儿子基督而来的恩典拯救了我。只要这会朽坏的肉体像一具死尸一样附着于我,请指教我祈求说, “赦免我,因为我是一个该受惩罚的败坏罪人。”释放我,噢主啊,因为离了你我就无依无靠。阿们。

Exodus 9:13-35 Pharaoh mocks God with false repentance, but the Lord is unmoved. Sinners cannot bargain with God by conceding some of their sins or by amending behaviors. God sees through it all. Like the thief on the cross, we do not appeal to mockery but instead call on God’s mercy. Jesus is always ready to forgive.
O Lord Christ, I am the worst evil; You are the highest good. But You took my sin and gave me Your righteousness. I am led to this confession through Your Law and Gospel promises. O faithful God, my merciful redeemer, grant that I trust in You alone. Amen.
出埃及记9:13-35 法老藉着虚假的悔改戏弄上帝,但主耶和华并不为之所动。罪人不能藉着承认他们的一些罪或修正行为来与上帝讨价还价。上帝看透万事。就像那位十字架上的强盗一样,我们不应当诉诸于嘲笑,而是呼求上帝的怜悯。耶稣总是预备好了,要来赦免。
噢主基督啊,我是邪恶至极;而你是至善至美。但你除去我的罪并将你的公义赐给了我。藉着你的律法和福音的应许,我被引至这信仰告白中。噢信实的上帝,我满有怜悯的救赎主啊,愿我唯独信靠你。阿们。

第六周星期四
Exodus 10:1-20 Pharaoh seeks compromise and even forgiveness, but his pride still refuses to bend to the will of God. Sinners of the worst description are to be admonished by the Law, even if there is little hope of amendment. God strengthened Moses’ faith by saying the hardening of Pharaoh was according to His divine will so that the signs would confirm to Israel and all successive generations that the Lord is God (cf 7:3-5). Pharaoh’s confession was only a pious platitude, but for us the gift of confession is beautiful—the Holy Spirit moves us to agree with God that we sin and deserve punishment, and for the sake of Christ, we receive the gift of absolution.
My God and my Lord, I know that when I confess my sins to You, You are faithful and just and will cleanse me from all my unrighteousness for the sake of Your Son, my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.
出埃及记10:1-20 法老寻求折中的方法,甚至(寻求)饶恕,但他的傲慢仍然拒绝向上帝的意志屈服。最恶劣的罪人也需要藉着律法被劝勉,即使改正的希望比较渺茫。上帝藉着宣告法老的刚硬是出于祂神圣的旨意来坚固摩西的信心,好叫这些迹象可以给以色列人和所有将来的后裔做证:主耶和华是上帝(参 7:3-5我要使法老的心刚硬、也要在埃及地多行神迹奇事。但法老必不听你们、我要伸手重重地刑罚埃及、将我的军队以色列民从埃及地领出来。我伸手攻击埃及、将以色列人从他们中间领出来的时候、埃及人就要知道我是耶和华)。法老的告白仅仅是一种虚假的陈词滥调,但对我们来说信仰告白的礼物是美丽的—圣灵感动我们信上帝所说的,即我们犯了罪并且配受刑罚,而因着基督的缘故,我们领受赦罪的礼物。
我的上帝,我的主啊,我知道当我向你承认我的罪时,你是信实和公义的,并且定会因着你儿子,我的救赎主耶稣基督的缘故,洗净我一切的不义。阿们。

Exodus 10:21-29 The plague of darkness removes any ability to move freely, as was possible with the first several plagues. Sinners mock God’s Word and in so doing deceive themselves. The Egyptians would soon be exposed to the destroyer and the death of the firstborn as a testimony that the Lord is patient and slow to anger, but at the proper time, judgment will come. Thanks be to God that by the vicarious sacrifice of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we are His children through Holy Baptism, forgiven, cleansed, and protected from the final judgment.
O Lord, do not look upon me with condemnation. But look at the righteous face of Your dear Son, Jesus Christ, my Mediator, High Priest, and Savior. O Father, be gracious and merciful for His sake. Amen.
出埃及记10:21-29 埃及人在前几次灾中还可能自由移动,但黑暗之灾临到时,他们就失去了任何的行动自由。罪人嘲笑上帝的道,如此行时就蒙蔽了他们自己。埃及人将会很快面对那灭命者,还有长子的死亡,来见证主耶和华满有忍耐,不轻易发怒,但审判在合适的时间必要降临。感谢上帝,靠赖我们救赎主耶稣基督的替代性赎罪,我们藉着圣洗礼成为祂的儿女,罪被赦免,被洁净,并且免受最终的审判。
噢主啊,不要以定罪审视我。而是定睛在你亲爱的儿子耶稣基督,我的中保,大祭司和救赎主的公义脸庞上。噢父啊,为着祂的缘故,赐下恩慈和怜悯。阿们。

第六周星期五
Exodus 11 God’s final judgment is about to come upon Pharaoh and Egypt. The hardened king will see that God’s patience has come to an end and His wrath is imminent. The 10th plague will bring judgment upon sin and its wages (Rm 6:23). In our stead, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, took upon Himself the full punishment for all our sin so that we will not die an eternal death.
Dear Father, I commend my spirit into Your merciful hands. Receive my prayer because of the blood, sufferings, and death of Your only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior. Amen.
出埃及记11 上帝的最后审判将要临到法老和埃及。心地刚硬的国王将会看见上帝的忍耐已经到了尽头,并且祂的烈怒近在咫尺。第十灾将会给罪和它的工价带来审判(罗6:23 因为罪的工价乃是死.惟有 神的恩赐、在我们的主基督耶稣里、乃是永生)。我们的救赎主耶稣基督,代替我们的位置,将我们所有的罪本该受的全部刑罚背负在自己身上,好叫我们脱离永恒的死亡。
亲爱的父啊,我将我的灵交在你恩慈的手中。因着你独生子耶稣基督,我的救赎主的宝血,受苦和死亡,请听我的祈祷。阿们。

Exodus 12:1-28 Passover marks a new era for the people of Israel and foreshadows the new, spiritual Israel in Christ, the perfect Lamb who takes away the sin of the world (1Co 5:7; Heb 7:27).
O Lord, I am in need of a Shepherd to seek and save me, for I am a straying sheep. You are the Good Shepherd, who seeks and saves the lost. Save me, O Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world. Amen.
出埃及记12:1-28 逾越节对以色列民来说意味着一个新的开篇,并且预示了在基督里崭新和属灵的以色列,基督那完美的圣羔羊除去了世人的罪孽(林前5:7你们既是无酵的面、应当把旧酵除净、好使你们成为新团.因为我们逾越节的羔羊基督、已经被杀献祭了;希7:27他不像那些大祭司、每日必须先为自己的罪、后为百姓的罪献祭、因为他只一次将自己献上、就把这事成全了)。
噢主啊,我需要一位大牧人来寻找拯救我,因为我是一个迷途的羊。你就是那好牧人,寻找和拯救那失丧了的。噢上帝的圣羔羊,除去世人罪孽的啊,请拯救我。阿们。

Exodus 12:29-32 The final plague takes place at midnight, as all Egypt lies in deep sleep; every firstborn son dies. Pharaoh comprehends that this plague is certainly God’s punishment. The exodus has begun; salvation has arrived by God’s grace. Today the Lord desires our freedom from oppression, especially the oppression of sin, which is why He sent His only-begotten Son.
O Father, grant that we may be your heavenly children. Teach us to be mindful of our souls and our heavenly heritage so that our earthly pilgrimage and inheritance may not deceive, limit, or hinder us. Amen.
出埃及记12:29-32 最后一灾发生在半夜,就是在所有埃及人都沉睡的时候;每个长子都死了。法老明白这灾一定是上帝的惩罚。出埃及就此开始;救恩藉着上帝的恩典来临了。今天主耶和华愿意我们从压迫中得释放,特别是从罪的压迫中,这也是为什么祂差遣祂的独生儿子。
噢父啊,请收纳我们成为你属天的儿女。教导我们留心我们的灵魂和我们属天的产业,好使我们在地上的旅途和产业不会欺骗,限制或拦阻我们。阿们。

Exodus 12:33-42 After 430 years in Egypt, most of them spent in slavery, Israel begins its exodus into religious freedom, which centers on freedom to worship and sacrifice to the one true God. The troubles of Israel’s departure from Egypt are merely the introduction to a new life of liberty, which comes with burdens and responsibilities. God Almighty preserves His people from the destroyer and brings Israel out of the land of bondage by grace alone. Teach about this salvation to your children. Also explain our exodus from sin and death granted through our Lord Jesus.
O Father and God of all comfort, through Your holy Word, grant us a firm faith that delivers us from sin, death, and the devil. By Your gift of faith, may we overcome every trial and realize what Your Son Himself says is true: “Take heart; I have overcome the world” (Jn 16:33). Amen.
出埃及记12:33-42 在埃及几乎全部被奴役的430年里,以色列开始出离埃及,获得宗教自由,主要在对独一真上帝敬拜和献祭的自由上。以色列人出离埃及所遭遇的麻烦仅仅是一个自由新生命的序言,因为伴随这新生而来的也有负担和责任。全能的上帝保守祂的子民脱离那毁坏者,并且唯独因着恩典上帝带领以色列人走出为奴之地。请将这救恩教导给你们的儿女。也要向他们讲明我们的出埃及记,就是藉着我们主耶稣所赐给我们,使我们脱离罪和死亡的出埃及记。
噢,满有安慰的天父上帝,藉着你的圣道,请赐给我们一个拯救我们脱离罪,死亡和魔鬼的坚固信心。靠着你所赐的信心礼物,愿我们能够胜过每一次试炼,并且明白你儿子祂自己所说的就是真理:“你们可以放心、我已经胜了世界”(约16:33)。阿们。

Exodus 12:43-51 The Lord gives supplementary regulations concerning the Passover due to the fact that Egyptians and likely other persons (v 38) have joined themselves to the Israelites. As the Lord brought His people out of the prison of Egypt by His grace, so our Lord Christ, through His crucifixion in our stead, sets people of all nations free from the prison of sin, death, and the devil.
Christ, my Savior, You atoned for all of my sins with Your precious blood. In the Sacrament, You give me Your true body and blood for the forgiveness of sin. May I abide in this new freedom and the blessings of Your precious blood until I reach the promised land. Amen.
出埃及记12:43-51 主耶和华又吩咐额外的逾越节条例,因为埃及人,可能还有其他一些人(38节)也加入了以色列人。正如主耶和华出于祂的恩典将祂的百姓带出埃及的枷锁一样,我们的主基督,也照样藉着祂代替我们钉死十字架,使万民从罪,死亡和魔鬼的枷锁中得释放。
基督,我的救赎主啊,你用你的宝血为我所有的罪付了赎价。在圣餐礼中,你将你的真身体和血赐给我,好叫我罪得赦免。愿你使我等候在你宝血所带来的这新自由和祝福中,直到我抵达那应许之地。阿们。

第六周星期六
Exodus 13:1-2 The firstborn of Israel belongs to the Lord. As our Creator and Savior, Jesus claims each of us as His own. This claim presents a formidable challenge. I means that we must yield our lives to Jesus, consecrating ourselves as living sacrifices to Him (Rm 12:1-2). We are not up to the task, but Jesus consecrates us by His precious sacrifice on the cross, which gives us amazing benefits: adopting into His family (Rm 8:15), opportunities to make a genuine difference in this world (Eph 2:10), and the grand expectation of eternity with Him (Php 3:20-21).
I praise You for Your salvation, O Lord, because You chose and consecrated me as Your own. Thank You for Your infinite grace and mercy. Amen.
出埃及记13:1-2 以色列人的长子都要归给主耶和华。耶稣作为我们的创造者和拯救者,将我们其中的每一个归属为祂自己的。这归属也给出一个强大的挑战。我的意思是说我们必须将我们的生命交托给耶稣,将我们自己分别为圣作为活祭献给祂(罗12:1-2所以弟兄们、我以 神的慈悲劝你们、将身体献上、当作活祭、是圣洁的、是 神所喜悦的.你们如此事奉、乃是理所当然的。不要效法这个世界.只要心意更新而变化、叫你们察验何为 神的善良、纯全可喜悦的旨意)。 我们没有能力做到这个,但耶稣藉着祂在十字架上的宝贵献祭将我们分别为圣,而这祭物也给了我们惊奇的益处:被收养在祂的家中(罗8:15 你们所受的不是奴仆的心、仍旧害怕.所受的乃是儿子的心、因此我们呼叫阿爸、父),有机会在这个世界中产生真实的影响(弗2:10 我们原是他的工作、在基督耶稣里造成的、为要叫我们行善、就是 神所预备叫我们行的),和与祂永远同在的盛大期盼(腓3:20-21 我们却是天上的国民.并且等候救主、就是主耶稣基督、从天上降临。他要按着那能叫万有归服自己的大能、将我们这卑贱的身体改变形状、和他自己荣耀的身体相似)。
噢主耶和华啊,我为着你的救恩赞美你,因为你拣选了我并将我分别为圣归属你自己。因为你的无限恩典和怜悯,我要感谢你。阿们。

Exodus 13:3-16 The Lord sets Israel apart by instituting observances that help them remember their freedom won in the exodus. Today, God gives us a new start and calls us into a life that is pure and set apart for Him. But we are unfit to come into God’s presence unless someone provides a way. Jesus offered Himself as the perfect, “once for all” sacrifice (Heb 10:10). He purifies us from our sin and consecrates us so that God can call us His own.
Lord, let me grasp the magnitude of what You have done for me so that I may praise and thank You for giving me a new start! Amen.
出埃及记13:3-16 主耶和华设立典章来帮助他们纪念在出埃及时所获得的自由,并藉此将以色列分别开来。今天,上帝赐给我们一个新的开始,并且呼召我们进入一个纯洁并且被分别为圣归给祂的生命。但是我们不配进入上帝的同在中,除非有人能开一条路。耶稣将祂自己献上,作为那完美,“一次彻底”的赎罪祭(希10:10 我们凭这旨意、靠耶稣基督只一次献上他的身体、就得以成圣)。祂洁净我们脱离我们的罪,并且将我们分别为圣献给上帝,好叫上帝能够称呼我们为祂自己的。
主啊,让我得着你已经为我所做之事的丰盛,好叫我为着你赐给我的新开始而赞美感谢你!阿们。

Exodus 13:17-22 The Lord leads Israel out of Egypt 430 years after they entered it because of Joseph. Joseph had expected God to “visit” His people (Gn 50:25), but he might have been surprised and pleased to learn that God does not cut the visit short. The Lord has become Israel’s traveling companion and guide. God meets Israel where they are, shows them the way, and brings them along by His grace. Similarly, He knows that we are not able to come into His presence on our own; in fact, we sometimes go the other direction altogether! He knows our situation, meets us where we are, and walks with us by day and night to bring us into His kingdom.
Lord, thank You for coming to us in Christ and for not leaving us to fend for ourselves. Amen.
出埃及记13:17-22 以色列人因着约瑟的缘故进入埃及,430年之后主耶和华带领以色列出埃及。约瑟曾经就期待上帝来“眷顾/造访visit”祂的百姓(创50:25 约瑟叫以色列的子孙起誓、说、 神必定看顾你们、你们要把我的骸骨从这里搬上去),如果约瑟知道上帝并不缩短祂的眷顾,他可能会很吃惊并且为之欣慰。主耶和华已经成为以色列的旅途伴侣和向导。上帝在以色列所在的地方造访他们,为他们指明道路,并且因着祂的恩典带领他们前行。同样地,祂也知道我们不能靠着自己来到祂面前;事实上,我们有时会完全背道而驰!祂知道我们的光景,在我们所在的地方寻见我们,并且日夜与我们同行,带领我们进入祂的国度里。
主耶和华啊,感谢你在基督里来寻找我们,感谢你没有撇下我们让我们自谋出路。阿们。

第七周星期一
Exodus 14 God miraculously brings Israel through the waters, but this is more than simply passing a geographic barrier. When Israel crosses through the sea, they leave behind slavery and a future of death in Egypt for freedom and a future of life with God. Israel is powerless to make this drastic change on its own, but God intervenes to provide the way. We need this kind of drastic change in our own life or we are doomed to slavery in sin and death. God has intervened for us in Baptism (1Co 10:1-2),saving us from our old slavery in sin and bringing us into the new freedom of the Gospel.
“The Lord is my strength and my song, and He has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise Him, my father’s God, and I will exalt Him. The LORD is a man of war, the LORD is His name” (15:2-3). Amen.
出埃及记14 上帝奇迹般地带领以色列走过海水,但这不仅仅是简单地越过一个地理上的障碍。当以色列走过那海时,他们甩掉了奴役,得了自由;甩掉了在埃及的死亡未来,得了与上帝同在的生命未来。以色列靠它自己是毫无能力做出这巨大转变的,但上帝介入并开了那条路。我们在我们自己的生命中需要这种巨大的转变,不然我们注定要在罪和死亡中受奴役了。上帝在圣洗礼中为我们采取行动(林前10:1-2 弟兄们、我不愿意你们不晓得、我们的祖宗从前都在云下、都从海中经过.都在云里海里受洗归了摩西),拯救我们脱离我们曾经在罪中的奴役,并且带领我们走进福音的新自由。
“耶和华是我的力量、我的诗歌、也成了我的拯救.这是我的 神、我要赞美他、是我父亲的 神、我要尊崇他。耶和华是战士、他的名是耶和华”(出15:2-3)。阿们。

第七周星期二
Exodus 15:1-21 Moses praises the Lord for victory and anticipates future victories. The Israelites are just beginning to understand how badly they have needed God’s rescue from Egypt and to see the life with God into which He is bringing them. In the light of God’s Law, we begin to see how badly we need God’s rescue. And in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we can begin to see the humbling extravagance of God’s grace.
“Who is like You, O LORD, among the gods? Who is like You, majestic in holiness, awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders? You stretched out Your right hand; the earth swallowed them. You have led in Your steadfast love the people whom You have redeemed; You have guided them by Your strength to Your holy abode” (15:11-13). Amen.
出埃及记15:1-21 摩西为着得胜赞美主耶和华,并且预见将来的胜利。以色列人刚刚开始明白他们是多么需要上帝拯救他们脱离埃及啊,也开始看见上帝带领他们所要进入,且与祂同在的生命。在上帝的律法光照下,我们开始看见我们是多么需要上帝的拯救啊。在耶稣基督的福音中,我们开始看见上帝恩典的谦卑丰盛。
“耶和华阿、众神之中谁能像你、谁能像你至圣至荣、可颂可畏、施行奇事。你伸出右手、地便吞灭他们.你凭慈爱、领了你所赎的百姓.你凭能力、引他们到了你的圣所”(15:11-13)。阿们。

Exodus 15:22-27 The Lord patiently supplies Israel with drinking water. Without water, there is no life. We need water to refresh our body; without it, we die. And if we go without spiritual refreshment, we will die eternally. However, God meets this spiritual need for us just as certainly as He slaked Israel’s thirst at Marah.
Jesus Christ, Living Water, Refresh us in this wilderness so that we may pass the test and prove You faithful by our faithful obedience. Amen.
出埃及记15:22-27 主耶和华满有忍耐地供应以色列需要喝的水。没有水,就没有生命。我们需要水来更新我们的身体;没有水,我们就会死掉。同时,如果我们没了属灵的更新,我们将会永恒地死去。然而,上帝供应我们属灵的饥渴,就像祂在玛拉解了以色列的渴一样,确定无疑。
耶稣基督,永活的水,请在这旷野中更新苏醒我们,好叫我们能够通过这试验,并且藉着我们的忠心顺服显明你的信实。阿们。

第七周星期三
Exodus 16 God meets Israel’s need for food with bread from heaven. However, when the Israelites ignore God’s simple rules for its collection and consumption, they provoke an exasperated rebuke from God (vv 28-29). Israel does not understand at the time, but God is blessing them through this experience, training them in the rhythms of work and Sabbath rest. These rhythms still apply for us today because we require both physical rest and rest from our sins through the righteous labors of Jesus.
Lord, lead us in productive labor and healing rest, even as You labored to grant us rest by Your cross and resurrection. Amen.
出埃及记16 上帝从天上降下粮食来满足以色列对食物的需要。然而,当以色列人无视上帝对食物收集和享用(所规范)的简单条例时,他们就激起上帝怒中的责备(28-29节:耶和华对摩西说、你们不肯守我的诫命和律法、要到几时呢。你们看、耶和华既将安息日赐给你们、所以第六天他赐给你们两天的食物、第七天各人要住在自己的地方、不许甚么人出去)。以色列人那个时候并不理解,但上帝透过这个经历是在祝福他们,在劳作和安息日休息的节律中训练他们。这些节律在今天仍然适用于我们,因为我们不但需要身体上的休息,也需要藉着耶稣的公义之举脱离我们的罪并得安息。
主啊,请在富有成效的劳作和满有医治能力的安息中引导我们,甚至就像你藉着你的十字架和死里复活作工,并赐给我们安息一样。阿们。

Exodus 17:1-7 When Israel runs out of water, they grumble instead of turning to God, their Rock, for help. God in His graciousness does not deal with them according to their folly but furnishes the water they desperately need. He was stricken Himself for what they deserve. Christ Jesus is the Rock of Israel and our Rock of salvation.
O Lord, our Rock, grant us the insight of faith, and give us the stability, refuge, and living water that we need. Amen.
出埃及记17:1-7 当以色列人没了水时,他们埋怨而不是投向上帝,他们的磐石,寻求帮助。上帝在祂的恩典中并没有依照他们的愚昧对待他们,而是提供了他们极其缺乏的水。祂为了他们应得的,自己受击打。基督耶稣是以色列的磐石,也是我们救赎的磐石。
噢主,我们的磐石啊,请赐给我们信心的亮光,赐给我们所需的稳健,庇护和永活的水。阿们。

Exodus 17:8-16 Israel learns firsthand as they fight enemies such as Amalek that success depends on the Lord. Without the Lord’s direction and strength, they will lose. Victory comes by God’s intervention.
Heavenly Father, fight for us as we look to You in times of difficulty. Strengthen and protect us as we face challenges and enemies. Amen.
出埃及记 17:8-16 以色列在与敌人,比如亚玛力人争战时就开始明白得胜在乎主耶和华。离了主的引导和力量,他们就会失败。胜利从上帝的介入而来。
天父啊,当我们在困境中仰望你时,请为我们争战。当我们面对挑战和仇敌时,请坚固并护卫我们。阿们。

第七周星期四
Exodus 18 Moses serves as chief mediator between God and the Israelites, and God uses Moses and his subordinates to teach the people about Himself through His Law. God also uses Moses to provide access to Him, since the people come to Moses to seek God’s will. This role of Moses foreshadowed Jesus, our mediator with the Father. God has revealed Himself in Jesus for all to see, and through Jesus we may approach God as one of His own children.
Jesus Christ, our mediator, judge and guide us so we may be Your faithful servants who minister in Your name. Amen.
出埃及记18 摩西在上帝和以色列人之间作为首要中间人(mediator)来服侍,上帝使用摩西和他的助手们藉着祂的律法教导百姓关于祂自己的事。上帝也使用摩西提供一条接近祂的路,因为百姓来到摩西面前寻求上帝的旨意。摩西的这个角色预表了耶稣,耶稣就是我们与天父之间的中保(Mediator)。上帝在耶稣里面显明祂自己给所有世人看,并且藉着耶稣我们可以作为祂自己的儿女接近上帝。
耶稣基督,我们的中保啊,请查验我们,引导我们,好叫我们可以成为奉你名服事的忠心仆人。阿们。

第七周星期五
Exodus 19 God’s people, rescued from slavery in Egypt by His grace, go to Mount Sinai, where God establishes His covenant with them. Sinfulness prevents the people from approaching God personally. Yet God graciously appoints an intermediary, Moses, through whom He makes His covenant with His people. Thanks be to God, we can approach Him with confidence through our mediator, Jesus.
O Lord, deliver and consecrate us this day in the renewal of our Baptism, that we may lead lives that honor You. Amen.
出埃及记19 上帝的百姓,因着祂的恩典从在埃及受奴役中获得拯救,到了西奈山,就是上帝与他们立下祂圣约的地方。罪性拦阻百姓靠自己亲近上帝。然而上帝满有恩典地设立一个中间人,就是摩西,上帝藉着摩西与祂的百姓立下祂的圣约。感谢上帝,我们可以藉着我们的中保(mediator中保)耶稣凭着信心亲近祂。
噢主啊,请今日在我们圣洗礼的更新中拯救我们,并洁净我们,好叫我们可以过一个尊荣你的生活。阿们。

Exodus 20:1-21 God reminds His people that He graciously rescued them in the exodus, impresses them with His majesty and presence, and establishes a covenant with them to guide their service as a “kingdom of priests.” Human sin means that the Law, a reflection of God’s own righteousness, always condemns us. Therefore, the Lord comforts His people by reminding them first of His mercy toward them. He made them His people, a blessing He extends also to us (1Pt 2:9-10).
“You have this Law to see therein That you have not been free from sin But also that you clearly see How pure toward God life should be. Have mercy, Lord!” Amen. (LSB 581:11)
出埃及记20:1-21 上帝提醒祂的百姓祂曾满有恩典地拯救他们走出埃及,用祂的威荣和临在使他们敬畏,并且与他们立下一个约,以此引导他们作为一个“祭司国度”的服事。人的罪意味着,那反映上帝自己公义的律法,总是在谴责我们。因此,上帝藉着提醒他们首先要记得祂对他们的怜悯,来安慰祂的百姓。祂使他们成为自己的百姓,祂也将这个祝福延伸到我们这里(彼前2:9-10惟有你们是被拣选的族类、是有君尊的祭司、是圣洁的国度、是属 神的子民、要叫你们宣扬那召你们出黑暗入奇妙光明者的美德。你们从前算不得子民、现在却作了 神的子民.从前未曾蒙怜恤、现在却蒙了怜恤)。
“因这律法你们看见,脱离罪恶仍未实现;但朝见上帝,生命须何等纯全,主啊,愿你赐下怜悯恩典!”阿们。(路德宗崇拜手册581:11)

Exodus 20:22-26 Ch 20 marks the beginning of the Book of the Covenant (20:22-23:19), in which the Ten Commandments are explained and applied. Humans constantly run the risk of idolatry, making something or someone else “god” in their lives (cf Dt 4:15-20). Here God regulates worship, helping His people to receive His Word and to trust Him for salvation. To worship the God of the First Commandment is to worship the triune God, the Holy Trinity.
“The Lord, my God, be praised, My light, my life from heaven; My maker, who to me Has soul and body given; My Father, who will shield And keep me day by day And make each moment yield New blessings on my way.” Amen. (LSB 794:1)
出埃及记20:22-26 第20章是约书的开篇(20:22-23:19),十条诫命也在其中得到解释和应用。人总是会落入偶像崇拜的危机中,使某事或某人成为他们生命中的“神”(参 申4:15-20)。上帝在这里规范了敬拜,帮助祂的百姓领受祂的话语并且在得救的事上信靠祂。敬拜第一诫命的上帝就是敬拜三而一上帝,即圣三位一体。
“我主上帝当受称颂,从天而来我的光,我的生命;造我,赐我身体灵性;日日护佑,是我天父,使那光阴在旅途,盛产新祝福。”阿们。(路德宗崇拜手册794:1)

第七周星期六
Exodus 21:1-32 Through Moses, God gives a variety of “guiding decisions,” precedent setting legislation that would guide Israel’s courts throughout the coming generations. Slavery (vv 1-11) and homicide (vv 12-36) occupy the first two parts of this guide. Because we, God’s people, continue to sin, even though we are justified by faith, we need God’s Law as a guide in life. God’s Law shows that He values all people, including slaves, women, and children (cf Gal 3:26-29). All people are sinners, and our gracious Lord makes His forgiveness available to all.
“My gracious Master and my God, Assist me to proclaim, To spread through all the earth abroad, The honors of Thy name. He breaks the power of canceled sin; He sets the prisoner free. His blood can make the foulest clean; His blood avails for me.” Amen. (LSB 528:2,4)
出埃及记21:1-32 透过摩西,上帝赐下各样的“指导性决策,”就是设立司法判决先例,为了能够以此在后来的世代中指引以色列的法庭。奴隶(1-11节)和杀人(12-36节)是这法规的前两个部分。因为我们作为上帝的百姓仍会继续犯罪,所以既使我们已经因信称义,我们仍需要上帝的律法引导我们的生活。上帝的律法显明祂看重所有的人,包括奴隶,女人和儿童(参 加3:26-29)。世人都犯了罪,我们满有恩典的主将祂的赦罪之恩赐给所有的人。
“满有洪恩我主上帝,助我宣扬,你名的尊荣,到外邦全地。罪的权势祂已破;罪的囚徒祂已赦。污秽之徒祂宝血洁净;祂的宝血供我用。”阿们。(路德宗崇拜手册528:2,4)

Exodus 21:33-22:15 Sinful human nature always seeks its own welfare, even at the expense of others. God graciously regulates society for the benefit of all His people. We will never experience an all-peaceful “haven on earth,” but God’s mercy and the forgiveness of sins allow us to enjoy His peace and blessings now.
“Give me Thy courage, Lord, to speak Whenever strong oppress the weak. Should I myself the victim be, Help me forgive, remembering Thee.” Amen. (LSB 844:4)
出埃及记21:33-22:15 被罪玷污的人性总是在寻找它自己的福祉,甚至需要以他人为代价。上帝满有恩典地规范社会,为叫祂所有的百姓得益处。我们将永远不能经验到一个完全和平的“地上避风港,”但上帝的怜悯和赦罪之恩使我们可以今日享受祂所赐的平安和祝福。
“主啊,将你的勇气赐予我,每当强者要压迫,我可以为弱者讲说。若我自己成为受害者,让我忆起你的名,在饶恕的事上帮助我。”阿们。(路德宗崇拜手册844:4)

Exodus 22:16-23:9 The Lord regulates human relations with sensitivity toward the poor and powerless, yet also with high regard for impartial justice. God protects the poor and vulnerable by building compassion and respect for justice into Israel’s social laws. His two ways of Law and Gospel manifest themselves constantly for our good.
“To those who help in Christ have found And would in works of love abound It shows what deeds are His delight And should be done as good and right.” Amen. (LSB 579:3)
出埃及记22:16-23:9 主耶和华体恤贫穷软弱的人并以此规范人与人之间的关系,然而祂也同时看重不偏待人的公正审判。上帝藉着将怜悯和对公正的重视植入到以色列的司法体系中,来保护贫穷的和软弱的。祂律法和福音的两种作工方式为了我们的益处一直在呈现着。
“有谁在基督里已得帮助,他就在爱的善工中更加丰富;这显明行的什么是祂喜悦的,也是良善正直应当被行的。”阿们。(路德宗崇拜手册579:3)

第八周星期一
Exodus 23:10-19 The Lord connects the Sabbath with regulations on rest (cf Ex 20:8-11) and worship (cf Dt 5:12-15). Rest refreshes the body, worship refreshes the soul. By nature, greed impels us to work all the time in an effort to accumulate wealth, exhausting both the body and soul for mere possessions. God generously provides all we need in six days of labor and calls us to trust Him enough to take time off for rest and worship, for He is our dearest treasure.
“Hence, all earthly treasure! Jesus is my pleasure, Jesus is my choice. Hence, all empty glory! Naught to me thy story told with tempting voice. Pain or loss, Or shame or cross, Shall not from my Savior move me Since He designs to love me.” Amen. (LSB 743:4)
出埃及记23:10-19 主耶和华将安息日与安息的条例(参出20:8-11)和敬拜(参申5:12-15)联系起来。安息更新我们的身体,敬拜苏醒我们的灵魂。按照本性,贪婪驱使我们为了积累财富不停地做工,耗尽身体和灵魂只为拥有更多。上帝满有恩惠地在六日劳作中供应我们一切的所需,并且呼召我们信靠祂以至能够腾出时间安息和敬拜,因为祂才是我们的至宝。
“今后,所有地上的财富啊!耶稣是我至美,耶稣是我喜乐。从此,所有虚空的荣耀啊!勾引人的声音所传讲的故事对我算不了什么。失丧或痛苦,十字架或羞辱,都不能使我远离我的救赎主,因为祂定了意要爱我。”阿们。(路德宗崇拜手册743:4)

Exodus 23:20-33 God promises to drive out Israel’s enemies ahead of them if they remain faithful to Him and to the covenant given them through Moses. Because the Israelites fail to do as God commands, they fall victim to the false gods of the Canaanites. Despite Israel’s failure to keep God’s command, God preserves a remnant of Israel from which is born Jesus, Savior of all nations.
“God loved the world so that He gave His only Son the lost to save, That all who would in Him believe Should everlasting life receive.” Amen. (LSB 571:1)
出埃及记23:20-33 上帝应许,如果他们忠于祂和祂藉着摩西赐给他们的约,祂就在他们前面将以色列的敌人驱散。因为以色列没有能按照上帝所吩咐的去行,他们就沦为迦南人假神的俘虏。尽管以色列在遵守上帝的命令上失败了,上帝仍然为以色列保存了余民,并且耶稣,万民的救主从其中生出。
“上帝爱世人,所以祂赐给失丧之人祂的独生子将拯救施行,好叫所有信祂名的,得享永恒生命。”阿们。(路德宗崇拜手册571:1)

Exodus 24 Moses ascends Mount Sinai to receive the terms of the covenant God makes with His people, concluding the Book of the Covenant begun in ch 20. Sin creates an impassible barrier between God and people. By the blood of the covenant, the Lord anticipates the forgiveness of sins in Jesus, who would become “sin” for us in order to redeem us (2Co 5:21).
“Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow” (Ps 51:7). Amen.
出埃及记24 摩西上了西奈山领受上帝与祂子民所立之约的条例,也就此结束了开始于第20章的约书。罪在上帝和人之间制造了一条不可逾越的屏障。藉着立约的血,主耶和华预言了在耶稣里面的罪得赦免,因为耶稣为了救赎我们甘愿为我们成为“罪”(林后5:21 神使那无罪的、〔无罪原文作不知罪〕替我们成为罪.好叫我们在他里面成为 神的义)。
“求你用牛膝草洁净我、我就干净.求你洗涤我、我就比雪更白”(诗 51:7)。阿们。

第八周星期二
Exodus 25:1-9 The Lord tells Moses to build a sanctuary in which He will dwell. Though God is present everywhere, He locates His saving presence in the tabernacle, where He has promised to be found. Today, He locates His blessings of salvation for you in the Word and Sacraments of His Church.
Lord God, what a wonderful blessing that You meet with us through Your Son, Jesus. Move our hearts to share the Gospel with others, that many more may hear, learn, and believe in You. Amen.
出埃及记25:1-9 主耶和华吩咐摩西建造一个祂可以在其间居住的圣所。尽管上帝无处不在,但祂将自己救恩的同在定位在帐幕中,祂应许自己在那里可以被寻见。今天,祂将祂要赐给你的救恩和祝福临在于祂教会的圣道和圣礼中。
主上帝啊,你藉着你的儿子耶稣与我们相见,这是多么美妙的祝福啊。愿你感动我们的心与他人分享福音,好叫更多的人可以听见,学习并且信靠你。阿们。

Exodus 25:10-22 The Lord speaks to Moses from the mercy seat, the place of the Commandments and the atonement—His Law and His Gospel-mercy. Today, God no longer speaks from Mount Sinai or between the cherubim of the ark. He has spoken in these last days by His Son (Heb 1:2), who came to fulfill the Law for us and atone for all our sin.
Lord God, move our hearts to be attentive as You speak, and give Yourself to us in Your Word and Sacraments, through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
出埃及记25:10-22 主耶和华从施恩座上向摩西说话,施恩座就是诫命和救赎—即祂的律法和祂的福音怜悯所在的地方。今天,上帝不再从西奈山或者约柜的基路伯之间向我们说话。祂在这末后的世代藉着祂的儿子说话(来1:2就在这末世、借着他儿子晓谕我们、又早已立他为承受万有的、也曾借着他创造诸世界),因为祂来是为我们成全律法并且赎了我们所有的罪。
主上帝啊,请感动我们的心在你说话时能够恭敬聆听,也请你在你的圣道和圣礼中,藉着我们的主基督将你自己赐给我们。阿们。

Exodus 25:23-30 God sets before His people the bread of His presence. Jesus is “the living bread that came down from heaven” (Jn 6:51).
Lead us, dear Jesus, to feast on Your sacramental body in the bread and drink Your blood in the cup of thanksgiving (1Co 10:16), that we may be nourished by Your presence for all eternity. Amen.
出埃及记25:23-30 上帝将陈设饼摆在祂百姓面前。耶稣就是“从天上赐下的生命之粮”(约6:51我是从天上降下来生命的粮.人若吃这粮、就必永远活着.我所要赐的粮、就是我的肉、为世人之生命所赐的)。
亲爱的耶稣,请引导我们,来在祝福的饼中享用你的身体,在祝谢的杯中饮用你的宝血(林前10:16我们所祝福的杯、岂不是同领基督的血么.我们所擘开的饼、岂不是同领基督的身体么),好叫我们可以从你的同在中得着喂养,直到永生里。阿们。

Exodus 25:31-40 The lampstand serves both practical and symbolic functions, providing the only light in the dark sanctuary and representing the sacred order God established in the daily and weekly services of His house. No wonder “light” and “enlightenment” have come to describe His work among us through the Word we hear at His house, which enlightens our understanding of His ways.
Jesus, we praise You, for in mercy You have not left us in darkness but have enlightened us with the Word of Your salvation. Lead us to reflect Your light in a lost world. Amen.
出埃及记25:31-40 灯台起到实用和寓意两种功能,一个是在黑暗的圣所中提供唯一的光源,另一个是代表上帝为在祂家中每日每周的服事所设立的神圣秩序。上帝在祂的家中藉着我们聆听的圣道在我们中间做工,光照我们对祂行事的理解,但并没有令人恐惧战兢的“光”和“启示”伴随。
耶稣,我们赞美你,因为你出于怜悯没有遗弃我们在黑暗里,却用你救恩的道(Word)光照我们。请在这失丧的世界中引导我们见证你这光。阿们。

Exodus 26 The tabernacle is laid out according to the specifications God gave on the mountain (25:40; Ac 7:44). Worship is not spontaneous or haphazard but is carefully organized to honor the Creator, who set creation in order by carefully arranging space, boundaries, and the passage of time. Cf Gn 1:1-2:3. Today, organized worship, patterned on God’s Word and the life of our Savior, honors God’s works of creation, redemption, and sanctification, by which He makes us His beloved people.
Lord Jesus, You establish all things to benefit us with Your gifts. We praise You for the mercy shown us through Your shed blood. Amen.
出埃及记26 帐幕是按着上帝在山上所指示的样式建造的(25:40要谨慎作这些物件、都要照着在山上指示你的样式;徒7:44 我们的祖宗在旷野、有法柜的帐幕、是 神吩咐摩西叫他照所看见的样式作的)。敬拜不是即兴或者随意,而是精心设计用来尊荣那位造物主的,祂曾藉着精心安排空间,界限和时间变换,使得创造有秩序。参创2:1-2:3。今天,依附上帝的道和我们救主的生命的规范敬拜,能够尊荣上帝创造、救赎和成圣的工作,祂藉着这些工作使我们成为祂蒙爱的百姓。
主耶稣,你创造万物并用你的恩赐使我们受益。我们为着你藉着流出的宝血所显明给我们的怜悯赞美你。阿们。

Exodus 27:1-8 The first and most visible item of furniture in the court is the bronze altar. Blood is applied on the horns and sides to atone for sins. The altar points forward to the cross of Calvary, where Jesus, God’s sacrifice, shed His blood to atone for the sins of the world.
Lord Jesus, we thank and praise You. You are the perfect sacrifice who made peace with the Father for us. Amen.
出 27:1-8 院子里面第一件也是最显眼的摆设就是铜祭坛。血要洒在坛角和周围用来赎罪。祭坛向前指向骷髅地的十字架,耶稣,就是上帝的祭物,在那里流出祂的血,为世人的罪付上赎价。
主耶稣,我们感谢赞美你。你就是那完美的祭物,为我们与天父成就了和平。阿们。

Exodus 27:9-19 Specific limits mark the holiness of the Lord, limiting the approach of humans to Him. Due to our sins, we cannot approach the Holy One of Israel and live. Through Christ’s work on the cross, we have access to the court, the Most Holy Place in heaven (cf Heb 4:14).
Jesus, may Your Spirit lead us to confess Your loving mercy, that many more may enter Your courts in praise and eternal life. Amen.
出埃及记27:9-19 细节上的约束表记了主耶和华的圣洁,约束人近前来靠近祂。因为我们的罪,我们不能接近以色列的圣者并且存活。藉着基督在十字架上的工作,我们能够进入院内,进入天上的至圣所(参来4:14 我们既然有一位已经升入高天尊荣的大祭司、就是 神的儿子耶稣、便当持定所承认的道)。
耶稣,愿你的灵引导我们在人前宣信你的慈爱怜悯,好叫更多的人可以赞美着进入你的院,并且得着永恒生命。阿们。

Exodus 27:20-21 Because the lamp stands in the Holy Place, the priests need to tend it. The light provided by the lamp enables their service. Today, the Lord enables our service and hallows us as His priesthood—believers enlightened with the Holy Spirit.
Jesus, thank You that Your Word and Sacraments bring us the light of salvation. By the power of Your Holy Spirit, may we be light to the world that is lost in darkness. Amen.
出埃及记27:20-21 因为灯在圣所里摆着,祭司需要经理它。灯发出的光使他们可以服事。今天,主也使我们能够服事祂,并且分别我们为圣,成为祂的祭司—就是圣灵光照的信徒。
耶稣,因着你的圣道和圣礼带给我们救恩的亮光,我们感谢你。藉着你圣灵的权能,愿我们成为这在黑暗中失丧的世界的亮光。阿们。

第八周星期三
Exodus 28 The beautiful priestly attire reflects the beauty of God as well as the office in which the priests minister. Often today, our devotion to God grows more and more lax. Rather than stand to pray, we sit. Rather than dress properly, we become casual or immodest. Rather than sing, we just listen. In contrast, the Lord required that even the clothing and movement of the high priest would bring glory and offer praise. Reassess your offering of praise and service to the Lord. Give all glory to Jesus, who diligently bore your guilt and consecrates you by grace.
O Lord God, draw us to the One whom our pastors preach, Christ crucified for the forgiveness of sins. Amen.
出埃及记28章 精美的祭司圣服反映了上帝的美,也反映了祭司服事职分的美。今天经常发生的是,我们对上帝的专心变得越来越松弛。我们不再站着祷告,而是坐着。我们不再穿着整洁,而是变得随意没了礼仪。我们不再歌唱,而只是听讲。相反地,主耶和华要求甚至大祭司的穿着和举动都要带出荣耀,献上赞美。请重新衡量你对主耶和华赞美和服事的奉献。将所有荣耀归给耶稣,因为祂殷勤地背负你的罪,并且藉着恩典分别你为圣。
噢主上帝啊,请使我们趋向我们牧师所传讲的那位,就是为我们的罪得赦免,被钉死在十字架上的基督。阿们。

Exodus 29 God consecrates the Aaronic priesthood to consecrate His people, who would be a kingdom of priests (19:6). Our High Priest, Jesus, set aside this old order of sacrifices to offer Himself once for all (Heb 10:8-10).
Rejoice that, through Jesus, we can “draw near (to God) with a true heart in full assurance of faith” (Heb 10:22) and receive forgiveness of our sins. Amen.
出埃及记29 上帝分别亚伦祭司职分为圣,也是分别祂的百姓为圣,他们将要成为祭司的国度(出19:6 你们要归我作祭司的国度、为圣洁的国民.这些话你要告诉以色列人)。我们的大祭司耶稣,废掉这献祭的老方法,而将祂自己一次彻底献上(来10:8-10 以上说、祭物和礼物、燔祭和赎罪祭、是你不愿意的、也是你不喜欢的、(这都是按着律法献的)后又说、我来了为要照你的旨意行.可见他是除去在先的、为要立定在后的。我们凭这旨意、靠耶稣基督只一次献上他的身体、就得以成圣)。
要欢喜快乐,因为藉着耶稣,我们能“带着一颗真诚的心和满有确据的信亲近上帝”(来10:22 并我们心中天良的亏欠已经洒去、身体用清水洗净了、就当存着诚心、和充足的信心、来到 神面前),并且领受我们的罪得赦免。阿们。

第八周星期四
Exodus 30:1-10 The Lord describes the use of incense in the sanctuary; it is offered with the people’s prayers. Without faith, it is impossible for us to pray rightly and to please God (Heb 11:6). Jesus’ life and work was pleasing incense before His Father. Through Jesus’ intercession, our prayers are acceptable.
May the Good News impel us to intercede continually before You, Jesus, on behalf of the Church and for the needs of all people. Amen.
出埃及记30-1-10 主耶和华吩咐圣所香的使用;这香要与百姓的祷告一同献上。若没有信,我们就不可能正确地祈求上帝,也不能蒙祂喜悦(来11:6人非有信、就不能得 神的喜悦.因为到 神面前来的人、必须信有神,且信他赏赐那寻求他的人)。耶稣的生命和工作就是祂献在天父面前的馨香。透过耶稣的代祷,我们的祈求得蒙悦纳。
主耶稣,愿这好消息催促我们不停地在你面前为着教会代求,也为着万民的需要代求。阿们。

Exodus 30:11-16 The census tax is established for upkeep and atonement at the sanctuary. No amount of labor on our part can remove the guilt that our sins incur. Jesus paid the ransom for every soul that walks on the earth.
Lord Jesus, may Your Holy Spirit lead us to give generously, so the work of proclaiming the Gospel may go forth in Word and Sacrament, for You have paid the price for all. Amen.
出埃及记30:11-16 人口数点税的设立是为了圣所的维护和献祭。任何一点出于我们的工作都不能够除去我们罪所带来的羞耻。耶稣为每一个世上行走的灵魂付了赎价。
主耶稣,愿你的圣灵引导我们慷慨捐献,好叫传扬福音的工作能够在圣道和圣礼中展开,因为你已经为所有人付上了赎价。阿们。

Exodus 30:17-21 The priests must wash their hands and feet before they minister before God. Our High Priest, Jesus, was washed (Mt3:13-17) before He began His work of redemption on our behalf.
Lord Jesus, through our pastors’ service in Holy Baptism, You wash our hands, feet, and conscience (1Co 6:11; Heb 10: 21-22). May this “ washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit” (Ti 3:5) move us to serve You by serving our neighbor. Amen.
出埃及记30:17-21 祭司在他们来到上帝面前服事之先必要洗他们的手和脚。我们的大祭司耶稣在祂开始祂救赎工作之前就代替我们的位置洗过了(太3:13-17 耶稣受了洗、随即从水里上来.天忽然为他开了、他就看见 神的灵、彷彿鸽子降下、落在他身上)。
主耶稣,藉着我们牧师在圣洗礼中的服事,你洗净了我们的手脚和良心(林前6:11你们中间也有人从前是这样.但如今你们奉主耶稣基督的名、并借着我们 神的灵、已经洗净、成圣称义了;来10:21-22 又有一位大祭司治理 神的家.并我们心中天良的亏欠已经洒去、身体用清水洗净了、就当存着诚心、和充足的信心、来到 神面前)。愿这“重生的洗和圣灵的更新”(多3:5 他便救了我们、并不是因我们自己所行的义、乃是照他的怜悯、借着重生的洗、和圣灵的更新)感动我们,藉着服侍我们的邻舍来服侍你。阿们。

Exodus 30:22-38 The Lord gives details for the anointing oil. This perfumed oil distinguishes the Lord’s priests and the tabernacle. Today, the Lord sends the Holy Spirit, who sets us apart from the world by His work of sanctification and the fruit of the Spirit.
Thank You, Lord, for anointing us in Baptism (2Co 1:21), that we may serve You in holiness and approach You in “all boldness and confidence…as dear children ask their dear father” (SC, Lord’s Prayer Introduction, P xxxvii). Amen.
出埃及记30:22-38 主耶和华吩咐了圣膏油的细节。这芳香的油将主耶和华的祭司和会幕分别为圣。今天,主耶和华差遣了圣灵,圣灵藉着祂分别为圣的工作和圣灵的果子将我们从这个世界中分别出来。
主啊,感谢你,因为你在圣洗礼中膏抹我们(林后1:21 那在基督里坚固我们和你们、并且膏我们的、就是 神),好叫我们可以在圣洁中服事你,并且带着“充足的勇气和信心—就像亲爱的儿女寻求他们亲爱的父亲一样”亲近你(小问答,主祷文引言部分,37页)。阿们。

Exodus 31:1-11 Artisans assemble to begin the work, and they follow the Lord’s plans exactly. As you serve in your congregation, remember that “unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain” (Ps 127:1). Value the service of each person, but give all glory to the Lord, who forgives your sins and makes you one in Christ.
Jesus, we are unworthy servants. “We have only done what was our duty” (Lk 17:10). Lead us to use our gifts in honorable service to spread Your Gospel. Amen.
出埃及记31:1-11 工匠们聚集开始工作,他们完全遵照主耶和华的吩咐进行。当你在你的教会中服侍时,请记得“若不是耶和华建造房屋、建造的人就枉然劳力.若不是耶和华看守城池、看守的人就枉然儆醒”(诗127:1)。要看重每个人的服侍,但要将所有荣耀归给主耶和华,是祂赦免你们的罪,并且使你们在基督里成为一。
主耶稣,我们是不配的仆人。“所作的本是我们应分作的”(路17:10)。请引导我们在尊贵的服事中使用我们的恩赐,传扬你的福音。阿们。

Exodus 31:12-18 Plans for construction are revealed. Craftsmen, imbued with the Spirit of God, are secured. Such work is not an end in itself. It finds its fulfillment in the Sabbath rest for the sin-wearied soul.
Lord Jesus, may Your Spirit work in our hearts, leading us to repentance, that we may remain in the rest You have for us through all eternity. Amen.
出埃及记31:12-18 建造的计划已经启示下来了。被上帝的灵充满的工匠们也有了。这样的工作本身不是结局。这工作在,为罪所缠累的灵魂所预备的安息中,得以完全成就。
主耶稣,愿你的灵在我们的心中作工,引导我们悔改,好叫我们存留在你预备给我们的永恒安息中。阿们。

第八周星期五
Exodus 32 Feeling alone in the wilderness, Israel soon doubts God’s promises and turns to idolatry. Their idol is unable to help them, and they experience greater suffering. We, too, may grow impatient or doubt God’s promises. In fear or doubt, we may turn to idols of our own: anything that we fear, love, and trust more than the true God. But these idols cannot help us. Thank God that He remembers His promises and is faithful to us, even when we are unfaithful. He sends His Son to offer atonement for our sin. He alone is able to take the sin of the world upon Himself and give us His perfect righteousness. We are God’s people because of Him.
O Christ, Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, thank You for giving Yourself for me. Forgive my sins, and strengthen me to believe in You and love You. Amen.
出埃及记32 在旷野中倍感孤独,以色列人很快对上帝的应许起了疑心,并且转向偶像。他们的偶像不能帮助他们,他们也因此经历了更重的苦难。我们也会变得不耐烦或怀疑上帝的应许。在恐惧或疑惑中,我们可能转向我们自己的偶像:即任何我们敬畏,信靠和爱过于那位真上帝的对象。但这些偶像不能帮助我们。感谢上帝祂纪念祂的应许,并且祂甚至在我们不忠信之时,仍以信实待我们。祂差遣祂的儿子来为我们的罪付上赎价。唯独祂能够将世人的罪背负在自己身上,并且将祂完全的义赐给我们。我们因着祂成为上帝的百姓。
噢基督,上帝的羔羊啊,就是那除去世人罪孽的,感谢你将你自己赐给了我们。请赦免我的罪,并且坚固我来信靠你,爱你。阿们。

第八周星期六
Exodus 33:1-6 Fully aware of their sin, the Israelites strip off their ornaments to show their repentance and sorrow. Our repentance may also be accompanied by outward signs, but these are not substitutes for a repentant heart. Each day, we confess our sins to God. Through the means of grace, we receive His forgiveness. How blessed we are that, because of Christ, God is “faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1Jn1:9).
Thank You, Lord, for Your gracious forgiveness in Christ. Amen.
出埃及记33:1-6 以色列人完全意识到他们的罪,就摘下他们的妆饰,表明他们的悔改和懊恼。我们的悔改也可能伴随外在的记号,但这些外在表现并不能代替一颗悔改的心。每一天,我们向上帝承认我们的罪。藉着恩典的媒介(施恩具),我们领受祂的赦罪。我们是多么的蒙福啊,因着基督,上帝“是信实的,是公义的,必要赦免我们的罪,洗净我们一切的不义”(约一1:9)
主耶和华啊,感谢你在基督里赐下你满有恩典的赦罪。阿们。

Exodus 33:7-11 Moses receives an extraordinary gift: God speaks to him face-to-face, as to a friend. Jesus Christ gives believers in the NT the same gift. He says, “I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you” (Jn 15:15). He invites our prayers and has promised to hear us and answer. He works with us in His grace. How blessed are we to be called the friends of God.
Thank You, Jesus, for being my friend. May I always hear Your voice in faith. Amen.
出埃及记33:7-11 摩西领受了一个特别的礼物:上帝面对面向他说话,就像对一个朋友那样。耶稣基督在新约里赐给信徒同样的礼物。祂说,“我乃称你们为朋友;因我从我父所听见的,已经都告诉你们了”(约15:15)祂吩咐我们祷告,并且曾应许要垂听和回应我们。祂在祂的恩典中与我们同工。我们被称为上帝的朋友,这是多么的有福啊。
耶稣,感谢你成为我的朋友。愿我总是在信心里听你的声音。阿们。

Exodus 33:12-23 Moses asks to learn God’s ways and see God’s glory. He is permitted to see a glimpse of God’s presence. John tells us that no one has ever seen God’s full presence and glory, for it would be too much for a sinner to bear. Yet, we see God when Christ Jesus covered Himself in our flesh and lived among us (Jn 1:18). On the cross, He was glorified (Jn 17:5).
“The Law of God is good and wise And sets His will before our eyes, Shows us the way of righteousness, And dooms to death when we transgress. The Gospel shows the Father’s grace, Who sent His Son to save our race, Proclaims how Jesus lived and died That we might thus be justified.” Amen. (LSB 579:1; 580:1)
出埃及记33:12-23 摩西求告说要学习上帝的道,并且看见上帝的荣耀。他被许可一瞥上帝的同在。约翰告诉我们没有人见过上帝的完全同在和荣耀,因为那将是一个罪人难以承受的。然而,当基督耶稣以我们的肉身遮盖祂自己,并且住在我们中间时,我们看见了上帝(约1:18 从来没有人看见神,只有在父怀里的独生子将他表明出来)。在十字架上,祂得了荣耀(约17:5 父啊,现在求你使我同你享荣耀,就是未有世界以先,我同你所有的荣耀)。
“上帝律法智慧且良善,将祂旨意摆在我们眼前,公义道路显给我们看,每当我们冒犯还有死亡宣判。福音彰显天父恩典,为救我们人类将祂儿子差遣,宣扬耶稣的生死,好叫我们称义得赦免”阿们。(路德宗崇拜手册579:1;580:1)

第九周星期一
Exodus 34:1-9 Sinful hearts stumble over God’s verdict that the effects of sin may harm anyone other than the sinner. Could it be fair that the fathers’ sin affects the third and fourth generation (v 7)? But the results of sin in one person’s life often do impact others. We learn patterns of sin from our parents and often suffer the effects of others’ sin. But the Lord’s steadfast love, mercy, and grace are greater than any sin, because He has atoned for our sin. His mercy abounds for thousands of generations (v 7), far more than the effects of sin.
Merciful Lord, I confess my sin and plead for future generations. Grant me forgiveness; make me Your heir for Jesus’ sake. Amen.
出埃及记34:1-9 上帝宣告说一个人犯罪所带来的影响不但临到他自己,也可能对其他人造成伤害,被罪玷污的人心为此吃惊困惑。父亲犯罪,被追讨直至三四代(7节: 为千万人存留慈爱,赦免罪孽、过犯,和罪恶,万不以有罪的为无罪,必追讨他的罪,自父及子,直到三、四代),这可以称得上公平吗?但一个人生活中犯罪所带来的结果经常能够影响其他人。我们从我们的父母那里学到犯罪的样式,并且也会经常因着他人的罪而受苦。但主耶和华坚定不移的爱,怜悯和恩典却要高过一切的罪,因为祂已经为我们的罪付了赎价。祂的怜悯存留给万代(7节),丰丰富富,远超罪的影响。
满有怜悯的主耶和华啊,我向你承认我的罪,并且为将来的世代恳求。请赐我赦罪之恩;为着耶稣的缘故,使我成为你的后裔。阿们。

Exodus 34:10-28 Sinners are unable to keep God’s holy commands perfectly. We rebel against them in our thoughts, words, and deeds. If left up to us, we could not live in God’s covenant. Here, in the middle of the worship provisions of the covenant, God foreshadows His solution: redemption through sacrifice (v 20). The blood of the Lamb redeems those who continually break the covenant. He died for us that we might live.
Lord Jesus, Lamb of God, I am grateful for Your sacrifice. Strengthen me by Your Spirit to worship You properly. Amen.
出埃及记34:10-28 罪人无法完全遵行上帝圣洁的命令。我们在思想,言语和行为上干犯祂的诫命。如果让我们靠自己活着,我们不能存留在上帝的约中。这里,在为着约而定规下的敬拜条例中间,上帝预表了祂的解决方法:即藉着祭物而来的救赎(20节:头生的驴要用羊羔代赎,若不代赎就要打折他的颈项。凡头生的儿子都要赎出来。谁也不可空手朝见我)。圣羔羊的血救赎那些不断干犯这约的人。祂为我们死,好叫我们可以活。
主耶稣,上帝的羔羊啊,我为着你的献祭而感恩。请藉着你的灵坚固我,好叫我可以正确地敬拜你。阿们。

Exodus 34:29-35 Moses veils himself because the Israelites, in their sinfulness, are terrified to see a manifestation of God’s glory. Today, our sin also separates us from God’s glory and presence, but St Paul reminds us that “when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed…and we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image” (2Co 3:16, 18). Because of Christ, we see the Lord and live in His glorious grace.
O Lord my God, let me see You in Christ under the veil of the incarnation. Amen.
出埃及记34:29-35 摩西用帕子遮蔽他自己,因为以色列人,在他们的罪性中,害怕看见上帝荣耀的显现。今天,我们的罪也使我们疏离上帝的荣耀和同在,但圣保罗提醒我们:“我们众人既然敞著脸得以看见主的荣光,好像从镜子里反照,就变成主的形状,荣上加荣,如同从主的灵变成的”(林后3:16-18)。因着基督,我们得见主耶和华,并居住在祂荣耀的恩典里面。
噢主我的上帝啊,请让我在以肉身遮蔽自己的基督里面看见你。阿们。

第九周星期二
Exodus 35:1-3 God calls the people again to share in His Sabbath rest. The soul that forsakes the gift of Sabbath rest remains in torment. Our true rest is in the one true God, who grants life, peace, and all blessings.
We thank You, Jesus, for patiently having had mercy on us, that we can rest in the work of salvation that You have accomplished for us. Amen.
出埃及记35:1-3 上帝再一次呼召百姓在祂的圣安息日中有份。拒绝这安息日礼物的灵魂就仍然活在困苦煎熬中。我们真正的安息是在那赐生命、平安和全部祝福的独一真上帝里面。
我们感谢你,耶稣,你曾一直满有忍耐地怜悯我们,好叫我们可以在你已经为我们成就了的救赎工作中得安息。阿们。

Exodus 35:4-29 Offerings, materials, and laborers pour into the work site to begin the task. Work begins as an act of faith motivated by God’s Word.
“Thy strong Word bespeaks us righteous; Bright with Thine own holiness, Glorious now, we press toward glory, And our lives our hopes confess. Alleluia, alleluia! Praise to Thee who light dost send! Alleluia, alleluia! Alleluia without end!” Amen. (LSB 578:3)
出埃及记35:4-29 奉献,礼物和工人们都涌进工地,开始了那工。作为一个由上帝话语激发的信心行动,这工就开始了。
“你有力话语称我们为义;从你自己圣洁而出的欢愉,今日的辉煌,我们奔向那荣光,用生命告白我们的盼望。哈利路亚,哈利路亚!赞美归给那差遣光的你!哈利路亚,哈利路亚!哈利路亚永不息!”阿们。(路德宗崇拜手册578:3)

Exodus 35:30-36:38 What God spoke, Moses reveals to Bezalel and Oholiab, who in turn train the craftsmen. God works through a plan, through means, and through people. When the fullness of time came (Gal 4:4), Jesus enacted the plan laid before eternity (Eph 1:4) and built a heavenly city with foundations (Heb 11:10; Rv 21:9-27).
Holy Spirit, keep us faithful to the doctrinal foundation of the prophets, the apostles, and the cornerstone, Jesus (Eph 2:20). Amen.
出埃及记35:30-36:38 上帝所晓谕的,摩西就讲给比撒列和亚何利亚伯听,接着他们就依次训练工匠们。上帝藉着一个计划,藉着媒介(施恩具),藉着人来作工。当时候满足时(加4:4 及至时候满足,神就差遣他的儿子,为女子所生,且生在律法以下),耶稣就执行创世之先所定下的计划(弗1:4就如神从创立世界以前,在基督里拣选了我们,使我们在他面前成为圣洁,无有瑕疵),建造了一个有根有基的天上之城(来11:10 因为他等候那座有根基的城,就是神所经营所建造的;启21:9-27 凡不洁净的,并那行可憎与虚谎之事的,总不得进那城;只有名字写在羔羊生命册上的才得进去)。
圣灵啊,请保守我们忠于先知、使徒和那房角石耶稣的教导根基(弗2:20并且被建造在使徒和先知的根基上,有基督耶稣自己为房角石)。阿们。

第九周星期三
Exodus 37:1-9 The ark and mercy seat are built. As the single most holy piece of furniture, the ark is specifically mentioned as being built by Bezalel. The ark would receive the blood of the sacrifices, which pointed forward to the atonement of Christ, our Lord.
O Lord God, Your holiness and mercy shine more brightly than the finest gold. Exceedingly great is Your mercy toward us. Amen.
出埃及记37:1-9 约柜和施恩座得以建造。作为其中一件最圣洁的器具,比撒列建造的约柜被特别提及。约柜要接受赎罪祭的血(译者注:参利未记16:14-15),而这赎罪祭的血就是向前指向我们主基督的赎罪。
噢主上帝啊,你的圣洁和怜悯发出的光芒要比精金更亮。你向我们发的慈爱是何等丰富奇妙。阿们。

Exodus 37:10-16 Bezalel builds the table for the bread of the Presence. Just as the Lord provided for the nourishment of the priests in the bread and the flagons containing wine, so He nourishes us now in the elements of the Lord’s Supper, even giving us His body and blood.
O Holy Spirit, lead us to seek the merciful presence of Jesus in Holy Communion, where He has promised to be found. Amen.
出埃及记37:10-16 比撒列造了陈设饼的桌子。就像主耶和华用饼和酒樽来滋养祭司们一样,如今祂也用圣餐礼的质滋养我们,甚至将祂的身体和宝血赐给了我们。
噢圣灵啊,请引导我们在圣餐礼中寻求耶稣满有怜悯的临在,祂已经应许自己要在其中被寻见。阿们。

Exodus 37:17-24 The assembled lampstand gives light to the tabernacle but also symbolizes the light of God’s care and mercy. Due to sin, the eyes of our heart are bad, and the whole body is darkened (Mt 6:23). How great is our need for repentance! Jesus is the light of the world, and in Him we have the light of life (Jn 8:12).
Jesus, we praise You that through Word and Sacrament, You enlighten us to walk in the way of salvation (Ps 119:105). Amen.
出埃及记37:17-24 组装成的灯台给会幕提供光,但也象征了上帝看顾和怜悯的那光。因着罪,我们的心眼坏掉,整个身体就昏暗了(太6:23你的眼睛若昏花,全身就黑暗。你里头的光若黑暗了,那黑暗是何等大呢)。我们是多么需要悔改啊!耶稣就是世界的光,在祂里面我们有生命的光(约8:12 耶稣又对众人说:我是世界的光。跟从我的,就不在黑暗里走,必要得著生命的光)。
耶稣,我们感谢你,藉着圣道和圣礼,你光照我们行走在救赎的道路上(诗119:105你的话是我脚前的灯,是我路上的光)。阿们。

Exodus 37:25-29 The altar of incense and the anointing oil purifies the air of the tabernacle. Their composition is precious. Later, the Magi brought Jesus precious incense after His birth, showing that His life’s work on our behalf was a pleasing fragrance before the Father. He covers the stench of our sin and makes us precious to the Father.
Holy Jesus, purify us, that we may honor You before the Father in heaven. Amen.
出埃及记37:25-29 香坛和圣膏油净化会幕里的空气。他们的构成是很珍贵的。后来,博士们在耶稣出生后带给祂珍贵的香料,表示祂代替我们的位置用自己生命所作的工,在父面前是一缕馨香之气。祂涂抹我们罪的恶臭,使我们在父面前成为珍贵的。
圣洁的耶稣啊,请洁净我们,好叫我们可以在天上的父面前尊荣你。阿们。

Exodus 38:1-7 The altar of burnt offering is assembled. We cannot approach the Father on our own merit. Only through the altar of the cross do we have access to Him.
Lord Jesus, thank You for offering Your life for the forgiveness of sin. Through Your work of mercy, we have access to the heavenly Father. Amen.
出埃及记38:1-7 祭坛造成了。我们不能靠自己的功德来亲近天父。只有透过十字架的祭坛我们才能接近祂。
主耶稣啊,感谢你为叫罪得赦免将你自己的生命献上。藉着你怜悯的工作,我们能够亲近天上的父。阿们。

Exodus 38:8 Donating their material goods of mirrors, these women no longer focus on themselves. Moved by the Holy Spirit, they now want to reflect the Lord to others.
Lord, take our eyes off our selfish interests. By the power of the Holy Spirit, may we reflect Jesus’ love to others. Amen.
出埃及记38:8 这些妇人将她们镜妆物品奉献了,不再专注于她们自己。受圣灵感动,她们现在想要将主耶和华映射给他人。
主啊,请将我们的眼睛从我们自私的兴趣上转移。祈愿我们藉着圣灵的能力,能够将耶稣的爱映射给他人。阿们。

Exodus 38:9-20 Bezalel erects the court boundary. Entering from the east, one comes first to the place of sacrifice: the bronze altar. Today, we first enter the courts of the Lord when He leads us to trust in Christ’s sacrifice.
Spirit of God, lead us in the way of life (Jn 14:6). Amen.
出埃及记38:9-20 比撒列立定会幕院子的界线。从东面(译者注:参民数记3:38)进入后,首先见到的是献祭的地方:铜祭坛。今天,当主耶和华引领我们信靠基督的献祭时,我们得以进入祂的院。
上帝的灵啊,请引导我们走在生命的道路上(约14:6耶稣说:我就是道路、真理、生命;若不藉著我,没有人能到父那里去)。阿们。

Exodus 38:21-31 In the Gospels, Jesus compares the tabernacle and Herod’s temple with the temple of His body (Mt 27:40; Jn 2:19-22), by which we have full remission of sin. By the temple of Jesus’ body, we approach the Father.
Lord Jesus, we praise You that the prophecies of the OT (Lk 24:27) have been fulfilled in Your life, death, and resurrection. Amen.
出埃及记38:21-31 在福音书中,耶稣将会幕和希律所建的圣殿,与祂身体的殿作比较(太27:40你这拆毁圣殿、三日又建造起来的,可以救自己吧!你如果是神的儿子,就从十字架上下来吧;约2:19-22耶稣回答说:「你们拆毁这殿,我三日内要再建立起来。」 犹太人便说:「这殿是四十六年才造成的,你三日内就再建立起来吗?」 但耶稣这话是以他的身体为殿 ),藉着祂身体的殿,我们得着罪的完全赦免。藉着耶稣身体的殿,我们得以亲近天父。
主耶稣啊,我们赞美你,因为旧约的预言(路24:27於是从摩西和众先知起,凡经上所指著自己的话都给他们讲解明白了)已经在你的生、死和复活中成就了。阿们。

第九周星期四
Exodus 39 The priestly garments are completed. Just as the garments of the priests set them apart, so the Lord clothes us with His righteousness and sets us apart as a royal priesthood.
Bless me, O Savior, and consecrate me for the service in Your kingdom. Amen.
出埃及记39 祭司的圣服制作完成了。正如祭司的圣服将他们分别开来一样,主耶和华也用祂的义披盖我们,将我们作为有尊君的祭司分别开来。
噢救赎主啊,请祝福我,将我分别为圣,服事在你的国度里面。阿们。

Exodus 40:1-33 The Lord lives among His people in the tabernacle and leads them to life and salvation. Today, the Lord blesses us in the means of grace, leading us to life and salvation through His shed blood, which covers our sin.
Thank You, Jesus, for these OT types that find their fulfillment in You. Amen.
出埃及记40:1-33 主耶和华在帐幕中与祂的百姓同居,并且引导他们走向救赎和生命。今天,主耶和华藉着恩典的媒介祝福我们,透过祂为遮盖我们罪所流出的宝血,引导我们走向救赎和生命。
耶稣,我们为着这些在你里面得以成就的旧约影子,感谢你。阿们。

Exodus 40:34-38 In the tabernacle, the glory of the Lord is seen. We do not choose God, His location, or the form of worship. God reveals this in His gracious mercy so that we may be with Him for all eternity. The glory of the Lord continues in Word and Sacrament, through which Christ lives in and with us.
“Immortal, invisible, God only wise, In light inaccessible hid from our eyes, Most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days, Almighty, victorious, Thy great name we praise.” Amen. (LSB 802:1)
出埃及记40:34-38 主耶和华的荣耀在帐幕中得以看见。我们不能选择上帝,祂的位置,或者敬拜方式。上帝出于祂满有恩典的怜悯将此启示,好叫我们可以与祂同在直到永远。主耶和华的荣耀在圣道和圣礼中继续着,藉着这圣道和圣礼,基督活在我们里面且与我们同居。
“唯独上帝不朽,智慧,无形无状,在那不可靠近的光中,从我们的肉眼隐藏;至尊,至荣,自在永恒,全能,得胜,我们赞美你美名。”阿们。(路德宗崇拜手册802:1)

翻译:Gary Liu
校对:Wendy Li
主后2016.10.29

《利未记》
(第九周星期五—第十一周星期三)
第九周星期五
Leviticus 1:1-17 In His grace, God provides a means through which He can “dwell” among a sinful people: the sacrifice of animals on behalf of the people. This priestly system culminates in the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Today, just as the Israelites faithfully confessed their sins and prayed to the Lord, present your confession of sins and prayers of repentance and faith before Him in the name of “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (Jn 1:29).
Almighty Father, may we always rejoice in Your abundant grace, through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
利未记1:1-17 出于祂的恩典,上帝赐下一个祂可以在有罪的百姓中“居住”的媒介:即代替百姓的动物祭祀。这祭司制度在耶稣基督的赎罪祭里达到高潮。正如以色列人诚实地向主耶和华告白他们的罪并且祷告一样,今天,你们也应当在祂面前,奉“除去(或作:背负)世人罪孽的,神的羔羊(约1:29)”的名,献上你们罪的告白和懊悔的祈祷。
全能的父啊,愿我们藉着我们的主基督,常常在你丰盛的恩典中欢喜。阿们。

第九周星期六
Leviticus 2 God provides His OT priests with food through the grain offering. The remaining grain becomes most holy once the priest burns the memorial portion. By grace, the priests are permitted to eat a sacred meal at God’s table. In this, God’s people may see a foreshadowing of Holy Communion. Today, at Christ’s invitation, we come to the Lord’s Table, where we receive the true body and blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, a holy meal God Himself prepares for the forgiveness of sins.
We give thanks to You, almighty God, that You have refreshed us through this salutary gift, and we implore You that of Your mercy You would strengthen our faith toward You and love for one another. Amen. (Adapted from LSB, p 166.)
利未记2 上帝藉着素祭将食物给祂旧约中的祭司们。一旦祭司将作为纪念用的部分焚烧掉,剩余的素祭就变成至圣的了。靠赖恩典,祭司们被允许在上帝的餐桌前吃一顿圣筵。上帝的百姓可以在其中看见圣餐的影子。今天,出于基督的邀请,我们来到主餐桌前,我们在此领受主耶稣基督的真身体和宝血,就是上帝自己为叫我们罪得赦免所预备的圣筵。
全能的上帝啊,我们感谢你,因为你曾一直藉着这造福我们的礼物更新苏醒我们,我们也恳求你出于你的恩典坚固我们对你的信心,还有我们的彼此相爱。阿们。(引用路德宗崇拜手册,166页)

Leviticus 3 Through the peace offering on high holy days and special occasions, God provides meat for a sacrificial banquet, which a family could share with invited guests (7:11-36; 19:5-6; 23:37). Peace offerings acknowledge God’s grace toward His people. Jesus’ death was God’s great peace offering for the world, since the Father brought about our peace and reconciliation through Jesus.
Gracious Father, we thank You for Your peace through Christ, who offered Himself for the sins of the world. Grant us generous hearts to share Your peace. Amen.
利未记3 藉着在大的圣日和特别节期上所献的平安祭,上帝提供了献祭筵席所需的肉食,这样一个家庭也可以跟被邀请的客人分享(7:11-36;19:5-6;23:37)。平安祭是对上帝向祂百姓施恩的告白。耶稣的死就是上帝赐给世人的至大平安祭,因为天父上帝藉着耶稣成就了我们的平安、和平。
满有恩典的父啊,为你透过基督所赐的平安我们感谢你,祂为世人的罪将自己献上。请赐给我们慷慨的心,去分享你的平安。阿们。

第十周星期一
Leviticus 4:1-5:13 God, who abhors all sin, distinguishes sins of error from those of intent. Because of sin, God could no longer dwell with the Israelites as He desired. To this end, God gave the sin offering for the deliverance of those who inadvertently sinned against Him (cf 4:20,26, 31,35). Just as God’s OT people publicly confessed their sins during divine worship, God’s people today confess, “We have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone” (LSB, p 15).Jesus Christ is the sin offering for all sins, for all time (1Jn 2:2; 4:10).
How wonderful it is to hear the words of Absolution: “Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives you all your sins.” Amen. (LSB, p 151)
利未记4:1-5:13 恨恶所有罪的上帝,将误犯的和故意犯的罪区别开来。因着罪,上帝不再能按照祂所愿的与以色列人同居。因此,上帝为了救拔那些非故意犯罪冒犯祂的人赐下赎罪祭(参4:20,26,31,35)正如上帝旧约中的百姓在公共敬拜中公开地承认他们的罪一样,上帝的百姓今天也告白说,“我们在思想,言语和行为上得罪了你,因着我们所做的,和我们应该却没有做的”(路德宗崇拜手册, 15页)。耶稣基督是任何时候,一切罪的赎罪祭(约一2:2 他为我们的罪作了挽回祭,不是单为我们的罪,也是为普天下人的罪;4:10不是我们爱神,乃是神爱我们,差他的儿子为我们的罪作了挽回祭,这就是爱了)。
听赦罪的话语是多么的美好啊:“全能上帝出于祂的怜悯已经赐下祂的儿子为你而死,因着祂的缘故,赦免你一切的罪。”阿们。(路德宗崇拜手册,151页)

Leviticus 5:14-6:7 The Lord describes the sacrifice and compensations of guilt offering for mending relationships with God and with neighbor. While summing up the Law, Christ taught, “You shall love the Lord your God….You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Mt 22:37, 39). In the Law, the Lord calls us to something far greater than self-interest. Praise God, His attitude toward us is merciful and self-giving; He desires our atonement.
Lord, have mercy on me for my mistreatment of my neighbor. Lead me to love others as You have loved me in Jesus. Amen.
利未记5:14-6:7 主耶和华为要修复人与上帝,还有邻舍的关系,就吩咐赎愆祭的祭物和偿还价银。当总结律法时,基督教导说,“你要尽心、尽性、尽意爱主你的上帝。 其次也相仿,就是要爱人如己”(太22:37-39)。在律法中,主耶和华呼召我们所做的事要远超过我们自己感兴趣的。赞美上帝,祂待我们的态度是满有怜悯,自我付出的;祂愿意我们得赎。
主耶和华啊,在我恶待自己邻舍的罪上请怜悯我。也请引导我爱他人,就像你在耶稣里已经爱了我一样。阿们。

Leviticus 6:8-30 God would have fellowship with His people only after they atoned for sin through sacrifice. The people had to be ritually clean to participate in the meal God prepared for them (7:19-21). Today, God’s people eat a meal in His presence each time they partake of Holy Communion as God’s priests (cf 1Pt2:9). Christ’s body was offered as a sin offering and a reparation offering to God. By Christ’s holy flesh and blood, God keeps His people holy (Heb 10:10).
Father in heaven, we thank You for Your surpassing gifts of grace and fellowship, which come through Christ’s atoning sacrifice. Amen.
利未记6:8-30 上帝只有在祂百姓藉着祭物赎罪之后才能与他们团契。百姓必须先得礼仪上的洁净才能参与上帝给他们预备的圣筵(7:19-21)。今天,每当上帝的百姓作为祂的祭司参与圣餐礼时,他们就是在祂的面前吃一场圣筵(参彼前2:9 惟有你们是被拣选的族类,是有君尊的祭司,是圣洁的国度,是属神的子民,要叫你们宣扬那召你们出黑暗入奇妙光明者的美德)。基督的身体作为赎罪祭和平安祭献给了上帝。藉着基督圣洁的身体和宝血,上帝使祂的百姓成圣(来10:10我们凭这旨意,靠耶稣基督,只一次献上他的身体,就得以成圣)。
天上的父啊,为着你藉着基督的赎罪祭,所赐下的丰富恩典和团契礼物,我们感谢你。阿们。

第十周星期二
Leviticus 7 Concludes God’s manual of offerings, a precise manual meant to be strictly followed by priests and individuals. Here is God’s framework to prepare an unholy people to dwell with a holy God. By His incarnation and atoning sacrifice, Jesus Christ is today our Immanuel, “God with us” to save us.
To You, O Lord, we offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving for Your daily blessings of forgiveness, food, consecration, and peace in Christ. Amen.
利未记7章 上帝的献祭条例到本章结束,这条例就是一个给祭司和个人去严格遵守的精准手册。这就是上帝为要预备一群不圣洁的百姓与一位圣洁的上帝同居所定规的框架。藉着祂的道成肉身和赎罪祭,耶稣基督就是我们今天的以马内利“上帝与我们同在”,祂要来拯救我们。
噢主耶和华啊,为着你每日的祝福,就是在基督里的饶恕,供养,分别为圣和平安,我们将感恩的祭献给你。阿们。

Leviticus 8 Moses consecrates Aaron as high priest and Aaron’s sons as priests. Today, Jesus is our great High Priest (Heb 2:17; 3:1; 7:26). We come before Him as sinners in need of consecration. As with the OT priests, it is God’s cleansing that makes us holy. In Baptism, God washes us clean (1Co 6:11). He anoints us with the Holy Spirit (2Co 1:21-22). Christ Himself consecrates us as priests (Eph 5:26-27).
“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from Your presence, and take not Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit” (Ps 51:10-12). Amen.
利未记8章 摩西膏亚伦成为大祭司,亚伦的儿子们为祭司。今天,耶稣是我们的大祭司(来2:17所以,他凡事该与他的弟兄相同,为要在神的事上成为慈悲忠信的大祭司,为百姓的罪献上挽回祭;3:1;7:26)。我们作为需要被洁净为圣的罪人来到祂面前。就像旧约的祭司一样,上帝的洁净礼使我们成圣。在圣洗礼中,上帝洗净我们(林前6:11你们中间也有人从前是这样;但如今你们奉主耶稣基督的名,并藉著我们神的灵,已经洗净,成圣,称义了)。祂用圣灵膏了我们(林后1:21-22那在基督里坚固我们和你们,并且膏我们的就是神。 他又用印印了我们,并赐圣灵在我们心里作凭据(原文作质))。基督自己洁净我们为祭司(弗5:26-27要用水藉著道把教会洗净,成为圣洁, 可以献给自己,作个荣耀的教会,毫无玷污、皱纹等类的病,乃是圣洁没有瑕疵的)。
“上帝啊,求你为我造清洁的心,使我里面重新有正直(或作:坚定)的灵。不要丢弃我,使我离开你的面;不要从我收回你的圣灵。 求你使我仍得救恩之乐,赐我乐意的灵扶持我”(诗51:10-12)。阿们。

Leviticus 9 Aaron begins his priestly duties with God’s approval. In the Divine Service, God’s people today share much in common with God’s OT people. Like them, we come before God and humbly confess our sins. We also seek anew the promise of forgiveness offered by God’s grace.
Precious Lord, we thank You for the glimpse of salvation in the sacrifices offered by Your OT priests. May we grow to understand the binding relationship we share through the Aaronic blessing and the communal meal made possible by the great atoning offering of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Amen.
利未记9章 亚伦带着上帝的许可开始他的祭司职分。在神圣服事(崇拜)中,今天上帝的百姓和旧约中上帝的百姓有很多共享的。像他们一样,我们来到上帝面前,谦卑承认我们的罪。我们也时常寻求上帝出于恩典赐下的赦罪应许。
至珍的主啊,为着在你旧约祭司所献上的祭物中瞥见的救恩,我们感谢你。愿我们不断成长,明白我们透过亚伦式的祝福和圣餐所领受的稳固关系,就是藉着我们救赎主耶稣基督的至大赎罪祭所成就了的。阿们。

第十周星期三
Leviticus 10 The story of Nadab and Abihu’s thoughtlessness shows us that God is present in grace and in wrath. The God who justifies sinners also condemns those who will not sanctify the Lord. God’s people, the beneficiaries of His grace, should serve the Lord in reverence and awe (Heb 12:28-29). Jesus Christ, who bore the sins of all, declares us acceptable to God (1Pt2:24). Scripture calls this justification.
Lord, how awesome is Your almighty power. Thank You for Your grace, which justifies sinners like us and made us holy through the body and blood of Your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.
利未记10章 拿答和亚比户轻率的故事向我们表明上帝不但会在恩典中,也在怒气中显现。称罪人为义的上帝也会咒诅那些不将主耶和华分别为圣的人。上帝的百姓,就是领受祂恩惠的,应当带着敬畏和惊奇服事主耶和华(来12:28-29所以我们既得了不能震动的国,就当感恩,照神所喜悦的,用虔诚、敬畏的心事奉神。因为我们的神乃是烈火)。耶稣基督,那背负所有人罪孽的,宣告我们是蒙上帝悦纳的(彼前2:24他被挂在木头上,亲身担当了我们的罪,使我们既然在罪上死,就得以在义上活。因他受的鞭伤,你们便得了医治)。圣经叫这个为“称义”。
主耶和华啊,你的全能何等奇妙。你藉着你儿子耶稣基督的身体和宝血所赐下的恩典,称我们这样的罪人为义,并且使我们成圣,我们为此感谢你。阿们。

Leviticus 11 Each dietary regulation was lovingly put in place so that God might protect His people from death such as what was experienced by Nadab and Abihu, who died because of their impurity. As seen in this section, the wages of sin is death (Rm 6:23a). Disobedience of God’s Word results in death. But in His Word, He grants life and fellowship by His grace.
Merciful Lord, You alone are holy, and You shared holiness with us through the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ, who fulfilled the Law, and declared what was unclean to be clean. We thank You, Lord, for Your great mercy, through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
利未记11章 每一项食物条例都被亲切地定规下来,好使上帝可以保护祂的百姓远离死亡,就如死于他们不洁的拿答和亚比户所经历了的。在这部分可以看见,罪的工价就是死亡(罗6:23a 因为罪的工价乃是死)。悖逆上帝话语(道)的结果就是死亡。但是在祂的话语(道)中,祂出于祂的恩典赐下生命和团契交通。
满有怜悯的主啊,唯有你是圣洁的,并且你藉着那成全律法的耶稣基督的赎罪祭将圣洁与我们分享,并且宣告不洁的成为洁净。主耶和华,为着你透过我们主基督所赐下的丰盛怜悯,我们感谢你。阿们。

第十周星期四
Leviticus 12 Childbirth made a woman ceremonially unclean. These rules would exempt the new mother from the rigors of the Law and her typical role in family/community life. They also promised cleansing and restoration. In these days, the Lord acts mercifully toward His daughters, even as He remembers us with kindness.
Merciful Father, we thank You for the rich blessings we find in Your Word. There we see how You placed Your Son under the Law, that we might have rest and peace. Amen.
利未记12章 生产使得一个妇人按照礼仪律是不洁净的。这些规定能够使刚生产的母亲免除律法的严苛,和她在家庭、社区生活中惯有的角色。它们(条例)也应许了洁净和恢复。在这些日子里,主耶和华向祂的女儿们施怜悯,甚至就像祂今日以慈爱纪念我们一样。
满有怜悯的父啊,为着我们在你圣道中寻见的丰盛祝福,我们感谢你。在你的圣道中我们看见你如何将你儿子放置在律法以下,好叫我们可以得安息和平安。阿们。

Leviticus 13 Infectious skin diseases, whether of the body or of clothing, make individuals unclean. Priestly legislation keeps God’s people clean, so that God might dwell among them and bless them (cf Ex 25:8). In Lv 13, we witness minute details of God’s Law. We also see God’s grace and His hand of protection providing guidelines for what is clean and unclean for His OT people. In Baptism, God clothes people today with Christ’s “righteousness and holiness” (Eph 4:23-24). Christ strips off our old self (Eph 4:22), and we are clothed in Him (Rm 13:14).
Lord, we see Your hand of grace in the teachings of Leviticus. Without it, You could not dwell among Your people. Strengthen us, we pray, with Your precious Word and Sacraments to life eternal. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
利未记13 有传染性的皮肤病,无论是身体上或是衣物上的,都会使人不洁净。祭司式法制能够保守上帝的百姓洁净,好使上帝可以在他们中间居住并且祝福他们(参 出25:8又当为我造圣所,使我可以住在他们中间)。在这一章,我们看见上帝律法的细枝末节。我们也看见上帝恩典和祂护佑的手,给祂旧约子民提供了什么是洁净,什么是不洁净的指南。在圣洗礼中,上帝用基督的“公义和圣洁”穿戴今天的子民(弗4:23-24又要将你们的心志改换一新,并且穿上新人;这新人是照著神的形像造的,有真理的仁义和圣洁)。基督扒去我们的老我(弗4:22就要脱去你们从前行为上的旧人,这旧人是因私欲的迷惑渐渐变坏的),并且我们披戴着基督(罗13:14总要披戴主耶稣基督,不要为肉体安排,去放纵私欲)。
主耶和华啊,我们在利未记的教导中看见你恩典的手。离了恩典,你不能与你的子民同居。我们祈求,请用你宝贵的圣道和圣礼坚固我们,直到永生里。奉耶稣的名。阿们。

Leviticus 14:1-32 Disease is a consequence of the fall into sin, which isolates God’s people outside the boundaries He established, but God provides the means to readmit those whose skin disease is healed. Thankfully, God now provides a means for the sinners, outside His boundaries, to return to Him: His own Son, Jesus Christ. When we repent, Christ removes our impurities, that we might daily be clothed in our Baptism (Gal 3:27; Col 3:9-10).
Lord God, we come before You with a deep sense of our unworthiness and of Your infinite love and grace. Forgive, protect, and guide us always, for Jesus’ sake. Amen.
利未记14:1-32 疾病是堕落犯罪的一个代价,并且使得上帝的百姓隔离于祂所设置的界线之外,但是上帝提供了再次接纳那些皮肤病得医治之人的方式。感恩的是,如今上帝提供给在祂界线以外的罪人能够归回到祂那里的一条路:即祂自己的儿子耶稣基督。当我们悔改时,基督挪去我们的不洁,好叫我们每日在我们的圣洗礼中得以披戴祂(加3:27你们受洗归入基督的都是披戴基督了;西3:9-10不要彼此说谎;因你们已经脱去旧人和旧人的行为,穿上了新人。这新人在知识上渐渐更新,正如造他主的形像)。
主上帝啊,我们带着对我们的不配、还有你无限的爱和恩典的深刻意识,来到你面前。请因着耶稣的缘故,时常赦免,保护和引导我们。阿们。

Leviticus 14:33-57 Infected individuals and homes must be removed from God’s presence. In His mercy, God provides His priests with purification rites to cleanse individuals and homes. Ultimately, God sent His Son to enter the unclean home of sinners (cf Mt 26:6). Christ purifies and blesses our homes by His presence, as we pray, “Come, Lord Jesus, be our guest, and let these gifts to us be blessed.”
Bless our homes, Lord, we pray. Make them safe havens for the hearing of Your precious Word. Protect us from the power of the evil one. Amen.
利未记14:33-57 被感染的个人和房子必须从上帝面前除去。出于祂的怜悯,上帝提供洁净礼给祂的祭司,来洁净个人和房屋。最终,上帝差遣祂儿子进入罪人不洁净的家中(参太26:6耶稣在伯大尼长大麻疯的西门家里)。当我们祷告, “请来我们这儿做客,主耶稣,让这些礼物蒙祝福”时,基督就藉着祂的临在洁净并祝福我们的家。
主啊,我们祈求你祝福我们的家。使它们(我们的家)成为聆听你至珍话语的安全港湾。保守我们脱离那恶者的权势。阿们。

Leviticus 15 Ritual impurity separates God from His people. God’s declaration that semen and menstrual blood cause uncleanness prevents His people from engaging in ritual prostitution. Lv 15 provides specific examples of how God provides a means to remove impurity and to make His people clean again. His Word, which threatens by the Law, also cleanses hearts by faith in the Gospel.
Lord, You alone have the power to make us clean in Your sight through the washing of Holy Baptism. Renew us by Your grace. Amen.
利未记15章 礼仪上的不洁使上帝与祂的百姓隔离。上帝对精子和经期之血能造成不洁的宣告,拦阻了祂的百姓参与庙妓淫乱。本章对上帝如何提供除去污秽并使祂的百姓再次得洁净的途径,给出了详尽具体的例子。祂那藉着律法产生威吓的话语(道),也藉着对福音的信,使心得洁净。
主耶和华啊,唯独你有权能藉着圣洗礼的洗使我们在你面前得洁净。请藉着你的恩典更新我们。阿们。

第十周星期五
Leviticus 16 Once a year, on the 10th day of the seventh month, God implemented a mandatory Day of Atonement. Ritual sacrifices cleansed the sanctuary, tent of meeting, altar, priests, and entire congregation of their sins. The chief cleansing agent was blood, which pointed forward to Jesus’ sacrifice. By His death, Jesus offered the perfect sacrifice and entered the heavenly sanctuary with His blood (Heb 9:11-14), opening the way for believers to enter into God’s presence (Heb 6:20).
We give You thanks, Lord, for Your abundant mercy. You heard Your people’s prayers of repentance and sent Your precious Son to die for all. By His blood, we are made clean and enter into eternal life with You. Amen.
利未记16章 一年一次,每逢七月初十日,上帝实施一个必行的赎罪日。礼仪上的祭牲洁净圣所,会幕,祭坛,祭司和整个有罪的会众。用于洁净的首要媒介是血,向前指向耶稣的献祭。藉着祂的死亡,耶稣献上完美的祭物,并且凭着祂的血进入天上的至圣所(来9:11-14但现在基督已经来到,作了将来美事的大祭司,经过那更大更全备的帐幕,不是人手所造、也不是属乎这世界的…),为信徒打开了进入上帝同在的路(来6:20作先锋的耶稣,既照著麦基洗德的等次成了永远的大祭司,就为我们进入幔内)。
主啊,因着你丰盛的怜悯,我们把感谢献给你。你听了你百姓悔改的祈祷,并且差遣你至爱的儿子为所有人死。藉着祂的宝血,我们得洁净并且进入与你同在的永恒生命里。阿们。

Leviticus 17:1-9 God proclaims His dwelling place as the exclusive place for sacrifices. He does not want His people running after false gods. Today, avoid every association with idolatrous practices. Jesus is the only way to the Father (Jn 1:17-18; 14:6). He alone atones for our sins of idolatry with His precious blood (Rm 3:25). By God’s grace, He offers eternal life (Rm 6:23).
Father in heaven, grant us undivided hearts focused on Your dear Son, who came to ransom us from our sin, that we might receive the joy of Your salvation. Amen.
利未记17:1-9 上帝吩咐祂的居所为唯一献祭的地方。祂不愿祂的百姓追随假神。今天,请逃避与拜偶像有关的任何操练。耶稣是到圣父那里去的唯一道路(约1:17-18;14:6耶稣说「我就是道路、真理、生命;若不藉著我,没有人能到父那里去 )。唯有祂用祂的宝血为我们拜偶像的罪付上赎价(罗3:25神设立耶稣作挽回祭,是凭著耶稣的血,藉著人的信,要显明神的义;因为他用忍耐的心宽容人先时所犯的罪)。出于上帝的恩典,祂赐下永恒生命(罗6:23因为罪的工价乃是死;惟有神的恩赐,在我们的主基督耶稣里,乃是永生)。
天上的父啊,请赐给我们唯独专注于你亲爱儿子的心,是祂来从我们的罪中赎买了我们,好叫我们可以领受你救恩的喜乐。阿们。

Leviticus 17:10-16 God forbids the wanton killing of birds and animals. He desires that respect be shown for all life. Those who kill wantonly are held accountable for each life. Thanks be to God for the precious, life-giving blood of Jesus, who has reconciled us to the Father.
Father of mercy, You provided Your ancient people with ordinances that respected lifeblood as the atonement of sins. By Christ’s blood, You redeemed all people. Thank You for Your gracious gifts through Jesus Christ. Amen.
利未记17:10-16 上帝禁止对鸟和动物的随意杀戮。祂所愿的是所有生命都得到尊重。那些随意杀戮的将要为每一个生命负责。耶稣使我们与圣父和好,为着祂宝贵和赐生命的血,感谢归给上帝。
满有怜悯的父啊,你将那些尊重赎罪祭生命之血的条例吩咐给你古时的百姓。藉着基督的血,你救赎万民。为着你藉着耶稣基督赐下的恩典礼物,我们感谢你。阿们。

第十周星期六
Leviticus 18 Sexual purity is so important to God that He issued decrees detailing how to protect it. Only intercourse between a husband and wife is approved by God. God speaks against sexual sins among Christians as well (Eph 5:5-6; Heb 13:4). The Gospel sets people free from sin, but that freedom is not an excuse for committing sin. God knows our hearts and provides marriage to protect us from sin (1Co 7:2). In faithfulness to His Church, He hallows us and provides for our forgiveness from all sins.
Lord of the Church, forgive me and protect my heart from all impurity. Keep me from sexual sin by the power of Your Holy Spirit. Amen.
利未记18章 性的圣洁对上帝来说如此重要,以致祂颁布律例将如何保护它细节化。只有丈夫和妻子之间的性关系是上帝许可的。上帝也说祂反对基督徒中间淫乱的罪(弗5:5-6因为你们确实的知道,无论是淫乱的,是污秽的,是有贪心的,在基督和神的国里都是无分的。有贪心的,就与拜偶像的一样。不要被人虚浮的话欺哄;因这些事,神的忿怒必临到那悖逆之子;来13:4婚姻,人人都当尊重,床也不可污秽;因为苟合行淫的人,神必要审判)。福音使人从罪中得自由,但自由不是犯罪的借口。上帝知道我们的心,所以提供婚姻来保护我们远离罪(林前7:2但要免淫乱的事,男子当各有自己的妻子;女子也当各有自己的丈夫)。出于对祂教会的忠贞,祂分别我们为圣,并且供应我们从所有罪中得赦免的所需。
教会的主啊,请赦免我,保护我的心远离所有的不洁。藉着你圣灵的权能,保护我远离淫乱的罪。阿们。

Leviticus 19:1-8 God ties His holiness to Israel in words not unlike those of Jesus, who said, “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in Me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing” (Jn 15:5). He is the source of our holiness, life, and salvation. God attached Himself to us through His means of grace. God’s Word and Sacraments feed and nourish us as surely as a vine feeds and nourishes its branches.
Lord, by Your abundant grace, have mercy on us. Nurture us through Your Word and Sacraments, through Christ, our Savior. Amen.
利未记19:1-8 上帝将祂的圣洁与以色列人连系起来,所用的话语和耶稣所说的并没有区别,耶稣说,“我是葡萄树,你们是枝子。常在我里面的,我也常在他里面,这人就多结果子;因为离了我,你们就不能做什麽”(约15:5)。祂是我们圣洁,生命和救恩的源泉。上帝藉着祂恩典的媒介将祂自己与我们连结起来。正如葡萄树喂养,滋润它的枝子一样,非常确切地,上帝的话语(道)和圣礼也喂养滋润我们。
主耶和华啊,请因着你丰盛的恩典,怜悯我们。透过我们的救主基督,藉着你的圣道和圣礼,滋润我们。阿们。

