尺寸：47.28 x 70.85 cm
Title: Genesis 19
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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19:1 黄昏的时候，那两位天使到了所多玛，当时罗得正坐在所多玛的城门口。罗得一看见他们，就起来迎接他们，俯伏在地，19:2 说：“我主啊，请你们到仆人的家里住一夜，洗洗你们的脚，清早起来再赶路。”他们回答：“不，我们要在街上过夜。”19:3 但由于罗得再三的请求，他们才肯跟他回去，进了他的家。罗得为他们预备了筵席，烤了无酵饼，他们就吃了。19:4 他们还没有躺下睡觉，那城里的人，就是所多玛的男人，无论是年轻的或是年老的，都从各处来围住罗得的房子。19:5 他们呼唤罗得，对他说：“今晚到你这里来的人在哪里？把他们带出来，我们要与他们同房。”19:6 罗得出来，随手把门关上，到门口众人那里，19:7 说：“我的弟兄们，请不要作恶。19:8 看哪，我有两个女儿，是还没有和男人同房的，让我把她们带出来，你们高兴怎样待她们，就怎样行吧！只是这两个人，因为他们是到舍下来的，你们不可向他们作甚么。”19:9 众人却说：“滚开！”又说：“一个来这里寄居的人，竟作起审判官来；现在我们要害你，比害他们还要厉害。”众人就向罗得极力拥挤，他们冲前要打破房门。19:10 那两个人却伸出手来，把罗得拉进屋里去，并把门关上。19:11 然后击打那些门外的人，使他们无论老少，都眼目昏眩，以致找不到门口。19:12 那二人对罗得说：“你这里还有甚么人没有？无论是女婿、儿女，或是城中所有属你的人，都要把他们从这地方带走。19:13 我们快要毁灭这地方了，因为控告他们的声音在耶和华面前实在很大，所以耶和华派我们来毁灭这地方。”19:14 于是罗得出去，告诉娶了他女儿的女婿说：“你们起来离开这地方；因为耶和华就要毁灭这城。”但是他的女婿以为他在开玩笑。19:15 天快亮的时候，两位天使催促罗得说：“起来，带你的妻子，和你这里的两个女儿出去，免得你因这城的罪孽被除灭。”19:16 罗得还在犹豫不决的时候，二人因为耶和华宽容罗得，就拉着罗得的手，和他妻子的手，以及他两个女儿的手，把他们带出来，安置在城外。19:17 二人把他们带出来以后，其中一位说：“逃命吧，不要回头看，也不可留在这片平原上，要逃到山上去，免得你被除灭。”19:18 罗得对他们说：“我主啊！请不要这样。19:19 看哪，你仆人既然在你眼前蒙恩，你又向我大施慈爱，救活我的性命；可是我还逃不到山上，恐怕这灾祸就追上了我，我就死了。19:20 看哪，这座城很近，可以逃到那里，那只是一座小城，请让我逃到那里去。那不是一座小城吗？这样我就可以活命了。”19:21 有一位天使对他说：“这事我也答应你，你所说的这城，我必不倾覆。19:22 你赶快逃到那里去，因为你还没有到达那里，我就不能作甚么。”因此那城名叫琐珥。19:23 罗得到达琐珥的时候，太阳已经从地面升上来了。19:24 当时，耶和华就使硫磺与火，从天上耶和华那里降与所多玛和蛾摩拉；19:25 把那些城和全平原，以及城中所有的居民，连地上生长的，都毁灭了。19:26 罗得的妻子在他后面向后一望，就变成了盐柱。19:27 亚伯拉罕清早起来，到他从前站在耶和华面前的地方，19:28 向所多玛和蛾摩拉，以及平原全地观望。不料，看见那地有烟上升，好象烧窑的烟一样。19:29 神毁灭那平原上的众城，倾覆罗得所住过的众城的时候， 神记念亚伯拉罕，把罗得从倾覆中救出来。19:30 罗得因为怕住在琐珥，就与他的两个女儿，一同离开琐珥上了山，住在那里；他和两个女儿住在一个洞里。19:31 大女儿对小女儿说：“我们的爸爸已经老了，这地又没有男人可以按着世上的常规进来与我们亲近。19:32 来吧，我们可以叫父亲喝酒，然后与他同睡，这样我们可以借着父亲保全后裔。”19:33 当夜，她们叫父亲喝酒，大女儿就进去与父亲同睡，她甚么时候躺下，甚么时候起来，她父亲都不知道。19:34 第二天，大女儿对小女儿说：“昨夜我与父亲同睡了，今夜我们再叫父亲喝酒，你可以进去与他同睡，这样我们可以借着父亲保全后裔。”19:35 当夜，她们又叫父亲喝酒，小女儿就起来，与父亲同睡；她甚么时候躺下，甚么时候起来，她父亲都不知道。19:36 这样，罗得的两个女儿，都从她们的父亲怀了孕。19:37 大女儿生了一个儿子，给他起名叫摩押，就是现在摩押人的始祖。19:38 小女儿也生了一个儿子，给他起名叫便．亚米，就是现在亚扪人的始祖。
19:1 The two angels arrived at Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gateway of the city. When he saw them, he got up to meet them and bowed down with his face to the ground.19:2 “My lords,” he said, “please turn aside to your servant’s house. You can wash your feet and spend the night and then go on your way early in the morning.” “No,” they answered, “we will spend the night in the square.”19:3 But he insisted so strongly that they did go with him and entered his house. He prepared a meal for them, baking bread without yeast, and they ate.19:4 Before they had gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of Sodom—both young and old—surrounded the house.19:5 They called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them.”19:6 Lot went outside to meet them and shut the door behind him19:7 and said, “No, my friends. Don’t do this wicked thing.19:8 Look, I have two daughters who have never slept with a man. Let me bring them out to you, and you can do what you like with them. But don’t do anything to these men, for they have come under the protection of my roof.”19:9 “Get out of our way,” they replied. “This fellow came here as a foreigner, and now he wants to play the judge! We’ll treat you worse than them.” They kept bringing pressure on Lot and moved forward to break down the door.19:10 But the men inside reached out and pulled Lot back into the house and shut the door.19:11 Then they struck the men who were at the door of the house, young and old, with blindness so that they could not find the door.19:12 The two men said to Lot, “Do you have anyone else here—sons-in-law, sons or daughters, or anyone else in the city who belongs to you? Get them out of here,19:13 because we are going to destroy this place. The outcry to the Lord against its people is so great that he has sent us to destroy it.”19:14 So Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who were pledged to marry(Or were married to) his daughters. He said, “Hurry and get out of this place, because the Lord is about to destroy the city!” But his sons-in-law thought he was joking.19:15 With the coming of dawn, the angels urged Lot, saying, “Hurry! