عَزْرَا 9

وَلَمَّا كَمَلَتْ هَذِهِ تَقَدَّمَ إِلَيَّ ٱلرُّؤَسَاءُ قَائِلِينَ: «لَمْ يَنْفَصِلْ شَعْبُ إِسْرَائِيلَ وَٱلْكَهَنَةُ وَٱللَّاوِيُّونَ مِنْ شُعُوبِ ٱلْأَرَاضِي حَسَبَ رَجَاسَاتِهِمْ، مِنَ ٱلْكَنْعَانِيِّينَ وَٱلْحِثِّيِّينَ وَٱلْفِرِزِّيِّينَ وَٱلْيَبُوسِيِّينَ وَٱلْعَمُّونِيِّينَ وَٱلْمُوآبِيِّينَ وَٱلْمِصْرِيِّينَ وَٱلْأَمُورِيِّينَ. ١ 1
When these things were done, the officials approached me and said, “The people of Israel, the priests, and the Levites have not separated themselves from the people of the other lands and their abominations: Canaanites, Hittites, Perizzites, Jebusites, Ammonites, Moabites, Egyptians, and Amorites.
لِأَنَّهُمُ ٱتَّخَذُوا مِنْ بَنَاتِهِمْ لِأَنْفُسِهِمْ وَلِبَنِيهِمْ، وَٱخْتَلَطَ ٱلزَّرْعُ ٱلْمُقَدَّسُ بِشُعُوبِ ٱلْأَرَاضِي. وَكَانَتْ يَدُ ٱلرُّؤَسَاءِ وَٱلْوُلَاةِ فِي هَذِهِ ٱلْخِيَانَةِ أَوَّلًا». ٢ 2
For they have taken some of their daughters and sons, and have mixed the holy people with the people of other lands, and the officials and leaders have been first in this faithlessness.”
فَلَمَّا سَمِعْتُ بِهَذَا ٱلْأَمْرِ مَزَّقْتُ ثِيَابِي وَرِدَائِي وَنَتَّفْتُ شَعْرَ رَأْسِي وَذَقْنِي وَجَلَسْتُ مُتَحَيِّرًا. ٣ 3
When I heard this, I tore apart my clothing and robe and pulled out hair from my head and beard, and I sat down, devastated.
فَٱجْتَمَعَ إِلَيَّ كُلُّ مَنِ ٱرْتَعَدَ مِنْ كَلَامِ إِلَهِ إِسْرَائِيلَ مِنْ أَجْلِ خِيَانَةِ ٱلْمَسْبِيِّينَ، وَأَنَا جَلَسْتُ مُتَحَيِّرًا إِلَى تَقْدِمَةِ ٱلْمَسَاءِ. ٤ 4
All those who trembled at the words of the God of Israel about this faithlessness gathered to me while I was sitting ashamed until the evening offering.
وَعِنْدَ تَقْدِمَةِ ٱلْمَسَاءِ قُمْتُ مِنْ تَذَلُّلِي، وَفِي ثِيَابِي وَرِدَائِي ٱلْمُمَزَّقَةِ جَثَوْتُ عَلَى رُكْبَتَيَّ وَبَسَطْتُ يَدَيَّ إِلَى ٱلرَّبِّ إِلَهِي، ٥ 5
But at the evening offering I arose from my position of humiliation in my torn clothes and robe, and knelt down and spread my hands to Yahweh my God.
وَقُلْتُ: «ٱللَّهُمَّ، إِنِّي أَخْجَلُ وَأَخْزَى مِنْ أَنْ أَرْفَعَ يَا إِلَهِي وَجْهِي نَحْوَكَ، لِأَنَّ ذُنُوبَنَا قَدْ كَثُرَتْ فَوْقَ رُؤُوسِنَا، وَآثَامَنَا تَعَاظَمَتْ إِلَى ٱلسَّمَاءِ. ٦ 6
I said, “My God, I am ashamed and disgraced to raise my face to you, for our iniquities increase over our head, and our guilt grows to the heavens.
مُنْذُ أَيَّامِ آبَائِنَا نَحْنُ فِي إِثْمٍ عَظِيمٍ إِلَى هَذَا ٱلْيَوْمِ. وَلِأَجْلِ ذُنُوبِنَا قَدْ دُفِعْنَا نَحْنُ وَمُلُوكُنَا وَكَهَنَتُنَا لِيَدِ مُلُوكِ ٱلْأَرَاضِي لِلسَّيْفِ وَٱلسَّبْيِ وَٱلنَّهْبِ وَخِزْيِ ٱلْوُجُوهِ كَهَذَا ٱلْيَوْمِ. ٧ 7
From the days of our ancestors until now we have been in great guilt. In our iniquities we, our kings, and our priests were given into the hand of kings of this world, to the sword, to captivity, and to plunder and ashamed faces, as we are today.