Leviticus 19:9-18 God wants His holiness reflected in the lives and conduct of His people. The Israelites community shared in God’s holiness, and so do believers today (cf 1Co 1:2). We are hallowed in the Lord’s name.
Almighty Father, may our conduct reflect sincere faith in Your Gospel. Deliver us from evil thoughts and deeds for the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.
利未记19:9-18 上帝盼望祂的圣洁能够在祂子民的生活和行为中反映出来。以色列人的社区分享上帝的圣洁,今天的信徒也当如此(参 林前1:2写信给在哥林多神的教会,就是在基督耶稣里成圣、蒙召作圣徒的,以及所有在各处求告我主耶稣基督之名的人。基督是他们的主,也是我们的主)。我们是被分别为圣归在主名下的。
全能的父啊,愿我们的行为映射出(我们)在你福音中的真诚信心。因着你儿子耶稣基督的缘故,请救我们脱离邪恶的思想和行为。阿们。

Leviticus 19:19-37 Through these holy ordinances, God demands the obedience of His people. By His grace, He also chooses to dwell among them and shower them with blessings. By His hand, they were delivered from the corruption of Egypt; by His hand, they would drive out the Canaanites and settle in their land; and by His hand, the land would bring forth its abundance. Today, by the Lord’s nail-pierced hands, we are His people. As God’s holy people, we bring Christ’s message of salvation to all nations (Mt 28:19-20), which is the ultimate expression of loving our neighbors as ourselves.
Forgive us, Lord, for we do not always love our neighbor as ourselves. Strengthen us by Your Holy Spirit, that we may continually boast in what You have done. Amen.
利未记19:19-37 藉着这些圣洁的条例,上帝要求祂子民的遵从。出于祂的恩典,祂也选择住在他们中间,并且用祝福沐浴他们。藉着祂的手,他们得以从埃及地的败坏中获救。藉着祂的手,他们可以赶出迦南人,并且定居在他们的土地上;藉着祂的手,那地可以出产丰盛。今天,藉着主钉痕的手,我们成为祂的百姓。作为上帝圣洁的百姓,我们将基督的救恩信息带给万民(太28:19-20 所以,你们要去,使万民作我的门徒,奉父、子、圣灵的名给他们施洗(或作:给他们施洗,归於父、子、圣灵的名)。凡我所吩咐你们的,都教训他们遵守,我就常与你们同在,直到世界的末了」),这也就是对爱我们邻舍像爱我们自己一样的终极表达。
主啊,赦免我们,因为我们并不总是爱我们的邻舍像爱我们自己一样。藉着你的圣灵刚强我们,好叫我们可以继续以你所成就的夸口。阿们。

第十一周星期一
Leviticus 20:1-9 In response for all He has done, God commands the loyalty of His people. To protect those He loves from spiritual whoring, God decrees that those who follow false gods be dealt with decisively. God wants their influence eliminated, that others will not fall away and spend eternity apart from Him. Today, God’s Law continues to reveal us as sinners deserving death (Rm 3:9-20), but Jesus reveals that He came not to condemn but to save sinners (Jn 3:17-18). Through Baptism, He grants new life in His Word (Rm 6:1-11; 1Co 6:9-11).
Father, we thank You for setting us apart through the blessings of Holy Baptism. Amen.
利未记20:1-9 上帝吩咐祂的子民要忠信,作为对祂所做一切的回应。为了保护那些祂所爱的人远离属灵的淫乱,上帝下令那些跟随假神的应当被果断处置。上帝想要消灭他们的影响,好叫其他人不会跟着堕落,以至于在永恒中与祂无份。今天,上帝的律法继续显明我们作为罪人是当死的(罗3:9-20…所以凡有血气的,没有一个因行律法能在神面前称义,因为律法本是叫人知罪),但耶稣说祂来不是要审判,乃是要拯救罪人(约3:17-18因为神差他的儿子降世,不是要定世人的罪(或作:审判世人;下同),乃是要叫世人因他得救。信他的人,不被定罪;不信的人,罪已经定了,因为他不信神独生子的名 )。藉着圣洗礼,祂在祂的圣道中赐下新生命(罗6:1-11…所以,我们藉著洗礼归入死,和他一同埋葬,原是叫我们一举一动有新生的样式,像基督藉著父的荣耀从死里复活一样;林前6:9-11…你们中间也有人从前是这样;但如今你们奉主耶稣基督的名,并藉著我们神的灵,已经洗净,成圣,称义了)。
父啊,我们感谢你藉着圣洗礼的祝福将我们分别为圣。阿们。

Leviticus 20:10-21 Sexual immorality defiles individuals, making them unclean. Because these individuals are God’s holy people, their sexual conduct desecrates God’s name as well. Today, the closest thing we have to sacrificing children on Molech’s altar is the sin of abortion offered to the idol of personal convenience. God calls us to honor Him with our bodies (1Pt 1:14-15), to refrain from sexual immorality (Ac 15:29), and offer our lives in humble service. Christians, too, are accountable to God for their behavior. Thank God, He protects and preserves families from Satan’s clutches and provides forgiveness for even the most destructive sins.
Lord God, You are a light in the darkness of this world. Forgive our sins. Send Your Holy Spirit to bless and keep us. In Christ we pray. Amen.
利未记20:10-21 淫乱的罪污秽人,使他们成为不洁。因为这些淫乱的人本是上帝圣洁的子民,他们的性行为也就亵渎了上帝的名。今天,我们最类似于献儿女给摩洛的事,就是堕胎献给个人便利之偶像的罪。上帝呼召我们要用我们的身体尊荣祂(彼前1:14-15 你们既作顺命的儿女,就不要效法从前蒙昧无知的时候那放纵私欲的样子。那召你们的既是圣洁,你们在一切所行的事上也要圣洁),远离淫乱的罪(徒15:29就是禁戒祭偶像的物和血,并勒死的牲畜和奸淫。这几件你们若能自己禁戒不犯就好了。愿你们平安!」),并且献上我们的生命,用于谦卑的服事。基督徒,也会为着他们的行为向上帝交账。感谢上帝,祂保守和存留家庭,远离撒旦的爪牙,并且甚至提供赦免,给那些最具有破坏力的罪。
主上帝啊,你是这世界黑暗中的光。请赦免我们的罪。差遣你的圣灵祝福,并保守我们。在基督里我们祷告。阿们。

Leviticus 20:22-27 In reading Lv, we might feel threatened by the Law. Do this Don’t do that! Or we may become legalistic, thinking salvation hinges on our goodness. Recognize that God made His people holy by grace, and in the Law He guides them away from the self-destructive customs of the nations. In the Gospel of Jesus Christ, believers have freedom from their sins, freedom to please God as He beloved, chosen people.
Lord, You saw us as sinners, yet loved us still. By Your grace, You washed us in the water of Baptism and made us new creations. Sustain us with the life-giving body and blood of Your Son. Send Your Holy Spirit to make us pure. Keep us as Your ambassadors, living examples of Your love for all people. Amen.
利未记20:22-27 读利未记时,我们可能会感到律法的威胁。要做这个,不能做那个!或者我们可能因此变得律法主义,认为得救赎是取决于我们的善行。请认识清楚,上帝使祂的子民成为圣洁是出于恩典,而在律法中,祂引导他们远离那些周边民族的自杀毁灭性习俗。在耶稣基督的福音里,信徒得以从他们的罪中自由,并且作为祂蒙爱拣选的百姓自由地讨上帝喜悦。
主啊,你知道我们是罪人,然而依然爱我们。出于你的恩典,你在圣洗礼的水中洗净我们,使我们成为新造的人。请用你儿子赐生命的身体和宝血供养我们。差遣你的圣灵洁净我们。保守我们作你的使者,作你施爱于万民的鲜活榜样。阿们。

Leviticus 21:1-22:16 God sets His priests apart. They determine what is holy and what is common (10:10). Such an important responsibility requires rules to protect their consecration before God so that they would not die as did Nadab and Abihu. All the people are responsible for helping priests maintain their sacred status before God. Today, Christ’s atoning death makes us members of God’s royal priesthood (1Pt 2:9). As members of His royal priesthood, God separates us from every defilement (2Co 7:1) and calls us to care for one another.
Lord, as You have set us apart for Yourself, lead us to set our hearts on You and our feet on the way of Your statutes, to the honor of Your name. Amen.
利未记21:1-22:16 上帝将祂的祭司分别为圣。他们要将圣的和俗的分别开来(10:10使你们可以将圣的、俗的,洁净的、不洁净的,分别出来)。如此重要的责任需要条例来在上帝面前保护他们的圣洁,好叫他们不至于像拿答和亚比户那样死去。所有百姓都有责任帮助祭司在上帝面前保有他们神圣的职分。今天,基督的代赎死亡使我们成为上帝尊君祭司的成员(彼前2:9惟有你们是被拣选的族类,是有君尊的祭司,是圣洁的国度,是属神的子民,要叫你们宣扬那召你们出黑暗入奇妙光明者的美德)。作为祂尊君祭司的成员,上帝将我们从每一种污秽中分别开来(林后7:1亲爱的弟兄啊,我们既有这等应许,就当洁净自己,除去身体、灵魂一切的污秽,敬畏神,得以成圣),并且呼召我们彼此相顾。
主啊,你为你自己将我们分别为圣,请引导我们将我们的心定睛在你身上,我们的脚走在你法度的路上,好叫你的名得尊崇。阿们。

Leviticus 22:17-33 Our God is a holy God who shares His holiness with His people. By keeping God’s ordinances, the Israelites reflect God’s love back to Him and to one another. Failure to keep God’s commands destroys any assurance of God’s acceptance of their sacrifice and of them. Today, God brings His people into His holy presence through the blood of His Son, Jesus Christ (Eph 2:17-22). By His Word, God sanctifies us and makes us holy (Jn 17:17; cf Eph 5:26), that we may present ourselves unblemished to God as a “living sacrifice” (Rm 12:1).
“Lord Jesus, my salvation, My light, my life divine, My only consolation, O make me wholly Thine! For Thou has dearly bought me With blood and bitter pain. Let me, since Thou hast sought me, Eternal life obtain.” Amen. (LSB 689:2)
利未记22:17-33 我们的上帝是圣洁的上帝,祂将祂的圣洁分享于祂的百姓。藉着遵守上帝的律例,以色列人将上帝的爱映射给祂,还有映射给彼此。没有遵行上帝的吩咐就摧毁他们及他们的祭物蒙上帝悦纳的任何确据。今天,上帝将祂的百姓藉着祂儿子耶稣基督的血带进祂圣洁的同在中(弗2:17-22因为我们两下藉著他被一个圣灵所感,得以进到父面前…)。藉着祂的道,上帝洁净我们,使我们成圣(约17:17 求你用真理使他们成圣;你的道就是真理;参 弗5:26要用水藉著道把教会洗净,成为圣洁),好叫我们可以将我们自己毫无瑕疵地作为“活祭”献给上帝(罗12:1所以弟兄们,我以神的慈悲劝你们,将身体献上,当作活祭,是圣洁的,是神所喜悦的;你们如此事奉乃是理所当然的)。
“主耶稣,是我救恩,我亮光,我生命至圣,是我唯一的安慰,噢,使我属你完完整整!因你已用宝血和苦痛赎买我在你爱中。请让我,因着你一直的寻找,获得生命永恒。”阿们。(路德宗崇拜手册689:2)

第十一周星期二
Leviticus 23:1-3 Ch 23 represents a liturgical calendar for the Israelites. All such festivals and Sabbaths prefigure Christ (Col 2:16-17). The life of Jesus Christ shapes the Christian liturgical calendar, granting rest not only for our weary bodies but also for our weary souls.
Lord, may we always see the life of Christ reflected in our service, since He comes near to us through His precious Word and Sacraments. Amen.
利未记23:1-3 本章代表一个赐给以色列人的教会年历。所有这些节期和安息日预表着基督(西2:16-17 所以,不拘在饮食上,或节期、月朔、安息日都不可让人论断你们。这些原是後事的影儿;那形体却是基督)。耶稣基督的生命塑造了基督徒的教会年历,不仅赐安息给我们疲惫的身体,而且也给我们疲惫的灵魂。
主啊,愿我们总是能看见基督的生命反映在我们的服事中,因为祂藉着祂宝贵的话语和圣礼来亲近我们。阿们。

Leviticus 23:4-8 Remembrance of God’s deliverance of the Israelites from Egypt was the most important component in their liturgical calendar. He made redemption the chief theme of their service. Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, was slain on Good Friday as the Passover lambs were sacrificed. His sacrifice made redemption the chief theme of our worship too.
Blessed Redeemer, deliver us from all evil through Jesus Christ, our Paschal Lamb. Amen.
利未记23:4-8 纪念上帝拯救以色列人出埃及,是他们教会年历的最重要部分。祂使救赎成为他们服事的首要主题。耶稣基督,上帝的羔羊,正如逾越节的羔羊被献为祭一样,在受难星期五那天被杀。祂的赎罪祭也使得救赎成为我们敬拜的首要主题。
当称颂的拯救者啊,请藉着耶稣基督,我们的逾越节羔羊,拯救我们脱离所有凶恶。阿们。

Leviticus 23:9-14 Ritual celebrations remind the Israelites of God’s blessing of the harvest. Today, the food that sustains us is likewise a gift from His kindness. At every meal, offer thanks to God for His generous gift of daily bread and blessing, from the One who has blessed us with the bread of life.
Come, Lord Jesus, be our guest, and let these gifts to be blessed. Amen.
利未记23:9-14 礼仪庆祝以上帝所赐收割的祝福提醒以色列人。今天,供养我们的食物同样也是从祂的良善来的礼物。每一餐,请为祂日用饮食和祝福的慷慨礼物,就是从那位用生命粮祝福我们的主而来的,将感谢献给上帝。
主耶稣,请来我们中间作客,让这些恩赐蒙祝福。阿们。

Leviticus 23:15-22 God reminds His people that He is the source of all their blessings. He desires that they pause to thank Him during the wheat harvest. At Pentecost in the NT, God poured out the rich blessings of His Holy Spirit to begin a new harvest: God’s harvest of believers in Christ.
Lord, strengthen us with Your Holy Spirit, that we might gather a rich harvest of souls for Christ, so others may receive Your joy and rest. Amen.
利未记23:15-22 上帝提醒祂的百姓祂是他们所有祝福的源泉。祂所愿的就是他们能够在谷物收割时,暂停一下并将感谢献给祂。在新约中的五旬节,上帝浇灌下来祂圣灵的丰盛祝福,来开始一个新的收割:即上帝在基督里收割信徒。
主啊,请用你的圣灵坚固我们,好叫我们可以为着基督有一场丰盛的灵魂收割,以致其他人也能领受你的喜乐和安息。阿们。

Leviticus 23:23-25 God’s acclamation as Israel’s King ushers in the seventh month of the calendar. As Israel celebrated God’s reign through the old covenant, we celebrate His present reign in Christ, our gracious Lord.
Lord God, precious King, make us ever mindful of Your abundant mercies. Amen.
利未记23:23-25 对上帝作以色列王的赞美是在年历的第七个月(头一日)进行。就像以色列在整个旧约中庆祝上帝掌王权一样,我们也庆祝祂今日在我们恩典的主基督里掌权。
主上帝啊,至珍的王,请使我们永远记得你丰盛的怜悯。阿们。

Leviticus 23:26-32 The Day of Atonement was the great day of rest in the Sabbath month (23:32), with no work performed the entire day. Like Passover, the Day of Atonement commemorated God’s mercy and was an annual call to repentance and faith. Though our repentance should be daily, a season each year for repentance (e.g., Lent) helps us focus intentionally on our need for the Savior and the blessings He offers through the Church.
God of mercy, thank You for the atoning death of Your Son. Grant me sincere repentance and faith. Amen.
利未记23:26-32 赎罪日是安息月中大的安息日子(23:32),一整天都不作工。就像逾越节一样,赎罪日也是纪念上帝的怜悯,并且是对悔罪和信心的一次年度性呼召。尽管我们的悔改应当是每日的,但每年一个特别的季节用于悔罪(比如, 预苦期)可以帮助我们有目的地专注在我们对救赎主和祂藉着教会所赐福份的需要上。
满有怜悯的上帝,我们为着你儿子的赎罪死亡,感谢你。请赐我真诚的悔罪和信心。阿们。

Leviticus 23:33-44 The Feast of Booths concluded the festival half of the liturgy that began at Passover and commemorated Israel’s safe travel on the way to the Promised Land. As you start each new journey, call on God’s blessing and commemorate His care. Walk with Him by faith. His peace will comfort you in all circumstances.
As You watched over Israel, dearest Jesus, and journeyed with the disciples, so also abide with me and watch over me until, by Your grace, I reach my eternal home in heaven. Amen.
利未记23:33-44 教会年历开始于逾越节,而到了住棚节就过了一半,住棚节是纪念以色列去往应许之地的平安旅途。每当你开始一个新的旅程,请呼求上帝的祝福,纪念祂的看顾。凭着信心与祂同行。祂的平安将在所有的境况中安慰你。
至亲至爱的耶稣,就像你看顾以色列人,并且与门徒同行一样,也请与我同在,看顾我,直到我靠赖你的恩典,抵达我永恒的天家。阿们。

Leviticus 24:1-4 Aaron or his sons attend the lamps twice daily to maintain light in the Holy Place. As you serve the Lord daily, rejoice and attend the light of His Word, which enlightens the sanctuary of the heart. Jesus is the light of the world (Jn 8:12; 9:5).
Shine Your light on us, O Lord, that others might see the light of Christ through us. Amen.
利未记24:1-4 亚伦或他的儿子们每天两次收拾这些灯,要保持圣所里有光。当你每日服事主时,要专心于祂话语的光并且为之欢欣,因为祂的话语照亮心中的圣所。耶稣就是世界的光(约8:12耶稣又对众人说:「我是世界的光。跟从我的,就不在黑暗里走,必要得著生命的光。」;9:5我在世上的时候,是世上的光)。
噢主耶和华啊,请将你的光照亮我们,好叫其他人也可以透过我们看见基督的光。阿们。

Leviticus 24:5-9 The second ordinance involves the bread of the Presence. Each Sabbath, the high priest sets 12 new loaves before the Lord (v 8). As you thank God for daily bread, remember that Jesus is the bread of life (Jn 6:35, 48). He gives His flesh as bread for all believers (Jn 6:51) and grants life (Jn 6:53-55).
Lord, Your precious body provides bread for our souls in a lasting covenant. We thank and praise You, O Lord. Amen.
利未记24:5-9 第二个条例是关于陈设饼的。每安息日,大祭司就要将12个新饼摆在主耶和华面前(8节)。当你为着日用饮食感谢上帝时,请记得耶稣就是生命的粮(约6:35耶稣说:「我就是生命的粮。到我这里来的,必定不饿;信我的,永远不渴;48我就是生命的粮)。祂赐祂的肉作为粮食给所有的信徒(约6:51我是从天上降下来生命的粮;人若吃这粮,就必永远活著。我所要赐的粮就是我的肉,为世人之生命所赐的)并且赐下生命(约6:53-55吃我肉、喝我血的人就有永生,在末日我要叫他复活…)。
主啊,你宝贵的身体赐粮食给我们在永恒之约中的灵魂。我们感谢赞美你,噢主耶和华。阿们。

Leviticus 24:10-16 The third ordinance (see note, vv 1-4) deals with God’s holy name. God equates this blasphemy with the sin of idolatry because it undermined true worship. Blasphemers were cursed by God (cf Mt 25:41). The Lord bids us to hallow God’s name (Mt 6:9), to call on His name (1Co 1:2), and to do everything in His name (Col 3:17). God’s name is “a treasure greater and nobler than heaven and earth” (LC IV 16).
Lord, may we at all times remember Your name and keep it holy. Amen.
利未记24:10-16 第三个条例是关乎上帝的圣名。上帝将这亵渎与拜偶像的罪同等,因为它
败坏了正确的敬拜。亵渎者要被上帝咒诅(参 太25:41王又要向那左边的说:『你们这被咒诅的人,离开我!进入那为魔鬼和他的使者所预备的永火里去)。主耶和华吩咐我们尊上帝的名为圣(太6:9所以,你们祷告要这样说:我们在天上的父:愿人都尊你的名为圣),求告祂的名(林前1:2写信给在哥林多神的教会,就是在基督耶稣里成圣、蒙召作圣徒的,以及所有在各处求告我主耶稣基督之名的人。基督是他们的主,也是我们的主),并且凡事奉祂的名去行(西3:17 无论做什麽,或说话或行事,都要奉主耶稣的名,藉著他感谢父神)。上帝的名是“一个比天和地都伟大,都尊贵的珍宝”(大问答 4:16)。
主耶和华啊,愿我们总是纪念你的名,并且尊之为圣。阿们。

Leviticus 24:17-23 God establishes a system for administering justice based on equality and compensation for loss. However, no human compensation could give back to the Lord the honor due His saving name. Thanks be to God, Christ’s atoning death brings forgiveness of blasphemy and teaches us to call on His mercy.
O Lord, guide our lips, that every word we say may give glory and honor to Your precious name. Amen.
利未记24:17-23 上帝基于平等和损失赔偿,设立了一个执行公正审判的系统。然而,没有任何人的赔偿可以将主耶和华祂拯救的名应得的荣耀归还给祂。感谢归给上帝,基督的赎罪死亡带来亵渎之罪的赦免,也教导我们呼求祂的怜悯。
噢主啊,请引导我们的嘴唇,好叫我们所说的每一个字都能给你至珍的名带来荣耀和尊贵。阿们。

Leviticus 25:1-7 Just as humankind needs a Sabbath rest, so the land needs rest. Because the land belongs to God, it was returned to Him every seventh year. All we have belongs to the Lord, our Maker and Redeemer. Honor Him with your property and life, even as He blesses and prospers you in His loving care.
Lord of heaven and earth, may we never forget that all we have, including the salvation of our souls, is provided by Your gracious hand. Amen.
利未记25:1-7 正如人需要安息日休息一样,土地也需要休息。因为土地属于上帝,所以需要每七年归回给祂。我们所拥有的一切都属于我们的创造者和救赎者,主耶和华。要用你们的财物和生命尊荣祂,甚至就像祂出于祂慈爱的看顾祝福你,使你繁荣一样。
天地的主啊,愿我们永不忘记,我们所拥有的一切,包括我们灵魂的救恩,都是你满有恩典的手供应的。阿们。

Leviticus 25:8-22 The Year of Jubilee provides God’s people with restored freedoms. Lands are returned to their original owners, slaves are freed, land is given rest, and loans are written off. In this way, the Lord emphasizes freedom, family, property rights, and devotion, which make a nation strong. In Christ, we find our jubilee. In Him, our sins are forgiven, and we receive our “eternal inheritance” (Heb 9:15).
Thank You, Lord, for freeing us from the bondage of sin. May we honor You by our freedom, family, and goods. Amen.
利未记25:8-22 禧年将重获的自由供应给上帝的子民。土地归回它们的原主,奴隶重获自由,土地得着安息,还有债务被抹去。用这种方式,主耶和华就高举了自由,家庭,财产权,和归属,这些都使得一个民族壮大。在基督里,我们得着了我们的禧年。在祂里面,我们的罪得到赦免,并且我们领受我们“永恒的产业”(来9:15为此,他作了新约的中保,既然受死赎了人在前约之时所犯的罪过,便叫蒙召之人得著所应许永远的产业)。
主啊,为着你使我们从罪的枷锁中得释放,我们感谢你。愿我们藉着我们的自由,家庭和财物尊荣你。阿们。

Leviticus 25:23-24 Land is God’s gift to His people through their tribes and clans. God desires that this gift stay in families and never be bargained or sold. God’s laws of redemption made this possible. At all times, land sold by a poor family member could be redeemed. How greatly the Lord treasures families! In love, God has redeemed us from sin through the precious blood of His Son. We are bought and paid for. We are His.
Lord, we praise You for sending a kinsman-Redeemer, Jesus Christ, to redeem us with His precious blood. Amen.
利未记25:23-24 土地是上帝透过他们的支派和宗族赐给祂子民的礼物。上帝所愿的是这礼物能够存留在家庭中,并且永不会被交易掉或出售。上帝救赎的法规使得这成为可能。任何时候,一个贫困的家庭成员所卖的土地总是可以被赎回。主耶和华是多麽珍视家庭啊!出于爱,上帝藉着祂儿子的宝血从罪中赎买了我们。我们被买回,被付了赎价。我们是祂的了。
主耶和华啊,为着你差遣一位至亲-赎买者,就是耶稣基督,来用祂的宝血赎买我们,我们赞美你。阿们。

Leviticus 25:35-46 Israelites are to respect one another, regardless of their financial circumstances. God expects His people to honor Him for His great provisions by treating others with respect (Ex 20:12-17). We also see God’s faithfulness in the provision of land. For our sakes, Jesus Christ became poor, that He might provide us with God’s blessings (2Co 8:9). As our Brother, He frees us from the bondage of sin.
Merciful Savior, lead me to love and respect my brothers and sisters and serve for their benefit, in accordance with Your merciful goodness. Amen.
利未记25:35-46 以色列人应当彼此尊重,无论他们的财务状况如何。上帝期望祂的百姓因着祂丰盛的供应,能够以尊重善待他人,并藉此尊荣祂(出20:12-17)。我们也在土地的出产中看见上帝的信实。为着我们的缘故,耶稣基督甘愿降卑,以致祂可以将上帝的祝福供应给我们(林后8:9你们知道我们主耶稣基督的恩典:他本来富足,却为你们成了贫穷,叫你们因他的贫穷,可以成为富足)。作为我们的弟兄,祂使我们从罪的捆绑中得释放。
满有怜悯的救主啊,请引导我按照你满有怜悯的良善,去爱和尊重我的弟兄姊妹,并且服侍他们的益处。阿们。

Leviticus 25:47-55 God set apart the Israelites by His covenant. Those who entered bond-service because of debts were to be treated with respect, for they did not belong to their master but to God. Today, those in Christ are likewise beneficiaries of God’s grace (Ac 10:39-43). Because we are released from our debts, we are called to have mercy on others, to release them from their debts (Mt 6:12). We now await the restoration promised in the heavenly Jubilee (Ac 3:21).
Lord of promise, thank You for our release from sin. We await the fullness of heaven, through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
利未记25:47-55 上帝藉着祂的约将以色列人分别为圣。那些因着债务进入奴隶劳工的,应当得到有尊严的对待,因为他们不属于他们的主人,而是属于上帝。今天,那些在基督里的也同样是上帝恩典的受惠者(徒10:39-43…众先知也为他作见证说:『凡信他的人必因他的名得蒙赦罪)。因为我们从我们的罪债中得释放,我们也就蒙召要以怜悯待他人,从他们的债中释放他们(太6:12免我们的债,如同我们免了人的债)。我们如今等候那已应许了的在天上禧年中的恢复(徒3:21天必留他,等到万物复兴的时候,就是神从创世以来、藉著圣先知的口所说的)。
应许的主啊,为着我们从罪中所得的释放,我们感谢你。透过我们的主基督,我们期盼等候那天上的完全。阿们。

第十一周星期三
Leviticus 26:1-13 By the Word of promise, the Lord grants us faith, that we may walk by faith and enjoy His blessings of abundance and peace. Failure to walk with God brings painful consequences (vv 14-39). Therefore, cling to God’s Word, especially His promise that His people belong to Him (v 13).
Lord, we entrust our lives to You. You alone have the words of eternal life. Amen.
利未记26:1-13 藉着应许的话语(道),主耶和华赐我们信心,好叫我们可以凭信而行,并享受祂富裕和平安的祝福。没能与上帝同行就会带来痛苦的后果(14-39节)。因此,请紧握上帝的话语,特别是祂的应许:祂的子民属于祂(13节 我是耶和华你们的神,曾将你们从埃及地领出来,使你们不作埃及人的奴仆;我也折断你们所负的轭,叫你们挺身而走)。
主啊,我们将我们的生命交托给你。唯有你有永生之道。阿们。

Leviticus 26:14-46 Failure to obey God’s statutes, rules, and laws result in punishment. God’s discipline intensifies as the disobedience intensifies against Him. One by one, God removes His blessings in order to lead His people back to Him in repentance, that He may again shower them with His grace (2Pt 3:9). The epitome of God’s grace is seen at the cross, where His Son died to remove the curse brought by sin (cf 1Jn 1:9).
“O almighty God, merciful Father, I, a poor, miserable sinner, confess unto You all my sins and iniquities with which I have ever offended You and justly deserved Your temporal and eternal punishment. But I am heartily sorry for them and sincerely repent of them, and I pray You of Your boundless mercy and for the sake of the holy, innocent, bitter sufferings and death of Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, to be gracious and merciful to me, a poor, sinful being.” Amen. (LSB, p 184)
利未记26:14-26 没能遵行上帝的法度,条例,和律令就带来刑罚。随着悖逆祂的程度不断升级,上帝的管教也会升级。一个接着一个,上帝挪去祂的祝福,为的是带领祂的百姓在懊悔中归回祂,好叫祂能够再一次以祂的恩典沐浴他们(彼后3:9主所应许的尚未成就,有人以为他是耽延,其实不是耽延,乃是宽容你们,不愿有一人沉沦,乃愿人人都悔改)。上帝
恩典的完全范例都显明在十字架上了,祂的儿子为要挪去罪所带来的咒诅,死在十字架上(参 约一1:9 我们若认自己的罪,神是信实的,是公义的,必要赦免我们的罪,洗净我们一切的不义)。
“噢全能的上帝,满有怜悯的父啊,我,一个卑微,可怜的罪人,向你承认我所有的过犯和罪愆,就是我曾冒犯你并且公正地配得你今世和永恒刑罚的。但是我真心为这些罪懊悔,诚意改变,我祈求你出于你的无限怜悯,因着你爱子耶稣基督祂那圣洁、无辜、痛苦的受害和死亡,以恩典和怜悯待我这个贫穷有罪的人。”阿们。(路德宗崇拜手册,184页)

Leviticus 27 Lv concludes by showing how all God’s people are involved in the stewardship of God’s house. Based on how God has blessed them, each Israelite provides materials and finances for the maintenance of God’s sanctuary for the ongoing operation of the Divine Service. The collection of our offerings during the liturgy serves a parallel purpose (cf Ac 4:34-5:11). Our offerings are part of the holy work of God’s people for the benefit of the world (Rm 15:27; 2Co 9:12). Through our offerings, we bear witness to what God has done through Calvary’s cross.
“What shall I render to the Lord for all His benefits to me? I will offer the sacrifice of thanksgiving and will call on the name of the Lord. I will take the cup of salvation and will call on the name of the Lord. I will pay my vows to the Lord now in the presence of all His people, in the courts of the Lord’s house, in the midst of you, O Jerusalem.” Amen. (LSB, p 176)
利未记27 本章展现了所有上帝的子民该如何参与到上帝家中的服事,利未记到此结束。基于上帝如何祝福了他们,每个以色列人提供物质和金钱来供应上帝圣所的维护,用于“神圣的服事(Divine Service)”。我们崇拜中的奉献收集也有着平行的目的(参 徒4:34-5:11使徒大有能力,见证主耶稣复活;众人也都蒙大恩。内中也没有一个缺乏的,因为人人将田产房屋都卖了,把所卖的价银拿来,放在使徒脚前,照各人所需用的,分给各人…)。我们的奉献也是上帝子民为了这个世界的益处,所做神圣之工的一部分(罗15:27这固然是他们乐意的,其实也算是所欠的债;因外邦人既然在他们属灵的好处上有分,就当把养身之物供给他们;林后9:12因为办这供给的事,不但补圣徒的缺乏,而且叫许多人越发感谢神)。透过我们的奉献,我们见证上帝藉着加略山的十字架所做的。
“为着祂所赐给我的所有福祉,我还能偿还什么给主耶和华呢?我要献上感恩的祭,且要呼求主耶和华的名。我要拿起救恩的杯,且要呼求主耶和华的名。我要偿还我向主耶和华所许的愿,就是此刻在祂众民面前,在主耶和华的殿中,在你中间,噢耶路撒冷啊。”阿们。(路德宗崇拜手册,176页)

翻译:Gary
主后2016.10.28

《民数记》
(第十一周星期四—第十三周星期六)

第十一周星期四
Numbers 1:1-46 Through a census, the Lord shows Moses that Israel has grown mightily. However, the strength of God’s people does not depend on size and military strength but on His Word and grace. How good to know that God counts you righteous in His sight through His Son, who lived perfectly for you and died as the atoning sacrifice for your sin. In Christ, God numbers you among His people through your Baptism, providing all you need for your earthly journey to the promised land of heaven.
Lord, keep me ever faithful to Your Word, and sustain me with Your grace in the family of all believers. Thank You for freeing me from bondage to sin, death, and the devil, through Christ, my Lord. Amen.
民数记1:1-46 透过数点人数,主耶和华给摩西看见以色列已经迅猛增长。然而,上帝百姓的力量不倚赖于人的多少或者军队的实力,而是在于祂的话语和恩典。上帝的儿子曾经为你完美地活在地上,为你的罪作为赎罪祭而死,上帝透过祂的儿子在祂眼里算你为义,知道这些是多么的美好啊。在基督里,上帝藉着你的圣洗礼将你收纳为祂的子民,并且供应你在地上去往天上应许之地的旅途的一切所需。
主耶和华啊,请保守我永远忠于你的话语,用你的恩典在众圣徒的家中供养我。感谢你藉着我的主基督将我从罪、死亡和魔鬼的枷锁中释放出来。阿们。

Numbers 1:47-54 The Lord sets the Levites apart for special service. Their duty is spiritual, not military. God charges the Levites with moving, maintaining, and protecting the tabernacle, God’s dwelling place. As an added means of protection, He instructs the Israelites to camp around the tabernacle; the Levites serve as the final defense against defilement (vv 52-53). See diagram, p 139). By God’s grace, all the people huddle about His sacred dwelling and enjoy the blessings of His presence.
Praise be to God, who sets us apart by His Holy Spirit, and who guards the faith He has worked in us through our Baptism. Amen.
民数记1:47-54 主耶和华将利未人为了特别的服事分别开来。他们的职分是属灵的,而不是军事上的。上帝吩咐利未人挪移、拆卸和保护帐幕,就是上帝的居所。祂指导以色列人围着帐幕安营,作为一个保护的额外措施;利未人服事,是作为抵御污秽的最后一道屏障(52-53节…但利未人要在法柜帐幕的四围安营,免得忿怒临到以色列会众;利未人并要谨守法柜的帐幕)。请看图示,139页。靠赖上帝的恩典,所有百姓围着祂神圣的居所,享受祂同在的祝福。
赞美归给上帝,祂藉着祂的圣灵将我们分别为圣,并且祂保守那份祂藉着我们的圣洗礼在我们里面生发的信心。阿们。

Numbers 2 God’s dwelling place is the center of Israelite life. Note that v 17, referring to the Levites and the movement of the tent of meeting, is the central verse of the 34 verses in ch 2. When encamped, the Israelites face the tent of meeting, showing the centrality of God’s place for their lives. For today’s believers, Christ dwells in our midst and incorporates us into His holy tabernacle, the Church.
Lord, dwell among us by Your Word and Spirit, that we may keep You first in our lives and follow You always. Amen.
民数记2章 上帝的居所是以色列人生活的中心。17节提到利未人和会幕的挪移,就是第二章共34节经文中的核心经节。当安营下来时,以色列人都是朝向会幕的,表示上帝的居所就是他们生命的中心。对于今天的信徒来说,基督住在我们中间,将我们纳入祂的圣洁帐幕,就是教会中。
主耶和华啊,请藉着你的道和灵住在我们中间,好叫我们可以在我们的生活中尊你为大,总是跟随你。阿们。

Numbers 3:1-4 Aaron’s sons are set apart to serve as God’s high priests. They would be the anointed leaders of the tabernacle and later the temple, down to the first century, when Herod’s temple was destroyed in AD 70. Although Aaron’s oldest sons, Nadab and Abihu, offended the Lord and were consumed by fire, in His mercy God raised up new, faithful leaders in Aaron’s younger sons. Today, pray for the leaders of your congregation and community, that they may walk in the ways of the Lord. He will hear your prayer for Jesus’ sake and lead you into a blessed future.
Merciful Father, lead us always by Your Son, who is ever faithful. Amen.
民数记3:1-4 亚伦的儿子们被分别开来,作为上帝的大祭司来服事。他们会成为帐幕的,后来是圣殿的受膏领袖,直到第一世界,就是希律圣殿在公元70年被毁的时候。尽管亚伦年长的儿子拿答和亚比户,得罪了主耶和华并因此被火吞噬,但上帝出于祂的怜悯在亚伦年轻的儿子中兴起了新的、有忠心的领袖。今天,请为你的教会和社区领袖们祷告,好叫他们可以行在主耶和华的道路上。祂会因着耶稣的缘故垂听你的祈祷,并且带领你进入蒙福的未来。
满有怜悯的父啊,请藉着你永远信实的儿子,一直引导我们。阿们。

Numbers 3:5-39 The Lord chooses the Levites to assist the sons of Aaron, His anointed priests. Each levitical clan performs assigned duties for the care and security of the sanctuary (tent of meeting) and its precious contents (vv 25, 31, 36-37). Just as the Lord consecrated the Levites to care for the tabernacle and to support the services of the sanctuary, He likewise calls and consecrates His people today to support the ministry of the Word. The Lord has a place for you to serve among His people. Rejoice in the mutual love and care He provides for all in Christ Jesus.
O God, by Your grace through Christ, You have made us Your temple. Bless our service together in spreading the Word of salvation to all nations. Amen.
民数记3:5-39 主耶和华拣选利未人协助祂受膏的祭司,就是亚伦的儿子们。每一个利未宗族履行指定的职责,看顾和保护圣所(会幕)以及它里面的宝贵物件(25,31,36-37…米拉利子孙的职分是看守帐幕的板、闩、柱子、带卯的座,和帐幕一切所使用的器具)。正如主耶和华分别利未人为圣来看管帐幕并且协助圣所里的服事一样,祂同样呼召祂今天的百姓,并将他们分别为圣,来支持话语(圣道)的事工。主耶和华在祂的百姓中有给你预备地方服事。要在祂为所有在基督耶稣里的人提供的彼此相爱和看顾中欢喜快乐。
噢上帝啊,出于你藉着基督所赐的恩典,你使我们成为你的殿。请祝福我们一同在传扬救恩的圣道给万民的服事。阿们。

Numbers 3:40-51 According to the Law, the firstborn sons belong to the Lord (Ex 34:20). In their place, God appoints the Levites and allows for the redemption of all firstborn Israelite sons, foreshadowing redemption through Christ (Heb 9:12).
Lord, You provided our redemption through the blood of Your Son, Jesus. We praise You for His generous sacrifice. Amen.
民数记3:40-51 根据律法,头生的儿子属于主耶和华(出34:20头生的驴要用羊羔代赎,若不代赎就要打折他的颈项。凡头生的儿子都要赎出来。谁也不可空手朝见我)。上帝指定利未人代替他们,并且允许所有以色列人的长子可以被赎出,预表了藉着基督的救赎(来9:12并且不用山羊和牛犊的血,乃用自己的血,只一次进入圣所,成了永远赎罪的事)。
主耶和华啊,你藉着你儿子耶稣的血赐下我们的救赎。我们为着祂慷慨的献祭赞美你。阿们。

第十一周星期五
Numbers 4 The Lord calls the Levites to complete specific tasks. Great care is taken to protect items used in worship within the tent of meeting. Failure to respect items God had declared holy would result in immediate death (v 15). Today, God entrusts us with His Gospel message of reconciliation through His Son, Jesus Christ. That message must be kept undefiled (Gal 1:8) by proper training for ordained ministers of the Gospel (2Tim 2:2) and for all believers. Those whom the Lord calls, He also equips by grace.
Lord, send us Your Holy Spirit, that Your Word may always be preached in purity and truth among us. Amen.
民数记4章 主耶和华呼召利未人去完成特别的任务。在保护会幕里用于敬拜的圣物上需要极其小心。没能认真对待上帝所宣告为圣的物件会带来立刻的死亡(15节将要起营的时候,亚伦和他儿子把圣所和圣所的一切器具遮盖完了,哥辖的子孙就要来抬,只是不可摸圣物,免得他们死亡。会幕里这些物件是哥辖子孙所当抬的)。今天,上帝将祂透过祂儿子耶稣基督(与人)和好的福音信息交托给了我们。那福音信息必须藉着给按立的福音执事和所有信徒以适当的训练得以纯正无损地保存(加1:8但无论是我们,是天上来的使者,若传福音给你们,与我们所传给你们的不同,他就应当被咒诅)。那些主耶和华呼召的,祂也藉着恩典装备。
主耶和华啊,请差遣你的圣灵给我们,好叫你的话语(道)总是能在我们中间按其纯正和真理宣讲。阿们。

Numbers 5:1-4 The ground is holy wherever the tent of meeting lodges. Defilement means death, for uncleanness is rooted in sin. Today, through confession and Absolution, we may enter the Lord’s presence. Our corporate prayer of Confession reminds us that “we are by nature sinful and unclean” and that our salvation comes through Christ’s mercy alone (LSB, p 167).
Lord, Your mercy enables us to walk anew in our Father’s ways. Cleanse us for life in the communion of saints and life everlasting. Amen.
民数记5:1-4 无论会幕安在哪里,那地就成为圣洁的了。污秽意味着死亡,因为不洁净扎根于罪中。今天,藉着认罪和赦罪,我们可以进入主耶和华的同在。我们集体的认罪祷告提醒我们:“我们按照本相是有罪和不洁的,”并且我们的救恩唯独藉着基督的怜悯而来(路德宗崇拜手册,167页)
主啊,愿你的怜悯使我们重新走在我们天父的道路上。为着在圣徒相通中的生命,永恒的生命,请洁净我们。阿们。

Numbers 5:5-10 Any sinful act committed against another is considered “breaking faith with the LORD” (v 6). God expects His people to keep His Law, for that will be their wisdom and understanding in the sight of the people (Dt 4:6). Through the guilt offering, the sinner is reconciled to the Lord and to the community of faith. Today, God’s people receive forgiveness through Confession and Absolution. However, do not neglect to make restitution for what you have done wrong. Freely honor the Lord’s mercy by making restitution and by showing mercy toward others. The Lord, who takes away your sin, also freely grants you His promised Holy Spirit.
Precious Savior, by Your grace, set us free from sin. Grant us Your Holy Spirit and thoughtful hearts for making restitution. Amen.
民数记5:5-10 任何得罪他人的行为都会被看为“对主耶和华信心的破坏”(6节 你晓谕以色列人说:无论男女,若犯了人所常犯的罪,以致干犯耶和华,那人就有了罪)。上帝期待祂的百姓遵守祂的律法,因为那就是他们在世人面前的智慧和聪明(申4:6所以你们要谨守遵行,这就是你们在万民眼前的智慧、聪明。他们听见这一切律例,必说:‘这大国的人真是有智慧、有聪明)。藉着赎愆祭,罪人可以与主耶和华,还有信众和好。今天,上帝的百姓藉着认罪和赦罪(Confession and Absolution)领受饶恕。然而,不要忘记为着你所做的错事赔偿。你可以自由地藉着补偿过失,和向他人施怜悯,来尊荣主耶和华的慈爱。那位挪去你罪恶的主耶和华,也将祂应许了的圣灵自由地赐给你。
至珍的救赎主啊,请藉着你的恩典,将我们从罪中释放。请将你的圣灵和补偿过失所需的智慧心肠赐给我们。阿们。

Numbers 5:11-31 God provides recourse should a man suspect his wife of adultery, a most serious matter (Ex 20:14). In OT times, the penalty for adultery was death (Lv 20:10). God designed human sexuality for the blessed estate of marriage. Yet He also offers forgiveness through Christ for those who err and repent.
Almighty Father, keep us sexually pure, whether we are married or unmarried. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
民数记5:11-31 当一个丈夫怀疑自己的妻子不贞时,这是一个最严重的事,上帝就提供诉求的方法(出20:14 不可奸淫)。在旧约时期,奸淫罪的惩罚就是死亡(利20:10与邻舍之妻行淫的,奸夫淫妇都必治死)。上帝给人提供了性来祝福婚姻生活。然而,祂也藉着基督为那些犯错悔改的人提供饶恕。
全能的父啊,无论我们是结了婚的或是单身的,请保守我们在性方面的圣洁。奉耶稣的名。阿们。

Numbers 6:1-21 Nazirite vows are made voluntarily before God. The length of vows can vary, but once a vow is made, God requires fulfillment (v 21). Today, we take vows at important times: Baptisms, Confirmations, weddings, citizenship, and government service. When you take a vow, honor the Lord by keeping your word. God, who does not take lightly any vow made to Him, faithfully keeps His vows, including that of Gn 3:15), which promised your salvation in Christ.
Lord God, thank You for Your faithfulness. Help me to keep my word to You and to others. In Christ’s name. Amen.
民数记6:1-21 拿细耳人的愿是在上帝面前自愿许下的。许愿的长短可以变化,但一旦许了愿,上帝要求其成就(21节许愿的拿细耳人为离俗所献的供物,和他以外所能得的献给耶和华,就有这条例。他怎样许愿就当照离俗的条例行)。今天,我们在重要的时刻许愿:圣洗礼,坚振礼,婚礼,公民和政府公务。当你许了愿(vow)时,请持守你的话,藉此尊荣主耶和华。上帝,并不轻看任何许给祂的愿,(并且祂)信实地保守祂自己许的愿,包括创世纪3:15(我又要叫你和女人彼此为仇;你的後裔和女人的後裔也彼此为仇。女人的後裔要伤你的头;你要伤他的脚跟),就是那个应许了你在基督里的救恩的愿。
主上帝啊,为着你的信实,我们感谢你。请帮助我保守我对你和他人所许下的话。奉基督的名。阿们。

Numbers 6:22-27 The Aaronic benediction is still repeated in Christian worship (e.g. LSB, pp 166, 183, 202, 212, 218). Note that the divine name Yahweh is used three times in reference to the triune nature of God. What a blessing it is to know that God the Father blesses all aspects of our lives, that God the Son has redeemed us poor, miserable sinners, and that God the Holy Spirit calls us by the Gospel. He saves us by His name, applied to us in Holy Baptism (Mt 28:19) and invoked by us throughout our lives.
“I bind unto myself today The strong name of the Trinity By invocation of the same, The Three in One and One in Three.” Amen. (LSB 604:1)
民数记6:22-27 亚伦祭司式的祝福仍然在基督徒敬拜中不断地重复着(比如:路德宗崇拜手册,166,183,202,212,218页)。请注意耶和华神圣的名在这里出现三次,正对应着上帝三位一体的属性。圣父上帝祝福我们生命的方方面面,圣子上帝救赎我们这些卑微可怜的罪人,圣灵上帝藉着福音呼召我们。祂藉着祂的名拯救我们,在圣洗礼中(将祂的救恩)临到我们(太28:19所以,你们要去,使万民作我的门徒,奉父、子、圣灵的名给他们施洗(或作:给他们施洗,归於父、子、圣灵的名)),并且贯穿我们的整个生活让我们呼求。
“今日我将三位一体上帝的圣名紧贴我自己,藉着呼求那同一的名,圣一三,圣三一(Three in One, One in Three.)”阿们。(路德宗崇拜手册604:1)

第十一周星期六
Numbers 7 Each leader of the 12 tribes of Israel presents his offering to God at the tabernacle dedication. Leaders give thanks to God for bringing them out of Egypt to establish His covenant with them. The offerings of Israel commemorate God’s favor, which we still enjoy due to the sacrifice of Christ’s blood at Calvary (cf 1Co 5:7).
Father, for Your mercy we give You thanks and praise. Grant us generous hearts in offering thanks to You. Amen.
民数记7章 在帐幕奉献礼上,以色列12支派的每一个首领都将他的奉献呈给上帝。为着祂将他们带出埃及并且与他们立了祂的约,首领们将感谢献给上帝。以色列人的奉献是对上帝恩惠的纪念,这恩惠也是我们因着基督在骷髅地的流血献祭仍然享受着的(参 林前5:7你们既是无酵的面、应当把旧酵除净、好使你们成为新团.因为我们逾越节的羔羊基督、已经被杀献祭了)。
父啊,为着你的怜悯,我们将感谢和赞美献给你。请赐我们在献感谢给你时慷慨的心。阿们。

Numbers 8:1-4 No windows shed light into the Lord’s sanctuary, so these lampstands are truly a light shining in the darkness (see diagram, p 139). For the priests serving in the Most Holy Place, the luminescence provides a poignant symbol that true light comes from the Lord alone. Today, we light candles to symbolize the Lord’s presence among us through His Word and Sacraments. God’s light is Jesus Christ (Jn 1:4), who conquers death and grants eternal life (Rm 6:23b).
Lord of heaven and earth, in the lampstand You provide a precious symbol of Your grace: salvation’s true light. Your Word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. Amen.
民数记8:14 没有窗户可以使光线进到主耶和华的圣所,所以这些灯台真的是一束光照射在黑暗里。对于在至圣所里服侍的祭司来说,灯光就提供一个强烈的寓意:即真光唯独从主耶和华而来。今天,我们点蜡烛,也是象征主耶和华藉着祂的圣道和圣礼住在我们中间。上帝的光就是耶稣基督(约1:4生命在他里头.这生命就是人的光),是祂胜过了死亡,并赐下永恒生命(罗6:23b惟有 神的恩赐、在我们的主基督耶稣里、乃是永生)。
天地的主啊,在灯台中你赐下宝贵符号,代表你的恩典:即救赎的真光。你的话就是我们脚前的灯,路上的光。阿们。

Numbers 8:5-22 Israel’s sin is transferred to the Levites, who transfer this sin to sacrificial animals. Only by the blood of sacrificial animals are the Levites cleansed of their sin and allowed to serve the priests of the Most High God. “It is the blood that makes atonement by the life” (Lv 17:11). At Calvary, Jesus redeemed all humans from sin (Heb 9:15) as foreshadowed in the OT sacrifices. Rejoice, for Christ’s sacrifice sets you free!
“Lamb of God, pure and holy, Who on the cross didst suffer, Ever patient and lowly, Thyself to scorn didst offer. All sins Thou borest for us, Else had despair reigned o’er us: Have mercy on us, O Jesus! O Jesus!” Amen. (LSB 434:1)
民数记8:5-22 以色列人的罪转移到利未人身上,利未人将这罪归给祭牲。唯有藉着祭牲的血,利未人才能从他们的罪中得洁净,并且被允许作为至高上帝的祭司来服事。“因为活物的生命是在血中.我把这血赐给你们、可以在坛上为你们的生命赎罪.因血里有生命、所以能赎罪”(利17:11)。在各各他山上,耶稣为所有人赎了罪(来9:15为此他作了新约的中保.既然受死赎了人在前约之时所犯的罪过、便叫蒙召之人得着所应许永远的产业),正如旧约赎罪祭所预表的。你们要欢喜,因为基督的祭使你自由了!
“上帝的羔羊,纯真又圣洁,在十字架上受苦,恒常忍耐又谦卑,奉献自己受凌辱。我们所有的罪你来背负,不然绝望就将我们束缚:愿你向我们施怜悯,噢耶稣!噢耶稣!”阿们。(路德宗崇拜手册434:1)

Numbers 8:23-26 Our God is a God of order. He gives an age requirement for performing the work in His tabernacle. A Levite could begin service at age 25. Once a Levite reached 50, he could assist younger Levites, but he could no longer do the work required at the tabernacle. Just as the Lord provided the Sabbath for His people’s rest, He provided for the Levites’ retirement in good health. Today, the Church should show appropriate care for the health of faithful church workers, for the Lord bears the burdens of us all and carries us through life unto life everlasting.
“Entrust your days and burdens To God’s most loving hand; He cares for you while ruling The sky, the sea, the land. For He who guides the tempests Along their thund’rous ways Will find for you a pathway And guide you all your days.” Amen. (LSB 754:1)
民数记8:23-26 我们的上帝是一位有秩序的上帝。祂对在祂帐幕中所进行的服事有年龄的限制。一个利未人到了25岁可以开始服事。一旦一个利未人到了50岁,他可以协助年轻的利未人,但他不能再做帐幕所要求的工作。正如主耶和华提供圣安息日给祂的百姓休息一样,祂也让利未人在好的健康状况中退休。今天,教会也应当给忠心的教会同工的健康以合理的照应,因为主耶和华担负我们所有人的重担,并且一生扶持我们,直到永生里。
“将你的日子和重担交托在上帝至爱的手里;祂掌管天空,海和陆地,同时也看顾你。因为在它们电闪雷鸣的路上祂引导狂风暴雨,必会为你谋一条路,在所有的日子里带领你。”阿们。(路德宗崇拜手册754:1)

第十二周星期一
Numbers 9:1-14 God commands Moses to celebrate Passover as a memorial of His great deliverance. All people were to participate, even if they could not observe the event on the same dates. God reveals His grace in the Passover and in the exceptions He allows for its observance. Just as He continually sought the good and unity of Israel, He seeks our good and unity in the services of His precious Word, which describes our creation, redemption and sanctification as His people through faith in Christ, our Passover Lamb.
Lord, we deserve death because of our sins. Yet Your Son’s blood covers our sins and grants eternal life. Unite our hearts in the confession of this faith. Amen.
民数记9:1-14 上帝吩咐摩西庆祝逾越节,作为对祂伟大拯救的纪念。所有百姓都需要参加,既使他们不能在同一天守这节。上帝在逾越节和祂为守这节所许可的特殊情况中显明祂的恩典。正如祂不断地谋求以色列的福分和团结一样,祂也在祂宝贵的话语服事中谋求我们的福祉和合一,祂宝贵的话语讲说我们的创造,拯救和成圣,我们藉着对我们逾越节的羔羊基督的信心,成为祂的子民。
主啊,因着我们的罪我们配得死亡。然而你儿子的宝血遮盖我们的罪,并且赐下永生。请在这信仰的告白中使我们的心合一。阿们。

Numbers 9:15-23 At God’s directive, the Israelites move away from Mount Sinai. God’s providential care is evident. The pillar of cloud/fire symbolizes His gracious hand over His covenant community. Today, God continues to care for His people, sustaining them on the journey of faith through His means of grace.
“Open now the crystal fountain Whence the healing stream doth flow; Let the fiery, cloudy pillar Lead me all my journey through. Strong deliv’er, strong deliv’er, Be Thou still my strength and shield; Be Thou still my strength and shield.” Amen. (LSB 918:2)
民数记9:15-23 在上帝的指引下,以色列人离开西奈山。上帝护佑的看顾是明显的。云柱和火柱代表祂看顾祂盟约群体的恩典之手。今天,上帝继续看顾祂的百姓,藉着祂恩典的媒介在信仰的道路上扶持他们。
“请现在打开清澈的泉,医治的溪水从中流出;火柱云柱引导我全部旅途。大能的救赎主,大能的救赎主,愿你仍是我的力量和盾牌;愿你仍是我的力量和盾牌。”阿们。(路德宗崇拜手册918:2)

Numbers 10:1-10 Blasts on the silver trumpets signal the time to move, but they also serve the purpose of calling leaders of the entire community to assemble at the tent of meeting. God ordains an Israelite theocracy with Himself as King. In mercy, God leads His people toward the land promised long ago (Gn 12:7). Scripture teaches that a trumpet blast will also signal our call to heaven on the Last Day (1Th 4:16).
“Today on weary nations The heav’nly manna falls; To holy convocations The silver trumpet calls, Where Gospel light is glowing With pure and radiant beams And living water flowing With soul-refreshing streams.” Amen. (LW 203:3)
民数记10:1-10 吹银号的响声意味着是时候起行,但银号也用来召集整个社群的首领们到会幕那里聚集。上帝设立了以色列人的神治国,而祂自己就是大君王。在怜悯中,上帝很久以前就引导祂的子民走向应许之地(创12:7 耶和华向亚伯兰显现,说:「我要把这地赐给你的後裔。」亚伯兰就在那里为向他显现的耶和华筑了一座坛)。圣经教导说,在末日,一个吹响的号声也就代表着我们回天家的呼召(帖前4:16 因为主必亲自从天降临,有呼叫的声音和天使长的声音,又有神的号吹响;那在基督里死了的人必先复活)。
“天上的吗哪给疲惫的万民今日降;圣洁的聚会由银号吹响,在其中有福音之光发出纯洁、四射的光芒,苏醒灵魂的溪水从永活的泉中流淌。”阿们。(路德文集203:3)

Numbers 10:11-36 The Israelites march to the Promised Land; the ark of the covenant leads the way (v 33). The Lord deals gently with His people by providing constant guidance and sound leadership. Today, pray for your leaders, that the Lord would bless and keep them and guide them in thoughtful service to His people, whom Christ redeemed with His precious blood.
“Arise, O LORD, and let Your enemies be scattered, and let those who hate You flee before You” (v 35). Amen.
民数记10:11-36 以色列人向着应许之地前行;约柜在前面引路(33节 以色列人离开耶和华的山,往前行了三天的路程;耶和华的约柜在前头行了三天的路程,为他们寻找安歇的地方)。主耶和华藉着提供一路的引领和稳固的领导力,温柔地待祂的子民。今天,请为你的领袖们祷告,好叫主耶和华祝福保守他们,在对祂子民的周到服事中引导他们,因为这些子民都是基督用祂的宝血所赎买回来的。
“耶和华啊,求你兴起!愿你的仇敌四散!愿恨你的人从你面前逃跑!”(35节)阿们。

第十二周星期二
Numbers 11:1-15 The grumbling begins only three days into the journey. Perhaps aching muscles or sore feet cause their discomfort. God provides guidance to the Promised Land and manna to eat on the way; in return for His love, He receives grumbling. Sometimes, obeying God causes pain and suffering. When tempted to grumble, think of Christ at Gethsemane and how He turned His pains into prayers. Mediate on how He willingly submitted to the Father’s will for the sake of our salvation (Mt 26:39).
“How sweet the name of Jesus sounds in a believer’s ear! It soothes our sorrows, heals our wounds, And drives away our fear. It makes the wounded spirit whole And calms the heart’s unrest; ‘Tis manna to the hungry soul And to the weary, rest.” Amen. (LSB 524:1-2)
民数记11:1-15 出发仅三天后抱怨就开始了。可能酸痛的肌肉或者疼痛的脚导致他们的不满。上帝提供去向应许之地的指引和在路上吃的吗哪;对祂爱的回报,祂收到了牢骚。有时候,顺从上帝会导致痛苦和磨难。当受到试探要发牢骚时,请思想在客西马尼园的基督,以及祂如何将祂的痛苦转为祷告的。默想祂如何为了我们得救赎的缘故而甘愿顺从天父旨意的(太26:39 他就稍往前走,俯伏在地,祷告说:「我父啊,倘若可行,求你叫这杯离开我。然而,不要照我的意思,只要照你的意思。」)。
“耶稣的名在信徒耳中多么甘甜!它安慰我们的忧伤,医治我们的伤痕,驱散我们的恐惧。它使受伤的灵魂复原,平静心的躁动不安;这就是给饥饿灵魂的吗哪,给疲惫之人的安息。”阿们。(路德宗崇拜手册524:1-2)

Numbers 11:16-30 Earlier, we learned of Moses’ helplessness as Israel’s leader-one man amid a throng of rebellious people. Mercifully, God grants 70 elders to help Moses. Like Moses, you may at times feel frustration and become angry with the Lord. Thanks be to God, He is “slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness” (Ps 86:15). In His mercy, the Lord provides for you and calls you to repentance and faith through His faithful servants.
Lord, You command us to call upon You in times of trouble, and You promise to deliver us. We thank You for hearing our prayer through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
民数记11:16-30 早些时候,我们学到摩西作为以色列领袖的无助—一个人在一群悖逆的百姓中间。上帝满有怜悯地赐给摩西70个长老来帮助他。就像摩西一样,你也可能有时感到沮丧,甚至要向主耶和华发怒。感谢归给上帝,祂“不轻易发怒,并有丰盛的慈爱和诚实”(诗86:15)。在祂的怜悯中,主耶和华藉着祂忠心的仆人供养你,并且呼召你走向悔改和信心。
主耶和华啊,你吩咐我们在困境中呼求你的名,并且你应许了要拯救我们。为着你藉着我们的主基督听我们的祷告,我们感谢你。阿们。

Numbers 11:31-35 The Israelites greedily hoard the quail, gathering at least 6 bushels per person. They eat some and dry the rest to eat later. Meat replaces God in their minds, just as wealth replaces God in Christ’s parable of the rich fool (Lk 12:16-21). As Job noted, “The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away” (Jb 1:21). In all circumstances, the Lord leads us to confess, “Blessed be the name of the LORD” (Jb 1:21), for He truly does bless us and supply our needs (cf Mt 6:11).
Father, with our daily bread, grant us faithful hearts, ever set on You. Amen.
民数记11:31-35 以色列人贪婪地收敛着鹌鹑,每个人至少有6蒲式耳(1蒲式耳等于35.2升)。他们吃了一些,然后把剩下的晒干留给以后吃。肉在他们的脑海中代替了上帝,正如财富在基督比喻中的财主头脑中代替了上帝一样(路12:16-21然後要对我的『灵魂说:「灵魂哪,你有许多财物积存,可作多年的费用,只管安安逸逸的吃喝快乐吧!』…)。约伯曾经留意到,“赏赐的是耶和华,收取的也是耶和华”(伯1:21)。在所有的境况中,主耶和华带领我们告白,“耶和华的名是应当称颂的”(伯1:21),因为祂真诚地祝福我们,供应我们的所需(参 太6:11我们日用的饮食,今日赐给我们)。
父啊,请在赐给我们日用饮食的同时,也赐给我们忠诚的心,永远安定在你身上。阿们。

Numbers 12 Moses faces a new rebellion when Miriam and Aaron claim equal status with their younger brother. They learn the danger of challenging God’s authority. God’s punishment is swift, yet merciful. Our Lord is a Lord of both Law and Gospel, by which He always calls people to repentance and pronounces grace.
Heavenly Lord, curb our rebellious, jealous hearts, and grant us meekness. Look on us with mercy through Christ, our Redeemer. Amen.
民数记12 当米利暗和亚伦宣称要与他们年轻的弟弟有同样的职分时,摩西面临一个新的悖逆。他们学到挑战上帝权柄的危险。上帝的惩罚是立刻的,然而也是蛮有怜悯的。我们的主耶和华同时是律法和福音的主,藉着律法祂呼召百姓悔改,藉着福音祂宣告恩典。
天上的主啊,抑制我们悖逆、嫉妒的心,赐给我们谦卑。也请藉着我们的救赎主基督以怜悯看待我们。阿们。

第十二周星期三
Number 13:1-24 God permits the spies to enter the Promised Land at the Israelites’ request (Dt 1:22). Twelve spies, one from each tribe, are sent; among them is Moses’ successor, Joshua. Just as the Lord gave His people a challenging mission, anticipating great faithfulness, He likewise challenges us. As the Lord grants you the opportunity for bold service, meet that challenge with diligence. When you err, diligently repent-for He is generous in mercy. His enduring mission is to bless and provide for you, as He has done in Christ Jesus.
Grant me fruitful labor, dear Lord, in the vineyard of Your kingdom. Amen.
民数记13:1-24 上帝答应以色列人的请求,就吩咐探子去进入应许之地(申1:22 你们都就近我来说:『我们要先打发人去,为我们窥探那地,将我们上去该走何道,必进何城,都回报我们。』)。每个支派一个探子,一共差遣了12个;其中有摩西的继承人,约书亚。正如主耶和华给祂的百姓一个具有挑战性的任务并且期待他们的忠心那样,祂也挑战我们。当主耶和华赐给你机会参与重大服事时,请带着殷勤迎接挑战。当你犯错时,也赶快悔改—因为祂有丰盛的怜悯。祂持之以恒的任务就是祝福和供养你,正如祂在基督耶稣里所做的。
亲爱的主,请在你国度的葡萄园中,赐给我丰盛的出产。阿们。

Numbers 13:25-33 The land is just as God had described it to Moses, flowing with milk and honey (Ex 3:8; Nu 13:27). Yet 10 of the 12 spies fear the inhabitants of the land (v 31), thereby doubting God. The hymn “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” says, “Oh, what peace we often forfeit; Oh, what needless pain we bear—All because we do not carry Ev’rything to God in prayer!” (LSB 770:1). When you face challenges, do not collapse in doubt. Instead, call on your gracious Lord, who redeemed you and will lead you.
Lord, we confess that we are not able to fulfill our calling without sin. Forgive us for Christ’s sake, and lead us through every trial. Amen.
民数记13:25-33 那地正如上帝曾经向摩西所描述的,是流奶与蜜之地。(出3:8;民13:27又告诉摩西说:「我们到了你所打发我们去的那地,果然是流奶与蜜之地;这就是那地的果子)。然而12个探子中的10个惧怕那地的民(31节但那些和他同去的人说:「我们不能上去攻击那民,因为他们比我们强壮。」),因此就怀疑上帝。圣诗“耶稣恩友”写到,“多少平安屡屡失去,多少痛苦白白受;皆因我们未将万事,带到主恩座前求”(路德宗崇拜手册770:1)。当你面对挑战时,不要在疑惑中崩溃掉。相反,请呼求你满有恩典的主,祂拯救了你,并且会引领你。
主耶和华啊,我们承认我们不能完美无罪地成就我们的天召。请为着基督的缘故赦免我们,并且在一切试炼中引领我们。阿们。

Numbers 14:1-12 The doubt of 10 spies poisons the entire camp. God has limits to His patience. See note, Gn 15:16. The chief sin, as illustrated by the First Commandment, is lack of faith in who God is and what He has done. When you doubt and fail, His Word remains good. Call on Him in repentance, for He grants faith by grace through His precious Word.
Father, we long to follow You. Send Your Word and Spirit to gently lead us. Amen.
民数记14:1-12 十个探子的怀疑传染了整个营会。上帝的忍耐是有限度的。请参创15:16到了第四代,他们必回到此地,因为亚摩利人的罪孽还没有满盈。正如第一诫命所阐述的,最大的罪就是对上帝是谁和祂的作为缺乏信心。当你疑惑、失败时,祂的话语仍然是良善的。请在懊悔中呼求祂,因为祂出于恩典,藉着祂宝贵的话语,赐下信心。
父啊,我们渴望跟随你。请差遣你的圣道和圣灵温柔地引领我们。阿们。

Numbers 14:13-19 The nations inhabiting the Promised Land already know God’s name. His power and majesty have preceded Him. Moses argues that if God were to destroy the Israelites for their rebellion, God’s holy name would be defamed. So Moses appeals to God for mercy. And God is merciful; He hears the prayers of the righteous (Pr 15:29). What a blessing to know that our humble prayers are heard by the very Creator of heaven and earth. Because of Christ’s obedience, we dare to call Him “Abba, Father.”
Please pardon us, O Lord, according to the greatness of Your steadfast love, by which You delivered Israel. Amen.
民数记14:13-19 占据应许之地的民族已经知道上帝的名字。祂的权能和威荣已经领先来到。摩西论到如果上帝因着他们的悖逆就灭绝以色列人,上帝的圣名就会被诽谤。所以摩西请求上帝的怜悯。上帝是满有怜悯的;祂垂听义人的祷告(箴15:29耶和华远离恶人,却听义人的祷告)。知道那位天地的创造者垂听我们卑微的祷告,这是多么蒙福啊。因着基督的顺服,我们可以放胆呼叫祂“阿爸,父。”
噢主啊,请依照你稳固慈爱的丰盛,就是你藉着拯救以色列的,饶恕我们。阿们。

Numbers 14:20-38 Those persons 20 years and older will not see the land God promised. Yet God will not bring destruction on all Israel for their disobedience. Caleb, Joshua, and the next generation will inhabit the new land. The awe of God’s mercy is evident. God does not deliver what the Israelites truly deserve for their insolence. Instead, He shows mercy by raising up a new generation to inherit His promise.
“Shepherd of tender youth, Guiding in love and truth Through devious ways; Christ, our triumphant king, We come Your name to sing And here our children bring To join Your praise.” Amen. (LSB 864:1)
民数记14:20-38 这些20岁及以上的人将不会看见上帝的应许之地。然而上帝不会因为他们的悖逆而毁灭整个以色列。迦勒,约书亚,还有下一代将要定居那新地。上帝怜悯的奇妙是明显的。上帝并没有施行以色列人按照他们的冒犯所真正应得的。相反,祂藉着兴起新的一代人来承担祂的应许,显明祂的怜悯。
“无知少年人的牧羊人,在爱和真理中引领,走过弯曲的道路;基督,我们得胜的王,我们来歌唱你的名,并且也带我们的孩子们加入对你的赞美。”(路德宗崇拜手册864:1)

Numbers 14:39-45 The Israelites completely change plans, but again ignore the truth about human hearts. In view of this, do not persist in your sin, as Israel did, or be slow to repent. Hear God’s gracious call to repentance each day. Rejoice in the Word and in God’s forgiveness through Christ, the Savior.
“Savior, when in dust to Thee Low we bow the adoring knee; When, repentant, to the skies Scarce we lift our weeping eyes; O, by all Thy pains and woe Suffered once for us below, Bending from Thy throne on high, Hear our penitential cry!” Amen. (LSB 419:1)
民数记14:39-45 以色列人完全改变了计划,但再次无视关于人心的真相。鉴于此,请不要在你的罪中固执,就像以色列那样做的,或者在悔改上迟钝。每日听上帝对悔改满有恩典的呼唤。请在圣道和上帝藉着救主基督的饶恕中欢喜。
“救主啊,当我们在尘土中向你下垂我们敬拜的膝盖;当我们在懊悔中抬起流泪的双眼朝向空旷的天;噢,因着你曾经在地上为我们所承受的全部疼痛和苦难,请从你至高的宝座上屈尊,听我们悔改的呼求!”阿们。(路德宗崇拜手册419:1)

Numbers 15:1-21 God reassures the people that after the older generation has passed away, He will fulfill His promise to the younger generation. To those older than 20, this pronouncement from Moses is both punishment and promise. They will not inherit the land, but God will have mercy on their children and their children’s children. After the cloud of punishment comes the rainbow of God’s grace. For the whole community, He also preserves the sacrifices, which are His chosen means of atonement.
“You are the great High Priest; You have prepared the feast Of holy love; And in our mortal pain None calls on You in vain; Our plea do not disdain; Help from above.” Amen. (LSB 864:3)
民数记15:1-21 上帝重新立定百姓说,在老一代都去世后,祂会向年轻的一代成就祂的应许。对于那些20岁以上的来说,这个从摩西而来的宣告既是惩罚,同时也是应许。他们将不能承受那地,但上帝会向他们的儿女和他们儿女的儿女施怜悯。一波惩罚的风雨过后,上帝恩典的彩虹出现。对整个群体来说,祂也保有了献祭,就是祂所选定的赎罪媒介。
“你是至大的祭司;你预备了圣洁之爱的筵席;在我们肉体的苦痛中,人对你的呼求都不会成为枉然;我们的呼求不会被鄙视;从上头而来的帮助。”阿们。(路德宗崇拜手册864:3)

Numbers 15:22-31 God restates the rules for dealing with unintentional sin through sin offerings (Lv 4). God prepares the younger Israelites in His holy ways. Today, in Confession and Absolution, God provides us forgiveness for our unintentional sin. Here we meet our merciful God and hear anew that we are freed from our sin by Christ’s sacrifice.
“I lay my sins on Jesus, The spotless Lamb of God; He bears them all and frees us From the accursed load. I bring my guilt to Jesus To wash my crimson stains Clean in His blood most precious Till not a spot remains.” Amen. (LSB 606:1)
民数记15:22-31 上帝重申藉着赎罪祭对付误犯之罪的条例(利4章)。上帝预备年轻的以色列人走祂圣洁的道路。今天,在认罪和赦罪礼中,上帝为我们误犯的罪,提供赦免。在此,我们遇见我们满有怜悯的上帝,并且重新听见我们因着基督的祭从我们的罪中得释放。
“我将我的罪卸给耶稣,上帝那无瑕疵的圣羔羊;祂承担了全部的罪,并且将我们从咒诅的重担中得解脱。我将我的罪愆带给耶稣,让祂用祂至珍的宝血洗去我朱红色的污点,直到所有斑点不见。”阿们。(路德宗崇拜手册606:1)

Numbers 15:32-36 The Sabbath is God’s gift to Israel (Ex 20:8-10), that they might devote the day to worship by learning God’s Word. The man gathering wood shows contempt for God’s Word. God considers this blasphemous because the man’s act follows on the heels of God’s restatement about deliberate sin (vv 22-31). Still today, willful sin and despising of God’s Word have damnable consequences. Jesus, Lord of the Sabbath, has fulfilled all the requirements of the Law for our sake (Mt 5:17). Yet how great is our need for His precious Word, which leads us in repentance and grants pardon, faith, and everlasting rest.
Lord, let us never despise Your Word and refuse to hear it; give us life according to Your Word. Amen.
民数记15:32-36 安息日是上帝给以色列的礼物(出20:8-10…但第七日是向耶和华你神当守的安息日。这一日你和你的儿女、仆婢、牲畜,并你城里寄居的客旅,无论何工都不可做),好叫他们藉着学习上帝的话语,将那一天专注在敬拜上。那个捡柴的人显明他对上帝话语的不屑。上帝看这为亵渎,因为那人的行为就是紧跟在上帝对故意犯罪的重申之后(22-31节)。今天仍然是,故意犯的罪和对上帝话语的鄙视会带来咒诅性的后果。耶稣,安息日的主,已经为我们的缘故成全了律法的所有要求(太5:17 「莫想我来要废掉律法和先知。我来不是要废掉,乃是要成全)。然而,我们多么需要祂宝贵的话语啊,是祂的话语引导我们走向悔改,并且赐下饶恕,信心,和永恒的安息。
主啊,请永远不要让我们轻看你的话语,或拒绝听道;请依照你的话语赐给我们生命。阿们。

Numbers 15:37-41 God provides a visible reminder for the Israelites of His Word and His presence among them. Today, in the cross of God’s Son, we witness the ultimate reminder of God’s Law and Gospel, His wrath and grace.
“God’s Word is our great heritage And shall be ours forever; To spread its light from age to age Shall be our chief endeavor. Through life it guides our way, in death it is our stay. Lord, grant, while worlds endure, We keep its teachings pure Throughout all generations.” Amen. (LSB 582)
民数记15:37-41 上帝给以色列人一个可见的物件,可以提醒他们上帝的话语和祂在他们中间的临在。今天,在上帝儿子的十字架上,我们见证了上帝律法和福音,祂愤怒和恩典的终极提醒。
“上帝的话语是我们丰盛的产业,并且将永远是我们的;一代又一代传扬它的光,这就是我们最需努力的。它引导我们生命的路,面对死亡时是我们的安歇。主啊,在世界继续前行时,请赐福我们,好叫我们纯正地保守它的教导,直到万代。”阿们。(路德宗崇拜手册582)

第十二周星期四
Numbers 16 We may ask: Was God justified in allowing an entire generation to die before leading the Israelites into the Promised Land? An answer comes in the rebellion of Korah and his followers, which threatens the lives of the Lord’s servants and the unity of the congregation. Yet when the Lord’s punishment falls on the rebels, the Lord’s servant Aaron rushes into the midst of the plague to save the people. His intercession reminds us of Christ’s intercession for us; He came among us to save us.
“O LORD, I call upon You; hasten to me! Give ear to my voice when I call to You! Let my prayer be counted as incense before You, and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice!” (Ps 141:1-2). Amen.
民数记16章 我们可能会问:上帝在带领以色列人进入应许之地之前允许一整代人死亡,这公平吗?可拉和他的跟随者叛变,威胁到主耶和华仆人的生命以及会众的合一,这里就有一个答案。然而当主耶和华的惩罚临到叛变者时,主耶和华的仆人亚伦就冲进瘟疫中拯救百姓。他的中间斡旋提醒我们基督为我们所作的中保角色;祂来到我们中间拯救我们。
“耶和华啊,我曾求告你,求你快快临到我这里!我求告你的时候,愿你留心听我的声音!愿我的祷告如香陈列在你面前!愿我举手祈求,如献晚祭”(诗141:1-2)。阿们。

Numbers 17 God supports Aaron’s priesthood by a miracle that distinguishes Aaron from the leaders of the 12 tribes. He provides a visual reminder of God’s seal of approval on the Levitical priesthood. Properly ordained and installed leadership is a blessing from God, not a curse. Respect those in authority over you by praying for them in patience and by trusting without envy. Rejoice that the Lord Himself reigns among you by His life-giving Word.
Jesus, Thy boundless love to me No thought can reach, no tongue declare; Unite my thankful heart to Thee, And reign without a rival there! Thine wholly, Thine alone I am; Be Thou alone my constant flame.” Amen. (LSB 683:1)
民数记17章 上帝藉着一个将亚伦与12支派的首领分别开来的神迹,支持亚伦的祭司职分。祂也提供一个可见的提醒物件,印证上帝对利未祭司职分的吩咐。合理按立、设置的领导力是从上帝而来的祝福,而不是咒诅。请在忍耐中为那些在你上面掌权的人祷告并且毫无嫉妒地信靠,并藉此表达对他们的尊重。要欢喜快乐,因为主耶和华祂自己藉着祂赐生命的话语(道)在你们中间掌权。
“耶稣,你对我无限的爱,没有思想可以抵达,没有舌头可以宣告;将我感谢的心与你合一,也请在那里掌权,无他匹敌!我完全是你的,唯独是你的;愿我恒久的火焰唯独是你。”阿们。(路德宗崇拜手册683:1)

Numbers 18 Although the latest rebellion against the Lord comes from the Levites through Korah, God does not dismiss the Levites but reaffirms them in their calling. He provides for their forgiveness and their inheritance. Today, those who serve the Lord as church workers are to receive mercy and payment from the churches. Exercise diligent care for the church workers called to your congregation or school. Rejoice that the Lord distributes His life-giving Word to you through them.
“You, O Lord, Yourself have called him For Your precious lambs to care; But to prosper in his calling, He the Spirit’s gifts must share. Give him wisdom from above, Fill his heart with holy love; In his weakness, Lord, be near him, In his prayers, Good Shepherd, hear him.” Amen. (LSB 681:2)
民数记18章 尽管最近一次对主耶和华的背叛是藉着可拉从利未人中兴起的,但上帝并没有解除利未人,而是重新立定他们的呼召。祂赐下他们所需的赦免,并且供应他们的产业。今天,那些作为教会同工服事主耶和华的人应当能从教会领受怜悯和薪水。请向那些蒙召到你们教会或学校的教会工人操练殷勤的关怀。要为着主耶和华藉着他们,向你们分派祂赐生命的道,欢喜快乐。
“你,噢主啊,你自己呼召他来照顾你宝贵的羊;但为叫他的蒙召能够兴盛多产,圣灵的恩赐必要赋予他。请赐给他从天上来的智慧,用圣洁的爱充满他的心;主啊,在他的软弱中,请亲近他,在他的祈祷中,好牧人啊,请垂听他。”阿们。(路德宗崇拜手册681:2)

第十二周星期五
Numbers 19 God provides a means to cleanse those who had touched a corpse or accidentally come in contact with a bone of a dead person or a grave. Such a rite of purification foreshadows the cleansing power of Baptism.
Father of grace, we remember our Baptism and how You made us clean through water and the Word. Amen.
民数记19章 上帝提供一个媒介来洁净那些碰触了尸体,或者不小心挨到死人的骨头或坟墓的人。这样一种洁净仪式预表着圣洗礼洁净的功效。
恩典的父啊,愿我们记得我们的圣洗礼,以及你如何藉着水和圣道来使我们洁净的。阿们。

Numbers 20:1 In the 40th year, a new generation of Israelites arrives where the nation stood 38 years before. Those over the age of 20 have died. Sin brought about the destruction of those who distrusted the Lord. Yet in His mercy, God raises up a new generation. Rebellion has a cost, but God is ever ready to start afresh and fulfill His promises.
Prepare me, O Lord, for new things by equipping me with Your timeless truth and love through Christ Jesus. Amen.
民数记20:1 第四十年,以色列新的一代人抵达这个民族38年前所站的地方。那些20岁以上的人都死掉了。罪给那些不信主耶和华的人带来毁灭。然而在祂的怜悯中,上帝兴起新的一代。背叛是有代价的,但上帝总是预备好重新开始,成就祂的应许。
噢主耶和华啊,请藉着基督耶稣用你永恒的真理和爱装备我,为新事预备我。阿们。

Numbers 20:2-9 Moses faces the same situation as before: grumbling Israelites protest against Moses, Aaron, and God for lack of water. As before, Moses and Aaron humble themselves before the Lord at the entrance to the tent of meeting, and God opens His hand of mercy. When struggles and complaints hamper you, turn to the Lord in humble prayer. He will hear and honor your requests faithfully, in accordance with His good and gracious purposes.
Lord, we often doubt Your Word. Send Your Spirit to strengthen us, that we may pray confidently and lead boldly. Amen.
民数记20:2-9 摩西和从前一样,面对同样的境况:牢骚满腹的以色列人因着没水喝,就起来攻击摩西、亚伦,还有上帝。就像从前一样,摩西和亚伦在会幕门口谦卑他们自己在主耶和华面前,并且上帝张开了祂怜悯的手。当困苦和抱怨击打你时,请在谦卑的祷告中转向主耶和华。祂会依照祂良善洪恩的旨意,信实地垂听和尊荣你的祈求。
主啊,我们经常怀疑你的话语。请差遣你的圣灵坚固我们,好叫我们可以满怀信心地祈求,放胆领导。阿们。

Numbers 20:10-13 Meribah means “quarreling.” Moses’ words “shall we” indicate that he and Aaron were claiming credit for the miracle of water, not attributing it to God. Every good and perfect gift comes from the Lord. God’s servants act as conduits of His kindness. As you serve each day, reflect by asking yourself, “How has God made me a blessing to others in my duties?” Though you will stumble in faith, as Moses did, know that your merciful Father will not cast you aside but will receive you unto Himself by grace alone.
Father, form in me a humble attitude of service and a repentant heart. Amen.
民数记20:10-13 米利巴就是“争闹”的意思。摩西说“要我们shall we”暗示了他和亚伦将水的神迹归功于他们自己,而不是上帝。每个好的、完美的礼物都是从主耶和华而来的。上帝的仆人是作为祂恩慈的管道行事的。当你每天服事时,请问自己并反省,“上帝如何在我的职分中使我成为他人的祝福?”尽管你会像摩西那样在信心上跌到,但请记得你满有怜悯的父总不会离弃你,却会收纳你归于祂自己,唯独靠赖恩典。
父啊,请在我里面造成一个谦卑服事的态度和一颗悔改的心。阿们。

Numbers 20:14-21 Moses appeals to the Edomites for passage on the basis of history, and he promises to pay for water. Yet, Edom denies them passage. The tensions between Jacob and Esau, renewed here, persist throughout Israel’s history (see pp 1473-74). How sad when relatives cannot trust one another. How enduring the consequences of rivalry. Seek peace and fairness within your family. Above all things, pray for the forgiveness of sins as you forgive those who trespass against you (Mt 6:12). How blessed is the mercy of Jesus, our Brother (Heb 2:10-18).
Father, we thank You for Your grace, which traded our sinful lives for the sinless life of our Brother Christ Jesus. Amen.
民数记20:14-21 摩西因着历史渊源,向以东人求过道,并且他承诺要为水付价银。然而,以东拒绝他们过境。雅各和以扫之间的紧张关系,在此重演,并且贯穿以色列的历史(请看 1473-1474页)。亲人不能彼此信任时,是多么悲哀啊。敌对的后果是多么持久啊。请在你的家庭中寻求和睦和公正。在一切事之上,请祈求罪得赦免,正如你赦免那些得罪你的人一样(太6:12 免我们的债,如同我们免了人的债)。我们的弟兄耶稣的怜悯是多么当称颂啊(来2:10-18.. 所以,他凡事该与他的弟兄相同,为要在神的事上成为慈悲忠信的大祭司,为百姓的罪献上挽回祭。他自己既然被试探而受苦,就能搭救被试探的人)。
父啊,我们为着你的恩典感谢你,是你的恩典将我们有罪的生命换来我们的弟兄基督耶稣无罪的生命。阿们。

Numbers 20:22-29 Moses and Aaron install Eleazar as high priest. Aaron dies for his disbelief at Meribah (v 12). In death, he joins the rebellious generation who were lost in the wilderness. Today, rebellion is sometimes glorified. However, the Lord calls His people to peace, which He pronounces through His ministers in the word of blessing (Nu 6:24-26). Rejoice in and pray for His peace.
Lord, preserve Your Word among us, and grant us wise and peaceful hearts through Christ, our great High Priest. Amen.
民数记20:22-29 摩西和亚伦按立以利亚撒为大祭司。亚伦因着他在米利巴的不信而死(12节)。在死亡中,他加入了那些在旷野倒掉的悖逆一代人。今天,有时背叛竟被尊荣。然而,主耶和华呼召祂的子民来得和平,就是祂藉着祂祝福话语的服事所宣告的(民6:24-26)。请呼求祂的平安,并在其中欢欣。
主啊,请在我们中间保守你的话语(圣道),并且藉着我们的大祭司基督赐给我们智慧、和平的心。阿们。

第十二周星期六
Numbers 21:1-3 The Canaanite king of Arad learns of the movement of the Israelite nation and responds by attacking some of the outlying citizens, carrying some into captivity. In this example, the Israelites show their faith in God by coming to Him for guidance before striking back. God is faithful. When His people return to Him, He hears their prayers and has mercy on them.
We praise You, O Lord, for hearing our prayers. Grant us ready ears that listen to Your Word with sincerity. Amen.
民数记21:1-3 迦南人亚拉得王听说以色列人的动向,就以攻击一些营会外围的人作为回应,并且俘虏了一些。在这个例子中,以色列人发起回击之前先来到上帝面前寻求指示,表明了他们对上帝的信心。上帝是信实的。当祂的子民返回归祂时,祂就垂听他们的祈祷,并且施怜悯与他们。
噢主耶和华啊,我们赞美你。请赐给我们时刻预备好以真诚聆听你圣道的耳朵。阿们。

Numbers 21:4-9 As Moses guides God’s people in the direction of the Red Sea, away from their primary objective of the Promised Land, rebellion begins anew. Our lives also persist in the pattern of rebellion, repentance, and restoration. Those in Israel who repented received God’s salvation by looking to the sign of His mercy in faith (v 9). What an excellent precursor of God’s redemption through the cross. Those who look upon the cross in faith are saved.
Gracious Lord, send Your Holy Spirit to deepen our faith in Christ, that we live by daily repentance and faith in Your Son. Amen.
民数记21:4-9 当摩西引领上帝的百姓朝着红海方向前进,远离了他们应许之地的首要目标时,背叛再次开始。我们的生命也是在悖逆,悔改和恢复这个模式中循环。以色列中那些悔改了的,就藉着在信心中仰望祂怜悯的标记,领受上帝的救赎(9节摩西便制造一条铜蛇,挂在杆子上;凡被蛇咬的,一望这铜蛇就活了)。一个对上帝藉着十字架的救赎的,多么出色的预表啊。那些在信心中仰望十字架的,就必得救。
满有恩典的主耶和华,请差遣你的圣灵来在基督里加深我们的信心,好叫我们可以藉着每日的痛悔和对你儿子的信活着。阿们。

Numbers 21:10-20 God carries His people to the east side of the Jordan River. Finally, 40 years of wilderness wandering are about to end. We can almost hear the shout of joy echoing through the passage of time. For the time being, all the hardships and the sin of doubting God seem only a fleeting memory. Despite the moaning of an ungrateful people, God keeps His Word sworn in a dream to Abraham (Gn 15:17-21). He will keep His Word to you too.
Faithful Lord, You supply us with all good things, especially the blessings of salvation. Preserve us in this faith. Amen.
民数记21:10-20 上帝带领祂的百姓到约旦河的东面。终于,40年的旷野游荡马上要结束了。我们几乎能透过时间的隧道听到喜乐的欢呼声在回荡。那一刻,所有的磨难和怀疑上帝的罪看起来仅仅是一闪而过的记忆。尽管一个不懂得感恩的民常发牢骚,上帝仍然保守祂在梦中向亚伯拉罕发誓许下的话语(创15:17-21)。祂也会向你保守祂的道(话语)。
信实的主啊,你用全部良善的事物,特别是救恩的祝福来供应我们。请保守我们在这信仰之中。阿们。

Numbers 21:21-30 For a second time, the Israelites seek permission to travel the King’s Highway. This time, they are denied its use by Sihon, king of the Amorites. The Israelites lay claim to Sihon’s land, which later became a home for the tribes of Reuben and Gad (32:1-5). God protects His people and overthrows the false religions of the nations.
Lord, protect us with Your Holy Spirit as Your Word and Sacraments preserve us in the one true faith. Amen.
民数记21:21-30 以色列人第二次寻求走王道的许可。这一次,他们被亚摩利人的王西宏拒绝了。以色列人征服了西宏的地,之后那地成为流便和迦得支派的家(32:1-5)。上帝保守祂的百姓,并且摧毁列国的虚假宗教。
主耶和华啊,愿你用你的圣灵保护我们,藉着你的圣道和圣礼保守我们在那独一真信仰里。阿们。

Numbers 21:31-35 Og, a second Amorite king, marches against the Israelites. The Lord delivers another victory. The Israelites now lay claim to all the land east of the Jordan. This territory is later given to the half-tribe of Manasseh. God uses the battles at Jahaz (v 23) and Edrel (v 33) to strengthen the resolve of His people. On their own, they could not win against the Amorites, but with God, all things are possible.
Lord, lead us in the path of righteousness, trusting that all things are possible with You through Christ Jesus. Amen.
民数记21:31-35 第二个亚摩利人的王,噩,举兵攻打以色列人。主耶和华成就了另一场胜利。以色列人现在得了所有约旦河东的土地。这个区域之后划给了玛拿西半支派。上帝使用雅杂和以得来两地的交战,坚固祂子民的决心。靠着他们自己,他们不能战胜亚摩利人,但是带着上帝的同在,一切皆有可能。
主耶和华啊,请引导我们走在公义的道路上,使我们相信藉着基督耶稣有你的同在,万事皆有可能。阿们。

第十三周星期一
Numbers 22:1-21 Fearful Balak summons the soothsayer Balaam to curse the Israelites. God works with the situation by emphasizing the importance of His Word, which much be fulfilled. God cannot be manipulated, and His Word must not be twisted for sinful purposes. Receive the Word with an open heart, and rejoice in the blessings it contains for you, especially the salvation promised in Jesus.
Lord, how magnificently You provide protection for those You love. Have mercy on us poor sinners, through Christ, the Living Word. Amen.
民数记22:1-21 恐惧中的巴勒召唤术士巴兰咒诅以色列人。上帝在这处境中作工,强调祂必要成就之话语的重要性。上帝不能被操控,祂的话语(道)也不能为着有罪的目的被扭曲。请带着敞开的心领受圣道,并且为着圣道中蕴藏给你的祝福欢喜,特别是为着在耶稣里应许了的救赎欢喜。
主耶和华啊,你提供保护给那些你爱的人,是多么宏伟啊。请藉着基督,那位永活的道,向我们卑微的罪人施怜悯。阿们。

Numbers 22:22-41 As Balaam mocked the Lord by ignoring His Word, the Lord now comically mocks Balaam. So great is God’s Word, it can make a donkey speak! Treasure the Word. Share it confidently, because the Word is God’s power for working repentance and forgiving sins.
Speak, O Lord; Your servant is listening. Amen.
民数记22:22-41 当巴兰无视主耶和华的话语,藐视祂时,主耶和华就戏剧般地嘲弄巴兰。上帝的话语是多么有能力啊,能使一头驴说话!请珍惜圣道。满怀信心分享它,因为圣道就是上帝作工生发悔改和赦免罪恶的权能。
噢主耶和华啊,请说;你的仆人在听。阿们。

Numbers 23:1-12 God presents the first of Balaam’s four oracles. Balaam cannot curse the people whom God has not cursed (v 8). The Israelites are completely unaware that Balak seeks their harm. As Christians, we, too, are often oblivious to the many spiritual and earthly forces that seek our destruction. Thankfully, God is not oblivious to them and stretches out His mighty hand to protect us.
We praise You, O Lord, for the abundant blessings You grant each day. Deliver us from evil. Amen.
民数记23:1-12上帝给出巴兰四个神谕的第一个。巴兰不能咒诅上帝没有咒诅的人(8节)。以色列人完全不知道巴兰在谋害他们。作为基督徒,我们也经常注意不到很多寻求要摧毁我们的属灵和属世势力。感恩的是,上帝并不会不注意它们,而是伸开祂全能的手保护我们。
我们赞美你,噢主耶和华啊,为着你每日赐下的丰盛祝福。请救我们脱离凶恶。阿们。

Numbers 23:13-30 For a second time, seven altars are constructed—this time atop Pisgah (v 14). The results are the same. God does not change His mind as humans do (v 19). What God has blessed must remain blessed; therefore, Balaam must bless Israel as well. He can say only what God has commanded him to say. God’s Word is changeless, and He dwells with His people to bless them.
“The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace” (Nu 6:24-26). Amen.
民数记23:13-30 七座坛第二次被建造,这次是在毗斯迦山上(14节)。结果是一样的。上帝不会像人那样改变祂的主意(19节)。上帝所祝福的必然蒙福;因此,巴兰同样必须祝福以色列。祂只能说上帝吩咐他说的话。上帝的话语是不改变的,祂与祂的百姓同居,祝福他们。
“愿耶和华赐福给你,保护你。愿耶和华使他的脸光照你,赐恩给你。愿耶和华向你仰脸,赐你平安。 ”(民6:24-26)。阿们。

Numbers 24:1-14 God will not allow Balaam to curse the Israelites. Instead, Balaam blesses them and recites God’s litany of love. Previous accounts in Numbers reveal Israel’s rebellious nature. Despite this, God loves them because of His promised Savior. Today, despite all your sins, the Lord treasures you continuously and calls you to repentance and faith.
Father, the extent of Your love is beyond measure. Bless us and keep us in Christ, our Savior. Amen.
民数记24:1-14 上帝不会允许巴兰咒诅以色列人。相反,巴兰祝福他们并且诵读上帝爱的篇章。民数记中前面的记载显明了以色列悖逆的本性。尽管如此,因着祂应许了的救赎主,上帝爱他们。今天,不管你有多少罪,主耶和华仍然爱护你,并且呼召你悔改和信靠。
父啊,你爱的延伸超越任何尺度。请祝福我们,并且保守我们在我们的救主基督里面。阿们。

Numbers 24:15-25 The fourth and final oracle occurs immediately after Balaam’s encounter with Balak and has to do with future events: a messianic prophecy of a star coming out of Jacob. God uses Balaam to disclose His will 1,500 years in the future. The future belongs to God. Rebellion, sin, or sinister means will not deter His plan of salvation through Christ.
Lord, we thank You for Your faithfulness fulfilled in Christ. Rule us by Your beloved Word. Amen.
民数记24:15-25 第四个也是最后一个神谕在巴兰与巴勒相遇后立刻出现,并且关乎将来的事件:预言有星要出于雅各。上帝使用巴兰启示祂1,500年之后的旨意。未来是属于上帝的。背叛,罪,或者阴险的方式都不能阻止祂藉着基督拯救的计划。
主啊,为着你在基督里成就的信实,我们感谢你。请藉着你所爱的圣道,掌管我们。阿们。

Numbers 25:1-9 Balaam worms his way into the spiritual lives of Israel and causes them to forsake God for the worship of Baal. The situation is reminiscent of the worship of the golden calf (Ex 32). As at that time, God’s anger against sin causes the death of thousands; yet it saves tens of thousands more. God is a God of both Law and Gospel. He metes out punishment to drive people to repentance but also has compassion on His wayward sons and daughters.
Lord, grant us zeal for Your ways, that we walk and live honorably before You. Amen.
民数记25:1-9 巴兰将他的方式渗透进以色列人的属灵生活,导致他们弃绝上帝,走向巴力崇拜。这情景也是对拜金牛犊的回忆(出32章)。那个时候,上帝对罪的怒气导致成千上万人死亡;然而也拯救了更多的人。上帝同时是律法和福音的上帝。祂施行惩罚为要驱使百姓悔改,但也施恩惠给祂任性的儿女。
主耶和华啊,请赐我们对你道路的热心,好叫我们可以在你面前尊荣地行走和生活。阿们。

Numbers 25:10-18 Phinehas strikes on the Lord’s behalf, stopping the idolatrous actions of Zimri and Cozbi. This is a First Commandment issue. God allows no other gods before Him and takes necessary measures to preserve His people. He always gives Himself fully for His people as demonstrated by Christ’s sacrifice on the cross for us.
Protect us, Lord, from the sin of idolatry. Grant us faithful ministers and leaders who will strengthen our faith by Your Word and Sacraments. Amen.
民数记25:10-18 非尼哈替主耶和华出击,制止了心利和哥斯比的偶像崇拜行为。这是一个关乎第一诫命的事。上帝不允许在祂面前有别的神,并且会采取必要的措施来存留祂的子民。祂总是将祂自己完全赐给祂的子民,正如基督在十字架上为我们赎罪所显明的。
保护我们,主啊,脱离拜偶像的罪。请赐给我们忠心的执事和领袖,让他们藉着你的圣道和圣礼坚固我们的信心。阿们。

