尺寸：47.28 x 70.85 cm
Title: Genesis 14
Dimension: 47.28 x 70.85 cm
The "Genesis" series consists of 50 works, corresponding to the 50 chapters of the Bible's Genesis.
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14:1 当暗拉非作示拿王，亚略作以拉撒王，基大老玛作以拦王，提达作戈印王的时候，14:2 他们兴兵攻打所多玛王比拉、蛾摩拉王比沙、押玛王示纳、洗扁王善以别和比拉王。比拉就是琐珥。14:3 这五王在西订谷会合。西订谷就是盐海。14:4 他们服事了基大老玛已经有十二年，到第十三年就背叛了。14:5 第十四年基大老玛和同盟的王都来了，在亚特律．加宁击败了利乏音人，在哈麦击败了苏西人，在沙微．基列亭击败了以米人，14:6 在何利人的西珥山击败了何利人，一直追击到靠近旷野的伊勒．巴兰。14:7 然后转到安．密巴，就是加低斯，攻占了亚玛力人全部的领土，也击败了住在哈洗逊．他玛的亚摩利人。14:8 于是所多玛王、蛾摩拉王、押玛王、洗扁王和比拉王（比拉就是琐珥）都出来，在西订谷列阵，与他们交战；14:9 就是与以拦王基大老玛、戈印王提达、示拿王暗拉非、以拉撒王亚略交战，就是四王与五王交战。14:10 西订谷有许多漆坑。所多玛王和蛾摩拉王逃跑的时候，都掉在坑里，其余的人都向着山上逃跑。14:11 四王就把所多玛和蛾摩拉所有的财物，以及一切粮食都拿走，14:12 连亚伯兰的侄儿罗得和罗得的财物也带走了。当时，罗得住在所多玛。14:13 有一个逃出来的人，跑来告诉希伯来人亚伯兰。那时，亚伯兰住在亚摩利人幔利的橡树那里。幔利和以实各，以及亚乃，都是兄弟；他们都是亚伯兰的盟友。14:14 亚伯兰一听见侄儿被人掳去，就抽调他家里生养的精练壮丁三百一十八人，一直追到但。14:15 亚伯兰和他的仆人趁夜分队攻击他们，结果击败了他们，又追赶他们直到大马士革北面的何把，14:16 将一切财物都夺回来，也把他的侄儿罗得和罗得的财物，以及妇女和族人，都夺了回来。14:17 亚伯兰击败了基大老玛和与他联盟的王回来的时候，所多玛王出来，在沙微谷迎接他。沙微谷就是帝王谷。14:18 撒冷王麦基洗德也带着饼和酒出来；他是至高 神的祭司。14:19 他给亚伯兰祝福，说：“愿创造天地的主、至高的 神，赐福给亚伯兰。14:20 把敌人交在你手里的至高的 神，是应当称颂的！”亚伯兰就把所得的一切，拿出十分之一来，给了麦基洗德。14:21 所多玛王对亚伯兰说：“请你把人交给我，至于财物，你拿去吧。”14:22 亚伯兰对所多玛王说：“我已经向创造天地的主、至高的 神耶和华举手起誓；14:23 凡是你的东西，就是一根线，一条鞋带，我也不拿，免得你说：‘我使亚伯兰发了财。’14:24 我甚么都不要，除了仆人吃掉的以外，但与我同行的亚乃、以实各、幔利所应得的分，让他们拿去吧。”
14:1 At the time when Amraphel was king of Shinar,(That is, Babylonia; also in verse 9) Arioch king of Ellasar, Kedorlaomer king of Elam and Tidal king of Goyim,14:2 these kings went to war against Bera king of Sodom, Birsha king of Gomorrah, Shinab king of Admah, Shemeber king of Zeboyim, and the king of Bela (that is, Zoar).14:3 All these latter kings joined forces in the Valley of Siddim (that is, the Dead Sea Valley).14:4 For twelve years they had been subject to Kedorlaomer, but in the thirteenth year they rebelled.14:5 In the fourteenth year, Kedorlaomer and the kings allied with him went out and defeated the Rephaites in Ashteroth Karnaim, the Zuzites in Ham, the Emites in Shaveh Kiriathaim14:6 and the Horites in the hill country of Seir, as far as El Paran near the desert.14:7 Then they turned back and went to En Mishpat (that is, Kadesh), and they conquered the whole territory of the Amalekites, as well as the Amorites who were living in Hazezon Tamar.14:8 Then the king of Sodom, the king of Gomorrah, the king of Admah, the king of Zeboyim and the king of Bela (that is, Zoar) marched out and drew up their battle lines in the Valley of Siddim14:9 against Kedorlaomer king of Elam, Tidal king of Goyim, Amraphel king of Shinar and Arioch king of Ellasar—four kings against five.14:10 Now the Valley of Siddim was full of tar pits, and when the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled, some of the men fell into them and the rest fled to the hills.14:11 The four kings seized all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah and all their food; then they went away.14:12 They also carried off Abram’s nephew Lot and his possessions, since he was living in Sodom.14:13 A man who had escaped came and reported this to Abram the Hebrew. Now Abram was living near the great trees of Mamre the Amorite, a brother(Or a relative; or an ally) of Eshkol and Aner, all of whom were allied with Abram.14:14 When Abram heard that his relative had been taken captive, he called out the 318 trained men born in his household and went in pursuit as far as Dan.14:15 During the night Abram divided his men to attack them and he routed them, pursuing them as far as Hobah, north of Damascus.14:16 He recovered all the goods and brought back his relative Lot and his possessions, together with the women and the other people.14:17 After Abram returned from defeating Kedorlaomer and the kings allied with him, the king of Sodom came out to meet him in the Valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley).14:18 Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High,14:19 and he blessed Abram, saying, “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth.14:20 And praise be to God Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand.” Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything.14:21 The king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give me the people and keep the goods for yourself.”14:22 But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “With raised hand I have sworn an oath to the Lord, God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth,14:23 that I will accept nothing belonging to you, not even a thread or the strap of a sandal, so that you will never be able to say, ‘I made Abram rich.’14:24 I will accept nothing but what my men have eaten and the share that belongs to the men who went with me—to Aner, Eshkol and Mamre. Let them have their share.”
宇宙为何以及如何诞生？为何宇宙大爆炸有一个从无到有的“开始”？为何生命会从“无”诞生到“有”？为何会有复杂、精密的生命的存在？为什么人体内的 DNA 和细胞像微观世界一样复杂而精确，却以高度有序的方式完成其工作，就像被设计和编程的另一个宇宙一样？
In an era where science can nearly explain everything, we have become accustomed to everything that happens in this world and everything around us, no matter how incredible it is, or even accustomed to stop thinking about its incredibility.
Why and how did the universe come from? Why does the universe's big bang have a "start" from nothing? Why is life born from "nothing" to "life"? Why is there complex, sophisticated creatures? Why is the DNA and cells in our body as complex and precise as a microcosm, but complete its work in a highly orderly manner, just like another universe designed and programmed?
Whether it is the elliptical orbit of Comet Halley, the romantic heart-shaped function of Descartes, the graceful golden section of the human body, the Six-sided snowflake falling from the sky, or even a leaf falling, all are wonderful function equations. As big as the universe and as small as snowflakes, divine order can be seen in these formulas.
The explosion brought about destruction. Originally, there was nothing, but the "Big Bang" produced time, matter, and space. There was no gradual development, no transitional forms, but a binary flip, from "non-existence" to "existence." The universe is complex and vast, but it can be described by highly ordered mathematical formulas, gave birth to order and even life. This alone is unbelievable enough to let people explore the truth throughout their lives.
What is the evidence for the "abiogenesis", which is "something can come from nothing"? How to get life from non-life? Why do we still not know how to actually create life from dead stuff, but frankly assume that life can be born from non-life?
The truth behind the universe is so incredible and mysterious, life is so incredible, we are so accustomed to it, we are no longer lamenting the incredibility of all this.
"For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse." Romans 1:20
"The end of science is theology." I believe that although science has its limitations and theology provides the answer, theology is not to explain the deficiency of science, and science alone cannot reach the core of theology. However, science and theology are not opposites, and they do not prevent us from remaining awed on the road to exploring knowledge.
"The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands." Psalm 19:1
The magnificent scenery of nature can easily make people awe-inspiring, but I find that even the most slight sceneries that are most overlooked in daily life are also part of the "skies". You can think of "big" naturally from "big", but if you can also see "big" from "small", "big" is even more glorious.
In this series, I am not trying to answer the above questions or to express my views and positions on the above questions. I just saw the "traces" and "majesty" left by the "creator" in some slight scenes that we are accustomed to and even ignore.
Therefore, I created a rule: trying to see "big" from "small" - with awe and curiosity, through daily neglected slight scenes, with “small scale” as the window, to explore and think about the relationship between the universe, life, eternity and creation.
- Boshan Zhou
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