وَٱلْآنَ كَلُحَيْظَةٍ كَانَتْ رَأْفَةٌ مِنْ لَدُنِ ٱلرَّبِّ إِلَهِنَا لِيُبْقِيَ لَنَا نَجَاةً وَيُعْطِيَنَا وَتَدًا فِي مَكَانِ قُدْسِهِ، لِيُنِيرَ إِلَهُنَا أَعْيُنَنَا وَيُعْطِيَنَا حَيَاةً قَلِيلَةً فِي عُبُودِيَّتِنَا. ٨ 8
Yet now for a short time, mercy from Yahweh our God has come to leave us a few survivors and to give us a foothold in his holy place. This was for our God to enlighten our eyes and to give us a little relief in our slavery.
لِأَنَّنَا عَبِيدٌ نَحْنُ، وَفِي عُبُودِيَّتِنَا لَمْ يَتْرُكْنَا إِلَهُنَا بَلْ بَسَطَ عَلَيْنَا رَحْمَةً أَمَامَ مُلُوكِ فَارِسَ، لِيُعْطِيَنَا حَيَاةً لِنَرْفَعَ بَيْتَ إِلَهِنَا وَنُقِيمَ خَرَائِبَهُ، وَلْيُعْطِيَنَا حَائِطًا فِي يَهُوذَا وَفِي أُورُشَلِيمَ. ٩ 9
For we are slaves, but our God has not forgotten us but has extended covenant faithfulness to us. He has done this in the sight of the king of Persia in order to give us new strength, so we could rebuild our God's house and raise its ruins. He did this so that he could give us a wall of safety in Judah and Jerusalem.
وَٱلْآنَ، فَمَاذَا نَقُولُ يَا إِلَهَنَا بَعْدَ هَذَا؟ لِأَنَّنَا قَدْ تَرَكْنَا وَصَايَاكَ ١٠ 10
But now, our God, what can we say after this? We have forgotten your commands,
ٱلَّتِي أَوْصَيْتَ بِهَا عَنْ يَدِ عَبِيدِكَ ٱلْأَنْبِيَاءِ قَائِلًا: إِنَّ ٱلْأَرْضَ ٱلَّتِي تَدْخُلُونَ لِتَمْتَلِكُوهَا هِيَ أَرْضٌ مُتَنَجِّسَةٌ بِنَجَاسَةِ شُعُوبِ ٱلْأَرَاضِي، بِرَجَاسَاتِهِمِ ٱلَّتِي مَلَأُوهَا بِهَا مِنْ جِهَةٍ إِلَى جِهَةٍ بِنَجَاسَتِهِمْ. ١١ 11
the commands that you gave to your servants the prophets, when you said, “This land that you are entering to possess is an unclean land. It is contaminated by the people of the lands with their abominations. They have filled it from one end to the other with their uncleanness.
وَٱلْآنَ فَلَا تُعْطُوا بَنَاتِكُمْ لِبَنِيهِمْ وَلَا تَأْخُذُوا بَنَاتِهِمْ لِبَنِيكُمْ، وَلَا تَطْلُبُوا سَلَامَتَهُمْ وَخَيْرَهُمْ إِلَى ٱلْأَبَدِ لِكَيْ تَتَشَدَّدُوا وَتَأْكُلُوا خَيْرَ ٱلْأَرْضِ وَتُورِثُوا بَنِيكُمْ إِيَّاهَا إِلَى ٱلْأَبَدِ. ١٢ 12
So now, do not give your daughters to their sons; do not take their daughters for your sons, and do not seek their ongoing peace and welfare, so that you will be strong and eat the good of the land, so you will cause your children to possess it for all time.”
وَبَعْدَ كُلِّ مَا جَاءَ عَلَيْنَا لِأَجْلِ أَعْمَالِنَا ٱلرَّدِيئَةِ وَآثَامِنَا ٱلْعَظِيمَةِ، لِأَنَّكَ قَدْ جَازَيْتَنَا يَا إِلَهَنَا أَقَلَّ مِنْ آثَامِنَا وَأَعْطَيْتَنَا نَجَاةً كَهَذِهِ، ١٣ 13
Yet after everything that came on us for our evil practices and our great guilt—since you, our God, have held back what our iniquities deserve and left us survivors—
أَفَنَعُودُ وَنَتَعَدَّى وَصَايَاكَ وَنُصَاهِرُ شُعُوبَ هَذِهِ ٱلرَّجَاسَاتِ؟ أَمَا تَسْخَطُ عَلَيْنَا حَتَّى تُفْنِيَنَا فَلَا تَكُونُ بَقِيَّةٌ وَلَا نَجَاةٌ؟ ١٤ 14
should we again break your commandments and make mixed marriages with these abominable people? Will you not be angry and annihilate us so there will be no one left, no one to escape?
أَيُّهَا ٱلرَّبُّ إِلَهَ إِسْرَائِيلَ، أَنْتَ بَارٌّ لِأَنَّنَا بَقِينَا نَاجِينَ كَهَذَا ٱلْيَوْمِ. هَا نَحْنُ أَمَامَكَ فِي آثَامِنَا، لِأَنَّهُ لَيْسَ لَنَا أَنْ نَقِفَ أَمَامَكَ مِنْ أَجْلِ هَذَا». ١٥ 15
Yahweh, God of Israel, you are righteous, for we have remained as a few survivors at this day. Look! We are here before you in our guilt, for there is no one who can stand before you because of this.