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away when the city is punished.”19:16 When he hesitated, the men grasped his hand and the hands of his wife and of his two daughters and led them safely out of the city, for the Lord was merciful to them.19:17 As soon as they had brought them out, one of them said, “Flee for your lives! Don’t look back, and don’t stop anywhere in the plain! Flee to the mountains or you will be swept away!”19:18 But Lot said to them, “No, my lords,(Or No, Lord; or No, my lord) please!19:19 Your(The Hebrew is singular.) servant has found favor in your(The Hebrew is singular.) eyes, and you(The Hebrew is singular.) have shown great kindness to me in sparing my life. But I can’t flee to the mountains; this disaster will overtake me, and I’ll die.19:20 Look, here is a town near enough to run to, and it is small. Let me flee to it—it is very small, isn’t it? Then my life will be spared.”19:21 He said to him, “Very well, I will grant this request too; I will not overthrow the town you speak of.19:22 But flee there quickly, because I cannot do anything until you reach it.” (That is why the town was called Zoar.(Zoar means small.))19:23 By the time Lot reached Zoar, the sun had risen over the land.19:24 Then the Lord rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah—from the Lord out of the heavens.19:25 Thus he overthrew those cities and the entire plain, destroying all those living in the cities—and also the vegetation in the land.19:26 But Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.19:27 Early the next morning Abraham got up and returned to the place where he had stood before the Lord.19:28 He looked down toward Sodom and Gomorrah, toward all the land of the plain, and he saw dense smoke rising from the land, like smoke from a furnace.19:29 So when God destroyed the cities of the plain, he remembered Abraham, and he brought Lot out of the catastrophe that overthrew the cities where Lot had lived.19:30 Lot and his two daughters left Zoar and settled in the mountains, for he was afraid to stay in Zoar. He and his two daughters lived in a cave.19:31 One day the older daughter said to the younger, “Our father is old, and there is no man around here to give us children—as is the custom all over the earth.19:32 Let’s get our father to drink wine and then sleep with him and preserve our family line through our father.”19:33 That night they got their father to drink wine, and the older daughter went in and slept with him. He was not aware of it when she lay down or when she got up.19:34 The next day the older daughter said to the younger, “Last night I slept with my father. Let’s get him to drink wine again tonight, and you go in and sleep with him so we can preserve our family line through our father.”19:35 So they got their father to drink wine that night also, and the younger daughter went in and slept with him. Again he was not aware of it when she lay down or when she got up.19:36 So both of Lot’s daughters became pregnant by their father.19:37 The older daughter had a son, and she named him Moab(Moab sounds like the Hebrew for from father.); he is the father of the Moabites of today.19:38 The younger daughter also had a son, and she named him Ben-Ammi(Ben-Ammi means son of my father’s people.); he is the father of the Ammonites(Hebrew Bene-Ammon) of today.
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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