尺寸：47.28 x 70.85 cm
Title: Genesis 41
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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41:1 过了两年，法老作了一个梦，梦见自己站在河边。41:2 有七头母牛从河里上来，又健美又肥壮，在芦苇中吃草。41:3 接着，又有另外七头母牛从河里上来，又丑陋又瘦弱，站在岸上其他母牛旁边。41:4 这些丑陋瘦弱的母牛，竟把那七只健美肥壮的母牛吃掉，法老就醒了。41:5 他又睡着，作了第二个梦，梦见一根麦茎，长出七个麦穗，又肥壮又美好。41:6 接着，又长出七个麦穗，又干瘦又被东风吹焦了。41:7 这些干瘦的麦穗，竟把那七个又肥壮又饱满的麦穗吞下去，法老就醒了，原来是一个梦。41:8 到了早晨，法老心里烦乱，就派人去把埃及所有的术士和智慧人都召了来；法老把自己的梦告诉他们，但是没有人能替法老解梦。41:9 那时酒政告诉法老说：“我今日想起了我的过错。41:10 从前法老恼怒臣仆，把我和膳长关在军长府的监房里。41:11 我们二人在同一夜都作了梦；我们的梦各有不同的解释。41:12 在那里有一个希伯来的少年人与我们在一起，他是军长的仆人，我们把梦告诉了他，他就替我们解梦，各人的梦有不同的解释。41:13 结果，事情都照着他给我们的解释实现了：我恢复了原职，膳长却被挂起来。”41:14 法老于是派人去召约瑟。他们就急忙把约瑟从监里带出来。他剃了头、刮了脸、换了衣服，就进去见法老。41:15 法老对约瑟说：“我作了一个梦，没有人能够解释。我听见人说，你听了梦，就能解释。”41:16 约瑟回答法老，说：“解梦不在于我，但 神必给法老一个吉祥的解答。”41:17 法老告诉约瑟：“在梦里我看见我站在河边。41:18 有七头母牛从河里上来，又肥壮又健美，在芦苇中吃草。41:19 接着，又有另外七头母牛上来，又软弱又消瘦又十分丑陋，在埃及全地我没有见过这样丑陋的牛。41:20 这又消瘦又丑陋的母牛，竟把先前七头肥壮的母牛吃掉。41:21 牠们吃了以后，却看不出牠们是吃掉了肥牛，因为牠们丑陋的样子仍是与先前一样。我就醒了。41:22 在梦里我又看见一根麦茎，长出七个麦穗，又饱满又美好。41:23 接着，又长出了七个麦穗，又枯干又干瘦又被东风吹焦了。41:24 这些干瘦的麦穗，竟把那七个美好的麦穗吞下去。我把梦告诉了术士，但是没有人能替我解答。”41:25 约瑟对法老说：“法老的梦都是同一个意思， 神已经把所要作的事告诉法老了。41:26 七头美好的母牛是七年，七个美好的麦穗也是七年；两个梦都是同一个意思。41:27 那接着上来的七头又消瘦又丑陋的母牛是七年，那七个不结实、被东风吹焦了的麦穗也是七年，都是七年饥荒。41:28 这就是我对法老所说： 神要作的事，他已经向法老显明了。41:29 看哪，埃及全地必有七年大丰收。41:30 接着又必有七年饥荒；甚至埃及地所有的丰收都被人忘记了，饥荒必把这地毁灭。41:31 因为接着而来的饥荒太严重了，使人不觉得这地有过丰收。41:32 至于法老两次作梦，是因为 神已经命定这事，并且要快快地实行。41:33 因此，法老要找一个有见识有智慧的人，派他管理埃及地。41:34 法老要这样行，在国中指派官员，当七年丰收的时候，征收埃及地出产的五分之一。41:35 又叫他们把将要来的七个丰年的粮食收集起来，积蓄五谷归在法老的手下，收在各城里作粮食。41:36 这些粮食要储存起来，可以应付将来埃及地的七年饥荒，免得这地被饥荒所灭。”41:37 法老和他的臣仆，都赞同这件事。41:38 于是法老对臣仆说：“像这样的人，有 神的灵在他里面，我们怎能找得着呢？”41:39 法老对约瑟说：“ 神既然把这事指示了你，就再没有人像你这样有见识有智慧了。41:40 你可以掌管我的家，我的人民都要听从你的话；只有在王位上我比你大。”41:41 法老又对约瑟说：“你看，我任命你治理埃及全地。”41:42 于是，法老脱下他手上打印的戒指，戴在约瑟的手上；给他穿上细麻的衣服，把金颈炼挂在他的颈项上；41:43 又叫约瑟坐在他的副车里，有人在他前面喊着：“跪下。”这样，法老任命了约瑟治理埃及全地。41:44 法老对约瑟说：“我是法老，但在埃及全地，如果没有你的许可，没有人可以随意作事。”41:45 法老给约瑟起名叫撒发那忒．巴内亚，又把安城的祭司波提非拉的女儿亚西纳，给约瑟为妻。约瑟出去巡行埃及全地。41:46 约瑟侍立在埃及王法老面前的时候，年三十岁。约瑟从法老面前出来，遍行埃及全地。41:47 在七个丰年的时候，地里的出产非常丰盛。41:48 约瑟把埃及七个丰年的一切粮食都收集起来，把粮食存放在城中；各城周围田地所出的粮食，也存放在各城中。41:49 约瑟积蓄了极多的五谷，好象海沙那样多，甚至他不再记下数量，因为实在无法计算。41:50 在荒年还没有来到以前，约瑟生了两个儿子，是安城的祭司波提非拉的女儿亚西纳给约瑟生的。41:51 约瑟给长子起名叫玛拿西，因为他说：“ 神使我忘记我所有的困苦，以及我父的全家。”41:52 他给次子起名叫以法莲，因为他说：“ 神使我在受苦之地繁盛起来。”41:53 埃及地的七年丰收一结束，41:54 七年饥荒就随着来了，正像约瑟所说的一样。各地都有饥荒，只有埃及全地仍有粮食，41:55 等到埃及全地也要挨饿的时候，人民就向法老求粮。法老对所有的埃及人说：“你们到约瑟那里去，他吩咐你们甚么，你们就作甚么。”41:56 当时饥荒遍及全国，约瑟就开了所有的粮仓，把粮食卖给埃及人，因为埃及地的饥荒非常严重。41:57 各地的人都到埃及去，向约瑟买粮，因为各地的饥荒都非常严重。
41:1 When two full years had passed, Pharaoh had a dream: He was standing by the Nile,41:2 when out of the river there came up seven cows, sleek and fat, and they grazed among the reeds.41:3 After them, seven other cows, ugly and gaunt, came up out of the Nile and stood beside those on the riverbank.41:4 And the cows that were ugly and gaunt ate up the seven sleek, fat cows. Then Pharaoh woke up.41:5 He fell asleep again and had a second dream: Seven heads of grain, healthy and good, were growing on a single