第十三周星期二
Numbers 26 Opposite the Jordan River and Jericho, the Lord commands another census. The records show God’s faithfulness in preserving His people. Today, pray that God’s Word and heritage will be maintained in your family. His abiding love can see you through every plague and trouble.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who comforts us in all our afflictions. Amen.
民数记26章 耶利哥和约旦河对面,主耶和华吩咐再一次数点人数。在保存祂的子民中,数点记录显明了上帝的信实,。今天,请为着上帝的话语和产业能够在你的家庭中得保守而祷告。祂不变的爱能够在每一次灾祸和患难中看顾你。
我们主耶稣基督的父上帝,在我们所有的患难中安慰我们,祂的名应当称颂。阿们。

Numbers 27:1-11 Contrary to many grievances presented in Numbers, the daughters of Zelophehad approach Moses with humble demeanor to seek his counsel. The Lord hears their request and answers with grace and mercy. The prayer of the upright pleases God (Pr 15:8). He has our good at heart in all His teaching.
Lord, grant us both boldness and humility in our prayers, that we may enjoy Your blessings and prosper before You. Keep our families strong in Your Word. Amen.
民数记27:1-11 与民数记中呈现的许多不满相反,西罗非哈的女儿们带着谦卑的举止来到摩西面前寻求他的决策。主耶和华听了她们的祈求,以恩典和怜悯回应。义人的祈祷蒙上帝喜悦(箴15:8恶人献祭,为耶和华所憎恶;正直人祈祷,为他所喜悦)。祂打心底就在祂所有的教导中存留我们的福祉。
主耶和华啊,请在我们的祈祷中赐给我们勇气和谦卑,好叫我们可以享受你的祝福,并且在你面前兴盛。请使我们的家人稳健在你的话语上。阿们。

Numbers 27:12-23 Death is near for Moses, who desires that God would provide a new leader. Otherwise, the people would wander like “sheep that have no shepherd” (v 17). In His mercy, God raises up Joshua, one of the two spies who returned from the Promised Land with a favorable report (cf v 18; 14:6-9). Today, pray that the Lord would bless the leaders of your congregation, your church, and its institutions. Pray that He will raise up a new and faithful generation focused on the Word of life. He is always ready to provide for His beloved flock through our Good Shepherd, Jesus.
Lord, we are sinful sheep. By Your Spirit, raise up faithful leaders to guide us through Word and Sacrament. Amen.
民数记27:12-23 对渴望上帝能提供一个新领袖的摩西来说,死亡临近了。如果没有新领袖,百姓会游荡,像“没有牧人的羊”(17节 可以在他们面前出入,也可以引导他们,免得耶和华的会众如同没有牧人的羊群一般)。在祂的怜悯中,上帝兴起约书亚,就是那从应许之地带回可喜报告的两个探子的其中一个(参 18节;14:6-9)。今天,请祈求主耶和华祝福你们堂会,你们教会,以及附属机构的领袖们。请祈求祂兴起专心于生命之道的新一代忠心百姓。祂总是预备好要藉着我们的好牧人耶稣,供应祂所爱的群羊。
主耶和华啊,我们是有罪的羊。请藉着你的圣灵,兴起忠心的领袖来藉着圣道和圣礼引导我们。阿们。

第十三周星期三
Numbers 28-29 With the older generation buried in the wilderness, God begins grooming the younger generation as faithful stewards of His Law. As sacrificial smoke wends heavenward, we glimpse the worshiper’s total dedication to God (cf Rm 12:1). Present as well is the underlying theme ultimately fulfilled in the death of Jesus Christ: blood is necessary for atonement (Heb 9:22).
Father, through the Divine Worship, You draw near to us, that we may again be shepherded for this life and consecrated for the life to come. Amen.
民数记28-29 老一代的人都埋葬在旷野里,上帝开始装备年轻的一代成为祂律法的忠心管家。随着祭祀的烟上腾,我们可以一瞥敬拜者对上帝的完全奉献(参罗12:1所以弟兄们,我以神的慈悲劝你们,将身体献上,当作活祭,是圣洁的,是神所喜悦的;你们如此事奉乃是理所当然的)。也可以看见那最终在耶稣基督的死亡中成就了的潜在主题:血对赎罪的必要性(来9:22按著律法,凡物差不多都是用血洁净的;若不流血,罪就不得赦免了)。
父啊,藉着那神圣的服事,你亲近我们,好叫我们可以再次为着今生被牧养,为着来世被洁净。阿们。

Numbers 30:1-2 Vows made to God—made in His name—are to be carried out faithfully. When these vows are not fulfilled, they reflect poorly on God’s good name and shame His people. Our word must be our bond, including our word of repentance when we do not live up to our words. God’s Word does not fail us. All His promises are yes to us in Christ Jesus (2Co 1:20).
“Speak, O Lord, Your servant listens, Let Your Word to me come near, Newborn life and spirit give me, Let each promise still my fear. Death’s dread pow’r, its inward strife, Wars against Your Word of Life; Fill me, Lord, with love’s strong fervor That I cling to You forever!” Amen. (LSB 589:1)
民数记30:1-2 对上帝的起誓—奉祂的名许下的—必须忠心地执行。当这些誓言没有被成就时,它们就非常糟糕地反映了上帝良善的名,并且羞辱了祂的百姓。我们的话必须是我们的束缚,包括当我们在不能做到我们所说的时候(所发出的)悔改的言语。上帝的话语不会失信于我们。上帝的全部应许在基督耶稣里对我们来说都是是的。(林后1:20神的应许,不论有多少,在基督都是是的。所以藉著他也都是实在(实在:原文作阿们)的,叫神因我们得荣耀)。
“请说,噢主耶和华,你的仆人敬听,让你的话语亲近我,赐我新生命和灵,让每一个应许平复我的恐惧。死亡可怕的权势,它在里面的挣扎,抵挡你生命之道;主啊,请用爱的炽热充满我,好叫我永远依附你!”阿们。(路德宗崇拜手册589:1)

Numbers 30:3-16 Dependents need the approval of their father or husband to make a binding vow. Our decisions are often not simply our own; they certainly affect other people—especially in a family. As you pray about the path of life ahead, consider how your choices will affect others. Discuss matters with them, as appropriate. Pray for the Lord’s guidance, and seek understanding in His Word. His Word to you is good, sealed in the promise of Christ Jesus, the head of His Bride, the Church.
“Unless You build it, Father, The house is built in vain; Unless You, Savior, bless it, The joy will turn to pain. But nothing breaks the union of hearts in You made one; The love Your Spirit hallows is endless love begun.” Amen. (LSB 858:4)
民数记30:3-16 顺从者需要他们父亲或者丈夫的许可,才能许下有效的誓言。我们的决定通常不仅仅是我们自己的;它们肯定影响其他人—特别是在一个家庭中。当你为着前面生命的道路祷告时,请考虑下你的决定将如何影响他人。也可以合理地与他们沟通这些事情。请为着主耶和华的引导祈求,在祂的话语中寻求智慧。祂的话语(道)对你是良善的,印证在基督耶稣的应许里面,耶稣基督就是教会、祂新妇的头。
“父啊,若不是你建造它,房子就建造的徒劳;救赎主啊,除非你祝福它,喜乐会变成伤痛。但没有什么可以打破你所成就的心的合一;你的圣灵所分别为圣的爱,是永不停息之爱的开启。”阿们。(路德宗崇拜手册858:4)

第十三周星期四
Numbers 31 Moses is given a final assignment. He is to oversee the destruction of a group of Midianites who had tempted Israel to idolatry and brought a plague among them. God acts forcefully to protect His people from falling away. Phinehas, the son of Eleazar the high priest, coordinates the attack. The victory secures the east bank of the Jordan, from which the Israelites will conquer Canaan. The tactics described here were meant for this specific situation and cannot be used by people today as a guide to “holy war.” Vengeance belongs to God (Dt 32:35) and is enacted through His chosen authorities, not by individuals. Pray for the safety and peace of soldiers, police, and all in such callings. Entrust your life, health, and future to the one and only Savior, who is strong to deliver.
“Entrust your days and burdens To God’s most loving hand; He cares for you while ruling The sky, the sea, the land. For He who guides the tempests Along their thund’rous ways Will find for you a pathway And guide you all your days.” Amen. (LSB 754:1)
民数记31章 摩西领受最后一项任务。他要监督一群曾经引诱以色列拜偶像并且带给他们灾难的米甸人的灭亡。上帝有力地行动来保守祂的百姓远离堕落。非尼哈,大祭司以利亚撒的儿子,协助进攻。胜利保证了约旦河东岸的安宁,以色列人从那里开始征服迦南。这里所描述的策略是用于这个特别的处境,不能被今天的人作为“圣战”的一个指南来使用。伸冤报应属于上帝(申32:35 他们失脚的时候,伸冤报应在我;因他们遭灾的日子近了;那要临在他们身上的必速速来到),并且这是透过祂选定的掌权者,而不是个人来执行。请为着士兵,警察和所有在这种呼召中的人的安全和平安祷告。请将你的生命,健康和未来交托给那唯一的救赎主,祂有大能施行拯救。
“将你的日子和重担交托在上帝至爱的手里;祂掌管天空,海和陆地,同时也看顾你。因为在它们电闪雷鸣的路上祂引导狂风暴雨,必会为你谋一条路,在所有的日子里带领你。”阿们。(路德宗崇拜手册754:1)

第十三周星期五
Numbers 32 The Reubenites and Gadites desire the good land east of the Jordan to raise livestock. They vow to fight beside their brothers in the conquest of Canaan (fulfilled in Jsh 22:1-6). When you make promises, keep your word, for the Lord will hold you responsible. Rejoice that He keeps His Word responsibly, promising and delivering His blessings and care.
“O Comforter of priceless worth, Send peace and unity on earth; Support us in our final strife And lead us out of death to life.” Amen. (LSB 655:3)
民数记32章 流便和迦得支派的人渴望得到约旦河东岸的好土地来牧放牲畜。他们起誓要与他们的弟兄一同作战,征服迦南地(在约书亚记22:1-6节实现)。当你许下诺言时,请保守你的话,因为主耶和华会监察你的责任。要为着祂负责任地保守祂的话语(道)而欢喜,祂的道应许并承载着祂的祝福和看顾。
“噢至上的安慰者啊,请差遣平安和合一到地上;在我们的最后一战中扶持我们,并且引导我们出死入生。”阿们。(路德宗崇拜手册655:3)

Numbers 33:1-49 God guides Israel every step of the way to the Promised Land. He dwells among them as He had promised (Ex 25:8). He is always their God for the sake of His love toward them in the coming Messiah, although many times the Israelites do not behave like God’s people. Even now, in Jesus the Messiah, the Lord walks with you and remains ever faithful, calling you to repentance, faith, and a blessed future.
“Rise! To arms! With prayer employ you, O Christians, lest the foe destroy you; For Satan has designed your fall. Wield God’s Word, the weapon glorious; Against all foes be thus victorious, For God protects you from them all. Fear not the hordes of hell, Here is Emmanuel. Hail the Savior! The strong foes yield To Christ, our shield, And we, the victors, hold the field.” Amen. (LSB 668:1)
民数记33:1-49 上帝在去往应许之地的每一步路程上引导以色列。祂正如祂曾经应许的,居住在他们中间(出25:8又当为我造圣所,使我可以住在他们中间)。尽管许多时候以色列人表现的不像上帝的子民,但是因着祂在将要来的弥赛亚中对他们的爱,祂依然是他们的上帝。甚至在今天,在耶稣那弥赛亚里面,主耶和华与你同行,祂仍然是信实的,并且呼召你走向悔改,信靠和一个蒙福的未来。
“起来!拿起武器!噢基督徒啊,你们要藉着祷告来使用(武器),免得仇敌击杀你;因为撒旦已经设计要你跌到。以上帝的话语为盾牌,多么光亮的武器啊;要因此得胜所有的仇敌,因为上帝保护你脱离他们所有。不要怕地狱的游荡,这里就是以马内利。赞美救赎主!强势之敌向基督、我们的盾牌屈膝,并且我们属于得胜者,坚守阵地。”阿们。(路德宗崇拜手册668:1)

Numbers 33:50-56 God does not want the religions of the heathen Canaanites to influence the Israelites or to lead them astray as did the Mdianites. God’s people today should avoid all syncretism with other religions, lest the teaching of God’s Word be corrupted. As you interact with others who do not know or believe in Christ, pray for their deliverance, life, and salvation. Rejoice in the inheritance the Lord grants you as His beloved children.
“Preserve Your Word, O Savior, To us this latter day, And let Your kingdom flourish; Enlarge Your Church, we pray. O Keep our faith from failing; Keep hope’s bright star aglow. Let nothing from truth turn us While living here below.” Amen. (LSB 658:1)
民数记33:50-56 上帝不希望异教徒迦南人的宗教影响以色列人,或者像米甸人做的那样引诱他们偏离道路。今天上帝的百姓也应当逃避所有与其它宗教的联合,免得上帝话语的教导被腐蚀。当你与其他不认识或者不信基督的人来往时,请为着他们的拯救,生命和救恩祷告。也请在主耶和华赐给你(作为祂蒙爱的儿女)的产业中欢喜快乐。
“噢救赎主啊,为我们在这末后的日子保守你的话语,并且愿你的国度兴盛;我们祈求你的教会得以扩张。噢也请保守我们的信心不至失落;保守希望的明星闪耀。愿我们在地上居住时,没有什么可以使我们转离真理。”阿们。(路德宗崇拜手册658:1)

Numbers 34:1-15 God has already given the Israelites the Promised Land. Yet, the Lord still calls them to faithful actions, to live and serve according to the promise. He also calls us to fulfill our calling as His heaven-bound people. As you face new challenges, consider that the Lord has already prepared your way. His gift and inheritance cannnot be taken from you.
“Faint not nor fear, His arms are near; He changes not who holds you dear; Only believe, and you will see That Christ is all eternally.” Amen. (LSB 664:4)
民数记34:1-15 上帝已经将应许之地赐给以色列人。然而,主耶和华仍然呼召他们忠心地行事,靠着应许生活、服侍。祂也呼召我们作为祂属天的子民履行我们的天职。当你面对新挑战时,请记得主耶和华已经为你预备道路。祂的恩赐和产业都不能从你这里被抢走。
“不要灰心,不要丧胆,祂的膀臂就在身旁;那爱护你的祂并不改变;单单信靠,你就会看见基督是永恒中的万有。”阿们。(路德宗崇拜手册664:4)

Numbers 34:16-29 The Lord works through the drawing of lots and assigns the territory He wishes various tribes to inhabit (cf Jsh 14-20). Eleazar and Joshua oversee the process as God’s representatives. Inheritance can become a matter of dispute in families. Speak and work in a Christlike manner with family members about sensitive matters. Realize that, as God’s people, Christ has prepared a great and lasting inheritance for you, which surpasses all earthly joys.
“O sweet and blessed country, The home of God’s elect! O sweet and blessed country That faithful hearts expect! In mercy, Jesus, bring us To that eternal rest With You and God the Father And Spirit, ever blest.” Amen. (LSB 672:4)
民数记34:16-29 主耶和华透过拈阄来作工,按照祂想要各个支派居住的地方分派土地(参书14-20)。以利亚撒和约书亚作为上帝的代表监管分地过程。产业可以变成家庭中的一个纷争。请以效法基督的方式与家人谈论,处理敏感的事情。记得作为上帝的百姓,基督已经为你预备了一个盛大、永久的产业,要超过所有属世的喜乐。
“噢甜美蒙福的国度,上帝选民的家乡!噢忠心信徒所期盼的甜美蒙福之国啊!请在怜悯中,耶稣啊,带领我们到那与你,与圣父上帝,还有圣灵同在的永恒安息里,永远蒙福。”阿们。(路德宗崇拜手册672:4)

第十三周星期六
Numbers 35:1-8 God had selected the Levites to help the priests. Their cities of refuge would protect individuals accused of accidental killing. The Lord leaves nothing to chance or accident but thoroughly prepares for His people’s bodily needs, peace, and blessing. Today, entrust your life and ways to Him, for He cares for you!
“O God of mercy, God of might, in love and pity infinite, Teach us, as ever in Thy sight, To live our lives in Thee.” Amen. (LSB 852:1)
民数记35:1-8 上帝选定利未人协助祭司。他们的逃城可以保护那些因着过失杀人而被指控的人。主耶和华不将任何事归给偶然或事故,却完全预备祂子民的身体需要,平安和祝福。今天,请将你的生命和道路交托给祂,因为祂在乎你!
“噢怜悯的上帝,有能力的上帝啊,请在无限的爱和慈悲中教导我们,使我们永远在你面前,活在你里面。”阿们。(路德宗崇拜手册852:1)

Numbers 35:9-34 Individuals accused of an accidental killing find safety from “the avenger of blood” in cities of refuge. These cities could not harbor intentional murders (cf Ex 20:13). To protect the innocent, God establishes a system of justice with two witnesses (v 30). Today, pray for the families of victims and for the guilty. Pray also for wise lawmakers, judges, and juries. Our God is a judge who has pronounced just punishment. In Christ, He also pronounces grace and mercy, which are blessings for believers, who in turn benefit their communities.
“ ‘You shall not murder, hurt, nor hate; Your anger dare not dominate. Be kind and patient; help, defend, And treat your foe as your friend.’ Have mercy, Lord!” Amen. (LSB 581:6)
民数记35:9-34 因着失误杀人的个人可以在逃城中寻求庇护,远离报血仇的。这些城不能收容故意杀人的(参 出20:13不可杀人)。为了保护无辜之人,上帝设立一个两个见证人的公正制度(30节)今天,请为着受害者的家人和犯罪者祷告。也为着智慧的制法者,法官和陪审团祷告。我们的上帝是一位宣告公义惩罚的法官。在基督里,祂也宣告恩典和怜悯,作为祝福赐给信徒,信徒也因此使他们的社区得益处。
“ ‘你不可杀人,伤害,或仇恨;你的怒气怎敢做主。要和气,忍耐;帮助,保护,并且以你的敌人为你的朋友。’主啊,愿你施怜悯!”阿们。(路德宗崇拜手册581:6)

Numbers 36 For each tribe to retain its territory, God commands that Zelophehad’s daughters choose husbands within their own tribe. Numbers ends with a brief summary statement that all regulations therein came by God’s hand. In Christ, God cares for each individual. He willingly bends an ear to hear even the most routine request and acts on each person’s behalf with righteousness and mercy.
Lord, You lovingly guided Your people Israel. You also found me in my sin and saved me through the precious blood of Your Son. Preserve me in the one true faith. Amen.
民数记36章 为了使每一支派能够存留它的地业,上帝吩咐西罗非哈的女儿们从她们自己的支派选择丈夫。民数记以一个简单的归纳声明结束,即这里所有的命令典章都是从上帝的手中来的。在基督里,上帝看顾每一个人。祂甘愿低垂自己的耳朵,聆听那些甚至最寻常的祈求,并且带着公义和怜悯为每一个人的益处行事。
主啊,你满有慈爱地引领你的百姓以色列。你也在我里面监察罪孽,并且藉着你儿子的宝血拯救我。请保守我在这独一真信仰里。阿们。

翻译:Gary Liu
主后2016.11.07

《申命记》
(第十四周星期一—第十八周星期二)
第十四周星期一
Deuteronomy 1:1-8 Through many trials, God raises a new generation in Israel and brings them to the plains of Moab just east of the Jordan River. The Promised Land is in sight. God’s covenant promise is sure. He keeps His word to His people, including His word to you. Rejoice in the Lord’s faithfulness as you share His testimonies with others. The Gospel is fresh and precious for every new generation.
Heavenly Lord, we praise You and thank You for Your faithfulness in Christ, our Lord. Amen.
申命记1:1-8 经过许多的试炼,上帝在以色列中兴起新的一代,并且带领他们来到约旦河东边的摩押平原。应许之地就在眼前。上帝盟约的应许是确实的。祂保守祂给祂百姓的话,包括祂给你的话。当你将祂的见证分享给其他人时,请在主耶和华的信实中欢喜快乐。福音对每一个新生的一代都是常新和珍贵的。
天上的主啊,我们为着你在我们主基督里的信实赞美感谢你。阿们。

Deuteronomy 1:9-18 In His great love, God establishes a judicial system administered by God-fearing men selected from among the Israelites. God knows the human heart. He knows that sin brings discord and dissent. Left unchecked, sin can destroy a nation and finally cause eternal separation from God. But thanks be to God, we have a faithful Judge in heaven who wishes not to condemn us but to deliver us from sin.
Lord, we thank You because we know that on Judgment Day, You will see believers through the blood of Jesus Christ and declare us “not guilty!” Amen.
申命记1:9-18 在祂丰盛的爱中,上帝设立一个审判制度,由以色列人中选出来的敬畏上帝的人来执行。上帝知道人的心。祂知道罪会带来纷争和异议。如果不对付,罪可以击垮一个民族,并且最终导致与上帝的永恒隔绝。但感谢归给上帝,我们在天上有一个信实的法官,祂不愿定我们的罪,却愿意拯救我们脱离罪恶。
主啊,我们感谢你,因为我们知道在审判日,你会透过耶稣基督的宝血看信徒,并且宣告我们“无罪!”阿们。

Deuteronomy 1:19-33 Moses retells the story of the Israelites’ rebellion. Although God promised to drive out the Canaanites, the Israelites listened to the 10 spies instead and recoiled in fear. As a result, an entire generation of Israelites died in the desert. Today, we are wrong to trust the word of others over the Word of God. God gives His Word for our blessing and to strengthen us in faith.
Lord, at those times when we rebel against You, send Your Spirit to show us the error of our ways. Remember that we are Your sons and daughters through Holy Baptism, and sustain and strengthen us by the body and blood of Your own dear Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.
申命记1:19-33 摩西重述以色列人悖逆的故事。尽管上帝曾应许要赶出迦南人,但以色列人却反而听从那10个探子,在恐惧中畏缩。结果是,以色列整个一代人都死在旷野。今天,信靠别人的话过于上帝的话语也会是我们的错误。上帝为了我们的祝福和在信心中坚固我们,将祂的话语(道)赐下。
主啊,当我们背叛你的时候,求你差遣你的圣灵将我们路途中的错误向我们显明。请纪念我们透过圣洗礼成为你的儿女,也请藉着你自己亲爱儿子耶稣基督的身体和宝血供养,坚固我们。阿们。

Deuteronomy 1:34-46 The Israelites’ disobedience causes God to withdraw His presence and delay giving them the Promised Land. After 40 years, God teaches His faithfulness to a new generation and prepares them as a father prepares his dear children. How patient is our heavenly Father’s love and care!
Gentle Shepherd, lead us patiently, that we may one day cross from death to eternal life. Amen.
申命记1:34-46 以色列人的悖逆导致上帝收回祂的同在,并且延迟将应许之地赐给他们。40年之后,上帝将祂的信实教导给新的一代人,并且像一位父亲预备他亲爱的儿女一样预备他们。我们天父的爱和看顾是多么有耐心啊!
温柔的大牧者,请满有忍耐地引导我们,好叫我们有一天能够从死亡过到永生里。阿们。

第十四周星期二
Deuteronomy 2:1-25 God’s promise of land for the Edomites, Moabites, and Amonites means that the Israelites must pass farther east. God leads the charge to drive the Amorites from the land. The Israelites’ victory belong only to God. Our victories, too, belong to God. Our salvation is only by God’s hand, not our own. By His Son’s precious blood, we are justified; by His Spirit, we are sanctified.
Father, whenever we are tempted to boast of our own deeds, let us recall Paul’s words: “ ‘Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.’ For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends” (2Co 10:17-18). Amen.
申命记2:1-25 上帝给以东人,摩押人,和亚扪人土地的应许意味着以色列人必须继续向东挪移。上帝在前面引领将亚摩利人驱逐出那地。以色列人的胜利唯独属于上帝。我们的胜利,也属于上帝。我们的救恩单单出于上帝的手,而不是我们自己的。藉着祂儿子的宝血,我们得称为义;凭着祂的圣灵,我们得以成圣。
天父,每当我们被引诱要拿自己的行为夸口时,请使我们记得圣保罗的话:“但夸口的,当指著主夸口。因为蒙悦纳的,不是自己称许的,乃是主所称许的”(林后10:17-18)。阿们。

Deuteronomy 2:26-37 The conquest is underway. Stubborn King Sihon places his army in God’s path, and it is swallowed up as easily as Pharaoh’s army in the Red Sea. The Lord fights the battles of His people.
Lord, soften our hearts and create in us a faith that never rejects Your precious Word, like Sihon and Pharaoh did. Bring us to a richer understanding of how the waters of Baptism have drowned the old Adam and made us new people. Amen.
申命记2:26-37 征服在进行中。顽梗的西宏王用他的军队抵达上帝的道路,然而他们就像法老的军队在红海里一样,轻易地被吞没。主耶和华为祂的百姓争战。
主啊,请使我们的心温和,并且在我们里面创造一颗永不会像西宏和法老那样拒绝你至珍圣道的信心。请带领我们对圣洗礼的水如何淹死老亚当并且使我们成为新人有更丰富的理解。阿们。

第十四周星期三
Deuteronomy 3:1-22 Moses presents Israel’s victory over Og, the apportionment of land east of the Jordan River, and the installation of Joshua. Within these verses, believers are reminded of God’s faithfulness. As He faithfully led Israel, God will also lead His people today. His promises to us are sealed in the blood of His Son (cf 2Co 1:20).
Lord of heaven and earth, You shower Your blessings on those who are led to faith by Your Holy Spirit. Guide and protect us from the evil one, who would take away our promised inheritance. Amen.
申命记 3:1-22 摩西呈现了以色列对噩的胜利,约旦河东土地的分派,还有约书亚的按立。在这些经文中,信徒得以记起上帝的信实。正如祂曾信实地引领以色列一样,今天上帝也会引导祂的百姓。祂给我们的应许都鉴证在祂儿子的宝血里了(参林后1:20神的应许,不论有多少,在基督都是是的。所以藉著他也都是实在(实在:原文作阿们)的,叫神因我们得荣耀)。
天地的主啊,愿你将你的祝福倾倒在那些因着你的圣灵被引导进入信心的人。请引领保护我们,远离那恶者,就是那想要夺去我们蒙了应许之产业的。阿们。

Deuteronomy 3:23-29 Sin and its consequences walk hand in hand. Moses’ consequence was that he did not enter the Promised Land at that time. What a sad reality. Yet, see application note, ch 34. Forgiven sinners rejoice that the consequences of sin no longer bring eternal separation from God. Paul says it best: “The wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rm 6:23).
Lord, despite the earthly consequences of sin, teach us to live faithfully and in view of the eternal blessings of forgiveness. Amen.
申命记3:23-29 罪和它的后果形影不离。摩西的后果就是他那时不能进入应许之地。一个多么凄凉的现实啊。然而,看34章注释。被赦免的罪人应当欢喜,罪带来的后果不再是与上帝的永恒分离。圣保罗说的最好:“因为罪的工价乃是死;惟有神的恩赐,在我们的主基督耶稣里,乃是永生”(罗6:23)。
主啊,尽管有着罪属世的后果,请教导我们忠心地,依照罪得赦免的永恒祝福活着。阿们。

第十四周星期四
Deuteronomy 4:1-14 God desires to dwell among His people, but a holy God cannot live among an unholy people. So God lovingly establishes His ordinances, including the Ten Commandments. Through the Word, the Lord leads us to faith and to keep His commands faithfully; He shows forth His blessings in our lives.
Lord of all, we gratefully acknowledge that Christ has freed us from the bondage of the Law, for we are “justified by His grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (Rm 3:24). Thanks be to God! Amen.
申命记4:1-14 上帝意愿居住在祂的百姓中间,但一位圣洁的上帝不能与一群不圣洁的百姓同居。所以,上帝亲爱地设立祂的典章,包括十条诫命。藉着圣道,主耶和华引领我们到信心中,并且忠心地遵守祂的吩咐;祂在我们的生命中彰显祂的祝福。
万有的主啊,我们满有感恩地承认基督已经使我们脱离律法的枷锁,因为我们“如今却蒙神的恩典,因基督耶稣的救赎,就白白的称义”(罗3:24)。感谢归给上帝!阿们。

Deuteronomy 4:15-31 Just as a loving father warns his children against life’s dangers, so God warns Israel. Through Moses, God warns the Israelites of the perils of following pagan gods. Consequences would include forfeiting the land, though God retained ownership of it (Lv 25:23). He promises mercy to Israel and extends that kindness to us too.
Almighty God, though Israel’s disobedience caused the forfeiture of their land, You never removed the promise of a Savior given first to Adam and Eve (Gn 3:15) and confirmed to Abram (Gn 12:3b). That promise is completed in the life, death, and resurrection of my Lord Jesus. Great is Your faithfulness! Amen.
申命记4:15-31 就像一位慈爱的父亲警告他的儿女关于生活中的危险一样,上帝也警告以色列。藉着摩西,上帝警告以色列人关于随从外邦假神的危险。后果将会包括丧失土地,尽管上帝仍然拥有土地的所有权(利25:23地不可永卖,因为地是我的;你们在我面前是客旅,是寄居的)。祂应许了怜悯给以色列,并且也将那慈爱延伸给我们。
全能的上帝,尽管以色列人的悖逆导致他们土地的丧失,你却永不挪去起初赐给亚当和夏娃一位救赎主的应许(创3:15我又要叫你和女人彼此为仇;你的後裔和女人的後裔也彼此为仇。女人的後裔要伤你的头;你要伤他的脚跟)并且与亚伯兰坚定这应许(创12:3b地上的万族都要因你得福)。那应许在我们主耶稣的生,死和复活中完成了。你的信实何其大!阿们。

Deuteronomy 4:32-40 Moses reminds the people that with fire and wonders God has established Himself as the God of Israel. No other god has led a people away from their captors, conquered their enemies, and established them in a new land. Such a God is worthy of our worship and praise. In Christ, He declares us His very own people.
Lord Almighty, in our times of trouble, let us remember that You are with us always. Amen.
申命记4:32-40 摩西提醒百姓,上帝在火和惊奇中将祂自己立为以色列的上帝。没有别的神曾引领一个民族脱离他们的压迫者,征服他们的仇敌,并且将他们安置在一个新土地上。这样一位上帝是配得我们敬拜和赞美的。在基督里,祂宣告我们是祂自己至亲的百姓。
全能的主,在我们遭难的时刻,请使我们想起你永远与我们同在。阿们。

Deuteronomy 4:41-43 The Lord provides refuge for His people east of the Jordan. Today, the Lord Himself is our refuge. He prepares an everlasting home for us.
Father, as sinners, it is reassuring to know that You are our refuge and our strength (Ps 46:1). We trust in Your providential care. Amen.
申命记4:41-43 主耶和华给祂在约旦河东边的百姓设立逃城。今天,主耶和华祂自己就是我们的逃城。祂给我们预备一个永恒的家乡。
天父,作为罪人的我们,知道你是我们的逃城,是我们的力量,该是多么得安慰啊(诗46:1神是我们的避难所,是我们的力量,是我们在患难中随时的帮助)。我们信靠你佑护的看顾。阿们。

Deuteronomy 4:44-49 The conquest of Canaan is underway. Territories once belonging to Sihon and Og are under full control of the Reubenites, Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh. Moses presents God’s Word to the Israelites, including many laws and promises. Holding fast to these laws and promises, the people would experience God’s blessings. Still today, He promises many and great blessings to those who receive His testimonies.
Faithful Lord, we have the assurance that “all the promises of God find their Yes in [Jesus]” (2Co 1:20). For Your rich blessings in our lives, we humbly give You thanks. Amen.
申命记4:44-49 对迦南的征服在进行中。曾经属于西宏和噩的疆土如今在流便,迦得和玛拿西半支派的全权管辖之下。摩西将上帝的话语呈给以色列人,其中有许多律法和应许。若坚守这些律法和应许,百姓就会经历上帝的祝福。今天也同样,祂应许了许多丰盛的祝福给那些领受祂的见证的人。
信实的主,我们确信“所有上帝的应许在【耶稣】里,都是是的”(林后1:20 神的应许,不论有多少,在基督都是是的。所以藉著他也都是实在(实在:原文作阿们)的,叫神因我们得荣耀)。为着你在我们生命中丰富的祝福,我们谦卑地将感谢献给你。阿们。

第十四周星期五
Deuteronomy 5 Moses recounts how all of the Israelites assembled at Mount Sinai with one another. Sinful men and women need an intermediary between themselves and God. Though Moses served in that capacity at Sinai, Jesus Christ fills that role in a much greater way for you and for me (1Tm 2:5-6; cf Rm 8:1-2).
Lord of mercy, in Your Law we become painfully aware that our sinful nature separates us from You. Through Christ, our Lord, draw us ever closer to You through Your Word and Sacraments. Amen.
申命记5章 摩西重述所有以色列人如何在西奈山一起聚集的。有罪的男人和女人在他们和上帝之间需要一位中保。尽管摩西在西奈山为此职分服事,但耶稣基督以一个更伟岸的方式为你,为我担负那个角色(提前2:5-6 因为只有一位神,在神和人中间,只有一位中保,乃是降世为人的基督耶稣;他舍自己作万人的赎价,到了时候,这事必证明出来 ;参 罗8:1-2如今,那些在基督耶稣里的就不定罪了。因为赐生命圣灵的律,在基督耶稣里释放了我,使我脱离罪和死的律了)。
满有怜悯的主啊,在你的律法中我们痛苦地知道我们的罪性将我们与你隔绝。请藉着我们的主基督,透过你的圣道和圣礼使我们与你更亲近些。阿们。

第十四周星期六
Deuteronomy 6 God desires to shower His people with blessings, but their hearing and following of His Word is required for Him to dwell among them. He alone is God. There is no other. Thankfully, the Father sent His one and only Son as our atoning sacrifice. God’s Holy Spirit now dwells within all believers. Indeed, we become God’s dwelling place (1Co 3:16).
Lord, we thank You for parents, relatives, friends, and pastors who speak Your Word in purity and truth. Use us now as instruments for the salvation of others. Amen.
申命记6章 上帝意愿用祝福沐浴祂的百姓,但为了祂能够居住在他们中间,他们需要聆听和遵从祂话语。唯独祂是上帝。没有别的上帝。感恩的是,圣父差遣祂的独生儿子成为我们的赎罪祭。上帝的圣灵如今居住在所有信徒里面。确实,我们成为了上帝的居所(林前3:16 岂不知你们是神的殿,神的灵住在你们里头吗)。
主,为着将你的话语在纯正和真理中传讲的父母,亲戚,朋友和牧师,我们感谢你。请现在使用我们,作为他人得救的器皿。阿们。

第十五周星期一
Deuteronomy 7 God’s hand is raised against the inhabitants of Canaan, whose sin has ripened before God, causing His action. God, not the Israelites on their own, will drive the Canaanites from the Promised Land. He plans to fulfill His promise to Israel’s greatest ancestors: Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Today, through Jesus Christ, believers are led into the promised land of eternal life. Each time we look upon the empty cross, we are reminded of God’s promise of redemption fulfilled in Christ.
Lord of all creation, we thank You for the precious foretelling of deliverance made known to Your ancient people and delivered in Christ Jesus, our Lord. Grant us encouragement in Your precious Word. Amen.
申命记7章 上帝兴起祂的手攻击迦南地的居民,因为他们在上帝面前的罪积攒成熟,导致祂的作为。上帝,不是以色列人自己,将把迦南人从应许之地赶出去。祂计划成就祂赐给以色列最伟大先祖(亚伯拉罕,以撒和雅各)的应许。今天,藉着耶稣基督,信徒被带进永生的应许之地。每一次我们仰望那空空的十字架,我们就被提醒上帝在基督里成就了的救赎应许。
创造万有的主,为着那曾让你古时的百姓知晓,并且在基督耶稣我们的主里面成就的宝贵救赎预言,我们感谢你。请在你至珍的圣道中赐给我们鼓励。阿们。

第十五周星期二
Deuteronomy 8 God weaves a pattern of worship into the lives of the Israelites. By remembering and keeping God’s commands, they honor His name and show God’s grace to the nations surrounding them (4:6). Their disobedience dishonors God’s name. How easily Christians today look upon themselves as self-made, dishonoring God in the process.Instead, may we pray as J.S. Bach did, “To God alone be glory” (Soli Deo Gloria), for there is no other Savior.
Father, forgive us. We are poor, miserable sinners, often content to go our own way and seek our own glory. We ask that You send Your Holy Spirit to lead us to repentance, and then feed us with Your sustaining bread of life. Amen.
申命记8章 上帝将敬拜的范式编织在以色列人的生活中。藉着纪念和遵守上帝的吩咐,他们尊荣祂的名并且向周边的列国传扬上帝的恩典(4:6所以你们要谨守遵行;这就是你们在万民眼前的智慧、聪明。他们听见这一切律例,必说:『这大国的人真是有智慧,有聪明!』)。他们的悖逆会玷污上帝的名。今天基督徒会多么轻易地认为他们自己是自我存在(自力更生),如此就在行程中玷污上帝啊。相反,愿我们都与作曲家巴赫(J.S.Bach)一同祈祷, “荣耀唯独归给上帝”(Soli Deo Gloria), 因为没有别的救赎主。
圣父,请赦免我们。我们是卑微,可怜的罪人,经常满足于走我们自己的路,寻求我们自己的荣耀。我们恳求你差遣你的圣灵引导我们走向悔改,然后用你源源不断的生命之粮喂养我们。阿们。

第十五周星期三
Deuteronomy 9:1-12 God will soon lead the Israelites into Canaan, a land that 40 years earlier they had called unconquerable. But God Himself will lead the charge with “consuming fire” (v 3). Israel’s victory will not be based on their righteousness; neither are the blessing and victory we receive. Our salvation came at a terrible price: it cost God the life of His Son, a gift we are to remember in Holy Communion until Christ comes again in His glory (1Co 11:26).
Heavenly Lord, let us never boast of the works of our hands. Everything we have is a precious gift of grace from You, through Your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.
申命记9:1-12 上帝将很快带领以色列人进入迦南,一块早40年前他们称为不可征服的土地。但上帝祂自己以“烈火”(3节)向前冲锋。以色列的得胜将不在乎他们的义;我们所领受的祝福和得胜也(不在乎我们的义)。我们的救赎以一个残酷的代价临到:(为此)上帝付上祂儿子的生命,就是我们要在圣餐礼中纪念的礼物,直到基督再次在祂的荣耀里降临时(林前11:26 你们每逢吃这饼,喝这杯,是表明主的死,直等到他来)。
天上的主,愿我们永不以我们自己手的工夸口。我们所拥有的一切都是藉着你儿子耶稣基督,从你而来的宝贵恩典礼物。阿们。

Deuteronomy 9:13-29 By retelling the story of the golden calf (Ex 32), Moses teaches a new generation about the consequences of disobeying God’s commands. The entire nation was about to forfeit their status as God’s chosen people. But God mercifully turned away from their sin. Today, God still calls His people to come before Him and seek His forgiveness in order that He might “cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1Jn 1:9).
Loving Father, each sin we commit brings tears to Your eyes. By our own actions, we separate ourselves from You. Look past our faults to see the gracious intercession of Your Son at Calvary. Amen.
申命记9:13-29 藉着重述金牛犊的故事(出32章),摩西将悖逆上帝命令的后果教导给新的一代人。整个民族(那时)将要失去他们作为上帝选民的身份。但上帝满有怜悯地转离他们的罪。今天,上帝依然在呼召祂的百姓来到祂面前,寻求祂的饶恕,好叫祂可以“洗净我们一切的不义”(约一1:9我们若认自己的罪,神是信实的,是公义的,必要赦免我们的罪,洗净我们一切的不义)。
慈爱的天父,我们犯的每一个罪都使你的眼睛落泪。因着我们自己的行为,我们将我们自己与你分离。请越过我们的过犯,看你儿子在加略山满有恩惠的代求。阿们。

Deuteronomy 10:1-11 Moses reminds the Israelites of their idolatry at Sinai. Only Moses’ prayer of intercession spared them. God inscribed two new tablets with His precious commands and promised to lead the Israelites into Canaan. Today, pray for yourself and others who face temptation. Take comfort in the promise that Jesus intercedes for you and will be with you amid all struggles.
Lord, have mercy on us and hear our cry for greater faith and greater faithfulness. Amen.
申命记10:1-11 摩西提醒以色列人他们在西奈山的偶像崇拜。唯有摩西的代求使他们得赦免。上帝将祂宝贵的命令刻在两块新的石版上,并且应许要引领以色列人进入迦南。今天,请为你自己和其他面对试探的人祷告。在耶稣(时常)为你代求并且要在所有患难中与你同在的应许中得安慰。
天主,施怜悯给我们,垂听我们对更大信心和更多忠实的呼求。阿们。

Deuteronomy 10:12-22 God desires that those who love Him realize that He has the awesome power to forgive sins. In respect of this power, and in honor due His holy name, the Israelites are to reflect God’s love back to Him in their words and actions. In so doing, they witness God’s love to the nations around them and to the foreigners among them. Reflected here is God’s desire that all should be saved and learn of His coming Messiah, Jesus. By God’s grace, we repent of our stubbornness. Through Baptism, we are made new creatures (Rm 6:4), counting ourselves dead to sin and alive to God (Rm 6:11).
Precious Lord, almighty Father, we thank You for the abundant mercy You show to those who repent and turn away from their sins. Forgive us for the sake of Your dear Son. Amen.
申命记10:12-22 上帝意愿那些爱祂的人明白祂有至上的权柄来赦免罪恶。为叫这权能得尊重,祂的圣名得荣耀,以色列人应当将上帝的爱在他们的言语和行为中反映归回给祂。如此行,他们就向他们周边的列国和居住在他们中间的外国人,见证上帝的爱。在此所反映的是,上帝渴望所有人认识祂将要来的弥赛亚耶稣,并且(因祂)得救。靠赖上帝的恩典,我们为我们的顽梗懊悔。透过圣洗礼,我们被创造为新的活物(罗6:4所以,我们藉著洗礼归入死,和他一同埋葬,原是叫我们一举一动有新生的样式,像基督藉著父的荣耀从死里复活一样),看我们自己向罪是死的,向上帝是活的(罗6:11 这样,你们向罪也当看自己是死的;向神在基督耶稣里,却当看自己是活的)。
至珍的主,全能的父,为着你向那些悔改并转离他们罪的人所显明的丰盛怜悯,我们感谢你。请因着你亲爱儿子的缘故,赦免我们。阿们。

第十五周星期四
Deuteronomy 11 Soon the Israelites will cross the Jordan River to begin conquering the land God had promised to Abram so many years before. We can almost hear their cries of thanksgiving! Yet Moses’ warning is stern. Even today, though we have the Bible and know its teaching, we may fail to heed it. Pause today to repent and give praise to your Lord for His merciful goodness. Abundant blessings, especially eternal life (Jn 6:47), are still yours through Jesus Christ.
Lord and sustainer of life, send Your Holy Spirit to us through Your Word and Sacraments. Make us new creatures who daily see Your abundant blessings and honor You with our lives. Amen.
申命记11章 以色列人很快要过约旦河,开始征服上帝很多年前应许给亚伯兰的土地。我们几乎能够听到他们感谢的呼声!然而摩西的警告是严厉的。甚至今天,尽管我们有圣经并且知道它的教导,我们却会在专心于它上失败。今天请驻足下来并悔改,也为着祂满有怜悯的良善,将赞美献给你的主。丰厚的祝福,特别(是)永恒生命(约6:47 我实实在在的告诉你们,信的人有永生),藉着耶稣基督仍然是你的。
生命的主和供应者,请藉着你的圣道和圣礼差遣你的圣灵给我们。使我们成为新造的人,每天看见你丰盛的祝福,并且用我们的生命尊荣你。阿们。

Deuteronomy 12:1-28 The Lord calls His people to cleanse the land of all places of false worship. He would provide for them a place to receive His presence in grace and blessing. Today, God forbids us from worshiping Him in ways that seem good to us but that are contrary to His Word. God gives us His clear Word in Christ Jesus. In His Word and Sacraments, we have rest in our consciences, and we experience the deep joy that comes from having God’s forgiveness.
Lord Jesus, in You I find the fullness of God’s glory. I worship and adore You, my Lord and my God. Amen.
申命记12:1-28 主耶和华呼召祂的百姓将所有虚假崇拜的地方从那地清理干净。祂会为他们提供一个地方,(让他们)在恩典和祝福中领受祂的同在。今天,上帝禁止我们用我们看起来是好的,但却与祂的话语相违背的方式来敬拜祂。上帝在基督耶稣里将祂清晰的话语赐给我们。在祂的圣道和圣礼中,我们得着我们良心的安息,并且经历从上帝赦罪而来的深深喜乐。
主耶稣,在你里面我得到上帝荣耀的丰满。我敬拜尊荣你,我的主,我的上帝。阿们。

第十五周星期五
Deuteronomy 12:29-13:18 The Lord warns His people to fear Him, especially when they are tempted to worship the gods and follow the abominable customs of the people whose land they are to possess. Those who oppose God can draw many followers through their displays of power and spectacle. God’s Word gives us His solemn and binding promises. God means what He says: In Christ, your sins are forgiven. In Christ, you will find life to the full. In Christ, you will be free to love others as you love yourself.
Father, by the leading of Your Holy Spirit, let me always trust in Your Son, my Lord Jesus Christ. Only in Him can I find the light, the truth, and the peace that I need. Amen.
申命记12:29-13:18 主耶和华警告祂的百姓要敬畏祂,特别是当他们受到拜假神的试探,跟随他们将要拥有的土地的原居民可恶风俗时。那些抵挡上帝的人藉着他们的能力和奇事表演可以吸引许多跟随者。上帝的话语(道)将祂庄严必成的应许赐给了我们。上帝说什么就是什么:在基督里,你的罪被赦免了。在基督里,你将得着满溢的生命。在基督里,你将得自由(能力)去爱他人如同你爱自己一样。
圣父,请藉着你圣灵的引领,使我总是信靠你的儿子,我的主耶稣基督。唯独在祂里面,我可以得着我所需要的光,真理和平安。阿们。

第十五周星期六
Deuteronomy 14:1-21 The Lord calls His people, as members of His household, to avoid mimicking the self-destructive behaviors of their pagan neighbors. The Israelites were to adopt new and distinct table manners, eating only clean food. As members of God’s household (Eph 2:19), we, too, must leave behind all those behaviors and habits that damage ourselves and the Christian community (Eph 5:1-7). Since God has adopted us in Christ Jesus, our Father in heaven will always give us His Holy Spirit so that we may be cleansed from all our sin (Rm 8:12-17).
Father, cleanse me from my guilt, and give me the will and the strength to lead a life worthy of my calling. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
申命记14:1-21 主耶和华呼召祂的百姓,作为祂家中的成员,要避免模仿他们外邦邻居自我毁灭的行为。以色列人要采用新的,分别开来的用餐习惯,只吃洁净的食物。作为上帝家中的成员(弗2:19 这样,你们不再作外人和客旅,是与圣徒同国,是神家里的人了),我们,也,必须离弃所有那些会毁坏我们和基督徒团体(社区)的行为习惯(弗5:1-7所以,你们该效法神,好像蒙慈爱的儿女一样…)。因为上帝已经在基督耶稣里收纳了我们,我们在天上的父总是会将祂的圣灵赐给我们,好叫我们可以从我们所有的罪中得洁净(罗8:12-17…既是儿女,便是後嗣,就是神的後嗣,和基督同作後嗣。如果我们和他一同受苦,也必和他一同得荣耀)。
圣父,请从我的罪过中洁净我,并赐给我意志和能力,过一个配得我(所蒙)呼召的生命。奉耶稣的名。阿们。

Deuteronomy 14:22-29 God would provide for His people through the land that He was giving them. He commands them to use their portion for worship and to provide for the needy. Today, God calls us to share with our neighbor in need from the abundance of our possessions (cf Eph 4:28; Lk 10:25-37). Because God provides for us, we do not need to be anxious about our sustenance in this life (Mt 6:31). We are free to gratefully receive the generosity of others, to joyfully use the best we have in the worship of God, and to cheerfully experience God’s love as we give to those in need (2Co 9:7).
Lord, thank You for Your great generosity to me. By Your Holy Spirit, lead me to give cheerfully and gratefully because of the gifts You have given. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
申命记14:22-29 上帝要藉着祂赐给他们的土地供应祂的百姓。祂吩咐他们将他们的一份用于敬拜和供应有缺乏的人。今天,上帝呼召我们从我们产业的丰富中分享一些给我们有需要的邻舍(参弗4:28从前偷窃的,不要再偷;总要劳力,亲手做正经事,就可有余分给那缺少的人;路10:25-37)。因为上帝供养我们,我们不需要为着我们今生的食物忧虑(太6:31所以,不要忧虑说:吃什麽?喝什麽?穿什麽)。我们得了自由,可以感恩地领受他人的恩惠,喜乐地将我们所拥有的的最好(东西)用在对上帝的敬拜中,并且在我们施舍给那些有缺乏之人时,欢快地经历上帝的爱(林后9:7各人要随本心所酌定的,不要作难,不要勉强,因为捐得乐意的人是神所喜爱的)。
上主,感谢你将你丰盛的恩惠赐给我。请藉着你的圣灵,引导我因着你所赐的礼物,欢喜感恩地施舍。奉耶稣的名。阿们。

Deuteronomy 15 Since the Lord would generously provide for His people, He commands them to be generous with one another. Today, the existence of poverty in the Christian community is a scandal, and the cry of those in need in any community goes up before the Lord. In the Church, you have brothers and sisters given to you by God. This means that you can always be confident God will provide for you when you are in need, and that you can help others knowing that God will give you more than enough to live life to the full.
Gracious Father, grant me wisdom in caring for my brothers and sisters in Christ. Since You have adopted me in Holy Baptism, help me give and receive in ways that honor You. Amen.
申命记15章 因为主耶和华满有恩惠地供养祂的子民,祂也吩咐他们要以恩惠(慷慨)彼此相待。今天,基督徒社区里贫困的存在是一个丑闻,在每个社区里那些有缺乏之人的呼求上达主耶和华的面前。在教会中,你有上帝赐给你的弟兄姊妹。这意味着你可以一直确信,当你有缺乏时上帝会供应你,并且你可以去帮助他人,知道上帝会赐给你超过生活的所需,充充满满。
满有恩典的天父,请赐给我,在基督里看顾我弟兄姊妹上(所需的)智慧。因为你已经在圣洗礼中收纳了我,请帮助我以尊荣你的方式施舍和领受。阿们。

第十六周星期一
Deuteronomy 16:1-8 At the Passover festival, the people would remember the way God delivered them from slavery in Egypt. Today, if we forget all that God has done for us, we fall back into sinful actions and habits. Without God’s help, we find ourselves suffering the distress and affliction of slavery to sin. Our Lord Jesus has given us His body and blood to make Himself present with us and to deliver us from evil. As we celebrate the Lord’s Supper “in remembrance” of Jesus, we receive the freedom from sin that He alone gives.
Lord Jesus, remember me in Your kingdom, and deliver me from all evil. Amen.
申命记16:1-8 在逾越节中,百姓纪念上帝曾拯救他们脱离埃及奴役的途径。今天,如果我们忘记上帝为我们所成就的一切,我们就会跌回到有罪的行为和习惯当中。没有上帝的帮助,我们就会发现我们自己要遭受被罪奴役的压迫和苦难。我们的主耶稣已经将祂的身体和宝血赐给我们,使得祂自己与我们同在,救拔我们脱离凶恶。当我们庆祝主圣餐,“纪念”耶稣时,我们就在领受唯独祂能给予的,脱离罪恶的自由。
主耶稣,请在你的国度里纪念我,拯救我脱离所有凶恶。阿们。

Deuteronomy 16:9-12 God commands His people to remember their blessings and to share from their bounty with those in need. When God has given us much, He asks much from us (Lk 12:48). By sharing what God has given you, you show your trust in His generosity. He also promises through Jesus, the Savior, that you will receive many times more than you give, in this age and in the age to come (Lk 18:18-30).
Father, since You have given me so much, give me also Your Holy Spirit so that I may be generous to all who suffer need. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
申命记16:9-12 上帝吩咐祂的百姓记得他们(所领受)的祝福,并且从他们的丰富中与那些有缺乏的人分享。当上帝赐给我们更多时,祂也向我们索取更多(路12:48惟有那不知道的,做了当受责打的事,必少受责打;因为多给谁,就向谁多取;多托谁,就向谁多要)。藉着(与人)分享上帝赐给你的,你也表明(自己)对祂慷慨丰富的信靠。祂也藉着耶稣,救赎主,应许了,你将得到比你施舍的多百倍,在今生和来世(路18:18-30…耶稣说:「我实在告诉你们,人为神的国撇下房屋,或是妻子、弟兄、父母、儿女,没有在今世不得百倍,在来世不得永生的)。
天父,因为你已经赐给我许多,也请将你的圣灵赐给我,好叫我可以慷慨对待所有经受缺乏的人。奉耶稣的名。阿们。

Deuteronomy 16:13-17 The Feast of Booths includes foreigners, who are also called to celebrate God’s gracious provision of the harvest. God gives blessings to all, even to those who are not His people (Mt 5:43-48). If we refuse to show God’s generous love to other people, our behavior is no better than that of unbelievers. The fellowship we have in Christ with people “from every tribe and language and people and nation” (Rv 5:9) is God’s great blessing to us. Together we experience the true unity that comes from access to God’s grace in Christ Jesus.
Lord Jesus, thank You for giving me brothers and sisters from every tribe and language and people and nation! Grant us joy together in the Gospel. Amen.
申命记16:13-17 住棚节中也有寄居的人,他们也被呼召欢庆上帝对丰收的恩典看顾。上帝将祝福赐给所有人,甚至那些不是祂子民的人(太5:43-48…这样就可以作你们天父的儿子;因为他叫日头照好人,也照歹人;降雨给义人,也给不义的人)。如果我们拒绝向他人表明上帝恩惠的慈爱,我们的行为并不比不信之人的好多少。我们与同在基督里从“各族,各方,各民,各国”而来的百姓有团契交通,这是上帝给我们的丰盛祝福(启5:9他们唱新歌,说:你配拿书卷,配揭开七印;因为你曾被杀,用自己的血从各族、各方、各民、各国中买了人来,叫他们归於神)。我们一起经历从支取上帝在基督耶稣里的恩典而来的真正合一。
主耶稣,感谢你赐给我从各族、各方、各民、各国而来的弟兄姊妹!请赐我们在福音里一同喜乐。阿们。

Deuteronomy 16:18-20 God commands impartiality in judges because He is Himself impartial in judgment (Rm 2:11). In this we stand warned: there will be tribulation and distress for all who do evil, including those within the household of God. Yet God shows His righteousness in judgment by leading us in faith to receive His mercy and forgiveness in Christ Jesus.
Lord Jesus, all my hope is in You, because You are my righteousness, my peace, and my joy. Amen.
申命记16:18-20 上帝吩咐审判要不偏待,因为祂自己审判就是不偏待人的(罗2:11因为神不偏待人)。在这里我们得到警告:对所有作恶,包括那些上帝家中的人,将会有灾难和痛苦。然而,上帝引导我们在信心中领受祂在基督耶稣里的怜悯和赦罪,也藉此显明祂审判中的公义。
主耶稣,我们所有的盼望都在你里面,因为你是我的公义,我的平安,我的喜乐。阿们。

Deuteronomy 16:21-17:7 God forbids all forms of false worship even as He provides for instruction in the truth. We did not choose God, but He chose us (Jn 15:16). We can be rightly confident that He will keep us in true faith and lead us through death to eternal life.
Thank You, Lord Jesus, for choosing me to be Your disciple. Keep me in true faith so I may do those things that are pleasing to You. Amen.
申命记16:21-17:7 正如祂在真理中提供指南一样,上帝禁止所有形式的偶像崇拜。我们没有选择上帝,但祂选择了我们(约15:16不是你们拣选了我,是我拣选了你们,并且分派你们去结果子,叫你们的果子常存,使你们奉我的名,无论向父求什麽,他就赐给你们)。我们可以确信祂必要保守我们在真信仰里,并且引领我们出死入永生。
感谢你,主耶稣,选择我做你的门徒。请保守我在真信仰里,好叫我可以做那些蒙你喜悦的事。阿们。

Deuteronomy 17:8-13 Difficult legal cases require special consideration, and the people are to respect the decisions. When the Law of God convicts us, we must not seek to escape judgment by trying to gain other people’s approval for our sinful actions. God gives His judgment through the Law to drive us to repentance (Rm 3:20) so that we may receive salvation from sin in our Lord Jesus.
Lord, let me hear Your word of judgment so that I may place my hope not in the opinion of sinful human beings, but in Jesus Christ, my Lord. Amen.
申命记17:8-13 困难的争讼案件需要特别的考量,百姓需要尊重判决。当上帝的律法定我们的罪时,我们决不能试着获取他人对我们有罪行为的认可,来逃避审判。上帝藉着律法将祂的审判赐下,驱使我们悔改(罗3:20 所以凡有血气的,没有一个因行律法能在神面前称义,因为律法本是叫人知罪),好叫我们可以在我们主耶稣里领受脱离罪恶的救恩。
上主,请使我听你审判的话语,好叫我可以将我的盼望,不放在有罪之人的观点里,而是放在我的主耶稣基督里。阿们。

Deuteronomy 17:14-20 God gives His concession, allowing His people to have a king, but only on certain conditions. Note well the focus on God’s Word in this description of a good and godly king. God’s Word will similarly bless, equip, and strengthen you for faithful service.
Lord, Your instruction shows me the way of life and love; keep my heart always open to Your teaching. Amen.
申命记17:14-20 上帝给出祂的让步,允许祂的百姓拥有一个王,但只有在特定的条件下。请特别留意这一个好的、敬虔君王的描述对上帝话语的聚焦。上帝的话语也会同样祝福,装备,和坚固你,为着忠心的服事。
上主,你的教训向我显明生命和爱的道路;请保守我一直向你的教导敞开。阿们。

第十六周星期二
Deuteronomy 18:1-8 Though the Levitical priesthood will not have an inheritance of land that will provide their sustenance, the Lord Himself will be their inheritance. They are to share in the offerings that are brought to the Lord. Today, we are not to neglect the physical needs of those who serve the Lord among us, for “you shall not muzzle an ox when it is treading out the grain” (25:4) and “the laborer deserves his food” (Mt 10:10). Cf 1Co 9:9-14; 1Tm 5:18. God provided for the needs of the Levitical priests through the gifts of His people. So also today, God’s people are moved by His grace in Christ Jesus to support those who labor among them, especially in preaching the life-giving Gospel of Jesus.
Lord God, help us to give “double honor” (1Tm 5:17) to those who faithfully labor among us in Your vineyard, calling us to repentance with Your Holy Law and uplifting us with the mercy, forgiveness, and life that are ours in Christ Jesus, our Savior. Amen.
申命记18:1-8 尽管利未祭司不会拥有可以供给他们生计的土地产业,但主耶和华自己就是他们的产业。他们要得享(百姓)带给耶和华的祭物。今天,我们也不可忽视那些在我们中间服事主之人的物质需要,因为“牛在场上踹谷的时候,不可笼住他的嘴”(25:4),并且“工人得饮食是应当的”(太10:10行路不要带口袋;不要带两件褂子,也不要带鞋和 杖;因为工人得饮食是应当的)。参 林前9:9-14;提前5:18。上帝藉着祂百姓的礼物来供应利未祭司们的需要。所以今天也一样,上帝的百姓被祂在基督耶稣里的恩典所感动,来支持那些在他们中间做工的人,特别是那些传讲耶稣赐人生命之福音的人。
主上帝,请帮助我们将“加倍的敬奉”(提前5:17那善於管理教会的长老,当以为配受加倍的敬奉;那劳苦传道教导人的,更当如此)给那些在我们中间,你的葡萄园里忠心地做工,用你的圣洁律法呼召我们悔改,用在我们的救赎基督耶稣里属于我们的怜悯、赦罪和生命,来兴起我们的人。阿们。

Deuteronomy 18:9-14 As Israel enters the Promised Land, they will be exposed to the influences of the false, occultist worship practices of the nations surrounding them, which they are to avoid. The people are faced with a great challenge: will they remain faithful to the Lord, or will they desert Him? Today, consider to whom you will listen. As parents lovingly protect their children by warning, reminding, and encouraging them, so our gracious God comes to us in His Word, warning us of snares and pitfalls, reminding us of our relationship to Him as His beloved children, and encouraging and comforting us with the assurance of His love and forgiveness.
Lord God, give me an undivided heart that I may always honor Your name and be Your witness to others, a city set on a hill, whose light cannot be hidden (Mt 5:14). Amen.
申命记18:9-14 随着以色列进入应许之地,他们将会被暴露在他们周边民族所操练的虚假、术士崇拜的影响下,就是他们所需要逃避的。百姓面对一个巨大的挑战:他们将会仍然忠于主耶和华,还是他们要离弃祂呢?今天,请思量你会聆听谁。正如父母满有慈爱地藉着警告,提醒和鼓励他们的儿女来保护他们一样,我们满有恩典的上帝也在祂的圣道(Word话语)中临到我们,警告我们网罗和陷阱,提醒我们作为祂蒙爱的儿女与祂的关系,并且用祂的爱和饶恕的确据鼓励、安慰我们。
主上帝,请赐我一颗专一的心,好叫我总是尊荣你的名,向他人成为你的见证,成为一座山上的城,它的光不能被隐藏(太5:14你们是世上的光。城造在山上是不能隐藏的)。阿们。

Deuteronomy 18:15-22 Criteria for identifying false prophets and false prophecy are given. God will provide a source of revelation to communicate with His people: He will send a line of prophets that will culminate in the great Prophet promised here, the Lord Jesus Christ. God’s Word is holy and is to be treated as such. Neglect of His Word, denial of His Word, adding to or subtracting from His Word, or twisting His Word are all sin. God graciously desires to speak to us to give to us what we cannot live without, the Word that has the power to bring us to repentance (Rm 3:20, Law), make us alive to eternal life (Rm 1:16, Gospel), and keep us in the truth (Jn 8:31-32).
“Lord, keep us steadfast in Your Word; Curb those who by deceit or sword Would wrest the kingdom from Your Son and bring to naught all He has done.” Amen. (LSB 655:1)
申命记18:15-22 鉴别假先知和假预言的标准被赐下。上帝提供一个启示的来源,与祂的百姓交通:祂差遣一连串的先知们,最终在那最大的先知(在此应许了的),就是主耶稣基督身上达到顶峰。上帝的话语是圣洁的,并且应当按此对待。无视祂的话语,否认祂的话语,添加或删减祂的话语,扭曲祂的话语全都是罪。上帝满有恩典地渴望向我们说话,将我们若没有就不能活着的东西(圣道)赐给我们,就是那有能力带领我们悔改(罗3:20所以凡有血气的,没有一个因行律法能在神面前称义,因为律法本是叫人知罪,律法),使我们活过来朝向永生(罗1:16我不以福音为耻;这福音本是神的大能,要救一切相信的,先是犹太人,後是希利尼人,福音),并且保守我们在真理中的圣道(约8:31-32耶稣对信他的犹太人说:「你们若常常遵守我的道,就真是我的门徒;你们必晓得真理,真理必叫你们得以自由)。
“主啊,保守我稳健在你的话语中;抑制那些想要藉着欺骗或刀剑,从你的儿子那里抢夺祂的国,使祂全部所成就的毁于一旦的人。”阿们。(路德宗崇拜手册655:1)

Deuteronomy 19:1-13 God gives statutes covering both unintentional and intentional killings. God has given life—all life, from conception on—and reserves the right to take it. No individual can presume to take life into his or her own hands: “You shall not murder” (5:17). God has given us our own “city of refuge” to which we may flee when the guilt of sin threatens to overwhelm us: His grace in Christ Jesus, whose innocent blood was shed for sinners. There you will find free and full forgiveness—the guilt is purged away!
Almighty God, give to us a respect for all life as a sacred gift from You, no matter how small, no matter how feeble and frail, no matter how young or old. Amen.
申命记19:1-13上帝赐下涵盖失误杀人和故意杀人的律例。上帝赐生命—所有的生命,从怀孕开始—并且保留索取生命的权力。没有任何个人可以擅自将生命握在他或她自己的手中:“不可杀人”(5:17)。上帝赐给我们属于我们自己的“逃城”,当罪的羞耻威胁要占有我们时,我们可以逃到那里:就是祂在基督耶稣里的恩典,耶稣基督的无辜宝血是为罪人流的。在那里你可以寻见自由和完全的赦罪—罪被剔除洁净!
全能的上帝啊,请赐我们尊重所有人的生命,看他们是从你而来的神圣礼物,无论多么微小,无论多么微弱易碎,无论年轻或年老。阿们。

Deuteronomy 19:14 God gives each family of His people an allotment of land, and the property boundaries of neighbors are to be respected (cf 5:19, 21). God indeed deals bountifully with us to care for our physical needs in this life, but even more so has He given us an inheritance in heaven, secured for us and marked out by Christ Jesus!
Lord God, let us not become enamored by the things of this life but rest secure in the knowledge that You will provide for Your children’s needs. Amen.
申命记19:14 上帝赐一份分配的土地给祂子民的每个家庭,并且邻舍的产业界线是需要得到尊重的(参5:19,21不可贪恋人的妻子;也不可贪图人的房屋、田地、仆婢、牛、驴,并他一切所有的)。上帝确实以丰盛待我们,看顾我们今生的物质所需,但比这更丰盛的是,祂藉着基督耶稣,赐给我们一份天上的产业,为我们保全,划定界线!
主上帝啊,请使我们不迷恋今生的物质,却知道你必供应你儿女的所需,并在这知识中得平稳安息。阿们。

Deuteronomy 19:15-21 Laws are given concerning witnesses who bring accusations against others, and safeguards concerning them are given to ensure justice. God calls us to deal with one another with integrity, being faithful witnesses for the protection of ourselves or others and never hurting others by bearing false witness against them. Holy Scripture itself is a witness that our God is just; His perfect justice is seen at the cross, where payment was made in full for sin. There, Jesus became a curse for us; the One who knew no sin was made sin for us (2Co 5:21).
Lord, joy fills our hearts at hearing that You sent Your Son to bear our sin for us and open the door of eternal life to us. We pray that Your Holy Spirit would keep us in the faith until the day of redemption. Amen.
申命记19:15-21 关于要指控他人的证人的法律,和对被指控之人的保护措施都被赐下,来确保公正。上帝呼召我们要以正直彼此对待,做忠心的证人,来保护我们自己或他人,并且永远不藉着作假见证伤害他人。圣经本身就是见证我们的上帝是公正的;祂的完美公义审判在十字架上显明,罪的工价在那里都已完全支付。在那里,耶稣为我们成为咒诅;那位无罪的,为我们成为罪(林后5:21神使那无罪(无罪:原文作不知罪)的,替我们成为罪,好叫我们在他里面成为神的义)。
上主,当聆听你(如何)差遣你的儿子为我们背负我们的罪,并且向我们开启永生之门时,请以喜乐充满我们的心。我们祈求你的圣灵保守我们在那信仰之中,直到得赎的日子。阿们。

第十六周星期三
Deuteronomy 20 God gives statutes governing warfare. God’s moral will is not to be suspended but is to guide and direct our actions, even in matters of war. In the face of danger, God encourages His people with the promise of His presence and the assurance that He fights for them to give them the victory. We, too, have been given the promise of our Savior’s constant presence with us, even on the battlefields we tread. In your struggles, call on Him, for He has promised grace, wisdom, and every blessing in your hour of need.
Lord Jesus Christ, clothe us, we pray, with the whole armor of God that we may stand firm in every assault and never lose sight of Your victory on our behalf at the cross and empty tomb. Amen.
申命记20章 上帝赐下管理战事的条例。上帝的道德旨意不是要搁置一旁,而是要指导,引领我们的行动,甚至是在战争事务中。在危险面前,上帝以祂同在的应许,和祂为他们争战并赐他们胜利的确据,来鼓励祂的子民。我们也被赐予我们救赎主一直与我们同在的应许,甚至是在我们所踏的战场上。在你的挣扎中,请呼求祂,因为祂已经应许了你有需要之时的恩典,智慧和各样祝福。
主耶稣基督,我们祈求你用上帝的整全盔甲来覆盖我,好叫我可以在每一次攻击中站立得住,并且永不忘记你在十字架上和空坟墓里为我们所得的胜利。阿们。

Deuteronomy 21:1-9 The Lord provides a sacrifice for an unsolved murder. He emphasizes the value of human life by describing the atonement that must be made for it. In satisfying His divine justice, God sent His own Son into this world to make the expiatory sacrifice, the atonement, for our lives on the cross of Calvary, there shedding His lifeblood for the guilt of our sins.
Lord Jesus Christ, as You alone are the sacrificial Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, accept our heartfelt repentance for our sins. Wash us in Your blood and clothe us in Your righteousness. We pray in Your holy name. Amen.
申命记21:1-9 主耶和华为无法破案的谋杀赐下赎罪祭。祂吩咐必要为之付上的赎罪,藉此强调人生命的价值。为了满足祂神圣的公正审判,上帝差遣祂自己的儿子来到这世界,在各各他的十字架上为我们的生命付了挽回祭和赎罪,在那里耶稣基督的生命之血为我们的罪疚而流出。
主耶稣基督,唯独你是上帝赎罪的羔羊,就是那除去世人罪孽的,请接受我们对我们罪的真心懊悔。请在你的宝血中洗净我们,在你的公义中覆盖我们。我们奉你的圣名祈求。阿们。

Deuteronomy 21:10-14 Israel is given laws governing the marrying of female captives. God expects Israel to act differently than the world around them. God has established marriage for the good of men and women. The model for this union is that of the Bridegroom, Christ, with His Bride, the Church. For her, He gave Himself up unto death and applied the benefits of His death and resurrection to her in Holy Baptism. We the baptized, the Church, thus stand before God without spot or blemish as the Bride of Christ!
Lord God, as You have created us male and female and instituted marriage to be an intimate blessing to us, lead us to love and respect one another and keep the marriage covenant undefiled through our loving Bridegroom, Christ Jesus. Amen.
申命记21:10-14 以色列得到娶女俘虏的管理条例。上帝期盼以色列能够与他们周边的世界行的不一样。上帝设立婚姻,是为了男人和女人的福祉。这连合的模范就是新郎基督和祂的新娘教会之间的连合。对她(教会)来说,耶稣将祂自己舍了到死亡里,并且将祂死亡和复活的益处,在圣洗礼中赐给她。我们受了洗的,就是教会,因此可以作为基督的新娘,毫无瑕疵或斑点地站着上帝面前!
主上帝,你创造我们男人和女人,并且设立婚姻为给我们一个亲密的祝福,请引导我们彼此相爱尊重,藉着我们充满爱的新郎基督耶稣,保守婚姻盟约不受玷污。阿们。

Deuteronomy 21:15-17 The inheritance rights of the firstborn are safeguarded. God assures fair treatment and proper inheritance, which helps stabilize family life. Since He gives all things to us by grace, there is no basis for rivalry based on our merits. In Christ Jesus, we are assured of an inheritance imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for us!
Lord God, for Your undeserved goodness to us, we give You our thanks. You have made us to be partakers of the inheritance of Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, Your only-begotten Son, the firstborn from the dead. Amen.
申命记21:15-17 长子的产业继承权得到保障。上帝要确保公正的对待和合理的继承,这些能帮助家庭生活得以稳固。因为祂出于恩典赐所有东西给我们,基于我们的功德而生的争竞就毫无理由了。在基督耶稣里,我们确据在天上有一份不朽坏,不受玷污,永不凋零的产业为我们存留!
主上帝,因着你赐给我们不配得的良善,我们将感谢献给你。你已经使我们有份于你儿子,我们主耶稣基督,那从死里首先复活的,你独生子的产业。阿们。

Deuteronomy 21:18-21 Persistent and utter rebellion against parental authority is covered by a law that demands capital punishment if there is no repentance. God demands that the integrity of the family be maintained by honoring fathers and mothers as His representatives to their children. To despise one’s mother and father is to despise God Himself and threaten the well-being of the larger community. God is our heavenly Father, who has given us a new birth to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, making us members of His household.
Keep me, dear heavenly Father, from despising or angering my parents and other authorities. Lead me by Your grace to honor, serve, obey, love, and cherish them, through Jesus Christ, whose perfect obedience as a Son has won my forgiveness and salvation. Amen.
申命记21:18-21 一项条例规定如果没有悔改,那么结果就是死刑,对父母权柄的持续、完全悖逆也被包含在这条例中。上帝尊荣父亲和母亲作为祂的代言人赐给他们的儿女,并且吩咐要藉此保守一个家庭的正直完整。一个人鄙视母亲和父亲就是鄙视上帝祂自己,并且这会威胁到更大社区的福祉。上帝是我们的天父,祂藉着从死里复活的耶稣基督,赐给我们一个朝向永活盼望的新生,使我们成为祂家中的成员。
亲爱的天父,请保守我不轻看或激怒我的父母和其他掌权者。也请靠着你的恩典,藉着耶稣基督,祂作为儿子的完美顺服已经为我赢得赦罪和救恩,引导我来尊荣,服事,顺从,亲爱和珍重他们。阿们。

Deuteronomy 21:22-23 Executed criminals are not to be left hanging but must be buried the same day. They are cursed by God and will defile God’s gift, the land of promise, which God had hallowed. God gave Israel and us the gift of a Savior, His Son, who was hung on a tree to redeem us. He hallows us from the curse of the Law by becoming a curse for us.
Lord Jesus Christ, save us from the curse of our sin. Move us to fix our eyes on You as we persevere through this life until You at last grant us deliverance. In Your name we pray. Amen.
申命记21:22-23 被处决的罪犯不能留下挂着,必须当天得到埋葬。他们是被上帝咒诅的,会玷污上帝的礼物,即应许之地,就是上帝所分别为圣的。上帝赐给以色列和我们一位救赎主的礼物,就是祂的儿子,为救赎我们曾被挂在木头上的。祂为我们成为咒诅,并藉此使我们脱离律法的咒诅,分别我们为圣。
主耶稣基督,请拯救我们脱离我们罪的咒诅。感动我们在此生继续前行时定睛在你身上,直到你最终使我们得赎。奉你的名我们祷告。阿们。

第十六周星期四
Deuteronomy 22:1-12 God gives a variety of laws governing brotherly love, maintaining distinctions in the created order, and keeping Israel unto Himself. Love is the fulfilling of the Law in both our relationship to God and to one another. Our Savior, Jesus, did not come “to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many” (Mt 20:28). It is in His serving us, atoning for all our sins, and opening for us the door to heaven that we are set free from concern for self and are enabled to turn our attention to serving others (cf Jn 13:34).
Praise be to You, O God, for setting us apart in this world as new creations in Christ. Strengthen us through Your means of grace to keep us ever in the faith and to be servants to our neighbors and witnesses of Your love in Christ to all. Amen.
申命记22:1-12 上帝赐下各样律法来规范弟兄之间的爱,维护创造秩序中的差别,并且保守以色列归于祂自己。爱是律法的成全,既在我们与上帝的关系中,也在我们彼此之间的关系中。我们的救赎主,耶稣,来不是“要受人的服事,乃是要服事人,并且要舍命,作多人的赎价”(太20:28)。是因着祂服事我们,为我们所有的罪付上赎价,并且为我们打开天国的门,我们才从自我忧虑中得解脱,并且得着能力,将我们的注意力转向对他人的服事(参 约13:34我赐给你们一条新命令,乃是叫你们彼此相爱;我怎样爱你们,你们也要怎样相爱)。
噢上帝啊,赞美归给你,因为你将我们从世界中分别出来,成为在基督里的新创造。请藉着你恩典的媒介坚固我们,保守我们永远在信仰中,做我们邻舍的仆人,并向所有人成为你爱在基督里的见证。阿们。

Deuteronomy 22:13-30 Laws are given concerning marriage, promiscuity, adultery, rape, and incestuous adultery. These laws protect individuals, the integrity of the family unit, and the social stability and purity of the nation. Our God has blessed us with the institution of marriage to provide family, companionship, and a God-pleasing outlet for sexual desire. Such an intimate union is in fact a reflection of the oneness God establishes with us through faith in the relationship of the Church (the Bridge) with Christ (the Bridegroom) who “gave Himself up for her” (Eph 5:25).
Lord Jesus Christ, keep us faithful and pure that our lives and marriages may honor You. Where we have fallen, forgive us our sins, enable us to forgive one another, and restore us by Your grace to wholeness. Amen.
申命记 22:13-30 关于婚姻,乱伦,通奸,强奸和近亲乱伦的法律被赐下。这些法律保护个人,家庭单位的整全,社会的稳定,和整个民族的洁净。我们的上帝已经以婚姻的设立来祝福我们,赐下家庭,伴侣,和蒙上帝喜悦的满足性渴望的合法关系。这样一种亲密的连合事实上正是对上帝藉着信与我们所建立的合一关系的映射,就是教会(新娘)与那位“为她舍己”的基督(新郎)之间的关系(弗5:25你们作丈夫的,要爱你们的妻子,正如基督爱教会,为教会舍己)。
主耶稣基督,请保守我们忠信纯洁,好叫我们的生活和婚姻可以尊荣你。请在我们跌倒的地方赦免我们的罪,使我们有能力彼此饶恕,并且靠着你的恩典恢复我们,到整全(wholeness)里。阿们。

Deuteronomy 23:1-8 The regulations given here prohibit certain nations from entering and taking part in the assembly of Israel. Other foreigners are to be treated more leniently. The worship of God is a serious matter (cf Ps 51:17). Today, all who approach Him with broken hearts are received by Him, for “now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ” (Eph 2:13).
Lord Jesus Christ, blessed Savior of all, thank You for reconciling me to God, making peace between us through the blood of Your cross, and for inviting me to Your “assembly,” Your Church, to partake of Your life-giving gifts. Amen.
申命记23:1-8 在此赐下的法规禁止某些民族进入并参与到以色列的会中。其他外邦人却以更大的仁慈对待。敬拜上帝是一件严肃的事情(参 诗51:17神所要的祭就是忧伤的灵;神啊,忧伤痛悔的心,你必不轻看)。今天,所有带着破碎的心来朝见祂的必被祂接纳,因为“你们从前远离神的人,如今却在基督耶稣里,靠著他的血,已经得亲近了”(弗2:13)。
主耶稣基督,世人当称颂的救赎主,感谢你使我与上帝和好,藉着你十字架的宝血使我们彼此和睦,并且邀请我到你的“会中,”就是你的教会,有份于你赐生命的礼物。阿们。

Deuteronomy 23:9-14 When Israel was at war, the Lord’s presence among them was to be recognized and respected by keeping the camp holy, free from anything unclean and unbecoming. Since God is always with us, we dare not live as though He is not present or in ways that would dishonor Him. In Christ, we are assured that His love, forgiveness, and grace are always present and that He stands with us in our daily life as our sure defense.
O Lord God, thanks and praise to You that, as the new Israel, we are Your people, whom You save, sanctify, and grant ultimate victory. Amen.
申命记23:9-14当以色列打仗时,他们要保持营会圣洁,远离任何不洁、不得体的东西,并藉此谨记和尊重耶和华于他们中间的临在。因为上帝一直与我们同在,所以我们不敢好像祂不在场那样或者以玷污祂的方式活着。在基督里,我们确信祂的爱,饶恕和恩典一直临在,并且祂会在我们每日生活当中,作为我们确实的护卫,与我们站在一起。
噢主上帝啊,感谢赞美归给你,因为我们作为新的以色列,成为你的子民,就是你拯救,分别为圣,并赐终极胜利了的。阿们。

Deuteronomy 23:15-25 Miscellaneous laws encourage love for God and compassion for others. God’s moral Law governs all our behavior and relationships. To transgress any part of His Law is to place ourselves at odds with Him, to sin against Him, and to incur His wrath. However, “we love because He first loved us” (1Jn 4:19), as He demonstrated in the exodus of Israel and in the cross of His Son.
Lord God, help me to show my thankfulness by a reverent and cheerful obedience to Your will and by a steadfast trust in Your loving-kindness and unfailing mercy, through Jesus Christ. Amen.
申命记23:15-25 其他条例鼓励对上帝的爱,和彼此之间的怜悯。上帝的道德律法引导我们所有的行为和关系。僭越祂律法的任何部分都是将我们自己与祂对立起来,得罪祂,激起祂的怒气。然而,“我们爱,因为神先爱我们”(约一4:19),正如祂在以色列出埃及中和祂儿子的十字架上所彰显了的。
主上帝,请帮助我透过耶稣基督,藉着对你旨意的敬畏和欢喜顺从,藉着对你慈爱良善和永不断绝之怜悯的坚忍信靠,表明我的感恩。阿们。

第十六周星期五
Deuteronomy 24:1-4 Jesus explained that Moses only allowed laws about divorce because of “hardness of heart” (Mt 19:8). Israel’s hardness of heart made it necessary for Moses to give divorce laws despite all the laws about family and morality that the Lord had already given through Moses. Yet, in all circumstances, the Lord does not simply tolerate sin but calls people to repent and to have their hearts changed by His Word of grace.
Lord, teach us to pray with David, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me” (Ps 51:10). Amen.
申命记24:1-4 耶稣解释说摩西只是因为“(他们)心硬”才许可离婚条例的(太19:8耶稣说:摩西因为你们的心硬,所以许你们休妻,但起初并不是这样)。尽管所有关于家庭和道德的律法都已经从主耶和华那里藉着摩西赐下,但因为以色列人心硬,摩西就有必要赐下休妻的条例。然而,在所有境况中,主耶和华不是简单地容忍罪,而是藉着祂恩典的话语呼召百姓悔改,并且使他们的心改变。
上主,请教导我们与大卫一同祈祷,“ 神啊,求你为我造清洁的心,使我里面重新有正直(或作:坚定)的灵”(诗51:10)。

Deuteronomy 24:5-25:4 These miscellaneous laws protect the weak from the strong. Jesus may have had some of these laws in mind when He taught the Golden Rule: “Whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them” (Mt 7:12). Luther picks up on this loving concern for one’s neighbor in several of his explanations to the Commandments (see pp xxxv-xxxvi). When we examine our words and actions, we must confess our failure to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. Thanks be to God for His compassion toward us! His Son loved us more than Himself, and He died for our sins.
Precious Savior, move me to love others more and more because of Your great love for me. Amen.
申命记24:5-25:4 这些其它条例保护弱者免受强者(的欺压)。当耶稣教导黄金法则:“所以,无论何事,你们愿意人怎样待你们,你们也要怎样待人,因为这就是律法和先知的道理”(太7:12)时,祂想到的可能就是这些规章。路德在他对十条诫命的几个解释中都提到这对邻舍充满爱的看顾。当我们查验我们的言语和行为时,我们一定会承认我们在爱邻舍如同爱自己上的失败。因着祂向我们施舍的怜悯,感谢归给上帝!祂的儿子爱我们胜过自己,并且为我们的罪而死。
至珍的救赎主,请感动我因着你对我的大爱,去更多地爱他人。阿们。

第十六周星期六
Deuteronomy 25:5-10 The man who refused to marry his brother’s widow lacked God’s gifts of love. He cared for his own interests, not his brother’s. God calls us to live and act differently: in love. How very different is our Savior, who cared not for His own interests but for the interests of us all and has chosen the Church as His beloved Bride.
Dear Jesus, Your sacrifice leads me to sing, “Love so amazing, so divine, Demands my soul, my life, my all!” Amen. (LSB 425:4)
申命记25:5-10 拒绝娶弟兄遗孀的人缺少上帝爱的恩赐。他在乎他自己的利益,却不在乎弟兄的利益。上帝呼召我们不一样地行事生活:在爱中。我们的救赎主是多么不一样啊,祂不在乎祂自己的利益,而是为了我们所有人的益处,拣选教会作为祂蒙爱的新娘。
亲爱的耶稣,你的赎罪祭引导我歌唱,“如此奇妙,如此神圣的爱,要收纳我灵魂,我生命,和我全部!”阿们。(路德宗崇拜手册425:4)

Deuteronomy 25:11-19 People in every society sin by taking unfair advantage of one another. Such behavior stirs the Lord to anger. He therefore authorizes Israel to blot out the memory of Amalek. God must address all sin by punishment, atonement, or forgiveness. Only because Jesus bore our punishment can we escape God’s wrath and receive full pardon for our sins.
Lord Jesus, may Your goodness lead me to be an instrument of justice and fairness in the world. Amen.
申命记25:11-19 每个社会当中的人都会犯罪,不公正地彼此取利。这样的行为激起主耶和华的怒气。祂因此授权以色列将亚玛力的名号抹掉。上帝一定会藉着刑罚,赎罪或赦罪来对付所有的罪。我们唯有因着耶稣承担我们的刑罚,才能逃脱上帝的愤怒,并且领受我们罪的完全赦免。
主耶稣,愿你的良善引导我,在这个世界中成为公义和公正的器皿。阿们。

Deuteronomy 26 God’s grace to Israel is celebrated as they are reminded of deliverance from slavery in Egypt, the gift of land, and being a holy people chosen as the Lord’s treasured possession. Also described is Israel’s response in the offering of firstfruits, the payment of the tithe for the sake of the needy, and a promise to keep the Lord’s command. Like Israel, our joyful response is to serve the Lord with good works. Baptism celebrates God’s grace to us: deliverance from the slavery of sin, the promise of an inheritance in God’s heavenly land, and being declared a saint even now.
Lord, accept my heartfelt thanks for Your grace, which strengthens me to walk in Your ways. Amen.
申命记26 以色列人得提醒:从埃及为奴之地得拯救,土地的恩赐,作为一个圣洁的子民蒙拣选成为主耶和华宝贵的产业,然后上帝对他们的恩典也被庆祝。同时被记下的是,以色列人在奉献初熟之物中(对上帝恩典)的回应,为着有缺乏之人的缘故拿出十分之一,并且许愿要遵行主耶和华的命令。像以色列一样,我们欢喜的回应就是用善工服侍主耶和华。圣洗礼庆祝上帝给我们的恩典:从罪的奴役中得拯救,在上帝天上国度有一份产业的应许,还有甚至此刻就被宣告为圣徒。
上主,请悦纳我对你恩典的真诚感谢,你的恩典坚固我行走在你的道路上。阿们。

第十七周星期一
Deuteronomy 27:1-8 The Lord’s command regarding Mount Ebal emphasizes the importance of God’s written Word and God’s desire that His people respond joyfully with sacrifices of praise. He encourages us to treasure His Word rather than the words of humans. Thanks be to God that He has given us the Word made flesh to save us from the word of the Law by the word of blessing in the Gospel.
Move me, Spirit of God, to sing from the heart: “How precious is the book divine, by inspiration giv’n! Bright as a lamp its teachings shine to guide our souls to heav’n. Amen.” (LW 332:1)
申命记27:1-8 主耶和华关于以巴路山的吩咐强调上帝默示文字话语的重要性,也强调上帝意愿祂的百姓以赞美的祭欢喜快乐地回应。祂鼓励我们珍惜祂的圣道而不是人的言语。感谢归给上帝,祂赐给我们成了肉身的道,藉着福音中祝福的话语,来拯救我们脱离律法的话语。
上帝的灵,请感动我用心歌唱:“神圣之书多么宝贵,因着默示被赐下!它的教导照耀如灯明亮,引导我们的灵魂归天家。阿们。”(路德宗敬拜332:1)

Deuteronomy 27:9-26 The old covenant promised blessings to those who kept God’s Law and curses to anyone who did not (cf Gal 3:10). To say “Amen” to God’s law is not enough. God demands perfect obedience (Jas 2:10). Israel broke the old covenant with their sins, as does everyone (cf Jer 31:31-34). But Jesus Christ is the mediator of a new covenant. His death redeems us “from the transgressions committed under the first covenant” (Heb 9:15). The remedy for sin’s curse is to believe with Luther that “this is our highest comfort, to clothe and wrap Christ this way in my sins, your sins, and the sins of the entire world” (AE 26:279).
Holy Spirit, comfort me with the sure knowledge that Christ has removed sin’s curse. Amen.
申命记27:9-26 旧约应许祝福给那些遵守上帝律法的人,咒诅给任何僭越的人(参 加3:10凡以行律法为本的,都是被咒诅的;因为经上记著:凡不常照律法书上所记一切之事去行的,就被咒诅)。向着上帝的律法说“阿们”是不够的。上帝要求完全的顺服(雅2:10 因为凡遵守全律法的,只在一条上跌倒,他就是犯了众条)。以色列人因着他们的罪破坏了旧约,所有人都是这样(参 耶31:31-34…他们各人不再教导自己的邻舍和自己的弟兄说:『你该认识耶和华』,因为他们从最小的到至大的都必认识我。我要赦免他们的罪孽,不再记念他们的罪恶。这是耶和华说的)。但耶稣基督成为新约的中保。祂的死赎了我们“在前约之时所犯的罪过”(来9:15)。罪咒诅的解药就是与路德一同相信“我们最大的安慰,就是用我的罪,你的罪,和整个世人的罪来覆盖,包裹基督”(路德文集美国版26:279)
圣灵,基督已挪去罪的咒诅,请以这确凿的知识安慰我。阿们。

第十七周星期二
Deuteronomy 28:1-14 The Lord presents the blessings connected with the covenant; the curses will be described next. Threat and promise, Law and Gospel, are the ways of God with humankind. Here, the blessings seal the renewal of the covenant, and the curses that follow anticipate the need for the new covenant, sealed in the blood of Christ, which was shed for our blessing and pardon.
Heavenly Father, You have richly blessed me with all I need for daily life. Give me a thankful heart and a desire to serve You and my neighbor. Amen.
申命记28:1-14 主耶和华呈现与约相关联的祝福;接着描述了咒诅。威胁和应许,律法和福音,是上帝(作工)与人的方式。在此,祝福标志了约的更新,紧跟着的咒诅预示了新约的必要性,这新约就是在基督的宝血中得了印证的,这血是为我们的祝福和饶恕而流的。
天父,你以我每日生活的全部所需丰富地祝福我。请赐我一颗感恩的心,愿意去服侍你和我的邻舍。阿们。

Deuteronomy 28:15-68 Moses forcefully details the dreadful consequences of disobeying the voice of the Lord God. These punishments would not be the result of the natural cycles of history. Moses repeatedly identifies the Lord as the One who sends the curses. The message is clear: “God threatens to punish all who break these commandments. Therefore, we should fear His wrath and not do anything against them” (SC, Close of the Commandments, p xxxvi). St Paul reminds believers that the things that happened to Israel are examples for us (1Co 10:6). Although we trust in Jesus for the forgiveness of sins and eternal salvation, as sinners, we still need the preaching of the Law. Praise God, who always provides for our needs, speaking the truth to us in love—the harsh truth and the healing truth in Christ.
Help me, loving Savior, to treasure both Law and Gospel as I travel the way that leads to eternal life. Amen.
申命记28:15-68 摩西强有力地描述了悖逆主上帝话语的可怕后果。这些惩罚不是历史自然循环的结果。摩西反复确认那位差遣咒诅的就是主耶和华。信息是清楚的:“上帝惩罚所有违背这些诫命的人,因此,我们应当惧怕祂的烈怒,并且不做任何悖逆诫命的事”(小问答,十诫总结,第36页)。圣保罗提醒信徒,发生在以色列人身上的事对我们来说也是鉴戒(林前10:6这些事都是我们的监戒,叫我们不要贪恋恶事,像他们那样贪恋的)。尽管我们信靠耶稣得到罪的赦免和永恒救恩,但作为罪人的我们,仍需律法的宣讲。赞美上帝,祂总是供应我们的所需,在爱中向我们述说真理—严厉的真理,和在基督里医治的真理。
慈爱的救赎主啊,请帮助我行走在这通往永生的道路上,同时珍惜律法和福音。阿们。

第十七周星期三
Deuteronomy 29 In this farewell speech, Moses emphasizes several important truths: the Lord’s gracious care for every Israelite, the responsibility of each person to abide by God’s covenant, and the certainty that anyone who turns away from the Lord will be punished. Individual responsibility is highlighted. Though there are spiritual mysteries, God has revealed what each one of us needs to know for eternal salvation, from our helplessness because of our sins to the sending of His Son to suffer and die to save us from these.
Lord, thank You for revealing to me the way of salvation. Grant me a bold heart to share this blessed truth with others. Amen.
申命记29章 在这临终讲话中,摩西强调了几个重要的真理:主耶和华对每个以色列人满有恩典的看顾,每个人遵守上帝之约的责任,任何人转离耶和华都将要受到惩罚的确据。个人的责任得到强调。尽管是有属灵的奥秘,上帝已经启示了我们每个人为得永恒救恩所需要知道的东西,从因着我们的罪而来的无助绝望,到祂儿子受差遣为拯救我们脱离这些而受苦死亡。
上主,感谢你将救恩的道路启示给我。请赐我一颗勇敢的心,与他人分享这当称颂的真理。阿们。

第十七周星期四
Deuteronomy 30:1-10 Moses, approaching the end of his life, reviews God’s covenant relationship with the Israelites. God gives His Law to His people, not as a legalistic code, but to establish their holiness. However, the people fail miserably to walk in holiness of life and repeatedly commit apostasy. Moses taught them, and teaches us, that a relationship with God means a circumcision of the heart, i.e., faith rooted in the heart and soul. Such faith lives in obedience to the one true God, who gathers and blesses His people.
Holy Spirit, circumcise our hearts through the Word so we cling to Christ in faith and walk in obedience to the Father. Amen.
申命记30:1-10 摩西,在他生命的尽头临到时,重述上帝与以色列人立约的关系。上帝赐下祂的律法给祂的百姓,不是作为一个法典,而是要建造他们的圣洁。然而,百姓在生命的圣洁上走的很失败,并且反复背道而驰。摩西教导他们,也教导我们,与上帝的关系意味着心的割礼,即,扎根于心和灵魂的信仰。这信仰活在对那独一真上帝的顺从当中,上帝招聚并祝福祂的子民。
圣灵,请藉着圣道使我们的心受割礼,好叫我们可以在信心中仰赖基督,并且行走在对天父的顺从里面。阿们。

Deuteronomy 30:11-20 The Lord’s declaration to His people to choose life is inseparable from His covenant of grace that He established with them. Israel’s history clearly demonstrates that they spurned the life God had reserved for them through His grace, pursuing death instead. Consequently, by rejecting God’s grace, they rejected the length of days God promised to those who love the Lord, walk in His ways, and keep His commands.
Heavenly Father, we pray for forgiveness, for all too often we pursue the way of death and evil rather than life and good. Forgive us for the sake of Christ, who perfectly obeyed Your commands and died for our sins. May Your Holy Spirit work mightily within our hearts. Amen.
申命记30:11-20 主耶和华吩咐祂的子民选择生命,这与祂同他们所立恩典的盟约是无法分割的。以色列的历史清楚地显明,他们唾弃上帝出于祂的恩典为他们存留的生命,反而追求死亡。拒绝上帝的恩典,结果是,他们拒绝了日子的长久,就是上帝应许给那些爱主,行走在祂的道路上,遵守祂诫命之人的。
天上的父,我们祈求你的饶恕,因为我们太经常追随死亡和罪恶,而不是生命和良善的道路了。请因着基督的缘故赦免我们,是祂完美地顺从了你的吩咐,为我们的罪而死。愿你的圣灵在我们的心中满有能力地作工。阿们。

第十七周星期五
Deuteronomy 31:1-8 Moses’ introduction of Joshua as his successor begins with acknowledging God’s judgment on his own disobedience, which disqualified him from entering the Promised Land. Yet, God in His mercy would go before His covenant people, destroy their enemies, and cause them to inherit the Promised Land. Because of the covenant of grace God made with His people, He would not leave them or forsake them.
Heavenly Father, when I feel alone and afraid, remind me that You will never leave me or forsake me. Revive me with the strength and courage that comes from Your Word. Amen.
申命记31:1-8 摩西对约书亚作为他继任者的介绍,以承认上帝对他自己不顺从的审判为开始,他的悖逆使他失去进入应许之地的资格。然而,上帝在祂的怜悯中走在祂约民的前头,摧毁他们的仇敌,使他们承受那应许之地。因着上帝与祂子民所立的恩典盟约,祂不离开或撇弃他们。
天父,当我感到孤独害怕时,请提醒我你永不会离开我,或遗弃我。请用从你的话语而来的力量和勇气苏醒我。阿们。

Deuteronomy 31:9-13 Israel could have no relationship with the Lord God apart from His Word. Israel’s very existence depended upon the Lord. In response to His grace, Israel was to engage in regularly reading the Law and instructing future generations about the one true God, who led them through the wilderness to the Promised Land.
Let Your Holy Spirit dwell mightily within my heart that I do not forsake the path of faith and thereby be disqualified from entering the eternal promised land. Amen.
申命记31:9-13 以色列离开上帝的话语就不能与主耶和华上帝有关系。以色列的存在本身就依赖于主耶和华。作为对祂恩典的回应,以色列将会定期参与对律法的诵读,教导后代关于那独一真上帝的事,是上帝引领他们经过旷野,到达那应许之地的。
愿你的圣灵满有能力地居住在我心中,好叫我不离弃信仰的道路,或因此失去进入那永恒应许之地的资格。阿们。

