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DECEMBER 9 十二月9日
Rahab’s Life Is Spared
幸存的喇合


Rahab was a woman who lived in the city of Jericho. In fact, her house was part of the wall that surrounded Jericho.
喇合是一位住在耶利哥城的女人。事实上,她的房子就在包围着耶利哥城的城墙上面。
Rahab was not one of God’s special people, the Israelites, and she was living a very sinful life. But God used her to help the Israelites and brought her into the family tree. Here’s how it happened:
喇合并不是神特殊的子民以色列人,她过着很罪恶的生活。但是上帝使用她来帮助以色列人,并把她带进了耶稣的家谱。事情是这样发生的:
One day two men came to stay at her house. She found out they were Israelite spies, come to check out the city and see how the Israelites could conquer it.
一天,两个男人来到了喇合家,住在那里。她发现他们是以色列人的探子,是来窥探耶利哥城,想为以色列人攻城找到办法的。
Rahab said, “I’ve heard about you. I heard how the Lord divided the Red Sea for you to go through. I know that the Lord your God is the true God and he’s going to give you our land.”
喇合说:“我听说过你们的事。我听说过耶和华怎样将红海分开,使你们经过。我知道耶和华你们的上帝是真神,他必把我们的土地赐给你们。”
When the king of Jericho found out there were Israelite spies in his city, he sent his soldiers to Rahab’s house to capture them. The soldiers said, “Rahab, bring out the spies!” But she had hidden the two spies up on her roof, under some large bundles of grain that were drying in the sun. She said to the soldiers, “Well, the spies were here, but they already left.
I don’t know which way they went, but if you hurry, you might catch up with them.” So the
soldiers went off to find them.
耶利哥王知道了城里有以色列人的探子,就打发士兵到喇合家里去捉拿他们。士兵说:“喇合,把探子交出来!”但她之前已经让两个探子藏到了自己的房顶上,使他们躲在太阳底下晒着的几大捆谷子底下。她对士兵们说:“探子确实到过这,但他们已经走了。我不知道他们去了哪,但你们要是快点去追,也许会追上的。”于是士兵们就离开,追寻探子去了。
Then Rahab went back up to the spies and said to them, “I know your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below. Please, promise to save my family and me when you take over the city. I’ve been kind to you. Please be kind to me!” The spies said, “If you don’t tell anyone what we’re doing, we’ll save you. Tie this scarlet cord in your window. Then, when we destroy everyone in the city, we’ll know that everyone in this house should be saved.”
随后喇合就上房顶去见探子,对他们说,“我知道你们的上帝是天上地下的神。求你们答应我,你们占领耶利哥城的时候,要救我和我的家人。我恩待了你们。请你们也恩待我!”探子们说:“如果你不告诉任何人我们在做什么,我们就救你。把这根朱红色线绳系在你的窗户上。等我们来消灭这座城里的人时,就会晓得所有在这房子里的人都应该存活。”
That night Rahab let the spies escape through her window, and they went to hide in the hills. She tied the scarlet cord in the same window, and when the Israelites conquered Jericho they saw the scarlet cord and saved Rahab and her family. Eventually, Rahab joined the Israelites and became a great-great-great . . . grandmother of Jesus!
那天晚上,喇合让探子们从她的窗户外逃走,他们就去藏在山上。喇合把那根朱红色线绳系到了他们逃跑的那扇窗户上,以色列人攻打耶利哥的时候,他们看见这条朱红色线绳,就救了喇合和她的家人。后来,喇合住到了以色列人中,并且成为了耶稣的一位曾曾曾……祖母!

How did Rahab help the children of Israel?
Rahab hid the Israelite spies and then helped them escape.
喇合如何帮助了以色列人?
喇合把以色列的探子藏了起来,然后帮助他们逃跑。

As I hang RAHAB’S SCARLET CORD on the JESSE TREE,
Here is an Advent promise for me:
当我把喇合的朱红色线绳挂上耶西树,
我会收到这个将临期的应许:

Rahab saved the spies, and God saved Rahab.
She is one of the great-great-great . . . grandmothers of Jesus.
喇合救了探子,然后上帝救了喇合。
她是耶稣的一位曾曾曾……祖母。

MARTIN LUTHER COLLEGE 出版
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