尺寸：47.28 x 70.85 cm
Title: Genesis 34
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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34:1 利亚给雅各所生的女儿底拿，出去要看看当地的女子。34:2 当地的首长，希未人哈抹的儿子示剑，看见她，就拉住她，把她强奸，污辱了她。34:3 示剑的心恋慕雅各的女儿底拿，他深爱这少女，就用甜言蜜语安慰她。34:4 示剑对他父亲哈抹说：“求你为我聘这女子为妻。”34:5 雅各听见示剑奸污了他的女儿底拿；但那时他的儿子正在田间看守他的牲畜，所以他没有作声，只等他们回来。34:6 示剑的父亲哈抹出来见雅各，要与他商议。34:7 雅各的儿子听见了这事，就从田间回来；各人都感到非常悲痛和忿怒，因为示剑在以色列中作了丑事，就是把雅各的女儿奸污了，这是不应该作的。34:8 哈抹与他们商议说：“我儿子示剑的心依恋你们家的女儿，请你们把她给我的儿子为妻吧。34:9 你们与我们可以彼此结亲；你们可以把女儿嫁给我们，也可以娶我们的女儿为妻。34:10 这样，你们可以与我们同住；这地就摆在你们面前，只管在其中居住，来往作买卖，购置产业吧。”34:11 示剑对底拿的父亲和她的兄弟说：“但愿我得你们的喜悦，无论你们要甚么，我必给你们。34:12 任由你们向我要多重的聘金和多大的礼物，我必照你们所说的给你们，只要你们把这少女给我为妻就是了。”34:13 雅各的众子，因为示剑奸污了他们的妹妹底拿，就用欺诈的话回答示剑和他父亲哈抹，34:14 对他们说：“我们不能把妹妹给一个没有受割礼的人为妻，因为那是我们的耻辱。34:15 只有一个条件，我们才可以答允你们，就是你们当中所有的男子都受割礼，像我们一样。34:16 我们就可以把女儿嫁给你们，也可以娶你们的女儿为妻；我们可以与你们同住，大家成为一族人。34:17 但如果你们不肯听从我们受割礼，我就要把我们家的女儿带走了。”34:18 哈抹和他儿子示剑觉得他们的提议很好。34:19 那少年就立刻照着去作，因为他喜爱雅各的女儿；他在他父亲的全家中又是最受尊敬的。34:20 哈抹和他儿子示剑来到自己的城的门口，对城里的人说：34:21 “这些人与我们和平相处，不如让他们在这地居住，来往作买卖吧。这地两边都很宽阔，可以容纳他们；我们可以娶他们的女儿为妻，也可以把我们的女儿嫁给他们。34:22 但是只有一个条件，这些人才应允与我们同住，大家成为一族人，就是我们中间所有的男子都受割礼，好象他们受了割礼一样。34:23 这样他们的牲畜、财产和所有的牲口，不都要归我们所有吗？只要我们应允他们的条件，他们就与我们同住了。”34:24 所有从城门出入的人，都听从了哈抹和他儿子示剑的话。于是，所有从城门出入的男子，都受了割礼。34:25 到了第三天，他们正在疼痛的时候，雅各的两个儿子，就是底拿的哥哥西缅和利未拿着刀剑，趁着他们想不到的时候，进了那城，把所有的男子都杀了。34:26 又用刀剑杀了哈抹和他儿子示剑，然后从示剑的家里把底拿带走。34:27 雅各的儿子因为他们的妹妹被人奸污了，就来到被杀的人那里，抢掠那城，34:28 夺去他们的羊群、牛群和驴，以及城里和田间所有的，34:29 又把他们所有的财物、孩子和妇女都掳去。屋里所有的东西，都抢掠一空。34:30 雅各对西缅和利未说：“你们连累了我，使我在这地的居民，就是在迦南人和比利洗人中间，成了可憎的人。我们人数不多，如果他们联合起来对付我，攻击我，我和我的家就必灭绝了。”34:31 他们回答说：“他怎可以待我们的妹妹好象妓女一样呢？”
34:1 Now Dinah, the daughter Leah had borne to Jacob, went out to visit the women of the land.34:2 When Shechem son of Hamor the Hivite, the ruler of that area, saw her, he took her and raped her.34:3 His heart was drawn to Dinah daughter of Jacob; he loved the young woman and spoke tenderly to her.34:4 And Shechem said to his father Hamor, “Get me this girl as my wife.”34:5 When Jacob heard that his daughter Dinah had been defiled, his sons were in the fields with his livestock; so he did nothing about it until they came home.34:6 Then Shechem’s father Hamor went out to talk with Jacob.34:7 Meanwhile, Jacob’s sons had come in from the fields as soon as they heard what had happened. They were shocked and furious, because Shechem had done an outrageous thing in(Or against) Israel by sleeping with Jacob’s daughter—a thing that should not be done.34:8 But Hamor said to them, “My son Shechem has his heart set on your daughter. Please give her to him as his wife.34:9 Intermarry with us; give us your daughters and take our daughters for yourselves.34:10 You can settle among us; the land is open to you. Live in it, trade(Or move about freely; also in verse 21) in it, and acquire property in it.”34:11 Then Shechem said to Dinah’s father and brothers, “Let me find favor in your eyes, and I will give you whatever you ask.34:12 Make the price for the bride and the gift I am to bring as great as you like, and I’ll pay whatever you ask me. Only give me the young woman as my wife.”34:13 Because their sister Dinah had been defiled, Jacob’s sons replied deceitfully as they spoke to Shechem and his father Hamor.34:14 They said to them, “We can’t do such a thing; we can’t give our sister to a man who is not circumcised. That would be a disgrace to us.34:15 We will enter into an agreement with you on one condition only: that you become like us by circumcising all your males.34:16 Then we will give you our daughters and take your daughters for ourselves. We’ll settle among you and become one people with you.34:17 But if you will not agree to be circumcised, we’ll take our sister and go.”34:18 Their proposal seemed good to Hamor and his son Shechem.34:19 The young man, who was the most honored of all his father’s family, lost no time in doing what they said, because he was delighted with Jacob’s daughter.34:20 So Hamor and his son Shechem went to the gate of their city to speak to the men of their city.34:21 “These men are friendly toward us,” they said. “Let them live in our land and trade in it; the land has plenty of room for them. We can marry their daughters and they can marry ours.34:22 But the men will agree to live with us as one people only on the condition that our males be circumcised, as they themselves are.34:23 Won’t their livestock, their property and all their other animals become ours? So let us agree to their terms, and they will settle among us.”34:24 All the men who went out of the city gate agreed with Hamor and his son Shechem, and every male in the city was circumcised.34:25 Three days later, while all of them were still in pain, two of Jacob’s sons, Simeon and Levi, Dinah’s brothers, took their swords and attacked the unsuspecting city, killing every male.34:26 They put Hamor and his son Shechem to the sword and took Dinah from Shechem’s house and left.34:27 The sons of Jacob came upon the dead bodies and looted the city where(Or because) their sister had been defiled.34:28 They seized their flocks and herds and donkeys and everything else of theirs in the city and out in the fields.34:29 They carried off all their wealth and all their women and children, taking as plunder everything in the houses.34:30 Then Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, “You have brought trouble on me by making me obnoxious to the Canaanites and Perizzites, the people living in this land. We are few in number, and if they join forces against me and attack me, I and my household will be destroyed.”34:31 But they replied, “Should he have treated our sister like a prostitute?”
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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