Deuteronomy 31:14-29 As Moses focuses on his impending death, he identifies Joshua as his successor and God’s Word as a lasting authority. Moses puts the Israelites on notice that the words he has just finished writing, i.e., the Book of the Law, is just as authoritative as the words he had spoken to them in the past because God was the author of both the oral and the written Word. Employing the Law, Moses prophesies that Israel will be unfaithful. Yet, he also encourages Joshua to be strong and repeats God’s promise that He will bring them into the Promised Land (31:23).
Lord God, heavenly Father, let Your Holy Spirit so work in my heart through faith in Christ that I never disregard Your Word but hold it sacred and gladly hear and learn it. Amen.
申命记31:14-29 当摩西专注在他快要临到的死亡时,他任命约书亚为他的继任者,并且确定上帝的话语为永恒的权威。摩西让以色列人知道,他已经写完的文字,即,律法书,和他过去曾向他们说过的话有着同样的权威,因为上帝同时是口述和书写话语的作者。论到律法,摩西预言以色列将会背信不忠。然而,他也鼓励约书亚要刚强,并且重述上帝对祂必要带领他们进入那应许之地的应许(31:23)。
主上帝,天上的父,愿你的圣灵藉着对基督的信在我心里面如此作工,好叫我永不轻看你的圣道,却尊之为圣,欢喜快乐地聆听学习它。阿们。

第十七周星期六
Deuteronomy 31:30-32:47 Moses’ song prophesies Israel’s apostasy and professes the one true God. Employing enemy forces and the elements of nature, God would bring His calamity upon them. Yet, for His name’s sake and in His compassion, He would vindicate His people and vanquish the enemy.
Father, I am ashamed to say that I am no better than Israel. Through Your Spirit and Word, take away my heart of stone and create in me a new heart—a heart that yearns to live with You forever. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
申命记31:30-32:47 摩西之歌预言了以色列的背道,也表明了那独一真上帝。使用仇敌的力量和自然的因素,上帝会将祂的灾难临到他们。然而,因着祂名的缘故,出于祂的怜悯,祂必要为祂的子民报仇,制服仇敌。
天父,我带着羞愧承认我并不比以色列人好多少。请藉着你的圣灵和圣道,挪去我石头的心肠,并且在我里面创造一颗新心—就是一颗渴慕永远与你活在一起的心。奉耶稣的名我祷告。阿们。

Deuteronomy 32:48-52 The Lord reminds Moses that he has disqualified himself from entering the Promised Land due to breaking faith with Him. Yet, in His mercy, God permits Moses to see the Promised Land from a distance. He received Moses into the eternal promised land so that he might also stand on another mountain with the Messiah during His transfiguration (Mt 17:1-13).
Father, forgive my breaking faith with You. Work mightily within my heart that I may live my Christ-redeemed life by faith in all I think, do, and say. Amen.
申命记32:48-52 主耶和华提醒摩西他因着对上帝的不信(breaking faith),就使自己失去进入那应许之地的资格。然而,上帝出于祂的怜悯,许可摩西从远处看见那应许之地。上帝收纳摩西进入那永恒的应许之地,好叫摩西也可以在弥赛亚登山变像时与祂一同站着另一座山上(太17:1-13…忽然,有摩西、以利亚向他们显现,同耶稣说话…)。
天父,赦免我对你的不信。也请满有能力地在我心里作工,好叫我可以凭着信,在我的全部思想、行动和言语中,活出我因着基督而得赎的生命。阿们。

第十八周星期一
Deuteronomy 33 While Moses’ final blessing hints at Israel’s future in the Promised Land, it ultimately points Israel beyond the physical Promised Land to the eternal promised land made possible through the Messiah. The Messiah, unlike Moses, kept faith (cf 32:51) and lived in perfect obedience to the Father. He secured the eternal promised land to prepare a place for all (Jn 14).
Father, bless me and make me a blessing to others so that I proclaim Your Word of salvation through Christ in this broken world. Amen.
申命记33 摩西的临终祝福暗指以色列在应许之地的未来,而它给以色列的终极指向是超越物理上的应许之地,去往那藉着弥赛亚成为可能的永恒应许之地。不像摩西那样(参32:51因为你们在寻的旷野,加低斯的米利巴水,在以色列人中没有尊我为圣,得罪了我),弥赛亚保守信实,并且活出对天父的完全顺服。祂确保了永恒应许之地,给所有人预备地方(约14在我父的家里有许多住处;若是没有,我就早已告诉你们了。我去原是为你们预备地方去…)。
天父,请赐福于我,并且使我成为他人的祝福,好叫我可以在这破碎的世界中宣扬你藉着基督拯救的话语。阿们。

第十八周星期二
Deuteronomy 34 The conclusion of Dt signals a transition in leadership from Moses to Joshua, a transition from the oral communication of the Word to the written communication of the Word, a transition from the wilderness wanderings to the eventual occupation of the Promised Land. Moses’ final messages to the people include both warnings (in the words of a song) and promises (in the words of a blessing). The promises in Moses’ blessing point to the One “Counted worthy of more glory than Moses” (Heb 3:3), namely Christ, because while Moses was a faithful servant of God who spoke God’s Word, Christ is Son of God (Heb 3:6), whom God appointed heir of all things (Heb 1:2). “For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ” (Jn 1:17). Although Moses disqualified himself from entering the Promised Land because of his disobedience, God allowed him to see firsthand the fulfillment of all Scripture, for Moses and us, at Christ’s transfiguration.
Father, when I close my eyes in death, awaken me to behold Your glory and see You face-to-face, through Your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.
申命记34章 申命记的结局意味着领导力从摩西到约书亚的转变,圣道的交通从口传到书写的转变,(位置)从旷野游荡到最终占据应许之地的转变。摩西给百姓的最终训言同时包括警告(在一篇歌词中)和应许(在祝福的话语中)。摩西祝福当中的应许指向那位“比摩西算是更配多得荣耀的”(来3:3他比摩西算是更配多得荣耀,好像建造房屋的比房屋更尊荣),就是基督,因为摩西是上帝的忠心仆人,传讲上帝的话语,而基督是上帝的儿子(来3:6但基督为儿子,治理神的家;我们若将可夸的盼望和胆量坚持到底,便是他的家了),由上帝立为承受万有的(来1:2就在这末世藉著他儿子晓谕我们;又早已立他为承受万有的,也曾藉著他创造诸世界)。“因为律法本是藉著摩西传的;恩典和真理都是由耶稣基督来的”(约1:17)。尽管摩西因着他的悖逆而使自己失去进入那应许之地的资格,但上帝许可他在基督登山变像时首先看见全部圣经(旧约)的成就,(这成就)不但是为摩西,也是为了我们。
天父,当我在死亡中闭上眼睛时,请叫醒我,藉着你的儿子耶稣基督定睛你的荣耀,并且面对面仰望你。阿们。

翻译:Gary Liu 主后2016.11.19

《约书亚记》
(第十八周星期三—第二十周星期四)
第十八周星期三
Joshua 1:1-9 The Lord encourages Joshua with assurance of success and promises of His presence through His empowering Word, as Joshua begins the critical work of conquering and allotting the Promised Land to Israel. If left alone in our sin and weakness, we would not be able to serve God and to become successful in His eyes. Yet, God enables us for service by assuring us that through Immanuel (“God with us”) we are forgiven and will inherit not a piece of land, such as Israel, but a better, eternal home (Heb 11:16).
Fill us, O Lord, with the promises of Your Word, so blessed by Your presence that we may serve You with strength and courage and find success through You. Amen.
约书亚记1:1-9 约书亚开始那个重要工作,就是征服并分配赐给以色列的应许之地,主耶和华透过祂赐能力的话语,以得胜的确据和祂同在的应许鼓励约书亚。如果被遗弃在我们的罪和软弱中,我们就不能服事上帝,也不会得胜在祂面前。然而,上帝给我们确据,就是藉着以马内利(“上帝与我们同在”)我们得赦免并且将要继承的不是一块像以色列所得的土地,而是一个更美,永恒的家园(来11:16他们却羡慕一个更美的家乡,就是在天上的。所以神被称为他们的神,并不以为耻,因为他已经给他们预备了一座城),上帝也藉此使我们有能力服事。
噢主啊,请用你话语的应许充满我们,藉着你的同在如此蒙福,好叫我们可以带着能力和勇气服事你,透过你来得胜。阿们。

Joshua 1:10-18 Encouraged by the Lord’s Word, Joshua assumes command and encourages the people, especially the three eastern tribes, who in turn encourage Joshua. When we search for faults in our leaders, spew forth loveless words about them, and display a fractious spirit, we rob faithful leaders of the joy of serving the Lord. God is at work by the power of His Word to create unity and cooperation between leaders and followers.
O Lord, cause us to live “with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Eph 4:2-3). Amen.
约书亚1:10-18 约书亚得到主耶和华话语的鼓励,他担当吩咐,鼓励百姓,特别是那三个东岸的支派,他们也反过来鼓励约书亚。当我们在我们的领袖们身上寻找过犯,向他们喷射冰冷的言语,表现一个易怒的灵时,我们就抢夺了忠心领袖们服事主耶和华的喜乐。上帝藉着祂话语的能力作工,在领袖和会众之间创造合一和协作。
噢主,请使我们的生命“ 凡事谦虚、温柔、忍耐,用爱心互相宽容, 用和平彼此联络,竭力保守圣灵所赐合而为一的心”(弗4:2-3)。阿们。

第十八周星期四
Joshua 2 Joshua sends two spies to Jericho, where they find a people filled with fear, but they also find a person who shares their faith: Rahab the prostitute. Our deepest human fears arise from a sense of guilt and the deserved punishment of God. Although these fears flourished at Jericho, as they do today, the God of free and faithful grace grants forgiveness, safety, and peace to repentant sinners, who are justified by grace through faith in Christ and who perform works that prove their God-given faith (Rm 3:22, 24; Jas 2:25-26).
We praise You, Lord, that You call people of all kinds out of the darkness of their sin and haunting fears into the light and safety of Your grace. Amen.
约书亚记2章 约书亚差遣2个探子到耶利哥城,在那里他们发现一群被恐惧笼罩着的百姓,但是他们也遇到一个共享他们信仰的人:就是妓女喇合。我们人最深处的恐惧是从羞耻和当受上帝惩罚的感觉来的。尽管这些惧怕在耶利哥弥漫着,和在今日(的世代)所发生的一样,但是那位拥有免费和信实恩典的上帝赐下赦免,保障和平安给悔改的罪人,他们就藉着对基督的信而得称为义,并且行善以证实他们由上帝赐予的信心(罗3:22,24 因为世人都犯了罪,亏缺了神的荣耀;如今却蒙神的恩典,因基督耶稣的救赎,就白白的称义 ;雅2:25-26妓女喇合接待使者,又放他们从别的路上出去,不也是一样因行为称义吗? 身体没有灵魂是死的,信心没有行为也是死的)。
主啊,我们赞美你,因为你呼召万民出离他们罪恶和恐惧缠累的黑暗,进入你恩典的光明和保障里。阿们。

Joshua 3 With the ark of the covenant of the Lord leading Israel, the waters of the Jordan pile up in a heap, allowing Israel to cross safely on dry land. Today, you can find direction and purpose in the Lord Jesus as “the way” (Jn 14:6). He who did wonders at the Jordan will lead you through this life and land you safely in the heavenly Canaan.
“Jesus, lead thou on Till our rest is won. Heav’nly leader, still direct us, Still support, console, protect us, Till we safely stand in our fatherland.” Amen. (LSB 718:4)
约书亚记3章 有主耶和华的约柜带领以色列,约旦河的水就垒起高墙,使得以色列人在干地上安稳地过去。今天,你可以在主耶稣“那道路”里面寻见方向和目的(约14:6耶稣说「我就是道路、真理、生命;若不藉著我,没有人能到父那里去)。那位在约旦河行了奇事的,必要带领你走过今生,使你安全地在天上的迦南地着陆。
“耶稣,愿你引领,直到我们的安息成就。天上的元首,愿你一直引导我们,扶持、安慰和保护我们,直到我们平安地站在我们的家园里。”阿们。(路德宗崇拜手册718:4)

第十八周星期五
Joshua 4 Israel safely and miraculously enters the Promised Land, and Joshua is exalted (3:7). The stone memorials will serve to teach the power of God in judgment and salvation.
Praise to You, O Lord, that Your hand controls our enemies, Satan, sin, and death, and that the hands of our risen Savior were once pierced for our salvation. Amen.
约书亚记4章 以色列安稳奇迹般地进入应许之地,约书亚也被高举(3:7耶和华对约书亚说:「从今日起,我必使你在以色列众人眼前尊大,使他们知道我怎样与摩西同在,也必照样与你同在)。以石为证可以用来教导上帝审判和救赎的权能。
噢主耶和华啊,赞美归给你,因为你的手制服我们的仇敌,撒旦,罪,和死亡,并且我们死里复活救赎主的双手曾为着我们的救恩而被刺透。阿们。

Joshua 5:1-9 In the Promised Land, the nation resumes the practice of circumcision, the sign and seal of God’s covenant with His people, by which He rolls away the reproach of Egypt at Gilgal. Our sin brings us eternal reproach before God. Through His appointed means today (Baptism), the Lord removes our guilt.
Thank You, Lord, for rolling away the sin of the world at Golgotha, even as You rolled away the reproach of Egypt at Gilgal. Amen.
约书亚记5:1-9 在应许之地,国民恢复割礼的实施,割礼就是上帝与祂子民立约的符号和印记,上帝藉此在吉甲(从他们身上)滚去埃及的羞辱。我们的罪给我们带来在上帝面前的永恒羞辱。但今天主耶和华藉着祂设立的媒介(means)(即圣洗礼),挪去我们的罪疚。
主啊,感谢你在各各他滚去世人的罪,就像你在吉甲滚去埃及的羞辱一样。阿们。

Joshua 5:10-12 Israel celebrates its spiritual holidays, as the Lord provides for its worldly needs. We sometimes ignore spiritual priorities while fretting over inferior matters. Awareness of God’s saving grace and generous gifts leads us to set right priorities and to “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness” (Mt 6:33).
Forgive our materialism, O Lord, and lead us to give priority to Your heavenly treasures. Amen.
约书亚记5:10-12 随着主耶和华供应以色列人属世的需要,他们也庆祝自己属灵的节期。我们有时会为着次要的物质而烦恼焦虑,却忽略了属灵的首要性。对上帝救赎恩典和慷慨恩赐的意识,可以引导我们摆正优先次序,并且“先求祂的国和祂的义”(太6:33你们要先求他的国和他的义,这些东西都要加给你们了)。
噢主,请赦免我们的物质主义,引导我们首先看重你天上的财宝。阿们。

第十八周星期六
Joshua 5:13-15 Joshua has a surprise encounter with the commander of the army of the Lord, who will provide him success in battle. When we think we have the strength to fight our spiritual enemies, we are on our way to defeat. Through Word and Sacraments, God leads us to rely on His strength for victory (cf Rm 8:31).
“For us fights the valiant One, Whom God Himself elected…He holds the field forever.” Amen. (LSB 656:2)
约书亚记5:13-15 约书亚和主耶和华的军队首领有一次奇遇,主耶和华军队的首领将在战场上给他预备胜利。当我们认为我们(自己)有力量来得胜我们属灵的仇敌之时,我们就走在我们被击败的路上。藉着圣道和圣礼,上帝引领我们倚赖祂的力量来得胜(参 罗8:31既是这样,还有什麽说的呢?神若帮助我们,谁能敌挡我们呢?神既不爱惜自己的儿子,为我们众人舍了,岂不也把万物和他一同白白的赐给我们吗)。
“英勇的那位,请为我们争战,我们是蒙上帝祂自己所拣选…祂稳住阵地直到永远。”阿们。(路德宗崇拜手册656:2)

Joshua 6 As a woman of faith in the Lord, Rahab is kept safe in the middle of the destruction of unrepentant Jericho; she becomes part of Israel. God is a God of justice, who cannot let sin go unpunished. Judgment awaits those who refuse His loving forgiveness in Christ. Yet, God is also a God of love, whose justice was satisfied when His Son took the punishment for the sin of the world. The Lord delivers us, through faith in Jesus, from the destruction awaiting this present evil age.
We thank You, O Lord, that while You are just, You are the justifier of all who rest their faith in Jesus. We praise You, O Jesus, that You gave Yourself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age. Amen.
约书亚记6章 喇合作为一位信靠主耶和华的女人,在不悔改的耶利哥城毁灭之际得以安然存活;她成为以色列的一部分。上帝是公正审判的上帝,祂不能让罪逃脱刑罚。那些拒绝祂在基督里慈爱之赦罪恩典的人必有审判等候着。然而,上帝也是充满爱的上帝,当祂的儿子为世人的罪承担刑罚之时,上帝的公正审判就得以满足了。主耶和华拯救我们,使我们藉着对耶稣的信,脱离等候这当下邪恶世代的毁灭。
噢主耶和华,我们感谢你,因为你是公义的,然而你也是所有将他们的信心放在耶稣身上的人的称义者。噢耶稣,我们赞美你,你将你自己为我们的罪舍了,拯救我们脱离这当下邪恶的世代。阿们。

Joshua 7:1-9 The sin of one man, Achan, results in defeat and death for the Israelites at Ai. Likewise, the sin of one man, Adam, resulted in death spreading to all men, because all men have sinned. But one man, Jesus Christ, has brought righteousness and eternal life as a free gift that is received through faith. (Cf Rm 5:12-21).
We praise You, Lord, that in Christ “the tribes of Adam boast more blessings than their father lost.” Amen. (TLH 511:5)
约书亚记7:1-9 亚干一人的罪,导致以色列人在艾城的失败和死亡。同样地,亚当一人的过犯,导致死亡弥漫着所有人,因为所有人都犯了罪。然而耶稣基督一人却带来公义和永恒生命作为白白的恩赐,藉着信心被(世人)领受(参 罗15:12-21又有以赛亚说:将来有耶西的根,就是那兴起来要治理外邦的;外邦人要仰望他。 但愿使人有盼望的神,因信将诸般的喜乐、平安充满你们的心,使你们藉著圣灵的能力大有盼望…)。
主我们赞美你,因为在基督里“亚当的支派可以指着那比他们先祖所失去了的还要多的祝福夸口。”阿们。(路德宗敬拜诗歌511:5)

Joshua 7:10-26 Guilty Achan is caught by the Lord, confesses before Joshua, and is stoned at the Valley of Achor. Since Adam and Eve hid in the foliage of Eden, people have imagined that they can keep their sins hidden from God. But “all are naked and exposed to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account” (Heb 4:13). “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1Jn 1:9).
We thank You, dear Lord, that we can confess freely before You and receive Your free and faithful forgiveness for Jesus’ sake. Amen.
约书亚记7:10-26 有罪的亚干被主耶和华逮着,在约书亚面前坦白,然后在亚割谷被石头打死。自从亚当和夏娃用伊甸园的树叶遮羞开始,人们就想象地认为他们可以在上帝面前隐藏他们的罪。然而“万物在那与我们有关系的主眼前,都是赤露敞开的”(来4:13)。“我们若认自己的罪,神是信实的,是公义的,必要赦免我们的罪,洗净我们一切的不义”(约一1:9)
亲爱的主,我们感谢你,因为我们可以在你面前自由地认罪,并且因着耶稣的缘故领受你自由和信实的赦罪恩典。阿们。

第十九周星期一
Joshua 8:1-29 After the sin of Achan has been punished and Joshua does all that the Lord commanded, Israel successfully destroys the city of Ai. This is an example of God’s judgment and sentence against all sin and sinners. Thanks be to God, He judges us “not guilty” in Christ.
Lord, preserve us from sin and judgment, and give us repentant hearts that find refuge in Christ alone. Amen.
约书亚记8:1-29 在亚干的罪得到惩治,约书亚行了主耶和华所吩咐的一切事之后,以色列成功摧毁艾城。这是上帝对所有罪和罪人公义审判定罪的一个例子。感谢归给上帝,祂在基督里定我们为“无罪”。
上主,请保守我们远离罪和审判,并赐给我们唯独在基督里寻求庇护的悔改之心。阿们。

Joshua 8:30-35 This event rededicates the people to the covenant and announces to those in the Promised Land that God had come to claim the land. The Law is written in stone to remind the people that it has not gone away. The Word was given by God in Christ, the Rock of Ages, so forgiveness and life might be written on our hearts.
Dear Lord, etch Your Word more deeply into my heart and life, so that I might live in Jesus Christ—the Word who is life. Amen.
约书亚记8:30-35 这个事件重新将百姓致力于约,并且向应许之地的那些人宣告上帝已经来了要收回那土地。律法写在石头上,目的是提醒百姓它未曾褪去。圣道被上帝在万世的磐石基督里赐下,好叫赦罪和生命可以刻在我们的心上。
亲爱的主,请将你的圣道更加深刻地铭记在我的心底和生命中,好叫我可以活在耶稣基督里面,耶稣基督就是那道,道就是生命。阿们。

Joshua 9 Because Joshua and the Israelites neglect to seek the Lord’s counsel, they fall for the deceit of the Gibeonites and make a treaty that they must honor. How often do we judge things based on appearance and act without consulting the Lord and His Word? His Word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path.
Lord, grant us the wisdom and guidance of Your Spirit, so we might seek Your counsel in all we do. Amen.
约书亚记9章 因为约书亚和以色列人疏忽,没有寻求主耶和华的智慧,他们就落入基遍人的欺骗当中,立下他们必须尊荣的合约。我们是多么经常地按着外表对事物做出判断,并且在不询问主耶和华和祂圣道的情况下行动呢?祂的话语(道)就是我们脚前的灯,我们路上的光。
上主,请将你圣灵的智慧和指引赐给我们,好叫我们在所行的一切事上寻求你的旨意。阿们。

第十九周星期二
Joshua 10:1-15 When the kings in Canaan set out to destroy Gibeon for its covenant with Israel, Joshua honors that covenant and God delivers Gibeon (v 11). When confronted by strife, do we try to handle it ourselves, or do we call on the Lord to save and help us? What a blessing to call boldly on the Lord Jesus Christ in our troubles and find in His baptismal covenant with us grace and mercy to help in time of need.
Deliver us, good Lord, according to Your promises, for we trust in Your good Word. Amen.
约书亚记10:1-15 当迦南地的王们因着基遍人与以色列立的约就准备摧毁基遍的时候,约书亚就尊荣那个约,并且上帝拯救了基遍(11节)。当面对争战时,我们是尝试着自己解决呢,还是呼求主耶和华来拯救帮助我们呢?能够在我们的困境中放胆呼求主耶稣基督,并且在祂与我们所立的圣洗礼之约中寻见困境中所需的恩惠和怜悯来帮助,这是多么蒙福啊!
良善之主,请按着你的应许,拯救我们,因为我们信靠你良善的话语。阿们。

Joshua 10:16-28 Joshua captures and destroys the five kings, who tried to hide in a cave that later became their tomb. When the Lord promises victory, He brings it to pass. No matter how great or how many challenges face you, cling to the Lord’s promises and pray based on them. He will hear and answer in mercy, as the promises of Christ prove.
Lord Jesus, defend us from all dangers, and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.
约书亚记10:16-28 约书亚擒拿并摧毁了那五个王,他们试着藏躲在一个洞里,而这个洞后来成为他们的坟墓。当主耶和华应许得胜的时候,祂定会成就。无论你面对的挑战有多么的巨大或繁多,请倚赖主耶和华的应许,并且基于这些应许来祈祷。祂会在怜悯中聆听并回应,正如基督的应许所证实的。
主耶稣,请护卫我们远离所有危险,带领我们直到永生。阿们。

Joshua 10:29-43 The Lord leads His people through a series of successive victories. Consider the deliverance that came by God’s hand as you reflect on the challenges you face. What a blessing that by Christ’s crucified hands He gives us His victory against all our sin and death’s power. He equips us for every new challenge.
Grant that I may in all things, Lord, seek the hand and the victory of Christ through faith in Him. Amen.
约书亚记10:29-43 主耶和华带领祂的百姓经过一系列不间断的胜利。当你反思你所面对的挑战时,请记得从上帝之手而来的拯救。藉着基督被钉十字架的手,祂将祂对我们所有罪和死亡权势的得胜赐给了我们,这是多大的祝福啊!祂为着每一个新的挑战装备我们。
主耶和华,愿我在万事中,凭着对基督的信,寻求祂的手和得胜。阿们。

第十九周星期三
Joshua 11 The initial conquest of the land under the leadership of Joshua is completed. Joshua, by the hand of God, gives the Israelites the land as their inheritance. The Lord has said, “Do not be afraid” (v 6). Fear should not affect our faithfulness to the will and direction of the Lord. Jesus, by His faithfulness and His own hand, gives us the promised land of the new heavens and new earth as our eternal inheritance.
Gracious Lord, grant us faith in Your faithfulness, and accomplish Your service in and through us. Amen.
约书亚记11章 对土地的初步征服在约书亚的领导下得以完成。约书亚,藉着上帝的手,赐给以色列人土地作为他们的产业。主耶和华说,“不要惧怕”(6节)。惧怕不应该影响我们对主耶和华旨意和引领的忠心。耶稣,藉着祂的信实和祂自己的手,赐给我们新天新地的应许之地,作为我们永恒的产业。
满有恩典的主,请赐给我们对你信实的信靠,并在我们里面,也藉着我们成就你的服事。阿们。

Joshua 12:1-6 This list of defeated enemies serves as a reminder that no power, no matter how great or glorious, can withstand the power of the Lord. Through the power of God, Moses gave the land to the Lord’s chosen. So Christ, the Son of God, by His power hidden in the cross, gives us the promised land of the new heavens and the new earth.
May the Lord work in us a faith that looks not to the powers as they are now but to His eternal power to save. Amen.
约书亚记12:1-6 被击败的仇敌的清单有着提醒的作用:没有什么权势,无论多么壮大或辉煌,能够抵挡得住主耶和华的权能。藉着上帝的能力,摩西将土地赐给主耶和华所拣选的。所以基督,上帝的儿子,藉着祂隐藏在十字架上的能力,将新天新地的应许之地赐给了我们。
愿主在我们里面生发一颗信心,不是看当下今存的权势,而是看祂永恒的能力来得拯救。阿们。

Joshua 12:7-24 How remarkable that Joshua, once a slave in Egypt, becomes a conqueror of all of these kings! It is because the Lord is with him. How remarkable that the Lord is also with you and will strengthen you to overcome all that would enslave you.
May the Lord keep us faithful to the one true King, who reigns in grace. Amen.
约书亚记12:7-24 约书亚,一位曾经在埃及为奴的,成为所有这些王的征服者,这是多么不寻常啊!这是因为主耶和华与他同在。主耶和华也与你同在,并且坚固你,使你胜过所有可能奴役你的。
愿主保守我们对那独一真君王的信靠,祂在恩典里掌权。阿们。

第十九周星期四
Joshua 13:1-7 Even with much already accomplished to bring the people of God into their promised possession, much remains to be done for the promises to be completely fulfilled. Though God has established a place for His people to dwell eternally, many things conspire to rob us of that promised inheritance and peace. Nevertheless, God continues to reinforce His promises and to strengthen us through His Sacraments so we do not give up.
Dear Jesus, lead us onward until our rest is complete in You. Remind us always that You have won the battles for us and will drive out our enemies before us. You are our inheritance and treasure. Amen.
约书亚记13:1-7 尽管带领上帝子民进入他们应许之产业的工作已经成就了许多,然而应许要完全成就还有许多需要做的。尽管上帝已经为祂的子民建立一片土地可以永久居住,但许多事情仍密谋将那应许了的产业和平安从我们夺去。然而,上帝藉着祂的圣礼继续巩固祂的应许并坚固我们,好叫我们不至放弃。
亲爱的耶稣,请引导我们向前,直到我们的安息在你里面得完全。请总是提醒我们,你已经为我们赢得了争战,并且必会在我们面前驱赶我们的仇敌。你是我们的产业和财宝。阿们。

Joshua 13:8-13 The promise of the land to Abraham’s descendants finds earliest fulfillment in the tribes east of the Jordan. This fulfillment, centuries in the making, teaches us why we live by faith, trusting God’s timing and purposes as He holds out His promises to all.
Lord, though my name is not listed in these pages of Scripture, You have given me the most important promise of an eternal inheritance through Your Son, Jesus Christ. Help me to remember and hold fast to that until I enjoy my inheritance in its completeness. Amen.
约书亚记13:8-13 赐给亚伯拉罕后裔土地的应许在约旦河东岸的支派那里得到最早期的成就。经过几个世纪而达至的这成就,教导我们为什么我们是凭信而活,就是在上帝赐予祂的应许给万民上,信靠祂的时间和计划。
主耶和华,尽管我的名字没有列在圣经的这些页面上,然而你已经藉着你的儿子,耶稣基督将那永恒产业的最重要应许赐给了我。请帮助我记得并紧握那应许,直到我在它的完全成就中享受我的产业之时。阿们。

Joshua 14:1-5 Final preparations and explanatory remarks are given before the land is apportioned to the remaining tribes. All the tribes have a place in the Promised Land! God does not fail to bless even one member of His people in Christ.
O Lord, though I may not always have tangible rewards as a member of Your people, still I give thanks for the greater blessings, which the world cannot understand: the death and resurrection of my Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
约书亚记14:1-5 在土地分配给余下的支派之前,最后的预备和解释性言辞也被给出。所有支派在应许之地都有份!上帝不会不祝福祂在基督里子民的每一个成员。
噢主,尽管我作为你子民的一员,并不总是拥有可触摸的奖赏,然而我仍要为着那更美的祝福献上感谢,那更美的祝福就是我主耶稣基督的死和复活,是世人无法明白的。阿们。

Joshua 14:6-15 The first allotment begins with Caleb. His story reminds us of God’s judgment on faithless Israel (the conquest was delayed) and God’s faithfulness to the faithful (His promises are completed to Caleb). Throughout, Caleb shows that the Lord is the strength of the faithful.
Lord, thank You for all that You have promised me. Keep me faithful and counting on Your help until I am able to enjoy the very last portion of Your promises, in Jesus Christ. Amen.
约书亚记14:6-15 第一份分配给迦勒。迦勒的故事提醒我们上帝对失信之以色列的审判(征服的延迟)和上帝对忠信之人的信实(祂对迦勒的应许完成了)。自始至终,迦勒显明了主耶和华是忠信之人的力量。
上主,为着你已经应许给我的一切感谢你。也请保守我有信并倚赖你的帮助,直到我可以得享你在耶稣基督里的应许的最后一份。阿们。

Joshua 15 Judah receives precedence in the allotment of land. The assigning of land to Judah points to our end-times promised land through Christ, who came from the tribe of Judah. As Judah was assigned land before fully possessing it, so the Lord gives us eternal life even before we fully possess it in the resurrection.
Lord, grant me faith to receive the promises You have laid before me for the sake of Your Son. Help me also to be faithful to those promises until they are fulfilled completely in heaven. Amen.
约书亚记15 犹大在土地分配中得到优先权。给犹大的土地分配指向我们藉着基督的末日应许之地,基督是从犹大支派来的。正如犹大在完全拥有它(土地)之前就被分配了土地一样,主耶和华甚至也在我们于复活里完全拥有它(永生)之前,将永生赐给了我们。
上主,请因着你儿子的缘故,赐给我信心来领受你已经摆在我面前的应许。也帮助我忠于那些应许,直到他们在天上完全成就之时。阿们。

第十九周星期五
Joshua 16 Failures of Ephraim to drive out the Canaanites warn us against neglecting our spiritual battles as Christians. The Lord equips us for these struggles, giving us His Spirit and the Word. God’s allotment to Ephraim can also give us hope because it shows the Lord keeping a long-standing promise. The giving of land to Ephraim ahead of his brother highlights God’s unmerited grace to an undeserving people.
O Lord, help us identify and know our enemies, so we do not grow complacent. Stir us to bold service through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
约书亚记16章 以法莲人在赶出迦南人上的失败,也警告我们作为基督徒对属灵争战的忽视。主耶和华将祂的圣灵和圣道赐给我们,装备我们对付这些挣扎。上帝给以法莲的土地分配也能给我们带来盼望,因为它表明主耶和华保守一个持久的应许。在以法莲的兄弟之前先赐土地给他们,特别强调了上帝将不应受的恩典赐给不配得的子民。
噢主,帮助我们识别和了解我们的仇敌,好叫我们不至得意自满。也催促我们藉着基督,我们的主勇敢地服事。阿们。

Joshua 17 The tribes of Joseph move to lay claim to the promises of God by inheriting their land. But they forget His promises about acquiring His blessings. God’s promises do not come up short. He promises to address our true needs in Christ.
Dear God, help me to see how all of Your promises fit together and how well You have already acted to secure my portion in Your Son, my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Grant me all diligence in my calling of service to You. Amen.
约书亚记17章 约瑟的支派开始藉着获得他们的土地来承载上帝的应许。但是他们忘了上帝关于获取祂祝福的应许。上帝的应许不会残缺地临到。祂应许了要在基督里满足我们真正的需要。
亲爱的上帝,请帮助我看到你所有的应许是如何缝合在一起的,看到你是如何完美地作工来在你的儿子,我的主和拯救者耶稣基督里面保障了我的份的。请赐我在对你的服事恩召中所需的全部殷勤。阿们。

第十九周星期六
Joshua 18:1-10 Settling the land of Canaan was not an overnight event. God’s servant Joshua needed to remind, encourage, and direct the people in this matter, lest they become negligent in following God’s promises to their completion. Take heart! God will not let His promised blessings go unused or unclaimed.
When we have received abundantly from You, O Lord, help us realize the fullness of Your blessings. Fill our borders with the peace and protection Your mercy provides through Your Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
约书亚记18:1-10 在迦南地定居下来并非是一夜之间的事情。上帝的仆人约书亚需要在这事情当中提醒,鼓励并且引导百姓,免得他们在跟随上帝的应许达至它们的完成上变得漫不经心。要专心!上帝不会让祂应许了的祝福不被取用或不被认领。
噢主,当我们已经从你那里丰盛地领受的时候,请帮助我们认识到你祝福的丰裕。也请用平安和护卫充满我们的疆界,就是你的怜悯藉着你的儿子,我们的主和拯救者耶稣基督所提供了的平安和护卫。阿们。

Joshua 18:11-28 Benjamin, one of the smallest tribes, receives its allotment between Judah and Ephraim, the two most powerful tribes. Benjamin’s land would become the heartland of the kingdom of Israel. No matter how small we may seem to others in the Church or the world, we can take confidence, because the Lord makes plans for us and promises our salvation.
Lord, teach me my place in the service of Your kingdom, and strengthen me for greater service. Amen.
约书亚记18:11-28 便雅悯,最小支派的其中一个,在两个最强大的支派,就是犹大和以法莲之间领受它的分地。便雅悯的土地将会是以色列国的心腹之地。无论我们在教会或世界中可能对于他人来说看起来多么渺小,但我们可以充满信心,因为主耶和华为我们制定了计划,应许了我们的救恩。
主,请将我在你国度里的服事位置指教我,并为着更大的服事坚固我。阿们。

Joshua 19:1-9 Simeon’s clans receive land and cites within the boundaries of Judah. Consequences of the rash actions of Simeon and Levi were visited upon their descendants. Yet, there is still blessing on the tribe of Simeon, for they are not without an inheritance. They come under the care of their brother, according to God’s mercy.
Thank You, Lord, that You have a place for all who repent. All who believes and put their hope in You will not be disappointed but will receive a place in Your kingdom. Amen.
约书亚记19:1-9 西缅宗族在犹大的地界之内领受土地和城。西缅和利未鲁莽行动(译者注:创34:25)的后果临到他们的后裔身上。然而,仍然有祝福临到西缅支派,因为他们并非没有产业。他们因着上帝的怜悯,来到他们弟兄的看顾之下。
主,感谢你,你为所有悔改的人预备地方。所有信靠你,将他们的盼望放在你身上的人必不至羞愧,却要在你的国度里领受一个地方。阿们。

Joshua 19:10-16 The disbursement of inheritance continues with Zebulun. This tribe receives so little mention in Scripture that the people are virtually anonymous. Yet, their territory would be the first to hear Gospel preaching from the life of Jesus, as Isaiah prophesied (Is 9:1; Mt 4:12-16).
Lord, help us to remember that our peace lies not in the permanent possession of a parcel of land but in the promises You gave us concerning the One born in Bethlehem of Judea, raised in Nazareth of Zebulun. Amen.
约书亚记19:10-16 产业的分配在西布伦进行着。这个支派在圣经中很少提到,以致于他们实际上是匿名的。然而,他们的地域将会是第一个听到从耶稣的生命所传讲的福音的,正如以赛亚所预言(赛9:1但那受过痛苦的必不再见幽暗。从前神使西布伦地和拿弗他利地被藐视,末後却使这沿海的路,约但河外,外邦人的加利利地得著荣耀;太4:12-16耶稣听见约翰下了监,就退到加利利去;後又离开拿撒勒,往迦百农去,就住在那里。那地方靠海,在西布伦和拿弗他利的边界上…)。
主,帮助我们记得我们的平安不在于一片永久拥有的土地,而在于你所赐给我们的应许,就是关于在犹大地的伯利恒出生,并且在西布伦的拿撒勒长大的那一位的应许。阿们。

Joshua 19:17-23 Issachar receives as inheritance the area west of the Jordan and south of the Sea of Chinnereth. Issachar receives even less attention in Scripture than Zebulun. Yet, the Lord prepared their eternal inheritance, for Ezekiel later prophesied that they would have a gate to the new Jerusalem, as would believers from the other tribes (Ezk 48:33).
Father, You have promised to be with us and see us through to the eternal inheritance prepared for us in Your Son, our risen Lord and Savior. By His grace, open to us the gates of heaven. Amen.
约书亚记19:17-23 以萨迦领受约旦河以西,基尼烈湖以南的地域作为产业。以萨迦在圣经中所得到的注意甚至比西布伦还少。然而,主耶和华预备了他们的永恒产业,因为以西结后来预言说,他们将会在新耶路撒冷拥有一座门,正如其它支派的信徒也会得到的那样(结48:33 南面四千五百肘,有三门,一为西缅门,一为以萨迦门,一为西布伦门)。
天父,你已经应许了要与我们同在,并且一路看顾我们,抵达那在你的儿子,我们复活的主和拯救者里面为我们预备了的永恒产业。请藉着你的恩典,向我们打开天国的门。阿们。

Joshua 19:24-31 Asher’s allotment runs along the Great Sea north of Mount Carmel, up to the pagan city of Sidon. By giving this border/coastal territory to Asher, the Lord gives the tribe a great challenge, which they would not properly meet. When the Lord challenges us, He also equips us by His good Word and Spirit. Praise God! The region of Asher became a haven for the Gospel through the ministry of Jesus and the apostles (Mt 15:21-28).
Father, we often dwell too near temptations and do not rely on You to overcome them. Grant us strength to avoid temptation and to proclaim Your Son as the Savior of all. Amen.
约书亚记19:24-31 亚设支派的分地是沿着地中海,南至迦密山,北上到达外邦城西顿。藉着将这个边界和沿海的区域赐给亚设,主耶和华赋予这个支派一个艰巨的挑战,就是后来他们没能对付了的挑战。当主耶和华挑战我们的时候,祂也会藉着祂良善的话语和圣灵装备我们。赞美上帝!亚设地区将会藉着耶稣和使徒的事工成为福音的港湾(太15:21-28 耶稣离开那里,退到推罗、西顿的境内去…)。
天父,我们也经常住的离试探太近,不去依靠你胜过它们。请赐我们能力远离试探,并且传扬你的儿子为所有人的救赎主。阿们。

Joshua 19:32-39 Naphtali’s portion and inheritance to the north would be hit hard by invading armies but would also be among the first to hear the preaching of Christ (Is 9:1; Mt 4:15).
Lord, make our way glorious, for the sake of Christ. Amen.
约书亚记19:32-39 拿弗他利的份和产业向北会受到入侵军队的重创,然而也将会是首先听到基督传道的区域(赛9:1;太4:15说:西布伦地,拿弗他利地,就是沿海的路,约但河外,外邦人的加利利地)。
主,请因着基督的缘故,使我们的道路充满荣光。阿们。

Joshua 19:40-48 Dan’s failure to gain its inheritance often stands for the evil from which we need the salvation of the Lord (Gn 49:16-18; note Dan’s absence from the list in Rv 7:4-8). When we fail and fall into sin, we will be tempted to give up completely on what we know is good and right. Yet, when we are at our lowest, the Lord remembers us in His mercy.
“Lord, keep us steadfast in Your Word; Curb those who by deceit or sword Would wrest the kingdom from Your Son and bring to naught all He has done.” Amen. (LSB 655:1)
约书亚记19:40-48 但支派没能获得它的产业通常代表着魔鬼,就是我们需要主耶和华的救恩所脱离的魔鬼(创49:16-18 但必判断他的民,作以色列支派之一。但必作道上的蛇,路中的虺,咬伤马蹄,使骑马的坠落於後。耶和华啊,我向来等候你的救恩;请注意但支派在启示录7:4-8节列表中的缺失)。当我们失败并跌入罪中之时,我们将会受到试探想要完全放弃掉我们所知道的良善,公义之事。然而,当我们处在最低谷时,主耶和华在祂的怜悯中纪念我们。
“主,保守我稳健在你的圣道中;阻挡那些想要藉着欺骗或刀剑将国从你的儿子那里夺去,并将祂已经成就了的一切毁于一旦的人。”阿们。(路德宗崇拜手册655:1)

Joshua 19:49-51 As a strong leader, Joshua receives his portion last! The allotment of land began with Caleb, one of the faithful spies. It ends with Joshua, the other faithful spy. All of this was done with God having a firm hand in the proceedings and the people trusting that He would deal generously with them.
We thank You, Lord, for Your faithful dealings with us. Teach us how to put You, not ourselves, first in all things. Amen.
约书亚记19:49-51 作为一位坚强的领袖,约书亚到最后才领受他的那份!土地的分配从忠心的探子之一,迦勒开始。分配以另一位忠心的探子,约书亚结束。这一切是由在分配的过程中施展坚固之手的上帝,和那信靠祂会慷慨地恩待他们的子民完成的。
主,因着你对我们以信实相待,我们感谢你。请教导我们如何在万事中将你,而不是我们自己放在首位。阿们。

第二十周星期一
Joshua 20 At the Lord’s direction, Joshua appoints six cities of refuge, demonstrating the Lord’s desire for both justice and mercy. Today, through Jesus’ perfect life and atoning death, our God of grace “is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Ps 46:1).
Dear God of love, “we flee for refuge to Your infinite mercy, seeking and imploring Your grace for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Amen. (LSB, p 184)
约书亚记20章 在主耶和华的吩咐之下,约书亚设立六座逃城,显明了主耶和华对公正审判和怜悯两者的意愿。今天,藉着耶稣完美的生命和救赎性死亡,我们满有恩典的上帝“是我们的避难所,是我们的力量,是我们在患难中随时的帮助”(诗46:1)。
亲爱的上帝,你充满慈爱,“我们逃向你无限的怜悯寻求庇护,因着我们主耶稣基督的缘故寻找恳求你的恩典。”阿们。(路德宗崇拜手册,184页)

Joshua 21 The Lord provides for the tribe of Levi, and with that, the author proclaims with praise that the Lord has kept all of His promises. We are not to become attached to the things of this world as though they have lasting value. The Lord provided the Levites with earthly cities that anticipated a better city, a heavenly one (Heb 11:16). Likewise, He promises that as we seek first His kingdom and His righteousness through Christ, He will grant us what we need for this life (Mt 6:33).
Heavenly Father, release us from worries and undue attachment to earthly things, so we might find our true joy in You and the enduring city awaiting us through Christ. Amen.
约书亚记21章 主耶和华供应利未支派的所需,作者因此带着赞美宣告主耶和华已经遵守祂所有的应许。我们不应该依附于这个世界的事物,好像他们有持久的价值一样。主耶和华供应利未人地上的城,这也是预见一座更美的城,一座天上的城(来11:16他们却羡慕一个更美的家乡,就是在天上的。所以神被称为他们的神,并不以为耻,因为他已经给他们预备了一座城)。同样,祂应许了,当我们透过基督先求祂的国和祂的义之时,祂必将我们今生所需的赐给我们(太6:33你们要先求他的国和他的义,这些东西都要加给你们了)。
天上的父,请释放我们脱离忧虑和对地上事物的过分依赖,好叫我们可以藉着基督在你和那等候我们的永存之城里得着我们真正的喜乐。阿们。

第二十周星期二
Joshua 22:1-9 In the first of his three farewell sermons, Joshua dismisses the eastern tribes after they faithfully finished the work they promised to do. Commitment, responsibility, and faithfulness to our word are not always present among us. The commitment and faithfulness of the Lord in saving us from our enemies is proven by the cross of Christ, who grants us faith and faithfulness.
When we finish the task You give us, “Lord, dismiss us with Your blessing, Fill our hearts with joy and peace; Let us each, Your love posessing, Triumph in redeeming grace. O refresh us; O refresh us, Trav’ling through this wilderness.” Amen. (LSB 924:1)
约书亚记22:1-9 在他三篇临终讲道中的第一篇里,约书亚待东岸的支派忠心地完成他们所承诺要做的工之后,就将他们解散了。对我们说的话的委身,责任和信实并不总是在我们中间呈现。主耶和华的委身和信实,在拯救我们脱离我们仇敌上,已经藉着基督的十字架被证实了,基督赐我们信心和信实。
当我们完成你所交付我们的工作时,“主,以你的祝福解散我们,用喜乐和平安充满我们的心;让我们中的每一个都拥有你的爱,在救赎的恩典中得胜。行走在这旷野的路上,噢恢复我们;噢更新我们。”阿们。(路德宗崇拜手册924:1)

Joshua 22:10-34 The misunderstanding about the altar is peacefully resolved. Believers still carry their old sinful natures; therefore, misunderstandings or false accusations sometimes flare up among them. But the power of God’s Word and Spirit working in our hearts can bring about genuine reconciliation and peace.
When we presume guilt on the part of others, lead us, O Lord, to listen humbly and to speak the truth in love. May Your name be blessed as Your Spirit cleans our ears of unfounded skepticism and our tongues of loveless criticism. Amen.
约书亚记22:10-34 对祭坛的误会得以和平地解决。信徒仍然携带着他们老的罪性;因此,误会或虚假的指控有时会在他们中间突然冒出来。但在我们心中作工的上帝话语和圣灵的能力可以带来真正的和好以及平安。
当我们断定他人身上的罪时,噢主,请引导我们,谦卑地聆听,并在爱中说出真理。愿你的名得着颂赞,你的圣灵洁净我们的耳朵,除去无根据的猜疑;洁净我们的舌头,脱离不带着爱心的批判。阿们。

第二十周星期三
Joshua 23 In the second of Joshua’s three farewell sermons, he addresses the leaders of Israel with warnings against serving other gods and reminds them of the Lord’s faithfulness and victories for Israel. What God threatens to those who reject Him and His salvation will certainly come to pass. God has not failed to fulfill even one word of all the good things He has promised. We can trust all the promises of His Word.
Lord, cause us to know that You are always faithful to Your Word, so that we heed Your warnings and trust Your gracious promises. Amen.
约书亚记23章 在约书亚三篇临终讲道中的第二篇里,他对着以色列的领袖们发出警告,警告他们不可侍奉别的神,并且提醒他们主耶和华的信实和给以色列的胜利。上帝给那些拒绝祂和祂救恩之人的威胁必要发生。上帝在成就祂所应许了的所有良善之事上,甚至一个字上都未曾失败。我们可以信靠祂话语的所有应许。
主,请使我们知道你一直信实于你的话语,好叫我们可以留心你的警告,信靠你满有恩典的应许。阿们。

第二十周星期四
Joshua 24:1-13 At Shechem, Joshua summarizes for Israel the history of salvation by grace, from the call of Abraham to the victories under Joshua. Likewise, we deserve none of the good that God gives us. God Himself in Christ has defeated our great enemies: Sin, Satan, and death. He calls us by the Gospel of Christ and gives us an everlasting heritage, kingdom, and life.
Dear Lord of grace, make me know through Your Word that real success is not by my effort but by Your cross. Cause gratitude, love, and loyalty to well up in me as I rehearse Your victories for me and Your blessings to me. Amen.
约书亚记24:1-13 在示剑,约书亚为以色列人总结了出于恩典的救赎历史,从亚伯拉罕的蒙召到约书亚领导下的胜利。同样地,我们不配得任何上帝所赐给我们的良善之物。上帝祂自己在基督里已经击败了我们强劲的仇敌:罪,撒旦,和死亡。祂藉着基督的福音呼召我们,并赐给我们一个永恒的产业,国度,和生命。
亲爱的恩主,请使我藉着你的话语知道,那真正的胜利不是藉着我的努力,而是靠赖你的十字架。当我回想你为我而成就的得胜,和赐给我的祝福之时,请使感恩,爱慕,和忠诚在我里面涌出。阿们。

Joshua 24:14-28 As the Mosaic covenant is formally renewed at Shechem, Joshua and the people boldly profess their faithfulness to the God who redeemed them and gave them victory. In our weakness and fear of the world, we may be hesitant to witness to the God who has given us our eternal inheritance. Pray for courage. His saving grace and His Spirit can enable us to boldly confess His name.
“All who confess Christ’s holy name, Give God the praise and glory. Let all who know His pow’r proclaim Aloud the wondrous story. Cast ev’ry idol from its throne, For God is God, and He alone: To God all praise and glory!” Amen. (LSB 819:5)
约书亚记24:14-28 当摩西之约在示剑被正式重申时,约书亚和百姓勇敢地宣告他们的信实给上帝,就是那位救赎他们并赐给他们胜利的。在我们的软弱和对世界的恐惧中,我们可能在给那位赐我们永恒产业的上帝作见证上变得迟疑。请为着勇气祈求。祂的救赎恩典和祂的圣灵能够使我们勇敢地告白祂的名。
“所有告白基督圣名的,愿赞美和荣耀献给上帝。让所有知道祂权能的,大声宣扬那奇妙的故事。将每一个偶像从它的宝座上推下,因为上帝是上帝,并且唯独祂是:愿所有赞美和荣耀归给上帝!”阿们。(路德宗崇拜手册819:5)

Joshua 24:29-33 Three graves in the Promised Land (of Joshua, Joseph, and Eleazar) attest to the faithfulness of the Lord in fulfilling His promises. “Sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned” (Rm 5:12). “If, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ” (Rm 5:17).
We praise You, dear Lord, that when we lie buried in the ground, we also lie buried in Your sure promises of the resurrection to eternal life, through Jesus, the new Joshua. He lived, died, and rose so that after we die, we might be raised and live with Him forever. Amen.
约书亚记24:29-33 在应许之地的三座坟墓(约书亚,约瑟,和以利亚撒的)证实了主耶和华在成就祂应许上的信实。“这就如罪是从一人入了世界,死又是从罪来的;於是死就临到众人,因为众人都犯了罪”(罗5:12)。“若因一人的过犯,死就因这一人作了王,何况那些受洪恩又蒙所赐之义的,岂不更要因耶稣基督一人在生命中作王吗”(罗5:17)。
亲爱的主,我们赞美你,因为当我们被埋葬躺在地下时,我们也被埋葬躺在你确实的应许里,就是藉着那位新约书亚,耶稣而来的死里复活,到永恒生命的应许里。祂活过,死了,并且复生,好叫我们死了之后,可以被高举,与祂一同活着,直到永远。阿们。

翻译:Gary Liu 主后2016.12.27

《士师记》
(第二十周星期五—第二十二周星期三)
第二十周星期五
Judges 1:1-26 After the optimistic, faith-filled account in Jsh, Jgs 1 introduces the disappointing next phase of Israelite history. Despite the sinful disappointments of our life histories, Jesus knows our weaknesses and forgives our neglect of His promises. Daily, we return to our Baptism to drown our sinful nature with its evil desires and to put on our new nature, which is righteous and pure (see SC, Baptism, pp xxxix-xl). The righteousness of Jesus replaces our unrighteousness.
Thank You, Lord, for rescuing us from our own worst enemies—our sinful flesh and the “Canaanites” that surround us. Amen.
士师记1:1-26 在约书亚记里面乐观、充满信心的记述之后,士师记1章就介绍以色列历史令人失望的下一阶段。尽管我们的生命历程带着有罪的失望,但耶稣知道我们的软弱,并且赦免我们对祂应许的忽视。每一天,我们回到我们的圣洗礼那里,将我们的罪性连同它的邪情私欲都淹没致死,并且穿戴新的属性,就是公义和纯洁的属性(看小问答,圣洗礼,39-40页)。耶稣的义取代我们的不义。
主,感谢你,拯救我们脱离我们自己最坏的仇敌—就是我们有罪的肉体和那环绕我们的“迦南人。”阿们。

Judges 1:27-36 The various tribes of Israel allow the Canaanites to remain in the land, which creates a powerful temptation for Israelites to adopt their culture and worship their gods. How history repeats itself! Yet God in His mercy never abandons us.
Forgive us, Lord, for indifference to Your will. Help us to love what You command, turn to You for mercy, and seek to conform our lives to Your holy will. Amen.
士师记1:27-36 以色列各个支派允许迦南人留在那片土地上,这样就给以色列人带来一个强大的试探,就是吸纳他们的文化,敬拜他们的众神。历史多么会重演啊!然而上帝在祂的怜悯中从不撇弃我们。
主,赦免我们对你旨意的冷漠。帮助我们爱慕你所吩咐的事,转向你寻求怜悯,并且追求使我们的生活符合你圣洁的旨意。阿们。

第二十周星期六
Judges 2:1-5 Israel’s failure to drive out its Canaanite opponents is not caused by military weakness but rather by spiritual weakness. Because of spiritual weakness, believers today also experience suffering, disappointments, and even death. Yet the Lord faithfully calls us to repentance amid our sufferings. He suffered for our sins and renews us by the Gospel.
O Lord, “make us glad for as many days as You have afflicted us, and for as many years as we have seen evil” (Ps 90:15). Amen.
士师记2:1-5 以色列没能将它的迦南对头们驱赶出去,不是因为军事上的弱势,而是因为属灵上的软弱造成的。因着属灵上的软弱,今天信徒也会经历苦难,失望,甚至死亡。然而主耶和华信实地在我们的苦难中呼召我们悔改。祂为我们的罪受苦,并藉着福音苏醒更新我们。
噢主,“求你照著你使我们受苦的日子,和我们遭难的年岁,叫我们喜乐”(诗90:15)。阿们。

Judges 2:6-10 The Israelites know who the Lord is, but they no longer experience His blessed presence among them. Despite Israel’s favored history, paganism is never far from the surface. Where the Law shows us our sin, the Gospel shows us the Father’s loving heart in Jesus. He cures our spiritual blindness and leads us to seek Him and worship Him with new hearts.
“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me…Restore to me the joy of Your salvation” (Ps 51:10,12). Amen.
士师记2:6-10 以色列人知道主耶和华是谁,但是他们不再能经历祂于他们中间的祝福临在。尽管以色列有着蒙恩的历史,异教崇拜却从未深埋不再浮现。无论哪里律法向我们显明我们的罪,福音就向我们显明天父在耶稣里慈爱的心肠。祂医治我们灵性的瞎眼,引导我们寻求祂,并且带着新灵敬拜祂。
“神啊,求你为我造清洁的心,使我里面重新有正直(或作:坚定)的灵…求你使我仍得救恩之乐”(诗篇51:10,12)。阿们。

Judges 2:11-15 Israel’s sad reversal of fortune is more than a coincidence. They made God their enemies because of their unfaithfulness. Without sincere faith, it is impossible to please God and rightly receive His blessings. God exposes our faulty motives so that He can bring us to a greater appreciation of His grace.
Dear Lord, direct our hearts in sincerity so that we receive Your blessings with grateful hearts. Amen.
士师记2:11-15 以色列命运的悲哀翻转不仅仅是一个偶然事件。因着他们的不信,他们使上帝成为他们的敌人。若没有真诚的信心,就不可能蒙上帝的喜悦并正确地领受祂的祝福。上帝暴露我们错误的动机,好使祂可以带领我们更深地明白祂的恩惠。
亲爱的主,请引导我们的心走在真诚里,好叫我们可以带着感恩的心领受你的祝福。阿们。

Judges 2:16-23 Unfortunately, Israel’s repentance does not last long. Yet even in these dark times, God does not withdraw His mercy from His people but raises up a series of champions to be their “saviors.” God does not forgive us because of our faith—as if faith were a good work to make up for all we have done wrong. God forgives us entirely for the sake of and through the merits of our Savior, Jesus (Rm 5:17-19).
O Lord, grant us the rhythm of repentance and forgiveness in our day-to-day lives. Grant also sincerity and faith through Christ, our Savior. Amen.
士师记2:16-23 不幸的是,以色列的悔改没有持续多久。然而既使在这些幽暗的日子里,上帝并没有从祂的百姓那里收回祂的怜悯,而是兴起一系列的勇士成为他们的“拯救者。”上帝不是因为我们的信而赦免我们—好像信心就是一个良善的功德可以弥补我们曾做出的所有错事一样。上帝完全是由于,并且藉着我们救主耶稣的功德赦免了我们(罗5:17-19若因一人的过犯,死就因这一人作了王,何况那些受洪恩又蒙所赐之义的,岂不更要因耶稣基督一人在生命中作王吗?如此说来,因一次的过犯,众人都被定罪;照样,因一次的义行,众人也就被称义得生命了。因一人的悖逆,众人成为罪人;照样,因一人的顺从,众人也成为义了)。
噢主,请在我们日复一日的生活中,赐给我们悔改和赦罪的旋律。也藉着基督,我们的救赎主赐下诚实和信心。阿们。

第二十一周星期一
Judges 3:1-6 Israel would no longer enjoy the blessings promised in Lv 26:1-13 and Dt 28:1-14 under the Lord’s covenant; instead, the Israelites would find themselves engaged in a struggle against their pagan neighbors. How wonderful that God promises to stand by us, despite our wavering faith. “If we are faithless, He remains faithful—for He cannot deny Himself” (2Tm 2:13).
Merciful Father, assure us in Your faithfulness so that we live by faith in our Savior. Amen.
士师记3:1-6 以色列将不再享受利未记26:1-13和申命记28:1-14里面在主耶和华的约之下应许了的祝福;相反,以色列人将会发现他们自己陷入对付他们外邦邻舍的挣扎中。尽管我们有摇摆不定的信心,但上帝仍应许了要与我们站在一起,这是多么奇妙啊。“我们纵然失信,他仍是可信的,因为他不能背乎自己”(提后2:13)。
满有怜悯的天父,请使我们在你的信实中有确据,好叫我们可以凭信心活在我们的救赎主里面。阿们。

Judges 3:7-11 Othniel, the ideal judge, is God’s first champion to rescue Israel from a powerful foreign oppressor. God gave Othniel His Spirit and victory. Today, our struggles with temptation and problems may at times seem greater than we are able to bear. We may feel overwhelmed, confused, hopeless. Yet God’s grace is sufficient for us, and His power is made perfect in weakness (2Co 12:9). In times of struggle, God’s blessings may become most apparent and most treasured.
Assure us, O Lord, that Your grace is sufficient for all our needs. Grant us Your Spirit and boldness. Amen.
士师记3:7-11 俄陀聂,理想的士师,是第一位上帝的勇士来拯救以色列脱离一个强大的外邦压迫者的。上帝将祂的圣灵和得胜赐给俄陀聂。今天,我们所要与之争战的试探和麻烦可能有时看起来比我们所能承受的还要巨大。我们可能感到无力承受,困惑,无助。然而上帝的恩典够我们用,祂的能力在我们的软弱中得以完全(林后12:9他对我说:「我的恩典够你用的,因为我的能力是在人的软弱上显得完全。」所以,我更喜欢夸自己的软弱,好叫基督的能力覆庇我)。在挣扎的境况里,上帝的祝福会变得最显而易见,并且最珍贵。
噢主,请使我们确信你的恩典能够满足我们所有的需要。请将你的圣灵和勇气赐给我们。阿们。

Judges 3:12-30 The treachery-filled victory of Ehud over Eglon and the Moabites is told in greater detail than the account of Othniel’s victory over Cushan-rishathaim (vv 9-11). Although we may admire Ehud’s courage and ingenuity, his deceptive method in God’s name brings the sincerity of his confession about the Lord (v 28) into question. God uses the people available to Him to achieve His larger purposes, and God blesses us despite our misdeeds and selfish motives. In all things, He works for the good of those who love Him (Rm 8:28).
“I need Thy presence ev’ry passing hour; What but Thy grace can foil the tempter’s pow’r? Who like Thyself my guide and stay can be? Through cloud and sunshine, O abide with me.” Amen. (LSB 878:2)
士师记3:12-30 以笏对伊矶伦和摩押人充满背叛的胜利,比起俄陀聂对古珊利萨田的得胜,用了更多的笔墨来描述(9-11节)。尽管我们可能敬仰以笏的勇气和精巧,然而他在上帝的名之下所行的诡诈方式,使得他对主耶和华认信的真实(28节 对他们说:「你们随我来,因为耶和华已经把你们的仇敌摩押人交在你们手中。」於是他们跟著他下去,把守约但河的渡口,不容摩押一人过去)变得可疑。上帝使用祂可以接触到的人来成就祂更大的计划,尽管我们有着罪行和自私的动机,然而上帝仍祝福我们。在万事中,祂作工为了爱祂之人的益处(罗8:28我们晓得万事都互相效力,叫爱神的人得益处,就是按他旨意被召的人)。
“每时每刻我需要你的同在;除了你的恩典以外还有什么能够挫败那试探者的权势?谁能像你能够成为我的向导和居所?穿过云霄和阳光,噢请与我同在。”阿们。(路德宗崇拜手册878:2)

Judges 3:31 Almost everything about this one-verse summary differs from the surrounding accounts. There is no announcement that Israel did evil in the eyes of the Lord and no mention that they cried out to Him; no mention that the Lord raised up His person to save them, or that Shamgar was clothed with the Spirit, or that God acted in this judge’s behalf. Had the Israelites become so enmeshed in Canaanite culture that there were no Israelites to answer the Lord’s call? The company of men and women the Lord has called includes many common people (1Co 1:26). God can use even those whose parentage, education, or vocation are humble or obscure. When and where it pleases the Spirit of God, He can make judges out of farmers and apostles out of fishermen.
Lord, accomplish great outcomes through ordinary-looking vessels. Begin with me. Amen.
士师记3:31 这一节经文归纳的几乎全部都与周边其它的描述有所不同。这里没有宣告以色列在主耶和华眼里行了恶事,没有提及他们向祂呼求;没有提及主耶和华兴起祂的仆人来拯救他们,或者说珊迦被圣灵覆盖,或者说上帝为这个士师采取了行动。莫非是以色列人如此被迦南人的文化所捆绑,以致于不再有以色列人回应主耶和华的呼召?主耶和华所呼召的男人和女人中也有许多普通的百姓(林前1:26弟兄们哪,可见你们蒙召的,按著肉体有智慧的不多,有能力的不多,有尊贵的也不多)。上帝甚至能使用那些出身、教育、职业卑微或很不起眼的人。无论何时或何地它蒙上帝的灵喜悦,祂就能从农夫中兴起士师,从渔夫中兴起使徒。
上主,请藉着看起来普普通通的器皿成就大事。从我开始。阿们。

第二十一周星期二
Judges 4 After Israelites armies led by Barak defeat Jabin and the Canaanites, an Israelite woman kills Sisera the Canaanite general by pounding a tent peg through his skull. Barak does not demontrate strong faith, but many Christians can sympathize with his misgivings. We, too, can be weak and slow to act. Yet the Lord is with us, alongside us. Jesus went ahead of us to the cross and through death to everlasting life. He will lead us to the victory ground of heaven.
Lord Jesus, give us faith to believe Your promises and courage to wage our battles and win the victory You give. Amen.
士师记4章 在巴拉领导的以色列军队打败耶宾和迦南人之后,一位以色列妇女用帐棚的橛子敲进西西拉的头颅,杀死了这位迦南人的将军。巴拉并没有展示出勇敢的信心,但是许多基督徒能够同情他的害怕。我们,也会变得软弱,迟迟不肯行动。然而主耶和华与我们同在,站在我们身边。耶稣走在我们前面上了十字架,并且经过死亡,通往永生。祂必要引领我们抵达天上得胜的地方。
主耶稣,请赐给我们信心相信你的应许,赐给我们勇气来打我们的仗并且赢得你所赐的胜利。阿们。

Judges 5 The Song of Deborah and Barak is a poetic and vivid retelling of the Lord’s victory over the Canaanites, especially praising Jael’s triumph over Sisera. It rightly gives God credit for the triumph, for He is the ultimate Judge and Savior.
Almighty God, we implore Your daily help in our struggle with our spiritual enemies—the devil, the world, and our sinful flesh. Forgive us our failings, and grant us victory through Jesus, Your Son and our Savior. Amen.
士师记5章 底波拉和巴拉的歌是对主耶和华得胜迦南人充满诗意和栩栩如生的复述,也特别赞扬雅亿胜了西西拉。它也正确地将胜利的颂赞归给上帝,因为祂是最终的士师(Judge审判者)和救赎主。
全能的上帝,在我们与我们的属灵仇敌—魔鬼,世界和我们有罪的肉体争战中,我们恳求你每日的帮助。赦免我们的失败,也请藉着耶稣,你的儿子和我们的救赎主,将得胜赐给我们。阿们。

第二十一周星期三
Judges 6:1-27 Gideon’s initial call to be a judge reveals his demoralized spirit and weak character, yet with the assurance of the Lord’s presence, he makes a first assault on the Baal worship in his own community. Unchecked, sin takes an ever greater hold on individuals and entire communities. Instead of speaking God’s words and promises from generation to generation, parents may leave a legacy of unbelief and false worship (cf Dt 5:9). Gideon seems an unlikely figure to become a future champion of Israel. Yet the Lord of surprising, unearned grace seeks sinners and equips them to accomplish great things.
Help us, Lord, to believe Your promises, seek Your will, and act in the courage You alone give. Amen.
士师记6:1-27 基甸作士师的最初蒙召反映了他萎靡不振的灵和软弱的性格,然而带着主耶和华同在的确据,他开始对在他自己社区里的巴力崇拜进行第一次进攻。若不被对付,罪可以越发强势地捆锁个人和整个社区。没有一代接着一代地传说上帝的话语和应许,父母可能会留下不信和虚假崇拜的遗产(参 申5:9不可跪拜那些像,也不可事奉他,因为我耶和华你的神是忌邪的神。恨我的,我必追讨他的罪,自父及子,直到三、四代)。基甸看起来不像是一位可以成为以色列未来勇士的人物。然而满有惊奇、不配得恩典的主耶和华寻找罪人并且装备他们成就大事。
上主,请帮助我相信你的应许,寻求你的旨意,在唯有你所赐的勇气中行动。阿们。

Judges 6:28-35 Gideon’s act of tearing down the Baal altar arouses antagonism. He receives an outpouring of the Holy Spirit to empower him for battle and win the support of neighboring Israelite tribes. As Gideon is clothed by the Lord, so the Holy Spirit clothes us with the righteousness of Christ Jesus. Through Baptism, we live here in safety and will stand bold “on the great day of God the almighty” (Rv 16:14).
“Jesus, Thy blood and righteousness My beauty are, my glorious dress; Midst flaming worlds, in these arrayed, With joy shall I lift up my head.” Amen. (LSB 563:1)
士师记6:28-35 基甸拆毁巴力祭坛的行动挑起了敌对。他领受了圣灵的浇灌使他有能力争战并且赢得相邻以色列支派的支持。正如基甸被主耶和华遮盖一样,圣灵也用基督耶稣的义遮盖我们。藉着圣洗礼,我们在此平安度日,并且将来必会勇敢地站立在“神全能者的大日”(启16:14他们本是鬼魔的灵,施行奇事,出去到普天下众王那里,叫他们在神全能者的大日聚集争战)。
“耶稣,你的宝血和公义是我的至美,我荣耀的嫁衣;在燃烧的世界中,这些列队里,带着喜乐我当举起我的头。”阿们。(路德宗崇拜手册563:1)

Judges 6:36-40 Despite a clear revelation of the Lord’s will, Gideon twice puts the Lord to a test, hoping to gain certainty for his faltering faith. Jesus said that an evil and adulterous generation looks for a sign (Mt 12:39). But when the Lord wishes to give us a sign, we are arrogant to reject it (cf Is 7:10-14). The Lord is patient with us and merciful through His Son.
Almighty God, send us Your Holy Spirit, that through Your Holy Word our faith may be built up and strengthened. Help us realize that in the Word alone we find the Good News of salvation, through Jesus Christ. Amen.
士师记6:36-40 尽管有主耶和华旨意的清楚启示,基甸两次将主放在试验中,希望为他摇摆的信心寻找确据。耶稣说一个邪恶淫乱的世代寻找神迹(太12:39耶稣回答说:「一个邪恶淫乱的世代求看神迹,除了先知约拿的神迹以外,再没有神迹给他们看)。但当主耶和华意愿给我们一个记号时,我们却傲慢地拒绝(参 赛7:10-14耶和华又晓谕亚哈斯说:「你向耶和华你的神求一个兆头:或求显在深处,或求显在高处。」亚哈斯说:「我不求;我不试探耶和华…)。主耶和华以忍耐待我们,并且藉着祂的儿子向我们施怜悯。
全能的上帝,请差遣你的圣灵给我们,好叫我们的信心可以藉着你的圣道得以建造和坚固。帮助我们明白唯独在你的话语中,我们可以寻见藉着耶稣基督而来的救恩好消息。阿们。

Judges 7:1-18 After his army is reduced to a frighteningly low number, Gideon gains confidence when he overhears a dream in the Midianite camp. Gideon then devises a clever plan to create confusion. We are tempted to criticize Gideon’s lack of decisiveness, but we, too, need repeated assurance that God will keep His promises.
Lord, help us leave our sinful mistakes behind us so we may look ahead with the confidence only You can give. Amen.
士师记7:1-18 基甸的军队被裁减到可怕的一小撮,当他偷听到米甸营里的一个梦时,他获得信心。然后基甸设计了一个聪明的计划来营造混乱。我们会被试探来批判基甸的缺乏决断,但我们,也,不断地需要上帝必保守祂应许的确据。
上主,帮助我们将我们有罪的错误甩在背后,好叫我们可以带着唯独你能赐下的信心向前展望。阿们。

Judges 7:19-25 In the same way the Lord fought for Gideon, so He also fights for us against seemingly insurmountable odds. He overcame our greatest enemy in the most improbable way: the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross.
Almighty God, Lord of hosts, encourage us with the assurance that You are with us always and that with You at our side, we never need fear. In the Savior’s name we pray. Amen.
士师记7:19-25 主耶和华为基甸争战,以同样的方式,祂也为我们争战,对付看起来不可逾越的权势。祂战胜了我们最大的仇敌,以最不可能的方式:耶稣在十字架上的献祭。
全能的上帝,万军之主,请用你一直与我们同在,我们有你在我们身旁就永不需恐惧的应许,鼓励我们。奉救主的名我们祈求。阿们。

Judges 8: 1-21 In pursuit of the Midianites, Gideon acts magnanimously toward the Ephraimites jealous of his victory, but bitterly toward other countrymen. A desire for personal gain, recognition, or revenge can also cloud the actions of God’s people today, though our actions may seldom be as physically cruel as Gideon’s. Such vengeance arises from the sinful flesh. However, battle against spiritual enemies is proper. Fight the good fight of faith; our warfare is not against flesh and blood but against the enemies of the Savior (Eph 6:12). He has won the victory, which is ours through faith.
Lord of hosts, strengthen us to fight the good fight of faith. In our Savior’s name we pray. Amen.
士师记8:1-21 在对米甸人的追赶中,基甸宽容地对待嫉妒他得胜的以法莲人,但却残酷地对待其他乡邻。寻求个人利益,赏识,或报复的渴望也会笼罩今日上帝子民的行动,尽管我们的行动可能很少会像基甸的那样残酷。这样的复仇源自有罪的肉体。然而,对付属灵的仇敌是应当的。要打美好的信心之仗;我们的争战不是对着肉体和血气,乃是对着救赎主的仇敌(弗6:12因我们并不是与属血气的争战(原文作摔跤;下同),乃是与那些执政的、掌权的、管辖这幽暗世界的,以及天空属灵气的恶魔争战)。祂已经赢得了胜利,这胜利藉着信心成为我们的。
万军之主,请坚固我们,来打那美好的信心之仗。奉我们救赎主的名我们祈求。阿们。

Judges 8:22-28 Gideon’s apparently pious refusal of kingship masks a heart already sold to monarchy. His request for gold from his supporters allows him to make an idol that leads Israel into idolatry. Even the lowliest person may have the heart of a tyrant. With fame, popularity, power, and material success comes the danger that one’s heart may be turned away from the Savior. Yet the God of persistent grace continues to work on our stubborn hearts.
Lord, let us never fall victim to our own wishes or devices, but keep us humble, as was Jesus, who took on the form of a servant and became obedient to death on a cross to forgive our pride. Amen.
士师记8:22-28 基甸看起来对称王的敬虔拒绝,隐藏了一颗早已卖给君主制的心。他从他的支持者那里索求黄金,使得他能够造出一个偶像,就是后来引领以色列进入假神崇拜的偶像。甚至最卑微的人也可能有一颗暴君的心。伴随着名誉,声望,权势,和物质丰裕而来的危机就是,一个人的心可能会背离救赎主。然而有着持续稳固恩典的上帝仍继续在我们刚硬的心上作工。
上主,请使我们永不沦落为我们自己愿望或计谋的俘虏,而是保守我们谦卑如耶稣,祂取了仆人的样式,甘愿顺从死在十字架上,来赦免我们的骄傲。阿们。

Judges 8:29-35 Despite military success, prestige, and wealth, Gideon’s judgeship brings Israel little lasting good. One of his many sons will now seek to gain the crown Gideon ceremoniously rejected. Career accomplishments and material wealth may be overshadowed by foolish choices and unrestrained ambition. What matters is not what people think about us but what God has declared about us. Christ’s forgiveness pardons even the worst of our failures, and we become new creatures, eager to do good.
“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me” (Ps 51:10). Then I will serve Your people with true honor and humility. Amen.
士师记8:29-35 尽管有着军事上的胜利,声望,和财富,但基甸的士师职份并未给以色列带来多少持久的益处。他许多儿子中的一位现在要寻求获得基甸曾在仪式上拒绝的王冠。事业上的成就和物质上的丰裕可能会因着愚蠢的选择和无节制的野心变得黯然失色。重要的不是人会说我们什么,而是上帝关于我们会宣告什么。基督的赦罪甚至会宽恕我们最糟糕的失败,然后我们成为新人,渴慕行善。
“神啊,求你为我造清洁的心,使我里面重新有正直(或作:坚定)的灵”(诗篇51:10)。好叫我可以带着真诚的荣誉和谦卑服事你的百姓。阿们。

第二十一周星期四
Judges 9:1-21 Abimelech, Gideon’s illegitimate son, brutally murders his 70 brothers and has himself appointed king in Shechem. One brother, however, manages to escape and in a parable warns that Abimelech is unworthy of the office. Today, the Lord calls us to act with integrity when we choose our leaders or when we speak up against them. Through God’s Word we learn genuine integrity, which the Holy Spirit produces in sinners through the Word of Christ, our Savior.
Heavenly Father, forgive our lack of integrity and failure to follow Your Word. Make us bold to speak the truth with integrity from You. Amen.
士师记9:1-21 亚比米勒,基甸私生的儿子,残酷地杀害了他的70位弟兄并且按立他自己为示剑人的王。然而,其中一位弟兄成功脱逃,并且用寓言警告说亚比米勒是不配得那个职份的。今天,当我们选择我们的领袖或者当我们站起来反对他们的时候,主耶和华呼召我们以正直行事。藉着上帝的话语我们学到真实的正直,就是圣灵藉着我们救主基督的话语在罪人中所生发的。
天父,赦免我们对正直的亏欠,和在顺从你话语上的失败。也使我们带着从你而来的正直放胆讲说真理。阿们。

Judges 9:22-57 The first attempt at kingship in Israel fails miserably, not because monarchy is an unacceptable form of government but because Abimelech is an unworthy candidate. How frequently rulers exploit people rather than seeking leadership as an opportunity for service! Luther once said that a wise prince was a rare bird; every form of government requires leaders of integrity. How different a leader is our Lord Jesus, who maintained His integrity. Rather than exploit us, He sacrificed Himself for us.
Lord God, ruler of the nations, bless our land with wise and godly leaders. Amen.
士师记9:22-57 以色列君王制度的第一次尝试可悲地失败了,不是因为君主制是一种不可接受的政府架构,而是因为亚比米勒是一位不称职的候选人。掌权者不是寻求领袖职份作为服侍的机会,而是剥削百姓,这样的事情是多么频繁发生啊!路德曾说过一位智慧的君主就是一只稀有的鸟;任何政府制度都需要正直的领导者。我们的主耶稣是一位多么与众不同的领袖啊,祂保有祂的正直。祂没有剥削我们,反而将祂自己舍了给我们。
主上帝,万国的君王,请以智慧和敬虔的领导者赐福我们的土地。阿们。

Judges 10:1-5 Following the discredited kingship of Abimelech, the Lord provides rescue and safety through two “minor” judges (see note, v 6). Even good judges like Jair are affected by the sins of the culture—polygamy and a thirst for wealth. How blind we may be to the besetting sins of our culture! God’s grace stepped into our world in the person of Jesus, who rode a donkey in humility so that He might teach and serve the people.
We praise You, O Lord, for the many blessings we enjoy through men and women who remain little known to us. We rejoice in the way Your Word focuses on the One we need to know most: Jesus. Amen.
士师记10:1-5 在亚比米勒名誉扫地的君王职份之后,主耶和华藉着两个“小”士师来提供拯救和保障。甚至像睚珥这样的好士师都会被文化中的罪所污染—一夫多妻和对财富的渴望。我们可能会对我们文化中不断来袭的罪多么视而不见啊!上帝的恩典在耶稣那人里面踏进我们的世界,祂在谦卑中骑着驴驹,好叫祂可以教导并服侍百姓。
噢主,因着我们透过那些我们所不熟知的男人和女人所享受的许多祝福,我们赞美你。你的话语专注在那位我们最需要知道的耶稣身上,愿我们以这种方式欢喜快乐。阿们。

Judges 10:6-18 Israel’s spiritual well-being deteriorates after the death of Tola and Jair. During oppression from the Ammonites, Israel is left to beg for a leader to repulse this latest threat. Spiritual gullibility leads people to believe anything that suits their desires. God is remarkable in His persistent mercy and in His willingness to begin anew with us.
All that was written in the Scripture was written to teach us. Enable us to learn and grow, dear Jesus. Amen.
士师记10:6-18 以色列的属灵健康在陀拉和睚珥死后更加恶化。在亚扪人欺压时期,以色列决定祈求一位领袖来击退这次最近的威胁。属灵上的轻信导致百姓相信任何可以满足他们渴望的事物。在祂持续稳固的怜悯和祂(常准备要)与我们从新开始的意愿中,上帝是多么的奇妙。
经上所记得一切事都是为教导我们而写的。亲爱的耶稣,请使我们有能力学习和成长。阿们。

第二十一周星期五
Judges 11:1-28 Despite his outcast status, Jephthah is selected to lead the Israelite armies against the Ammonites. He argues that Israel has proper claim to the lands east of the Jordan after living there three centuries. God’s people today, too, have a homeland that the Lord has appointed: the promised land of the new creation. Christians may appear an unimportant minority on earth, with no particular claim to power, and losing influence as society becomes more and more secular. Yet God still guides the affairs of the world in the interest of His people.
Lord God, ruler over the nations, encourage us when we seem to be surrounded and overwhelmed by an ungodly world. Prepare us for our eternal homeland, which we will enter when Jesus returns. Amen.
士师记11:1-28 尽管他是被驱逐的,耶弗他仍被选召领导以色列的军队来对付亚扪人。他辩护说以色列人居住在那里已300年之久,对约旦河以东的土地有合法的所属权。今天上帝的百姓,也,有一个主耶和华所设立的家园:新创造的应许之地。基督徒在地上可能看起来是不重要的少数人群,没有什么特别可以宣称的权势,甚至随着社会越来越世俗化就(不断地)失去影响力。然而上帝依旧引导世界的事务,为了祂百姓的益处。
主上帝,万国的主宰,当我们似乎是被一个不敬虔的世界所包围和压制时,请鼓励我们。也请预备我们,为着我们永恒的家园,就是当耶稣再来时我们将要进入了的。阿们。

Judges 11:29-40 Jephthah’s carefully crafted speech and military victory over the Ammonites are overshadowed by his rash vow to sacrifice the first thing that comes out to him from his doorway—which turns out to be his only child. Beware the foolishness of making vows or swearing in frivolous or uncertain situations. We can be thankful that Jesus offered Himself as payment for all our thoughtless words and foolish actions.
Forgive us, O Lord, for the thoughtless and foolish words that we speak. Guide us to speak the truth of Your Word in love. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
士师记11:29-40 因着他草率发誓要把第一个从他家门跑出来迎接他的献为祭物—结果是他的独生孩子,耶弗他精心编制的演讲和对亚扪人的军事胜利变得黯然失色。要小心在琐碎或不确定的境况中许愿或发誓的愚昧。耶稣将祂自己献上为我们所有不经思考的言语和愚蠢的行为付了代价,我们可以为此感恩。
噢主,请赦免我们,那些我们所说的不经思考并且愚蠢的言语。也请引导我们在爱中讲说你话语的真理。奉耶稣的名我们祈祷。阿们。

Judges 12:1-7 The tribe of Ephraim, in its pride and jealousy, is angry at not participating in the glory of Jephthah’s victory and threatens to kill the Gileadites. Instead, identifying their enemies by their regional dialect, the Gileadites defeat Ephraim, killing 42,000 of their fellow Israelites. God uses Jephthah, a sinner, to deliver His people. God’s grace to and through Jephthah may remind us of the deliverance He provides us through Christ, not by our own merit. This destroys human pride, but gives us a greater victory.
O Lord, forgive us for our desire for glory and for despising others. Give us the right word for crossing into eternity, namely, the right confession of Your Son, in whose name we pray. Amen.
士师记12:1-7 以法莲支派,出于它的骄傲和嫉妒,因着没能参与耶弗他胜利的荣耀就发怒,并且威胁要杀死基列人。然而,基列人藉着敌人的地方口音来识别他们,击败了以法莲,杀死42,000与他们同作以色列人的。上帝使用耶弗他,一个罪人,来拯救祂的百姓。上帝赐给耶弗他和藉着耶弗他赐下的恩典提醒我们,祂藉着基督,而不是依赖我们自己的功德,赐给我们拯救。这击碎人的骄傲,但却赐给我们一个更美的胜利。
噢主,赦免我们对荣耀的渴望,和对他人的鄙视。请赐给我们正确的言语,来进入到永生,即,对你儿子的正确认信里面,奉祂的名我们祷告。阿们。

Judges 12:8-15 Three “minor” judges are mentioned, but nothing is said of their deeds, other than that two of them have large families. Unlike other judges, these deal with no invaders, no civil war, and no dramatic sins. Nevertheless, the people still need to be judged through God’s servants who apply His Law. Ibzan, Elon, and Abdon—living out both their spiritual offices (in their judgeships) and temporal offices (in their families)—stand as examples of the doctrine of vocation. Nothing is recorded of their good works. Yet, God was still pleased with them on account of their faith.
O Lord, make me faithful in my everyday callings. May I ever cling to Your Word, appreciate Your daily blessings, and call on You in every need. Through Christ, our Lord, I pray. Amen.
士师记12:8-15 三个“小”士师被提及,但除了提到其中两个有很大的家庭以外,再没有说他们的事迹。不像其他的士师,这些士师没有对付入侵者,没有内战,也没有引人注目的罪。然而,百姓仍需要藉着上帝应用祂律法的仆人来审判。以比赞、以伦和押顿—活出了他们属灵的职份(在士师上)和属世的职份(在家庭上)—作为天职教义的典范。也没记下任何关于他们的良善之工。然而,上帝因着他们的信仍旧喜悦他们。
噢主,请使我在我每日的恩召中信实。愿我恒久依附你的话语,感恩你每日的祝福,并且在任何缺乏中向你呼求。藉着基督,我们的主,我祷告。阿们。

第二十一周星期六
Judges 13 The Lord’s messenger appears to a barren woman, promising that she will bear a son who must live as a Nazirite and who will save Israel from the Philistines. This special experience anticipates the special life the woman’s son will lead. God’s Word comes to us with special purpose too. In the humble forms of the pages of the Bible; the Water, bread, and wine of the Sacraments; and the preaching of a pastor, the Lord strengthens us for our special mission of serving Him in a hostile world.
O Lord, we thank You for Your Word, which You have graciously communicated to us in human language. Forgive us for being blind to Your wonderful Word, and lead us to trust it. For You reveal to us that You have provided a Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.
士师记13章 主耶和华的使者向一位不孕的妇人显现,应许她要生一个儿子,这个儿子必须作拿细耳人并且要拯救以色列脱离非利士人。这一特殊的经历预示着那妇人儿子将要有的特殊生命。上帝的话语也带着特别的目的临到我们。以这些朴实的形式:圣经的页面;圣礼中的水,饼,和酒;和牧师的传道,主耶和华为着我们在一个充满敌意的世界中服事祂的特殊使命而坚固我们。
噢主,我们为着你的圣道(话语)感谢你,就是你已经满有恩典地用人的语言来传达给我们的。请赦免我们对你奇妙话语的视而不见,并且引导我们信靠它。因为你已经向我们显明:你已经预备一位救赎主,就是耶稣基督。阿们。

Judges 14 Samson sees a Philistine woman and urges his parents to approve an inappropriate marriage with her. Samson is strong physically, but weak morally. Although his long hair marks him externally as a Nazirite, he violates God’s Law repeatedly and disrespects his parents. Despite Samson’s sinfulness, “the Spirit of the LORD” comes upon him for the sake of God’s purposes. God saves Samson and uses him to deliver Israel. God still has a plan and compassion for the weak in faith today.
O Father, I confess that I am like Samson, filled with lusts, disobedience, and violent passions. Forgive my sin, and fill me with Your Holy Spirit, through Your Son, that I might serve Your greater purposes and learn humility through the cross. Amen.
士师记14章 参孙看见一位非利士女人,就催促他的父母许可一桩要和她结合的不适当婚姻。参孙身体上是强壮的,但道德上是虚弱的。尽管他的长发从外表可以表明他是一位拿细耳人,然而他不断地违背上帝的律法,轻看他的父母。尽管参孙有罪,“主耶和华的灵”为着上帝的目的临到他身上。上帝拯救参孙并且使用他拯救以色列。上帝对今天在信心上软弱的依然有一个计划和怜悯。
噢天父,我承认我和参孙一样,充满情欲,悖逆,和残暴的激情。请透过你的儿子赦免我的罪,用你的圣灵充满我,好叫我可以为着你更大的目的来服侍,并且透过十字架学习谦卑。阿们。

Judges 15 Samson goes to claim his bride, only to find that her father has married her to someone else. Enraged, Samson begins a personal conflict with the Philistines. Despite Samson’s rage, the Holy Spirit works through Samson to accomplish “great salvation” for His people. Samson rightly confesses that this is God’s gift, for He is the true Judge and Savior.
O Lord, protect me from the impulse to take revenge. Forgive me for having sinned by conforming to the godless culture around me. Give me courage to resist the temptations of the world and to trust that I am never alone, thanks to Your Holy Spirit, who keeps me strong in faith. Amen.
士师记15章 参孙去索回他的新娘,却发现她的父亲已经将她许配给了另外一个人。带着怒气,参孙开始了一场与非利士人的个人恩怨。尽管参孙怒火中烧,然而圣灵仍藉着参孙作工,成就对祂百姓的“大拯救”。参孙正确地告白说,这是上帝的恩赐,因为祂才是真正的士师和拯救者。
噢主,请保守我远离复仇的冲动。我跟随环绕我的不敬虔文化犯了罪,请赦免我。并赐给我勇气来抵挡世界的试探,来相信我从来不是孤单的,感谢归给你的圣灵,祂保守我在信仰上坚强。阿们。

Judges 16:1-22 Samson’s weakness for women proves to be his doom when Delilah coaxes from his the secret of his strength. Bereft of all of his powers, Samson is at the mercy of the Philistines. Often, like Samson, it is when we are weak and broken spiritually (or perhaps also physically) that we finally despair of ourselves. In that hour, Christ is the true strong man for us spiritually. Samson carried the gates of a city, but Jesus carried the cross and all our sin.
O Lord, forgive me both for succumbing to temptation and for presuming Your forbearance again and again. Take not Your Holy Spirit from me. Help me to trust not in my own strength but in the strength of Jesus Christ, my Lord, in whose name I pray. Amen.
士师记16:1-22 当大利拉从他那里哄骗到他力量的秘密时,参孙在女人上的软弱显明是他的末日。参孙丧失他所有的力量之后,沦落在非利士人的完全掌控之中。像参孙一样,通常也是当我们在属灵上软弱和破碎(或者也可能在身体上)之时,我们才会最终对我们自己绝望。那个时刻,基督才是我们属灵上真正的刚强者。参孙背着城门,而耶稣背着十字架和我们所有的罪。
噢主,赦免我一次又一次对试探的屈膝和对你宽容的滥用。请不要从我取走你的圣灵。帮助我不是信靠我自己的力量,乃是信靠我主耶稣基督的力量,奉祂的名我祷告。阿们。

Judges 16:23-31 As Samson is weak and humiliated, the Philistines ascribe their victory to their god Dagon. In that hour, Samson turns to God in faith. He pushes down the columns that support the roof of the temple, destroying thousands of the enemy. Like Samson, Christ died for His people. But unlike Samson, Christ fulfilled the Law and brought forgiveness and eternal life.
O Father, I, too, am a defeated sinner, spiritually blind and in bondage to the devil according to my sinful flesh. Remember me, Lord. Give me strength to carry out what You have called me to do. May Christ in His sacrifice pull down the works of Satan and deliver me from captivity. In His name I pray. Amen.
士师记16:23-31 参孙毫无力气并且遭受凌辱,非利士人将他们的胜利归于他们的神大衮。在那个时刻,参孙在信心中转向上帝。他推倒支撑庙宇顶部的柱子,杀死了成千上万的仇敌。像参孙一样,基督为祂的百姓而死。但和参孙不一样的是,基督成全了律法,并且带来赦罪和永生。
噢天父,我按照我有罪的肉体,也是,一个被击垮的罪人,属灵上的瞎子,受魔鬼奴役的。上主,请纪念我。赐给我力量去做你呼召我要去做的事情。愿基督在祂的献祭中拉倒撒旦的工作,并且拯救我脱离俘虏。奉祂的名我祷告。阿们。

第二十二周星期一
Judges 17 A dishonest Ephraimite named Micah uses cursed treasure to create idols, which he worships as the true God of Israel. He even hires a wandering Levite to serve as the priest of his idolatrous shrine. Remarkably, the situation will grow far worse in the coming chapters. Even at our worst, the Lord has chosen and ordained for us a Savior, our true High Priest, Jesus Christ, who is the only way to salvation.
O Lord, forgive me for my idolatry, for the way I exalt my own opinions and preferences and hold to them rather than to Your holy Word. Teach me to forsake the materialism of our times and to follow You as my King. Through Christ, I pray. Amen.
士师记17章 一位不诚实的以法莲人名叫米迦,他用受咒诅的银子造了偶像,作为以色列的真上帝来敬拜。他甚至还雇佣了一位流浪的利未人作为他拜偶像神龛的祭司来服侍。令人惊奇的是,状况在接下来的章节变得越发糟糕。既使在我们最败坏的时候,主耶和华已为我们拣选和按立一位救赎主,就是我们真正的大祭司,耶稣基督,祂是通往救恩的唯一道路。
噢主,为着我的偶像崇拜,还有我高举我自己的想法和喜好并且抓住它们而不抓住你圣洁话语的方式,请赦免我。也请教导我摒弃我们时代的物质主义,并且以你为我的君王来跟随。藉着基督,我祷告。阿们。

Judges 18 The Danites believe it is too difficult to take the inheritance assigned to them, so they look for easier prey, acting with cruelty and idolatry. God’s commands are often difficult to obey, but acting on our own impulses only multiplies sin. The Lord had generously provided the Danites with priests and a sanctuary at Shiloh, where He promised to meet with them and grant them His mercy. Even so, the Lord meets with us and blesses us through the means He has ordained: the Word and the Sacraments.
O Lord, I, too, often substitute my own will for Yours. Forgive my self-chosen theologies, my selfish cruelty to others, and my lack of trust. Grant me refuge in Your Word and in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Amen.
士师记18章 但族人认为征服分配给它们的产业是太困难了,几乎不可能,所以他们寻找更容易的掳掠方式,带着残酷和偶像崇拜行事(译者注:参 书19:40-48“利善”就是“拉亿”)。上帝的诫命的确经常是难以遵守的,但凭着我们自己的冲动行事只能加增罪孽。主耶和华已经在示罗慷慨地为但族人预备了祭司和圣所(译者注:参 书19:51),祂应许了要在那里与他们相遇并且将祂的怜悯赐给他们。即使如此,主耶和华仍然与我们相见,赐福我们,藉着祂已经设立的媒介:圣道和圣礼。
噢主,我,也,经常用我自己的旨意代替你的。请赦免我自我选择的神学,我对他人的自私冷酷,还有我对信靠的缺乏。请在你的圣道和在耶稣基督的赎罪祭里面,赐我避难所。阿们。

第二十二周星期二
Judges 19:1-21 A Levite travels to find his concubine. Though the woman has sinned, the family makes a great effort to be reconciled. Such sins still wound and divide families today. Through the prayers and encouragement we share, the Lord works to restore broken relationships and bring healing.
O Lord, help us to love our family members, even those who sin against us, and to extend Your love to those who need our hospitality, through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
士师记19:1-21 一个利未人旅行去寻得他的妾。尽管那妇人犯了罪,但家人却做出很大的努力,为了使关系恢复。这样的罪在今天仍然割伤和分裂着家庭。透过我们共担的祷告和鼓励,主耶和华作工,来恢复破裂的关系并且带来医治。
噢主,请藉着基督,我们的主,帮助我们爱我们的家庭成员,甚至那些得罪我们的人,将你的爱延伸给那些需要我们款待的人。阿们。

Judges 19:22-30 The violent death of a Levite’s concubine illustrates the low point of wickedness during this period in Israel’s history. Consider that such horrors happen still today and are even promoted under the guise of sexual or artistic freedom. Lord, have pity! Deliver the Church, Your Bride, from evil.
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven; give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.
士师记19:22-30 利未人之妾的凶残死亡反映了以色列历史上这个时期的邪恶低谷。我们也可以想到,这样的恐怖之事在今天仍然发生,并且甚至在性或者艺术自由的伪装下得到推崇。主,请施怜悯!拯救教会,你的新娘,脱离凶恶。
我们在天上的父,愿人都尊你的名为圣。愿你的国降临,愿你的旨意行在地上如同行在天上;我们日用的饮食今日赐给我们;免我们的债如同我们免了人的债;不叫我们遇见试探,救我们脱离凶恶。因为国度、权柄和荣耀全是你的直到永远。阿们。

Judges 20 The Levite tells the Israelites about the abomination committed by the Benjaminites, so the shocked tribes, unified for the frist time since Joshua’s day, resolve to punish their kindred tribe. But only when the Israelites repent and come before God in brokenness, humility, and with blood sacrifices does God save them. He is a God of justice and compassion.
O Lord, we tremble at Your wrath against sin. Forgive us when we condemn the sins of others but do not indict ourselves. We repent in brokenness and weeping. Our only recourse is to cling to the sacrifice of Jesus, whose blood covers all our sin. Amen.
士师记20章 那个利未人将便雅悯人所犯下的恶事告诉了以色列人,然后那些震惊了的支派就结集,也是自从约书亚的日子以来的第一次,决议要惩罚他们同族的支派。但只有当以色列人悔改并且在破碎,谦卑中,带着赎罪祭的血来到上帝面前之时,上帝才拯救他们。祂是一位有着公正审判和怜悯的上帝。
噢主,我们因着你对罪的怒气而战兢。当我们只谴责他人的罪,而不指控我们自己的时候,请赦免我们。我们在破碎和伤心中痛悔。我们唯一可以依赖的就是紧抓耶稣的赎罪祭,是祂的宝血遮盖了我所有的罪。阿们。

