尺寸：47.28 x 70.85 cm
Title: Genesis 39
Dimension: 47.28 x 70.85 cm
The "Genesis" series consists of 50 works, corresponding to the 50 chapters of the Bible's Genesis.
39 / 50.
39:1 约瑟被带下埃及去了。有一个埃及人，是法老的臣宰，军长波提乏，从那些带约瑟下来的以实玛利人手里买了他。39:2 耶和华与约瑟同在，约瑟就事事顺利，住在他主人埃及人的家里。39:3 他的主人见耶和华与他同在，又见耶和华使他手里所作的尽都顺利，39:4 约瑟就得主人的欢心，服事他的主人。他主人指派他管理他的家，把自己所有的一切都交在他手里。39:5 自从主人指派约瑟管理他的家，和他所有的一切，耶和华就因约瑟的缘故，赐福给那埃及人的家。他家里和田间所有的一切，都蒙耶和华赐福。39:6 波提乏把自己所有的一切，都交在约瑟的手里。除了自己所吃的饭以外，其他的事他一概不管。约瑟生来体格壮健，容貌俊美。39:7 这些事以后，约瑟主人的妻子以目传情给约瑟，说：“与我同睡吧。”39:8 约瑟不肯，对他主人的妻子说：“你看，家中的事我主人一概不管；他把他所有的一切，都交在我的手里。39:9 在这家里没有比我大的。除你以外，我主人没有留下一样不交给我，因为你是他的妻子。我怎可以作这极恶的事，得罪 神呢？”39:10 她虽然天天对约瑟这样说，约瑟却不听从她，不肯与她同睡，也不与她在一起。39:11 有一天，约瑟到屋里办事，家里的人没有一个在屋里。39:12 妇人就抓住约瑟的衣服，说：“与我同睡吧。”约瑟把自己的衣服留在妇人的手里，跑到外面去了。39:13 妇人见约瑟把衣服留在她手里，跑到外面去，39:14 就把家里的人都叫了来，对他们说：“你们看，我丈夫带回家来的希伯来人想调戏我们。他进到我这里来，要与我同睡，我就大声呼叫。39:15 他一听见我高声呼叫，就把衣服留在我身边，跑到外面去了。”39:16 妇人把约瑟的衣服放在她身边，等她的主人回家。39:17 她又用同样的话对他说：“你带回家来的希伯来奴隶，竟进到这里来，要调戏我。39:18 我高声呼叫，他就把衣服留在我身边，跑到外面去了。”39:19 约瑟的主人听了他妻子对他所说的话，说：“你的仆人就是这样对待我。”他就非常生气。39:20 于是，约瑟的主人拿住约瑟，把他关在监里，就是王的囚犯被监禁的地方；约瑟就在那里坐监。39:21 但是，耶和华与约瑟同在，向他施慈爱，使他得到监狱长的欢心。39:22 因此，监狱长把监里所有的囚犯都交在约瑟手里；他们在那里所作的一切事务，都由约瑟负责处理。39:23 凡交在约瑟手里的事务，监狱长一概不闻不问；因为耶和华与约瑟同在，使他所作的尽都顺利。
39:1 Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. Potiphar, an Egyptian who was one of Pharaoh’s officials, the captain of the guard, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him there.39:2 The Lord was with Joseph so that he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master.39:3 When his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord gave him success in everything he did,39:4 Joseph found favor in his eyes and became his attendant. Potiphar put him in charge of his household, and he entrusted to his care everything he owned.39:5 From the time he put him in charge of his household and of all that he owned, the Lord blessed the household of the Egyptian because of Joseph. The blessing of the Lord was on everything Potiphar had, both in the house and in the field.39:6 So Potiphar left everything he had in Joseph’s care; with Joseph in charge, he did not concern himself with anything except the food he ate. Now Joseph was well-built and handsome,39:7 and after a while his master’s wife took notice of Joseph and said, “Come to bed with me!”39:8 But he refused. “With me in charge,” he told her, “my master does not concern himself with anything in the house; everything he owns he has entrusted to my care.39:9 No one is greater in this house than I am. My master has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?”39:10 And though she spoke to Joseph day after day, he refused to go to bed with her or even be with her.39:11 One day he went into the house to attend to his duties, and none of the household servants was inside.39:12 She caught him by his cloak and said, “Come to bed with me!” But he left his cloak in her hand and ran out of the house.39:13 When she saw that he had left his cloak in her hand and had run out of the house,39:14 she called her household servants. “Look,” she said to them, “this Hebrew has been brought to us to make sport of us! He came in here to sleep with me, but I screamed.39:15 When he heard me scream for help, he left his cloak beside me and ran out of the house.”39:16 She kept his cloak beside her until his master came home.39:17 Then she told him this story: “That Hebrew slave you brought us came to me to make sport of me.39:18 But as soon as I screamed for help, he left his cloak beside me and ran out of the house.”39:19 When his master heard the story his wife told him, saying, “This is how your slave treated me,” he burned with anger.39:20 Joseph’s master took him and put him in prison, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined. But while Joseph was there in the prison,39:21 the Lord was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden.39:22 So the warden put Joseph in charge of all those held in the prison, and he was made responsible for all that was done there.39:23 The warden paid no attention to anything under Joseph’s care, because the Lord was with Joseph and gave him success in whatever he did.
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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