stalk.41:6 After them, seven other heads of grain sprouted—thin and scorched by the east wind.41:7 The thin heads of grain swallowed up the seven healthy, full heads. Then Pharaoh woke up; it had been a dream.41:8 In the morning his mind was troubled, so he sent for all the magicians and wise men of Egypt. Pharaoh told them his dreams, but no one could interpret them for him.41:9 Then the chief cupbearer said to Pharaoh, “Today I am reminded of my shortcomings.41:10 Pharaoh was once angry with his servants, and he imprisoned me and the chief baker in the house of the captain of the guard.41:11 Each of us had a dream the same night, and each dream had a meaning of its own.41:12 Now a young Hebrew was there with us, a servant of the captain of the guard. We told him our dreams, and he interpreted them for us, giving each man the interpretation of his dream.41:13 And things turned out exactly as he interpreted them to us: I was restored to my position, and the other man was impaled.”41:14 So Pharaoh sent for Joseph, and he was quickly brought from the dungeon. When he had shaved and changed his clothes, he came before Pharaoh.41:15 Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I had a dream, and no one can interpret it. But I have heard it said of you that when you hear a dream you can interpret it.”41:16 “I cannot do it,” Joseph replied to Pharaoh, “but God will give Pharaoh the answer he desires.”41:17 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “In my dream I was standing on the bank of the Nile,41:18 when out of the river there came up seven cows, fat and sleek, and they grazed among the reeds.41:19 After them, seven other cows came up—scrawny and very ugly and lean. I had never seen such ugly cows in all the land of Egypt.41:20 The lean, ugly cows ate up the seven fat cows that came up first.41:21 But even after they ate them, no one could tell that they had done so; they looked just as ugly as before. Then I woke up.41:22 “In my dream I saw seven heads of grain, full and good, growing on a single stalk.41:23 After them, seven other heads sprouted—withered and thin and scorched by the east wind.41:24 The thin heads of grain swallowed up the seven good heads. I told this to the magicians, but none of them could explain it to me.”41:25 Then Joseph said to Pharaoh, “The dreams of Pharaoh are one and the same. God has revealed to Pharaoh what he is about to do.41:26 The seven good cows are seven years, and the seven good heads of grain are seven years; it is one and the same dream.41:27 The seven lean, ugly cows that came up afterward are seven years, and so are the seven worthless heads of grain scorched by the east wind: They are seven years of famine.41:28 “It is just as I said to Pharaoh: God has shown Pharaoh what he is about to do.41:29 Seven years of great abundance are coming throughout the land of Egypt,41:30 but seven years of famine will follow them. Then all the abundance in