第二十二周星期三
Judges 21 After the carnage against the Benjaminites, the Israelites begin to mourn the near eradication of one of their kindred tribes. They have compassion for the 600 survivors and hope to restore the tribe. So the elders devise a plan to come up with wives for the Benjaminites. These manipulations of morality are a final example of the moral degradation that comes from everyone doing what is right in his own eyes. God pours out His wrath on sinners, but He saves a remnant by His grace.
O Lord, Your Word reveals the depths of my sin, including my misguided attempts at righteousness. Forgive me by the Word of my King, Jesus, who gave His life to rescue me from sin. In His name I pray. Amen.
士师记21章 在屠杀便雅悯人之后,以色列人开始为着他们这一同族支派的近乎灭绝而哀痛。他们怜悯那600位存留下来的人,希望能重新兴起那个支派。所以长老们就设计谋为(这些余剩的)便雅悯人寻得妻子。这些道德上的操纵是道德滑坡的最后一个例子,这道德滑坡是出于每个人做他自己眼中看为正的事情。上帝倾倒祂的愤怒在罪人身上,但祂也出于祂的恩典来存留一剩余的百姓。
噢主,你的话语显明我罪的深重,包括我对公义寻求的误入歧途。请藉着我的王,耶稣的话语来赦免我,祂舍了祂自己的生命来拯救我脱离罪。奉祂的名我祷告。阿们。

翻译:Gary Liu 主后2016.12.30

《路得记》
(第二十二周星期四—第二十二周星期五)
第二十二周星期四
Ruth 1:1-5 Elimelech and his sons struggle during a famine and move to Moab to preserve their family. You, too, may struggle against unexpected changes in the economy or in your family. God gives you freedom in making family and business decisions, but He also gives you the blessings and guidance of His Holy Word. Whether you are prospering or struggling, look to the Word, wherein lies wisdom for this life and the promise of eternal life through Jesus.
Make my heart, Lord Jesus, captive to Your Word, which guides my family, my work, and my future. Amen.
路得记1:1-5 以利米勒和他的儿子们在一次饥荒中遇到困境,为了保存他们的家庭就迁往摩押地。你,也,可能在面对经济或你家庭的意外变故之时变得挣扎。上帝赐给你在做出家庭和事务决策上的自由,但祂也赐给你祂圣道的祝福和引导。无论你是平顺或是挣扎,请仰望圣道,在那里有今生所需的智慧,和藉着耶稣而来的永恒生命之应许。
主耶稣,请使我的心被你的话语(道)所俘虏,你的话语引导我的家庭,我的工作,和我的未来。阿们。

Ruth 1:6-18 Ruth refuses to stay in Moab when Naomi determines to go back to Bethlehem, even though her sister-in-law stays in Moab. Ruth boldly confesses her faith in the Lord and her commitment to her family. What an incredible example of godly priorities: the Lord and family come first!
Thanks be to God that He put us first and made us family through the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus, who crossed heaven and earth to save us. Amen.
路得记1:6-18 当拿俄米决定要归回伯利恒时,既使路得的嫂子留在了摩押地,她仍拒绝留下来。路得勇敢地承认她在主耶和华里面的信心,和她对家人的忠诚。敬虔的优先次序:上主和家庭放在首位,这是一个多么难得的例子啊!
感谢归给上帝,祂将我们放在首位,祂藉着那位穿越天和地来拯救我们的耶稣的受苦,死亡,和复活使我们成为祂的家人。阿们。

Ruth 1:19-22 Naomi confesses the bitterness she feels on returning to Bethlehem without her husband and sons. Yet Ruth is with her still. Like Naomi, Christians today seek to do their best when caring for loved ones. Intermittent times of suffering are used by God to humble us. In due time, God raises us up to see His mercy and to care more dearly.
Lord Jesus, when You act in ways we do not understand, direct us to our Baptism. There, You bound Yourself to us in forgiveness and love so that, like Naomi and Ruth, we will see Your deliverance in Your time. Amen.
路得记1:19-22 在没了丈夫和儿子的拿俄米返回伯利恒时,她坦承自己苦闷的感受。然而路得仍然和她在一起。就像拿俄米一样,今天基督徒在看顾所爱的人时会竭尽自己的所能。不断出现的苦难被上帝使用,来使我们谦卑。在合适的时候,上帝会高举我们,(使我们)看见祂的怜悯并且更加温柔地去关爱。
主耶稣,当你以我们不能明白的方式行事时,请将我们导向我们的圣洗礼。在那里,你以赦罪的恩典和慈爱将你自己与我们连合,好叫我们可以像拿俄米和路得那样看见你在你的时间中的拯救。阿们。

Ruth 2 The Lord brings Ruth and Boaz together in mutual honor. We see a wonderful reversal in the fortunes of Ruth and Naomi. In times of darkness and suffering today, we may doubt God’s Father-heart toward us. Yet God promises that He works all things for our good (Rm 8:28-39).
Dear Jesus, by Your Holy Spirit, open the eyes of our hearts so that we may see You caring for us through those around us. Amen.
路得记2章 主耶和华带领路得和波阿斯在彼此尊荣中相见。我们看到路得和拿俄米命运的一个奇妙翻转。今天在黑暗和受难的时刻,我们可能会怀疑上帝对我们慈父的心。然而上帝应许祂要在万事中作工为叫我们得益处(罗8:28-39)。
亲爱的耶稣,请藉着你的圣灵,打开我们的心眼,好叫我们可以看见你透过那些我们身边的人对我们的看顾。阿们。

第二十二周星期五
Ruth 3 Naomi acts in faith and hope as she sends Ruth to Boaz as a potential redeemer. These women do not simply take matters into their own hands. Their actions are based on the promises in God’s Word, which sets a marvelous example for us. We can always approach our Redeemer, Jesus.
Lord Jesus, through Your Gospel promises, work in us so that we follow the example of Naomi, Ruth, Boaz, and our father-in-faith Abraham, who waited patiently and received what was promised (Heb 6:15). Amen.
路得记3章 当拿俄米差遣路得去找可能成为至亲赎回者的波阿斯时,她是在信心和盼望中行动的。这些女人并没有简单地将事情放在他们自己的手中。他们的行动是基于上帝话语中的应许,这给我们设立一个出色的模范。我们总是可以亲近我们的赎回者,耶稣。
主耶稣,请藉着你福音的应许,在我们里面作工,好叫我们可以跟随拿俄米,波阿斯,还有我们信心之父亚伯拉罕的榜样,他们满有忍耐地等候并且领受了所应许的(来6:15 这样,亚伯拉罕既恒久忍耐,就得了所应许的)。阿们。

Ruth 4:1-12 Boaz acts boldly on behalf of Naomi and Ruth to secure their future and family inheritance. Today, God calls us to act with wisdom on behalf of the helpless, to perpetuate their life and share with them the inheritance of eternal life in His name. Jesus bears witness that He has and will act as the Redeemer of us all.
Jesus, my inheritance is rich from You! Give me a bold heart to share what I have received from Your Word and blessings. Amen.
路得记4:1-12 波阿斯代表拿俄米和路得大胆地行动,来确保他们的未来和家庭的产业。今天,上帝呼召我们带着智慧为那些无助的人采取行动,来使他们的日子长久,并且奉祂的名与他们分享永恒生命的产业。耶稣担负祂所作的见证,并且必要作为我们所有人的赎回者(Redeemer)采取行动。
耶稣,我从你而来的产业是丰富的!请赐给我一颗勇敢的心,来分享我从你的圣道和祝福中所已经领受了的。阿们。

Ruth 4:13-17 The Lord blesses Boaz and Ruth with marriage and with a child; Naomi’s friends celebrate His merciful redemption. As the Lord blesses you, let others know of His kindness so that they may celebrate with you. He restores your life and guarantees your future through the blessings of His beloved Son.
Bless me, O Lord, that I may not fail to bless Your name before others and lead them in celebration of Your bountiful goodness. Amen.
路得记4:13-17 主耶和华用婚姻和一个孩子来祝福波阿斯和路得;拿俄米的朋友们庆祝上帝祂满有怜悯的救赎。主耶和华祝福你之时,也请让他人知道祂的良善,好叫他们也可以与你一同庆祝。祂恢复你的生命,并且藉着祂蒙爱儿子的祝福,保障你的未来。
祝福我,噢主,使我在他人面前颂扬你的名并且引导他们欢庆你丰盛的良善上,不会失败。阿们。

Ruth 4: 18-22 The Book of Ruth ends with a summary of the genealogy of King David. The drama of God’s mercy has come full circle. Those seemingly abandoned by God now see His mighty arm of covenant blessing reaching out to them.
Lord God, Your faithfulness and covenant to us were seen when You did not spare Your Son, Jesus, for the forgiveness of our sins. May Your Spirit work in our hearts a desire for faithfulness to Jesus Christ and the new covenant He made for us in the Sacrament of the Altar, wherein we receive Jesus’ body and blood for forgiveness and peace. Amen.
路得记4:18-22 路得记以对大卫王的家谱总结来收尾。上帝怜悯人的这戏剧已经划上一个圆满的句号。那些看起来被上帝遗弃的人如今看见祂伸向他们的有力膀臂,就是带着盟约祝福的膀臂。
主上帝,当你为了我们罪的赦免连你的儿子耶稣都没吝惜之时,你对我们的信实和盟约就显明了。愿你的圣灵在我们的心中作工,使我们的心渴望对耶稣基督的忠诚,渴望祂在圣餐礼中那为我们成就了的新约,在那里我们领受耶稣的身体和宝血,为得赦免和平安。阿们。

翻译:Gary Liu 主后2017.01.07

《撒母耳记上》
(第二十二周星期六—第二十六周星期六)
第二十二周星期六
1 Samuel 1:1-20 The Lord shows His mercy to Hannah and demonstrates that His power is stronger than human weakness by giving Hannah a son. Samuel, dedicated to God even before conception, is a living sign of God’s grace. Peninnah’s self-righteous provocation of Hannah is a warning to us never to judge those who suffer deprivation of any sort, or to assume that God judges us favorably in relation to those who suffer. Hannah’s trusting openness to God’s Word, and the blessing she received, encourages us to trust that God will deal with us according to His compassionate love in Christ Jesus.
Lord God, hear all those who cry to You in their affliction, and remember Your promise to save those who call on Your name. Amen.
撒母耳记上1:1-20主耶和华向哈拿显明祂的怜悯,并且藉着赐给哈拿一个儿子来显明祂的能力高过人的软弱。撒母耳,甚至在成孕之前就被献给上帝,是上帝恩典的鲜活记号。毗尼拿对哈拿自我为义的挑拨,是给我们的一个警告,就是永远不要论断那些经受任何损失的人,或者假定与那些受苦的人比较起来,上帝更恩待我们。哈拿对上帝话语的信靠和敞开,以及她所领受的祝福,鼓励我们相信上帝必会依照祂在基督耶稣里的怜悯慈爱恩待我们。
主上帝,请听所有那些在他们苦难中向你呼求的人,并且纪念你的应许,就是要拯救那些呼求你名的人。阿们。

1 Samuel 1:21-28 Hannah brings the young Samuel to the presence of the Lord at Shiloh, and she offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving and consecration. In fulfillment of her vow, Hannah gives Samuel to the Lord for the length of his life. Everything that we have is a gift from the Lord. This means that we have no right to keep anything back from service to God, no matter how dear it is to us. God’s claim on our life is absolute (Lk 14:25-33). Always true to His Word, He will stand by His promises to us, even when we have no earthly reason for hope.
Thank You, Lord, for all Your gifts to us. Let our joy be complete as we offer ourselves and our children to You and to each other in love. Amen.
撒母耳记上1:21-28 哈拿将年幼的撒母耳带到示罗主耶和华的面前,并且献上一份感恩和分别为圣的祭物。为了完成她所许下的愿,哈拿将撒母耳和他的一生奉献给主耶和华。我们所拥有的一切都是从主而来的礼物。这意味着我们没有权力保留任何东西不用于对上帝的服侍,无论那个东西对我们来说是多么的珍贵。上帝对我们生命的所有权是绝对的(路14:25-33人到我这里来,若不爱我胜过爱(爱我胜过爱:原文作恨)自己的父母、妻子、儿女、弟兄、姐妹,和自己的性命,就不能作我的门徒…)。祂总是忠于祂的话语,必会遵守祂赐给我们的应许,甚至当我们没有任何属世的理由可以盼望之时。
感谢你,主耶和华,为着你赐给我们的所有礼物。当我们将我们自己和我们的儿女献给你并且在爱中彼此舍己的时候,愿我们的喜乐得以完全。阿们。

第二十三周星期一
1 Samuel 2:1-11 Hannah exults that God has fulfilled His Word. Her prayer stands as a warning to us when we are tempted to trust in our own strength, beauty, wealth, or intelligence. Her prayer also gives us encouragement to look to God for every good thing that we need in life, confident that He will fulfill our deepest desires in eternity through His Anointed One, Jesus Christ.
Praise to You, God of Hannah, for You delight in exalting those who humble themselves before You. Amen.
撒母耳记上2:1-11 哈拿颂赞上帝已成就了祂的话语。当我们经受试探要依靠我们自己的力量,美貌,财富,或智力的时候,她的祷告是对我们的一个警醒。她的祷告也给我们鼓励,来寻求上帝的面,为得我们今生所需的各样美善之物,同时也相信祂必会在永恒中藉着祂的受膏者耶稣基督来成就我们最深的渴望。
赞美归给你,哈拿的上帝,因为你喜悦高举那些在你面前谦卑他们自己的人。阿们。

1 Samuel 2:12-21 While Eli’s sons abuse their priestly authority and treat with contempt both the worshipers and the sacrifices offered to God, Samuel grows in his service in the Lord’s presence. Hannah and Elkanah also experience God’s blessing through the ministry of Eli and receive the gift of more children. This passage encourages us that no matter how disordered things may get in our world and even in the Church, God will stand by His gracious Word of blessing.
Thank You, Lord, for Your unfailing love and faithfulness to us. Bless us in faithful service to You, to our family, and in our callings. Amen.
撒母耳记上2:12-21当以利的儿子们滥用他们的祭司权柄并且带着藐视对待敬拜者和献给上帝的祭物之时,撒母耳却在主耶和华面前的服事上不断成长。哈拿和以利加拿也透过以利的服事经历了上帝的祝福,并且得了更多孩子的恩赐。这段经文鼓励我们,无论事情在我们的世界,甚至在教会中变得多么杂乱无章,上帝必会信守祂祝福的恩典话语。
感谢你,主耶和华,为着你对我们永不衰残的爱和信实。也请在我们对你、对我们家人的忠心服事上和在我们的呼召中祝福我们。阿们。

1 Samuel 2:22-26 Eli’s sons continue in their high-handed contempt for God’s Law, refusing to listen to their father’s rebuke and warning. As Eli’s sons grow in their sin, Samuel grows in favor with God and with people. God’s rebuke and warning show His desire for our repentance. When we have sinned against Him, He provides for us an intercessor, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Lord, give me ears that hear Your rebuke and a mouth that confesses Your will. Thanks be to God that in Christ Jesus there is no condemnation for us. Amen.
撒母耳记上2:22-26 以利的儿子们在他们对上帝律法的专横藐视中继续着,拒绝听从他们父亲的责备和警告。以利的儿子在他们的罪中不断恶化,撒母耳却在蒙上帝和百姓的悦纳上不断长进。上帝的责备和警戒显明了祂对我们悔改的意愿。当我们犯罪得罪祂的时候,祂为我们提供一位中保(调解者),就是主耶稣基督。
主耶和华,请赐给我愿意聆听你责备的耳朵,和告白你旨意的嘴巴。感谢归给上帝,在基督耶稣里就不再有给我们的定罪了。阿们。

1 Samuel 2:27-36 Eli received God’s condemnation of his priestly service, a judgment that has negative consequences for Eli’s whole house. God vows that He will raise up a faithful priest to serve Him according to His will. This word warns us that God will hold us responsible for those in our care. It also assures us that God will always provide a means of saving us from our sins through the ministry of the anointed Son of God, Jesus Christ.
Lord God, give us the humility to take responsibility for people in our care, and save us from turning a blind eye to evil. Amen.
撒母耳记上2:27-36 以利得到上帝对他祭司服事的定罪,也是一个会给以利整个家族带来负面影响的审判。上帝发誓祂要兴起一位忠心的祭司,来照着祂的心意服事祂。这话警告我们,上帝必会让我们为那些在我们看顾之下的人负责。它也使我们确信上帝必总会赐下方法,就是藉着上帝的儿子受膏者耶稣基督的事工来拯救我们脱离我们的罪。
主上帝,请赐给我们谦卑,来为在我们看顾之下的百姓负起责任,并且拯救我们脱离对邪恶之事的视而不见。阿们。

第二十三周星期二
1 Samuel 3 While the Lord’s word of judgment against Eli’s house is confirmed through His revelation to Samuel, that same revelation confirms Samuel’s own calling as a prophet. The judgment against Eli is threatening also to us when we fail to restrain those under our authority who do evil. But also hear the assurance that human weakness will not thwart God’s will to bring the Good News of salvation to His creation!
Lord, give us humility to receive and speak Your Word without fear of those who oppose You. Amen.
撒母耳记上3章 当主耶和华审判以利家的话藉着祂给撒母耳的启示得以坚证之时,那同一个启示也坚证了撒母耳自己作先知的呼召。当我们没能遏制那些在我们权柄之下作恶之人的时候,给以利的审判也是威胁着我们。但是也请听这确据,人的软弱不能阻止上帝的旨意,就是要将那救恩好消息带给祂的受造物的旨意!
主耶和华,请赐给我们谦卑来领受你的话语,并且传讲你的话语,不惧怕那些抵挡你的人。阿们。

第二十三周星期三
1 Samuel 4:1-11 After suffering a relatively minor defeat, the Israelites decide to bring the ark from Shiloh to the battlefront, only to suffer a catastrophic military defeat and lose the ark to the Philistines. This account stands as a rebuke to us if we believe that God’s gracious presence can be manipulated for our purposes to give us license to do our own sinful will. God calls us to receive Him according to His Word, which directs our hearts in faith and our feet in the paths of righteousness.
Lord, defeat my wayward will, and lead me to walk in Your ways. I praise You for the victory Your Son won at the cross and grave so that I may serve in Your presence. Amen.
撒母耳记上4:1-11 在遭受一个比较小的失败之后,以色列人决定将约柜从示罗带到战场前线,结果只是遭受一个具有摧毁性的军事溃败,并且让非利士人夺去了约柜。如果我们认为上帝恩典的同在可以为着我们的目的被操纵,进而为我们践行我们自己有罪的旨意开放许可,那么这个事件就给我们立下一个责备。上帝呼召我们要依据祂的圣道来接待祂,祂的圣道(话语)在信仰中引导我们的心,在公义的道路上指引我们的脚步。
主耶和华,请击垮我自己偏行的旨意,并且引导我行走在你的道路上。你儿子在十字架上和坟墓里所赢得的胜利使我可以在你的同在中服事,为此我赞美你。阿们。

1 Samuel 4:12-22 God’s word of judgment is fulfilled in Israel’s defeat, the death of Eli’s sons, and the capture of the ark. Yet, Eli and his daughter-in-law, after hearing the news, also die. God’s word of judgment is fearful and means death to all who have sinned. Our hope lies in His mercy alone, shown in Christ Jesus, our faithful High Priest, who bore God’s wrath.
Lord, let not my heart grow fat with self-righteousness, sloth, or indifference. Exercise me in Your life-giving Word. Amen.
撒母耳记上4:12-22 上帝审判的话语在以色列的战败,以利儿子们的死亡和约柜的被俘中得到成就。然而,以利和他的儿媳妇,在听到消息之后,也死了。上帝审判的话语是可畏的,对所有犯罪的人都是意味着死亡。我们的盼望唯独在于祂的怜悯,就是在基督耶稣里所显明的,祂是我们的忠信大祭司,担负了上帝的愤怒。
主耶和华,请使我的心不至于在自我为义,怠惰或者冷漠中变得肥壮。请使我在你赐生命的话语中得到历练。阿们。

第二十三周星期四
1 Samuel 5 The idol-worshiping Philistines experience the ark not as a means of blessing but as a means of judgment. Not only is their chief god, Dagon, humiliated before the ark, but all Philistine cities that house the ark experience the “hand” of the Lord in the form of plague. If we despise the means of God’s grace, we, too, stand under God’s judgment (cf 2Sm 6:6-8; 1 Co 11:27-32). Through repentance and His promised mercy, God gives us the gift of faith so that His presence may bring our healing and salvation (cf Lk 8:43-48).
Lord Jesus, thank You for being present with us to heal us, to forgive us, and to strengthen us in love for one another. Amen.
撒母耳记上5章 拜偶像的非利士人对约柜的经历,不是作为祝福的媒介,反而是作为审判的媒介。不仅他们的首要神明,大衮,在约柜面前受了羞辱,而且所有存放约柜的非利士城都以灾祸的形式经历了主耶和华的“手”。如果我们鄙视上帝恩典的媒介,我们,也,会落在上帝的审判之下(参 撒下6:6-8;林前11:27-32)。藉着悔改和祂应许了的怜悯,上帝将信心的礼物赐给我们,好叫祂的同在可以带给我们医治和救恩(参 路8:43-48…那女人知道不能隐藏,就战战兢兢的来俯伏在耶稣脚前,把摸他的缘故和怎样立刻得好了,当著众人都说出来…)。
主耶稣,感谢你与我们同在,医治我们,赦免我们,并且在彼此的相爱中坚固我们。阿们。

1 Samuel 6:1-7:2 Although the Philistines returned the ark with a guilt offering, and although the ark’s return was confirmed by a miraculous sign, the Israelites still had to learn proper reverence toward God’s holy things. Today, we should not assume that our status as God’s children through Holy Baptism means that we have the freedom to behave in an irreverent manner toward what God has set aside for holy purposes (e.g., the Lord’s Supper). Instead, God has set us free to live in humility, repentance, and faith.
Thank You, Lord God, for consecrating us as Your holy people and for sharing Your holiness with us. Amen.
撒母耳记上6:1-7:2 尽管非利士人带着赎罪祭返还了约柜,尽管约柜的返回也藉着一个奇迹得以坚证,然而以色列人仍然不得不去学习对上帝圣洁之物的正确敬畏。今天,我们不应当假定我们藉着圣洗礼成为上帝儿女的身份,意味着我们有自由能够以一种怠慢的方式对待上帝已经为着神圣目的而分别开来的东西(比如,主的圣餐)。相反,上帝已经使我们得了自由,可以在谦卑,悔改,和信心中活着。
感谢你,主上帝,使我们分别为圣,成为你圣洁的子民,并且与我们分享你的圣洁。阿们。

第二十三周星期五
1 Samuel 7:3-17 With Samuel’s encouragement, the people of Israel turn to the Lord and cry out for mercy. This marks the beginning of a new era, in which the people of Israel subdue the Philistines, have their land restored, experience peace, and live under the leadership of Samuel the judge. Like the people of Israel, when we live apart from God, we experience frustration and defeat. As God leads us to cry to Him for mercy, He restores us and makes us whole in Christ Jesus.
Lord God, be merciful to us, for we have sinned against You. Give us Your peace, we ask, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
撒母耳记上7:3-17 带着撒母耳的鼓励,以色列百姓转向主耶和华并且呼求怜悯。这标志着一个新时代的开始,以色列百姓在这新时代里制服了非利士人,收回了他们的土地,经历了和平,并且在士师撒母耳的带领下生活。像以色列百姓一样,当我们远离上帝生活的时候,我们就会经历沮丧和失败。上帝引导我们向祂呼求怜悯,祂在基督耶稣里恢复我们,使我们整全。
主上帝,请向我们施怜悯,因为我们犯罪得罪了你。请赐给我们你的平安,我们恳求,奉耶稣的名。阿们。

第二十三周星期六
1 Samuel 8:1-9 With an unseemly desire to be like other nations, Israel’s elders ask Samuel for a king, their action being a rebuke to Samuel and a rejection of the Lord as their King. Leadership should be tempered by faith, which calls on the Lord, His guidance, and His blessing. Nothing is as precious to us as the Lord, who treasures us and leads us by His only-begotten Son. Whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.
Heavenly Father, by the power of the Holy Spirit, lead us to see how much we are worth to You in Jesus. Amen.
撒母耳记上8:1-9 带着想要效仿其它民族的不合宜渴望,以色列的长老们向撒母耳求一个王,他们的行动是对撒母耳的指责,也是对主耶和华作为他们大君王的弃绝。领袖们应当被信心调和,这信心呼求主耶和华,呼求祂的指引,和祂的祝福。没有什么比主耶和华对我们来说更宝贵的了,祂藉着祂的独生子珍重我们,引领我们。凡信靠祂的必不至灭亡,反得永生。
天父,请藉着圣灵的能力,引导我们看见我们在耶稣里对你来说是多么重要。阿们。

1 Samuel 8:10-18 The Lord tells Samuel to agree to the request for a king, but also to warn the people about what a king will do. Like the people of Israel, our actions often say to God, “Not Your will, but mine be done,” as we insist on things that may not be good for us. God is surprisingly flexible and generous. He often gives us what we want, but even more graciously, He gives us what we need—forgiveness, life, and salvation.
Dear Jesus, help me to see the blessings in my life, even when I do not get what I want. Strengthen me to join You in praying, “Not my will, but Yours be done.” Amen.
撒母耳记上8:10-18 主耶和华告诉撒母耳可以同意设立君王的请求,但也要警告百姓一个君王必会做的事情。就像以色列百姓那样,当我们坚持那些可能对我们来说是不好的事情的时候,我们的行动也经常在告诉上帝,“不是你的旨意,乃是我的旨意成就。”上帝却是令人吃惊地随和,慷慨。祂经常将我们想要的东西赐给我们,甚至更满有恩典地,祂将我们所需要的,就是赦免,生命,和救恩赐给我们。
亲爱的耶稣,请帮助我看见我生命中的祝福,既使当我没有得到我想要的东西之时。坚固我来与你一同祈祷,“不是我的旨意,乃是你的旨意成就。”阿们。

1 Samuel 8:19-22 People insist on a king, and God tells Samuel to go along with them. Some of those who seem most successful in the world refuse to acknowledge God or to follow His Son, our Lord. Even in the Church are those whose plans and teachings go against our Lord’s revealed will. Nevertheless, like a chess master, the Lord sees the larger picture and achieves His objectives even through human error. Similarly, Jesus’ death on the cross was brought about by human intrigue, yet it accomplished the very thing that God desired, the redemption of the world.
Thank You, Lord, for working through human instruments and accomplishing Your holy, divine, and good will for the world. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
撒母耳记上8:19-22 百姓坚持要一个王,上帝告诉撒母耳可以去顺从他们。那些在世上看起来是最成功的人,其中也会有拒绝承认上帝,或者跟随祂的儿子,我们的主的。甚至在教会中,也会有那些在计划和教导上与我们主显明的旨意相违背的人。然而,就像一位象棋高手那样,主耶和华看见那更大的图画,甚至藉着人的错误来成就祂的目的。类似地,耶稣在十字架上的死亡是因着人的阴谋造成的,然而它正成就了上帝所意愿的事,就是对世人的救赎。
感谢你,主耶和华,因为你藉着人这器皿来作工,为世人成就了你圣洁,神圣,和良善的旨意。奉耶稣的名。阿们。

第二十四周星期一
1 Samuel 9 While pursuing mundane things, Saul is stopped and anointed as Israel’s first king. Under trivial circumstances stand momentous realities. The Lord’s use of life’s circumstances is beyond our expectations. He shows us His plans for us (Jer 29:11), which ultimately are fulfilled in Jesus Christ (2Co 1:17-20). The events of our lives are never accidental but always providential.
Give me the confidence of faith to look beyond the petty concerns of my daily life, Lord. Especially as I gather for worship with my fellow sisters and brothers, let me see Your divine and gracious will for me. Amen.
撒母耳记上9章 在追寻世俗之事的时候,扫罗被叫住并且被膏立为以色列的第一位君王。在琐碎的环境之下却有着重大的真相。主耶和华对生活境况的使用是超越我们所期待了的。祂向我们显明祂的计划(耶29:11耶和华说:我知道我向你们所怀的意念是赐平安的意念,不是降灾祸的意念,要叫你们末後有指望),就是最终在耶稣基督里成就了的计划(林后1:17-20我有此意,岂是反覆不定吗?我所起的意,岂是从情欲起的,叫我忽是忽非吗?我指著信实的神说,我们向你们所传的道,并没有是而又非的。因为我和西拉并提摩太,在你们中间所传神的儿子耶稣基督,总没有是而又非的,在他只有一是)。我们生命中的事件永远不是偶然的,而总是带着上帝的恩佑。
主耶和华,请赐给我信仰上的信心,可以超越我日常生活中的琐碎之事向外展望。特别是当我与我同路的弟兄姊妹们一同聚集敬拜的时候,请使我看见你对我神圣和满有恩典的旨意。阿们。

1 Samuel 10:1-16 Although Samuel anoints Saul as the king-designate and the Holy Spirit changes Saul, people remain uncertain about his leadership. At times, others, or even you, may question the direction life is taking. Call on the Lord, who always leads in the right way, even when it seems otherwise. The ultimate sign of this is the death and resurrection of Jesus, who is the way, the truth, and the life.
Thank You, heavenly Father, for providing Jesus as the ultimate sign of Your gracious guidance. By the power of Your Spirit, increase my faith in You and my confidence in living for Jesus. Amen.
撒母耳记上10:1-16 尽管撒母耳膏立扫罗为选定的君王,并且圣灵也改变了扫罗,然而百姓仍然质疑他的领导角色。有时候,其他人,甚至你,也会质疑生命的走向。请呼求主耶和华,祂总是带领在正确的道路上,既使当事情看起来不是如此的时候。为此,那终极的记号就是耶稣的死和复活,祂就是道路,真理,和生命。
感谢你,天父,赐下耶稣作为你恩典指引的终极记号。请藉着你圣灵的能力,加增我对你的信,和我为耶稣而活的信心。阿们。

1 Samuel 10:17-27 The secret selection and anointing of Saul is made public in a national assembly, though Saul is still hesitant about taking on the role. When we hesitate to turn away from certain behaviors or to take on godly responsibilities, God’s Spirit brings change through repentance and faith. As we die to sin and live in Christ (Rm 6:1-4), He gives our lives deeper meaning.
“Take my life and let it be Consecrated, Lord, to Thee; Take my moments and my days, Let them flow in ceaseless praise. Take my will and make it Thine, It shall be no longer mine; Take my heart, it is Thine own, It shall be Thy royal throne.” Amen. (LSB 783/784:1, 5)
撒母耳记上10:17-27 扫罗的隐秘拣选和膏抹得以在一个全民族的集会上公开亮相,尽管扫罗在承担这个角色上仍然犹豫不决。当我们在离弃某些行为或者承担起敬虔的责任上犹豫不决之时,上帝的灵会藉着悔改和信心带来改变。当我们向着罪死,活在基督里面的时候(罗6:1-4这样,怎麽说呢?我们可以仍在罪中、叫恩典显多吗?断乎不可!我们在罪上死了的人岂可仍在罪中活著呢?岂不知我们这受洗归入基督耶稣的人是受洗归入他的死吗?所以,我们藉著洗礼归入死,和他一同埋葬,原是叫我们一举一动有新生的样式,像基督藉著父的荣耀从死里复活一样),祂将更深的意义赐给我们的生命。
“上主,请拿去我的生命,将之分别为圣,归于你;拿去我的岁月日子,使他们流淌在无尽的赞美中。拿去我的旨意,使它成为你的,好叫它不再是我的了;拿去我的心,使它属于你自己的,作为你尊贵的宝座。”阿们。(路德宗崇拜手册783/784:1,5)

第二十四周星期二
1 Samuel 11:1-11 In the Spirit of God, Saul acts boldly and strategically. When circumstances call for boldness and righteous anger, do you act confidently? The Lord is our “very present help in trouble” (Ps 46:1). In challenging times, God’s Spirit empowers you to face the challenge.
O Holy Spirit, fill me with passions that reflect Your desire for my life. When I am to be an instrument of Your help or hope, give me Your words and gifts. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
撒母耳记上11:1-11 在上帝的灵中,扫罗大胆地并且极其有策略地行动。当处境需要胆量和公义之怒气的时候,你能凭着信心采取行动吗?主耶和华正是我们“患难中随时的帮助”(诗46:1神是我们的避难所,是我们的力量,是我们在患难中随时的帮助)。在具有挑战性的时刻,上帝的圣灵会赐你能力来面对挑战。
圣灵啊,请用可以反映你对我生命旨意的激情充满我。当我要成为一个器皿(来承载传递)你的帮助或希望之时,请将你的话语和恩赐赐给我。奉耶稣的名。阿们。

1 Samuel 11:12-15 The nation unites in worship and praise to the Lord for the victory by Saul’s leadership and by God’s hand. In our repentance today, God provides “turning points” in our lives, so we again hear His words of comfort, promise, and hope. Knowing that Jesus is indeed our Savior and Lord, we can act confidently as agents of God’s kingdom.
Father in heaven, look down upon me when things seem to be turning upside down, and help me to see Your Son’s gentle, nail-pierced hand at work in my life. By Your Spirit I pray. Amen.
撒母耳记上11:12-15 因着扫罗的带领并且藉着上帝的手所得来的胜利,整个民族就团结在对主耶和华的敬拜和赞美中。今天在我们的悔改中,上帝在我们的生命里提供“转折点”,好叫我们再一次聆听祂满有安慰,应许和盼望的话语。因着知道耶稣确实是我们的拯救者和我们的主,我们能够作为上帝国度的代理人(agents)满怀信心地行事。
天上的父,当事情看起来颠倒错置的时候,请垂怜顾惜我,帮助我看见你儿子温柔、带着钉痕的手在我生命中正在作工。藉着你的圣灵我祈求。阿们。

第二十四周星期三
1 Samuel 12 By words and a miraculous sign, Samuel powerfully proclaims a message of judgment and promise. When you look back over your life, see that you have been less than wholly faithful to the Lord. Yet, “consider what great things He has done for you” (v 24). God remains faithful to His promises, especially His promise of forgiveness!
Lord, gracious Father, thank You for the blessings I have received from You, particularly the forgiveness of sins. Bless all those who stand as Your representative in my life that they may be faithful too. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
撒母耳记上12章 藉着话语和一个奇事记号,撒母耳有力地宣告了审判和应许的信息。当你回头看你的生命之时,你会看到你并未完全忠于主耶和华。然而,要“想念他向你们所行的事何等大”(24节只要你们敬畏耶和华,诚诚实实地尽心事奉他,想念他向你们所行的事何等大)。上帝依然忠于祂的应许,特别是祂赦罪恩典的应许!
主耶和华,满有恩典的父,为着那些我一直从你那里所领受了的祝福,特别是罪的赦免,感谢你。请祝福所有那些作为你的代言人存在于我生命中的人,好叫他们也可以忠心。奉耶稣的名。阿们。

第二十四周星期四
1 Samuel 13:1-7 Encounters with the Philistines dominate Saul’s reign. This is definitely a time that calls for trust in God. In a similar way, the question for us is not whether we will face troubles, but where we will place our trust at those times. True refuge resides only in the true God—the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of Samuel, the God who fulfilled His promises by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to save the world.
Heavenly Father, we thank You for Your gracious daily guidance and protection. We ask that You continue to watch over us and those we love. You graciously give us all things through Your Son. Amen.
撒母耳记上13:1-7 与非利士人的碰撞主导着扫罗的称王时期。这绝对是一个需要寻求对上帝信靠的时刻。以一种类似的方式,对我们来说问题不是我们是否会遇见困难,而是我们在那些时刻会把我们的信靠放在什么地方。真正的避难所只在那独一的真上帝—亚伯拉罕,以撒和雅各的上帝,撒母耳的上帝,那位藉着差遣祂的儿子耶稣基督来拯救世人,成就了祂应许的上帝里面。
天父,为着你每日满有恩典的引领和保护,我们感谢你。我们恳求你继续看顾我们和那些我们所爱的人。你满有恩典地藉着你的儿子将一切赐给我们。阿们。

1 Samuel 13:8-23 Because of Saul’s act of disobedience and lack of faith, he will lose his kingdom and God’s help against the Philistines. Often, we bring troubles into our lives by thinking that God is not acting quickly enough to remove or ease some difficult situation. Yet, He acts in “the fullness of time” as when “God sent forth His Son” (Gal 4:4) to forgive all our sins—including our faithless impatience.
Almighty God, in Your infinite wisdom, You use all things for our temporal and eternal good. Forgive us the many times we do not wait on You but turn to our own faulty human solutions. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
撒母耳记上13:8-23 因着扫罗悖逆的行动和对信心的缺乏,他将会失去他的国和上帝对付非利士人的帮助。经常,我们会认为上帝没有足够迅速地采取行动来挪去或者平息一些困境,我们也就因此给我们的生命带来更多麻烦。然而,当“上帝差遣祂的儿子”之时,祂在“时候满足了”就行动(加4:4及至时候满足,神就差遣他的儿子,为女子所生,且生在律法以下),来赦免我们所有的罪—包括我们缺乏信心的焦虑。
全能的上帝,在你无限的智慧中,你使用万事,为了我们今生和永世的益处。请赦免我们多次未能等候你,反而转向我们自己错误的人的解决方法。奉耶稣的名。阿们。

第二十四周星期五
1 Samuel 14:1-23 Against great odds, the Lord gives Israel a victory over the Philistines through Jonathan, whose name means “the Lord gave.” Too often, fear keeps us from venturing out for the Lord. Though we should not dare God to give us signs, we can learn from Jonathan’s story to attempt great things for God and expect great things from Him. Though we may fail from the world’s perspective, God gives us ultimate spiritual victory and all things in Christ.
Heavenly Father, forgive us for our timidity and failure to step out in faith. Inspire us through Jonathan’s example to confront the forces of sin and Satan. Amen.
撒母耳记上14:1-23 面对巨大的势力悬殊,主耶和华藉着约拿单赐给以色列对非利士人的得胜,约拿单的名字意思是“主赐予”。太经常的是,恐惧拦阻我们出去为主冒险。尽管我们不当让上帝赐给我们迹象,但我们可以从约拿单的故事中学习来为上帝尝试重大的事情,并且从祂那里期许重大的事情。尽管从世界的角度来看我们可能会失败,但上帝将终极的属灵胜利和万有在基督里赐给我们。
天父,赦免我们的胆小和没能在信心中向前迈出。也请藉着约拿单的榜样激发我们,来对付罪和撒旦的势力。阿们。

1 Samuel 14:24-46 Saul’s foolish oath threatens Jonathan’s life, but the people rightly intervene. At times, all of us have acted rashly rather than seeking God’s guidance, sometimes with long-lasting (perhaps lifelong) repercussions. Thankfully as the Israelites “ransomed” Jonathan from Saul’s rash oath, Christ ransomed us from our own sinful folly and grants us new opportunities.
Almighty God, forgive us when we act rashly. Give us the wisdom to seek out Your way in the pages of Holy Scripture. In the Savior’s name. Amen.
撒母耳记上14:24-46 扫罗愚昧的发誓威胁着约拿单的生命,但百姓正确地介入了。一些时候,我们每一个人都会草率地行动而不是去寻求上帝的指引,有时甚至会带来长久(可能是终身)的后遗症。感恩的是正如以色列人将约拿单从扫罗鲁莽的起誓中“赎买”回来一样,基督将我们从我们自己有罪的愚昧中赎买回来并且赐给我们新的机会。
全能的上帝,当我们鲁莽行事之时,请赦免我们。并赐给我们智慧来在圣经的页面中寻求你的道路。奉救赎主的名。阿们。

1 Samuel 14:47-52 As king, Saul serves primarily as a military leader. Today, believers continue to face enemies, both spiritual and physical. Through God’s weapons, in particular “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Eph 6:17), God grants us victory and strength to serve Him boldly.
Lord of hosts, be with us in our daily struggle against all enemies that seek to destroy us now and eternally. Strengthen and uphold us until we pass from the Church Militant to the Church Triumphant. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
撒母耳记上14:47-52 作为一个王,扫罗主要是以一个军事领袖的身份在服侍。今天,信徒继续在面对敌人,有属灵上的,也有身体上的。藉着上帝的武器,特别是“圣灵的宝剑,就是上帝的道”(弗6:17并戴上救恩的头盔,拿著圣灵的宝剑,就是神的道),上帝赐给我们得胜和能力来大胆地服事祂。
万军之主,请在我们每一天与所有寻求要毁坏我们的仇敌的争战中与我们同在,从今时直到永远。坚固和高举我们,直到我们从这争战的教会(地上的)去到那得胜的教会(天上的)之时。奉耶稣的名。阿们。

第二十四周星期六
1 Samuel 15 One of the most tragic passages in OT history is recorded here—a stark reminder of the seriousness of not listening to and following God’s Word. Saul fails to carry out the Lord’s command to destroy the Amalekites completely, so the Lord will no longer bless his leadership. God’s Law is clear and calls for His people’s perfect obedience in thought, word, and deed. Through the Law, God calls us to repent. Only because of Christ’s sinless obedience and sacrificial death on our behalf can we enjoy His blessings.
Heavenly Father, forgive us for the many times we have not followed Your Word completely. We can never thank You enough for Jesus’ sacrifice for our sins. Renew in us daily the will and ability to live for Him who died for us. Amen.
撒母耳记上15章 旧约历史中最悲剧凄惨的段落之一就记录在此—是对不听命顺从上帝话语之严重性的一个尖锐提醒。扫罗没能执行主的吩咐,去完全消灭亚玛力人,因此主耶和华就不再祝福他的带领。上帝的律法是清晰的,呼召祂百姓在思想,言语和行为上完全顺服。藉着律法,上帝呼召我们悔改。唯有因着基督毫无罪恶的顺服和代替我们的位置所做的赎罪性死亡,我们才能享受祂的祝福。
天父,我们曾多次未能完全顺从你的话语,请赦免我们。因着耶稣为我们的罪所献的祭,我们是永远感恩不尽。耶稣为我们而死,请每日在我们里面更新那为祂而活的意愿和能力。阿们。

第二十五周星期一
1 Samuel 16:1-13 Samuel’s focus is directed away from Saul’s ruined potential to what God will do through Jesse’s youngest son, David, a man after God’s own heart (13:14). Because God looks on our hearts (v 7), we stand condemned before Him (Jer 17:9-10a). Yet, He leads us to plead: “Create in me a clean heart, O God” (Ps 51:10). By faith in the Gospel, our hearts are cleansed (Ac 15:9), and we are reassured that God will not despise a broken and contrite heart (Ps 51:17).
Thank You, Lord, that You do not judge by appearances but have promised us that there is “no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Rm 8:1). Amen.
撒母耳记上16:1-13 撒母耳的注意力从扫罗毁灭的前途上转离,被引导到上帝藉着耶西最小的儿子大卫,一个合上帝自己心意的人,将要成就的事上(13:14现在你的王位必不长久。耶和华已经寻著一个合他心意的人,立他作百姓的君,因为你没有遵守耶和华所吩咐你的)。因为上帝是看我们的内心(7节耶和华却对撒母耳说:不要看他的外貌和他身材高大,我不拣选他。因为,耶和华不像人看人:人是看外貌;耶和华是看内心),所以我们站立在祂面前是被谴责定罪的(耶17:9-10人心比万物都诡诈,坏到极处,谁能识透呢?我耶和华是鉴察人心、试验人肺腑的,要照各人所行的和他做事的结果报应他)。然而,祂引导我们呼求:“ 神啊,求你为我造清洁的心”(诗51:10)。藉着对福音的信,我们的心得洁净(徒15:9 又藉著信洁净了他们的心,并不分他们我们),并且我们确信上帝必不轻看一颗破碎痛悔的心(诗51:17 神所要的祭就是忧伤的灵;神啊,忧伤痛悔的心,你必不轻看)。
感谢你,主耶和华,因为你不是按照外表审判,却曾应许了我们,那些在基督耶稣里的人就不再被“谴责定罪”(罗8:1如今,那些在基督耶稣里的就不定罪了)。阿们。

1 Samuel 16:14-23 David plays music to soothe Saul when an injurious (“evil”) spirit brings Saul emotional and mental instability. When you are overwhelmed by temptation or depression, pray to God: “Take not Your Holy Spirit from me” (Ps 51:11). Jesus, your Good Shepherd, gave His life for you. No one can snatch you out of His hand (Jn 10:28).
“Almighty God, merciful Father, since You have wakened from death the Shepherd of Your sheep, grant us Your Holy Spirit that when we hear the voice of our Shepherd we may know Him who calls us each by name and follow where He leads.” Amen. (LSB Altar Book, p 603)
撒母耳记上16:14-23 当一个具有伤害性的(“邪恶的”)灵给扫罗带来情绪和精神上的动荡之时,大卫就弹琴来安慰扫罗(使他平静下来)。当你被试探或抑郁所压制的时候,请向上帝祈祷:“不要从我收回你的圣灵”(诗51:11)。耶稣,你的好牧人,已将祂的生命赐给你了。没有谁可以将你从祂的手中夺去(约10:28我又赐给他们永生;他们永不灭亡,谁也不能从我手里把他们夺去)。
“全能的上帝,满有怜悯的父,因为你已经将你群羊的大牧人从死亡中苏醒,请将你的圣灵赐给我们,好叫我们听到我们大牧人声音的时候,可以认出祂,就是那位按着名字一一呼召我们的,并且跟随祂的引领。”阿们。(路德宗崇拜手册,圣坛书,603页)

第二十五周星期二
1 Samuel 17 This gripping story of the faith of young David provides a superb example of how God grants victory in the face of impossible odds. It anticipates Jesus’ victory on the cross in the face of all the powers against Him. We are not to place our trust in human endeavors and devices. The message of the cross is that God chose what is weak to shame the strong, and the “weakness” of God is stronger than human strength (1Co 1:18-27; 1Jn 4:4).
Lord God, when I feel insecure, let me cast my cares on You, knowing that You care for me. Amen.
撒母耳记上17章 年轻大卫扣人心弦的信心故事,为上帝如何在几无胜算的境况面前赐下胜利,提供了一个极佳的例子。它也预示着耶稣面对所有抵挡祂的势力在十字架上的得胜。我们不是将我们的信靠放在人的努力和计谋中。十字架的信息就是上帝拣选软弱的,来使强壮的羞愧,并且上帝的“软弱”要比人的力量刚强(林前1:18-27因为十字架的道理,在那灭亡的人为愚拙;在我们得救的人,却为神的大能…因神的愚拙总比人智慧,神的软弱总比人强壮…;约一4:4小子们哪,你们是属神的,并且胜了他们;因为那在你们里面的,比那在世界上的更大)。
主上帝,当我感到没有安全保障之时,请使我将我的顾虑放在你身上,知道你正看顾着我。阿们。

第二十五周星期三
1 Samuel 18:1-5 Jonathan’s unselfish affection for David is seen when Jonathan renounces his own right to the throne—something highly unusual. Mixed motives can easily mar friendships. In Christ, the friend of sinners, we have a faithful and forgiving friend who will never leave or forsake us.
“What a friend we have in Jesus, All our sins and griefs to bear! What a privilege to carry “Ev’rything to God in prayer! Oh, what peace we often forfeit; Oh, what needless pain we bear—All because we do not carry Ev’rything to God in prayer!” Amen. (LSB 770:1)
撒母耳记上18:1-5 当约拿单放弃他自己称王的权利之时—这是一件非常不寻常的事情,约拿单对大卫无私的爱就显明了。掺杂混淆的动机能够很轻易损伤朋友关系。在基督,那罪人的朋友里面,我们有一位忠诚、满有饶恕的朋友,祂永不离开或撇弃我们。
“耶稣是我亲爱朋友,担当我罪与忧愁;何等权利能将万事,带到主恩座前求!多少平安屡屡失去,多少痛苦白白受;皆因我们未将万事,带到主恩座前求。”阿们。(路德宗崇拜手册770:1)

1 Samuel 18:6-16 Saul’s jealousy does him no good; meanwhile, David is faithful to the Lord, who gives him success. Envy and jealousy diminish our enjoyment of life, stealing our contentment. God “has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places” (Eph 1:3). What more do we need?
Lord, help me to be content with all the blessings You give me. Enable me to use them to bring blessings into the lives of others. Amen.
撒母耳记上18:6-16 扫罗的嫉妒对他没有什么好处;同时,大卫忠于赐他得胜的主耶和华。羡慕和嫉妒会削减我们对生命的享受,并且偷走我们的满足。上帝“在基督里曾赐给我们天上各样属灵的福气”(弗1:3)。我们还需要更多的什么呢?
主耶和华,请帮助我满足于你赐给我的全部祝福。使我有能力使用它们,来将祝福带进他人的生命中。阿们。

1 Samuel 18:17-30 At the beginning (v 5), middle (v 15), and end of this chapter (v 30), we are told that David is successful in all he does, because the Lord is with him. As with Joseph (Gn 50:20), what others intend for evil against David God turns into good. Fear of others (v 29) can be a sign of little faith. Our Lord says, “Fear not” (Lk 12:32). When afraid, we are urged to trust the Gospel promise of Rm 8:31, “If God is for us, who can be against us?”
Lord, give me faith to believe that “for those who love God all things work together for good” (Rm 8:28). Amen.
撒母耳记上18:17-30 在本章的开始(第5节),中间(第15节),和末尾(第30节),我们被告知大卫在他所行的一切事上都得胜,因为主耶和华与他同在。和约瑟相同的是(创50:20从前你们的意思是要害我,但神的意思原是好的,要保全许多人的性命,成就今日的光景),他人所设计要谋害大卫的事情,上帝将之转化为良善。对他人的恐惧(29节就更怕大卫,常作大卫的仇敌)是小信的一个迹象。我们的主说,“不要怕”(路12:32你们这小群,不要惧怕,因为你们的父乐意把国赐给你们)。当害怕的时候,我们应当信靠罗马书8章31节福音的应许,“神若帮助我们,谁能敌挡我们呢?”
主耶和华,请赐给我信心,来相信“万事都互相效力,叫爱神的人得益处”(罗8:28)。阿们。

1 Samuel 19 Saul’s hatred for David results in his attempts to murder him, but the Lord intervenes through Saul’s own children. “Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer” (1Jn 3:15). Ask God to remove hatred from your heart and cleanse it by His gift of forgiveness. “Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered” (Ps 32:1).
Thank You, Lord, that You forgive my sins and remember them no more. Amen.
撒母耳记上19章 扫罗对大卫的恨,导致他多次尝试要谋杀大卫,但主耶和华藉着扫罗自己的儿女来介入。“凡恨他弟兄的,就是杀人的”(约一3:15)。祈求上帝将仇恨从你的心中挪去,并且藉着祂赦罪恩典的礼物来洁净你的心。“得赦免其过、遮盖其罪的,这人是有福的”(诗32:1)。
感谢你,主耶和华,因为你赦免我的罪,不再纪念它们。阿们。

第二十五周星期四
1 Samuel 20 David and Jonathan’s friendship displays lasting loyalty and personal self-sacrifice (cf Pr 17:17). Give thanks to the Lord for the friends He has blessed you with and the wonderful way He has protected you. Pray to grow in the grace of giving thanks. By grace, God treats all of us infinitely better than we deserve.
“By grace I’m saved, grace free and boundless; My soul, believe and doubt it not.” Amen. (LSB 566:1)
撒母耳记上20章 大卫和约拿单的友谊展示出持久的忠诚和个人的自我牺牲(参 箴17:17朋友乃时常亲爱,弟兄为患难而生)。请为着主所祝福给你的朋友们以及祂一直保护你的奇妙方式,将感谢归给主。也祷告能在献上感谢的恩典中成长。出于恩典,上帝以无限的良善待我们所有人,远远过于我们所配得的。
“靠赖恩典我得拯救,白白恩典,无限恩典;我灵啊,要信靠,不疑惑。”阿们。(路德宗崇拜手册566:1)

1 Samuel 21:1-9 David receives the holy bread of the Presence to sustain him during his flight from Saul. Despite David’s weakness before men and his sin before God, he is sustained with this unusual blessing. When troubles and sins surround you, turn to the Lord and His servants for aid. Confess your sins and weaknesses honestly, and receive the care He administers through His servants. In mercy, the Lord will nourish, sustain, and forgive you.
Continue to nourish Your people and arm them against evil, dear Lord. Grant them wisdom with honesty. Amen.
撒母耳记上21:1-9 在大卫逃离扫罗期间,他领了圣洁的陈设饼来使他得补给。尽管大卫有在人前的软弱和在上帝面前的罪,但他仍靠着这不同寻常的祝福加添心力。当困难和罪环绕你的时候,请转向主和祂的仆人们寻求帮助。诚实地坦白你的罪和软弱,并领受祂藉着祂的仆人们所施行的看顾。在怜悯中,主耶和华滋润,供养,和赦免你们。
亲爱的主,请继续滋养你的百姓,并且武装他们来对付凶恶。赐给他们带着诚实的智慧。阿们。

1 Samuel 21:10-15 David pretends to be insane and so escapes the predicament at Gath. What clever, desperate measures! The author records these devices but does not commend their use in God’s name. While God would have us use our minds to accomplish worthy goals, He would also call us to trust Him and confess Him in the face of difficulty. Our trustworthy Father can deliver us, as He demonstrated through the suffering of His beloved Son.
As You have promised, gracious Lord, deliver those who call upon You in the day of trouble. Amen.
撒母耳记上21:10-15 大卫装疯并因此逃离了在迦特的困境。多么精明,不顾一切的方法啊!作者记录下这些计谋但并未奉上帝的名推荐对它们的运用。上帝会让我们用我们的主意来成就尊贵的目的,祂也会在困难面前呼召我们信靠祂,告白祂。我们信实的天父能拯救我们,正如祂藉着祂亲爱儿子的受苦所彰显了的。
正如你曾应许的,满有恩典的主,请拯救那些在患难的日子里呼求你的人。阿们。

第二十五周星期五
1 Samuel 22:1-5 During David’s continued flight, his followers support him and God protects him, directing David through a prophet. David had panicked due to fear (ch 21), but the Lord calmed and directed him. When troubled, treasure God’s Word as your stronghold. Through the Word, the Lord will bless, comfort, and strengthen you.
Give us a trusting heart to obey You, heavenly Father, and to live in the confidence of Your Word, our stronghold. Amen.
撒母耳记上22:1-5 大卫继续逃亡期间,他的跟随者支持他,上帝保护他,藉着一位先知来指引大卫。大卫曾因恐惧而慌乱(21章),但主耶和华安慰,引领他。当受困的时候,请珍惜上帝的话语(圣道)作为你的山寨。藉着圣道,主必祝福,安慰和坚固你。
天父,请赐我们一颗信靠的心来顺从你,活在对你的圣道,就是我们山寨的信心之中。阿们。

1 Samuel 22:6-23 The story temporarily leaves David. We see the priesthood nobly suffering at the hands of the godless. Be prepared to suffer as God’s royal priesthood, remembering that God’s purpose will not be thwarted, as shown in Jesus’ death and resurrection for you.
Jesus, our great High Priest, since You freely gave Your life for me, take my life into Your service. Amen.
撒母耳记上22:6-23 故事暂时从大卫身上转移。我们看到祭司带着尊荣在不敬虔之人的手中受难。(你们)作为上帝尊荣的祭司,要预备好受苦,谨记上帝的计划不会被挫败,正如在耶稣为你们的死和复活中所显明了的。
耶稣,我们至高的大祭司,因为你曾白白地将你的生命赐给了我,请将我的生命放在你的服事中。阿们。

第二十五周星期六
1 Samuel 23:1-14 The Lord protects His servant and frustrates the plans of the wicked, revealing His will not only in the word of the prophet but also by hindsight in the unfolding of events. Trust the Lord to answer your prayers and to protect you against those who make themselves God’s enemies. He is watching over you, though His presence may often be hidden by adverse circumstances.
Reveal to us Your will, dear Lord, and give us grace to follow it. Amen.
撒母耳记上23:1-14 主耶和华保护祂的仆人,挫败诡诈之人的计划,不仅在先知的话中,而且也藉着后见之明在事件的展开中启示祂的旨意。要信靠主必回应你的祈祷,保护你对付那些使他们自己成为上帝之敌的人。祂正看顾着你,虽然祂的同在可能经常被困难的境况所遮掩。
亲爱的主,请向我们显明你的旨意,并且赐给我们恩典来顺从你的旨意。阿们。

1 Samuel 23:15-29 Against the overwhelming opposition of Saul and his Ziphite informers, God spares David as Jonathan said He would. Remember that a word of encouragement from Scripture can be invaluable to someone in distress. The Lord is mighty to deliver His people.
We praise You, O God, for those You send to comfort us in our lowest times. Hear us for Jesus’ sake. Amen.
撒母耳记上23:15-29 面对扫罗势不可挡的敌对和他手下西弗人的告密者,上帝怜悯爱惜大卫,正如约拿单说祂必会如此一样。请记得一句从圣经而来的鼓励话语对那在沮丧中的人会是非常宝贵的。主耶和华有大能拯救祂的百姓。
上帝啊,我们赞美你,为着那些你差遣在我们最低谷的时刻来安慰我们的人。请因着耶稣的缘故聆听我们。阿们。

第二十六周星期一
1 Samuel 24 David’s compassion for vulnerable Saul is motivated by respect for God and His anointed. It is met warmly by Saul, resulting in a temporary truce. Today, be ready to show compassion even to your enemies, as God in Christ has demonstrated His undeserved love to you.
Gracious Lord, thank You for sending Your true Anointed One to bring mercy to me while I was Your enemy. Amen.
撒母耳记上24章 大卫怜悯处于易受攻击状态的扫罗,是出于对上帝和祂受膏者的尊敬。这(怜悯)得到扫罗的热心回应,迎来暂时的休战。今天,请预备好施行怜悯,甚至是向你的仇敌,正如上帝在基督里已经向你显明了祂不配得的慈爱那样。
满有恩典的主,感谢你在我还是你敌人的时候,差遣你真正的受膏者将怜悯带给我。阿们。

第二十六周星期二
1 Samuel 25 Abigail intervenes between David and Nabal, rescuing both from their anger. Angry decisions lead to self-destruction. God calls us to listen to the voice of reason and peace. His wisdom and peace, expressed in the godly counsel of His servants, will guide your heart in the way of life.
Father, give us grace to be like a prudent one who acts with knowledge, and not like a fool who flaunts his folly (Pr 13:16). Amen.
撒母耳记上25章 亚比该在大卫和拿八之间调和,拯救他们两个脱离怒气。出于愤怒的决策会导致自我毁灭。上帝呼召我们聆听理性和平安的声音。祂的智慧与和平,就是在祂仆人们的敬虔指导中得以表达出来的,必引导你的心走在生命的道路上。
天父,请赐给我们恩典,像一个通达人那样凭知识行事;不像一个愚昧人那样张扬自己的愚昧(箴13:16)。阿们。

第二十六周星期三
1 Samuel 26 Saul again pursues David, who demonstrates that he is a faithful, forgiving servant. Jesus, the Son of David, directs us to forgive “seventy times seven” (Mt 18:22; without limit). He teaches this also by example, demonstrating His limitless forgiveness toward us.
Dearest Jesus, forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. Grant us due patience with erring brothers and sisters. Amen.
撒母耳记上26章 扫罗再一次追杀大卫,大卫展示了他自己是一位忠心,满有饶恕的仆人。耶稣,大卫的儿子,引导我们要饶恕“七十个七次”(太18:22 耶稣说:「我对你说,不是到七次,乃是到七十个七次;没有极限)。祂也藉着向我们施行祂无限次赦罪的榜样来将此显明。
至亲至爱的耶稣,请赦免我们的过犯,如同我们赦免那些得罪我们了的一样。赐给我们所需的忍耐,来对待犯错误的弟兄姊妹。阿们。

第二十六周星期四
1 Samuel 27 Tired of the constant danger and hardship of evading Saul, David shrewdly finds refuge among the Philistines. As with David’s previous clever action among the Philistines, the writer makes no indication that the Lord encouraged or approved of David’s behavior. Rather than living ambiguously, live boldly and clearly for your Lord, entrusting your future to His care rather than to your cleverness or the world’s favor. The Lord’s favor is far more precious, redeeming your life now and for eternity.
Lord, bless and guide our earthly decisions, that they may provide opportunity for growth in faith and service before You. Amen.
撒母耳记上27章 厌倦了因着逃避扫罗而来的不间断的危险和艰辛,大卫机灵地在非利士人当中寻求避难所。和大卫从前曾在非利士人当中精明的举止一样,作者并没有暗示说主耶和华鼓励或者认同大卫的行为。要放胆明确地为你的主活着,而不是模糊地生存,要将你的未来交托在祂的看顾之下,而不是你的聪明或世界的喜悦之下。主的恩宠要远远更加宝贵,救赎你的生命,今世和永恒的。
上主,请祝福和引导我们世上的决定,好叫它们能够带来机会,为在你面前的信心和服事里面得长进。阿们。

1 Samuel 28 Despairing from fear and desperate for reassurance, Saul turns to the occult for relief, having forsaken his relationship with God. When a spiritual vacuum exists, lost souls are drawn to the occult, despite warnings. Yet no genuine assurance will be found there. Do not use this tragic episode as a justification or validation of wicked spiritual practices. Instead, acknowledge and rejoice that God’s grace and promise are as close at hand as His Word, which will guide you in the paths of life.
Lord, keep us close through Your means of grace, by which we are spared the desperation and darkness so tragically evident in Saul’s life. When we are uncertain, grant us patience and comfort through Your Holy Word and the consolation of true brothers and sisters in the faith. Amen.
撒母耳记上28章 因着恐惧而绝望并且极度渴望确据的扫罗,转向交鬼的人来寻求解脱,弃绝了他与上帝的关系。当一个属灵的真空存在的时候,失丧的灵魂就会不顾警告,被拉向术士交鬼的。然而在那里不会找到什么真正的确据。不要用这种悲剧的处境来为邪恶的属灵操练做公正或合法的辩护。相反,应当认识并且欢喜,上帝的恩典和应许就如同祂的道(话语)那样近在咫尺,祂的话语必引导你走在生命的道路上。
主耶和华,请藉着你恩典的媒介来保守我们亲近(你),好叫我们可以因此免受在扫罗生命中如此悲剧地显明了的绝望和黑暗。当我们没有确据的时候,请藉着你的圣道和在那信仰中真弟兄姊妹的安抚来赐给我们忍耐和安慰。阿们。

1 Samuel 29 As the Philistine army moves northward to battle, David’s difficult situation within the army is resolved when he is removed from the battlefield. Once again, God looked after David’s welfare. We, too, can get ourselves into some pretty tight spots as a result of our own decisions or deceptions. God will not condone our sinfulness, which is often what prompts the decisions we make. Yet, He still looks after our welfare, making all things work together for good in Christ (Rm 8:28).
O Lord, we thank You for Your patience and kindness toward us as we live out our days on this earth. Amen.
撒母耳记上29章 非利士人的军队向北移动去打仗,当大卫被请出战场的时候,他在军队当中的困难境地就得以解决。再一次地,上帝看顾大卫的福祉。我们,也,会因着我们的决定或诡诈所带来的结果而使我们自己陷入一些特别危险的境地。上帝必不会纵容我们的罪性,(这罪性)通常激发我们所作出的决定。然而,祂仍然看顾我们的福祉,使万事互相效力,为着在基督里的益处(罗8:28 我们晓得万事都互相效力,叫爱神的人得益处,就是按他旨意被召的人)。
主耶和华啊,随着我们在这地上活出我们的岁月,我们为着你向我们所施行的忍耐和恩慈感谢你。阿们。

第二十六周星期五
1 Samuel 30:1-15 David faces his first great crisis as a leader since serving in Saul’s army years earlier. The Lord aids David and the people of Ziklag through an unlikely source: an abandoned Egyptian slave. The Lord still provides for us through unlikely means, preeminently through Jesus’ cross, by which He rescues us from Satan’s hordes.
Deliver us from evil, O Lord, and strengthen us to assist others in their hour of crisis. Amen.
撒母耳记上30:1-15 自从早些年前在扫罗军队中服侍以来,大卫作为一个领袖,面临着他的第一次巨大危机。主耶和华藉着一个不太可能的资源:一位被抛弃的埃及奴仆,来帮助大卫和洗革拉人。主耶和华依然藉着不太可能的媒介,特别显著地是藉着耶稣的十字架,就是祂用以拯救我们脱离撒旦喽啰的,来供应我们。
主耶和华啊,请救我们脱离凶恶,并且坚固我们,来在他人危机的时刻帮助他们。阿们。

1 Samuel 30:16-31 The victory God gives David over the Amalekites provides opportunity for him to grow even stronger as a leader. When the Lord grants success and prosperity to you, consider how this increases your opportunities and your responsibilities. Remember that God forgives you when you fail and also provides you with wisdom to manage what He has placed in your care.
“Grant us wisdom, grant us courage For the facing of this hour, …For the living of these days,…Lest we miss Your kingdom’s goal,…Serving You whom we adore.” Amen. (LSB 850:1-4)
撒母耳记上30:16-31 上帝赐给大卫对亚玛力人的得胜,为他提供了机会,来作为一个领袖成长的更刚强。当主赐给你成功和繁荣的时候,请思想这会如何加增你的机会和你的责任。也请记得,当你失败的时候上帝赦免你,并且赐给你智慧来管理祂放置在你看顾之下的。
“赐我们智慧,赐我们勇气,来面对这时刻,…来面对这些日子的生活,…以免我们错失你国度的目标,…服事你,你是我们所敬拜的。”阿们。(路德宗崇拜手册850:1-4)

第二十六周星期六
1 Samuel 31 Saul forfeits his divine blessings by compromising God’s Word, and he dies a brutal death at the hands of the very enemy he was chosen to defeat. There is no greater tragedy than when God’s people compromise His Word, no greater blessing than when they steadfastly receive it. Learn by the examples of Saul and David. By promises and blessings, the King of heaven provides life for you in His Son, Jesus.
“Lord, keep us steadfast in Your Word; Curb those who by deceit or sword Would wrest the kingdom from Your Son And bring to naught all He has done.” Amen. (LSB 655:1)
撒母耳记上31章 扫罗在上帝的话语上妥协,就因此摒弃了他从神而来的祝福,并且他正是在他蒙选召要去击败的仇敌手中,以一种残忍的方式死去的。当上帝的百姓折损祂的话语之时,没有什么比这更可悲的了,当他们坚韧地领受祂的话语之时,没有比这更美好的祝福了。请从扫罗和大卫的例子中学习。藉着应许和祝福,天上的君王在祂的儿子耶稣里面供应你生命。
“主耶和华,保守我们稳健在你的话语中;拦阻那些想要藉着诡诈或刀剑将国从你的儿子那里夺去并且将祂所成就的一切毁于一旦的人。”阿们。(路德宗崇拜手册655:1)

翻译:Gary Liu 主后2017.05.10

《撒母耳记下》
(第二十七周星期一—第二十九周星期二)
第二十七周星期一
2 Samuel 1:1-16 The Amalekite confesses that he had assisted with Saul’s suicide and now expects a reward. Instead, he receives capital punishment for killing the Lord’s anointed king. God is the author of human life, and He wants innocent human life protected. Yet, He has given the sword to the government for the punishment of evildoers. Most important, God is the author of eternal life in the Messiah, Jesus, our Savior.
Lord, thank You for good government. Increase my respect for Your gift of human life. Amen.
撒母耳记下1:1-16 那位亚玛力人承认他曾协助扫罗的自杀,并且现在期待得到奖赏。相反地,他因着杀死主耶和华所膏立的王而得了死刑。上帝是人生命的创造者,并且祂盼望无辜的性命得到保护。然而,祂赐给政府刀剑来惩罚作恶的人。更重要的是,上帝是在弥赛亚,耶稣,我们的救赎主里的永恒生命的创始者。
上主,为着良好的政府(我们)感谢你。请加增我对你赐给人的生命恩赐的尊重。阿们。

2 Samuel 1:17-27 David sings not only of his love for his friend Jonathan but also of his respect and admiration for King Saul, a man who had forced him to live as a fugitive for more than 12 years. Like David, we should not delight in our enemies’ downfall but commend their families to God in prayer. How mercifully God treats us, even though we by nature were His enemies (Rm 5:10).
I praise You, O God, for Your amazing grace to me and all sinners in Christ Jesus. Amen.
撒母耳记下1:17-27 大卫不仅歌唱他对朋友约拿单的爱,也歌唱他对扫罗王,就是那位曾驱使他作为逃犯流浪超过十二年之久的人的尊重和敬仰。像大卫一样,我们不应当在我们仇敌的跌倒中欢喜,却当把他们的亲人在祷告中交托给上帝。上帝待我们是多么有怜悯啊,既使我们按着本性曾是祂的敌人(罗5:10 因为我们作仇敌的时候,且藉著神儿子的死,得与神和好;既已和好,就更要因他的生得救了)。
我赞美你,上帝啊,为着你在基督耶稣里赐给我和所有罪人的奇妙恩典。阿们。

2 Samuel 2:1-7 David inquires of the Lord, moves to the area of Hebron, and is anointed by the men of Judah as their king. When told that the men of Jabesh-gilead have buried Saul, David blesses them and promises to treat them well. We, too, should inquire of the Lord in His Holy Word and seek reconciliation with our enemies. Through the reconciliation of Christ’s cross, God blesses us and shows us His steadfast love and faithfulness.
Lord, in Your Word, show me Your will for my life and Your reconciling love. Amen.
撒母耳记下2:1-7 大卫询问主耶和华,就迁移到了希伯仑,并且在那里被犹大人膏立为他们的王。当被告知基列雅比人已经埋葬扫罗的时候,大卫就祝福他们,并且许诺要恩待他们。我们,也,当在祂的圣道中询问主耶和华,并且寻求与我们仇敌的和睦。藉着基督十字架的和好,上帝祝福我们,向我们显明祂坚韧稳固的爱和信实。
主耶和华,请在你的圣道中,向我显明你对我生命的旨意,以及你和好(修复关系)的爱。阿们。

2 Samuel 2:8-11 Abner makes Saul’s son Ish-bosheth king over the northern tribes of Israel, while David reigns over Judah. David may want to reign over all Israel right away, but that is not to be. Sometimes, God’s promises call for patience. We have inherited the full kingdom of heaven through the innocent sufferings and death of Jesus, our Savior. We wait patiently to possess it.
Heavenly Father, give me patience as You fulfill Your promises in Your time. Amen.
撒母耳记下2:8-11 当大卫在犹大地称王的同时,押尼珥使扫罗的儿子伊施波设做北部以色列众支派的王。大卫可能想要立刻称王整个以色列,但那并未成形。有时候,上帝的应许要求忍耐。我们已经藉着耶稣,我们救赎主的无辜受苦和死亡承受了那完全的属天国度。我们需要满有忍耐地等候将来完全拥有它。
天父,在你按着你的时间成就你的应许之时,请赐给我忍耐。阿们。

2 Samuel 2:12-32 Competition at Gibeon leads to a fierce battle. The Benjaminites are defeated, but David’s nephew Asahel is slain by Abner. Sadly, those fighting and killing on another are all members of God’s people Israel. May God prevent us from quarreling unnecessarily with fellow Christians, especially those of our own congregation or family. “We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Rm 5:1), so let us be “eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Eph 4:3).
Lord Jesus, grant me peace with all people, especially those who confess the same faith. Amen.
撒母耳记下2:12-32 在基遍地的争竞导致一场激烈的战斗。便雅悯人被击败,但大卫的侄子亚撒黑被押尼珥所杀。悲哀的是,这些彼此斗争和杀戮的人都是上帝子民以色列的成员。愿上帝阻止我们基督徒同胞之间不必要的争吵,特别是在那些属于我们自己堂会或家庭中的人之间。“我们既因信称义,就藉著我们的主耶稣基督得与神相和”(罗5:1),所以让我们“用和平彼此联络,竭力保守圣灵所赐合而为一的心”(弗4:3)。
主耶稣,请赐我们与所有人的和睦,特别是那些认信同一信仰的人。阿们。

第二十七周星期二
2 Samuel 3:1-25 The relationship between Ish-bosheth and his general, Abner, deteriorates until, finally, Abner aligns himself with David. How easy for us to use dishonest methods as we strive for position and power. Self-interest and self-glory are sins that plague us all. Jesus, on the other hand, selflessly left His throne on high, died to pay for our sins on the cross, rose, and took the Church as His bride.
Lord Jesus, praise be to Your holy name for Your supreme sacrifice on our behalf. Amen.
撒母耳记下3:1-25 伊施波设和他的将军押尼珥之间的关系不断恶化,直到最终,押尼珥他自己与大卫站在一起。我们是多么容易会去使用不诚实的手段来获取地位和权力啊。自私自利和自我荣耀是侵蚀我们所有人的罪。耶稣,却在另一端,无私地离开祂在高位的宝座,为给我们的罪付上代价而死在十字架上,复活,并且娶教会为祂的新娘。
主耶稣,为着你代替我们的位置而付上的至高赎罪祭,赞美归给你的圣名。阿们。

2 Samuel 3:26-30 Without David’s knowledge and in a time of peace, Joab murders Abner to avenge the death of his brother Asahel. King David curses Joab and all his father’s house because vengeance rarely settles matters. When wronged, you will naturally experience thoughts of vengeance. Arrest these thoughts by crying out to the Lord in prayer. Entrust your judgment to Him and to the legitimate authorities. The Lord of justice and peace, who sent His Son to bear all injustice for your sake, is your hope in all circumstances.
Grant us grace, merciful God, that we may flee from evil and do what is good, that Your mercy may crown Your goodness in us, for Jesus’ sake. Amen.
撒母耳记下3:26-30 在大卫不知情的状况下,并且处于和平的时期,约押谋杀了押尼珥,为报他弟兄亚撒黑之死的仇。大卫王咒诅约押和他的父家,因为报复很少能使事件平息。当被冤枉的时候,你很自然地就会体会报复的想法。请藉着在祷告中向主耶和华呼求,将这些想法捆锁。请将你的审判交托给祂,以及交托给合法的掌权者。公正、和平的主耶和华,差遣祂的儿子为你承担了所有的不公,祂就是你在一切境况中的盼望。
请赐我们恩典,满有怜悯的上帝,好叫我们可以脱离凶恶,去行良善之事,还有你的怜悯可以环绕你在我们里面的良善,为着耶稣的缘故。阿们。

2 Samuel 3:31-39 Although Abner has been his enemy, David leads the mourning at Abner’s funeral. Our sinful nature tends to delight in the misfortune of our enemies. How differently God treats us! “While we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son” (Rm 5:10).
Lord, help me always to love my enemies as You have loved me in Your Son, my Savior. Amen.
撒母耳记下3:31-39 尽管押尼珥曾是他的对手,但大卫在押尼珥的葬礼上带头哀哭。我们有罪的本性倾向于对我们的敌人幸灾乐祸。上帝待我们是多么的不同啊!“因为我们作仇敌的时候,且藉著神儿子的死,得与神和好;既已和好,就更要因他的生得救了”(罗5:10)。
主耶和华,请帮助我总是去爱我的仇敌,就像你一直在你的儿子,我的救赎主里爱我那样。阿们。

2 Samuel 4 Two of Ish-bosheth’s soldiers murder him and bring his head to David, hoping to receive a reward. Instead, David sentences them to death, but honors his enemy Ish-bosheth. “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Rm 12:21). Through the Son of David, God has mercy on us, who were once His enemies.
Lord Jesus, Son of David, give me Your Spirit, that I may love my enemies and do good to those who hate me. Amen.
撒母耳记下4章 伊施波设的两个军长谋害了他并且将他的首级带给大卫,盼望能够得到奖赏。相反,大卫却判了他们死刑,并且尊荣了他的对手伊施波设。“你不可为恶所胜,反要以善胜恶”(罗12:21)。藉着大卫的儿子,上帝施行怜悯给我们这些曾是与祂为敌的人。
主耶稣,大卫的儿子,请将你的圣灵赐给我,好叫我可以爱我的仇敌,向那些恨我的人行善。阿们。

第二十七周星期三
2 Samuel 5:1-16 After defeating the Jubusites, David makes Jerusalem his capital over all Israel. The Lord causes this for the sake of His people. When success comes our way, let us not boast and demand recognition. Jesus, the Son of David, humbled Himself unto death, even death on a cross, for the sake of sinful people like us.
Lord, make me humble and give me Your blessings in Christ Jesus. Amen.
撒母耳记下5:1-16 在击败耶布斯人之后,大卫使耶路撒冷成为他治理整个以色列的首都。主耶和华是为了祂百姓的缘故才成就此事的。当成功临到我们的道路上之时,让我们不要自夸或要求赞赏。耶稣,大卫的儿子,为了我们这样有罪之人的缘故,曾降卑祂自己,以至于死,甚至是死在十字架上。
上主,请使我谦卑,并将你的祝福在基督耶稣里赐给我。阿们。

2 Samuel 5:17-25 The Philistines, disturbed that David is now king over all Israel, attack him twice and are defeated. David inquires of and relies on the Lord for victory. For our plans to have God’s blessing, we must call on Him and submit to the judgment of His Word. Yet when we are weak, the Lord Himself will fight for us, especially against sin, death, and the devil.
Lord Jesus, be my King and burst through all enemies that would separate me from You. Amen.
撒母耳记下5:17-25 非利士人,因着大卫此时成为以色列全地的王而不安,就两次攻打他,却被击败了。大卫询问并且依靠主耶和华来得胜。为要在我们的计划中寻求上帝的祝福,我们必须呼求祂,并且将之交托给祂话语的判断。然而当我们软弱的时候,主耶和华祂自己必会为我们争战,特别是要对付罪,死亡和魔鬼。
主耶稣,请作我的君王,并且(带我)冲破所有要使我与你隔离的仇敌。阿们。

第二十七周星期四
2 Samuel 6:1-4 Having defeated the Philistines, David prepares to bring the ark to Jerusalem. Godly leaders of all times should provide for the true worship of God. On the ark, the Lord of hosts is enthroned on the cherubim. As He rules over the holy cherubim, our Lord Jesus Christ also reigns victorious over all our sins and offers forgiveness to all who repent and trust in Him.
Lord, let me worship You in spirit and in truth according to Your Word. Amen.
撒母耳记下6:1-4 击败非利士人之后,大卫预备将约柜带回耶路撒冷。所有世代敬虔的领袖都应当为着对上帝的真实敬拜提供所需。约柜上面,万军之主耶和华在基路伯之上坐着为王。正如祂在圣洁的基路伯之上掌权一样,我们的主耶稣基督也在我们所有的罪上掌权得胜,并且赐下赦罪恩典给所有悔改和信靠祂的人。
上主,让我依靠你的圣道在心灵和真理中敬拜你。阿们。

2 Samuel 6:5-15 Uzzah, despite his good intentions, acts contrary to the Word of God and is struck dead. Handling the ark properly, David humbles himself as he lays aside his royal robes, puts on a priestly garment, and worships before the Lord as the leader of a kingdom of priests. When participating in the things of God—His Word, Sacraments, or Church—how you participate is important. Though God disciplines the irreverent, He remains faithful to bless the humble. Having atoned for our offenses on the cross, Christ will bless the repentant and believing heart.
Glory to You, O gracious God, that though we stumble, You are ever ready through Jesus Christ to forgive and bless. Amen.
撒母耳记下6:5-15 乌撒,尽管他有着好的动机,但所行的却与上帝的话语相违背,就因此被击杀致死。为了更妥善地对待约柜,大卫就放下他的尊贵王袍来谦卑他自己,穿上一套祭司的服饰,作为一个祭司国度的领袖在主耶和华面前敬拜。当参与在上帝的事情—祂的话语,圣礼,或教会之中的时候,你是如何参与的就很重要。尽管上帝责罚不敬畏的人,但祂仍然信实于祝福谦卑的人。曾为我们的过犯在十字架上赎罪,基督必会祝福悔改和信靠的心。
荣耀归给你,满有恩典的上帝啊,尽管我们会跌到,但你却随时预备了要藉着耶稣基督来赦免和祝福。阿们。

2 Samuel 6:16-23 Michal sees David humbly dressed as a priest and begins to mock him. In faithfully serving the Lord, are you willing to look foolish in the eyes of others? Do not fear to make merry before the Lord and endure suffering. Our Lord Jesus was not ashamed to humble Himself on the cross to save us from our arrogance.
Work true faithfulness in my life, O Lord, no matter how inappropriate it may be in the eyes of the world. Amen.
撒母耳记下6:16-23 米甲看见大卫谦卑地作为一位祭司来穿着打扮,就开始嘲笑他。在忠心服事主耶和华的时候,你愿意在他人眼中看似愚昧吗?不要害怕在主耶和华面前欢喜快乐,在患难中忍耐。我们的主耶稣不以谦卑祂自己在十字架上为羞耻,为要拯救我们脱离我们的傲慢。
请在我的生命中生发真正的信实,主啊,无论它在世人的眼中看起来会是多么的不合宜。阿们。

第二十七周星期五
2 Samuel 7:1-17 The Lord tells David and Nathan not what they will do but what He will do and make for David—an everlasting house and kingdom. In all we do for the Lord, we must first consult His Word to find out what is pleasing to Him. Jesus Christ is the “rest” and “house” promised to David. In Him, God’s people have rest from their enemies of sin and death, and in Him they shall dwell forever.
Gracious Lord, keep us in the true faith, that we may have the blessed rest and peace that Christ, our eternal King, alone provides. Amen.
撒母耳记下7:1-17 主耶和华告诉大卫和拿单不是他们会做什么,而是祂会为大卫做和建造什么—就是一个永远的家室和国度。在我们为主所做的一切事中,我们必须首先寻求祂的话语,来明白何为蒙祂喜悦的事。耶稣基督就是应许给大卫的“安靖”和“殿宇”。在祂里面,上帝的子民得以拥有脱离他们罪和死亡之仇敌的安息,并且在祂里面他们必永远居住。
满有恩典的主,请保守我们在真信仰里,好叫我们可以享受唯独基督,我们永恒之王所赐下的蒙福的安息和平安。阿们。

2 Samuel 7:18-29 In humility, David acknowledges that everything the Lord has done and will do for him and for Israel is due solely to the Lord’s mercy. Today, when great blessing comes your way, glorify the Lord for His gifts. His greatest gift is the great One to come, Jesus, the Son of David.
O Lord Jesus, You are both true man and true God. Make us truly thankful for Your mercy, and bless Your Church forever. Amen.
撒母耳记下7:18-29 在谦卑中,大卫承认主耶和华为他和以色列所曾做的以及将要做的一切单单是出于主的怜悯。今天,当丰盛的祝福临到你的道路之时,请为着祂的恩赐而尊荣主耶和华。祂最大的恩赐就是那位至高者,耶稣,大卫之子的到来。
噢主耶稣,你是真人也是真神。请使我们真诚地为着你的怜悯而(心存)感恩,也请祝福你的教会直到永远。阿们。

第二十七周星期六
2 Samuel 8:1-14 The Lord gives David great victories over the kingdoms around Canaan and Syria and also much wealth as the spoils of war. We, too, are in a battle against temptation and sin. As it was for David, our victory comes only when the Lord gives it. Beginning in Baptism and through faith in Jesus Christ, the Lord gives us Christ’s blood-bought victory over sin, death, and the devil.
Gracious Lord, many are the battles of the sinner and the saint within me, many are the losses I have suffered. Forgive my sins and keep my faith in the one glorious victory won by Jesus Christ. Amen.
撒母耳记下8:1-14 主耶和华赐给大卫对迦南和亚兰周边王国的巨大胜利,还有许多像战利品这样的财富。我们,也,处于一场对付试探和罪的争战中。和大卫曾经那样,我们的得胜唯有当主耶和华赐予的时候才会临到。起始于圣洗礼,藉着对耶稣基督的信,主耶和华赐给我们基督宝血所赎买回来的对罪,死亡和魔鬼的胜利。
满有恩典的主,在我里面有许多场罪人与圣人之间的较量,我所经历的失败也很多。请赦免我的罪,并保守我的信心在耶稣基督所赢得的那个荣耀的得胜里面。阿们。

2 Samuel 8:15-18 David rules justly and relies on his ministers of state. Today, the Lord calls each of us to treat others with justice and equity, and not lord the authority of our vocation over them. God is both just and merciful, so He sent His Son, Jesus, to deal with the just judgment we deserve, that we might receive His mercy.
Gracious God and Father, thank You for sending Jesus to answer the demands of Your justice and to show us Your grace. Amen.
撒母耳记下8:15-18 大卫公义地治理着,并且依靠他政权的执事们。今天,主耶和华呼召我们当中的每一位来以公正和公平待他人,而不是去用我们职份的权柄来压制他们。上帝既是公正的也是蛮有怜悯的,所以祂曾差遣祂的儿子,耶稣,来解决我们所应得的公正审判,好叫我们可以领受祂的怜悯。
满有恩典的天父上帝,感谢你差遣耶稣来满足你公义的要求,并且向我们显明你的恩典。阿们。

2 Samuel 9 David learns that Jonathan’s son is alive and immediately gives him the lands of Saul and brings him to dine at his table for the rest of his life. We should show such love to our potential enemies. Just as David invites Mephibosheth to eat at his table, the Lord Jesus invites us to eat at His table, where He serves us His body and blood. He provides the Holy Spirit to strengthen us.
Gracious Lord, thank You for loving us, providing for us, and sending Your servant to tend and keep us until our Lord Christ’s return. Amen.
撒母耳记下9章 大卫了解到约拿单的儿子还活着,就立刻将扫罗的土地赐给他,并且在他余生的日子里都带他在桌旁一同用餐。我们应当向我们潜在的敌人显明这样的爱。就像大卫邀请米非波设来在他的桌旁吃饭那样,主耶稣邀请我们来在祂的桌旁吃饭,就是在祂为我们摆上祂的身体和宝血的地方。祂赐下圣灵来坚固我们。
满有恩典的主,感谢你爱我们,供应我们,并且差遣你的仆人看顾保守我们,直到我们主基督的再来。阿们。

2 Samuel 10 The new Ammonite king rejects David’s offer of peace, listening instead to those who speak evil of him. In the end, Joab and David defeat and humble the Syrian kings by the Lord’s hand. Often in this world, good deeds are rewarded with unthankfulness. Yet God would have us continually act in good faith toward all. Thanks be to God, who fights for us and covers our shame in the mercy of Jesus.
Gracious Lord, we give You thanks for defending us, covering our shame, and keeping us by Your grace. Amen.
撒母耳记下10章 新的亚扪王拒绝了大卫和平的邀请,却反而听从了那些说他坏话的人。最后,约押和大卫就藉着主耶和华的手击败和降服了亚兰诸王。在这个世界上太寻常的是,善行得到不感恩的回报。然而上帝意愿我们继续在良善的信心中向着所有人行事。感谢归给上帝,祂为我们争战,并且在耶稣的怜悯中遮盖我们的羞耻。
满有恩典的主,因着你护卫我们,遮盖我们的羞耻,并且靠赖你的恩典保守我们,我们将感谢献给你。阿们。

第二十八周星期一
2 Samuel 11 David’s sin of the eye becomes a sin of lust and of deed. He lies with another man’s wife and then has the man killed to keep the sin secret. Whenever you try to hide a sin by committing another sin, you are just digging yourself deeper into a hole. Instead, confess! God will forgive all who repent and seek the forgiveness earned by Christ on the cross.
“Lord Jesus, think on me And purge away my sin; From worldly passions set me free And make me pure within.” Amen. (LSB 610:1)
撒母耳记下11章 大卫眼目的罪演变成情欲和行动的罪。他与他人之妻同寝,然后为了隐藏那罪就使那人被杀。无论何时你藉着犯下另一项罪来试着去掩盖一项罪,你正是在挖一个更深的坑,使你自己陷进去。相反,要认罪!上帝赦免所有懊悔并且寻求因着基督在十字架上所赚取的赦罪恩典的人。
“主耶稣,请纪念我,除去我的罪;使我从世界的激情中得释放,并且使我内里得洁净。”阿们。(路德宗崇拜手册610:1)

2 Samuel 12:1-15a By preaching the Law, Nathan leads David to condemn his own sin. Once David repents, Nathan announces the Gospel: the Lord has put away his sin. Nevertheless, his child of adultery will die. Avoiding the responsibility of our sins does not lead to healing. Instead, repentance is the only right preparation for the Gospel. By receiving the Gospel of forgiveness, we are set free from our sins and made alive.
Gracious Lord, thank You for putting Jesus away on the cross, that I would not be put away in my sins. Amen.
撒母耳记下12:1-15a 藉着宣讲律法,拿单指引大卫去为着他自己的罪而自责。一旦大卫悔改了,拿单就宣告福音:主耶和华已除掉了他的罪。然而,他因着通奸而生出的孩子必要死。逃避我们罪的责任并不能导向医治。相反,悔改是唯一可以朝向福音的正确预备。藉着领受赦罪恩典的福音,我们从我们的罪中得释放,并且得以苏醒。
满有恩典的主,感谢你将耶稣遗弃在十字架上,好叫我不会在我的罪中被遗弃。阿们。

2 Samuel 12:15b-23 David prays for his child’s recovery until the child dies. David then goes to worship in the Lord’s house. When suffering the earthly consequences of our sin, we also should acknowledge that we deserve them, and we should continue to worship the Lord, who gave His Son for our sins, that we may live.
“The will of God is always best And shall be done forever; And they who trust in Him are blest; He will forsake them never. He helps indeed In time of need; He chastens with forbearing. They who depend On God, their friend, Shall not be left despairing.” Amen. (LSB 758:1)
撒母耳记下12:15b-23 大卫一直为着他孩子的康复祷告,直到孩子死了。然后大卫就上到主耶和华的殿中敬拜。当我们经受我们罪所带来的属世后果之时,我们也需要认识到它们是我们所配得的,并且我们应当继续敬拜主耶和华,祂曾因着我们的罪而舍了祂的儿子,好叫我们可以存活。
“上帝的旨意总是最好的,并且应当成就直到永远;信靠祂的必蒙福;祂必永不离弃他们。祂确实在有需要的时刻随时帮助;祂带着忍耐宽容施行管教。那些倚靠上帝,就是他们的朋友的人,必不在绝望中遭遗弃。”阿们。(路德宗崇拜手册758:1)

2 Samuel 12:24-25 David comforts Bathsheba, and she bears him a son. God gives the child a name indicating His love. When caught up in our grief, let us not forget our family responsibilities. In Baptism, the Lord gives us a new, eternal life and gives us the name “Beloved of the Lord.”
Loving Lord, thank You for loving us and giving us a new life and name in Jesus Christ. Amen.
撒母耳记下12:24-25 大卫安慰拔示巴,她给他生下一个儿子。上帝赐给那孩子一个表明祂的爱的名字。当在我们的哀痛中被缠住之时,让我们不要忘记我们的家庭责任。在圣洗礼中,主耶和华赐给我们一个新的,永恒的生命,并且将那个名字“主耶和华所爱的”赐给了我们。
慈爱的主,感谢你爱我们,并且在耶稣基督里赐给我们一个新的生命和名字。阿们。

2 Samuel 12:26-31 Joab does not take credit for the victory over Rabbah but invites his master David to join him in conquering the city. We, too, should be loyal to our employers, parents, pastors, and other leaders, not seeking to exalt ourselves at their expense. Christ, the Son of David, is the great King of glory, yet He humbled Himself and gives us the benefits and glory of His victory over the devil.
Gracious Savior, You alone give the victory to me and to all who believe in You. Grant that in all things I take no glory for myself, but that I glorify You now and forever. Amen.
撒母耳记下12:26-31 约押没有索取对拉巴得胜的荣誉,而是邀请他的主人大卫来与他一同征服那座城。我们,也,应当忠于我们的雇主,父母,牧师,和其他领袖,而不是去寻求以他们为代价来高抬我们自己。基督,大卫的儿子,是荣耀的至高君王,然而祂谦卑祂自己,并且将祂对魔鬼的胜利所带来的益处和荣耀都赐给了我们。
满有恩典的救赎主,唯有你将胜利赐给我和所有信靠你的人。愿我在万事当中不为我自己寻求任何荣耀,而是尊荣你,从今时直到永远。阿们。

第二十八周星期二
2 Samuel 13:1-22 Amnon’s lust for his sister Tamar leads him to commit a vile crime against her. David, from misguided love for his son or sinful weakness, falls to administer justice. The way is thus paved for further violence in the house of David. The covetous desires of our hearts, when nurtured instead of resisted, can burst forth into deadly wickedness. We need the Law’s restrictions and guidance. Our only hope for mercy is in the Lord, who forgives even the most heinous of crimes for the sake of Jesus Christ, the Son of David. Yet, “the Lord disciplines the one He loves” (Heb 12:6) and calls us to daily repentance to strengthen faith in the forgiveness of sins.
O Lord, spare us from the curse and consequences of our sin for the sake of Christ’s sufferings. Amen.
撒母耳记下13:1-22 暗嫩对他妹妹他玛所发的情欲导致他对他玛犯下卑鄙的罪行。大卫,因着对他儿子误导性的溺爱或罪性上的软弱,就没能施行公义。那条走向更深层次暴力的路在大卫的家室中就因此铺下了。我们心中贪婪的欲望,当得到滋养而不是抵制的时候,就能爆发出置人于死的邪恶。我们需要律法的限制和引导。我们得到怜悯的唯一盼望是在主耶和华里面,祂因着耶稣基督,大卫之子的缘故甚至能赦免最卑劣可恶的罪。然而,“主所爱的,他必管教”(来12:6)并且祂呼召我们朝向每日中的懊悔,在罪的赦免中坚固我们的信心。
主耶和华啊,请因着基督受苦的缘故赦免我们,脱离我们罪的咒诅和后果。阿们。

2 Samuel 13:23-33 Absalom takes the law into his own hands and avenges Amnon’s rape of his sister Tamar. By failing to discipline his sons, David is partially responsible for all these events. Vengeance is not to be taken into our own hands; punishment and discipline are rightly administered through the offices God has established (parents, government). God confronts our sin head-on with His judgment so He may then cleanse us by the precious blood of the Son of David, Jesus Christ. He prepares for us a feast of peace, the supper of a King who gives us life.
Lord Jesus, deal with us not as we deserve but according to Your great mercy by granting us sincere repentance and faith. Amen.
撒母耳记下13:23-33 押沙龙将律法放在他自己的手中,因着暗嫩强奸他妹子他玛而施行报复。因为没能管教他的儿子们,大卫需要为所有这些事件负一部分责任。报复不当被放在我们自己的手中;惩罚和管教应当藉着上帝所设立的职份(父母,政府)来正当地实施。上帝用祂的审判来正面地对付我们的罪,所以祂藉着大卫之子,耶稣基督的圣宝血来洁净我们。祂为我们预备了一个和平的筵席,就是那位赐我们生命的王的晚餐。
主耶稣,请不要按照我们所配得的待我们,却依照你丰盛的怜悯赐给我们真正的悔改和信心。阿们。

2 Samuel 13:34-39 Absalom flees from his father and goes into exile. Thus, the king has lost two sons: the murdered Amnon and the runaway Absalom. One sin leads to another, leaving a trail of consequences along the way. While our sin does not always lead to outright murder, unrepentant sin does lead to our spiritual death and to much grief. True reconciliation with God is granted us through the forgiveness of our sins, through the atoning death of God’s own Son.
O Lord Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on us! Pardon our iniquity, and with Your forgiveness bring an end to warfare of our sin. Amen.
撒母耳记下13:34-39 押沙龙逃离他的父亲,去到放逐之地。因此,王就失去了两个儿子:被杀的暗嫩,和逃亡中的押沙龙。一个罪引发另一个罪,同时也在路上留下一连串恶果的痕迹。虽然我们的罪并不总是引向痛快的谋杀,但不悔改的罪确实可以导致我们属灵的死亡和许多苦恼。与上帝真正的和好是藉着上帝自己儿子的赎罪性死亡,藉着我们罪的赦免而赐给我们的。
噢主耶稣,大卫之子,请施怜悯给我们!赦免我们的罪愆,用你的赦免来终止我们罪的争战。阿们。

2 Samuel 14 With subtlety, Joab moves the king to show mercy instead of administering justice. David is thereby reconciled with his son only outwardly. Although fathers love even evil children, the children should not misuse this love, as Absalom did. For Christ’s sake, God desires not to punish but to spare His sinful and rebellious children.
O God, defend us from the rebellious, give us good government to administer justice, and grant that we may rejoice in and rightly use Your great love. Amen.
撒母耳记下14章 带着谨慎精明,约押感动王来施怜悯,而不是施行公义审判。大卫就因此只在表面上与他的儿子和好。尽管父亲甚至爱邪恶的孩子,做孩子的却不应当滥用这份爱,好像押沙龙曾经所做的那样。因着基督的缘故,上帝的意愿不是要惩罚,乃是要赦免祂有罪和悖逆的儿女。
上帝啊,护卫我们脱离悖逆的,赐给我们良好的政府来施行公正,愿我们在你丰盛的慈爱中欢喜并且正当地使用它。阿们。

