尺寸：47.28 x 70.85 cm
Title: Genesis 43
Dimension: 47.28 x 70.85 cm
The "Genesis" series consists of 50 works, corresponding to the 50 chapters of the Bible's Genesis.
43 / 50.
43:1 那地的饥荒十分严重。43:2 他们把从埃及带回来的粮食都吃完了。他们的父亲就对他们说：“你们再去替我们买些粮食回来吧。”43:3 犹大对他说：“那人认真地警告我们说：‘如果你们的弟弟不与你们一起来，你们就不得见我的面。’43:4 如果你让我们的弟弟与我们同去，我们就下去替你买粮食。43:5 如果你不让他去，我们也不下去，因为那人对我们说：‘如果你们的弟弟不与你们一起来，你们就不得见我的面。’”43:6 以色列说：“你们为甚么这样害我，告诉那人你们还有个弟弟呢？”43:7 他们回答：“那人确实查问有关我们和我们亲属的事，说：‘你们的父亲还活着吗？你们还有其他的兄弟吗？’我们就照着这些话回答他。我们怎么知道他会说：‘你们必要把你们的弟弟带下来’呢？”43:8 犹大对他父亲以色列说：“你若打发那孩子与我同去，我们就立刻起程，好叫我们和你，以及我们的孩子都可以存活，不至饿死。43:9 我愿意亲自担保他的安全，你可以从我手里追回他。如果我不把他带回来给你，交在你面前，我愿终生承担这罪。43:10 要不是我们耽延，现在第二次也回来了。”43:11 他们的父亲以色列对他们说：“如果必须如此，你们就这样作：你们把本地最好的出产放在袋里，带下去给那人作礼物，就是一点乳香、一点蜂蜜、香料、没药、粟子和杏仁。43:12 你们手里要多带一倍银子，因为你们要把那放回在你们袋口里的银子带回去，那可能是弄错了的。43:13 你们带着你们的弟弟，起程再到那人那里去吧。43:14 愿全能的 神使那人怜悯你们，给你们释放你们那个兄弟和便雅悯。至于我，如果要丧失儿子，就丧失了吧。”43:15 于是，他们带着这些礼物，手里拿着多一倍的银子，并且带着便雅悯，起程下到埃及去，站在约瑟面前。43:16 约瑟见便雅悯与他们同来，就对管家说：“把这些人带到我家里，要宰杀牲畜，预备筵席，因为在正午的时候，这些人要与我一起吃饭。”43:17 管家就照着约瑟所吩咐的去作，把这些人带到约瑟的家里。43:18 他们因为被领到约瑟的家里，就害怕起来，说：“我们被领到这里来，必定是为了头一次放回在我们袋里的银子，现在他们想攻击我们，制伏我们，逼我们作奴仆，又夺去我们的驴。”43:19 他们于是走近约瑟的管家，在屋门口与他说话。43:20 他们说：“先生啊，我们头一次下来，实在是要买粮食的。43:21 后来我们来到住宿的地方，打开布袋的时候，不料各人的银子仍然在各人的袋口里，分文不少；现在我们手里又带回来了。43:22 我们手里又另外带来银子，是买粮食用的。我们不知道头一次谁把我们的银子放在我们的布袋里。”43:23 管家说：“你们可以放心，不要害怕，是你们的 神，你们父亲的 神，把财宝赐给你们，放在你们的布袋里。你们的银子我早已收到了。”接着他把西缅带出来交给他们。43:24 管家把他们领到约瑟的家里，给他们水洗脚，又给他们饲料喂驴。43:25 于是，他们预备好了礼物，等候约瑟中午到来，因为他们听说他们要在那里吃饭。43:26 约瑟回到家里，他们就把手中的礼物带进屋里送给他，又俯伏在地向他下拜。43:27 约瑟先向他们问安，然后又问：“你们的父亲，就是你们所说的那老人家平安吗？他还在吗？”43:28 他们回答：“你仆人我们的父亲平安，他还在。”于是他们低头下拜。43:29 约瑟举目观看，看见自己同母所生的弟弟便雅悯，就问：“这就是你们向我提过那最小的弟弟吗？”又说：“我儿啊，愿 神赐恩给你。”43:30 约瑟爱弟弟之情激动起来，就急忙去找个可哭的地方。于是他进了自己的内室，在那里哭了一阵。43:31 他洗了面，然后出来，抑制着自己的感情，吩咐人说：“开饭吧。”43:32 他们就给约瑟单独摆了一席，给那些人另外摆了一席，又给那些与约瑟一同吃饭的埃及人摆了一席，因为埃及人不能与希伯来人一同吃饭，这是埃及人所厌恶的。43:33 约瑟使众兄弟在他面前排列坐下，都是照着他们长幼的次序。众兄弟就彼此对望，惊奇不已。43:34 约瑟拿起自己面前的食物，分给他们，但是便雅悯分得的食物，比别人多五倍。他们就与约瑟一同喝酒宴乐。
43:1 Now the famine was still severe in the land.43:2 So when they had eaten all the grain they had brought from Egypt, their father said to them, “Go back and buy us a little more food.”43:3 But Judah said to him, “The man warned us solemnly, ‘You will not see my face again unless your brother is with you.’43:4 If you will send our brother along with us, we will go down and buy food for you.43:5 But if you will not send him, we will not go down, because the man said to us, ‘You will not see my face again unless your brother is with you.’ ”43:6 Israel asked, “Why did you bring this trouble on me by telling the man you had another brother?”43:7 They replied, “The man questioned us closely about ourselves and our family. ‘Is your father still living?’ he asked us. ‘Do you have another brother?’ We simply answered his questions. How were we to know he would say, ‘Bring your brother down here’?”43:8 Then Judah said to Israel his father, “Send the boy along with me and we will go at once, so that we and you and our children may live and not die.43:9 I myself will guarantee his safety; you can hold me personally responsible for him. If I do not bring him back to you and set him here before you, I will bear the blame before you all my life.43:10 As it is, if we had not delayed, we could have gone and returned twice.”43:11 Then their father Israel said to them, “If it must be, then do this: Put some of the best products of the land in your bags and take them down to the man as a gift—a little balm and a little honey, some spices and myrrh, some