第二十八周星期三
2 Samuel 15:1-12 Once Absalom has officially been reconciled to the king, he begins to campaign for the throne. Soon he is no longer content to steal hearts, so he plots to steal the throne. Coveting what God has not given, and scheming sinfully to get it for ourselves, leads not to life but to death. Yet Christ, who is truly righteous, has righteously coveted our life and voluntarily laid down His life on our behalf. We are justified by His grace alone, through faith in His forgiveness.
“Almighty God, You are the only and supreme happiness of the soul of man, without the enjoyment of whom the soul must ever dwell in disquietude and trouble. Fix all the thoughts and affections of my soul upon You, who alone can satisfy all its desires, and give it a peace that passes all understanding. You shall be all in all and the sight of You and Your glory be her great and endless happiness to all eternity. Amen.” (Ger, TLWA, p 160)
撒母耳记下15:1-12 一旦押沙龙得以正式与王和好,他就开始为得王位而奔走谋划。很快他就不再满足于抢夺人心,所以他就暗算着夺取王位。贪图上帝所没有赐予的,在罪中策划如何为我们自己索取到它,引向的不是生命,而是死亡。然而基督,那位真正公义的,却公义地俘获我们的生命,并且甘心自愿为我们的缘故而舍弃祂的生命。我们唯独倚赖祂的恩典,藉着对祂赦罪的信,得称为义。
“全能的上帝,你是人灵魂唯一至上的福乐,若不以你为乐,灵魂必永远居住在躁动和困境之中。请使我灵的所有思想和情感都专注在你身上,唯有你能满足它所有的渴望,并且赐给它出人意外的平安。你是包括一切,又住在各人之内,愿你的容颜和光辉成为她丰盛无穷的福乐,直到永远。阿们。”(德语版,The Lord Will Answer主必成全,160页)

2 Samuel 15:13-23 David is forced to flee Jerusalem and cross the brook Kidron. While his own son and countrymen conspire against him, he receives fierce loyalty from foreigners. In suffering, we, like David, should humble ourselves under God’s hand and commit ourselves and our paths into His keeping. David’s Son, Christ Jesus, was rejected by many of His own (Jn 1:10-11), but He called for disciples from all nations (Mt 28:19-20) to take up the cross and follow Him (Mt 10:16-39). It was He who crossed the brook Kidron, bearing our sin, on the way to the cross.
Lord Jesus, sustain me in suffering, and grant that I may walk in the way of Your cross. Amen.
撒母耳记下15:13-23 大卫被迫逃离耶路撒冷,过了汲沦溪。当他自己的儿子和国人谋算对付他的时候,他却从外邦人中得了极大的忠诚。在患难中,我们,像大卫一样,应当谦卑我们自己在上帝的手之下,将我们自己和我们的道路交托在祂的看顾之中。大卫之子,基督耶稣,曾被祂自己的许多人拒绝(约1:10-11 他在世界,世界也是藉著他造的,世界却不认识他。他到自己的地方来,自己的人倒不接待他),但祂曾从万民中呼召门徒(太28:19-20所以,你们要去,使万民作我的门徒,奉父、子、圣灵的名给他们施洗(或作:给他们施洗,归於父、子、圣灵的名)。凡我所吩咐你们的,都教训他们遵守,我就常与你们同在,直到世界的末了)背起十字架,来跟随祂(太10:16-39…不背著他的十字架跟从我的,也不配作我的门徒。得著生命的,将要失丧生命;为我失丧生命的,将要得著生命)。是祂穿过了汲沦溪(译者注:参 约18:1耶稣说了这话,就同门徒出去,过了汲沦溪,在那里有一个园子,他和门徒进去了),背负着我们的罪,走在上十字架的路上。
主耶稣,请在患难中扶持我,使我走在你十字架的道路上。阿们。

2 Samuel 15:24-37 Though he must depart from Jerusalem, David puts his fate into the Lord’s hands. Yet his allies will be his eyes and ears in Jerusalem, bringing word to him at the Jordan River. Life here in this world is often a wilderness journey of weeping and the expectation of death. This is due to our sin against God. But Christ has gone the way of sorrows on our behalf, that we might cross the Jordan with Him, through the waters of Holy Baptism, out of the wilderness into the promised land of heaven.
O Lord Jesus Christ, by the blood of Your eternal covenant, preserve our faith and bring us at last into Your Jerusalem above. Amen.
撒母耳记下15:24-37 尽管他必须离开耶路撒冷,但大卫将他的命运交托在主耶和华的手中。然而他的同盟将会成为他在耶路撒冷的眼线,将消息带到约旦河送给他。在此地今世的生活常常是一个带着眼泪和死亡威胁的旷野旅途。这是因为我们对上帝所犯的罪。但是基督已经代替我们走完了忧伤的路,好叫我们可以与祂一同穿越约旦河,透过圣洗礼的水,出离旷野,走进天国的应许之地。
主耶稣基督啊,请藉着你永恒之约的宝血,存留我们的信并且带领我们至终抵达你天上的耶路撒冷。阿们。

2 Samuel 16:1-4 Ziba provides for King David in his need. Yet he does so at his master’s expense. David may be too hasty in handing over Mephibosheth’s inheritance. It is tempting to speak falsely of others to gain personal advantage. Today, we are also too easily led to make quick judgments, especially when they agree with our expectations. The Lord, however, looks at the heart and is not fooled. His providence meets all our needs of body and soul, “out of fatherly, divine goodness and mercy, without any merit or worthiness” in us (SC, First Article, p xxxvi).
Keep us, Lord, from false testimony. Thank You for all Your benefits through Jesus Christ. Amen.
撒母耳记下16:1-4 洗巴在大卫王的缺乏中供应他。然而他是以牺牲他主人为代价来行此事的。大卫在处理米非波设产业的事上或许是太草率了。为了个人得利而说别人的坏话,的确是很诱人。今天,我们也会太容易被牵引着做出鲁莽的判断,特别是当他们符合我们的期待之时。然而主耶和华看人心,并不会被愚弄。祂的佑护满足我们身体和灵魂的所有需要,“出于为父,为神的良善和怜悯,并不是有任何功德或配得的”在我们里面(小问答,第一信条,36页)。
保守我们,主耶和华,脱离虚假的见证。为着你藉着耶稣基督赐下的所有恩惠,我们感谢你。阿们。

2 Samuel 16:5-14 David recognizes Shimei’s cursing as the Lord’s justice. He spares Shimei from death, accepts the devine judgment, and entrusts himself to God’s mercy in faith. The curses of God’s Law are the righteous wrath and judgment of the Lord against our sin, for which we “deserve nothing but punishment” (SC, Fifth Petition, p xxxviii). Yet, Christ Jesus has borne the curse and judgment of God in our stead. For His sake, we are spared the punishment we deserve.
Dear Father in heaven, deal with us not according to the severity of Your judgment but according to Your mercy. Amen.
撒母耳记下16:5-14 大卫认识到示每的咒诅是出于主耶和华的公义审判。他就放过示每,没有杀他,而是接受上帝的审判,并且在信心中将他自己交托给上帝的怜悯。上帝律法的咒诅是主耶和华对我们罪的公义愤怒和审判,因着这些罪,我们“所应得的只能是刑罚”(小问答,第五祈祷,38页)。然而,基督耶稣代替我们承担了上帝的咒诅和审判。因着祂的缘故,我们得以脱离我们应得的刑罚。
亲爱的天父,请不要依照你审判的严厉,而是依照你的怜悯待我们。阿们。

2 Samuel 16:15-23 David’s sin is repaid in kind. The evil adultery he committed with Bathsheba is punished by his son’s adultery with his harem. Sadly, some sins lead to more sins and involve other people in a web of evil. God will not let this go unpunished (Gal 6:7). Yet, God is ever working to save us from our sin. For our sake, the Lord Himself suffered the abandonment and betrayal of His friends and the public humiliation of the cross so we would be justified by His grace.
Lord Jesus, friend of sinners, ever faithful in the face of our unfaithfulness, do not hold our sins against us, but save us from our foolishness. Amen.
撒母耳记下16:15-23 大卫的罪也得了同样的报偿。他与拔示巴所犯下的邪恶淫乱之罪,藉着他儿子与他妃嫔的奸淫得到惩治。悲哀的是,一些罪会导致更多的罪,并且将他人拖进一张邪恶的网罗之中。上帝必不任凭这罪不受惩罚(加6:7不要自欺,神是轻慢不得的。人种的是什麽,收的也是什麽)。然而,上帝也一直在作工来拯救我们脱离我们的罪。为了我们的缘故,主祂自己经受祂朋友们的离弃和背叛,还有十字架的公众羞辱,好叫我们可以靠赖祂的恩典得称为义。
主耶稣,罪人的朋友,你面对我们的不忠信,却仍是信实的,请不要拿我们的罪来对付我们,乃是拯救我们脱离我们的愚昧。阿们。

第二十八周星期四
2 Samuel 17 David is on the run. Though apparently at the mercy of his enemies and the elements, David is under the mercy of God, who chastens him as a father disciplines his son, yet all the while maintaining His steadfast love for him. The Lord will humble all who exalt themselves, whether sooner or later. We should pray that the Lord would humble us each day, through discipline unto repentance, so that we may not be humbled before Him in the final judgment! For this repentance, and for the forgiveness of sins, the Lord has instituted the Sacrament of Holy Baptism. In it, we are crucified, dead, and buried with Christ Jesus, in order to be raised with Him to new life (Rm 6:3-4; SC, p xxxix-xl).
We praise You, O God. We bless You and magnify You, that as our dear Father You discipline us in love and provide for all our needs of body and soul, now and forever. Amen.
撒母耳记下17章 大卫在逃跑的路上。尽管大卫看起来是完全落在了他仇敌及其民众的掌控之下,他却是在上帝的怜悯之中,上帝像一位父亲管教儿子那样在惩罚他,然而同时却一直将祂坚固不动摇的慈爱为大卫存留。主耶和华必使所有自我高升的人降卑,或早或晚。我们应当祈求主每一天使我们谦卑,透过管教,进到懊悔里,好叫我们不致于最终审判之时在祂面前蒙羞!为了这懊悔,为了罪的赦免,上主设立了圣洗礼这圣事。在其中,我们与基督耶稣一同被钉,死去,埋葬,为的是与祂一同复活,得新的生命(罗6:3-4岂不知我们这受洗归入基督耶稣的人是受洗归入他的死吗?所以,我们藉著洗礼归入死,和他一同埋葬,原是叫我们一举一动有新生的样式,像基督藉著父的荣耀从死里复活一样;小问答,39-40页)。
我们赞美你,上帝啊。我们颂扬你,尊荣你,因为你作为我们亲爱的天父在爱中管教我们,并且供应我们身体和灵魂的一切所需,从今时直到永远。阿们。

2 Samuel 18:1-18 Absalom, a son of David, is defeated by the Lord and hung on a tree. Joab has Absalom killed and brings the war to an end so the rest of Israel is spared. Pride comes before a fall. Our lives are held and weighed in God’s hands. In contrast to Absalom, Jesus, the sinless Son of David, was reckoned a rebellious sinner (2Co 5:21) and died on a tree to bear God’s curse against the world’s sins (Gal 3:13).
“Fulfilled is all that David told In sure prophetic song of old, That God the nations’ king should be And reign in triumph from the tree.” Amen. (LSB 455:3)
撒母耳记下18:1-18 押沙龙,大卫的一个儿子,被主耶和华所击败,挂在了一颗树上。约押使押沙龙被杀,就促成战争的停息,剩下的以色列人就因此得解脱了。败坏之前先有骄傲。我们的生命是在上帝的手中得维系和衡量。与押沙龙形成对照的是,耶稣,大卫那无罪的儿子,被定为一个悖逆的罪人(林后5:21神使那无罪(无罪:原文作不知罪)的,替我们成为罪,好叫我们在他里面成为神的义)并且死在一颗树上,为担负上帝对世人罪恶的咒诅(加3:13基督既为我们受(原文作成)了咒诅,就赎出我们脱离律法的咒诅;因为经上记著:凡挂在木头上都是被咒诅的)。
“大卫在那古老确实的预言之歌(译者注:参 诗篇22)中所宣告的全部已成就,就是上帝要做万国的君王,并且要从那木头(十字架)而来的得胜中掌权。”(路德宗崇拜手册455:3)

2 Samuel 18:19-30 Ahimaaz is anxious to bring news of the victory to David, but he fails to tell about Absalom’s death. Expecting an angry reaction from the king, Joab sends a Cushite to bear the message. Official messengers must be faithful in delivering the news given them to tell, even if their message is not welcome. This holds true especially for ministers of the Gospel. How blessed are the feet of those who proclaim the Gospel, who tell us that our King Jesus reigns with mercy!
Heavenly Father, give us courage to speak Your Word according to our vocation as Christians. Amen.
撒母耳记下18:19-30 亚希玛斯急着将胜利的消息带给大卫,但却没能讲出押沙龙的死。预料到了从王而来的愤怒反应,约押就差遣一位古示人带去那信息。官方的使者必须忠心递送那交托给他们要传讲的消息,既使当他们的消息不受欢迎的时候。这对福音的执事们来说尤其是正确的。那些传福音之人的脚踪是多么蒙福啊,他们将我们大君王耶稣以怜悯掌权的消息告诉给我们!
天父,请赐给我们勇气来依照我们作为基督徒的天职来传讲你的话语。阿们。

2 Samuel 18:31-33 The Cushite tactfully reveals what has happened, pointing out that Absalom was the king’s enemy and had risen up against the king for evil. Nevertheless, David is overcome with grief at the report of his son’s death. Not only does our sin bring death upon us, but it also brings death and destruction into our relationships with others and much grief to everyone around us. For all of his faults, David is described as a man after God’s own heart, never more so than when his heart went out to the son who betrayed him and sinned against him. Likewise, our Father in heaven has opened His merciful heart to us in the outstretched arms of Jesus, the Son of David.
Lord, grant us grace to rejoice in Your salvation, and to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us, that we may be merciful, even as You are merciful. Amen.
撒母耳记下18:31-33 那位古示人机智地说出了所发生的事,并且指明押沙龙是王的仇敌,曾兴起来为了邪恶的目的对付王。然而,大卫在他儿子之死的报告面前被哀伤所笼罩。我们的罪不仅将死亡带给我们,也将死亡和毁灭带进我们与他人的关系之中,还有将许多哀伤带给我们身边的每一个人。尽管有着他全部的过犯,大卫仍然被称为一位跟随上帝自己心意的人,当大卫的心为那位背叛他,攻击得罪他的儿子倾倒出来(哀哭)的时候,再没有比这更能将之显明的了。同样地,我们天上的父在耶稣,大卫之子伸开的双臂中给我们打开祂怜悯恩慈的心肠。
主耶和华,请赐给我们恩典,去在你的救恩中喜乐,爱我们的仇敌并且为那些逼迫我们的人祷告,好叫我们可以满怀怜悯恩慈,甚至就像你是满有怜悯恩慈的那样。阿们。

第二十八周星期五
2 Samuel 19:1-8c David’s grief over Absalom threatens to undo all that has been accomplished on his behalf. His mourning borders on self-pity and despair, which is neither expedient nor faithful. Sometimes our sin is manifested in pride and self-righteousness, other times in despondency and defeatism. Like Joab, the Law confronts us with what we must do. But God our King speaks kindly to us. He did not spare His own Son but gave Him up for us all.
Dear Father in heaven, we pray “that the devil, the world, and our sinful nature may not deceive us or mislead us into false belief, despair, and other great shame and vice” (SC, Sixth Petition, p xxxviii-xxxix). Give us the victory by the death and resurrection of Your only-begotten Son. Amen.
撒母耳记下19:1-8c 大卫对押沙龙的哀悼带来危机,会使所有已经为他成就了的事毁于一旦。他的哀痛近乎自我哀怜和绝望,这既不是合宜的,也不是信实的。有时候我们的罪会是在傲慢和自我为义中出现,其它时候会是在沮丧和挫败中弥漫。正如约押那样,律法以我们必须做的事来直面我们。但上帝我们的君王恩慈地向我们说话。祂没有怜惜祂自己的儿子,却为我们众人舍了。
亲爱的天父,我们祈求“愿我们不受魔鬼、世界和我们的肉体欺骗引诱以致于落入虚假信仰、绝望和其它严重羞耻和恶习里面”(小问答,第六祈祷,18-19页)。请藉着你独生子的死亡和复活将胜利赐给我们。阿们。

2 Samuel 19: 8d-15 Having won the war, David has the task of regaining the people’s support. The northern tribes of Israel are the first to call for his return to office, but David needs to negotiate Judah’s loyalty. In so doing, he shows that he does not bear grudges against those who opposed him. Today, we are tempted to manipulate the people and situations around us to our own advantage, and even to seek revenge. Remarkably, rather than seeking revenge on us, our gracious God forgives our sins for Jesus’ sake and calls us back to His service.
Lord Jesus, let not pride prevent us from doing what is good and right, nor let us make expedience our rule, but guides us by Your Word. Amen.
撒母耳记下19:8d-15 战争打胜了,大卫还要重新获取百姓的支持。首先是北方的以色列众支派来请王归回王位的,但大卫需要扳回犹大的忠诚。这样做的时候,他表明了不会存留嫉恨对付那些曾抵挡他的人。今天,我们也会受试探,来为了我们自己的益处,甚至为了报复,去操纵摆弄我们身边的人和处境。惊奇的是,我们满有恩典的上帝并没有寻求在我们身上施行报复,乃是因着耶稣的缘故赦免我们的罪,并且呼召我们归回祂的服事。
主耶稣,请不要使骄傲拦阻我们行良善公义之事,也不要让私利成为我们的法则,却要藉着你的话语引领我们。阿们。

2 Samuel 19:16-43 As David retraces his steps to Jerusalem, he meets several of the same people he encountered previously. With mercy, wisdom, and generosity, David crosses over the Jordan, out of the wilderness on his way back to the royal city. In contrast to David’s willingness to forgive, there is too often jealousy and fierce anger burning in our hearts against our brothers. Thanks be to God that His heart burns instead with love and mercy for us. For He despises nothing He has made but forgives the sins of all who are penitent for Jesus’ sake.
Lord God, heavenly Father, grant to us Your Holy Spirit and the charitable heart of Your dear Son, that we may bear with one another in love. Amen.
撒母耳记下19:16-43 在大卫循着原来的路途归回耶路撒冷的时候,他见了几个他之前曾遇见的同样的人。带着怜悯,智慧和慷慨,大卫穿过约旦河,出离旷野,走在他归回圣城的路上。与大卫饶恕的意愿相对照的是,在我们的心中常常燃烧着对付我们弟兄们的嫉妒和凶狠的怒气。感谢归给上帝,祂的心却是带着爱和怜悯为我们燃烧。因为祂不鄙视祂所造的任何事物,却为着耶稣的缘故赦免所有悔改之人的罪。
主上帝,天父,请将你的圣灵和你爱子恩慈的心肠赐给我们,好叫我们在爱中彼此担当。阿们。

2 Samuel 20 For David to return to his throne in Jerusalem, a rebellion among the northern tribes of Israel must be stopped. Though David has been humbled and brought to repentance for his sins, the shadow of rebellion and violence continues to haunt his reign. Nevertheless, by restoring David to the throne of Israel, the Lord shows His promise to raise up a Son of David, whose throne and kingdom shall be eternal. That promise is ultimately fulfilled in Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whose incarnation, death, and resurrection win every spiritual victory.
“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for He has visited and redeemed His people and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of His servant David” (Lk 1:68-69). Amen.
撒母耳记下20章 为了使大卫归回他在耶路撒冷的王位,北部以色列众支派中的反叛必须得到制止。尽管大卫已经被降卑,并且为着他的罪懊悔,但反叛和暴力的阴影继续萦绕着他的治理。然而,藉着使大卫恢复到以色列的王位,主耶和华显明了祂要兴起大卫之子的应许,那大卫之子的宝座和国度将是永恒的。那应许最终是在拿撒勒人耶稣基督里面成就了,祂的道成肉身,死亡和复活赢得了每一场属灵的胜利。
“主以色列的神是应当称颂的!因他眷顾他的百姓,为他们施行救赎,在他仆人大卫家中,为我们兴起了拯救的角”(路1:68-69)。阿们。

第二十八周星期六
2 Samuel 21:1-14 Saul’s sons, whether innocent or guilty with their father, now pay the penalty for Saul’s crime. God will not allow sin to go unpunished, though His justice sometimes does not make sense to us. The apparent innocence of the seven from Saul’s house, who were hanged on a mount before the Lord as an act of atonement for Saul’s sin, brings into sharp focus the all-atoning sacrifice of Christ, the Son of God, who was crucified on Mount Calvary for all the sins of the world. Not just any man’s death would propitiate God; only the death of God’s Son could bring salvation.
Father, thank You for sending Your holy Son to atone for our sins and win salvation for us. Amen.
撒母耳记下21:1-14 扫罗的儿子们,无论是无辜的或是与他们父亲一样是有罪的,如今要为扫罗的罪行付上代价。尽管祂的公正审判有时候对我们来说难以理解,但上帝不会允许罪不受惩治的。扫罗家室中的那七个人,在主耶和华面前被悬挂在一座山上,是作为对扫罗罪行赎罪的一个行动,他们明显的无辜使得上帝儿子,基督的完全赎罪祭得到强烈的聚焦,祂为所有世人的罪被钉死在各各他山上。并不是任何人的死亡都可以使上帝息怒的;只有上帝儿子的死能够带来救恩。
天父,感谢你差遣你的圣子,来为我们的罪付上赎价,并且为我们赢得了救恩。阿们。

2 Samuel 21:15-22 Despite the attack of Philistine giants and armies, David and the armies of Israel are victorious. Due to his old age, David will no longer go out to battle with his troops. Baptized believers in this world will always face warfare with the devil, the world, and the evil desires of the flesh. But God supplies His Holy Spirit for the battle, and He has already won the war through the cross of Christ.
“Lord, keep us steadfast in Your Word; Curb those who by deceit or sword Would wrest the kingdom from Your Son and bring to naught all He has done.” Amen. (LSB 655:1)
撒母耳记下21:15-22 尽管有着非利士伟人和军队的攻击,但大卫和以色列的军队是得胜的。由于他的年纪大了,大卫就不再出去随同他的军队一同作战。受了洗的信徒在这个世界上总是要面对与魔鬼,世界和肉体邪情私欲的争战。但上帝因为那争战就赐下祂的圣灵,祂已经藉着基督的十字架赢得了那战争。
“主耶和华,保守我们稳健在你的话语中;阻止那些想要藉着诡诈或刀剑来将国从你的儿子手中夺去并且将祂所成就了的全部毁于一旦的人。”阿们。(路德宗崇拜手册655:1)

2 Samuel 22 In this song, David acknowledges that God Almighty trained him for war, provided him with weapons of war, fought for him, and gained for him the victory. Whatever good is in us is God’s gift alone. Likewise, forgiveness of our sins and victory over our spiritual enemies are purely His gifts.
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with David I praise You for delivering me from the power of evil. Amen.
撒母耳记下22章 在这首歌中,大卫称颂全能的上帝教导他能以争战,为他提供争战的武器,为他打仗,并且为他赢得胜利。在我们里面的任何良善单单是上帝的恩赐。我们罪的赦免和对我们属灵仇敌的得胜都单单是祂的礼物。
圣父,圣子,和圣灵,我与大卫一同赞美你,因为你救我脱离凶恶的权势。阿们。

第二十九周星期一
2 Samuel 23:1-7 Inspired by the Holy Spirit, David speaks forth his last will and testament, prophesying of God’s eternal covenant, which would be fulfilled in the kingdom of Christ. In fact, all the prophetic and apostolic Scriptures are inspired by the Holy Spirit. The Bible is God’s Word, and we cannot set it aside. In this Word, God sets forth His covenant of grace, an eternal covenant in which Christ rules us, justifies us, and brings us to eternal life.
O Spirit of the Lord, O God of Israel, O Rock of Israel, most Holy Trinity, rule us, save us, and bring us into Your heavenly kingdom. Amen.
撒母耳记下23:1-7 受圣灵的感动,大卫说出他最后的意愿和见证,预言着上帝的永恒之约,就是那将会在基督国度里面成就了的。事实上,所有先知和使徒的话(圣经)都是圣灵所默示的。圣经就是上帝的话语,我们不能置之不顾。在这圣道之中,上帝摆设了祂恩典的盟约,就是一个永恒的约,在其中,基督要治理我们,称我们为义,并且将我们带到永生里。
主耶和华的圣灵啊,以色列的上帝啊,以色列的磐石啊,至圣的三位一体,请治理我们,拯救我们,带领我们进入你永恒的国度里。阿们。

2 Samuel 23:8-39 Though David certainly makes honorable mention of those who fought bravely alongside him, the faithfulness and loyalty of a warrior seems to be the deciding factor in whether he is included in David’s list of mighty men. Joab, a general perceived as disloyal, is excluded from the list. In Heb 11, faith is the qualification for being included on the list. The saints in Heb 11 lived “by faith,” believing God’s Son would ransom them from bondage to hell and death.
Father, through faith in Christ, make me one of Your mighty saints. Amen.
撒母耳记下23:8-39 尽管大卫确实尊荣地提及那些与他曾一同勇敢作战的人,但一个战士的信实和忠诚看起来是那个决定性因素,就是决定他是否被列入大卫勇士们的名单中。约押,一位被看为不忠诚的将军,是被排除在名单之外的。在希伯来书11章中,信心是被列在名单上的资格。希伯来书11章的圣徒们是“凭信”而活,相信上帝的儿子会救赎他们脱离阴间和死亡的枷锁。
天父,请藉着在基督里的信心,使我成为你勇敢圣徒们的一员。阿们。

第二十九周星期二
2 Samuel 24 David’s obsession with numbers and statistical strength does not belong in matters of faith. God did not command this census, so He punishes Israel because of it. The temptation to apply worldly strategies in matters of faith is great but should be resisted. Yet, pestilence led to David’s repentance, repentance led to sacrifice, and sacrifice led to the temple—the place of God’s mercy on earth. Likewise, Christ’s cross was a sacrifice to appease God’s wrath, which now has resulted in the place of God’s mercy on earth: the means of grace in the Holy Christian Church.
“Lamb of God, pure and holy, Who on the cross didst suffer, Ever patient and lowly, Thyself to scorn didst offer. All sins Thou borest for us, Else had despair reigned o’er us: Have mercy on us, O Jesus!” Amen. (LSB 434:1)
撒母耳记下24章 大卫对人数和数据优势的着迷不符合信心的事情。上帝并未吩咐这次数点人数,所以祂就因此惩罚以色列。想要运用世界的策略在信心之事上的试探是大的,但应当得到抑制。然而,瘟疫引向大卫的悔改,悔改引向献祭,献祭引向圣殿—就是上帝的怜悯在人间的居所。同样地,基督的十字架就是要平息上帝愤怒的赎罪祭,就是如今在上帝的怜悯于人间的居所中成就的:那在圣基督教会中的恩典媒介。
“上帝的羔羊,纯洁又神圣,在十字架上确实受苦,却一直忍耐且谦卑,确实将自己献上,受嘲弄。你为我们背负所有的罪,若不然,绝望就要笼罩我们:请向我们施怜悯,噢耶稣!”阿们。(路德宗崇拜手册434:1)

翻译:Gary Liu 主后2017年05月10日

《列王记上》
(第二十九周星期三—第三十一周星期三)

第二十九周星期三
1 King 1:1-4 Opening 1Ki is the account of the last days of King David. The conclusion of David’s great reign and epic life reminds us of the mortality of all people, for all are sinners and must die. Yet through the Messiah—great David’s greater Son—we have hope and confidence beyond this life to the glories of heaven.
Heavenly Father, thank You for giving us the inspired, inerrant, and authoritative books of Scripture. Guide us as we read Your Word to find therein Your priceless promises through the Messiah, in whose name we pray. Amen.
列王记上1:1-4 列王记上的开篇是在描述大卫王最后的日子。大卫伟大王治和辉煌人生的结尾提醒我们所有人的必死性,因为人人都是罪人,并且必须死。然而藉着弥撒亚—伟人大卫的更伟大儿子—我们有超越今生的盼望和信心,直到天国的荣耀里。
天父,感谢你赐给我们这(圣灵)默示,无误,有权威的圣经经卷。当我们读你话语的时候,请引导我们,在其中找见你透过弥赛亚所赐的至珍应许,奉祂的名我们祷告。阿们。

1 King 1:5-10 Even before David’s death, a rivalry between two of his sons develops, as Adonijah prepares to take over the reign. Sin and greed lead to dissension—that has not changed. How ugly to witness family rivalry over an inheritance (cf Lk 12:13-15), which is precisely the matter here, especially addressed by the Ninth Commandment. Pray that your family avoids such temptations and plans well for peace. Because of Christ, we are able to forgive one another and live peaceably in His generous heritage of grace.
Lord God, keep me from jealousy and strife. Lead me to trust Your will for my life. In the Savior’s name, I pray. Amen.
列王记上1:5-10 甚至在大卫死之前,他其中两个儿子之间的争竞就发展起来,亚多尼雅正预备要夺取王位。罪和贪婪引向纷争—那仍然没有改变。看见亲人之间为了产业而争竞(参 路12:13-15众人中有一个人对耶稣说:「夫子!请你吩咐我的兄长和我分开家业。」耶稣说:「你这个人!谁立我作你们断事的官,给你们分家业呢?」 於是对众人说:「你们要谨慎自守,免去一切的贪心,因为人的生命不在乎家道丰富。」)是多么丑陋啊,这恰恰是这里所发生的,第九诫命中有特别论到此事。祈求你的家人会避免这类的试探,并且为了和睦的缘故筹划好。因着基督,我们能够彼此饶恕,并且在祂慷慨的恩典遗产中和睦相处。
主上帝,请保守我远避嫉妒和争竞。引导我信靠你对我生命的旨意。奉救赎主的名,我祈祷。阿们。

1 King 1:11-27 Intrigue increase with word of Adonijah’s maneuvers to gain the throne. Nathan shows proper reserve, stating facts and asking the king what his intentions are. When stakes are high, we may feel the urgency to rob others of their decisions. However, God would have us honor the calling of others by assisting them with facts and good counsel. The Word of His prophets is ever ready to counsel and encourage us in the way of peace, indeed, in the way of life everlasting.
Almighty God, our times are in Your hands. Lead us to use our time on earth wisely, as we live for Him who died for us. Amen.
列王记上1:11-27 密谋与亚多尼雅为要获取王位而召集众人的消息一起加增,。拿单展示出恰当的矜持,陈述事实,并且询问王他的意思是什么。当风险高危的时候,我们可能感到事情的迫切性,就去抢夺他人的决定。然而,上帝意愿我们藉着用事实和好的建议来帮助他人,尊荣他们的职份呼召。祂众先知的话语时常预备好了,要引导和鼓励我们走在平安的路上,确实地,走在永生的道路上。
全能的上帝,我们的时间是在你的手中。我们为祂而活,就是那位曾为我们死了的,请引导我们在地上智慧地使用我们的时间。阿们。

1 King 1:28-53 Informed of Adonijah’s intentions, David declares that Solomon is to succeed him as king according to God’s purposes. Human scheming cannot overthrow God’s plans. This is a warning to all who think they can defy the Almighty, but it is also a great comfort to us whose lives and futures are in the hands of the merciful and gracious God.
Lord God Almighty, I thank You for Your guidance of my life, assuring me that in Your Son, Jesus, You are reigning for my good, both now and eternally. Amen.
列王记上1:28-53 知道亚多尼雅的意图之后,大卫就宣告所罗门要依照上帝的旨意接续他作王。人的计谋不能压倒上帝的计划。这是对所有那些认为他们能对抗全能者之人的一个警告,但也是给我们的一个巨大安慰,我们的性命和未来是在那位满有怜悯和恩惠之上帝的手中。
主全能的上帝,我感谢你对我生命的指引,并且(你使我)确信,在你的儿子耶稣里面,你为了我的益处正在掌权,包括今世和永恒的。阿们。

1 King 2:1-9 Before dying, King David charges his son Solomon with the responsibilities of kingship. He rightly commends God’s Word as the basis of good judgment and leadership. David’s dying example of concern for his son Solomon, and the kingdom over which he would reign, encourages us in Christlike love and service to our families and others. In His death, Christ supplied fully for our life and peaceable service in His kingdom.
Father in heaven, through life and in the hour of death, keep my eyes set on my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
列王记上2:1-9 临死之前,大卫王将君王的责任交托给他的儿子所罗门。他正确地将上帝的话语奉为好的判断和领导力的基石。大卫对他儿子所罗门以及他要治理的国度的关切之临终榜样,鼓励我们要对我们的亲人和其他人有着基督般的爱和服侍。在祂的死亡当中,基督丰盛地供应了我们的生命和在祂国度中的和平服事。
天上的父,请在这一生中,还有临死的时刻,将我的双眼聚焦在我的主救主耶稣基督身上。阿们。

1 King 2:10-12 The Bible reminds us that even great kings are mortal and die. Scripture’s use of the term “sleep” for death—especially when applied to believers—is a wonderful reminder that we shall awaken from death to life with God in heaven, through the sufferings, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
God of our fathers, we thank You for all Your blessings. You daily and richly shower us with goodness through Your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
列王记上2:10-12 圣经提醒我们,既使伟大的君王也是会朽坏,要死的。圣经有用“睡去”这个词来描述死亡—特别是当应用到信徒身上的时候—这是一个美好的提醒,就是我们要藉着耶稣基督的受苦,死亡和复活,必会从死亡中苏醒过来,得到那在天上与上帝同在的生命。
我们先祖的上帝,为着你诸般的祝福,我们感谢你。你藉着你的儿子,我们的救赎主耶稣基督,每日丰富地以良善沐浴我们。阿们。

1 King 2:13-46 Though a man of peace, Solomon oversees the deaths of his political enemies. Scripture does not absolutely approve of Solomon’s motives in these cases but does affirm his right and responsibility to govern. God wants us to respect the earthly government under which we live, recognizing that we serve a higher King and are citizens of an everlasting kingdom, that of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Let me be Thine forever, My faithful God and Lord; Let me forsake Thee never Nor wander from Thy Word. Amen. (LSB 689:1)
列王记上2:13-46 所罗门尽管是一个和平的人,但他指使他政敌们的死亡。圣经并未完全认可所罗门在这些案件中的动机,但的确肯定了他统治的权利和责任。上帝想要我们尊重世俗政府,就是我们生活在其下的,知道我们是服事一位更高的君王,是永恒国度的公民,那国度就是我们主救主耶稣基督的。
让我永远属于你,我信实的主上帝;让我永不离弃你,永不偏离你的道(话语)。阿们。(路德宗崇拜手册689:1)

第二十九周星期四
1 King 3:1-15 In return for Solomon’s selfless request for wisdom, God blesses him, not only with wisdom, but also with riches and honor. May we, like Solomon, recognize that we do not deserve the wonderful opportunities God gives us. Because of our human limitations, we are unable to perfectly fulfill the challenges we face. Yet, in Christ, we have forgiveness; we are a new creation and can do all things through Him who gives us strength and wisdom.
O Lord God, do not forsake me in my life of service, lest I bring it all to ruin. May Your Word, my constant companion, give me strength and wisdom. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
列王记上3:1-15 回应所罗门对智慧的无私请求,上帝祝福了他,不仅是用智慧,也用财富和尊荣。愿我们,像所罗门一样,认识到我们并不配得上帝所赐给我们的美好机遇。因为我们人的有限,我们不能完美地成就我们所担负的重任。然而,在基督里,我们有赦罪恩典;我们就是新造的人,藉着那位赐给我们力量和智慧的祂,能行万事。
主上帝啊,请不要在我服侍的生命中离弃我,免得我将它完全糟蹋。愿你的圣道,就是我恒常的同伴,赐给我力量和智慧。奉耶稣的名。阿们。

1 King 3:16-28 Solomon’s legendary wisdom is evident in his dealing with the two prostitutes who claim to have given birth to the same living child. True wisdom consists of far more than acquiring facts and information. Rather, it is godly wisdom to declare our sinfulness and need for a Savior, and to see in Jesus the One who meets all our needs.
Omniscient Lord, wisdom’s highest treasure resides in Your Son, who is the very Wisdom of God. Guide me constantly to serve You faithfully. Amen.
列王记上3:16-28 两位妓女都宣称自己生了那同一个活着的孩子,所罗门在办理这案件中彰显了他传奇般的智慧。真正的智慧还远远不止于收集事实和信息。更确切地说,敬虔的智慧就是承认我们的罪和对一位救赎主的需要,并且在耶稣里看见能够满足我们所有需要的那位。
无所不知的主,智慧的最高珍品乃是在你的儿子里面,祂就是上帝的大智慧。引导我们一直忠心地服事你。阿们。

1 King 4:1-19 This list of Solomon’s officials, among whom he lived and worked, demonstrates the breadth of his wise rule. Today, the people among whom we work are important to us and to the Lord, who supplies us also companions for serving our nation and His kingdom. We are priceless to Him, and our names are recorded in the Book of Life through Jesus’ work on our behalf.
Thank You, Holy Trinity, for the priceless insights of Your Holy Word. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
列王记上4:1-19 与所罗门一同生活和工作的官员名单,展示出他智慧治理的广度。今天,与我们一起工作的人对我们和对主耶和华来说都是重要的,他们也是我们服侍我们国家和上帝国度的伙伴。我们对上帝来说是无价的,我们的名字藉着耶稣为我们所做的工作,被记在生命册上。
感谢你,圣三一上帝,因为你的圣道有无价的智慧和见识。奉耶稣的名。阿们。

1 King 4:20-34 This was a fleeting, golden time in Israel’s history. The wealth Solomon enjoyed was a gift from the gracious God. Because of God’s great and undeserved love for us, we enjoy countless blessings in this life, including the certainty of priceless joys and blessings awaiting us in heaven.
Almighty God, thank You for the countless blessings You shower upon us without any merit or worthiness in us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
列王记上4:20-34 这是以色列历史上一个短暂的黄金时期。所罗门享受到的财富是从满有恩典的上帝而来的礼物。因着上帝给我们的丰盛和不配得的慈爱,我们得享这生命中数不完的祝福,也包括那等候我们在天上的至珍喜乐和祝福的确据。
全能的上帝,为着你倾倒在我们身上数算不完的祝福,并且都不因为我们里面有任何功德或配得,我们感谢你。奉耶稣的名。阿们。

第二十九周星期五
1 King 5 Solomon, whose name means “peace,” prepares international treaties with Hiram of Tyre in order to build the temple. The Lord calls us to live in peace and to trade with others, even those who do not share our faith. Such peaceful relations are a blessing, but they are small when compared with the blessings of the holy temple. Though Solomon’s temple is no more, God hallows us as His holy temple in Baptism. He has brought us to a saving faith in Jesus. The Holy Spirit dwells within our hearts, and we daily strive to honor our gracious God in all we think, do, and say.
Holy Spirit, dwell within this heart of mine; strengthen my faith in Jesus, my Savior. Amen.
列王记上5章 所罗门,这名字的意思是“和平,”为了建殿就与推罗的希兰王达成国际协议。主耶和华呼召我们要生活在与他人的和睦当中,并且可以与他们做贸易来往,包括那些甚至不和我们有同一信仰的人。这样的和睦关系是一个祝福,但与圣殿的祝福比较起来,这些祝福是小的。尽管所罗门的圣殿不在了,但上帝在圣洗礼中分别我们为祂圣洁的殿。祂带领我们来得着在基督里得救的信心。圣灵在我们心中居住,我们每日努力在我们所思,所行和所言的一切事中尊荣我们满有恩典的上帝。
圣灵,请住在我心中;坚固我在耶稣,我救主里面的信心。阿们。

1 King 6 Specific dates (e.g. 480 years after the Israelites came out of Egypt), measurements (60 cubits long), and descriptions (cherubim of olivewood) lend gravity to this description of the seven years it takes to build the temple. With what care and dedication Solomon builds! The Lord calls us to show equal concern for the house of worship in which we gather. It is, after all, a reflection of our devotion to the Lord, His Word, and His work. His dedication to us appeared in Solomon’s descendant Jesus, whose body as a holy temple secured our salvation.
Lord of hosts, forgive our sins, and enable us to serve You and work with our neighbors. Through Jesus’ name. Amen.
列王记上6章 具体的日期(比如:以色列人出离埃及后的480年),尺寸(60肘长),和描述(橄榄木作的基路伯)都给这建殿所花费的7年的描述增添了分量。所罗门是带着何等的心思和委身来建造的啊!主耶和华呼召我们要为着我们在其中聚会的敬拜居所表达同样的负担。终究,它是我们对主耶和华,祂话语和祂工作委身的一个反映。祂对我们的委身显现在所罗门的后裔耶稣里面,耶稣的身体作为圣殿确保了我们的救赎。
万军之耶和华,请赦免我们的罪,使我们能够服事你,并且与我们的邻舍一起作工。藉着耶稣的名。阿们。

1 King 7:1-12 Solomon’s house takes almost twice as long to build (13 years) as does the temple, an ominous foreshadowing of Solomon’s shifting priorities. Too often, we neglect the things of God in favor of personal interests. Though the Lord would not have us ignore our home and comforts, He bids us to use all we have for the glory of His name, dedicating ourselves and all to the the Architect of heaven. May God for Jesus’ sake refocus our attention on spiritual matters and glorify the great gift of salvation among us!
Triune God, we come to You for forgiveness and renewal in Christ. May we praise Your name in all we do and say. Amen.
列王记上7:1-12 所罗门王宫建造所花的时间(13年)几乎是圣殿所用的两倍,这是所罗门重心位置转移的不祥预兆。太常发生的是,我们为了个人的利益而忽略上帝的事情。尽管主耶和华不愿我们忽略我们的居所和舒适,但祂也吩咐我们要为着祂名的荣耀来使用我们所拥有的一切,将我们自己和所有的一切都奉献给天国的建筑师(上帝)。愿上帝因着耶稣的缘故将我们的注意力重新聚焦在属灵的事物上,并且尊荣那在我们中间丰盛救恩的礼物!
圣三一上帝,我们来到你这里寻求在基督里的饶恕和更新。愿我们在我们所行和所言的一切事上赞美你的名。阿们。

1 King 7:13-51 The inspired account details the temple’s furnishings, indicating the care given to honor this beautiful place of worship. Solomon’s magnificent temple with its furnishings, especially those relating to the sacrificial system, point to the coming Savior. Through Jesus’ blood and merit, all our sins are washed away. Through the Savior’s long-promised sacrifice, forgiveness, life and eternal salvation are ours. Thanks be to God!
Savior of the nations, dwell in my heart, and make it a temple set apart for loving service to You. Amen.
列王记上7:13-51 这默示下来的记载为圣殿的妆饰给出具体细节,也象征着那花费的心思,来尊荣这用于敬拜的美好居所。所罗门辉煌的圣殿,连带它的装饰物件,特别是那些与献祭制度相关联的,都指向那位将要来的救赎主。藉着耶稣的宝血和功德,所有我们的罪都得以洗去。藉着那位救赎主早已应许了的赎罪祭,赦罪、生命和永恒救恩都是我们的了。感谢归给上帝!
万国的救赎主,请居住在我心,使它成为一个分别出来的圣殿,用于对你的敬爱服事。阿们。

第二十九周星期六
1 King 8:1-11 When the Levites bring the ark of the covenant to Jerusalem, the cloud filling the Lord’s house is nothing less than God’s awesome presence—His glory. God’s presence reminds us of our unworthiness before Him. Yet it also announces His hallowing presence among us to cleanse us in His Son, Jesus.
Lord, I thank You for having shown Your glory, not only by Your presence in the temple of Jerusalem, but also especially in the person of Your Son, the Savior. Amen.
列王记上8:1-11 当利未人将约柜带进耶路撒冷的时候,有云充满耶和华的殿,这云可以与上帝令人敬畏的临在—祂的荣光相媲美。上帝的临在提醒我们:我们在祂面前的不配。然而它也宣告着祂在我们中间分别为圣的临在,来在祂的儿子耶稣里面洁净我们。
上主,我感谢你,因你显明了你的荣光,不仅是藉着你在耶稣撒冷圣殿的临在,而且也特别是在你儿子,那位救赎主的位格里面。阿们。

1 King 8:12-21 Solomon recalls how the Lord had graciously kept His promises to His people. We, too, can look to the certainty of His promises. They declare God’s Law (promises to punish sin and disobedience) and His Gospel (promises of deliverance, mercy, and forgiveness in Christ).
Lord God, heavenly Father, I come before You with a deep sense of unworthiness, yet I also trust fully in Your gracious promises of forgiveness in Jesus. Amen.
列王记上8:12-21 所罗门重述主耶和华曾如何满有恩典地保守祂给祂子民的应许。我们,也,可以仰望祂应许的确实。它们宣告着上帝的律法(要惩罚罪恶和悖逆的应许)和祂的福音(在基督里面拯救,怜悯和赦罪的应许)。
主上帝,天上的父,我带着深刻的不配感来到你面前,然而我也完全信靠你在耶稣里满有恩典的赦罪应许。阿们。

1 King 8:22-53 Solomon’s lengthy prayer at the temple’s dedication is a model of devotion to God and reliance on the Lord. Although God dwells in heaven, He has chosen to come and bless His people with His presence. God recognizes our weakness; in Solomon’s words, “there is no one who does not sin” (v 46). God also mercifully hears our prayers for help, comes to us, and delivers us by His great power and love.
Merciful Father, You have chosen to come among us and bless us with the priceless gifts of faith, hope, and love. For this we thank and praise You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
列王记上8:22-53 所罗门在圣殿奉献时所作的长篇祷告是对上帝委身和对主耶和华倚赖的榜样。尽管上帝居住在天上,但祂选择来用祂的临在祝福祂的百姓。上帝知晓我们的软弱;用所罗门的话,“世上没有不犯罪的人”(46节)。上帝也满有怜悯地垂听我们呼求帮助的祷告,来亲近我们,并且凭着祂伟大的权能和慈爱来拯救我们。
满有怜悯的父,你选择来到我们中间,并且用信、望和爱的无价恩赐来祝福我们。为此我们感谢赞美你。奉耶稣的名。阿们。

1 King 8:54-61 Solomon turns to bless the people, recalling God’s gracious help in the past and His greatness: “the LORD is God; there is no other” (v 60). Like Solomon, we have every reason to bless the Lord. We dedicate ourselves so that our hearts may “be wholly true to the LORD our God” (v 61) and that we may share the Good News of Jesus “that all the peoples of the earth may know” the Lord (v 60). For He has forgiven and renewed us by grace.
Triune God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—there is none like You. Lead me always to honor You with all I do and say. I pray in Your saving name. Amen.
列王记上8:54-61 所罗门转过来祝福百姓,重述上帝在过去满有恩典的帮助和祂的伟大:“耶和华是神,并无别神”(60节)。像所罗门一样,我们也有各样理由来颂赞主耶和华。我们将我们自己奉献上,好叫我们的心可以“向主耶和华我们的神完全诚实”(61节)并且我们可以分享耶稣的好消息:“使地上的万民都知道”主耶和华(60节)。因为祂已经出于恩典赦免和更新了我们。
圣三一上帝—父,子,和圣灵—并无其他像你。请引导我总是以我所行所言的一切事来尊荣你。我奉你拯救的名祈祷。阿们。

1 King 8:62-66 The solemn dedication of the temple ends with the awesome sacrifice of thousands of animals and with a feast celebrated by the entire nation of Israel. The thousands of sacrifices at the temple prefigure the one sacrifice when Jesus Christ, the great High Priest, offered His life for the sins of the world. We offer our lives as living sacrifices for our Lord and Savior, having received the priceless gift of salvation through Him.
Loving Savior, thousand, thousand thanks are Yours for the great sacrifice You made on the cross for the sins of the world. Amen.
列王记上8:62-66 圣殿庄严的奉献礼以成千上万只动物的祭祀和一场由整个以色列国民欢庆的圣筵结束。在圣殿的成千上万只祭物预表着那一个赎罪祭,就是耶稣基督,那至高的大祭司,为世人的罪将祂的生命所献上的。藉着祂,我们已经在领受那无价的救恩礼物,所以我们将我们的生命献上作为活祭,给我们的主救主。
满有慈爱的救赎主,因着你为世人的罪在十字架上所做的那伟大的祭物,千千万万的感谢都归给你。阿们。

第三十周星期一
1 King 9:1-9 God appears to Solomon a second time to emphasize the promises and the demands of the covenant with David’s house. God’s promises of blessing and threats of powerful judgment proclaim the Law and the Gospel. The Law and Gospel still apply to us today. The Law calls us to repentance and faithfulness; the Gospel calls us to true faith, blessing, and comfort for now and for eternity.
Lord, keep us from turning away from You and from bringing judgment upon ourselves. Forgive our sins, renew us, and strengthen us for a life of service. In the Savior’s name. Amen.
列王记上9:1-9 上帝第二次向所罗门显现,强调与大卫家室所立之约的应许和要求。上帝祝福的应许和严厉审判的威胁宣扬着律法和福音。律法和福音在今天仍然适用于我们。律法呼召我们朝向悔改和信实;福音呼召我们朝向真信心,祝福和安慰,今世及来生的。
主耶和华,请保守我们不至转离你,保守我们不至将审判带给我们自己。赦免我们的罪,更新我们,并且坚固我们,为了这服事的生命。奉救赎主的名。阿们。

1 King 9:10-28 Hiram feels cheated in his agreement with Solomon, and the king’s glorious building projects include forced labor. The record of Solomon’s acts are a mixture of faithful service to God and sinful greed and self-service. Our lives, too, are a record of sin along with our attempts to serve the Lord. That is why we daily need renewal at the cross of Jesus, in whom we are a new creation, dedicated to godly service.
Lord of the nations, teach us to place our trust not in earthly governments and rulers, but in Your perfect power and love. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
列王记上9:10-28 希兰在他与所罗门所立的合同中感到被欺骗了,王辉煌的建筑工程含有被强迫的苦工。所罗门的行事记载是对上帝忠心服侍和有罪贪婪以及服侍自我的一个混合。我们的生命,也是我们努力服事主并且夹杂着罪的记录。那是为什么我们每日需要在耶稣十字架旁的更新,在祂里面我们是新造的人,得以奉献给敬虔的服侍。
万国的主,请教导我们不将我们的信靠放在属世的政府和掌权者手中,而是放在你完美的权能和慈爱当中。奉耶稣的名。阿们。

1 King 10:1-13 The queen of Sheba’s legendary visit to Jerusalem shows the widespread fame of Solomon’s wisdom. Not only does God bless Solomon with great wisdom, but He also blesses him with a great reputation. May we humbly recognize that the blessings we enjoy—including earthly prosperity and a good name—come to us by God’s undeserved grace in His Son, Jesus.
Everlasting King, teach me to lean not on my own understanding but on the wisdom that abounds in Your Holy Word. For the sake of Jesus, God’s very wisdom, we pray. Amen.
列王记上10:1-13 示巴女王对耶路撒冷传奇般的拜访显示了所罗门智慧的声名远扬。上帝不仅用丰盛的智慧祝福所罗门,而且祂也以美好的名声来祝福他。愿我们谦卑地认识到我们所享受的祝福—包括属世的昌盛和好名声—是因着上帝在祂儿子耶稣里面那不配得的恩典临到我们的。
永恒的大君王,请教导我不倚靠我自己的想法,而是倚靠你圣道中那满溢的智慧。因着耶稣,就是上帝智慧的缘故,我们祈祷。阿们。

1 King 10:14-29 Solomon’s fabulous wealth matches his great wisdom; he “excelled all the kings of the earth in riches and in wisdom” (v 23). We often complain about not having enough of this world’s goods, yet God daily and richly forgives us and continues to shower material blessings upon us. How great is His undeserved goodness! Such is His great love toward us in Christ—becoming poor, that we might be rich.
Almighty Lord, Ruler of earth and sea, all things on earth are Yours. We praise You for Your all-surpassing greatness. Amen.
列王记上10:14-29 所罗门极多的财富与他丰富的智慧相匹配;他“ 的财宝与智慧胜过天下的列王”(23节)。我们经常抱怨没有足够的属世财物,然而上帝每日多多赦免我们,并且继续向我们倾倒物质上的祝福。祂那我们不配得的良善是多么丰盛啊!就是祂在基督里向我们所施行的丰盛慈爱—祂成为贫穷,好叫我们可以得丰富。
全能的主,地和海的掌管者,全地万物都是你的。为着你所有超凡的伟大,我们赞美你。阿们。

第三十周星期二
1 King 11:1-8 The great tragedy of Solomon’s reign is that, having married many foreign women and taken hundreds of concubines, he turns from the Lord to worship his wives’ idols. The tragic fall of Solomon is a warning to believers throughout all ages. If someone so wise and good as Solomon can turn from the Lord, how easily the same thing can happen to us! With a deep sense of humility, we say, “There but for the grace of God go I.” Thanks be to God that He blesses us with faithful spouses and dear families hallowed by His grace.
Lord Jesus, Savior dear, be my guide through life, lest I lost the way. Be my hope and comfort also in the hour of death. Amen.
列王记上11:1-8 所罗门作王时的巨大悲剧是,娶了许多外邦女子为妻,还有妃嫔成百上千,他也因此转离主耶和华去敬拜他妻子们的偶像。所罗门悲剧性的堕落也是对所有世代信徒的一个警告。如果像所罗门这样如此智慧和良善的人还能转离主耶和华,那么同样的事会多么轻易在我们身上发生啊!带着深刻的谦卑,我们说,“若非上帝的恩典,我也会落到如此地步。”感谢归给上帝,祂出于祂的恩典将忠心的配偶和亲爱的家人分别为圣,并以此祝福我们。
主耶稣,亲爱的救主,请在我生命的旅途中做我的向导,免得我迷失方向。也请在死亡来临的时刻,做我的盼望和安慰。阿们。

1 King 11:9-43 The closing years of Solomon’s reign are troubled as the Lord foretells the division of the kingdom and raises up adversaries to Solomon (e.g., Jeroboam). We dare never take God’s grace lightly, thinking we can sin without consequences. May God the Holy Spirit always keep us focused on our Savior through Word and Sacraments. Jesus did not take us for granted; He saved us with precious grace.
Blest Savior dear, be always near. Keep me from evil, harm, and fear. Amen.
列王记上11:9-43 所罗门作王的最后年月常遭忧患,主耶和华预告了王国的分裂,并且祂要给所罗门兴起敌人(比如:耶罗波安)。我们永远不敢轻慢上帝的恩典,以为我们能犯罪却不用承担后果。愿圣灵上帝总是藉着圣道和圣礼保守我们专注在我们的救赎主身上。耶稣并未随意待我们;祂乃是以宝贵的恩典拯救了我们。
当称颂的亲爱救主,请常常亲近我。保守我脱离凶恶,伤害,和恐惧。阿们。

第三十周星期三
1 King 12:1-15 Solomon’s son Rehoboam foolishly alienates many of the people by laying on them a heavier burden of hard labor than his father had. Rehoboam’s arrogance is a warning. When we shut our minds and hearts to the advice of others—and especially to God’s inspired Word—we invite disaster. Our greatest asset in life’s struggle is God’s Word for wisdom, forgiveness, and renewal in Christ.
Mighty Judge, we come before You with deep awe. Spare us unworthy sinners from the judgment we so justly deserve. In our Savior’s name we ask this. Amen.
列王记上12:1-15 所罗门的儿子罗波安将更重的苦工担子加在百姓身上,比他的父亲还甚,就因此愚昧地疏远了许多百姓。罗波安的傲慢是一个警告。当我们对他人的建议—特对是对上帝默示下来的圣道封闭我们的头脑和心思的时候,—我们是在招引祸患。我们生命患难中最大的资产是上帝的道,为在基督里得智慧,赦免,以及更新。
满有能力的审判者,我们带着深深的敬畏来到你面前。请将我们这些不配的罪人,从我们当得的审判中释放出来。奉我们救赎主的名我们为此恳求。阿们。

1 King 12:16-24 Rehoboam’s foolish and sinful attitude divides the kingdom, making Jeroboam king of the northern tribes. When the leaders of the new Israel, the Church, turn from God’s guidance, they invite calamity and ruin. The great Lord of history uses past examples to work repentance in us. He breaks into history, applying mercy through our gracious Savior.
Lord of heavenly hosts, You hold the nations as but dust upon the scales. I trust in Your almighty power. In the Savior’s name, I bring before You all my needs. Amen.
列王记上12:16-24 罗波安愚昧且有罪的态度造成王国分裂,使得耶罗波安成为北部众支派的王。当新以色列,即教会的领袖们,转离上帝的引导之时,他们就招来不幸和毁灭。历史的至高上主使用过去的例子来在我们里面生发懊悔。祂闯进历史,藉着我们满有恩典的救主来施行怜悯。
天上万军之主耶和华,你看万国不过为天平上的微尘。我愿信靠你的全能。奉救主的名,我将我所有的需要带到你面前。阿们。

1 King 12:25-33 Jeroboam sets up rival worship. By making golden calves and temples for the practice of idolatrous religion, he leads the people into sin. Today, we need to be aware of the subtle giving of our hearts to the idols of false religions, materialism, pleasure, and self-centeredness. The Lord turns us away from these traps and leads us to the worship of the true God, our Savior, who created the heavens and the earth.
Lord of history, through the study of Your Holy Word enable us to learn all that You would teach us. Give us godly wisdom to avoid the errors of the past and follow what is good and right. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
列王记上12:25-33 耶罗波安设立竞争性的敬拜。为了偶像崇拜的宗教操练,他造出金牛犊和殿宇,也因此带领百姓陷入罪中。今天,我们也必须警惕我们心里上,对虚假宗教的偶像,物质主义,享乐以及自我中心的任何微小的倾斜。主耶和华使我们转离这些陷阱,并引导我们来敬拜那独一真上帝,我们的救赎主,祂创造了天和地。
(掌管)历史的主,请藉着对你圣道的学习查考,使我们能够学到所有你要教导我们的东西。赐给我们敬虔的智慧,来避免过去的错误,并且追随良善公义之物。奉耶稣的名。阿们。

第三十周星期四
1 King 13:1-10 A man of God from Judah confronts King Jeroboam. Following the example of the bold men and women of God in ancient times, we can proclaim God’s Law as we speak out against sin. He gives us the healing Gospel of forgiveness in Jesus, which we share with all who are weighed down by sin and guilt.
Father in heaven, convicted of sin by Your Holy Law, I come to You for the sweet forgiveness promised in the Gospel of Jesus, Your Son, my Savior. Amen.
列王记上13:1-10 从犹大来的一位神人当面指责耶罗波安。追随上帝古时那些大胆男人和女人的例子,我们能够宣扬上帝的律法,向着罪发声。祂赐给我们在耶稣里赦罪恩典的医治福音,我们可以将之分享给所有被罪和愧疚所压垮的人。
天上的父,因着你圣洁的律法我被定罪,我来到你面前寻求那在耶稣,你儿子,我救主福音里所应许了的甜美赦罪之恩。阿们。

1 King 13:11-34 An old prophet leads a man of God into sin. Meanwhile, King Jeroboam “did not turn from his evil way” (v 33). The history of God’s chosen people gives numerous examples of people hardening their hearts against the truth of God’s Word. The Lord who calls us to faith must likewise keep us in the faith, which He does through daily repentance and His means of grace.
Omniscient God, You know my heart. Cleanse me from all deceit and self-righteousness. Fill me with faith and the righteousness that is mine in Jesus Christ. Amen.
列王记上13:11-34 一位老先知引领一位神人陷入罪中。同时,耶罗波安王“仍不离开他的恶道”(33节)。人使自己的心刚硬抵挡上帝话语的真理,上帝选民的历史给出无数个例子。那位呼召我们到信心中的主耶和华,必会同样地保守我们在这真信仰里,祂藉着每日的悔改和祂恩典的媒介来成就此事。
无所不知的上帝,你知晓我的心。请洁净我脱离所有的诡诈和自我为义。并用信心和那在耶稣基督里属于我的义充满我。阿们。

1 King 14:1-18 The prophet Ahijah foretells that Jeroboam’s dynasty will come to an end. God brings punishment on those who go against His Word and who refuse to repent of their evil ways. This message is related repeatedly in the history of Israel’s kings. But what also is related through this sacred history is God’s patience with His people, whom He planned to save by the righteous reign of His Son, Jesus Christ.
Gracious Lord, we pray that in Your mercy, You always keep us close to You and Your Word, never cut off but forever bound in faith. In the Savior’s name we ask this. Amen.
列王记上14:1-18 先知亚希雅预言耶罗波安的王朝必要终结。上帝降罚在那些抵挡祂的道,拒绝为他们的恶道悔改的人身上。这信息在以色列君王的历史中不断地被提及。但贯穿这神圣的历史也被提及的是,上帝对祂百姓的忍耐,祂计划要藉着祂儿子耶稣基督的公义治理来拯救祂的百姓。
满有恩典的主,我们祷告:在你的怜悯中,愿你总是保守我们亲近你和你的圣道,永不被砍掉,却永远在信心中得稳固。奉救赎主的名我们为此祈祷。阿们。

1 King 14:19-20 Jeroboam’s reign marks the beginning of a line of kings who will continue to lead the people of Israel astray. Because of sin, death has entered our world. The constant reminder of this fact in Scripture and in the world around us should lead us to look to the solution, to Jesus, the Savior whose coming was promised in the OT and recorded in the NT.
King of kings, You rule over the mighty of this world; You are the Lord of life and death. When I pass from this life, let me fall asleep in Jesus, and when He returns awaken to the joys of heaven. Amen.
列王记上14:19-20 耶罗波安的掌权标志着一连串将会继续带领以色列百姓走迷的君王的开始。因着罪,死亡已经进入我们的世界。在圣经里面以及环绕我们的世界中对这个事实的不断提醒,引导我们仰望那解药,仰望耶稣,那位救赎主,祂的到来曾在旧约中被应许并且在新约中被记载下来。
万王之王,你掌管这世界中有势力的;你是生命和死亡的主。当我从此生离开的时候,请让我在耶稣里睡去,当祂归来的时候,让我苏醒,得天上的喜乐。阿们。

1 King 14:21-31 Idolatry marks Rehoboam’s reign, even though he does not promote it as Jeroboam does in Israel. Sin and rebellion against God are not limited by politics or geography. No one is immune from God’s judgment. Pray that God in His mercy will forgive and spare the new Israel, the Church, for the sake of Jesus, the Savior. His faithful reign extends to all people.
Lord God almighty, send Your Holy Spirit to enlighten and strengthen us, that we may not fall into sin and unbelief. In the Savior’s name we pray. Amen.
列王记上14:21-31 罗波安作王有偶像崇拜的特征,既使他不像耶罗波安在以色列所做的那样去推行它。犯罪和悖逆上帝并不受政治或地域的限制。没有人可以免受上帝的审判。祷告愿上帝在祂的怜悯中因着耶稣救赎主的缘故赦免饶恕那新以色列,即教会。祂信实的治理恩济万民。
全能的主上帝,请差遣你的圣灵光照和坚固我们,好叫我们不陷入罪和不信之中。奉救赎主的名我们祈祷。阿们。

第三十周星期五
1 King 15:1-8 Rehoboam’s son Abijam reigns for only three years, but it is long enough for him to follow in his father’s sinful footsteps. The example that parents set greatly influences their children. Our example for the next generation influences whether they will walk “in all the sins” of their forefathers or whether their hearts may be “wholly true to the LORD” (v 3). Thanks be to Jesus! He not only set an example for us but also assured our rescue by declaring us God’s children through Holy Baptism.
Tender Savior, guard and protect us always; help us to pass Your Saving Word on to the next generation, that our children and their children may grow up to know You and sing Your praises. Amen.
列王记上15:1-8 罗波安的儿子亚比央作王只有三年,但有足够时间让他效仿他父亲罪恶的行径。父母所设立的榜样会在很大程度上影响他们的儿女。我们给下一代人的榜样会影响他们是否行走在他们父辈的“一切恶中”,或者他们的心是否“诚诚实实地顺服耶和华”(3节)。感谢归给耶稣!祂不仅为我们设立了一个榜样,并且也藉着圣洗礼宣告我们为上帝的儿女,保证了我们的拯救。
温柔的救赎主,请总是护卫保守我们;帮助我们将你救恩的道传给下一代,好叫我们的儿女和他们的儿女能够成长来认识你并且歌唱赞美你。阿们。

1 King 15:9-24 Asa breaks the pattern of wickedness and “did what was right in the eyes of the LORD” (v 11), though the idolatrous high places remain. The Bible does not teach fatalism. Despite the sins of one generation, the Lord can raise up the next in the right way. Take heart! The Lord intercedes in history. He intercedes in our lives by His gracious Word.
Loving Shepherd, You guide us through this world. Please bless this land with godly leaders who trust in You and follow Your Word. Amen.
列王记上15:9-24 亚撒打破了邪恶的范式,“行耶和华眼中看为正的事”(11节),尽管拜偶像的高地仍然存在。圣经并未教导宿命论。尽管一代人有罪,但主耶和华能兴起下一代走在正路上。振作起来!主耶和华在历史中介入。祂藉着祂满有恩典的圣道介入到我们的生命中。
慈爱的大牧者,你引导我们穿越这个世界。请以信靠你并且顺服你圣道的敬虔领袖祝福这土地。阿们。

1 King 15:25-32 Switching from Judah to Nadab’s reign in the Northern Kingdom, we learn that Nadab, like all the other Israelite kings, “did what was evil the sight of the LORD” (v 26). The pattern of wicked leadership became entrenched in Israel. Evil is working for such entrenchment still today. Through the Word, the Lord equips us to stand against wickedness in our times and in our land. Likewise, through the means of grace, He brings forgiveness and life to us anew each day.
Lord God heavenly Father, guard us from wickedness in high places. Defend Your people who daily call upon Your saving name. Amen.
列王记上15:25-32 从犹大切换到北国拿答的称王,我们了解到拿答像所有其他以色列王一样,“行耶和华眼中看为恶的事”(26节)。邪恶领袖的范式变得深植于以色列。魔鬼今天也仍在挖掘这样的堑壕。藉着圣道,主耶和华装备我们站起来对付我们这个时代在我们土地上的邪恶。同样地,藉着恩典的媒介,祂将赦罪恩典和生命带给我们,每一天都是新的。
主上帝天上的父,请在高位保守我们脱离邪恶。护卫你的百姓,就是每日求告你拯救之名的。阿们。

1 King 15:33-16:7 Because of the evil of Israel’s King Baasha, the Lord predicts that his house, like that of Jeroboam, will be cut off (16:3). But God’s grace to families and households persists, even for us. The great King of heaven confirms us as members of His household.
Lord, bless this house, whate’er befall; may Jesus Christ be all in all. Amen.
列王记上15:33-16:7 因为以色列王巴沙的恶,主耶和华预言他的家室,像耶罗波安的那样,必被剪除(16:3)。但上帝对亲人和家室的恩典是持久的,甚至也给了我们。天上的大君王坚证我们为祂家室的成员。
上主,无论遭遇什么,请祝福这家;愿耶稣基督包括一切,又住在各人之内。阿们。

1 King 16:15-20 Zimri lasts only seven days as king before the troops conspire against him and make Omri the king. Zimri dies when he burns down the king’s house. When we despise the preaching of God’s Word, disaster can come quickly. That is why repentance and the drowning of our sinful nature—the old Adam—is a daily activity, as we receive renewal in the Holy Spirit through the life-giving Word of Scripture.
Heavenly Father, forgive us the sins of this day, and renew us by the Holy Spirit to live for Him who died and rose again for our salvation. Amen.
列王记上16:15-20 在军队密谋对付他并且立暗利为王之前,心利作王仅持续了7日。心利烧毁王宫,自己也就死掉了。当我们鄙视上帝话语的传讲之时,灾祸会很快临到。那也是为什么悔改以及淹死我们有罪的本性即老亚当,是一件每日的事,我们藉着圣经那赐生命的道领受在圣灵里的更新。
天父,请赦免我们今日的罪,藉着圣灵更新我们,好去为祂而活,祂曾为了我们的救赎而死并且复活。阿们。

1 King 16:21-28 During Omri’s reign in Israel, civil war breaks out, with half the people following him and half following Tibni. Omri’s forces are victorious, and Tibni dies. Amid all the conflicts of our age, true peace resides in Jesus Christ, through whom our sins are forgiven so that we are reconciled to our heavenly Father and may be reconciled to one another.
“Lord, keep us steadfast in Your Word; Curb those who by deceit or sword Would wrest the kingdom from Your Son And bring to naught all He has done.” Amen. (LSB 655:1)
列王记上16:21-28 暗利在以色列作王期间,内战爆发了,一半随从他,另一半随从提比尼。暗利的势力得胜,提比尼死了。在我们时代所有的冲突漩涡中,真正的和平安定在耶稣基督里,藉着祂我们的罪得赦免,好叫我们可以与我们的天父和好,然后或许可以彼此重归于好。
“主耶和华,请保守我们稳健在你的圣道中;拦阻那些想要藉着欺骗或刀剑将国从你的儿子手中夺去并将祂已成就了的一切完全摧毁的人。”阿们。(路德宗崇拜手册655:1)

1 King 16:29-34 Ahab, who marries Jezebel the Sidonian, becomes the most notorious of the long line of wicked kings (v 30). Once people reject God’s Word, anything goes, as the lives of Ahab and Jezebel attest. Yet by His grace, God can call people from the deepest shadow of darkness to repentance and salvation. In Christ, we have the light of life; in Him, we receive the grace and love of our heavenly Father.
“Renew me, O eternal Light, And let my heart and soul be bright, illuminated with the light of grace That issues from Your holy face.” Amen. (LSB 704:1)
列王记上16:29-34 那位娶西顿人耶洗别为妻的亚哈,成为恶王长名单中最臭名昭著的(30节)。一旦百姓弃绝上帝的话语,任何事都会发生,正如亚哈和耶洗别的生命所证实了的。然而藉着祂的恩典,上帝能够从最深的黑暗幽谷中呼召百姓朝向悔改和救恩。在基督里,我们有生命的光;在祂里面,我们领受我们天父的恩典和慈爱。
“更新我,噢永世之光,让我的心和灵魂明亮,蒙恩典之光的照耀,就是那从你圣洁的面容所发出的恩典之光。”阿们。(路德宗崇拜手册704:1)

第三十周星期六
1 King 17:1-7 Having predicted a drought to Ahab, the great prophet Elijah goes to the brook Cherith, where the Lord has ravens miraculously provide for him. In a wicked, harsh, and hostile world, God watches over those who are His. No matter how much everything may seem to be against us, the Lord is with us, a haven of everlasting love.
Heavenly Father, when all seems lost, remind us that You did not withhold Your only Son from us. In Jesus, the bread of life, You will give us all we need for this world and for the life to come. Uplift us with assurance of Your love and protection, in Jesus Christ. Amen.
列王记上17:1-7 大先知以利亚向亚哈预言了一场旱灾,就去到基立溪,主耶和华在那里吩咐乌鸦奇迹般地供应他的所需。在一个邪恶,艰苦并且充满敌视的世界里,上帝垂顾那些属于祂的人。任何事看起来对我们无论是多么的不利,但主耶和华与我们同在,一个永恒慈爱的港湾。
天父,当一切看起来都丧失掉的时候,请提醒我们你曾经毫无保留地将你的独生子赐给我们。在耶稣,那生命的粮里面,你必赐给我们所需的一切,不仅为今世,而且也为来生。请在基督里面,用你慈爱和保护的确据来高举我们。阿们。

1 King 17:8-16 Through Elijah, the Lord miraculously provides food for a widow in Zarephath. This story illustrates God’s never-ending goodness. He daily and richly provides for all our needs, blessing us far beyond what we deserve or what we ask.
O Lord, may Your past goodness be our assurance for the future. We thank You especially for Your Word, which brings us to know the greatest blessing of all—everlasting salvation in Jesus Christ. Amen.
列王记上17:8-16 透过以利亚,主耶和华奇迹般地为撒勒法的一位寡妇供应食物。这则故事勾勒出上帝永不止息的良善。祂每日丰富地供应我们所需的一切,祝福我们,远超我们所配得的或我们所求的。
主耶和华啊,愿你过去的良善成为我们未来的确据。我们特别为着你的圣道感谢你,你的圣道带领我们认识那一切事中最大的祝福—就是在耶稣基督里永恒的救恩。阿们。

1 King 17:17-24 When the widow’s son dies, Elijah raises him back to life by God’s power. Already in OT stories such as this, we see God’s power over death, the height of which is Christ’s glorious resurrection from the dead. For us and for our salvation, He has conquered sin, Satan, and death, opening the gates to everlasting life in heaven.
Lord of life and death, be with me in the hour of death with the assurance that comes from Your conquest over sin, Satan, and death itself. Amen.
列王记上17:17-24 寡妇的儿子死了,以利亚却藉着上帝的大能使他复活过来。在旧约中类似这样的故事里面,我们已经看见上帝对死亡的得胜权能,而耶稣从死里的荣耀复活就是此事的顶点。为了我们以及我们的救恩,祂已战胜罪,撒旦和死亡,并且打开通往天上永恒生命的门。
生命和死亡的主耶和华,你胜过罪,撒旦和死亡本身,请带着从之而来的确据,在临死的时刻与我同在。阿们。

1 King 18:1-19 Even in wicked King Ahab’s presence, God protects Elijah and Obadiah. This is a comfort to Christians, lest we think that God will allow the wicked to destroy us. Our noblest calling in life is to bear witness to the Law and Gospel, proclaiming God’s judgment and His grace in Jesus Christ. As we do so, we have Christ’s own assurance, “I am with you always” (Mt 28:20).
“Praise to You and adoration, Blessed Jesus, Son of God, Who, to serve Your own creation, Came to share our flesh and blood.” Amen. (LSB 692:1)
列王记上18:1-19 既使在恶王亚哈面前,上帝仍保护以利亚和俄巴底。这是对基督徒的一个安慰,免得我们以为上帝会允许邪恶之徒毁灭我们。我们此生最崇高的呼召就是见证律法和福音,宣扬上帝的审判和祂在耶稣基督里的恩典。当我们这样做的时候,我们有基督自己的确据,“我就常与你们同在”(太28:20凡我所吩咐你们的,都教训他们遵守,我就常与你们同在,直到世界的末了)。
“赞美和尊荣都归给你,当称颂的耶稣,上帝之子,你来共担我们的血肉,服事你自己所造的。”阿们。(路德宗崇拜手册692:1)

1 King 18:20-40 The famous confrontation between Elijah and the prophets of Baal ends with the execution of the false prophets. Their overthrow is a classic example of how God makes sure the truth ultimately prevails. No matter how entrenched and powerful the forces of evil are in the world, God is still guiding history for the good of His people, for their everlasting salvation.
Lord God, how bold the wicked are, yet I know that You will always be with those whom You have brought into Your family by faith in Jesus Christ. Amen.
列王记上18:20-40 以利亚与巴力众先知之间著名的对决以假先知们的被处死结束。他们的覆没是上帝如何确保真理最终必胜的一个经典例子。无论邪恶的势力在这个世界上扎根有多深,且有多么的强势,但上帝依然在主领历史,为了祂子民的益处,为了他们永恒的救恩。
主上帝,邪恶之徒是多么大胆啊,但我知道你必常与那些你已经藉着对耶稣基督的信领进你家中的人同在。阿们。

1 King 18:41-46 After the 3 1/2 year drought, God sends rain when “Elijah prayed again” (Jas 5:18). How powerful is the prayer of a righteous person! May the Holy Spirit dispel our sinful doubts and replace them with the spirit of Elijah, so we confidently trust our Savior.
Like Elijah of old, O Lord, I boldly call upon You in prayer. Keep me and those I love in the safety of Your loving hands. Amen.
列王记上18:41-46 三年半的旱灾过了,当“以利亚又祷告”的时候,上帝就降下雨来(雅5:17-18以利亚与我们是一样性情的人,他恳切祷告,求不要下雨,雨就三年零六个月不下在地上。他又祷告,天就降下雨来,地也生出土产)。义人的祈祷是多么有能力啊!愿圣灵驱散我们有罪的疑惑,却用以利亚的灵将之替代,好叫我们可以满怀信心倚赖我们的救赎主。
像古时的以利亚一样,主耶和华啊,我放胆在祷告中呼求你。请保守我和那些我所爱的人在你慈爱恩手的保障里面。阿们。

第三十一周星期一
1 King 19:1-8 Elijah becomes a wanted man, as Queen Jezebel seeks to kill him. He flees into the wilderness to Mount Horeb, where centuries earlier, Moses had received the Ten Commandments. At times, believers may feel the need to flee from those who would destroy them because of their Christian faith and their profession of that faith. Will it come to that in our land? Even if it does, we can be sure that the Lord will always be with us, patiently blessing us with His love, mercy, and grace.
Almighty God, You are the refuge for Your people in times of trouble. We trust You with all our needs. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
列王记上19:1-8 以利亚成为一个被通缉的人,因为王后耶洗别寻着要杀他。他就逃进旷野到了何烈山,就是摩西几个世纪之前曾在那里领受十诫的地方。有时候,信徒也可能感到有必要逃离那些因着他们的基督信仰和他们对那信仰的宣告而想要毁灭他们的人。即便如此,我们可以确定的是,主耶和华必永远与我们同在,并满有忍耐地用祂的慈爱,怜悯和恩惠祝福我们。
全能的上帝,你是你百姓在患难之时的避难所。我们将我们一切的所需交托给你。奉耶稣的名。阿们。

1 King 19:9-18 When Elijah is discouraged, the Lord comes to him in a “low whisper,” encouraging him that he is not alone and commissioning him to return to his God-given ministry. God’s voice speaks to us in the quietness of the inspired pages of Scripture, by which He encourages us with the forgiveness, life, and salvation in Jesus, the Word made flesh.
I thank You, dear God, that in the pages of the Bible, You have come with the assuring whisper of Your presence and protection. In the gentle Savior’s name. Amen.
列王记上19:9-18 当以利亚灰心丧气的时候,主耶和华就在“微小的声音”中临到他,鼓励他说他不是独自一人并且吩咐他返回到上帝所赐予的事工中。上帝的声音在那被默示圣经页面的安静中向我们说话,祂藉此以那道成肉身的耶稣里面的赦罪恩典,生命和救恩来鼓励我们。
我感谢你,亲爱的上帝,在圣经的纸张中,你以你同在和护卫的确实性低语临到。奉那温柔的救赎主之名。阿们。

1 King 19:19-21 Elijah casts his cloak on Elisha, who will succeed him in God’s work. Let us, in the time we have on earth, lay the calling of God’s Word on the shoulders of the next generation. As God raises up Elisha to follow in Elijah’s footsteps, so He is now raising up faithful servants of the Gospel to minister to this generation and the next.
God of the prophets, bless the prophets’ sons—all who proclaim the Good News of salvation in Jesus Christ. Bless them with courage as they proclaim Your Word to the ends of the earth. Amen.
列王记上19:19-21 以利亚将外衣搭在以利沙身上,他将接替以利亚继续上帝的工作。让我们在地上所拥有的时光里,将上帝话语的呼召职分搭在下一代的肩膀上。正如上帝兴起以利沙来追随以利亚的脚踪那样,祂如今也兴起忠心的福音仆人,来服事这一代以及下一代的人。
众先知的上帝,请祝福先知们的后裔—就是所有宣扬那在耶稣基督里救恩好消息的人。随着他们宣扬你的圣道直到地极,请以勇气祝福他们。阿们。

第三十一周星期二
1 King 20: 1-12 After describing Elijah’s prophetic ministry, the sacred text returns to the history of King Ahab and his wars with Ben-hadad, king of Syria. The Lord guides history and even uses evil people for His good purposes. In such records, the Lord teaches us how He punishes the godless and protects those who call on His name. While the Bible records battles and wars, behind it all, God is still in control for the sake of His people.
Lord of the nations, amid the upheavals and wars of this sinful world, guide, strengthen, encourage, and uplift Your people. Amen.
列王记上20:1-12 描述以利亚的先知事工之后,圣经又回到亚哈王以及他同亚兰王便哈达争战的历史。主耶和华引领历史,甚至使用邪恶的人来成就祂美善的旨意。在这类记载中,主耶和华教导我们祂如何惩治不敬虔的人,以及如何保护那些呼求祂名的人。圣经记录下战场和打仗之事,在这所有的背后,上帝为着祂子民的缘故仍在掌权。
万国之主,在这有罪世界的动荡和战乱中,请指引,坚固,勉励并且高举你的百姓。阿们。

1 King 20:13-25 Speaking through a prophet, the Lord tells Ahab that he will defeat the Syrian forces of Ben-hadad. Though undeserving, Ahab is blessed by God with victory. The Lord still sends the rain on the wicked as well as on the just (Mt 5:45). His merciful goodness is infinite for the sake of His children, whom He protects.
We praise You, O Lord, for the mercy and righteousness You provide us, though we are unworthy. Guide Your people, and shine on us from age to age. Amen.
列王记上20:13-25 藉着一位先知说话,主耶和华告诉亚哈他将会击败便哈达的亚兰军队。尽管是不配得的,但亚哈仍然蒙了上帝所赐胜利的祝福。主耶和华依然降雨给恶人,正如给义人一样(太5:45这样就可以作你们天父的儿子;因为他叫日头照好人,也照歹人;降雨给义人,也给不义的人)。祂满有怜悯的良善对那些祂所保护的儿女来说是无限量的。
我们赞美你,主耶和华啊,因为你赐怜悯和公义给我们,尽管我们不配。请引导你的百姓,光照我们,一代接着一代。阿们。

1 King 20:26-30 The Lord allows the smaller Israelite force to crush many Syrians because the Syrian king, Ben-hadad, mocked God’s omnipresent rule. Beware of mocking the Almighty, either by insult or by lack of faith in His good and gracious rule, which extends over all. He rules in favor of His beloved people. How great is His power toward us in the living Savior, Jesus!
Grant me all boldness, mighty Lord, to carry out Your will and declare Your greatness. Amen.
列王记上20:26-30 主耶和华让少数的以色列军队来溃败多数的亚兰人,因为亚兰王便哈达嘲笑上帝无所不在的统治。要留心,不要嘲笑全能者,无论是藉着侮辱,还是因着不信任祂良善和满有恩典的,延至万民的统治。祂正在掌权为了祂蒙爱子民的益处。祂在那位活着的救赎主耶稣里面向我们所施的权能是多么伟大啊!
请赐我所有的勇气,满有能力的主耶和华,来行你的旨意并且宣扬你的伟大。阿们。

1 King 20:30-43 The Lord’s prophet uses a parable to show Ahab his guilt in releasing Ben-hadad, king of Syria. God calls us to deliver His Word faithfully, whether creatively (as in this example) or in brutal directness. How marvelously our Lord’s parables continue to instruct us in repentance and in faith, through the Gospel of His kingdom. His gracious rule delivers us from evil.
Strike my heart, O Lord. Wound me by the Law, that You may heal and deliver me with the life-giving Gospel of Jesus. Amen.
列王记上20:30-43 主耶和华的先知使用一个比喻向亚哈展现他放走亚兰王便哈达的罪责。上帝呼召我们忠心地传讲祂的话语,很有技巧地(就像在这个例子中)或是以非常直率的方式。我们主的比喻仍然藉着祂国度的福音继续在悔改和信心中教导我们,这是多么不同寻常啊!祂满有恩典的统治拯救我们脱离凶恶。
击打我的心,主耶和华啊。藉着律法鞭笞我,好使你可以用耶稣赐生命的福音医治和拯救我。阿们。

第三十一周星期三
1 King 21:1-16 When Naboth refuses to sell his vineyard to Ahab, Queen Jezebel schemes to charge Naboth with cursing God. Having been falsely accused, Naboth is stoned to death, and Ahab takes possession of the vineyard in violation of God’s commandment (Ex 20:17). We are constantly tempted to get what we want at the expense of others. Instead of taking from others, Jesus gave Himself for us. In sacrificing His life for the sins of the world, He gave us the priceless treasure of life and salvation.
Lord Jesus, touch our cold and loveless hearts, and fill them with the warmth of Your love, that we may reach out to all who are in need. Amen.
列王记上21:1-16 当拿伯拒绝将他的葡萄园卖给亚哈的时候,王后耶洗别就设计控告拿伯说他咒诅上帝。拿伯受到虚假指控,然后被人用石头打死,亚哈就侵占了葡萄园,干犯上帝的诫命(出20:17)。我们不断地受到这种试探,就是想要在牺牲他人的情况下获取我们想要的东西。耶稣祂没有从他人那里索取,乃是将自己为我们舍了。为了世人的罪舍弃祂的生命,耶稣在其中赐给我们救恩和生命的无价珍宝。
主耶稣,请触摸我们冰冷缺乏爱的心,并用你爱的温暖充满它们,好叫我们可以向所有那些有需要的人伸出援手。阿们。

1 King 21:17-24 Elijah goes to meet Ahab while he is in Naboth’s vineyard. There Elijah boldly prophesies the death of Ahab and his wife, Jezebel. Risking his own welfare, Elijah speaks God’s Law to Ahab. Thanks be to God, His Word does not end with the Law but includes the precious Gospel as a key to forgiveness and heaven.
Almighty Judge, Your Law condemns the sinful lives we lead. Forgive us for Jesus’ sake, and create in us new hearts that are set to obey Your Commandments. Amen.
列王记上21:17-24 当亚哈在拿伯葡萄园里的时候,以利亚就去见他。以利亚在那里放胆预言亚哈和他妻子耶洗别的死亡。以利亚将他自己的福祉置之不顾,向亚哈宣讲上帝的律法。感谢归给上帝,祂的圣道没有终结于律法,却也包括那作为赦罪以及天国钥匙的宝贵福音。
全能的审判者,你的律法定罪我们所行的有罪生命。请为着耶稣的缘故赦免我们,并且在我们里面造出那专注于遵行你诫命的新心。阿们。

1 King 21:25-29 Having been confronted by Elijah, Ahab shows repentance and humbles himself before God. God’s Law is powerful, as evidenced in the case of Elijah and Ahab. The power of God’s Word—both Law and Gospel—surpasses mere human eloquence and brings life-changing results. Yet, only the Gospel provides forgiveness and new life.
O God, forsake me not. Grant me sincere and lifelong repentance, coupled with sincere and bold faith. Amen.
列王记上21:25-29 亚哈受到以利亚的当面指责,就显出懊悔来并且谦卑他自己在上帝面前。上帝的律法带着能力,正如在以利亚和亚哈的案例中所证实的。上帝的话语—既有律法又有福音—它的权能胜过仅仅属于人的雄辩,并且带来生命转变的结果。然而,唯有福音能够提供赦罪和新生命。
上帝啊,请不要离弃我。请赐我真诚和持续一生的悔改,连同那真诚和放胆无惧的信心。阿们。

1 King 22:1-12 Ahab’s false prophets encourage him to flight against the Syrian city of Ramoth-gilead. Many false prophets today would mislead us and rob us of the treasures of God’s Word. The Holy Spirit gives us insight through the Word to see through all falsehood. In Scripture, we have all we need: Christ and salvation.
Your Word, O Lord, is a light for my path. Keep me in Christ, who is the way, the truth, and the life. Amen.
列王记上22:1-12 亚哈的假先知们鼓励他攻打亚兰人的基列-拉末城。今天许多假先知也会误导我们,将上帝话语的珍宝从我们这里夺走。圣灵藉着圣道赐给我们洞察力,来看穿所有的虚假。在圣经中,我们拥有我们所需的一切:基督和救恩。
你的圣道,主耶和华啊,是我路上的光。请保守我在基督里,祂就是那道路,那真理和那生命。阿们。

1 King 22:13-28 Contrary to the false prophets, Micaiah does not give Ahab a favorable prediction. For this, the king orders that Micaiah be imprisoned. God does not want us to be guided by what others may wish to hear or by the popular opinions of the day. Rather, our only sure guide through life is God’s Word, which alone can make us “wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus” (2 Tm 3:15).
Heavenly Father, keep us through the Scriptures on the way that leads to eternal life in Jesus Christ. Amen.
列王记上22:13-28 与假先知相反的是,米该雅并未给亚哈一个讨他喜欢的预言。因为这个,王就命令将米该雅监禁起来。上帝不愿我们被其他人想要听的东西或者今日流行的观点所左右。相反,贯穿我们生命的唯一确实的向导是上帝的话语,唯独上帝的话语能够使我们“因信基督耶稣,有得救的智慧”(提后3:15)。
天上的父,请藉着圣经保守我们走在通往耶稣基督里那永恒生命的道路上。阿们。

1 King 22:29-40 Giving his royal robes to Jehoshaphat, Ahab disguises himself and goes into battle, where he is struck and killed by a “random” arrow. God’s Word never fails; that includes His Word against wickedness and unbelief. Rather than trying to get around God’s Word, flee to that Word, which includes the promises of grace and forgiveness in the crucified and risen Christ.
Merciful God, You shower down kindness and love every day. How can I ever thank You for all the undeserved goodness that comes my way? Amen.
列王记上22:29-40 亚哈将他的王服给了约沙法,然后将自己改装后上阵,他在战场上被一只“乱”箭射中并且因此死掉。上帝的话语永不会失落;这也包括祂对付邪恶和不信的话语。不要试着绕开上帝的话语,乃是要逃向那圣道,其中也含有赦罪和恩典的应许,都在那被钉死在十字架上并且复活的基督里面。
满有恩慈的上帝,你每日倾倒下良善和慈爱。我究竟如何能够为这一切临到我路途上不配得的良善感谢你呢?阿们。

1 King 22:41-50 The inspired record briefly returns to the Southern Kingdom of Judah and the life and death of King Jehoshaphat, who, like his father Asa, did “what was right in the sight of the LORD” (v 43). Amid the many examples of godlessness and tragedy, God’s Word contains bright examples of those who followed Him. God’s mercy in the life of a fellow believer is a shining beacon that lights our way and strengthens our faith in the Lord.
God of our fathers, embolden us with the example of Your faithful people of old, that we may live bravely for Him who died and rose for us, and in whose name we pray. Amen.
列王记上22:41-50 默示下的记事简短地返回到南国的犹大以及约沙法王的生与死,他像他的父亲亚撒一样,行“耶和华眼中看为正的事”(43节)。在这许多不敬虔和悲剧的例子中间,上帝的话语也涵括了那些追随祂之人的美好案例。上帝在一个同为信徒的生命中所显明的怜悯,也是一座闪耀的灯塔,照亮我们的路途,并且坚固我们在主里面的信心。
我们先祖的上帝,请用你古时忠心百姓的例子来鼓舞我们,好叫我们可以勇敢地为祂活着,就是那位曾为我们死并且复活了的,奉祂的名我们祈祷。阿们。

1 King 22:51-53 The closing verses of 1 Ki record the two-year reign of Ahab’s son Ahaziah, who follows in his father’s footsteps, does evil, and angers God. Though 1 Ki ends on a tragic note, we have seen that alongside God’s Law and judgment runs His message of the Gospel and forgiveness. His mercies, though rejected, never end but are new every morning.
Praise to You, the Almighty, the King of creation! With heart and soul we praise and glorify You for all You have done and continue to do for us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
列王记上22:51-53 列王记上的末尾经节记载了亚哈儿子亚哈谢作王的两年,他追随他父亲的脚踪作恶,惹上帝的怒气。尽管列王记上以一个悲剧的注脚结束,然而我们一直都看见,与上帝的律法和审判一起,也有祂福音和赦罪的消息。祂的怜悯,尽管遭拒绝,却从未断绝,反而在每日的清晨都是新的。
赞美归给你,那全能者,那受造物的大君王!因着你一直并且继续为我们所做的一切,我们全心全意来赞美尊荣你。奉耶稣的名。阿们。

翻译:Gary Liu 主后2017年05月20日

《列王记下》
(第三十一周星期四—第三十三周星期六)
第三十一周星期四
2 King 1 King Ahaziah and his troops show disdain for the Lord and His servant Elijah and are condemned with fire and death. Today, the Lord would have us treat His servants with proper respect, pray for them, and hear His Word from them. In this sinful world, God’s Word is rare and precious, preserving our lives and delivering us from all condemnation. In Christ, we need not fear our enemies or His wrath.
Mighty Lord, strengthen us to speak Your Word without fear and to treasure the souls of others by sharing Your precious Word with them. Amen.
列王记下1章 亚哈谢和他的军队藐视主耶和华以及祂的仆人以利亚,就因此受到火和死亡的咒诅。今天,主耶和华也愿我们带着合宜的尊敬对待祂的仆人,为他们祷告并且从他们那里聆听上帝的话语。在这有罪的世界中,上帝的话语是罕见且珍贵的,它保存我们的性命,拯救我们脱离所有的咒诅。在基督里,我们不用惧怕我们的仇敌或上帝的愤怒。
满有能力的主,请坚固我们毫无惧怕地传讲你的话语,看重他人的灵魂,将你至珍的话语分享与他们。阿们。

2 King 2:1-14 When the Lord takes Elijah to heaven, He also bestows Elijah’s office and authority on Elisha, his chief disciple. The burning desire to serve God and His people through faithful leadership is proper (cf 1Tm 3:1). If you set your heart on such noble service, walk and talk with the Lord’s servants to learn from them His Word and wisdom, by which the Lord will prepare you for your calling. The heavenly Father will send His Spirit to embolden and uplift you, through Jesus, His Son.
Build me up by Your Word, O Lord, and bear me up by Your grace, that I may serve You honorably and rush to Your side when my service is fulfilled. Amen.
列王记下2:1-14 当主耶和华将以利亚带到天上的时候,祂也将以利亚的职份和权柄授予他的大门徒以利沙。热切盼望藉着忠诚的领袖职份来服事上帝和祂子民是合宜的(参 提前3:1「人若想要得监督的职分,就是羡慕善工。」这话是可信的)。如果你将你的心安置在这类尊贵的服侍上,请与主的仆人同行并交通,从他们那里学习上帝的话语和智慧,主耶和华必会藉此装备你去迎接你的呼召。天父必差遣祂的圣灵来藉着祂的儿子耶稣鼓舞你,高举你。
藉着你的圣道建造我,主耶和华啊,并且因着你的恩典支撑我,好叫我可以带着尊荣服事你,并且当我的服事完成了的时候可以奔向你的身旁。阿们。

2 King 2:15-25 Through three miracles, the Lord removes all doubts about Elisha as Elijah’s successor. As the Lord calls you to service, He will prepare and support you. Though miracles may not follow you (as with Elisha), you have God’s miraculous Word in the pages of Holy Scripture by which the Lord will bless you with the comfort of salvation and equip you for every good work.
O Lord, as You bore insult on the cross and brought forth life for me, let me bear all insults and burdens of my calling. I entrust my defense to Your almighty power and my life to Your surpassing mercy. Amen.
列王记下2:15-25 透过三个神迹,主耶和华挪去所有关于以利沙要作为以利亚接班人的质疑。主耶和华呼召你来服事,祂也必预备和支持你。尽管神迹可能不会随着你(像以利沙的那样),但你有上帝神迹般的圣道,在圣经的页面中,主耶和华必要藉此用救恩的安慰祝福你,并且为着每一项善工来装备你。
主耶和华啊,你曾在十字架上担负侮辱,并且将生命带来给我,也请让我背负我呼召里所有的侮辱和重担。我将我的护卫交托给你的全能,将我的生命交托给你非凡的怜悯。阿们。

第三十一周星期五
2 King 3 King Jehoram led Jehoshaphat and the Edomites against Moab on all ill-conceived military campaign, which had some success due to the Lord’s intervention through Elisha. Today, do not equate poor planning with faith. For all your endeavors, seek God’s blessing through prayer and make your plans through the wisdom of His Word. The Lord grants us wisdom and thoughtful hearts so that we may honor Him with our deeds. Thankfully, He planned for our victory over evil and our everlasting salvation in the person of His Son, Jesus, who offered Himself freely for the sins of all people.
Guide us, O Lord, toward purposeful ends that honor You. Amen.
列王记下3章 约兰王带着约沙法,还有以东人一起攻打摩押地,完全是一场打错算盘的军事行动,却也因着主耶和华藉着以利沙的干预得了一些成功。今天,不要将糟糕的计划等同于信心。在你一切的努力上,请藉着祷告寻求上帝的祝福,并且藉着祂圣道的智慧制定你的计划。主耶和华赐给我们智慧和周全思量的心,好叫我们可以用我们的行动尊荣祂。感恩的是,祂曾为着我们对魔鬼的得胜以及我们永恒的救恩,在祂儿子耶稣里面做了计划,耶稣曾将自己甘心乐意地献上,为了所有人的罪。
请引导我们,主耶和华啊,朝向那有目标且尊荣你的结果。阿们。

2 King 4:1-7 Through Elisha, the Lord delivers a widow from poverty and her sons from slavery. The Lord cares about your finances, your freedom, and every aspect of your life. Plan well for the future, seek His guidance, and turn to Him with your requests. As the Lord blesses you, use your resources and freedom to honor His name. For His name’s sake, He adopts us as members of His household and delivers us from evil.
Pour out for me, O Lord, the oil of gladness, that my mouth may overflow in praise to You. Amen.
列王记下4:1-7 藉着以利沙,主耶和华拯救一位寡妇脱离贫困,还有她的两个儿子脱离奴役。主耶和华在乎你的财务,你的自由,还有你生活的方方面面。请为着未来计划好,寻求祂的引领,带着你的请求转向祂。主耶和华祝福你,也请使用你的资源和自由来尊荣祂的名。因着祂名的缘故,祂收纳我们为祂家室的成员,并且拯救我们脱离凶恶。
主耶和华啊,请将喜乐的油为我倾倒,好叫我的口可以源源不断地流淌出对你的赞美。阿们。

2 King 4:8-17 Through Elisha, the Lord returns a kindness shown by a couple at Shunem. Though we do not merit salvation by our good works, the Lord often provides temporal rewards to His people, acknowledging their faith and kindness. Honor the Lord in all your ways, most of all rejoicing in the gift of His Son, your Savior, who redeems you by grace alone.
Merciful Savior, reward us not as we deserve but according to Your merciful goodness, through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
列王记下4:8-17 藉着以利沙,主耶和华回报书念地一对夫妇所施的良善。尽管我们不会因着我们的善工配得救恩,但主耶和华提供今世的奖赏给祂的子民,纪念他们的信心和良善。请在你所行的一切事上尊荣主,最重要的是,在你救赎主,祂儿子的礼物中欢喜快乐,祂救赎你,唯独出于恩典。
满有怜悯的救主,请不要根据我们所配得的,乃是要根据你满有恩慈的良善藉着基督我们的主奖赏我们。阿们。

2 King 4:18-37 The Shunammite woman passionately seeks the Lord’s help for her son by seeking out Elisha. When you seek the Lord in prayer, pour out your heart to Him. Bow before Him and make your petitions known. The Lord has made His heart known for you in the life, death, and resurrection of His only-begotten Son, our Savior.
Hear me, O Lord, when I cry to You. Answer me according to Your mercy. Amen.
列王记下4:18-37 书念妇人藉着寻见以利沙,为她的儿子热切地寻求耶和华的帮助。当你在祷告中寻求主的时候,请将你的心倾倒出来给祂。屈膝在祂面前,陈明你的恳求。主耶和华在我们的救主,祂独生子的生,死和复活里面,已将祂的心意向你陈明。
主耶和华啊,请垂听我,每当我向你呼求的时候。按着你的怜恤应允我。阿们。

2 King 4:38-44 Through Elisha, the Lord miraculously provides for the sons of the prophets. Food proclaims the Lord’s providential care for His creation. Your daily bread is so much more than sustenance for your weak flesh. His Son, working wonders greater than those of Elisha, declared Himself the bread of life for your sake and continues to sustain the faithful in His Holy Meal.
O Lord, in joy I offer to You the firstfruit of my labors, for You have labored to save me and serve me life-giving bread. Amen.
列王记下4:38-44 藉着以利沙,主耶和华奇迹般地供应先知们的后裔。食物宣扬着主耶和华对祂所造之物的护佑和看顾。你日用的饮食是如此丰富,远超你软弱的肉体所需的供应。祂的儿子,行奇事远超以利沙所行的,为你的缘故宣告祂自己为生命的粮,并且继续在祂神圣的食物(圣餐)中供应信徒。
主耶和华啊,在喜乐中我向你献上我劳作的初熟之物,因为你为拯救我并且为我摆设赐生命的粮一直在劳作。阿们。

第三十一周星期六
2 King 5:1-14 The Syrian commander Naaman is convinced that the Lord can heal him of leprosy, according to the Lord’s Word. The Lord cleanses us too by water and the Word, for His Word gives life and salvation.
Wash me, O Lord, and I shall be clean. Give me life according to Your Word. Amen.
列王记下5:1-14 亚兰人的元帅乃幔依照主耶和华的话语,确信主耶和华能医治他的麻风病。主耶和华也藉着水和圣道洁净我们,因为祂的话语赐予生命和救恩。
洗涤我,主耶和华啊,我就必得洁净。请依照你的话语赐我生命。阿们。

2 King 5:15-27 Elisha’s servant Gehazi pursues Naaman’s riches, hoping for great wealth; then he lies to Elisha about what he has done. When you are caught in sin, do not hesitate to acknowledge your deeds before the Lord. He is rich in mercy toward the brokenhearted and all who confess their needs to Him.
Lord, grant me a steadfast heart and sincere repentance, that I may inherit the wealth of Your grace in Christ. Amen.
列王记下5:15-27 以利沙的仆人基哈西追求乃幔的资财,希望得到极大的财富;然后他向以利沙隐瞒他所做的。当你在罪中被逮着的时候,请不要迟疑,要来到主面前承认你的行为。祂在怜悯中向着那些心灵破碎的和所有将他们的缺乏陈明给祂的人是丰丰富富的。
主耶和华,请赐我稳健的心灵和真诚的悔改,好叫我可以继承你在基督里恩典的财富。阿们。

第三十二周星期一
2 King 6:1-7 With a miracle of compassion through Elisha, the Lord delivers a son of the prophets from debt. We have similar concerns today. Yet, the Lord cares about every aspect of our lives, as Jesus’ compassion toward His disciples showed. Greater still, the Lord removes the debt of our sin by the wood of His cross.
Lord, lead me to use my property and the property of others wisely, that I may share Your compassion with others. Amen.
列王记下6:1-7 主耶和华以一个藉着以利沙行使的怜悯神迹,拯救一位先知门徒免于欠债。我们今天也有同样的忧虑。然而,主耶和华看顾我们生活的方方面面,正如耶稣向祂的门徒们所施的怜悯彰显出来的那样。更伟大的仍然是,主耶和华藉着耶稣十字架的木头来挪去我们罪的债。
主耶和华,请引导我智慧地使用我的财产和他人的财产,好叫我可以与他人分享你的怜悯。阿们。

2 King 6:8-23 Through Elisha’s leadership, the Lord compassionately settles a war between Syria and Israel. In these events, the Lord teaches us about having mercy on our enemies. When in conflict, prayerfully consider how you might use your strength to pursue peace. Consider that, when we were enemies with God due to our sin, He sought peace with us in the compassionate ministry of Jesus, who gave His life for us.
O Lord, surround us with the care of Your holy angels, that we may not fear but act confidently and compassionately, through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
列王记下6:8-23 透过以利沙的领导,主耶和华满有怜悯地解决了亚兰和以色列之间的战争。在这些事件中,主耶和华教导我们要向我们的仇敌施怜悯。当处于冲突中的时候,请在祷告中思量你如何可以使用你的能力来争取和平。也请记得,当我们因着我们的罪曾与上帝为敌的时候,祂在耶稣满有怜悯的事工中寻求与我们的和好,耶稣曾为我们舍命。
主耶和华啊,请用你圣天使的看顾来环绕我们,好叫我们不会惧怕,却能藉着我们的主基督满有信心地和带着怜悯去行事。阿们。

2 King 6:24-33 The Syrians impose a horrific and frustrating siege upon Samaria, causing the Israelite king to blame God and Elisha for the suffering. When you suffer, you will be tempted to blame the Lord or the Church for evil that you witness. May God strengthen you to resist temptation and to call on the Lord with a broken heart. Like the elders of Samaria, seek consolation and direction from God’s prophetic Word, which does not fail. The Suffering Servant, Jesus, knows the depth of your trials. He will bear your sins and griefs as your beloved Savior.
Weeping Jesus, hear my cry, and deliver me from my sins and from all evils. Amen.
列王记下6:24-33 亚兰人对撒玛利亚施行一场可怕的,令人绝望的围攻,也使得以色列的王将这苦难怪罪于上帝和以利沙。当你受苦的时候,你会受到试探,想要将你所看见的邪恶之事怪罪于主耶和华或教会。愿上帝坚固你来抵挡试探,并且带着一颗破碎的心灵来呼求主。像撒玛利亚的长老们那样,要从上帝预言的话语中寻求安慰和指引,祂的预言话语不会失败。那位受苦的仆人耶稣知道你所受试炼的程度。祂作为你蒙爱的救赎主必会担负你的罪和你的忧伤。
为人流眼泪的耶稣,请听我的呼求,拯救我脱离我的罪和所有的凶恶。阿们。

2 King 7:1-2 Elisha boldly prophesies that the Lord will feed the people, but the king’s commander expresses doubt. God’s promises always seem too good to be true. Yet He provided bread from heaven to Israel in the wilderness (Ex 16:4-31) and today sustains us with the true bread of heaven, the life-giving body of Jesus in the Sacrament of the Altar.
Sustain me, O Lord, against the devil’s siege, my doubts, and the world’s temptations. Amen.
列王记下7:1-2 以利沙放胆预言主耶和华必会喂养百姓,但王的军长表示怀疑。上帝的应许总是太美好,以至于看起来不是真的。然而祂从天上赐食物给旷野中的以色列(出16:4-31)并且今天也用天上的真粮食来供应我们,那真粮食就是在圣餐礼中耶稣赐生命的真身体。
主耶和华啊,请供应我,来对付魔鬼的围攻,我的怀疑,还有这世界的试探。阿们。

2 King 7:3-20 Ironically, the Lord works through helpless, outcast beggars to bring word to Samaria of His victory over Syria and to reveal the bounty of provisions left for the city. As God blesses you with bounty, act honorably and generously toward others, according to His Word. The Lord will fulfill His Word for your sake, providing for all your needs through Christ Jesus, the Lord (Php 4:19).
Lord, grant me a generous heart to share Your bounty and the good news of the promised mercy in Jesus, the bread of life. Amen.
列王记下7:3-20 出人意料的是,主耶和华藉着无助且被放逐的乞丐们作工,将祂对亚兰得胜的消息带给撒玛利亚,显明为那城所存留物资的丰盛。上帝以丰富来祝福你,也请依照祂的话语来向着他人有尊荣地,慷慨地行事。主耶和华为着你的缘故必成就祂的话语,藉着主基督耶稣供应你所需的一切(腓4:19我的神必照他荣耀的丰富,在基督耶稣里,使你们一切所需用的都充足)。
主耶和华,请赐我一颗慷慨的心,来分享你的丰盛,分享那在生命之粮耶稣里面所应许之怜悯的好消息。阿们。

第三十二周星期二
2 King 8:1-6 As Elisha had promised, he supports the Shunammite woman (4:13). Today, the Lord calls you as God’s servant to make meaningful, thoughtful promises and to keep your word. Thanks be to God! He keeps His Word to us, granting us an inheritance with His Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior.
Lord, let my word be my bond, in imitation of Your integrity and compassion. Amen.
列王记下8:1-6 正如以利沙曾经所许诺的,他就扶持那位书念的妇人(4:13)。今天,主耶和华呼召你作为上帝的仆人,要许下有意义,经过深思熟虑的诺言并且保守你的诺言。感谢归给上帝!祂保守祂给我们的话语,赐予我们一份与我们救主耶稣基督,祂儿子一起的产业。
主耶和华,请使我言出必行,效法你的正直和怜悯。阿们。

2 King 8:7-15 Elisha prophesies the death of Ben-hadad, the rise of Hazael, and the destruction of Israel through Hazael. The gruesome passage records the particular means and persons God used for judging rebellious Israel and brutal Ben-hadad. Elisha’s tears illustrate the pain of God’s heart over the sins and condemnation of His rebellious people. How difficult to apply God’s Law when our hearts and God’s heart long to show compassion! This text shows the seriousness of sin and its ravages against sinners. How dearly we need God’s Word to well up our eyes with tears of sincere repentance and swell our hearts with genuine faith. The Lord can and does grant us such blessings through dearest Jesus.
Penetrate my ears, O Lord. Break my hardened heart and flood my arid eyes. Teach me the need and use of Your Law that I may weep tears of joy at the sound of Your Gospel. Amen.
列王记下8:7-15 以利沙预言便哈达的死,哈薛的兴起,还有藉着哈薛所带来的以色列的破败。这一令人畏惧的段落记载了上帝为了审判悖逆的以色列和残暴的便哈达所使用的特殊方式和人。以利沙的眼泪也透射出上帝在面对祂悖逆子民的罪和咒诅的时候心里所存的伤痛。当我们的心还有上帝的心渴望彰显怜悯的时候,要应用上帝的律法是多么的困难啊!这经文显明了罪的严重性,还有罪给罪人所带来的蹂躏。我们是多么热切需要上帝的话语来用真诚悔改的眼泪浇灌我们的双眼,用诚实的信心来鼓舞我们的灵啊!主耶和华能够并且的确会藉着至亲至爱的耶稣来赐给我们这样的祝福。
主耶和华啊,请刺醒我的耳朵。击碎我刚硬的心,以泪流滋润我干涩的眼睛。将你律法的功用和我的亏欠指明给我,好叫我可以在听见你福音的声音之时就流出喜乐的眼泪。阿们。

2 King 8:16-24 Though Judah binds itself to sinful Israel through a marriage alliance, the Lord does not yet snuff it out but continues in His promised mercy. Today, when temptation confronts you, do not test the Lord’s patience by making peace with wickedness or ungodly relationships but pray that He would guide you through the Word into wholesome relationships. His Word is a lamp for your feet and enlightenment for life everlasting in Christ.
Enlighten us, Lord, by the light of Your Christ, and preserve Your people. Amen.
列王记下8:16-24 尽管犹大藉着一场婚姻联谊将自己与有罪的以色列连系起来,但主耶和华却仍未将它拔出,反而是继续施行祂应许了的怜悯。今天,当试探临到你的时候,请不要与邪恶或不敬虔的关系谋求和平,并藉此测验主耶和华的耐心,却要祈求祂藉着圣道引导你,走进那健康有益的关系当中。祂的话语是你脚前的灯,是在基督里永恒生命的亮光。
主耶和华,请藉着你基督的光光照我们,存留你的百姓。阿们。

2 King 8:25-29 Ahaziah, king of Judah, marries into the family of Joram, king of Israel. They fight alongside each other, and Ahaziah visits Joram when he is wounded. Marriage, mutual defense, and visiting the sick are usually noble acts, blessed by God. But Ahaziah uses them to strengthen his bond with evildoers. Today, act with integrity, seeking what is good and fleeing what is evil. The Lord claims us as His family, not as we are, but through the call to repentance and through the forgiveness of sins in Baptism, making us the Bride of Christ (Eph 5:25-27).
O Savior, by the mystery of Your love and mercy, sanctify us as members of Your household. Amen.
列王记下8:25-29 亚哈谢,犹大的王,藉着婚姻加入以色列王约兰的家庭。他们一起并肩作战,当约兰受伤的时候亚哈谢就去看他。婚姻,联合防御,还有探访病人通常都是可敬的行动,蒙上帝祝福的。但亚哈谢使用这些来坚固他与邪恶之人的关系。今天,请带着正直行事,寻求良善之事,逃离邪恶之事。主耶和华宣告我们成为祂的家人,不是按照我们的本相,乃是藉着对悔改的呼召,还有在圣洗礼中的罪得赦免,使我们成为基督的新娘(弗5:25-27)。
救主啊,请藉着你慈爱怜悯的奥秘,使我们这些做你家室成员的,不断地得以分别为圣。阿们。

第三十二周星期三
2 King 9:1-13 Elisha send a “son of the prophets” to anoint Jehu ruler over Israel, to fulfill God’s promise of judgment against the dynasty of Ahab. Just as this apprentice to the prophet fulfills his duty diligently, so fulfill your calling diligently in the Lord’s name, no matter how others may dismiss it or jeer at you. God will fulfill His purpose for you and bless you with the strength for dedicated service, through Jesus Christ, who bore all your scorn and served you diligently for the sake of your salvation.
O Lord, swing wide the door of opportunity for me, that I may run to serve You in all confidence of Your Word. Amen.
列王记下9:1-13 以利沙差遣一位“先知门徒”去膏耶户为以色列的王,是要成就上帝对亚哈王朝施行审判的应许。正如这位先知的门徒殷勤地完成他的职责一样,你们也要如此奉主的名殷勤地完成你的呼召,无论其他人怎么离弃它或者嘲笑你。上帝必会成就祂对你的旨意,为着那委身的服事以力量赐福你,都是藉着耶稣基督,那位曾为了你救恩的缘故担负你所有的嘲讽并且殷勤服侍你的。
主耶和华啊,请为我大大敞开机遇之门,好叫我可以在对你圣道的全部信心中快跑服事你。阿们。

2 King 9:14-29 The Lord’s judgment against Ahab’s household is fulfilled with vicious irony when Jehu shoots Joram and has his body cast into the vineyard of Naboth. The Lord will fulfill His Word of condemnation and also His Word of deliverance, removing a wicked ruler from over His people. He puts to death and gives life; to us who believe, He gives life everlasting in Christ.
Lord, give me life according to Your Word. Amen.
列王记下9:14-29 当耶户射中约兰并且将他的尸体扔进拿伯的葡萄园之时,主耶和华对亚哈家室的审判就以这剧烈的讽刺成就了。主耶和华必要成就祂谴责的话语,还有祂拯救的话语,将一位邪恶的统治者从祂的百姓身上挪去。祂杀死并赐生命;对我们信的人来说,祂赐那在基督里的永恒生命。
主耶和华,请依照你的话语赐我生命。阿们。

2 King 9:30-37 Jehu executes and disdains the body of Jezebel, the wicked queen mother of Israel. Despite Jehu’s unwillingness to follow the Lord’s Word completely (see note, vv 35-36), the Lord brought the prophecy to absolute completion through trampling horses and biting dogs. Not a letter of His Word shall fail! Though we fail, God’s Word will and does succeed for His sake and for our sakes in Christ the Savior.
King of heaven, reign in justice and compassion for the sake of Your Church. Amen.
列王记下9:30-37 耶户处决并唾弃了那位以色列邪恶王后耶洗别的身体。尽管耶户不情愿完全顺从主耶和华的话语(看注释,35-36节),但主耶和华藉着乱蹄的马和狂叫的狗将祂的预言完全成就。祂话语的一撇一画都不会废去!尽管我们失败,但上帝的话语必定而且确实会因着祂的缘故,为了我们,在救主基督里面得胜。
天上的大君王,请为着你教会的缘故在公正和怜悯中掌权。阿们。

2 King 10:1-17 Jehu pretends to be zealous for the Lord’s way, while disobeying the Lord’s Word. Today, the Lord calls you to follow His Word deliberately, yet not as an excuse for cruel judgment against others. Even the condemnation of God’s Law ultimately serves the peaceful, life-giving purposes of His Gospel, by which He forgives our sins and restores us.
Grant me a faithful heart, O Lord, to follow Your Word and see in it Your compassionate purposes. Amen.
列王记下10:1-17 耶户假装为主的道路发热心,然而却在悖逆主的话语。今天,主耶和华呼召你谨慎地跟随祂的话语,然而不是将之作为对他人进行残酷审判的借口。甚至上帝律法的咒诅谴责,最终也是为祂福音那和平、赐生命的旨意服务,祂藉着祂的福音赦免我们的罪,复生我们。
请赐我一颗忠诚的心,主耶和华啊,来跟随你的话语,并且在其中看见你满有怜悯的旨意。阿们。

2 King 10:18-27 Through deception, Jehu wipes out more potential rivals, the servants of Baal, who were closely allied with Ahab’s dynasty. Again, Jehu demonstrates his wit and taste for irony (cf 9:11, 34; 10:9, 19). How regrettable that this clever man did not put his talents to work for the sake of proclaiming God’s Word. Rather than using your talents for personal gain, turn your God-given talents over to the Lord’s service and the service of others. Christ, whose wit confounded His detractors, also spoke plainly the life-changing message of God’s grace.
Dearest Jesus, teach me to love my enemies and declare to them Your promises rather than attack them with lies and weapons. Amen.
列王记下10:18-27 藉着欺骗,耶户清除了更多潜在的对手,巴力的仆人,就是那些与亚哈王朝紧密连系在一起的人。再一次地,耶户展示出他的才智和嘲讽的品味(参9:11,34;10:9,19)。这位聪明的人并未将他的恩赐用于上帝话语的宣扬事工上。要将你从上帝领受的恩赐用在对主和他人的服侍上,而不是使用你的恩赐来为自己谋利。基督,祂的睿智驳斥祂的嘲弄者,也直白地传讲上帝转变生命的恩典信息。
至亲至爱的耶稣,请教导我爱我的仇敌,向他们宣扬你的应许,而不是用谎言和武器来攻击他们。阿们。

2 King 10:28-36 Despite Jehu’s excesses, the Lord grants him a long reign and a four-generation dynasty. The Lord tolerates unjust rulers when it serves His purposes of judgment and it is for the good of His people. Pray for your leaders, that they may be not only successful but also just and righteous. Your just and righteous leader, the King of heaven, will hear your pleas and answer according to His good purposes and according to the mercies of Jesus.
Preserve Your Church, O Lord, Deliver and grant all nations faithful, peaceful leaders. Amen.
列王记下10:28-36 尽管耶户没有节制,但主耶和华仍赐他一个长久的掌权,和延续四代的王朝。当这可以为着主耶和华审判的目的服务并且叫上帝子民得益处的时候,主就容忍不公正的掌权者。请为你的领袖们祷告,好叫他们不仅是成功的,也是公正公义的。你公正公义的元首,天国的大君王,必会依照祂良善的旨意和耶稣的恩惠垂听、应允你的恳求。
主耶和华啊,请存留你的教会,拯救并以忠心,和平的领袖恩赐万国。阿们。

第三十二周星期四
2 King 11:1-3 The bloody dynastic practices of pagan nations and of the Northern Kingdom of Israel erupt in Judah through Athaliah. Amid this vicious purge, the Lord preserves the house of David and the renewal of faithful worship by protecting Joash through his aunt Jehosheba. As an aunt or uncle, commend your nieces and nephews to the Lord’s care by looking out for their welfare, praying for them, and turning them over to the security of the Lord’s house. As the Lord preserved the house of David, from which Jesus would be born, so He will through the Word preserve and nurture the treasured members of your family.
Lord, grant unity and peace in our families on the basis of Your Holy Word and a common confession of Christ. Amen.
列王记下11:1-3 外邦国家以及北国以色列的血腥王朝阴谋藉着亚他利雅在犹大迸发出来。在这场邪恶的扫除异己当中,主耶和华仍然藉着约阿施的姑妈约示巴来保护他,并藉此存留大卫的家室和忠诚敬拜的复兴。作为一个阿姨或叔叔,请将你的侄女和侄子交托给主耶和华的看顾,照看他们的福祉,为他们祷告,将他们交在耶和华殿的保障中。正如主耶和华存留了大卫的家室,而耶稣就从其中来的那样,祂必会藉着圣道来存留和喂养你所珍爱的家庭成员。
主耶和华 ,请基于你的圣道和对基督的共同信仰,在我们的家人中间赐下合一和平安。阿们。

2 King 11:4-20 Through a covenant promise, the Lord emboldens Jehoiada, the Carites, and the guards to place David’s heir, Joash, on his rightful throne. As the Lord gives you strength, work with His servants to secure the good of His people. God’s Word and promise are the basis of our unity and strength in Christ.
Grant Your people, O Lord, unity in faith and purpose to withstand all evil. Amen.
列王记下11:4-20 藉着一个盟约誓言,主耶和华使耶何耶大,迦利人,还有护卫兵有胆量将大卫的后裔约阿施安置在他合法的王位上。主耶和华赐给你力量,请与祂的仆人们一起来捍卫祂子民的益处。上帝的话语和应许是我们在基督里合一和得力的基础。
主耶和华啊,请赐你的百姓在信心和目的上的合一,来抵挡所有的凶恶。阿们。

2 King 11:21-12:3 Through faithful instruction, the Lord’s priest Jehoiada leads Joash to have a long and blessed reign. As the Lord grants you opportunity, faithfully instruct the children in your charge through God’s Word, which alone can lead to a good and hopeful life. The Lord, who Himself studied, learned and grew as a child, will strengthen and support you in this loving work, even as He forgives your weaknesses and covers your sins.
Teach me to walk in Your ways, O Lord, and to guide young people in the paths of truth. Amen.
列王记下11:21-12:3 藉着忠心的教导,耶和华的祭司耶何耶大引领约阿施有一个长治蒙福的掌权。当主耶和华赐你机会的时候,请忠心地藉着上帝的话语教导那些在你看护之下的孩子们,唯有祂的道能够引向一个美善且充满盼望的生命。主耶和华,祂自己也曾作为一个孩子查考,学习,成长,必会在这充满爱的工作中坚固和扶持你,甚至就像祂赦免你的软弱,遮盖你的罪一样。
主耶和华啊,请教导我在你的路途上行走,好去引导年轻人走在真理的道路上。阿们。

2 King 12:4-18 The Lord’s house receives much needed attention from Jehoash, Jehoiada, and other faithful servants. Care for sacred duties is an act of worship, just as surely as the singing of a hymn or the saying of a prayer. Today, regard the church offerings and your church property with due diligence. By the Word of His house, the Lord will instruct you in faith, life, and the way of salvation.
O Savior, I offer back to You what You have first so generously provided to me. Continually bless me by Your Word. Amen.
列王记下12:4-18 耶和华的殿从约阿施,耶何耶大还有其他忠心的仆人们那里得到许多有必要的重视。对神圣职责的关注就是敬拜的行动,的确是这样,正如唱一首圣诗或者献上一份祷告那样。今天,请带着应有的殷勤重视教会中的奉献以及你们教会的财产。藉着祂殿中的圣道,主耶和华必在信心,生命和救恩的道路上教导你。
救赎主啊,你首先一直如此慷慨地供应我,我要将之献上给你。继续藉着你的圣道称颂你。阿们。

2 King 12:19-21 Joash, who began so well, comes to a sorrowful end because he departs from the Lord’s way. Through faith, let the end of your life honor your Savior and your heritage. Jesus, who abides with you always, will day by day forgive your faults and deliver you from temptation. His instruction and presence are everlasting.
O Lord, let Your mercies be new for me every morning to the end of my days. Amen.
列王记下12:19-21 约阿施有一个很好的开始,却因为远离主的道路而得了一个悲哀的结局。透过信心,让你的生命的结局尊荣你的救赎主和你所继承的。耶稣常与你同在,必会日复一日地赦免你的过犯,拯救你脱离试探。祂的教训和同在是永恒的。
主耶和华啊,愿你对我的怜悯每日清晨都是新的,直到我岁月的末了。阿们。

第三十二周星期五
2 King 13:1-9 In dire threat from the Syrians, Jehoahaz is one of the few Israelite kings to seek the Lord’s favor. God’s favor is ever available, especially for those who sincerely repent of their sins (which Jehoahaz failed to do). The repentant will not have a savior like the Assyrians but will have the true Savior, Christ Jesus, who bears away our sins and establishes an eternal homeland for us.
Savior Jesus, have mercy on me according to Your surpassing favor. Amen.
列王记下13:1-9 面对亚兰人的恐怖威胁,约哈斯是寻求主耶和华恩惠的少有的几个以色列王之一。上帝的恩惠始终是在那里,特别是要给那些真诚地为着他们的罪懊悔(这是约哈斯没有去做的)的人。悔改的人不是会有一位像亚兰人那样的拯救者,但必会有那位真正的救赎主基督耶稣,祂背负我们的罪并且为我们建立一个永恒的家园。
救主耶稣,请按着你丰盛满溢的恩惠向我施怜悯。阿们。

2 King 13:10-13 Jehoash walks in his forebears’ ways and renews war with Judah, using the respite from Syria to multiply his sins. God’s mercy is abused most when used as an opportunity to do evil. As the Lord has mercy on you, exercise mercy and kindness toward others. His mercy is the dearest treasure of His great and gracious reign, by which He grants forgiveness for your sins.
Lord, grant me opportunities for faithful service and the heart to act on them. Amen.
列王记下13:10-13 约阿施行走在他先祖的道路上,与犹大重启战事,利用从亚兰那里得的喘气之际加增他的罪。当上帝的怜悯被当成作恶的机会之时,祂的怜悯是最被滥用的。主耶和华向你施怜悯,也请向他人践行怜悯和恩慈。祂的怜悯是祂伟大和充满恩典的掌权中最珍贵的财宝,祂藉此赐下你罪的赦免。
主耶和华,请赐我忠心服事的机遇,和愿意去做的心。阿们。

2 King 13:14-25 The end of Elisha’s life signals lingering hope for the Israelites as the Lord’s covenant people. But it also signals the loss of their last great prophet, whose service kept them connected to the Lord. When matters appear hostile or even hopeless, remember that the Lord is gracious and compassionate. He cannot forget you and will not cast you aside.
Revive me, O Living Savior; draw me to Your side as Your beloved child. Amen.
列王记下13:14-25 以利沙生命的终点为作为耶和华盟约百姓的以色列人发出微弱的盼望。但它也意味着他们要失去他们最后的一位大先知,而他的服事曾维系着他们与主耶和华的连结。当事情看起来不利甚或无望的时候,请思念主耶和华是满有恩典,满有怜悯。祂不能忘记你,并且必不会将你撇弃。
永活的救主啊,请复兴我;将我拉进你的身旁,做你蒙爱的孩子。阿们。

2 King 14:1-22 Amaziah serves the Lord, yet he overestimates his power and tries to gain influence in the kingdom of Israel, which defeats him. Faith is not a guarantee of success. Pride leads to downfall. Enact your plans with reflection on God’s Word, with prayer, and with wisdom from God. The Lord watches over those who are His and welcomes them by faith as noble children of His everlasting kingdom.
Lord, grant me the wisdom of Your Word, along with bold faith, that I may serve You with peace of mind and enduring hope. Amen.
列王记下14:1-22 亚玛谢服侍主耶和华,然而他高估自己的能力,就想去在以色列国得些势力,结果以色列将他打败。信心不是成功的保障。骄傲导致败落。请带着对主话语的省察,带着祷告和从上帝而来的智慧执行你的计划。主耶和华看顾那些属于祂的,并且藉着信心欢迎他们成为祂永恒国度的尊贵儿女。
主耶和华,请赐我你圣道的智慧,还有勇敢的信心,好叫我带着心灵的安稳和持久的盼望服事你。阿们。

2 King 14:23-29 The Lord grants Israel an opportunity to reestablish its kingdom through Jeroboam II, as prophesied by Jonah. The Lord again shows remarkable patience for His rebellious people on the basis of His promises and compassion, proclaimed in Dt 32. If members of your family have wandered from the faith they professed before the Church, do not stop praying for them or proclaiming the Word to them. With the Lord there is great compassion, and His promises uphold us.
Lord, grant restoration to those who wander. Grant me patience as I pray for them and wait on You. Amen.
列王记下14:23-29 主耶和华藉着耶罗波安二世赐给以色列重建国度的机会,正如拿单所预言的。主耶和华基于祂在申命记32章中所宣告的应许和怜悯,再一次向祂悖逆的百姓显明令人吃惊的忍耐。如果你家庭里有成员偏离他们在教会面前所宣告的信仰,那么请不要停止为他们祷告,或停止向他们传讲圣道。在耶和华有丰盛怜悯,祂的应许扶持我们。
主耶和华,请救活那些背道的人。在我为他们祈祷和等候你的时候赐我忍耐。阿们。

第三十二周星期六
2 King 15:1-7 Azariah prospers with God’s blessing but also faces His judgment, which brings isolation. Prosperity or sin can divide you from the Lord and His people. Repent daily and focus on the Word, which will prosper you in God’s mercy, wisdom, and love. Rejoice in your freedom to gather with the saints for prayer and to receive the Word and the Sacraments, the greatest treasures.
O Lord, whether my house is full or bare, fill my heart with love of Your Word and my mouth with praise for Your saving name. Amen.
列王记下15:1-7 亚撒利雅因着上帝的祝福就发达起来(参 历代志下26章),但也面临着上帝的审判,上帝的审判所带来的是隔离。物质繁荣或罪能够将你从主耶和华和祂的百姓那里分离开来。每日要悔改且专注在圣道上,圣道必使你在上帝的怜悯,智慧和慈爱中繁荣昌盛。你有自由能够与众圣徒一同聚集祷告,并领受圣道和圣礼那最大的财宝,要在其中欢喜快乐。
主耶和华啊,无论我的家室是丰满或贫瘠,请以你的圣道充满我心,并以对你拯救之名的赞美充满我的口。阿们。

2 King 15:8-12 During Zechariah’s reign, the Lord returns to judgment against Israel, ending Jehu’s dynasty, as He had said. Earthly prosperity and power are at the Lord’s discretion, to add or remove according to His purposes. Therefore, do not entrust your future to your strength or the strength of your family. The Lord alone is your strength and salvation.
O Lord, look upon me with favor, and preserve my life and family by grace. Amen.
列王记下15:8-12 撒迦利雅掌权期间,主耶和华返回到祂对以色列的审判,结束耶户的王朝,正如祂曾说的。地上的繁荣和权力都在主耶和华的裁量中,依照祂的旨意添加或挪去。因此,不要将你的未来交托给你自己的力量或你家人的力量。唯有主耶和华是你的力量和拯救。
主耶和华啊,请带着恩惠垂顾我,因着恩典存留我的性命和我的家人。阿们。

2 King 15:13-16 Shallum, the conspirator, has a remarkably short reign. Divided loyalties in Israel lead to even greater brutality. When you experience frustration or rejection, do not resort to violence but take your frustrations to the Lord in prayer. His counsel will deliver you from the heart of anger and calm your troubled spirit.
Jesus, grant me passion for all that is good, but deliver me by Your passion from all that is evil, and grant me peace. Amen.
列王记下15:13-16 沙龙,那位篡位者,作王时间实在是惊人的短暂。以色列中间的分裂不忠导致更加可怕的残忍。当你经历沮丧或拒绝的时候,请不要诉诸于武力,乃是要将你的沮丧无助在祷告中带给主耶和华。祂的扶佑必拯救你脱离愤怒的心,并且安抚你受困的灵。
耶稣,请赐我对所有良善之事的热切,却藉着你的受苦受难拯救我脱离所有凶恶之事,并赐我平安。阿们。

2 King 15:17-22 Assyria, the kingdom by which the Lord will eventually punish Israel with exile, now appears and takes tribute. Israel would fall within a generation’s time. God’s people should not put off repentance. Instead, learn to lead your children and grandchildren in a life of repentance, based on God’s Law and promised mercy in Christ. For the Lord is merciful to a thousand generations of those who love Him.
Send now Your mercy, dear Father. Please do not delay. Turn our hearts, and draw us to You in Christ. Amen.
列王记下15:17-22 亚述,就是主耶和华最终要藉之以放逐惩罚以色列的那个国家,如今出现,拿走了进贡。以色列将在一代人的时光里衰落。上帝的百姓不应该推迟悔改。相反,却要引领你的孩子们和他们的后代,过一个按照上帝的律法悔改,在基督里得应许之怜悯的生活。因为主耶和华向那些爱祂之人的后裔施怜悯,直到千代。
请现在差遣你的怜悯,亲爱的天父。不要迟延。转动我们的心,将我们在基督里拉向你。阿们。

2 King 15:23-26 Under pressure from Assyria, the Israelites once again conspire against their king, Pekahiah, and establish yet another vulnerable rule. When times are difficult, you may feel tempted to turn on those close to you, but that will only bring further despair. Instead, turn to the Lord in prayer, requesting peace and unity through the Gospel, which unites God’s people through Baptism in His name and communion in His Supper.
Lord, remove from us every conspiracy for human power. Move us to pray for one another and to support one another in peace. Amen.
列王记下15:23-26 在从亚述而来的压力之下,以色列人再一次合谋对付他们的王比加辖,并且建立了另外一个脆弱的政权。当事情变得艰难的时候,你可能会受到试探,要去攻击那些靠近你的人,但那只会带来更深的绝望。相反,要在祷告中转向主耶和华,恳求那藉着福音临到的和平和团结,福音使上帝的百姓藉着奉祂名所施的圣洗礼和在祂圣餐中的交通团结在一起。
主耶和华,请从我们中间除去任何为要得人之权势的密谋。感动我们为彼此祷告,在和平中彼此扶持。阿们。

2 King 15:27-31 Assyria begins to dismantle Israel during the reign of Pekah and carries away the first captives. The bondage the Israelites experienced in Egypt returns to them because they reject God’s Word. In our lives too, rejection of God’s Word leads to bondage. Through the Word of Christ, God sets us free.
Deliver me, O Savior, and grant me life according to Your Word. Amen.
列王记下15:27-31 亚述在比加作王年间开始分割以色列,并且带走了第一批俘虏。以色列人曾在埃及地所经历的奴役又再一次返回到他们身上,因为他们拒绝上帝的话语。在我们的生命中也是一样,对上帝话语的抵挡带来奴役和枷锁。藉着基督的道,上帝释放我们。
救主啊,请按照你的话语拯救我并赐我生命。阿们。

2 King 15:32-38 King Jotham of Judah faces pressure from the kings of Syria and Israel, who tempt him to focus on human alliances and strength rather than on the Lord. God, of course, is not opposed to alliances, friendships, or trust between His subjects. Indeed, He calls us to faithfulness in such relationships. Yet, He places the greatest importance on trust in His salvation. He is our greatest ally against misplaced faith and false saviors.
Jesus, author and perfecter of my faith, lead me to do what is right in eyes of the Lord. Amen.
列王记下15:32-38 犹大国的王约坦面临着从亚兰和以色列王而来的压力,他们引诱他去专注在人的联盟和力量上,而不是专注在主耶和华上。上帝当然不反对祂臣民之间的联盟,友谊或者信任。确实,祂呼召我们要在这类的关系中忠心。然而,祂最着重强调的是对祂救恩的信靠。祂是我们对付错误信仰和虚假拯救者的最强大盟友。
耶稣,我信仰的创始成终者,请引导我行耶和华眼中看为正的事。阿们。

2 King 16 After generations of relatively faithful rulers, Judah is led badly astray by Ahaz, who is cowed by the pressures from Israel, Syria, and Assyria. In savage irony, the wicked King Ahaz, who sacrifices his son to a false god, would receive the sign of Immanuel that announced the coming of the Son of God, our Savior (Is 7:10-25; 9:6-7; 11:1-9). At all times—even the worst of times—the Lord has us and our salvation on His heart.
Deliver us, O Lord, from wicked leaders who would corrupt or impede the offerings and praise of Your dear people. Amen.
列王记下16章 在几代相对忠心的王之后,犹大被亚哈斯严重带偏了,亚哈斯被从以色列,亚兰和亚述而来的压力吓软了。特别令人不可思议的是,邪恶的王亚哈斯,甚至将他的儿子献祭给了一个假神,却将会领受以马内利的记号,这以马内利的记号宣告了上帝之子,我们救赎主的来临(赛7:10-25;9:6-7;11:1-9)。在所有的世代里—甚至在那些最糟糕的状况下—主耶和华仍将我们和我们的救恩存在祂的心上。
主耶和华啊,请拯救我们脱离邪恶的领袖,就是那些想要腐化或者拦阻你亲爱子民的献祭和赞美的。阿们。

第三十三周星期一
2 King 17:1-5 Hoshea, the last king of Israel, placates the Assyrians, conspires against them, and even resists them for three years. All of these strategies fail to save the kingdom. All human efforts to hold on to God’s blessings and promises—embodied here in the Promised Land—are doomed to fail. Israel received God’s call and blessings by grace through faith, which is the only way we receive God’s blessings still today.
O Lord, I cannot by my own reason or strength attain and hold Your blessings. Grant them all to me by grace in Christ. Amen.
列王记下17:1-5 何细亚,以色列的最后一个王,先是讨好亚述人,然后密谋对付他们,甚至还对抗了他们三年。所有这些策略都没能挽救以色列国。所有想要抓住上帝的祝福和应许—就是落实在这应许之地—的人的努力都注定要失败。以色列领受上帝的呼召和祝福,是靠赖恩典藉着信心,这仍是我们今天领受上帝祝福的唯一途径。
主耶和华啊,我不能凭着我自己的理性或力量来获取和抓住你的祝福。请凭着在基督里的恩典将它们都赐给我。阿们。

2 King 17:6 Settled in distant lands, the northern tribes are more or less lost to history. Speculators have proposed numerous accounts of what happened to them. Some groups have even claimed to be Israel’s descendants. All such theories have proven false and fruitless. The Lord has erased the heritage of these rebellious people. The enduring heritage of the OT passed from Judah, through Jesus, the Son of David, to all people who would receive the promises and blessings of God by grace.
Preserve Your Word and heritage among us, O Lord, from generation to generation. Amen.
列王记下17:6 被安置在偏远之地,北部众支派或多或少消失在历史当中。关于他们后来发生了什么事情,对此提出猜想的人已经提供了许多的描述。一些群体甚至宣称是以色列的后裔。所有这类的理论都被证明是错误,毫无结果的。主耶和华已经抹去这些悖逆之民的产业。旧约中持久的产业已经藉着耶稣,大卫的后裔,从犹大转移给所有靠赖恩典领受上帝应许和祝福的万民。
主耶和华啊,请在我们中间保存你的圣道和产业,一代接着一代。阿们。

2 King 17:7-23 The Lord allowed Israel to fall and go into exile as a warning to all generations of believers. The NT, too, warns us to guard our doctrine and life lest we fall away from the Lord. God calls us to teach His Word faithfully to each generation, emphasizing His Law (by which the Lord leads us to daily repentance) and His promises of the covenant in Christ (by which He grants us everlasting salvation).
“Help us Your holy Law to learn, To mourn our sin and from it turn In faith to You and to Your Son And Holy Spirit, Three in One.” Amen. (LSB 865:2)
列王记下17:7-23 主耶和华允许以色列败亡和被放逐,是对所有世代信徒的一个警告。新约也警告我们要护卫我们的教义和生命,免得我们离弃主耶和华。上帝呼召我们向每一代人忠心地教导祂的话语,强调律法(主耶和华藉此引导我们每日的悔改)和祂在基督里盟约的应许(祂藉此恩赐我们永恒的救恩)。
“你圣洁的律法帮助我们学习,为我们的罪哀伤,从罪中转离,并在信心中转向你,你的儿子,还有圣灵,圣三一上帝。”阿们。(路德宗崇拜手册865:2)

2 King 17:24-41 Through a priest and teaching about the covenant, the Lord reaches out to the people settled in Israel. The Lord had commanded Israel to deal graciously with sojourners and to teach them the faith and practices of the true God (see note, Ex 12:19). He would have us deal kindly and patiently with sojourners and guests among us, proclaiming to them God’s Law and Gospel, by which the Lord consecrates for Himself a people.
Lord, grant me an open heart to share Your Word and patience with those who know little about You. Lead our congregations to focus on this important mission. Amen.
列王记下17:24-41 藉着一位祭司和对上帝所立之约的教导,主耶和华眷顾定居在以色列地的百姓。主耶和华曾吩咐以色列要恩待寄居者,并且将那位独一真上帝的信仰和实践教导给他们(看注释,出12:19)。祂也愿我们恩慈和宽容地对待在我们中间寄居的人和客旅,向他们宣扬上帝的律法和福音,主耶和华藉着上帝的律法和福音为祂自己将一个民分别为圣。
主耶和华,请赐我一颗敞开的心,来与那些对你所知甚少的人分享你的圣道和忍耐。引导我们的堂会专注在这重要的使命上。阿们。

第三十三周星期二
2 King 18:1-12 The Lord raises up Hezekiah to guide Judah through its most challenging moment, facing the great Assyrian Empire. Like Hezekiah, you are to trust and serve the one true God without compromise, presenting a positive testimony of His grace. The Lord will support you in the face of every obstacle, equipping you through His Word (v 6).
“I am trusting Thee to guide me; Thou alone shalt lead, Ev’ry day and hour supplying All my need.” Amen. (LSB 729:4)
列王记下18:1-12 主耶和华兴起希西家来引导犹大度过它最艰难的时刻,就是要面对强大的亚述帝国。像希西家一样,你也要信靠和服事那独一真上帝,当毫无保留,呈现一个对祂恩典的积极见证。主耶和华必要在每一个艰难面前扶持你,藉着祂的话语装备你(6节)。
“我信靠你来引领我;唯有你当引领,每日每时供应我所需的一切。”阿们。(路德宗崇拜手册729:4)

2 King 18:13-37 An Assyrian official shows disdain for Hezekiah, but the people demonstrate their steady trust in their faithful king. At times, we may grow discouraged that there are no good leaders left. Be assured: the Lord always leads His people and can raise up faithful leaders for them. Pray for your leaders, entrusting them to Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd. He will faithfully lead you in the way of peace.
Trustworthy Lord, bless our leaders with faith, discernment, and courage to stand up for what is right. Amen.
列王记下18:13-37 一位亚述将军表达出对希西家的轻蔑,然而百姓展示了他们对自己忠心君王的坚实信靠。有时候,我们可能变得很沮丧,因为没有什么好的领袖余剩了。可以确信的是:主耶和华总是引领祂的百姓,并且能够为他们兴起忠心的领袖。请为你的领袖们祷告,将他们交托给耶稣基督,那位好牧人。祂必信实地引领你走在平安的路上。
可信赖的主,请以信心,分辨力和勇气赐福我们的领袖,去力挺正直之事。阿们。

2 King 19:1-7 Through Isaiah, the Lord comforts Hezekiah and promises to defeat the mocking Assyrians with a mere word. Do not mock God or misuse His name! He regards words greatly and will answer you according to your words. Though His Word of rebuke has deadly force, His Word of comfort has life-giving force, as He demonstrated at creation and in the Gospel of His Son, our King.
Speak, O Lord, for Your servant is listening. Instruct me from Your Word. Amen.
列王记下19:1-7 藉着以赛亚,主耶和华安慰希西家,并且应许要击溃尽施嘲讽的亚述人,而且是仅仅用一个消息。不要嘲笑上帝或妄称祂的名!祂极其看重言语,并且必按照你的言语报答你。尽管祂责备的话语有着致命的能力,然而祂安慰的话语也有赐生命的能力,正如祂在创世之时和在我们君王,祂儿子的福音里所显明的那样。
主耶和华啊,请讲,你的仆人在听。请从你的圣道中教训我。阿们。

2 King 19:8-13 The Lord shakes the Assyrian’s confidence with a report about the Egyptians coming to Judah’s aid. Today, have confidence in God’s Word, though scoffers and critics may despise it. What the Lord promises, He performs and works salvation for all who trust in Him.
Grant me life, O Lord, according to Your Word. Amen.
列王记下19:8-13 主耶和华使用一个报告,就是埃及人要来帮助犹大,震动了亚述人的信心。今天,要信靠上帝的话语,尽管嘲弄者和批评者可能鄙视上帝的圣道。上帝所应许的,祂必成就,并且祂必向所有信靠祂的人施行拯救。
主耶和华啊,请按照你的话语赐我生命。阿们。

2 King 19:14-19 Placing Sennacherib’s words before the Lord, Hezekiah asks the Lord to distinguish Himself from the idols of the nations. When you pray, appeal to the Lord on the basis of His Word, which describes His unique attributes. The Lord will hear your prayer for Jesus’ sake and will answer faithfully.
O Lord God, please save us, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You, O Lord, are God alone. Amen.
列王记下19:14-19 希西家将西拿基立的话摆在主耶和华面前,恳求主耶和华将祂自己与万国的偶像分别开来。当你祷告的时候,请以祂圣道为根基来呼求主,祂的圣道描述了祂独特的属性。主耶和华必因着耶稣的缘故垂听你的祈祷,必信实地应允。
主上帝啊,请拯救我们,好叫地上的万国知道,主耶和华啊,唯有你是上帝。阿们。

2 King 19:20-37 The Lord mockingly explains for Hezekiah how He planned for the rise and fall of Sennacherib to fulfill His purposes. When headlines disturb you, take comfort in the truth that all the intrigues of the nations and politicians are subject to the Lord’s plans for His creation and Church. The Lord responded to Hezekiah’s prayer for the sake of His promise to David, Hezekiah’s ancestor and the forefather of Jesus, our Savior. He will likewise respond to our prayers.
O Lord, in Your zeal, deliver us from evil. Grant us all confidence in prayer. Amen.
列王记下19:20-37 主耶和华向希西家嘲讽式地解释祂如何安排西拿基立的高升和坠落,为要成就祂的旨意。当新闻头条使你不安的时候,请在那真理中得安慰,那真理就是万国和政治家的所有阴谋都蜷伏在主耶和华对祂受造物和教会的计划之下。主耶和华因着祂给我们救主耶稣的先祖,希西家的先祖大卫的应许,回应了希西家的祷告。祂也必同样回应我们的祷告。
主耶和华啊,在你的热心中,拯救我们脱离凶恶。赐我们在祈祷中的全部信心。阿们。

第三十三周星期三
2 King 20:1-11 The Lord heeds Hezekiah’s prayer and heals him. At times, people wonder whether prayer really matters to God, as He already knows all things and what will happen. This passage removes any excuse for holding your tongue in the hour of need. Call on the Lord, as He invites you to do, and trust, like faithful Hezekiah, that the Lord indeed hears and answers for His mercy’s sake, which He has revealed to us in Christ.
O Lord, remember me, and hear my daily requests for the sake of Your promises through Jesus. Amen.
列王记下20:1-11 主耶和华垂顾希西家的祷告,医治了他。有时候,人会因为上帝已经知晓万事和将要发生的事,疑惑祈祷对上帝来说是否无关紧要。这段经文挪去了你在缺乏的时刻紧闭自己舌头的任何借口。要呼求主耶和华 ,正如祂所邀请你去做的,要像忠心的希西家那样,信靠主耶和华确实垂听并会因着祂怜悯的缘故应允之,祂已经将祂的怜悯在基督里向我们显明了。
主耶和华啊,请纪念我,因着你藉着耶稣的应许,垂听我每日的恳求。阿们。

2 King 20:12-21 Hezekiah displays unusual callousness in a spiritual matter, gladly accepting a prophecy condemning his descendants. When you consider the future, curb the pride you take in this hour and take pride in faithful sons and daughters who trust in the Lord and honor His calling and grace. The Lord will not fail to show mercy toward all who trust in His goodness.
Lord, speak Your good Word to me, my children, and my grandchildren, that we may know Your everlasting peace. Amen.
列王记下20:12-21 希西家在一件属灵的事上显出异常的麻木,欢快地接受了一个咒诅他后裔的预言。当你思想未来的时候,要抑制你对今时的夸赞,却要以信靠主耶和华并尊荣祂呼召和恩典的忠心儿女为荣。主耶和华向所有信靠祂良善的人施怜悯,必不失败。
主耶和华,请将你美善的话语讲给我,我的孩子,还有我孩子的孩子听,好叫我们可以认识你永恒的平安。阿们。

第三十三周星期四
2 King 21:1-9 Ironically, faithful Hezekiah leaves his throne to the worst king in Judah’s history, Manasseh, who had 55 years to thoroughly corrupt the people. Make parenthood and family among your highest priorities, by which you may serve not only this generation, but generations to come. The Lord makes you and your family the object of His love and mercy in giving His one and only Son for you.
By Your grace, O heavenly Father, bless and keep my family in the one true faith unto life everlasting. Amen.
列王记下21:1-9 讽刺的是,忠心的希西家将他的王位留给了犹大历史上最邪恶的王玛拿西,玛拿西作王55年,彻底败坏了百姓。要将教养子女及家庭放在你最重要的事务之列,藉此你不仅可以服侍这一代,而且还有将来的后裔。主耶和华将祂的独生子赐给你,好使你和你的家人成为祂慈爱和怜悯的对象。
天上的父啊,请因着你的恩典,祝福和保守我的家人在那独一真信仰里,直到永生。阿们。

2 King 21:10-18 During Manasseh’s reign, the Lord determins to do away with the kingdom of Judah. He does not yet reveal how this will happen. Today, rather than test God’s patience, make daily repentance part of your life. For such repentance to be faithful and not just routine, cling to the teachings of God’s Word, which shows you your sins and the ways of God’s heritage. The Lord will prosper you in His way and regard you as His dear child.
Merciful Father, You are our shield and portion. Preserve Your heritage, we pray. Amen.
列王记下21:10-18 玛拿西作王期间,主耶和华决定挪去犹大国。祂还没启示这将会如何发生。今天,要使每日的悔改成为你生命的一部分,而不是去测验上帝的耐心。为使这样的悔改真诚而不是仅仅例行公事,要依附上帝话语的教导,祂的话语向你显明你的罪和上帝子民的道路。主耶和华必使你在祂的道路上亨通,使你做祂亲爱的孩子。
满有怜悯的父,你是我的盾牌和我的份。请保守你的产业,我们祈祷。阿们。

2 King 21:19-26 King Amon rejects God’s ways and walks in the ways of evil King Manasseh, his father. Today, do not simply accept the antics of evil rulers, but also do not read this passage as a blessing for overthrowing your government! Pray for your leaders and look for legitimate ways to condemn their errors(e.g., elections; protest) in order to establish justice in your land. Your just and gracious Ruler in heaven oversees all things. He will bless and keep you according to the grace of His beloved Son.
Dearest Jesus, faithful Son, bless the people of our land with justice and peace. Amen.
列王记下21:19-26 亚们王抵挡上帝的道路,行走在他父亲,恶王玛拿西的道上。今天,不要简单地接受邪恶领袖们的怪相,但也不能将此段落读成是对颠覆你们政府的一个祝福!请为你们的领袖祈祷,并且寻求合法的途径来谴责他们的错误(比如:选举;游行)为的是要在你们的土地上建立公正。你们公正且满有恩典的那位掌权者在天上监察万事万物。祂必会按照祂蒙爱儿子的恩典祝福和保守你们。
至亲至爱的耶稣,信实的子,请以公正和平赐福我们土地上的人。阿们。

第三十三周星期五
2 King 22:1-2 Through the faithful guidance of Hilkiah, the Lord instructs Josiah and raises up another faithful king for Judah. God’s people cannot overestimate the value of faithful teachers and counselors for their youth. Do not withhold the teachings of God’s Word from the young but teach them right and wrong, truth distinguished from falsehood, during their earliest years. God’s beloved Son, who grew up in favor with God and people, will Himself instruct your youth with love and mercy through the Word.
Lord, give us a heart for Christian education, that our children may grow in Your grace and favor. Amen.
列王记下22:1-2 透过希勒家的忠心带领,主耶和华教导约西亚,为犹大兴起了又一个信实的王。为年轻的一代预备忠心的教师和顾问,上帝的百姓怎么也不会高估这些教师和顾问的价值。在将上帝的话语教导给年轻一代人的事情上不要迟疑,却要在他们很小的时候就教导他们分别对错,分别真理和假道。上帝所爱的子,也是在上帝和百姓的恩里长大,祂自己必藉着圣道,带着慈爱和怜悯教导你们年轻的一代。
主耶和华,请赐我们一颗热切基督教教育的心,好叫我们的孩子能在你的恩典和恩惠中成长。阿们。

2 King 22:3-7 King Josiah, Shaphan, and Hilkiah organize the repairs of the temple, contracting faithful workers. In your work, honor your Christian vocation and your Lord by gaining a reputation for honesty and faithfulness. The Lord will not fail to bless those who deal honestly. He deals honestly with us in calling us to repentance and in setting all things right by the faithful service of His beloved Son.
Lord, make me wise in my work, especially in fairness and honesty, that I might enjoy a God-pleasing reputation before all people. Amen.
列王记下22:3-7 约西亚王,沙番,和希勒家组织圣殿的修缮工作,雇了一批忠心的工匠。在你的工作中,要藉着赢得诚实和忠心的声誉,来尊荣你们基督徒的天职和你们的主。主耶和华祝福那些诚实行事的人,祂必不失败。祂在呼召我们悔改,藉着祂所爱儿子的忠心服事来恢复万物的事情上,以诚实待我们。
主耶和华,请使我在我的工作中有智慧,特别是在公平和诚实方面,好叫我可以在众人面前享有一个蒙上帝喜悦的声誉。阿们。

2 King 22:8-20 Through the prophetess Huldah, the Lord confirms the message that King Josiah learned from the Book of the Law: the Lord would condemn Judah. However, the Lord also promises mercy to Josiah, in view of his repentance. Sincere repentance is never in vain, even if someone continues to experience hardship after turning to the Lord. Rather, it is the loving work of God’s Holy Spirit through His Word, and His works avail for our salvation.
Instruct me, dear Savior, through Your precious Word, and take not Your Holy Spirit away from me. Amen.
列王记下22:8-20 透过女先知户勒大,主耶和华证实了约西亚王从律法书中所得到的信息,那就是主耶和华要定罪犹大。然而,主耶和华考虑到约西亚的悔改,也向他应许了怜悯。真诚的悔改从来不是无用的,既使有些人在转向主耶和华之后仍然会经历到苦难。相反,真诚的悔改是上帝的圣灵藉着祂的圣道所做的恩慈工作,并且祂的工作与我们的救恩有益。
亲爱的救主,请藉着你至珍的圣道指教我,不要从我这里收回你的圣灵。阿们。

2 King 23:1-20 With bitter detail, the writer describes Josiah’s campaign to remove all elements of false worship from regions under his rule. Such bold action no doubt offended some of his subjects. Today, the Lord may call you to take bold action. Set your heart to serve the Lord and pray for His help to make changes peaceably. In all circumstances, the God of peace will sustain you for good works. Best of all, He has accomplished your salvation through His beloved Son.
Give me a soft heart toward You, O Lord, but a firm heart toward those who seek to overthrow Your ways. Amen.
列王记下23:1-20 作者以尖刻的细节描绘了约西亚从他治理之下的区域挪去虚假敬拜方方面面的运动。这样大胆的行动当然冒犯了他的一些臣民。今天,主耶和华可能呼召你采取大胆的行动。要将你的心定意服事主,并且祈求祂的帮助,好使改变可以和平地进行。在所有境况中,赐平安的上帝必为着良善的工作供应你。最棒的是,祂已经藉着祂蒙爱的儿子成就了你的救恩。
主耶和华啊,请赐我一颗温柔的心来面对你,一颗坚定的心来面对那些谋求颠覆你道路的人。阿们。

2 King 23:21-27 The great and memorable Passover celebrated under Josiah does not fundamentally change matters of faith in Judah. The Lord will sift the people through the Babylonian exile only 26 years later. In all nations and congregations, the wicked and the righteous live alongside one another. We live, prosper, suffer, and die together. Yet, the Lord knows those who are His and will preserve them unto Himself. He has placed His name on us in Baptism, and the world cannot take it away.
Preserve Your people, O Savior, and prepare for us a homeland in Your eternal kingdom. Amen.
列王记下23:21-27 在约西亚治理之下庆祝的那场最壮大难忘的逾越节并未从根本上改变犹大的信仰事务。主耶和华仅仅在26年之后就藉着在巴比伦地的流放筛净祂的子民。在所有国家所有教会中,邪恶与公义的人一并存在。我们一同生活,一同昌达,一同受苦,一同死去。然而,主耶和华认识那些属于祂的,并且必会为祂自己将他们存留。祂已经将祂的名在圣洗礼中放在我们身上,就连世界也不能将之夺去。
救主啊,请存留你的子民,为我们在你的永恒国度中预备一个家园。阿们。

2 King 23:28-30 King Josiah dies due to conflicts over the rising regional power of Babylon. Yet, the Lord fulfills His Word to Josiah by gathering him to the tombs of the kings of Judah. When good people meet a tragic end, such as faithful soldiers or officers who fall in the line of duty, do not assume that they or their families are being punished by the Lord or that He has forsaken them. Instead, honor the noble who fail too soon in your eyes, offering thanks to God for their noble service. Jesus, too, met an early end (to our notions), but His death was purposefully timed by God for our salvation.
“Lord, let at last Thine angels come, To Abr’ham’s bosom bear me home, That I may die unfearing; And in its narrow chamber keep My body safe In peaceful sleep Until Thy reappearing. And then from death awaken me, That these mine eyes with joy may see, O Son of God, Thy glorious face, My Savior and my fount of grace. Lord Jesus Christ, my prayer attend, my prayer attend, And I will praise Thee without end.” Amen. (LSB 708:3)
列王记下23:28-30 约西亚王因着巴比伦区域政权的兴起所带来的冲突死掉了。然而,主耶和华成就了祂给约西亚的话语,将他纳入犹大列王的坟墓里。当良善的人得了悲惨结局,比如那些忠诚的士兵或将领死在执行任务上的时候,请不要认为他们或他们的亲人正在经受主耶和华的惩罚,或者祂已经将他们遗弃了。相反,要尊荣那些在你眼中太早折损的尊贵之辈,为着他们尊贵的服侍将感恩献给上帝。耶稣也得了一个过早的结局(依据我们的观念),但祂的死亡是上帝为着我们的救恩有目的地计划好的。
“主耶和华,请在我临终时差遣你的圣天使,带领我归家在亚伯拉罕的怀里,好叫我毫无惧怕地死去;在那狭窄的棺木里将我的身体在安息的睡眠中保存好,直到你的再现。然后将我从死亡中唤醒,好使我的双眼可以看见,噢上帝之子,你光辉的容颜,我的救主,我恩典的源泉。主耶稣基督,请听我的祈祷,听我的祈祷,我要赞美你永无穷尽。”阿们。(路德宗崇拜手册708:3)

2 King 23:31-35 In three short months, Jehoahaz is able to restore false worship in Judah and so overturn his father’s reform. How easy to destroy and corrupt! How hard to set things right again! The Lord alone can truly change hearts, accomplished through His life-giving Word, which purifies us from every stain of sin.
Cleanse me, O spotless Lamb, from all my sins, that I may do what is right in Your eyes. Amen.
列王记下23:31-35 短短的三个月里,约哈斯就能够在犹大重新恢复虚假崇拜,也因此推翻了他父亲的改革。摧毁和败坏是多么容易啊!将事情重新纠正是多么难啊!唯有主耶和华能够真正改变人心,藉着祂赐生命的道来将之成就,祂赐生命的道洁净我们,脱离所有罪的污渍。
毫无瑕疵的圣羔羊啊,请洁净我,脱离我所有的罪,好叫我可以行你眼中看为正的事。阿们。

2 King 23:36-24:7 The Lord arranges regional politics against Jehoiakim and Judah, determined to avenge the evils committed by Judah’s kings. Sins, even when forgiven, continue to bear consequences in our lives. As you consider your life in view of God’s Word, consider also the lives and futures of those against whom you sin and ask the Lord for mercy, not only for yourself, but also for those affected by your sins. The Lord, whose mercies are new every morning, will surely hear your prayers. Entrust all things to His good and gracious will.
Take away my sins, O Savior, and guard others from the consequences of my faults. Amen.
列王记下23:36-24:7 主耶和华使用区域政治对付约雅敬和犹大,决议要报复犹大列王所犯下的邪恶之事。罪,既使得了赦免,仍然会在我们的生活中带来后果。当你依照上帝的话语思量你的生活之时,也请考虑那些你犯罪所冒犯的人他们的生活和未来,向主耶和华恳求怜悯,不仅是为你自己,也为哪些受你的罪影响的人。主耶和华,祂的怜悯每日清晨都是新的,必定会垂听你的祷告。要将万事交托给祂良善洪恩的旨意。
救主啊,请挪去我的罪,保护其他人免受我所犯错误的后果。阿们。

第三十三周星期六
2 King 24:8-17 In the surrender of Jehoiachin, the Lord allows the dismantling of the temple David had planned and Solomon had built. Thanks be to God, He does not dwell in temples we make, as He explained to Solomon at the beginning (1Ki 8:27). He dwells instead in the hearts of His people by faith.
“Abide with me, fast falls the eventide. The darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide. When other helpers fail and comforts flee, Help of the helpless, O abide with me.” Amen. (LSB 878:1)
列王记下24:8-17 在约雅斤的投降之下,主耶和华允许大卫所计划,所罗门所建造的圣殿遭到拆毁。感谢归给上帝,祂并不住我们所造的殿,正如祂一开始向所罗门解释的(列上8:27)。祂乃是藉着信居住在祂子民的心中。
“黄昏快速下沉,黑夜更深,请与我同在;主耶和华 ,与我同在。当其他的帮助者衰退,安慰已逝的时候,无助之人的帮助啊,与我同在。”阿们。(路德宗崇拜手册878:1)

2 King 24:18-20 The Lord remains repulsed by Judah’s evils, rejecting even the vassal rule of Zedekiah. The depth of God’s anger and disappointment over sin is beyond our ability to fathom, just as surely as we cannot understand the depth of our own sins. Yet, the Lord does not cast off His people forever but calls them to repent. Ever present in His Word and Sacraments, He administers to us the full blessings of forgiveness.
“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from Thy presence, and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation, and uphold me with Thy free spirit.” Amen. (LSB, pp 192-93)
列王记下24:18-20 主耶和华仍然厌恶犹大的恶事,甚至摒弃了西底家的傀儡政权。上帝对罪的怒气和失望的深度是过于我们能力可以测量的,正如我们确实不能理解我们自己罪的深度一样。然而,主耶和华不愿永远离弃祂的子民,乃是呼召他们回转。祂永远临在于祂的圣道和圣礼中,向我们施行赦罪恩典的丰盛祝福。
“ 神啊,求你为我造清洁的心,使我里面重新有正直(或作:坚定)的灵。不要丢弃我,使我离开你的面;不要从我收回你的圣灵。求你使我仍得救恩之乐,赐我乐意的灵扶持我。”阿们。(路德宗崇拜手册,192-193页)

2 King 25:1-21 After Judah’s third rebellion, the Babylonians enforce sterner policies, killing off all manner of community leadership and ending Judah’s status as a kingdom and a holy land. Yet, all human institutions eventually fail, even mighty Babylon. The holy kingdom of God abides forever because its King, our God and Savior, cannot be overthrown.
Heavenly Father, rule among us by Your Word and Sacraments, that we might be Your own and live under You in peace. Amen.
列王记下25:1-21 在犹大的第三次背叛之后,巴比伦人就执行更坚决的政策,消灭所有社区的领导能力,终结犹大作为一个国家和圣地的地位。然而,所有人的组织最终都会衰落,甚至包括强大的巴比伦。上帝圣洁的国度永远长存,因为它的王,我们的救主上帝,不会被推翻。
天父,请藉着你的圣道和圣礼在我们中间掌权,好叫我们可以属于你自己并且在你之下和平地生活。阿们。

2 King 25:22-26 Unable to adjust to changing times, the royal family of Judah continues to resist Babylonian governance of former Judean territory. Today, the Lord blesses us, not only with His Word (Jeremiah warned the royal family against further rebellion, Jer 42), but also with common sense. With God’s counsel, adjust to the disappointments you face and make different plans for the future. Most of all, repent of your failures and confess your shortcomings. Your Lord yet has great blessings in mind for you, which He grants in Christ.
Turn my face, O Lord, in the way that I should go. Quiet my heart and grant me hope for the future. Amen.
列王记下25:22-26 犹大的贵族宗室由于不能适应变化的境况,仍继续抵抗巴比伦人对曾经是犹大地的统治。今天,主耶和华祝福我们,不仅是用祂的话语(耶利米警告贵族宗室不要继续抵抗,耶42章),而且也用常识。带着从上帝而来的智慧,要去适应你所面对的失望境况,并且为着未来做出不同的计划。最重要的是,要为着你的失败悔改,承认你的缺点。你的主耶和华在祂心上仍然为你存留丰盛的祝福,就是祂在基督里所赐下的。
主耶和华啊,请调转我的脸面,走在我当行的路上。平静我的心,赐我向着未来的盼望。阿们。

2 King 25:27-30 Despite all that has happened, the Lord provides for the preservation of the “house of David” (see notes, 2Sm 7:12-17). For the next 500 years, the Judeans would anticipate the restoration of David’s reign, which the heavenly Father fulfilled in the coming of Jesus, a “Son of David.” His kingdom—the Church—shall never end.
Rule over us, gracious Lord. Welcome and sustain us at Your banquet table, which is a foretaste of the feast to come. Amen.
列王记下25:27-30 尽管有着所发生的一切,但主耶和华仍然存留“大卫的家室”(参注释,撒下7:12-17)。接下来的500年,犹大人就期盼着大卫王室的复兴,天父在“大卫之子,”耶稣的降临中将之成就了。祂的国度—教会—必永不断绝。
满有恩典的主,请掌管我们。在你圣筵(圣餐)的桌旁欢迎我们,供应我们,那就是对将来筵席的预尝。阿们。

翻译:Gary Liu 主后2017年05月20日

《历代志上》
(第三十四周星期一—第三十五周星期六)
第三十四周星期一
1 Chronicles 1:1-27 Through the families of the earth, the Lord unfolds His plan of salvation, focusing on Abraham, the father of all who believe (Rm 4:16). Just as sin divided and corrupted Adam’s family, it attacks and tears apart families today. Yet, these genealogies show how the Lord continues to work through families as the faith is preserved and spread from one generation to the next. The Godhead itself shows this, with the Father sending forth His Son for the sake of our salvation (Jn 3:16).
Merciful Father, rescue my family from the wedge of sins that would separate us. Draw us together with cords of love through Your Son. Amen.
历代志上1:1-27 藉着地上的家庭,主耶和华展开祂救赎的计划,聚焦在那位所有信徒之父亚伯拉罕的身上(罗4:16 所以人得为後嗣是本乎信,因此就属乎恩,叫应许定然归给一切後裔;不但归给那属乎律法的,也归给那效法亚伯拉罕之信的)。正如罪使亚当的家庭分裂并且遭败坏一样,罪在今天仍然攻击和撕裂着家庭。然而,这些家谱也显明主耶和华继续藉着家庭作工,信仰得以保存,并且代代相传。圣父为着我们救恩的缘故差遣祂的儿子,三位一体的上帝就将此显明了(约3:16「神爱世人,甚至将他的独生子赐给他们,叫一切信他的,不至灭亡,反得永生)。
满有怜悯的父,请拯救我的家庭脱离那会使我们分离的罪的楔子。藉着你的儿子以爱的绳索将我们拉在一起。阿们。

1 Chronicles 1:28-54 As He promised, the Lord made Abraham the father of many nations. Sadly, Abraham’s physical (not spiritual) descendants are still in conflict nearly 4,000 years later as the nations of the Near East continually battle one another and draw others into the conflict. Such conflicts can end only through the forgiveness of sins, offered through Abraham’s offspring, our Lord Jesus Christ.
O Lord, You multiplied the families of the earth from father Abraham. Bless our families as well, and grant them lasting peace through Your only Begotten Son, Jesus. Amen.
历代志上1:28-54 正如祂应许的,主耶和华使亚伯拉罕成为多国的父。令人伤心的是,亚伯拉罕肉身(不是属灵)的后裔在将近4,000年之后仍然处于互相争斗中,近东的国家继续相互打仗,也将其它国家引入冲突当中。这样的冲突只能藉着罪的赦免才可终止,那罪的赦免就是藉着亚伯拉罕的后裔,我们的主耶稣基督所赐下的。
主耶和华啊,你使从先祖亚伯拉罕而出的地上家庭增多。也请祝福我们的家人,藉着你独生的子耶稣赐他们永恒的平安。阿们。

1 Chronicles 2 Although Judah was not the firstborn or the most noble of Jacob’s sons, his descendants took the first place among the tribes of Israel and fathered the greatest kings and builders. Today, though you have stumbled in life, set your heart on serving the Lord and supporting your family. The Lord will hear your prayers of repentance and of blessing for your family. His great desire is to bless all through Jesus, His Son.
O Lord, may my sins not weigh down my family, but may Your forgiveness of my sins become an example of Your surpassing mercy. Build up my family into a holy house, devoted to Your service. Amen.
历代志上2 尽管犹大不是雅各儿子中头生或最尊贵的,但他的后裔在以色列的众支派里做头,养育了多个最伟大的君王和建造者。今天,尽管你曾在生活中跌倒,但要将你的心定睛在服侍主耶和华和供应你的家庭上。主耶和华必会垂听你悔改和为你家人恳求祝福的祷告。祂特别所愿的就是藉着祂的儿子耶稣祝福所有人。
主耶和华啊,请不要使我的罪压垮我的家庭,却要使你对我罪的赦免成为你丰厚怜悯的例子。建造我的家庭成为一个分别为圣的家室,委身于你的服事。阿们。

1 Chronicles 3 David’s dynasty ruled all Israel for 80 years and the Southern Kingdom of Judah for over 400 years; his descendants continued to lead after the return from the Babylonian exile. From a small beginning with a shepherd boy, the Lord wrought great things. Today, through prayer and godly leadership, humbly commend your family to God’s service. Jesus, David’s greatest descendant, will lead you into a blessed future.
O great David’s greater Son, build my family up in lasting devotion through Your Holy Word. Amen.
历代志上3 大卫王朝治理整个以色列有80年,治理南国犹大有超过400年;从巴比伦地的流放归回之后,他的后裔仍继续作首。从一个放羊男孩不起眼的开头,主耶和华成就了大事。今天,要藉着祈祷和敬虔的带领,将你的家人谦卑地交托在上帝的服事中。
尊贵大卫更尊贵的儿子啊,请藉着你的圣道建造我的家庭在持久的忠诚委身之中。阿们。

1 Chronicles 4:1-23 Other members of David’s family, who increased the family’s territory and served with David, are listed. In any group or family, some will lead, but most will follow. No matter what your calling, bring honor to your family, congregation, employer, and nation by prayer and devoted service. For Christ, born of Bethlehem Ephrathah (cf v 4), has called you by His grace.
Lord, grant me a servant’s heart, that Your rule may extend to those who have not yet heard or believed. Amen.
历代志上4:1-23 大卫家室中,那些扩张家族地界并且与大卫一同服侍的其他成员,在此被列出。在任何群体或家庭里面,一些人会作首,而大多数人要跟随。无论你的呼召是什么,请藉着祈祷和专心的服事,来尊荣你的家庭,教会,雇主和国家。因为基督,那位生于伯利恒以法他的(参 4节),曾出于祂的恩典呼召了你。
主耶和华,请赐我一颗仆人的心,好使你的王权可以达至那些还未听见或信靠的人。阿们。

1 Chronicles 4:24-43 Simeon’s descendants and some of their noteworthy successes are listed. They lived peaceably and supportively among Judah’s descendants, showing the mutual support brothers may supply. God’s people today live in and depend on such brotherhood, upon which the Church is based. Christ, our Brother, unites us in the service of our heavenly Father.
Dearest Father, make my service dear to my brothers and sisters in Christ, that we may unite in praising You. Amen.
历代志上4:24-43 西缅的后裔以及他们一些出色的功绩被列出。他们在犹大的后裔中间带着和平和彼此扶持生活,展示出弟兄们可以供应的相互帮扶。今天上帝的百姓居住在这样的弟兄之爱中,并且倚赖之,教会也建造在这样的弟兄之爱上。基督,我们的弟兄,使我们团结在我们天父的服事里面。
至亲至爱的父,请使我的服侍有益于我在基督里的弟兄姊妹们,好叫我们团结在一起赞美你。阿们。

第三十四周星期二
1 Chronicles 5:1-10 The Chronicler recounts Reuben’s weakness and relationship to Judah, which illustrates why Judah came to lead Israel. Leadership and inheritance are not blessings one can simply take for granted, because they come with responsibility. God has given you responsibility in His kingdom, no matter what your standing in life. He has also equipped and blessed you with gifts, including the blessings of life and salvation through Christ, our Head.
Lead on, dearest Jesus, and grant me the will and strength to follow Your way. Amen.
历代志上5:1-10 历代志作者重述流便的软弱及其与犹大的关系,这勾画出犹大要领导以色列的原因。领袖和产业并非是一个人能够简单地看为理所当然的祝福,因为与之一起临到的是责任。上帝已经在祂的国度里赐给你责任,无论你生命中的位份是什么。祂也已经用恩赐装备和祝福你,其中包括从我们的元首基督而来的生命和救恩的祝福。
至亲至爱的耶稣,请继续引领,并赐我意志和能力来追随你的道路。阿们。

1 Chronicles 5:11-22 Only a little information is recorded about the “sons of Gad” in Scripture, who lived and fought beside the sons of Reuben. When brothers support one another in godly service, how great is the blessing! But offense and envy too often divide brothers and neighbors. Through God’s blessings, forgiveness, and mercy requested in prayer, He can and does restore us to one another.
Merciful Lord, grant us peace with our brethren and neighbors, that all may call on Your name and serve one another in joy. Amen.
历代志上5:11-22 在圣经中关于“迦得的后裔”只有一点信息被记载下来,他们与流便的后裔一同生活和打仗。当弟兄们在敬虔的服事中彼此支持的时候,那祝福是多么丰盛啊!但冒犯和嫉妒太经常使弟兄和邻居分裂了。藉着上帝的祝福,赦罪恩典和怜悯,就是在祷告中被祈求的,祂能够并且确实会恢复彼此的和睦。
满有怜悯的主,请赐我们与我们弟兄和邻舍们的和睦,好叫所有人都可以呼求你的名,且在喜乐中彼此服侍。阿们。

1 Chronicles 5:23-26 The early successes of East Manasseh did not spare them from defeat after they abandoned God’s covenant. God punished them specifically through sending the Assyrians. He still manages affairs between nations today. Remarkably, the people of Assyria came to faith centuries later when the Gospel spread to the east (cf Is 19:25). The Lord’s Word is powerful to stir hearts not only to war but also to faith and peace in Christ.
Stir our hearts, O Lord, to keep Your Word faithfully by believing in Jesus and proclaiming His name among the nations. Amen.
历代志上5:23-26 东岸玛拿西的早期得胜并没有使他们免受因着他们弃绝上帝的恩约而来的失败。上帝特别藉着差遣亚述人来惩罚他们。祂今日仍然掌管国与国之间的事务。令人不可思议的是,亚述的百姓在多个世纪之后,就是当福音传到约旦河东岸的时候,来到信仰之中(参 赛19:25 因为万军之耶和华赐福给他们,说:「埃及我的百姓,亚述我手的工作,以色列我的产业,都有福了)。主耶和华的话语满有能力,不仅可以挑动人心去争战,而且也可以挑动人心走向在基督里的信心和平安。
耶和华啊,请挑动我们的心,藉着对耶稣的信和在万民中宣扬祂的名,来持守你的道。阿们。

1 Chronicles 6 An overview of the priestly tribe, down to the time of David. The service of the priests helps us understand the service of Christ in NT. Heb 5:10 declares Christ to be the High Priest after the order of Melchizedek., superior to all those of Levi because He Himself is the sacrifice for our sins. He lives forever (Heb 7) and serves in the greater, heavenly temple (Heb 8-10).
Lord, through Your atoning blood, I am forgiven and united with all the faithful. Be our refuge in all adversity, and prepare us for service in Your kingdom. Amen.
历代志上6章 是对祭司支派的纵览,直到大卫时期。祭司们的服事帮助我们理解基督在新约中的服事。希伯来书5章10节宣告基督为大祭司,按着麦基洗德的等次,高于所有利未族的,因为祂自己就是为我们的罪献上的赎罪祭(来5:10并蒙神照著麦基洗德的等次称他为大祭司)。祂永远活着(来7章)并且在那天上更大的殿中服事(来8-10章)。
主耶和华,藉着你赎罪的血,我得赦免,并且得以与众信徒连合。请在所有患难中作我们的避难所,并且为着在你国度中的服事来预备我们。阿们。

1 Chronicles 7:1-5 Although little information about Issachar is presented, the Chronicler records the tribe’s great numbers. How sad that this prosperous tribe did not also prosper in serving God’s Word. Today, focusing on numerical strength remains deceptive. The Lord counts us as His people and grants us strength by grace alone.
Lord, make me a good steward of those in my charge, and teach me to reply on Your strength alone. Amen.
历代志上7:1-5 尽管关于以萨迦的信息所呈现的很少,但历代志作者记载下了这个支派人数众多。这一繁荣的支派在服事上帝的话语上却未能兴盛,这是多么可悲啊!今天,对数字能力的专注仍然是具有迷惑性的。主耶和华唯独出于恩典算我们为祂的子民并赐我们能力。
主耶和华,请使我成为一个好管家,服侍那些在我管辖之下的人,并且教导我唯独倚赖你的能力。阿们。

1 Chronicles 7:6-12 Benjamin, Jacob’s youngest son and the father of one of the smallest tribes, is given the honor of a genealogy, unlike Dan, who receives almost no notice. The Lord cares for all the faithful, no matter how small or unimportant they appear to the world.
O Lord, thank You for counting me precious through the merits of Your precious Son. Amen.
历代志上7:6-12 便雅悯,雅各最小的儿子,也是最小支派之一的先祖,却在家谱中得了尊荣,不像但,几乎没有被提及。主耶和华看顾所有忠心的人,无论他们对世界来说看起来会是多么的渺小或不重要。
耶和华啊,感谢你藉着你宝贵儿子的功德来算我为宝贵的。阿们。

1 Chronicles 7:13-19 Summaries of Naphtali and West Manasseh specially note the place of mothers. How great is a mother’s influence on her children, whether for good or for evil! Faithful mothers are God’s gifts to His children, an exceptional blessing.
Lord, grant faithful mothers in the service of Your Church, devoted and humble like Your own dear mother. Amen.
历代志上7:13-19 对拿弗他利和西岸玛拿西的总结特别提及母亲的位份。一位母亲在她孩子们身上的影响是多么大啊,无论是好的或是恶的!忠心的母亲是上帝赐给祂百姓的恩赐,一份特别的祝福。
主耶和华,请在你教会的服事中赐下忠心的母亲,使他们像你自己亲爱的母亲一样敬虔,谦卑。阿们。

1 Chronicles 7:20-29 The touching story of Ephraim’s recovery from disaster illustrates brotherly care and personal endurance, as Ephraim became a most powerful tribe in Israel’s history. Though we suffer much in this life, our Brother Jesus Christ is full of comfort and supports us through our brothers and sisters in the faith.
Dearest Jesus, comfort us in all our sorrows, that we might comfort others. Amen.
历代志上7:20-29 以法莲从灾难中得恢复的感人故事描绘了弟兄情谊般的看顾和个人的忍耐,以法莲成为以色列历史上一个最强大的支派。尽管我们会在今生遭受很多苦难,但我们的弟兄耶稣基督满有安慰,也藉着在我们信仰里面的弟兄姊妹扶持我们。
至亲至爱的耶稣,请在我们所有的悲痛中安慰我们,好叫我们可以安慰他人。阿们。

1 Chronicles 7:30-40 Account of Asher concludes the genealogy of the 12 tribes. Leaders of this far-flung tribe receive special emphasis, though their warrior’s strength did not sustain them. Our strength and sustenance come from the Lord alone.
Merciful Lord, You make the first last and the last first. Turn our lives around by Your grace. Amen.
历代志上7:30-40 十二支派的家谱以亚设的记录结束。这一偏远支派的领袖得到特别的重视,尽管他们勇士的能力未能支撑他们。我们的能力和供应唯独从主耶和华而来。
满有怜悯的主,你使在前的成为在后的,使在后的成为在前的。请藉着你的恩典调转我们的生命。阿们。

1 Chronicles 8 A Benjaminite Genealogy designed specifically for Saul’s family shows that though Saul’s tribe was smaller than others, it received special attention because God called them to service as leaders of Israel. For God’s people, honor and nobility are not products of our strength, but of God’s calling and the character He develops in us.
Consecrate my life and my family, dear Lord, to faithfully fulfill my calling to the honor of Your name. Amen.
历代志上8章 一个特别为扫罗家族设计的便雅悯人的家谱展示出,尽管扫罗支派要比其它的弱小,但它领受了特别的重视,因为上帝呼召他们作为以色列的领袖来服侍。对上帝的百姓来说,尊荣和尊贵不是我们能力的产品,乃是出于上帝的呼召和祂在我们里面造就的品格。
亲爱的主,请将我的生命和我的家人分别为圣,来忠心地为着你名的尊荣履行我的呼召。阿们。

第三十四周星期三
1 Chronicles 9:1-44 The separated people of Israel return to a new unity at Jerusalem. The Lord renews their service and their hope based on restored faith in His mercy. Though we break faith with the Lord daily, He restores us daily through repentance and faith in Christ, whose mercy is new every morning.
Renew us, Lord. Recall us to Zion, and sanctify our service by Your Word. Amen.
历代志上9:1-44 分散的以色列民得以在耶路撒冷归回于新的统一。主耶和华更新他们的服事和他们的盼望,基于对祂怜悯重拾的信心。尽管我们每日失信于主耶和华,但祂每日藉着悔改和对基督的信重新兴起我们,基督的怜悯每日清晨都是新的。
主耶和华,请更新我。重新召唤我归回锡安,藉着你的话语将我们的服事分别为圣。阿们。

1 Chronicles 10 See application note, 1 Sm 31
撒母耳记上31章 扫罗在上帝的话语上妥协,就因此摒弃了他从神而来的祝福,并且他正是在他蒙选召要去击败的仇敌手中,以一种残忍的方式死去的。当上帝的百姓折损祂的话语之时,没有什么比这更可悲的了,当他们坚韧地领受祂的话语之时,没有比这更美好的祝福了。请从扫罗和大卫的例子中学习。藉着应许和祝福,天上的君王在祂的儿子耶稣里面供应你生命。
“主耶和华,保守我们稳健在你的话语中;拦阻那些想要藉着诡诈或刀剑将国从你的儿子那里夺去并且将祂所成就的一切毁于一旦的人。”阿们。(路德宗崇拜手册655:1)

1 Chronicles 11:1-3 The Chronicler announces and celebrates David’s enthronement, overlooking David’s struggles. Critics may fault the Chronicler’s omission of the graphic details about David’s ascent. Yet all of us, like the Chronicler, tend to look back on the past with nostalgia and celebrate the good rather than the bad. In fact, the record of God’s blessings to David was what the Chronicler’s readers needed to remember most. When failures and trials would overwhelm us, the Lord focuses us on His mercy, which can carry us through.
Lord, I repent of my failures, though I cannot number them all or bear to dwell on them. Focus my heart, dear Lord, on Your great mercy. Amen.
历代志上11:1-3 历代志作者宣告和庆祝大卫的称王,跳过了大卫的奋斗时期。评论家可能会怪罪历代志作者将关于大卫兴起的生动细节忽略掉了。然而我们所有人,像历代志作者一样,倾向于带着怀旧情结来看待过去,庆祝好的而不是恶的。事实上,对上帝赐给大卫祝福的记载是历代志的读者们最需要纪念的。当失败和试炼笼罩我们的时候,主耶和华使我们定睛在祂的怜悯上,因为祂的怜悯能够带领我们渡过难关。
主耶和华,我为着我的失败悔改,尽管我不能将它们全都罗列出来或强忍着活在这些失败里面。亲爱的主,请将我们的心聚焦在你丰盛的怜悯上。阿们。

1 Chronicles 11:4-9 See application note, 2 Sm 5:1-16
撒母耳记下5:1-16 在击败耶布斯人之后,大卫使耶路撒冷成为他治理整个以色列的首都。主耶和华是为了祂百姓的缘故才成就此事的。当成功临到我们的道路上之时,让我们不要自夸或要求赞赏。耶稣,大卫的儿子,为了我们这样有罪之人的缘故,曾降卑祂自己,以至于死,甚至是死在十字架上。
上主,请使我谦卑,并将你的祝福在基督耶稣里赐给我。阿们。

1 Chronicles 11:10-47 See application note, 2 Sm 23:8-39
撒母耳记下23:8-39 尽管大卫确实尊荣地提及那些与他曾一同勇敢作战的人,但一个战士的信实和忠诚看起来是那个决定性因素,就是决定他是否被列入大卫勇士们的名单中。约押,一位被看为不忠诚的将军,是被排除在名单之外的。在希伯来书11章中,信心是被列在名单上的资格。希伯来书11章的圣徒们是“凭信”而活,相信上帝的儿子会救赎他们脱离阴间和死亡的枷锁。
天父,请藉着在基督里的信心,使我成为你勇敢圣徒们的一员。阿们。

1 Chronicles 12 David wins support from throughout Israel, and his coronation is a great celebration. The feasts shared at David’s coronation at Hebron and Solomon’s coronation in Jerusalem, for all their joy, pale when compared to the feast that awaits all believers (cf Is 25:6-8; Jer 3:18). The feast that will be celebrated at the end of time will bring together all God’s scattered children, not only those of Israel but those of the separated children of Adam as well (cf 1 Ch 1:1). That eternal feast even now sustains the Church on earth. In every celebration of the Lord’s Supper, the gathered people of God look beyond the circumstances of life to an eternal day of joy for all nations (cf Mt 26:29; Mk 14:25; Lk 22:15-18; 1Co 11:23-26; Rv 19:6-9).
“Gather us together, we pray, from the ends of the earth to celebrate with all the faithful the marriage feast of the Lamb in His kingdom, which has no end.” Amen. (LSB, p 178)
历代志上12章 大卫赢得了支持,遍满以色列,并且他的膏立仪式是一个隆重的庆典。在希伯仑大卫的膏立盛宴和在耶路撒冷所罗门的膏立盛宴上,他们的所有喜乐,与那将来等候所有信徒的盛宴比较起来就逊色多了(参赛25:6-8;耶3:18)。那将来在末日欢庆的盛宴必要将上帝所有分散的儿女招聚在一起,不仅是以色列的那些,也包括亚当分散了的子孙中间的那些(参 代1:1)。那永恒的盛宴甚至今日就在地上供养着教会。在每一次主圣餐的欢庆中,上帝招聚的子民跳出生活的环境,瞭望那一个为万民预备的永恒喜乐之日(参 太26:29;可14:25; 路22:15-18;林前11:23-26;启19:6-9)。
“请招聚我们在一起,我们祈祷,从地极之处,来与所有信徒一同欢庆那圣羔羊的婚宴,在祂国度里,永无穷尽。”阿们。(路德宗崇拜手册,178页)

第三十四周星期四
1 Chronicles 13:1-4 David strengthens the unity of Israel by consulting the leaders and receiving affirmation. Consensus is often difficult to attain, especially in a large group. Yet the Lord blesses the people’s sincere desire for restoring godly practices. Likewise, He will bless our desire for godly consensus and peace, which He provides in the Gospel.
Grant our congregations unity, dear Lord, as they call upon You and listen to one another. Amen.
历代志上13:1-4 大卫藉着与领袖们商议并且获得肯定,使以色列的团结得坚固。达成一致常常是困难的,特别是在一个大的群体中。然而主耶和华祝福百姓对恢复敬虔信仰实践的真诚渴望。同样地,祂必会祝福我们对敬虔的一致和平安的渴望,就是祂在福音里面所赐下的。
亲爱的主,当他们呼求你并且彼此聆听的时候,请赐我们众堂会团结合一。阿们。

1 Chronicles 13:5-14 See application note, 2Sm 6:5-15
撒母耳记下6:5-15 乌撒,尽管他有着好的动机,但所行的却与上帝的话语相违背,就因此被击杀致死。为了更妥善地对待约柜,大卫就放下他的尊贵王袍来谦卑他自己,穿上一套祭司的服饰,作为一个祭司国度的领袖在主耶和华面前敬拜。当参与在上帝的事情—祂的话语,圣礼,或教会之中的时候,你是如何参与的就很重要。尽管上帝责罚不敬畏的人,但祂仍然信实于祝福谦卑的人。曾为我们的过犯在十字架上赎罪,基督必会祝福悔改和信靠的心。
荣耀归给你,满有恩典的上帝啊,尽管我们会跌到,但你却随时预备了要藉着耶稣基督来赦免和祝福。阿们。

1 Chronicles 14:1-7 God establishes David’s house and his household in Jerusalem. Our station in life, whether humble or exalted in the eyes of the world, is established for the sake of God’s good purposes. In mercy, He has established our heavenly home through Christ.
O Lord, welcome me as Your child for the sake of Your only-begotten Son. Amen.
历代志上14:1-7 上帝在耶路撒冷建立大卫的殿和他的家室。我们生命中的职份,无论在世人的眼里是卑微的或是高位的,都是为着上帝良善的旨意设立的。在怜悯中,祂已经藉着基督设立了我们天上的家园。
主耶和华啊,请为着你独生子的缘故,欢迎我做你的孩子。阿们。

1 Chronicles 14:8-17 See application note, 2Sm 5:17-25
撒母耳记下5:17-25 非利士人,因着大卫此时成为以色列全地的王而不安,就两次攻打他,却被击败了。大卫询问并且依靠主耶和华来得胜。为要在我们的计划中寻求上帝的祝福,我们必须呼求祂,并且将之交托给祂话语的判断。然而当我们软弱的时候,主耶和华祂自己必会为我们争战,特别是要对付罪,死亡和魔鬼。
主耶稣,请作我的君王,并且(带我)冲破所有要使我与你隔离的仇敌。阿们。

第三十四周星期五
1 Chronicles 15 See application note, 2Sm 6:16-23
撒母耳记下6:16-23 米甲看见大卫谦卑地作为一位祭司来穿着打扮,就开始嘲笑他。在忠心服事主耶和华的时候,你愿意在他人眼中看似愚昧吗?不要害怕在主耶和华面前欢喜快乐,在患难中忍耐。我们的主耶稣不以谦卑祂自己在十字架上为羞耻,为要拯救我们脱离我们的傲慢。
请在我的生命中生发真正的信实,主啊,无论它在世人的眼中看起来会是多么的不合宜。阿们。

1 Chronicles 16:1-7 David, the new king, acts as a priest by blessing and ministering to the congregation of Israel. Christ has consecrated you as a priest in His kingdom to bless, thank, and praise God before the nations. He sustains you in this precious service with His very body and blood for the forgiveness of all your sins.
“Save us, O God of our salvation, and gather and deliver us from among the nations, that we may give thanks to Your holy name, and glory in Your praise” (v 35). Amen.
历代志上16:1-7 大卫,那位新王,作为一位祭司行事,祝福和服事以色列会众。基督已经将你分别为圣,作祂国度里的祭司,去在万国面前称颂,感谢和赞美上帝。祂以祂真实的身体和宝血,就是为要你所有的罪得赦免的,在这珍贵的服事中供养你。
“拯救我们的神啊,求你救我们,聚集我们,使我们脱离外邦,我们好称赞你的圣名,以赞美你为夸胜”(35节)。阿们。

1 Chronicles 16:8-36 Three psalms are arranged specifically to emphasize Israel’s thanks for the Lord’s merciful deeds. Recite this psalm to express your thanks to God, including specific examples of His mercy in your life. For His steadfast love, which He professes to you through His beloved Son, truly endures forever.
“Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting!” (v 36). Amen.
历代志上16:8-36 诗篇3首特别在此安排用来强调以色列对主耶和华怜悯行动的感谢。请朗诵这首诗篇来表达你对上帝的感谢,包括祂在你生命中施行怜悯的具体例子。因为祂坚定不移的慈爱,就是祂藉着祂的爱子所宣扬的,真的是持续到永远。
“耶和华以色列的神,从亘古直到永远,是应当称颂的!”(36节)。阿们。

1 Chronicles 16:37-43 David establishes two sites for worship and provides for proper services at each. The time, place, and character of our services need good planning in view of God’s Word (cf 1Co 14:40). God’s Word and prayer sanctify such services so that we may receive His gracious blessings in Christ Jesus.
Fill our hearts and mouths, O Lord, with the word of Your steadfast love, which endures forever. Amen.
历代志上16:37-43 大卫设立两个敬拜的居所,并且为每一个都提供了合理的服事。我们服事的时间,地点和特征需要参照上帝的话语来做好安排(参 林前14:40凡事都要规规矩矩的按著次序行)。上帝的话语和祈祷将这样的服事分别为圣,好叫我们可以在基督耶稣里领受祂满有恩典的祝福。
主耶和华啊,请用你丰盛慈爱的话语充满我们的心和口,你的话语永远长存。阿们。

第三十四周星期六
1 Chronicles 17:1-15 See application note, 2Sm 7:1-17
撒母耳记下7:1-17 主耶和华告诉大卫和拿单不是他们会做什么,而是祂会为大卫做和建造什么—就是一个永远的家室和国度。在我们为主所做的一切事中,我们必须首先寻求祂的话语,来明白何为蒙祂喜悦的事。耶稣基督就是应许给大卫的“安靖”和“殿宇”。在祂里面,上帝的子民得以拥有脱离他们罪和死亡之仇敌的安息,并且在祂里面他们必永远居住。
满有恩典的主,请保守我们在真信仰里,好叫我们可以享受唯独基督,我们永恒之王所赐下的蒙福的安息和平安。阿们。

1 Chronicles 17:16-27 See Application note, 2Sm 7:18-29
撒母耳记下7:18-29 在谦卑中,大卫承认主耶和华为他和以色列所曾做的以及将要做的一切单单是出于主的怜悯。今天,当丰盛的祝福临到你的道路之时,请为着祂的恩赐而尊荣主耶和华。祂最大的恩赐就是那位至高者,耶稣,大卫之子的到来。
噢主耶稣,你是真人也是真神。请使我们真诚地为着你的怜悯而(心存)感恩,也请祝福你的教会直到永远。阿们。

第三十五周星期一
1 Chronicles 18:1-13 See Application note, 2Sm 8:1-14.
撒母耳记下8:1-14 主耶和华赐给大卫对迦南和亚兰周边王国的巨大胜利,还有许多像战利品这样的财富。我们,也,处于一场对付试探和罪的争战中。和大卫曾经那样,我们的得胜唯有当主耶和华赐予的时候才会临到。起始于圣洗礼,藉着对耶稣基督的信,主耶和华赐给我们基督宝血所赎买回来的对罪,死亡和魔鬼的胜利。
满有恩典的主,在我里面有许多场罪人与圣人之间的较量,我所经历的失败也很多。请赦免我的罪,并保守我的信心在耶稣基督所赢得的那个荣耀的得胜里面。阿们。

1 Chronicles 18:14-17 See application note, 2Sm 8:15-18
撒母耳记下8:15-18 大卫公义地治理着,并且依靠他政权的执事们。今天,主耶和华呼召我们当中的每一位来以公正和公平待他人,而不是去用我们职份的权柄来压制他们。上帝既是公正的也是蛮有怜悯的,所以祂曾差遣祂的儿子,耶稣,来解决我们所应得的公正审判,好叫我们可以领受祂的怜悯。
满有恩典的天父上帝,感谢你差遣耶稣来满足你公义的要求,并且向我们显明你的恩典。阿们。