pistachio nuts and almonds.43:12 Take double the amount of silver with you, for you must return the silver that was put back into the mouths of your sacks. Perhaps it was a mistake.43:13 Take your brother also and go back to the man at once.43:14 And may God Almighty(Hebrew El-Shaddai) grant you mercy before the man so that he will let your other brother and Benjamin come back with you. As for me, if I am bereaved, I am bereaved.”43:15 So the men took the gifts and double the amount of silver, and Benjamin also. They hurried down to Egypt and presented themselves to Joseph.43:16 When Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he said to the steward of his house, “Take these men to my house, slaughter an animal and prepare a meal; they are to eat with me at noon.”43:17 The man did as Joseph told him and took the men to Joseph’s house.43:18 Now the men were frightened when they were taken to his house. They thought, “We were brought here because of the silver that was put back into our sacks the first time. He wants to attack us and overpower us and seize us as slaves and take our donkeys.”43:19 So they went up to Joseph’s steward and spoke to him at the entrance to the house.43:20 “We beg your pardon, our lord,” they said, “we came down here the first time to buy food.43:21 But at the place where we stopped for the night we opened our sacks and each of us found his silver—the exact weight—in the mouth of his sack. So we have brought it back with us.43:22 We have also brought additional silver with us to buy food. We don’t know who put our silver in our sacks.”43:23 “It’s all right,” he said. “Don’t be afraid. Your God, the God of your father, has given you treasure in your sacks; I received your silver.” Then he brought Simeon out to them.43:24 The steward took the men into Joseph’s house, gave them water to wash their feet and provided fodder for their donkeys.43:25 They prepared their gifts for Joseph’s arrival at noon, because they had heard that they were to eat there.43:26 When Joseph came home, they presented to him the gifts they had brought into the house, and they bowed down before him to the ground.43:27 He asked them how they were, and then he said, “How is your aged father you told me about? Is he still living?”43:28 They replied, “Your servant our father is still alive and well.” And they bowed down, prostrating themselves before him.43:29 As he looked about and saw his brother Benjamin, his own mother’s son, he asked, “Is this your youngest brother, the one you told me about?” And he said, “God be gracious to you, my son.”43:30 Deeply moved at the sight of his brother, Joseph hurried out and looked for a place to weep. He went into his private room and wept there.43:31 After he had washed his face, he came out and, controlling himself, said, “Serve the food.”43:32 They served him by himself, the brothers by themselves, and the Egyptians who ate with him by themselves, because Egyptians could not eat with Hebrews, for that is detestable to Egyptians.43:33 The men had been seated before him in the order of their ages, from the firstborn to the youngest; and they looked at each other in astonishment.43:34 When portions were served to them from Joseph’s table, Benjamin’s portion was five times as much as anyone else’s. So they feasted and drank freely with him.
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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