1 Chronicles 19:1-9 The respect David showed the Ammonite ruler is repaid with humiliation. As a servant of Christ’s kingdom, you, too, will suffer ridicule and humiliation (Mt 5:10-12). Fight this spiritual warfare with prayer, as is fitting for a soldier of the cross. The Lord, your King, bore your humiliation on the cross and covers your shame with the robe of His righteousness.
Lord, grant me all humility, yet boldness, as Your ambassador. I leave the punishment of my persecutors to the servants of justice You have appointed, trusting in Your judgments. Amen.
历代志上19:1-9 大卫向亚扪人的王所显明的尊敬却得了羞辱的报偿。作为基督国度的仆人,你也会遭受嘲笑和羞辱(太5:10-12)。请以祷告来打这场属灵的争战,对于一位十字架的士兵来说是相称的。主耶和华,你的大君王,在十字架上担负了你的羞辱,并且以公义的袍来遮盖你的羞耻。
主耶和华,请赐我作为你使者所需的全部谦卑,还有胆量。我将我的逼迫者所当受的惩罚交托给你所设立公正审判的仆人们,信靠你的审判。阿们。

1 Chronicles 19:10-19 See Application note, 2Sm 10
撒母耳记下10章 新的亚扪王拒绝了大卫和平的邀请,却反而听从了那些说他坏话的人。最后,约押和大卫就藉着主耶和华的手击败和降服了亚兰诸王。在这个世界上太寻常的是,善行得到不感恩的回报。然而上帝意愿我们继续在良善的信心中向着所有人行事。感谢归给上帝,祂为我们争战,并且在耶稣的怜悯中遮盖我们的羞耻。
满有恩典的主,因着你护卫我们,遮盖我们的羞耻,并且靠赖你的恩典保守我们,我们将感谢献给你。阿们。

1 Chronicles 20:1-3 David’s conquest of the Ammonites. When people persist in rebellion and sin, the Lord would have you persist in applying God’s Law. Do not grow faint in discipline. The Lord disciplines you as a result of His surpassing mercy, loving you as a dear father loves his children.
O Father, turn me from my rebellion to acknowledge Your abundant goodness. Amen.
历代志上20:1-3 大卫征服了亚扪人。当人在悖逆和罪中继续的时候,主耶和华要你继续应用上帝的律法。请不要在管教中软弱退缩。主耶和华管教你,是出于祂无上的怜悯,祂爱你,像一位亲爱的父亲爱他的儿女一样。
天父啊,请使我转离我的悖逆,承认你丰富的良善。阿们。

1 Chronicles 20:4-8 David’s army defeats even the most formidable warriors. Fear of such giants had kept Israel from entering the Promised Land, but the Lord strengthened His people for victory. No matter what colossal challenges face you, the Lord will grant you strength and faithful companions with whom to overcome such challenges.
Lord, equip me with all things needful to fulfill Your calling. Grant me the support of dear brothers and sisters who take confidence in Your promises, through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
历代志上20:4-8 大卫的军队甚至击败了最令人畏惧的勇士。对这些伟人的恐惧曾经拦阻以色列人进入应许之地,但主耶和华坚固祂的百姓来得胜。无论你所面对的挑战多么艰巨,主耶和华必会赐你力量和忠诚的伙伴,一起克服这样的挑战。
主耶和华,请用所需的一切装备我,来完成你的呼召。请藉着我们的主基督赐给我那些信靠你应许的亲爱弟兄姊妹们的支持。阿们。

第三十五周星期二
1 Chronicles 21:1-17 See application note, 2Sm 24.
撒母耳记下24章 大卫对人数和数据优势的着迷不符合信心的事情。上帝并未吩咐这次数点人数,所以祂就因此惩罚以色列。想要运用世界的策略在信心之事上的试探是大的,但应当得到抑制。然而,瘟疫引向大卫的悔改,悔改引向献祭,献祭引向圣殿—就是上帝的怜悯在人间的居所。同样地,基督的十字架就是要平息上帝愤怒的赎罪祭,就是如今在上帝的怜悯于人间的居所中成就的:那在圣基督教会中的恩典媒介。
“上帝的羔羊,纯洁又神圣,在十字架上确实受苦,却一直忍耐且谦卑,确实将自己献上,受嘲弄。你为我们背负所有的罪,若不然,绝望就要笼罩我们:请向我们施怜悯,噢耶稣!”阿们。(路德宗崇拜手册434:1)

1Chronicles 21:18-22:1 See application note, 2Sm 24
撒母耳记下24章 大卫对人数和数据优势的着迷不符合信心的事情。上帝并未吩咐这次数点人数,所以祂就因此惩罚以色列。想要运用世界的策略在信心之事上的试探是大的,但应当得到抑制。然而,瘟疫引向大卫的悔改,悔改引向献祭,献祭引向圣殿—就是上帝的怜悯在人间的居所。同样地,基督的十字架就是要平息上帝愤怒的赎罪祭,就是如今在上帝的怜悯于人间的居所中成就的:那在圣基督教会中的恩典媒介。
“上帝的羔羊,纯洁又神圣,在十字架上确实受苦,却一直忍耐且谦卑,确实将自己献上,受嘲弄。你为我们背负所有的罪,若不然,绝望就要笼罩我们:请向我们施怜悯,噢耶稣!”阿们。(路德宗崇拜手册434:1)

第三十五周星期三
1 Chronicles 22:2-5 Though the Lord does not let David build the temple, He allows him to make preparations so that Solomon can accomplish the goal. The heavenly Father calls on earthly fathers to care for and support their children. This is especially important in matters of faith (cf Dt 6:7-9), of which the building of the temple is an excellent example. As the Lord calls fathers to this work, He strengthens and sustains them through the work of His Son and His Spirit, working and building together as a family.
Lord, grant peaceful labor and cooperation within our families so that we may accomplish Your purposes. Amen.
历代志上22:2-5 尽管主耶和华不让大卫建造圣殿,但祂许可大卫为此做预备,好让所罗门能够完成这个计划。天上的父呼召地上做父亲的要看顾和扶持他们的儿女。这在信仰的事务上是尤其重要的(参 申6:7-9 也要殷勤教训你的儿女。无论你坐在家里,行在路上,躺下,起来,都要谈论。也要系在手上为记号,戴在额上为经文;又要写在你房屋的门框上,并你的城门上),圣殿的建造就是一个极佳的例子。主耶和华呼召作父亲的担当这份工作,祂也藉着祂儿子和祂圣灵的工作来坚固和供应他们,(使他们)作为一个家庭来一同做工和建造。
主耶和华,请在我们的家人中赐下祥和的劳动和协作,好叫我们可以完成你的计划。阿们。

1 Chronicles 22:6-19 David tells Solomon to build the temple, affirming that the Lord will be with him in this task. We also commend our children to the Lord’s care, praying for them daily and wisely entrusting them with service to the Lord, their family, and their nation. Our success and our future is with the Lord. He entrusted the work of our salvation to His beloved Son, who in turn commended the temple of His body and His spirit into the Father’s hands (Lk 23:46), that we might be cleansed by His blood and reign with Him in the resurrection.
O Jesus, grant such trust and sharing in our families! Be with us, and keep us by Your grace. Amen.
历代志上22:6-19 大卫吩咐所罗门建造圣殿,坚证说主耶和华必会在此任务中与他同在。我们也需要将我们的儿女交托给主耶和华的看顾,每日为他们祈祷,有智慧地将他们放置在对主耶和华,他们的家人和国家的服侍上。我们的成功和我们的未来都在乎主耶和华。祂将我们救赎的工作交托给祂蒙爱的儿子,祂的儿子就将祂身体的殿和祂的灵交托在父的手中(路23:46 耶稣大声喊著说:「父啊!我将我的灵魂交在你手里。」说了这话,气就断了),好叫我们藉着祂的宝血得洁净,在祂的复活中与祂一同作王。
耶稣啊,请在我们的家人中赐下这样的信靠和分享!与我们同在,藉着你的恩典保守我们。阿们。

第三十五周星期四
1 Chronicles 23 David organizes the Levites for service at Jerusalem because they have earlier been spread throughout the tribes. Throughout Scripture, we see the importance of organized worship services, which God still expects of us today. Although congregations are imperfect because they are composed of sinners, the Lord has still entrusted to them His precious Word and Sacraments for the sake of our forgiveness through the Gospel. Treasure your congregation as the site from which the Lord has promised to bless you.
O Lord, bless my congregation with unity and peace, so that the Gospel may be taught in its purity and the Sacraments administered according to Christ’s institution. Amen.
历代志上23章 大卫为着耶路撒冷的服事将利未人组织起来,因为早些时候他们分散于众支派里。贯穿整本圣经,我们看到敬拜服事按部就班的重要性,上帝今日仍然期待我们如此行。尽管教会是不完美的,因为是由罪人组成,但主耶和华为要我们藉着福音罪得赦免,仍然将祂至珍的圣道和圣礼交托给众教会。要珍惜你们的教会,作为上帝曾应许要藉此祝福你们的地方。
耶和华啊,请以合一和平安祝福我的教会,好使福音可以按照其纯正被教导,圣礼可以按照基督的设立而被施行。阿们。

1 Chronicles 24 David organizes the Levites according to God’s Law. Though the Lord may specially and directly call an individual, in most cases, He establishes the offices of His kingdom through the commands and promises of the Word, as affirmed by the congregations. Today, regard faithful pastors with the full respect due their calling, and also show respect to those who assist and serve with them. God has established the ministry for your faithful instruction and blessing.
Dear Jesus, call faithful servants into the work of Your Church that I may receive the blessings You have ordained in the communion of saints. Amen.
历代志上24章 大卫依照上帝的律法组织利未人。尽管主耶和华可能会特别地直接呼召一个人,但大多数情况下,祂藉着圣道的吩咐和应许来设立祂国度中的职份,并由教会来坚证。今天,请以忠心牧师蒙召所配得的全部尊敬来对待他们,也要向那些协助他们并与他们一同服事的人表达尊敬。上帝为叫你们得纯正的教训和祝福而设立圣职。
亲爱的耶稣,请呼召忠心的仆人进入你教会的服事中,好使我可以领受你已经在众圣徒团契中所立定的祝福。阿们。

1 Chronicles 25 David organizes the musicians of the temple as prophets. The Lord calls church musicians to know and handle His Word rightly for the benefit of the hearers. The Lord speaks through them for our admonition and encouragement. How great a blessing is God’s life-giving Word in melody and chant!
Bless our ears, O Lord, that our eyes may see, that our mouths may say, and that our hands may do what is worthy of Your Gospel. Amen.
历代志上25 大卫将圣殿中的圣乐人员作为先知组织起来。主耶和华呼召教会中的圣乐人员为着听众的益处来正确地认识和处理祂的话语。主耶和华藉着他们说话,是为要我们得劝勉和鼓励。上帝赐生命的道在旋律和吟诵当中,这是多么丰盛的祝福啊!
主耶和华啊,请祝福我们的耳朵,好让我们的眼睛可以看见,我们的口可以讲说,我们的手可以做与你福音相称的事。阿们。

1 Chronicles 26:1-19 David provides for the protection of the sanctuary and for those who go in and out of its gates. Today, congregations appoint ushers for greeting and guiding people at churches. This is important service, ensuring good order at worship and guiding people into the hearing of God’s life-giving Word.
O Lord, provide all manner of faithful servants for the work of Your kingdom. Amen.
历代志上26:1-19 大卫为圣殿和从圣殿的门进出的人提供安全保障。今天,教会也安排接待员欢迎和指引来教会的人。这是一项重要的服事,确保敬拜中的良好秩序,指引人聆听上帝赐生命的道。
主耶和华啊,请为着你国度的事工赐下各样忠心的仆人。阿们。

1 Chronicles 26:20-32 David entrusted many aspects of his rule to the Levites, who could teach and apply the Word in their services. God’s Word applies to every aspect of life, every day of the week (see pp 775-78). No matter what your calling in life is, the Lord sanctifies that calling by His Word and prayer, making your work a sacred service. As a carpenter serving His earthly father, Joseph, Jesus sanctified the work of human hands. His labor on the cross sanctifies us wholly.
Merciful Jesus, grant me all diligence in my calling, no matter where You send me. Amen.
历代志上26:20-32 大卫将他治理的许多方面交托给利未人,利未人能够在他们的服事中教导并且应用圣道。上帝的话语适用于生活的方方面面,和一周当中的每一天(看 775-778页)。无论你生命中的呼召是什么,主耶和华都藉着祂的圣道和祈祷将那份呼召分别为圣,使你的工作成为一个神圣的服侍。耶稣曾作为一个木匠服侍祂地上的父亲约瑟,祂将人手的工作分别为圣。祂在十字架上的作为将我们完全分别为圣。
满有怜悯的耶稣,请在我的呼召中赐给我所需的全部殷勤,无论你差遣我去到哪里。阿们。

1 Chronicles 27:1-15 David establishes a comprehensive military program, by which the king could call up troops for service. Soldiers play an important role in any organized society, a role blessed by God when service is carried out according to His Word. God Himself has organized the angels as the armies of heaven to fight on your behalf and to deliver you according to the purposes of His saving mercy in Jesus.
Send forth Your hosts, O Lord, to defend Your Holy Church and so aid the proclamation of the Gospel. Amen.
历代志上27:1-15 大卫建立了一套全方位的军事编制,君王藉此可以召集军队来服事。士兵在任何有组织的社会中都扮演着重要的角色,当服事按照祂的话语被执行的时候,这就是一个蒙上帝祝福的角色。上帝祂自己曾组织天使成为天军来为你争战,按照祂在耶稣里救赎性怜悯的计划救拔你。
主耶和华啊,请差遣你的天使天军来护卫你的圣教会,如此来协助福音的传扬。阿们。

1 Chronicles 27:16-34 David welcomes the service of tribal leaders and appoints the treasurers, farmers, herders, counselors, and military commanders of his reign. He wisely adapts the older tribal system for the purposes of forming a united nation under the king’s central authority. As the Lord granted David wisdom to pursue his calling, He will grant you wisdom for your calling. Like David, listen to the wisdom of your family and counselors, but consider all things in view of God’s Word. Through the Word, the Lord saves you from sin and from foolish error in your service.
O Lord, my calling is too great for me to manage by my own reason and strength. Grant me Your wisdom and counsel. Amen.
历代志上27:16-34 大卫欢迎支派领袖们的服事,任命他治理之下所需的财务官,掌管农田的,掌管牲畜的,谋士,以及军长。他为了在君王中央集权之下形成一个统一的国家而有智慧地吸纳了古老的部族系统。主耶和华曾赐大卫智慧来成就他的呼召,同时祂也必为着你的呼召赐你智慧。要像大卫那样,聆听你家人和顾问的智慧,但却要在上帝的话语中筹划万事。藉着圣道,主耶和华拯救你脱离罪,脱离你服侍中愚昧的错误。
主耶和华啊,我的呼召对我来说太大,我不能凭着自己的理性和力量管理它。请将你的智慧和谋划赐给我。阿们。

第三十五周星期五
1 Chronicles 28:1-8 David announces that the Lord chose Solomon as the future king. When the Lord chooses and calls someone, He likewise equips them for that calling. You, too, are called, chosen, and equipped by God for service in His kingdom. Honor His calling with fruitful works of service. He called and chose you in the merciful, loving service of Jesus, who paid for your sins and declares you a child of the eternal Father through Baptism in His name.
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven; give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.
历代志上28:1-8 大卫宣告主耶和华已拣选所罗门作未来的王。当主耶和华拣选呼召一个人的时候,祂也同样会为着那个呼召装备他们。你也会被上帝为着在祂国度里的服事所呼召,拣选,和装备。请用富有成效的服事工作来尊荣祂的呼召。祂在耶稣满有怜悯和慈爱的服事中呼召拣选你,耶稣为你的罪付了代价,并且在那奉祂名的圣洗礼中宣告你为永恒天父的孩子。
我们在天上的父,愿人都尊你的名为圣,愿你的国降临,愿你的旨意行在地上,如同行在天上;我们日用的饮食,今日赐给我们;免我们的债,如同我们免了人的债;不叫我们遇见试探,救我们脱离凶恶。因为国度,权柄,荣耀全是你的,直到永远。阿们。

1 Chronicles 28:9-21 David receives the plans for the temple from God and carefully passes them on to Solomon, his heir. God still calls parents to hear Him through Holy Scripture and to pass these words and duties along to their heirs. How rich is our inheritance through the Word, which consecrates us as co-heirs with Christ and as the temple of the living God.
Hallowed Father, make me holy by the blood of Your Son, that I may inherit the riches of Your grace and the gift of Your Spirit. Amen.
历代志上28:9-21 大卫从上帝那里领受建造圣殿的样式,并且仔细将之交代给他的继承人所罗门。上帝仍然呼召做父母的藉着圣经来聆听祂,并且将这些话语和责任一同传给他们的后代。我们藉着圣道所拥有的产业是多么丰富啊,那圣道将我们分别为圣,与基督同为后嗣,并且成为永活上帝的殿。
当尊为圣的天父,请藉着你儿子的宝血使我成为圣洁,好使我可以领受你恩典的丰富和你圣灵的礼物。阿们。

第三十五周星期六
1 Chronicles 29:1-9 David leads Israel in giving by setting an example of generosity for the Lord’s work. Everything you have comes from God’s bountiful goodness; therefore, give generously to the work of His Church and set a good example for those under your care. The Lord gives Himself to you with a whole heart and would not withhold His only-begotten Son.
Bless me, O Lord, that I may bless and freely give all honor to Your saving name. Amen.
历代志上29:1-9 大卫在主耶和华的圣工上树立了慷慨奉献的榜样,并藉此带领以色列奉献。你所拥有的一切都是从上帝满溢的恩慈来的;因此,要慷慨地奉献给祂教会的事工,为那些在你看顾之下的人树立一个好榜样。主耶和华将祂自己全心都给了你,连祂的独生子都未保留。
主耶和华啊,请祝福我,好使我称谢你拯救的名,并甘心乐意地将所有尊荣都归给它。阿们。

1 Chronicles 29:10-25 David, the king, acts like a priest by leading the assembly of Israel’s leaders in prayer. God calls all leaders to be examples in faith for those they lead. As you conclude the Lord’s Prayer each day (cf vv 10-11), keep David’s example in mind and humble yourself before the King of heaven. He reigns on your behalf to bless and strengthen you by the grace of His Son, Jesus.
O Jesus, beloved Son, wiser than Solomon, make me a faithful leader and example to all who serve in Your eternal kingdom. Amen.
历代志上29:10-25 大卫王带领聚集了的以色列众首领一同祷告,像一位祭司那样行事。上帝呼召所有的领袖要为那些他们带领的人做信仰上的榜样。当你每一天以主祷文结束的时候(参 10-11节),请将大卫的例子放在心上,谦卑自己在天上的大君王面前。祂为着你的益处在作王掌权,必会藉着祂儿子耶稣的恩典祝福和坚固你。
耶稣啊,蒙爱的儿子,比所罗门更有智慧,请使我向着所有那些在你永恒国度里服事的人,成为一位忠信的领袖和榜样。阿们。

1 Chronicles 29:26-30 See application note, 1Ki 2:10-12
列王记上2:10-12 圣经提醒我们,既使伟大的君王也是会朽坏,要死的。圣经有用“睡去”这个词来描述死亡—特别是当应用到信徒身上的时候—这是一个美好的提醒,就是我们要藉着耶稣基督的受苦,死亡和复活,必会从死亡中苏醒过来,得到那在天上与上帝同在的生命。
我们先祖的上帝,为着你诸般的祝福,我们感谢你。你藉着你的儿子,我们的救赎主耶稣基督,每日丰富地以良善沐浴我们。阿们。

翻译:Gary Liu 主后2017年05月20日

《历代志下》
(第三十六周星期一—第三十九周星期二)
第三十六周星期一
2 Chronicles 1:1-6 The Lord greatly blesses Solomon, who worships at the Tent of Meeting set up at Gibeon. Today, the Lord meets with us and blesses us at the services of His Word and Sacraments. Do not neglect His appointed means of grace. Through these humble means, the Lord grants us the blessings of Jesus’ sacrifice. In this way, He meets with us as He did with Solomon.
Greet us, dearest Savior, at the tabernacle of Your Word, by which we may confidently call upon Your name. Amen.
历代志下1:1-6 所罗门在基遍地放置会幕的地方敬拜,主耶和华大大地祝福了他。今天,主耶和华在祂圣道和圣礼的服事地方与我们相见并且祝福我们。不要无视祂所设立的施恩具。透过这些质朴的方式,主耶和华将耶稣赎罪祭的祝福赐给了我们。祂以这种方式与我们相见,正如祂向所罗门行使的那样。
至亲至爱的救赎主,请在你圣道的会幕中欢迎我们,藉着你的圣道我们可以满怀信心地呼求你的名。阿们。

2 Chronicles 1:7-13 See application note, 1Ki 3:1-15
列王记上3:1-15 回应所罗门对智慧的无私请求,上帝祝福了他,不仅是用智慧,也用财富和尊荣。愿我们,像所罗门一样,认识到我们并不配得上帝所赐给我们的美好机遇。因为我们人的有限,我们不能完美地成就我们所担负的重任。然而,在基督里,我们有赦罪恩典;我们就是新造的人,藉着那位赐给我们力量和智慧的祂,能行万事。
主上帝啊,请不要在我服侍的生命中离弃我,免得我将它完全糟蹋。愿你的圣道,就是我恒常的同伴,赐给我力量和智慧。奉耶稣的名。阿们。

2 Chronicles 1:14-17 Chronicles emphasizes how Solomon used the Lord’s wisdom in the kingly activities of administration and trade, which strengthened his kingdom. As the Lord blesses your service, use your gifts to bless those who work with you and for you. Remember how the Lord works on your behalf in all things, and how He administers the greatest blessings of all: the treasures of His mercy in Christ.
O Lord, I yield my treasure, my life, and all things in wise service to Your kingdom and care for my neighbor. Amen.
历代志下1:14-17 历代志特别强调所罗门如何在行政和贸易的君主活动中使用主耶和华所赐的智慧,这智慧坚定了他的国度。主耶和华祝福你的服事,要使用你的恩赐祝福那些与你一同作工以及为你作工的人。要纪念主耶和华如何为了你的益处使万事互相效力,还有祂如何施行那极美的祝福:就是祂在基督里满有怜悯恩慈的宝藏。
主耶和华啊,我将我的财产,我的生命和所有一切都交托在对你国度的智慧服事和对我邻舍的看顾之中。阿们。

2 Chronicles 2 See application note, 1Ki 5
列王记上5章 所罗门,这名字的意思是“和平,”为了建殿就与推罗的希兰王达成国际协议。主耶和华呼召我们要生活在与他人的和睦当中,并且可以与他们做贸易来往,包括那些甚至不和我们有同一信仰的人。这样的和睦关系是一个祝福,但与圣殿的祝福比较起来,这些祝福是小的。尽管所罗门的圣殿不在了,但上帝在圣洗礼中分别我们为祂圣洁的殿。祂带领我们来得着在基督里得救的信心。圣灵在我们心中居住,我们每日努力在我们所思,所行和所言的一切事中尊荣我们满有恩典的上帝。
圣灵,请住在我心中;坚固我在耶稣,我救主里面的信心。阿们。

第三十六周星期二
2 Chronicles 3 Through sacrifices offered by Abraham, David, and now Solomon, the Lord affirms the site for Solomon’s temple on Moriah. This third affirmation, in the raising and blessing of Solomon’s temple, demonstrates the Lord’s patient planning for our salvation in Christ, who gave His life for our sins in view of this hill of sacrifice.
Grant me patience, gracious Lord, for the unfolding of Your plan for Your Church. Amen.
历代志下3章 藉着亚伯拉罕,大卫,以及今日所罗门献上的祭,主耶和华坚证所罗门在摩利亚山建圣殿的位置。这第三次坚证,在所罗门圣殿的兴起和祝福中,显明了主耶和华为着我们在基督里的救恩而存有的满有忍耐的计划,基督依照这山上的献祭,为着我们的罪而将祂的生命舍弃了。
满有恩典的主耶和华,请赐我忍耐,好使你对你教会的旨意不断展开。阿们。

2 Chronicles 4:1-5:1 See application note, 1Ki 7:13-51
列王记上7:13-51 这默示下来的记载为圣殿的妆饰给出具体细节,也象征着那花费的心思,来尊荣这用于敬拜的美好居所。所罗门辉煌的圣殿,连带它的装饰物件,特别是那些与献祭制度相关联的,都指向那位将要来的救赎主。藉着耶稣的宝血和功德,所有我们的罪都得以洗去。藉着那位救赎主早已应许了的赎罪祭,赦罪、生命和永恒救恩都是我们的了。感谢归给上帝!
万国的救赎主,请居住在我心,使它成为一个分别出来的圣殿,用于对你的敬爱服事。阿们。

2 Chronicles 5:2-14 See application note, 1Ki 8:1-11
列王记上8:1-11 当利未人将约柜带进耶路撒冷的时候,有云充满耶和华的殿,这云可以与上帝令人敬畏的临在—祂的荣光相媲美。上帝的临在提醒我们:我们在祂面前的不配。然而它也宣告着祂在我们中间分别为圣的临在,来在祂的儿子耶稣里面洁净我们。
上主,我感谢你,因你显明了你的荣光,不仅是藉着你在耶稣撒冷圣殿的临在,而且也特别是在你儿子,那位救赎主的位格里面。阿们。

第三十六周星期三
2 Chronicles 6:1-11 See application note, 1Ki 8:12-21
列王记上8:12-21 所罗门重述主耶和华曾如何满有恩典地保守祂给祂子民的应许。我们,也,可以仰望祂应许的确实。它们宣告着上帝的律法(要惩罚罪恶和悖逆的应许)和祂的福音(在基督里面拯救,怜悯和赦罪的应许)。
主上帝,天上的父,我带着深刻的不配感来到你面前,然而我也完全信靠你在耶稣里满有恩典的赦罪应许。阿们。

2 Chronicles 6:12-42 See application note, 1Ki 8:22-53
列王记上8:22-53 所罗门在圣殿奉献时所作的长篇祷告是对上帝委身和对主耶和华倚赖的榜样。尽管上帝居住在天上,但祂选择来用祂的临在祝福祂的百姓。上帝知晓我们的软弱;用所罗门的话,“世上没有不犯罪的人”(46节)。上帝也满有怜悯地垂听我们呼求帮助的祷告,来亲近我们,并且凭着祂伟大的权能和慈爱来拯救我们。
满有怜悯的父,你选择来到我们中间,并且用信、望和爱的无价恩赐来祝福我们。为此我们感谢赞美你。奉耶稣的名。阿们。

2 Chronicles 7:1-3 The Lord shows His approval of the temple by igniting the sacrifices and filling the temple with His glory. Today, many people crave such miracles and affirmation for their work and decisions. Remember that in all things the Lord guides us through His Word, which ignites our hearts and fills our minds with His affirmation. His goodness and steadfast love are surely ours in Christ.
Move my heart to trust You, Lord, whether or not I witness miracles. Ever lead me by Your affirming Word. Amen.
历代志下7:1-3 主耶和华降火烧尽祭物,用祂的荣光充满圣殿,祂也藉此显明祂对圣殿的认可。今天,许多人渴望这类神迹奇事,以及对他们所做之工和决定的证实。请记得主耶和华是藉着祂的圣道在万事中引导我们,祂的圣道点燃我们的心,并且以祂的证实来充满我们的心。祂的良善和丰盛慈爱在基督里确实是我们的。
主耶和华,无论我是否看见神迹,请感动我的心来信靠你。总是藉着你坚证的话语引领我。阿们。

2 Chronicles 7:4-10 See application note, 1Ki 8:62-66
列王记上8:62-66 圣殿庄严的奉献礼以成千上万只动物的祭祀和一场由整个以色列国民欢庆的圣筵结束。在圣殿的成千上万只祭物预表着那一个赎罪祭,就是耶稣基督,那至高的大祭司,为世人的罪将祂的生命所献上的。藉着祂,我们已经在领受那无价的救恩礼物,所以我们将我们的生命献上作为活祭,给我们的主救主。
满有慈爱的救赎主,因着你为世人的罪在十字架上所做的那伟大的祭物,千千万万的感谢都归给你。阿们。

2 Chronicles 7:11-22 See application note, 1Ki 9:1-9
列王记上9:1-9 上帝第二次向所罗门显现,强调与大卫家室所立之约的应许和要求。上帝祝福的应许和严厉审判的威胁宣扬着律法和福音。律法和福音在今天仍然适用于我们。律法呼召我们朝向悔改和信实;福音呼召我们朝向真信心,祝福和安慰,今世及来生的。
主耶和华,请保守我们不至转离你,保守我们不至将审判带给我们自己。赦免我们的罪,更新我们,并且坚固我们,为了这服事的生命。奉救赎主的名。阿们。

第三十六周星期四
2 Chronicles 8 See application note, 1Ki 9:10-28
列王记上9:10-28 希兰在他与所罗门所立的合同中感到被欺骗了,王辉煌的建筑工程含有被强迫的苦工。所罗门的行事记载是对上帝忠心服侍和有罪贪婪以及服侍自我的一个混合。我们的生命,也是我们努力服事主并且夹杂着罪的记录。那是为什么我们每日需要在耶稣十字架旁的更新,在祂里面我们是新造的人,得以奉献给敬虔的服侍。
万国的主,请教导我们不将我们的信靠放在属世的政府和掌权者手中,而是放在你完美的权能和慈爱当中。奉耶稣的名。阿们。

2 Chronicles 9:1-12 See application note, 1Ki 10:1-13
列王记上10:1-13 示巴女王对耶路撒冷传奇般的拜访显示了所罗门智慧的声名远扬。上帝不仅用丰盛的智慧祝福所罗门,而且祂也以美好的名声来祝福他。愿我们谦卑地认识到我们所享受的祝福—包括属世的昌盛和好名声—是因着上帝在祂儿子耶稣里面那不配得的恩典临到我们的。
永恒的大君王,请教导我不倚靠我自己的想法,而是倚靠你圣道中那满溢的智慧。因着耶稣,就是上帝智慧的缘故,我们祈祷。阿们。

2 Chronicles 9:13-28 See application note, 1Ki 10:14-29
列王记上10:14-29 所罗门极多的财富与他丰富的智慧相匹配;他“ 的财宝与智慧胜过天下的列王”(23节)。我们经常抱怨没有足够的属世财物,然而上帝每日多多赦免我们,并且继续向我们倾倒物质上的祝福。祂那我们不配得的良善是多么丰盛啊!就是祂在基督里向我们所施行的丰盛慈爱—祂成为贫穷,好叫我们可以得丰富。
全能的主,地和海的掌管者,全地万物都是你的。为着你所有超凡的伟大,我们赞美你。阿们。

2 Chronicles 9:29-31 Solomon begins and finishes his reign under the watchful eyes of the Lord’s prophets (cf 1Ki 1:45), who reviewed his accomplishments and likely also reviewed his failures. Today, treasure the faithful spiritual leaders the Lord provides for your wisdom and counsel. Both their rebuke and their blessing stem from the Lord’s good purposes for you: to call you to repentance and to make you wise unto salvation in Christ.
Grant me ready ears and a sincere heart, O Lord, to welcome the counsel You provide. Amen.
历代志下9:29-31 所罗门开始和结束他的治理,都是在主耶和华先知们的监督之下(参 王上1:45祭司撒督和先知拿单在基训已经膏他作王。众人都从那里欢呼著上来,声音使城震动,这就是你们所听见的声音),他们查看他的成就,也同样查看他的失败。今天,要珍惜主耶和华为叫你得智慧和谋划而赐给你的忠心属灵带领者。他们的责备和祝福都是从主耶和华为你而存留的良善旨意中发出的:呼召你悔改,并且使你在基督的救恩中有智慧。
主耶和华啊,请赐我预备的耳朵和一颗真诚的心,来欢迎你所提供的谋划。阿们。

第三十六周星期五
2 Chronicles 10 See application note, 1Ki 12:1-15
列王记上12:1-15 所罗门的儿子罗波安将更重的苦工担子加在百姓身上,比他的父亲还甚,就因此愚昧地疏远了许多百姓。罗波安的傲慢是一个警告。当我们对他人的建议—特对是对上帝默示下来的圣道封闭我们的头脑和心思的时候,—我们是在招引祸患。我们生命患难中最大的资产是上帝的道,为在基督里得智慧,赦免,以及更新。
满有能力的审判者,我们带着深深的敬畏来到你面前。请将我们这些不配的罪人,从我们当得的审判中释放出来。奉我们救赎主的名我们为此恳求。阿们。

2 Chronicles 11:1-12 See application note, 1Ki 12:16-24
列王记上12:16-24 罗波安愚昧且有罪的态度造成王国分裂,使得耶罗波安成为北部众支派的王。当新以色列,即教会的领袖们,转离上帝的引导之时,他们就招来不幸和毁灭。历史的至高上主使用过去的例子来在我们里面生发懊悔。祂闯进历史,藉着我们满有恩典的救主来施行怜悯。
天上万军之主耶和华,你看万国不过为天平上的微尘。我愿信靠你的全能。奉救主的名,我将我所有的需要带到你面前。阿们。

2 Chronicles 11:13-17 Priests, Levites, and citizens of Israel seek the Lord at His temple in Jerusalem, despite the personal and professional hardships it brings. When faithfulness to the Lord comes with challenges, still choose to follow the way of faithfulness, seeking the fellowship of the faithful in the Church. Your Lord, who is always faithful, will strengthen and sustain you in the fellowship of His Word and Sacraments.
Deliver us from evil, O Lord, and grant us faithful leaders and fellow believers who can help us in our time of need. Amen.
历代志下11:13-17 以色列的祭司,利未人和百姓去耶路撒冷主耶和华的圣殿寻求祂,尽管这会带来个人方面以及谋生方面的困难。当对主耶和华的忠心遇到挑战的时候,仍要选择跟随忠心的道路,在教会中寻求与众信徒的团契。你们的主耶和华,总是信实的,祂必会在祂圣道和圣礼的团契中坚固和供养你们。
救我们脱离凶恶,主耶和华啊,并且赐我们忠心的领袖和同为信徒的,使他们能够在我们遭遇患难缺乏之时帮助我们。阿们。

2 Chronicles 11:18-23 Rehoboam cleverly exploits family relationships to strengthen his hold on Judah. Yet his purposes conflict with the Lord’s purposes for families. A family is not a political tool but a gift from our gracious heavenly Father, whereby we may nurture one another in His love. Thanks be to God, He works within our families to strengthen faith and extend His peace through mutual care in His Word.
Make me a blessing to my family, O Lord, by word and by deed. Amen.
历代志下11:18-23 罗波安精明地利用亲属关系来坚固他对犹大的掌权。然而他的计谋是与主耶和华对家庭的旨意相冲突的。家庭不是一个政治工具,而是从我们满有恩典的天父那而来的礼物,在那里我们可以用祂的爱来彼此喂养。感谢归给上帝,祂在我们的家庭中作工来坚固信心并且藉着在祂圣道中的彼此相顾来延伸祂的平安。
主耶和华啊,请使我在言语和行为上成为我家人的一个祝福。阿们。

第三十六周星期六
2 Chronicles 12 The Lord proves Himself righteous toward Rehoboam and Judah by punishing their abandonment of His Law and by hearing their confession of sin. The Lord is always ready to hear our confession and to forgive us. In applying His Law, He always has in mind our good, our repentance, and our salvation.
Hear my cry, O righteous Lord, and answer me according to Your mercy in Christ. Amen.
历代志下12章 主耶和华惩罚罗波安和犹大对祂律法的弃绝,也聆听了他们的认罪,藉此显明祂自己是公义的。主耶和华总是预备好要聆听我们的认罪,并且赦免我们。在施行祂的律法上,祂总是将我们的益处,我们的悔改和我们的救恩放在心上。
公义的主耶和华啊,请听我的呼求,并且依照你在基督里的怜悯应允我。阿们。

第三十七周星期一
2 Chronicles 13 The Lord fights against Jeroboam for the sake of Abijah and Judah. Today, when trouble assails and surrounds you, call out confidently to the Lord. He fights mightily on your behalf and in ways beyond your comprehension, as demonstrated in His victory over Satan at the cross.
Hear my cry, O mighty Ruler, and overthrow the enemies of Your kingdom. Amen.
历代志下13章 主耶和华为了亚比雅和犹大的缘故而与耶罗波安争战。今天,当苦难袭来环绕你的时候,要满怀信心向着主耶和华呼求。祂为着你的缘故满有能力地,并且以超出你所能理解的方式争战,正如祂在那十字架上对撒旦的完胜所显明的一样。
满有能力的掌权者啊,请听我的呼求,击溃你国度的仇敌。阿们。

2 Chronicles 14 See application note, 1Ki 15:9-24
列王记上15:9-24 亚撒打破了邪恶的范式,“行耶和华眼中看为正的事”(11节),尽管拜偶像的高地仍然存在。圣经并未教导宿命论。尽管一代人有罪,但主耶和华能兴起下一代走在正路上。振作起来!主耶和华在历史中介入。祂藉着祂满有恩典的圣道介入到我们的生命中。
慈爱的大牧者,你引导我们穿越这个世界。请以信靠你并且顺服你圣道的敬虔领袖祝福这土地。阿们。

第三十七周星期二
2 Chronicles 15 When Azariah speaks God’s Word to Asa, the king courageously brings reform to Judah and to members of the tribes of Israel. Today, the Lord likewise calls you to courageous action on behalf of others who need to hear His Word. Take courage! The Lord’s Word accomplishes His purposes for the sake of His people, especially His purpose of salvation.
O Lord, we seek Your blessing in accord with Your Word. Grant us courage to call others to repentance and faith in Your name. Amen.
历代志下15章 当亚撒利雅将上帝的话语讲给亚撒王听的时候,王就勇敢地将改革带给犹大和以色列众支派的成员。今天,主耶和华也同样呼召你代表其他需要聆听上帝话语的人勇敢地行动。要放胆!主耶和华的话语为着祂子民的缘故成就祂的旨意,特别是祂救恩的旨意。
主耶和华啊,我们依照你的话语寻求你的祝福。请赐我们勇气去呼召他人悔改并信靠你的名。阿们。

2 Chronicles 16 Asa stumbles in his faith, but rather than repent, he foolishly lashes out at the Lord’s prophet. You, too, will stumble. In every challenge, daily rely on the Lord by calling on Him in prayer and by requesting His forgiveness. Because of His righteousness, He will declare you blameless for the sake of His Son.
O Lord, give me Your strong support, for I rely on You alone. Amen.
历代志下16章 亚撒在他的信心上跌倒,然而不是去悔改,他却愚蠢地向主耶和华的先知发怒。你也会跌倒。每一次挑战中,要藉着在祷告中呼求祂以及寻求祂的赦免,每日倚靠主耶和华。因为祂的公义,祂必会为着祂儿子的缘故宣告你为无罪。
主耶和华啊,请将你坚强的支持赐给我,因为我唯独倚靠你。阿们。

第三十七周星期三
2 Chronicles 17 The Lord strengthens faithful Jehoshaphat so that the fear of the Lord falls upon the nations. As the Lord strengthens you, use that strength to honor His name. The Lord still has the nations in mind as He works in our lives. He desires salvation and peace for all people, as taught in His Word.
Lord, provide us with strength in all realms of our lives, that we may in every way give testimony to Your generosity. Amen.
历代志下17章 主耶和华坚固忠心的约沙法,好叫对主耶和华的敬畏临到万国。主耶和华坚固你,请使用那份力量尊荣祂的名。主耶和华在我们的生命中作工,祂仍将万国放在心上。祂愿意所有人得着救恩和平安,正如在祂的话语中所教导的。
主耶和华,请在我们生活的所有方面赐给我们力量,好叫我们可以用各样方式见证你的慷慨恩惠。阿们。

2 Chronicles 18:1-27 See application note, 1Ki 22:13-28
列王记上22:13-28 与假先知相反的是,米该雅并未给亚哈一个讨他喜欢的预言。因为这个,王就命令将米该雅监禁起来。上帝不愿我们被其他人想要听的东西或者今日流行的观点所左右。相反,贯穿我们生命的唯一确实的向导是上帝的话语,唯独上帝的话语能够使我们“因信基督耶稣,有得救的智慧”(提后3:15)。
天上的父,请藉着圣经保守我们走在通往耶稣基督里那永恒生命的道路上。阿们。

2 Chronicles 18:28-34 See application note, 1Ki 22:29-40
列王记上22:29-40 亚哈将他的王服给了约沙法,然后将自己改装后上阵,他在战场上被一只“乱”箭射中并且因此死掉。上帝的话语永不会失落;这也包括祂对付邪恶和不信的话语。不要试着绕开上帝的话语,乃是要逃向那圣道,其中也含有赦罪和恩典的应许,都在那被钉死在十字架上并且复活的基督里面。
满有恩慈的上帝,你每日倾倒下良善和慈爱。我究竟如何能够为这一切临到我路途上不配得的良善感谢你呢?阿们。

第三十七周星期四
2 Chronicles 19 The Lord calls Jehoshaphat to serve Him with his whole heart—halfhearted commitment simply will not do. This is no less true for us. The Lord desires our wholehearted commitment, for He committed Himself wholly to us in the person of His beloved Son.
Dearest Lord, I yield my whole heart to Your service, that reform may begin with me. Amen.
历代志下19章 主耶和华呼召约沙法以他的全心服事祂–半心半意的委身就是行不通。这对于我们来说也是一样正确。主耶和华渴望我们全心全意的委身,因为祂将祂自己完全委身于我们,在祂蒙爱儿子的位格里面。
至亲至爱的主耶和华,我将我的全心归于你的服事,好使那革新可以从我开始。阿们。

2 Chronicles 20:1-23 By promise, prayer, and praise, the Lord accomplishes Judah’s deliverance. The people are saved by faith (v 20c). Faith in God’s promises is still how we relate to and reply on our gracious Lord. Above all blessings, He gives us saving faith in the cross of His beloved Son.
We praise You, O Lord, for delivering us from evil and most of all for delivering us from our sins. Amen.
历代志下20:1-23 藉着应许,祈祷和赞美,主耶和华成就对犹大的拯救。百姓因信得救(20节下)。对上帝应许的信,仍然是我们与我们满有恩典的主有关系并且倚靠祂的方式。在所有祝福之上,祂赐给我们在祂蒙爱儿子十字架里面的救赎性信心。
主耶和华啊,我们赞美你,因为你拯救我们脱离凶恶,并且最重要的是拯救我们脱离我们的罪。阿们。

2 Chronicles 20:24-34 The Lord makes Judah rejoice over their enemies, the Moabites, Ammonites, and Meunites. Though gloating over the troubles of others is sinful, God’s people cannot fail to praise the Lord for the victory and the good they receive from Him. Daily offer praise to God for His merciful kindness toward you and your loved ones. Daily rejoice in His greatest victory: the cross and resurrection of Jesus.
Grant us quiet and rest all around, dear Lord, except when we praise You loudly for Your good gifts. Amen.
历代志下20:24-34 主耶和华使犹大因为得胜了他们的仇敌,摩押人,亚扪人和西珥山人,而欢喜快乐。尽管对他人幸灾乐祸是有罪的,但上帝的子民不能不因着他们从祂所领受的得胜和美善而赞美主耶和华。要为着祂向你和你所爱的人施行的满有怜悯的恩慈,每日献上赞美给上帝。要每日在祂那最大的胜利:就是耶稣的十字架和死里复活中欢喜快乐。
亲爱的主,请赐我们四围的宁静和安息,除了当我们为着你美善的恩赐而大声赞美你的时候。阿们。

2 Chronicles 20:35-37 See application note, 1Ki 22:41-50
列王记上22:41-50 默示下的记事简短地返回到南国的犹大以及约沙法王的生与死,他像他的父亲亚撒一样,行“耶和华眼中看为正的事”(43节)。在这许多不敬虔和悲剧的例子中间,上帝的话语也涵括了那些追随祂之人的美好案例。上帝在一个同为信徒的生命中所显明的怜悯,也是一座闪耀的灯塔,照亮我们的路途,并且坚固我们在主里面的信心。
我们先祖的上帝,请用你古时忠心百姓的例子来鼓舞我们,好叫我们可以勇敢地为祂活着,就是那位曾为我们死并且复活了的,奉祂的名我们祈祷。阿们。

第三十七周星期五
2 Chronicles 21 Through a letter from Elijah the prophet, the Lord warns Jehoram that he must face God’s punishment. A harsh letter is difficult to write and harder still to receive. Yet as sinners, we all need the rebuke of God’s Law against our sins. Above all, we need the call to repentance, forgiveness, and new life that the Lord is always ready to offer.
Lord, lead me to receive Your Word as a letter for my instruction and restoration. Amen.
历代志下21章 藉着从先知以利亚而来的一封信,主耶和华警告约兰说他必要面对上帝的惩罚。一封严厉的信是不容易写的,但更不容易接受。然而作为罪人,我们都需要上帝律法对我们罪的责备。尤其是,我们需要那份向着悔改,赦罪和新生命的呼召,而主耶和华总是预备好了要赐下这份呼召。
主耶和华,请引领我领受你的话语,作为给我教训和复兴的一封信。阿们。

2 Chronicles 22:1-9 The Lord wills and brings about the downfall of Ahaziah and the house of Ahab. No family is perfect; all are within reach of God’s punishment. Pray for your household, that God’s Word and peace may prevail among you and rule your hearts. Our heavenly Father greatly desires to show mercy to all people.
Pour out, O Lord, Your Spirit of peace upon us, and grant all our family Your abiding grace. Amen.
历代志下22:1-9 主耶和华定意要摧毁亚哈谢和亚哈的家室。没有家庭是完美的;全部都在上帝惩罚的范围内。要为着你的家室祷告,祈求祂的话语和平安可以在你们中间得胜,并且掌管你们的心。我们天上的父极其意愿向所有人施行怜悯。
主耶和华啊,请将你赐平安的圣灵倾倒在我们身上,将你永恒不动摇的恩典赐给我们的家人。阿们。

2 Chronicles 22:10-12 See application note, 2Ki 11:1-3
列王记下11:1-3 外邦国家以及北国以色列的血腥王朝阴谋藉着亚他利雅在犹大迸发出来。在这场邪恶的扫除异己当中,主耶和华仍然藉着约阿施的姑妈约示巴来保护他,并藉此存留大卫的家室和忠诚敬拜的复兴。作为一个阿姨或叔叔,请将你的侄女和侄子交托给主耶和华的看顾,照看他们的福祉,为他们祷告,将他们交在耶和华殿的保障中。正如主耶和华存留了大卫的家室,而耶稣就从其中来的那样,祂必会藉着圣道来存留和喂养你所珍爱的家庭成员。
主耶和华 ,请基于你的圣道和对基督的共同信仰,在我们的家人中间赐下合一和平安。阿们。

第三十七周星期六
2 Chronicles 23:1-15 See application note, 2Ki 11:4-20
列王记下11:4-20 藉着一个盟约誓言,主耶和华使耶何耶大,迦利人,还有护卫兵有胆量将大卫的后裔约阿施安置在他合法的王位上。主耶和华赐给你力量,请与祂的仆人们一起来捍卫祂子民的益处。上帝的话语和应许是我们在基督里合一和得力的基础。
主耶和华啊,请赐你的百姓在信心和目的上的合一,来抵挡所有的凶恶。阿们。

2 Chronicles 23:16-21 On behalf of the boy king Joash, the priest Jehoiada makes a covenant with the people of Judah based on the Law of Moses. Through sound leadership, the Lord renews the mercies of temple service and the good administration of the kingdom. Just as Joash needed the faithful guidance of Jehoiada, children today need faithful guides in life (pastors, teachers, coaches, etc.). Seek such faithful guides and pray for them. Our faithful Lord will raise up godly men and women who know and duly apply His Holy Word for our instruction in righteousness.
Dearest Lord, hear our prayer on behalf of our families and our communities, that we may prosper before You. Amen.
历代志下23:16-21 代表还是孩子的约阿施王,祭司耶何耶大基于摩西律法与犹大百姓立了约。藉着正直的领袖,主耶和华更新祂在圣殿服事以及国家好的行政管理方面的怜悯。正如约阿施需要耶何耶大的忠心引领一样,今天的孩子们在他们的生命中也需要忠心的向导(牧师,教师,教练,等等)。要为他们祷告,并且寻求此类忠心的向导。我们信实的主耶和华必会兴起敬虔的男人和女人,他们懂得祂的圣道并且适宜地应用之,为叫我们在公义中得教训。
至亲至爱的主,请听我们为我们的亲人和我们的社区所献上的祈祷,好叫我们可以在你面前昌盛。阿们。

2 Chronicles 24:1-22 The Lord guides Joash through the priest Jehoiada and his son Zechariah, but Joash finally rejects Lord’s ways. Each of us needs good counsel, especially God’s Law and Gospel, which reveal the Lord’s ways to us. When others point out your weaknesses, do not harden your heart toward them or toward the Lord. The Lord’s great desire is to bring you back, restoring you through confession and forgiveness.
Call me back to You, O Lord, through the faithful words of Your prophets. Amen.
历代志下24:1-22 主耶和华藉着祭司耶何耶大以及他的儿子撒迦利亚,来引导约阿施,但约阿施最终弃绝了主耶和华的道路。我们每一个人都需要好的顾问,特别是上帝的律法和福音,就是向我们显明主耶和华道路的。当其他人指出你的软弱之时,请不要以刚硬的心面对他们,或者面对主耶和华。主耶和华特别所愿的就是要带领你归回,借着认罪和赦免来复兴你。
主耶和华啊,请呼召我归回你,借着你众先知忠实的话语。阿们。

2 Chronicles 24:23-27 See application note, 2Ki 12:19-21.
列王记下12:19-21 约阿施有一个很好的开始,却因为远离主的道路而得了一个悲哀的结局。透过信心,让你的生命的结局尊荣你的救赎主和你所继承的。耶稣常与你同在,必会日复一日地赦免你的过犯,拯救你脱离试探。祂的教训和同在是永恒的。
主耶和华啊,愿你对我的怜悯每日清晨都是新的,直到我岁月的末了。阿们。

第三十八周星期一
2 Chronicles 25:1-4 See application note, 2Ki 14:1-22.
列王记下14:1-22 亚玛谢服侍主耶和华,然而他高估自己的能力,就想去在以色列国得些势力,结果以色列将他打败。信心不是成功的保障。骄傲导致败落。请带着对主话语的省察,带着祷告和从上帝而来的智慧执行你的计划。主耶和华看顾那些属于祂的,并且藉着信心欢迎他们成为祂永恒国度的尊贵儿女。
主耶和华,请赐我你圣道的智慧,还有勇敢的信心,好叫我带着心灵的安稳和持久的盼望服事你。阿们。

2 Chronicles 25:5-16 Though the Lord grants him victories, Amaziah continues in rebellion. Today, we likewise feel the constant pressure to compromise the truth and follow the Lord halfheartedly. By His faithful and gracious Word, the Lord, who has power to help, will unstop our ears and turn our hearts to hear Him.
Speak, O Lord, that I may know Your ways and walk in them by faith. Amen.
历代志下25:5-16 尽管主耶和华赐给亚玛谢胜利,然而他在背叛中继续着。今天,我们同样会一直感受到压力,要折损真理,半心半意跟随主耶和华。藉着祂信实和满有恩典的话语,主耶和华,那位有能力帮助的,必会警醒我们的耳朵,将我们的心调转,去听从祂。
请讲,主耶和华啊,好叫我知道你的道路,并凭着信心在其中行走。阿们。

2 Chronicles 25:17-28 See application note, 2Ki 14:1-22.
列王记下14:1-22 亚玛谢服侍主耶和华,然而他高估自己的能力,就想去在以色列国得些势力,结果以色列将他打败。信心不是成功的保障。骄傲导致败落。请带着对主话语的省察,带着祷告和从上帝而来的智慧执行你的计划。主耶和华看顾那些属于祂的,并且藉着信心欢迎他们成为祂永恒国度的尊贵儿女。
主耶和华,请赐我你圣道的智慧,还有勇敢的信心,好叫我带着心灵的安稳和持久的盼望服事你。阿们。

2 Chronicles 26 See application note, 2Ki 15:1-7
列王记下15:1-7 亚撒利雅因着上帝的祝福就发达起来(参 历代志下26章),但也面临着上帝的审判,上帝的审判所带来的是隔离。物质繁荣或罪能够将你从主耶和华和祂的百姓那里分离开来。每日要悔改且专注在圣道上,圣道必使你在上帝的怜悯,智慧和慈爱中繁荣昌盛。你有自由能够与众圣徒一同聚集祷告,并领受圣道和圣礼那最大的财宝,要在其中欢喜快乐。
主耶和华啊,无论我的家室是丰满或贫瘠,请以你的圣道充满我心,并以对你拯救之名的赞美充满我的口。阿们。

第三十八周星期二
2 Chronicles 27 Jotham orders his ways before the Lord and grows mighty as a result. He learns from both the good example and the bad example of his father, Uzziah. Learn to respect and emulate all that is good in your parents, for they are God’s gifts to you. Also seek to grow in the ways of your heavenly Father, who gives life everlasting in the might of His Son.
Order my ways, dear Father, that I may emulate Your goodness. Amen.
历代志下27章 约坦在主耶和华面前规矩他的道路,结果是成长壮大。他从他父亲乌西雅的好榜样和坏榜样中都汲取教训。要学会尊重和效法你父母身上所有好的东西,因为他们是上帝给你的礼物。也要寻求在你天父的道路上成长,祂在祂儿子的能力中赐下永恒生命。
亲爱的天父,请规矩我的道路,好使我效法你的良善。阿们。

2 Chronicles 28:1-4 See application note, 2Ki 16.
列王记下16章 在几代相对忠心的王之后,犹大被亚哈斯严重带偏了,亚哈斯被从以色列,亚兰和亚述而来的压力吓软了。特别令人不可思议的是,邪恶的王亚哈斯,甚至将他的儿子献祭给了一个假神,却将会领受以马内利的记号,这以马内利的记号宣告了上帝之子,我们救赎主的来临(赛7:10-25;9:6-7;11:1-9)。在所有的世代里—甚至在那些最糟糕的状况下—主耶和华仍将我们和我们的救恩存在祂的心上。
主耶和华啊,请拯救我们脱离邪恶的领袖,就是那些想要腐化或者拦阻你亲爱子民的献祭和赞美的。阿们。

2 Chronicles 28:5-21 When Syria and Israel overrun Judah and lead away numerous prisoners, the Lord shames the Israelites for mistreating their southern prisoners. Mistreating one’s relatives, as the Lsraelites did, is doubly shameful. God calls us to treat our extended family with respect and care to lead them to repentance and life. Thankfully, the Lord treats us mercifully by forgiving our sins and reconciling us to the family of God.
Grant our families peace and unity, O Lord, that we may extend Your kindness to all. Amen.
历代志下28:5-21 当亚兰和以色列打败犹大并且带走许许多多的囚犯之时,主耶和华因为以色列人恶待他们南方来的俘虏,就羞辱他们。一个人恶待亲属,就像以色列人做的那样,算是加倍的羞耻。上帝呼召我们要带着尊敬和关爱来待我们非直系的亲人,引领他们走向悔改和生命。感恩的是,主耶和华藉着赦免我们的罪,使我们重归于上帝的家人之列,以怜悯待我们。
主耶和华啊,请赐我们家人平安与合一,好使我们将你的良善延至所有人。阿们。

2 Chronicles 28:22-27 See application note, 2Ki 16.
列王记下16章 在几代相对忠心的王之后,犹大被亚哈斯严重带偏了,亚哈斯被从以色列,亚兰和亚述而来的压力吓软了。特别令人不可思议的是,邪恶的王亚哈斯,甚至将他的儿子献祭给了一个假神,却将会领受以马内利的记号,这以马内利的记号宣告了上帝之子,我们救赎主的来临(赛7:10-25;9:6-7;11:1-9)。在所有的世代里—甚至在那些最糟糕的状况下—主耶和华仍将我们和我们的救恩存在祂的心上。
主耶和华啊,请拯救我们脱离邪恶的领袖,就是那些想要腐化或者拦阻你亲爱子民的献祭和赞美的。阿们。

第三十八周星期三
2 Chronicles 29:1-19 Hezekiah leads the priests and Levites in cleansing the temple and restoring the sacrifices. Renewal is always more than outward cleansing. Through the Word, the Lord cleanses and changes hearts. In Jesus’ sacrifice, He atones for all our sins.
Wipe away the filth of my sins, O Savior, and cleanse me by Your precious blood. Amen.
历代志下29:1-19 希西家带领祭司和利未人洁净圣殿,重新恢复献祭。更新从来都不只是外表的洁净。藉着圣道,主耶和华洁净和改变人心。在耶稣的献祭中,祂赎了我们所有的罪。
救主啊,请清除我罪的污秽,藉着你至珍的血洁净我。阿们。

2 Chronicles 29:20-36 Hezekiah fully restores the temple services according to God’s Word and the examples of David and Solomon. The bloody sacrifices cleanse God’s repentant people from their sins, anticipating Christ’s perfect sacrifice on the cross. Today, the Lord cleanses and consecrates us through Holy Baptism, for in Baptism we are joined to Christ’s atoning death and resurrection.
O Lord, consecrate Your servants, that we may offer sincere worship in Your name. Amen.
历代志下29:20-36 希西家依照上帝的话语以及大卫和所罗门的榜样,完全恢复圣殿的服事。那流血的赎罪祭洁净上帝悔改的子民脱离他们的罪,预告着基督在十字架上完美的祭。今天,主耶和华藉着圣洗礼洁净我们并将我们分别为圣,因为在洗礼中我们得以与基督的赎罪性死亡和复活相连。
主耶和华啊,请将你的仆人们分别为圣,好叫我们奉你的名献上真诚的敬拜。阿们。

第三十八周星期四
2 Chronicles 30 Hezekiah renews the Passover celebration to call the people back to the Lord. Today, we regularly celebrate the new Passover—the Holy Supper of Christ, who offered Himself in compassion for our salvation.
Grant that I return to You, blessed Lamb of God, and have one heart with my brothers and sisters. Amen.
历代志下30章 希西家恢复逾越节的庆祝,呼召百姓归回主耶和华。今天,我们要定期庆祝那新的逾越节—就是基督的圣餐礼,祂为了我们的救恩出于怜悯将祂自己献上。
当称颂的上帝羔羊,愿我归回于你,与弟兄姊妹有同一的心。阿们。

2 Chronicles 31 The Lord blesses Judah under Hezekiah’s rule, and Hezekiah reestablishes the support of the priests and Levites. Today, the Lord’s people must take account of the need to support their pastors, teachers, and all who are dedicated to the Lord’s work. Pray for wisdom in managing the offerings presented at God’s house. Bless the Lord for the ministry of the Word, which brings comfort, peace, and hope through Christ, our great High Priest.
Bless all servants of the Word, O Lord, and make me a blessing to them. Amen.
历代志下31章 主耶和华祝福在希西家治理之下的犹大,希西家重新建造对祭司和利未人的供应。今天,主耶和华的子民需要供应他们的牧师,教师以及所有委身于主圣工的人,这必须得到重视。管理奉献在上帝家中的供物,要为着所需用的智慧祈祷。也要为着圣道的服事称谢主耶和华,因为它藉着我们至高的大祭司基督带来安慰,平安和盼望。
主耶和华啊,请祝福所有圣道的仆人们,也使我成为他们的祝福。阿们。

第三十八周星期五
2 Chronicles 32:1-19 See application note, 2Ki 18:13-37.
列王记下18:13-37 一位亚述将军表达出对希西家的轻蔑,然而百姓展示了他们对自己忠心君王的坚实信靠。有时候,我们可能变得很沮丧,因为没有什么好的领袖余剩了。可以确信的是:主耶和华总是引领祂的百姓,并且能够为他们兴起忠心的领袖。请为你的领袖们祷告,将他们交托给耶稣基督,那位好牧人。祂必信实地引领你走在平安的路上。
可信赖的主,请以信心,分辨力和勇气赐福我们的领袖,去力挺正直之事。阿们。

2 Chronicles 32:20-23 See application note, 2Ki 19:20-37.
列王记下19:20-37 主耶和华向希西家嘲讽式地解释祂如何安排西拿基立的高升和坠落,为要成就祂的旨意。当新闻头条使你不安的时候,请在那真理中得安慰,那真理就是万国和政治家的所有阴谋都蜷伏在主耶和华对祂受造物和教会的计划之下。主耶和华因着祂给我们救主耶稣的先祖,希西家的先祖大卫的应许,回应了希西家的祷告。祂也必同样回应我们的祷告。
主耶和华啊,在你的热心中,拯救我们脱离凶恶。赐我们在祈祷中的全部信心。阿们。

2 Chronicles 32:24-33 Hezekiah, blessed with great wealth and power, struggles with pride. This threatens to destroy him, his kingdom, and his descendants. Even if you are able to fend off all other threats, pride will still assault and defeat you if the Lord does not come to your aid. Like Hezekiah, humble yourself before the Lord and ask for His forgiveness. Recognize your successes as signs of His kindness, which He extends through the blessings of creation and the mercy of Jesus Christ.
Grant me sincere humility, O Lord, like that of Jesus, who became obedient until death, even death on a cross, for my salvation. Amen.
历代志下32:24-33 希西家,得了丰盛资财和权力的祝福,也要与骄傲争战。这危机要摧毁他,他的国度以及他的后裔。即使你有能力抵挡住所有其它的威胁,然而若没有主耶和华的祐助,骄傲仍会袭击打败你。要像希西家一样,将你自己谦卑在主耶和华面前,寻求祂的赦免。要记得你的成功是祂恩慈的记号,就是祂藉着创造之工的祝福和耶稣基督的怜悯所给予的。
主耶和华啊,请赐我真诚的谦卑,像耶稣的那样,祂为了我的救恩甘愿顺服,以至于死,甚至是死在十字架上。阿们。

第三十八周星期六
2 Chronicles 33:1-9 See application note, 2Ki 21:1-9.
列王记下21:1-9 讽刺的是,忠心的希西家将他的王位留给了犹大历史上最邪恶的王玛拿西,玛拿西作王55年,彻底败坏了百姓。要将教养子女及家庭放在你最重要的事务之列,藉此你不仅可以服侍这一代,而且还有将来的后裔。主耶和华将祂的独生子赐给你,好使你和你的家人成为祂慈爱和怜悯的对象。
天上的父啊,请因着你的恩典,祝福和保守我的家人在那独一真信仰里,直到永生。阿们。

2 Chronicles 33:10-20 Through distress and admonitions of the prophets, the Lord leads Manasseh to repentance. Like a patient father, the Lord disciplines us and even allows us to learn our lessons the hard way, through error and pain. Yet He is always ready to hear us, just as He heard and had compassion on the wicked king Manasseh.
O Lord, instruct me through the words of Your prophets, and grant me sincere repentance day by day, that I may know You alone as my God. Amen.
历代志下33:10-20 藉着患难和先知们的劝勉,主耶和华引领玛拿西悔改。像一位满有忍耐的父亲,主耶和华管教我们,甚至允许我们透过错误和痛苦,以艰难的方式学习我们的功课。然而祂总是预备好了要垂听我们,正如祂垂听且怜悯那位邪恶的王玛拿西一样。
主耶和华啊,请藉着你众先知的话语来教训我,日日赐我真诚的悔改,好叫我知道唯独你是我的上帝。阿们。

2 Chronicles 33:21-25 See application note, 2Ki 21:19-26.
列王记下21:19-26 亚们王抵挡上帝的道路,行走在他父亲,恶王玛拿西的道上。今天,不要简单地接受邪恶领袖们的怪相,但也不能将此段落读成是对颠覆你们政府的一个祝福!请为你们的领袖祈祷,并且寻求合法的途径来谴责他们的错误(比如:选举;游行)为的是要在你们的土地上建立公正。你们公正且满有恩典的那位掌权者在天上监察万事万物。祂必会按照祂蒙爱儿子的恩典祝福和保守你们。
至亲至爱的耶稣,信实的子,请以公正和平赐福我们土地上的人。阿们。

第三十九周星期一
2 Chronicles 34:1-7 Josiah seeks the Lord and destroys the idolatrous shrines in Judah and all Israel. Sincere faith is expressed not only by service to the Lord but also by leaving behind and removing those things that tempt us and would divide our devotion. The Holy Spirit will lead you not only to confess your sin but also to put away and avoid temptation. The Lord alone is your God; He is the only Savior.
O one true God, grant me an undivided heart, that I may serve You truly. Amen.
历代志下34:1-7 约西亚寻求主耶和华,毁掉犹大和以色列全地的偶像祭坛。真实的信心得以表述,不仅是藉着对主耶和华的服事,而且也藉着离弃和除去那些试探我们且会分散我们敬虔委身的东西。圣灵必会引领你,不仅承认你的罪,而且也抛弃和避开试探。唯有主耶和华是你的上帝;祂是唯一的救主。
独一的真上帝啊,请赐我一颗专一无二的心,好使我真正地服事你。阿们。

2 Chronicles 34:8-33 See application note, 2Ki 22:8-20
列王记下22:8-20 透过女先知户勒大,主耶和华证实了约西亚王从律法书中所得到的信息,那就是主耶和华要定罪犹大。然而,主耶和华考虑到约西亚的悔改,也向他应许了怜悯。真诚的悔改从来不是无用的,既使有些人在转向主耶和华之后仍然会经历到苦难。相反,真诚的悔改是上帝的圣灵藉着祂的圣道所做的恩慈工作,并且祂的工作与我们的救恩有益。
亲爱的救主,请藉着你至珍的圣道指教我,不要从我这里收回你的圣灵。阿们。

2 Chronicles 35:1-19 Josiah leads the people in an exceptional celebration of the Lord’s Passover. At times, the Church’s observances may seem routine, even dull, to our hardened hearts. Bring praise to your Lord by commemorating His love through renewed observance of the sacred festivals. Through the word of His mercy, He will consecrate you anew.
We praise Your name this day, O Lord, commemorating the works of Your love and receiving anew the testimonies of Your gracious deliverance. Amen.
历代志下35:1-19 约西亚带领百姓,对主耶和华的逾越节有一场盛大卓越的庆祝。有时候,教会的守节庆祝对我们刚硬的心来说,可能看起来是例行公事,甚至有些呆板无趣。要透过对神圣节日的更新庆祝,纪念祂的慈爱,以此将赞美带给你的主耶和华。藉着祂怜悯的话语,祂必再次将你分别为圣。
主耶和华啊,我们今日赞美你的名,纪念你慈爱的工作,再次领受你满有恩典的拯救性见证。阿们。

2 Chronicles 35:20-27 See application note, 2Ki 23:28-30
列王记下23:28-30 约西亚王因着巴比伦区域政权的兴起所带来的冲突死掉了。然而,主耶和华成就了祂给约西亚的话语,将他纳入犹大列王的坟墓里。当良善的人得了悲惨结局,比如那些忠诚的士兵或将领死在执行任务上的时候,请不要认为他们或他们的亲人正在经受主耶和华的惩罚,或者祂已经将他们遗弃了。相反,要尊荣那些在你眼中太早折损的尊贵之辈,为着他们尊贵的服侍将感恩献给上帝。耶稣也得了一个过早的结局(依据我们的观念),但祂的死亡是上帝为着我们的救恩有目的地计划好的。
“主耶和华,请在我临终时差遣你的圣天使,带领我归家在亚伯拉罕的怀里,好叫我毫无惧怕地死去;在那狭窄的棺木里将我的身体在安息的睡眠中保存好,直到你的再现。然后将我从死亡中唤醒,好使我的双眼可以看见,噢上帝之子,你光辉的容颜,我的救主,我恩典的源泉。主耶稣基督,请听我的祈祷,听我的祈祷,我要赞美你永无穷尽。”阿们。(路德宗崇拜手册708:3)

第三十九周星期二
2 Chronicles 36:1-16 The Chronicler quickly describes the last kings of Judah (Jehoahaz, Jehoiakim, Jehoiachin, and Zedekiah), who were dominated by Babylon. He likewise records how stubbornness dominates the people of Judah (vv 15-16). Though persistence can be a helpful trait, stubbornness leads to self-destruction. Always check your will against God’s will, recorded in Scripture, so that He may teach you persistence in faith and break your sinful stubbornness. Thanks be to God, He has a remedy for all your faults through His gift of forgiveness, His Spirit, and instruction in righteousness.
Remedy my faults, Great Physician, and grant me a willing heart to believe Your Word. Amen.
历代志下36:1-16 历代志作者快速地描述了犹大的最后几个王(约哈斯,约雅敬,约雅斤,和西底家),他们都是被巴比伦掌控的。他也同样记载了固执如何控制着犹大的百姓(15-16节)。尽管坚持会是一个有益的特性,然而固执却会引向自我的毁灭。总是要依照圣经里记载的上帝的旨意来检验你的想法,如此祂就教导你在信心上坚持,并且打碎你有罪的固执。感谢归给上帝,藉着祂的赦罪之恩,祂的圣灵和在公义中的教训,祂为你所有的过错存留一份解药。
伟大的医生,请医治我的过犯,赐我一颗乐意的心,来信靠你的话语。阿们。

2 Chronicles 36:17-21 See application note, 2Ki 25:1-21
列王记下25:1-21 在犹大的第三次背叛之后,巴比伦人就执行更坚决的政策,消灭所有社区的领导能力,终结犹大作为一个国家和圣地的地位。然而,所有人的组织最终都会衰落,甚至包括强大的巴比伦。上帝圣洁的国度永远长存,因为它的王,我们的救主上帝,不会被推翻。
天父,请藉着你的圣道和圣礼在我们中间掌权,好叫我们可以属于你自己并且在你之下和平地生活。阿们。

2 Chronicles 36:22-23 The Lord stirs the Persian king Cyrus to declare that the Judeans could return home from exile. Ironically, the people who would not hear God’s Word from the prophets now hear His decree from the mouth of a foreign ruler who may have been a pagan. The Lord goes to great lengths to reach His people. How great is His patience and mercy toward us!
Fulfill Your Word for me, O Lord, according to Your mercy in Christ, who set me free. Amen.
历代志下36:22-23 主耶和华激动波斯王居鲁士宣告说,犹大人可以从被掳之地归回。讽刺的是,不愿从先知那里听从上帝话语的百姓,如今从一位很可能一直是异教徒的外国君王的口中听到祂的敕令。主耶和华为要临到祂的百姓走了很长的路。祂向我们所施的忍耐和怜悯是多么丰盛啊!
主耶和华啊,基督曾使我得释放,请按照你在基督里的怜悯,为我成就你的话语。阿们。

翻译:Gary Liu 主后2017年05月20日

《以斯拉记》
(第三十九周星期三—第四十周星期一)
第三十九周星期三
Ezra Chapter 1 The Lord stirs Cyprus the Persian to send home a remnant of the Judean exiles, as prophesied by Isaiah and Jeremiah. Today, the Lord of heaven and earth continues to govern the nations for the good of His people. Though the news we hear each day is often bad, we can rejoice that the Lord of heaven is at work amid tumultuous events. Consider how He wrought our salvation through the decisions of Roman and Judean rulers who crucified our Savior!
Lord of history, stir my heart to praise You and to serve my neighbor according to Your merciful goodness. Amen.
以斯拉记1章 主耶和华激动波斯王居鲁士将犹大被掳的一批余民差遣回家,正如以赛亚和耶利米所预言的。今天,天地的主耶和华继续为着祂子民的益处掌管万国。尽管我们每日听见的新闻总是不祥的,然而我们可以欢喜,因为天上的主耶和华于骚乱的事件中仍在作工。要纪念祂曾经如何藉着罗马和犹大官长,就是那些钉死我们救主的,他们的决策来成就我们的救恩。
掌管历史的主,请激动我的心来赞美你,并且按照你满有怜悯的良善服侍我的邻舍。阿们。

Ezra Chapter 2 Although 42,360 people respond to Cyrus’ invitation to return to Judah, relatively few Levites—key temple workers—appear on the list. As then, the Lord gives each of us a role of service in our congregation. The services of God’s house require our faithful support in word and deed. When you are discouraged or overwhelmed by the needs of your congregation, entrust your cares to the Lord of heaven, who oversees all things for your benefit. He will bless you through the service of Word and Sacrament offered in His name.
Dearest Father, grant me joy and contentment in my calling. Help me to see the greater purpose and need of my congregation. Amen.
以斯拉记2章 尽管四万二千三百六十人回应居鲁士王发出的归回犹大地的邀请,然而关键的圣殿工人—利未人却有相对稀少的人数出现在名单上。和那时一样,主耶和华在我们的堂会中赐给我们每一个人服事的角色。上帝家中的服事要求我们在言语和行动上的忠心支持。当你因着你教会的需要而变得灰心或被压垮的时候,请将你的忧虑交托给天上的主耶和华,祂为着你的益处监察万事。祂必会藉着奉祂的名所献上的话语和圣礼服事祝福你。
至亲至爱的天父,请在我的呼召中赐我喜乐和满足。帮助我看见我所在堂会的更大目标和需要。阿们。

第三十九周星期四
Ezra Chapter 3:1-7 Within about a year of Cyrus’ decree, the Judeans are settling in their homeland and beginning to work on the altar to restore the sacrifices, showing their sincere desire for true worship and for honoring their emperor’s decree. As you offer daily sacrifices of thanks and praise to the Lord, request a deep and lively sincerity for yourself, your family, and your congregation. The Lord sincerely receives your worship and requests; He has promised to answer according to His goodwill and the mercy He demonstrated in His Son, your Redeemer.
Grant me a sincere and thankful heart, dear Lord, that my mind, hands, and feet may carry out Your good and gracious will. Amen.
以斯拉记3:1-7 居鲁士王下令后的一年内,犹大人就在他们的家乡定居下来,并且开始筑坛恢复献祭,表明了他们对真正敬拜以及尊荣他们帝王政令的真诚愿望。当你每日向着主耶和华献上感谢和赞美的祭之时,请为你自己,你的家人还有你的教会祈求深刻活泼的真诚。主耶和华真诚地悦纳你的敬拜和祈求;祂应许了要依照祂的良善旨意和怜悯,就是祂曾在祂的儿子,你的拯救者里面所显明的,来回应。
亲爱的主,请赐我一颗真诚且感恩的心,好使我的心思和手足可以执行你良善洪恩的旨意。阿们。

Ezra Chapter 3:8-13 The service dedicating the foundation for the new temple stirs deep emotions for the Judeans because of the memory of their shortcomings and because they are eyewitnesses to God’s renewed mercy for them. God’s Word of Law and Gospel will likewise move your heart. That Word is your focus for comfort and for hope. By the Word, the Lord lays a foundation for new life and peace in your life.
All I am, good Lord, belongs to You, including my tears and my shouts of joy. May I praise You in thought, word, and deed. Amen.
以斯拉记3:8-13 新殿根基奉献的服事激起犹大人深刻的情感,因为想起他们的软弱,因为他们就是亲眼见证上帝向他们重新施行怜悯的人。上帝律法和福音的话语必会同样感动你的心。那话语就是你得安慰和盼望的焦点。藉着圣道,主耶和华立下新生命的根基和你生命中的平安。
良善之主,所有的我都属于你,包括我的眼泪和我喜乐的欢呼。愿我在思想,言语和行动上赞美你。阿们。

Ezra Chapter 4:1-6 To maintain pure worship, the Judeans reject the offer from the people of the land, who insist on taking part in building the temple and in joining the worship services. When God’s people today consider the boundaries of pure and faithful worship, and also God’s calling to reach out to others, they may feel challenged as they work to fulfill both callings. Clear boundaries in doctrine and practice are necessary because a corrupt gospel is no Gospel at all (cf Gal 1:8). Thanks be to God for maintaining the preaching and teaching of His life-giving Word, which has spanned the centuries to reach us too. What a joy to share that blessed message with those who repent.
Preserve Your mission of grace among us, O Lord, and grant us clear understanding of the boundaries between true and false worship. Amen.
以斯拉记4:1-6 为了保有纯洁的敬拜,犹大人拒绝那地居民的提议,因为他们坚持要参与圣殿的建造并且加入敬拜的服事当中。今天当上帝的百姓思想纯洁和忠心敬拜的边界,还有上帝吩咐向他人传道的呼召之时,他们一边作工来完成这两个呼召,一边会感到很受挑战。教义和实践上的清晰界线是有必要的,因为败坏了的福音就完全不算是福音(参 加1:8 但无论是我们,是天上来的使者,若传福音给你们,与我们所传给你们的不同,他就应当被咒诅)。感谢归给上帝,祂存留祂赐生命话语的传讲和教导,已经走过世世代代,也临到了我们。与那些悔改的人分享祝福的信息,这是何等的喜乐啊!
主耶和华啊,请在我们中间保守你恩典的使命,赐给我们清楚的认识,分别真实和虚假的敬拜。阿们。

Ezra Chapter 4:7-16 Ezra illustrates the strong and unreasonable opposition that the Judean settlers faced from regional Persian officials. Today, God’s people may face similar bureaucratic opposition when seeking building permits, etc., for churches and schools. Pray for your governing officials who do not seem to recognize the valuable contribution God’s people make in civil life. Give thanks for faithful officials who do recognize the benefits of godly service. Through the Gospel, the King of heaven will transform hearts and minds so that all may see His merciful goodness.
O Lord, make me salt and light for my community by faithfully and patiently bearing witness to Your Word and will. Amen.
以斯拉记4:7-16 以斯拉描述了犹大定居者从波斯地区性官长那里所遇到的强烈无理的敌对。今天,上帝的子民在寻求教堂和学校的建设许可还有其它东西的时候,可能会遇到类似的官僚性抵挡。要为你的政府官员祈祷,他们似乎不太能认识到上帝的子民在民事生活中所作出的宝贵贡献。也要为着那些确实认识到敬虔服事所带来的益处的忠诚官员献上感谢。藉着福音,天国的大君王必会转变心思意念,好叫所有人可以看见祂怜悯的恩慈。
主耶和华啊,请使我藉着对你的话语和旨意信实地和忍耐地作见证,成为我所在社区的光和盐。阿们。

Ezra Chapter 4:17-24 Artaxerxes’ response and the violent intervention of local officials stop the civil building projects in Jerusalem, most notably the work on the temple. Underlying the physical struggles of our world are always spiritual struggles. Through Scripture, keep aware of spiritual struggles and make them the focus of your prayers against Satan. Take courage from the Lord’s mastery of His creation and the manner in which He works for the good of His people, especially shown in the civil punishment and glorious resurrection of His Son for our redemption.
Hear the cry of Your people, mighty King, and work among us for our blessing. Amen.
以斯拉记4:17-24 亚达薛西的回应以及当地官员的粗暴干预中断了耶路撒冷的民事建筑工程,尤其是圣殿的工作。我们的世界有身体上的争战,与之一直相伴随的是属灵的争战。藉着圣经,要对属灵的争战警醒,并且使它们成为你祷告的中心,来抵挡撒旦。主耶和华掌管祂的受造物,祂也为着祂子民的益处在作工,这种方式特别显明在祂儿子为了我们的拯救所受的世人刑罚以及祂荣耀的复活里面,要从这些当中得着勇气。
有能力的大君王,请听你百姓的呼求,为着我们的祝福在我们中间做工。阿们。

第三十九周星期五
Ezra Chapter 5:1-5 God’s prophets boldly call His people back to the work of the Jerusalem temple. Today, when your cause is right in the Lord’s eyes, do not hesitate to act and to call others to peaceable action. Act confidently, because the Lord will watch over you, bless you, and keep you through Christ.
Stir Your people to bold action, O Lord, in the cause of pure and faithful worship. Help us to stare down all who would oppose Your good purposes. Amen.
以斯拉记5:1-5 上帝的先知放胆呼召祂的百姓重新回到耶路撒冷圣殿的工作上。今天,当你的理想是耶和华眼中看为正的事情之时,不要迟疑去行动和呼召他人走向和平之举。要带着信心行动,因为主耶和华必藉着基督看顾你,祝福你,并保护你。
主耶和华啊,请激动你的子民,在纯洁和信实的敬拜事业上,大胆地行动。帮助我们逼视所有抵挡你良善旨意的人。阿们。

Ezra Chapter 5:6-17 The Persian governor Tattenal discovers the truth about the rebuilding of the Jerusalem temple to the “great God” of heaven. Thanks be to God for faithful government officials who seek and report the truth! Pray for them. Vote for them. Encourage good people to seek public office. The God of heaven rules among us through faithful leaders in both church and state. The great God of our salvation cares for every aspect of our lives.
O great God of heaven, work for the peace of Your servants on earth. Amen.
以斯拉记5:6-17 波斯总督达乃找出关于耶路撒冷圣殿是为那天上的“至大之神”重建的真相。为着那些寻求并且报告真相的忠诚政府官员,将感谢归给上帝。要为他们祷告。要为他们投票。鼓励好人寻求公职。天上的上帝藉着教会中还有政府中忠诚的领袖在我们中间掌权。我们救恩的伟大上帝看顾我们生活的方方面面。
天上至大的上帝啊,请为着地上你仆人们的平安作工。阿们。

Ezra Chapter 6:1-12 The emperor Darius approves the building of the temple, sponsors its sacrifices, and curses those who would interfere. The God of heaven has so radially changed the circumstances that the government that opposed the project becomes its sponsor. Today, do not fail to offer prayers for your officials. Who knows what changes God may bring? Above all, offer thanks to Him for your salvation by Jesus’ sacrifice.
Great God of heaven, bless our officials, and guide their service for the benefit of Your Church. Amen.
以斯拉记6:1-12 大流士王同意圣殿的建造,为圣殿的祭牲提供支持,并且咒诅那些要搅扰的人。天上的上帝如此迅速地改变处境,使得抵挡建造工程的政府成为它的赞助者。今天,不要轻忽为你们的官员献上祷告。谁知道上帝会带来什么样的改变呢?最重要的是,要为你藉着耶稣赎罪祭所得的救恩,将感谢献给祂。
天上的至高上帝,请祝福我们的官员,为着你教会的益处引导他们的服侍。阿们。

Ezra Chapter 6:13-18 God’s people rejoice in the atonement for all Israel celebrated at the dedication of the Jerusalem temple. This week, praise God for the blessings of forgiveness you hear and receive in your congregation. There is no greater cause of joy than the pardon of our heavenly King.
“I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the LORD!” (Ps 122:1). Amen.
以斯拉记6:13-18 上帝的百姓在耶路撒冷圣殿奉献礼上为以色列众人所献的赎罪祭中欢喜快乐。这一周,要为着你在你的教会中所听见和领受的赦罪祝福赞美上帝。没有什么比我们天上君王的饶恕还要丰盛的喜乐源泉了。
“人对我说:我们往耶和华的殿去,我就欢喜”(诗 122:1)。阿们。

Ezra Chapter 6:19-22 The Judeans rejoice in the cleansing and blessings associated with the celebration of the first Passover at the new temple, including the conversion of some people of the land. What joy stirs God’s people to see hearts turned to the Lord. How great is our calling to proclaim God’s mercy and cleansing! For the Lord has set us apart, washing away our sins in the consecration of Holy Baptism.
Holy Lord, as You have set apart my life for Your kingdom, set my heart now to share Your Gospel with others. Amen.
以斯拉记6:19-22 犹大人在与新殿第一次逾越节的庆祝,还有当地一些人的归信相关联的洁净和祝福中,欢喜快乐。何样的喜乐会激动上帝的百姓见证人心转向主耶和华啊!我们要传扬上帝的怜悯和洁净之工,这样的呼召是多么伟大啊!因为主耶和华已经将我们分别出来,在圣洗礼的分别为圣中洗净我们的罪。
圣洁的主,你已将我的生命为了你的国度分别出来,请现在也将我的心放在与他人分享你的福音上。阿们。

第三十九周星期六
Ezra Chapter 7 Through the decree of the pagan ruler Artaxerxes, the Lord provides for the instruction of His people in His Word, as led by Ezra. Though the emperor provides numerous gifts, God’s Word stands out as the greatest gift, by which the Lord converts hearts and extends His gracious rule.
We bless You, O Lord, for Your good Word, delivered for our salvation. Amen.
以斯拉记7章 藉着外邦统治者亚达薛西的谕旨,主耶和华为祂的子民在祂的话语中供应教导,由以斯拉带领。尽管王提供了许多的供物,然而上帝的话语作为最大的礼物凸显出来,主耶和华藉之扭转人心,延伸祂恩典的治理。
主耶和华啊,我们称谢你,因着你良善的话语,就是为了我们的救恩而被赐下的话语。阿们。

Ezra Chapter 8:1-14 More leaders and members of their families return from the exile in Babylonia. Near the head of the list are members of the royal household, which had nearly been destroyed. The Lord preserved the house of David, thereby preserving for you the promise of a Savior, the Son of David, Jesus.
Praise be to Your name, faithful Lord, for fulfilling Your Word to David and to me. Amen.
以斯拉记8:1-14 他们家族的更多领袖和成员从巴比伦的被掳之地归回。名单上靠近首位的是贵族家室的成员,他们已经近乎灭绝。主耶和华存留大卫的家室,也因此为你们存留一位救赎主,就是大卫的儿子耶稣的应许。
信实的主,赞美归给你的名,因着你为大卫和我成就你的话语。阿们。

Ezra Chapter 8:15-20 The Lord helps Ezra discover the Levites and temple servants whose roles at the temple were going unfulfilled. Today, each believer has a valuable role of service to fulfill in his or her Church, whether leading or attending to other duties. Do not despise anyone’s office of service, for any unfulfilled office disrupts the work of all. Along with your office, the Lord will grant you His Spirit and gifts, which will build you up.
Lord, Your Son, Jesus, humbled Himself to serve us. Teach me my role in my congregation, and equip me for every good work of my calling. Amen.
以斯拉记8:15-20 主耶和华帮助以斯拉寻找利未人和圣殿服侍人员(尼提宁),因为他们在圣殿中的角色将会空缺。今天,每一位信徒都有一个宝贵的服事角色要在他或她的教会中履行,无论是带领的,或是参与其它职份的。不要鄙视任何人的服事职份,因为任何未履行的职份都会打乱所有人的工作。与你的职份一起,主耶和华必会将祂的灵和礼物恩赐给你,这些必会将你建造起来。
主耶和华,你的儿子耶稣,谦卑祂自己来服事我们。请教导我在我教会中的角色,为着我呼召中的每一项善工装备我。阿们。

Ezra Chapter 8:21-23 The Lord listens as Ezra’s caravan prays for protection. Likewise, the Lord hears our prayers, and He answers according to His loving-kindness in Christ.
Make me wise to pray and fast, O Lord, and to focus on Your kindness. Amen.
以斯拉记8:21-23 以斯拉的队伍呼求保护,主应允了。同样地,主垂听我们的祷告,并且祂也依照祂在基督里的慈爱良善应允之。
主耶和华啊,请使我有智慧来祈祷和禁食,并且仰望你的良善恩慈。阿们。

Ezra Chapter 8:24-36 By the hand of God, Ezra’s caravan successfully delivers their offerings to Jerusalem. Like Ezra, commit yourself body and soul to the Lord’s service. For the Lord supports the service of His people; He serves them graciously in Christ.
Bless our service, dear Lord, and lead us by Your hand to heaven’s promised land. Amen.
以斯拉记8:24-36 靠赖上帝的手,以斯拉的队伍成功地将他们的供物运到了耶路撒冷。要像以斯拉那样,将你自己的身体和灵魂交托给主的服事。因为主耶和华供应祂子民的服事;祂在基督里满有恩典地服事他们。
亲爱的主,请祝福我们的服事,藉着你的手引领我们,直到那天上的应许之地。阿们。

第四十周星期一
Ezra Chapter 9 Ezra expresses remorse and shame when he learns of the unfaithful Judeans’ marriages. Today, few topics have grown more sensitive than the issues surrounding marriage. This is ultimately because families fail to believe in or teach what God’s Word teaches about the holy blessings of marriage. Like Ezra, express your shame, remorse, and prayers to God when sinful notions of marriage tear at your family. Study and share the teachings of God’s Word about marriage (see esp notes, Gn 2:18, 22, 24; Eph 5:22, 25, 28, 31-32, 33). Christ the Bridegroom is also our Redeemer, who removes all our shame and comforts our remorseful hearts.
Jesus, hear my prayers for family and friends, that they would enjoy the blessings of holy wedlock according to Your Word. Amen.
以斯拉记9章 当以斯拉了解到犹大人不忠诚的婚姻之时,他就表达出懊悔和羞愧。今天,几乎没有什么话题要比关于婚姻的问题变得更敏感了。这最终是由于家庭不相信或不去教导上帝的话语在神圣婚姻的祝福方面所教导的。要像以斯拉一样,在有罪的婚姻观念撕裂你的家庭之时,向上帝表达你的羞愧,懊悔和祈祷。要查考和分享上帝话语关于婚姻的教导(请特别看注释,创2:18,22,24; 弗5:22,25,28,31-32,33)。基督新郎也是我们的救赎主,祂挪去我们所有的羞愧,安慰我们懊悔的心。
耶稣,请听我为家人和朋友献上的祈祷,好叫他们可以依照你的话语享受神圣婚姻的祝福。阿们。

Ezra Chapter 10:1-17 To resolve the problem of illegal marriages, some Judeans make a harsh proposal for immediate divorces, but the counsel of the community wisely requests investigation so they can learn the extent of the problem and propose the best solution. Have confidence in the wisdom of God’s people, as informed by God’s Word. Call for their counsel, and listen patiently. Above all, God’s Word must prevail in the congregation’s worship and, thereby, its decisions. At all times, we may confess our sins and receive God’s Word of absolution, by which He constantly blesses us with mercy. Have mercy on us, O Lord, and lead us by Your Law and Gospel. Amen.
以斯拉记10:1-17 为了解决异族通婚的问题,一些犹大人就提出立刻离婚的苛刻方案,但社区领袖们有智慧地要求进行调查,这样他们能够了解问题的延伸度并且提出最佳的解决方法。要对上帝子民的智慧,就是因着上帝的话语而来的,有信心。寻求他们的建议,并且带着耐心聆听。最重要的是,上帝的话语必须主导教会的敬拜,还有其中的决策。任何时候,我们可以承认我们的罪,并且领受上帝宣赦的话语,祂时常藉此以怜悯祝福我们。
主耶和华啊,请向我们施怜悯,藉着你的律法和福音引导我们。阿们。

Ezra Chapter 10:18-44 As a result of the earlier investigation, 111 illegal marriages are identified and ended. These circumstances teach us about the gravity of God’s Law, of marriage, and of vows. Enter into such matters thoughtfully and informed by God’s Word. The Lord Himself has vowed to guide and care for your family and to save you through the life of His Son, Jesus.
Lord, lead me to understand and keep my vows and to bring honor to my family and to Your name. Amen.
以斯拉记10:18-44 前面调查的结果是,111个异族通婚的事件得到证实并且被终止。这些情况教导我们关于上帝律法,婚姻和诺言的庄严性。要思量上帝的话语并且仔细周全地进入这样的事情中。主耶和华祂自己已经宣誓要引领看顾你的家庭,并且藉着祂儿子耶稣的生命拯救你。
主耶和华,请引导我明白并且保守我的诺言,将尊荣带给我的家人和你的名。阿们。

翻译:Gary Liu 主后2017年05月20日

《尼希米记》
(第四十周星期二—第四十一周星期一)
第四十周星期二
Nehemiah Chapter 1:4-11 On behalf of those struggling in Jerusalem, Nehemiah fasts and prays with great empathy as guided by God’s Word. God’s Word grants confidence in prayer. As you call on the Lord to confess your sins and to plead for others, use God’s promises as your guide, for all His promises to you are “Yes” and “Amen” in Christ the Savior.
Holy Spirit, increase in me the desire to know the Word and to pray according to it in all things. Amen.
尼希米记1:4-11 尼希米由上帝的话语引导,为那些在耶路撒冷受苦的人,带着巨大的同情禁食和祈祷。上帝的话语在祷告中赐下信靠。当你呼求主,承认你的罪并且为他人代求的时候,请使用上帝的应许作为你的向导,因为祂赐给你的所有应许在救主基督里都是“是”和“阿们”的。
圣灵,请在我里面加增认识你圣道,并在万事中依照它祈祷的渴望。阿们。

第四十周星期三
Nehemiah Chapter 2:1-8 Nehemiah asks for an opportunity to help rebuild his homeland, and the king answers favorably, because God is guiding the matter. God’s hand is constantly at work in history, though we rarely can foresee and determine what He will do. Pray that the Lord will work for the good of His people even now. His hand is on His children to guide them with the love He has for them in Christ.
Take my hand, O Lord, and lead me in the way of life. Amen.
尼希米记2:1-8 尼希米请求帮助重建他家乡的机会,王就施恩应允了,因为上帝引导此事。上帝的手一直在历史中作工,尽管我们很少能够预见或者决定祂将要做什么。主耶和华甚至今日必会为着祂子民的益处作工,要为此祈祷。祂的手在祂的儿女身上,用祂在基督里为他们存留的慈爱引领他们。
主耶和华啊,请牵着我的手,引导我在生命的道路上。阿们。

Nehemiah Chapter 2:9-20 The Word moves Nehemiah’s heart to begin plans for rebuilding Jerusalem’s walls. As you read God’s Word, recognize that He will move you as well to serve Him and His people. Studying the Word is never an end in itself, because the purpose of the Word is to console you in Christ and equip you by the Holy Spirit.
Console and equip me this day, dear Savior, to overcome all obstacles to Your good and gracious will. Amen.
尼希米记2:9-20 圣道感动尼希米的心开始为重建耶路撒冷的城墙出谋划策。当你读上帝的话语之时,要看见祂也同样会感动你去服事祂和祂的子民。学习圣道本身从来不是结局,因为圣道的目的乃是要在基督里安慰你,藉着圣灵装备你。
亲爱的救主,请今日安慰和装备我,得胜所有拦阻你良善洪恩的旨意的障碍。阿们。

Nehemiah Chapter 3 The Judeans eagerly begin work on the walls and gates of Jerusalem under Nehemiah’s able leadership. God’s people still today have civic duties to fulfill, sharing in the burdens of their family and neighbors. As the Lord gives you strength, support the good works of others, which creates life and improves its quality. The Lord Jesus, who passed through the gates of Jerusalem, will sanctify your service through the blessings of His Word and in answer to your prayers.
Open to me, O Lord, the gates of heaven, that I may enter there by Your grace alone. Amen.
尼希米记3章 犹大人在尼希米充满智慧的领导之下,迫切地开始耶路撒冷城墙和门的建造工作。上帝的子民今日仍然需要履行民事责任,分享他们家庭和邻舍的重担。当主耶和华赐给你能力的时候,要支持其他人的善工,来创造生活,提高生活质量。主耶稣,曾穿过耶路撒冷的城门,必会藉着祂话语的祝福将你的服事分别为圣,回应你的祷告。
主耶和华啊,请将天国的门为我打开,好让我可以唯独凭借你的恩典进到那里。阿们。

第四十周星期四
Nehemiah Chapter 4:1-14 The weary and wary Judeans support one another with the counsel of Nehemiah. Today, do not let the taunts of unbelievers or naysayers keep you from fulfilling your calling. The great and powerful Lord—He who stooped to bear our burdens and save us in Christ—is with you in your work.
Great and awesome Lord, I remember and praise Your good works. Work on my behalf, O Lord, that I may fulfill Your purpose for me. Amen.
尼希米记4:1-14 疲惫又警惕的犹大人在尼希米的带领下彼此帮扶。今天,不要让不信之人或唱反调者的奚落拦阻你履行你的呼召。那至大又有能力的主—祂曾屈尊在基督里担负我们的重担并且拯救我们—必在你的工作中与你同在。
至大威严的主,我纪念赞美你的善工。主耶和华啊,请为我行事,好使我成就你对我的旨意。阿们。

Nehemiah Chapter 4:15-23 Nehemiah encourages ever more vigilant service by reminding the workers that “our God will fight for us.” Whether the struggle is physical, mental, or spiritual, the Lord rallies to our side. Enact every sound plan with confidence in His blessing. Just as He overcame Satan at the cross, He will overcome the obstacles you, too, may face. Grant me full confidence in Your will, O Lord, that I may take the battle to my enemies with boldness. Amen.
尼希米记4:15-23 尼希米提醒工人“我们的上帝必为我们争战,”藉此鼓励更加警醒的工作。无论争战是身体上的,精神上,或是属灵上的,主耶和华都站在我们一边。要带着对祂祝福的信靠,执行每一项扎实的计划。正如祂在十字架上胜过撒旦一样,祂必会胜过你也可能遇到的拦阻。
主耶和华啊,请赐我对你旨意的完全信靠,好让我勇敢地与我的仇敌争战。阿们。

Nehemiah Chapter 5:1-13 Governor Nehemiah addresses the problems caused by excessive interest rates and taxes and sets an example of generosity for the leaders. In politics, words are cheap but goodwill is rare and good deeds are rarer still. When people are unfairly burdened, we can follow Nehemiah’s example by relieving them, whether by providing for fairer laws or by helping them directly. At all times, let us give praise to Christ, who sets more than a good example, for He freely bore our debt of sin and guilt.<