Egypt will be forgotten, and the famine will ravage the land.41:31 The abundance in the land will not be remembered, because the famine that follows it will be so severe.41:32 The reason the dream was given to Pharaoh in two forms is that the matter has been firmly decided by God, and God will do it soon.41:33 “And now let Pharaoh look for a discerning and wise man and put him in charge of the land of Egypt.41:34 Let Pharaoh appoint commissioners over the land to take a fifth of the harvest of Egypt during the seven years of abundance.41:35 They should collect all the food of these good years that are coming and store up the grain under the authority of Pharaoh, to be kept in the cities for food.41:36 This food should be held in reserve for the country, to be used during the seven years of famine that will come upon Egypt, so that the country may not be ruined by the famine.”41:37 The plan seemed good to Pharaoh and to all his officials.41:38 So Pharaoh asked them, “Can we find anyone like this man, one in whom is the spirit of God(Or of the gods)?”41:39 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has made all this known to you, there is no one so discerning and wise as you.41:40 You shall be in charge of my palace, and all my people are to submit to your orders. Only with respect to the throne will I be greater than you.”41:41 So Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I hereby put you in charge of the whole land of Egypt.”41:42 Then Pharaoh took his signet ring from his finger and put it on Joseph’s finger. He dressed him in robes of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck.41:43 He had him ride in a chariot as his second-in-command,(Or in the chariot of his second-in-command; or in his second chariot) and people shouted before him, “Make way(Or Bow down)!” Thus he put him in charge of the whole land of Egypt.41:44 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I am Pharaoh, but without your word no one will lift hand or foot in all Egypt.”41:45 Pharaoh gave Joseph the name Zaphenath-Paneah and gave him Asenath daughter of Potiphera, priest of On,(That is, Heliopolis; also in verse 50) to be his wife. And Joseph went throughout the land of Egypt.41:46 Joseph was thirty years old when he entered the service of Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from Pharaoh’s presence and traveled throughout Egypt.41:47 During the seven years of abundance the land produced plentifully.41:48 Joseph collected all the food produced in those seven years of abundance in Egypt and stored it in the cities. In each city he put the food grown in the fields surrounding it.41:49 Joseph stored up huge quantities of grain, like the sand of the sea; it was so much that he stopped keeping records because it was beyond measure.41:50 Before the years of famine came, two sons were born to Joseph by Asenath daughter of Potiphera, priest of On.41:51 Joseph named his firstborn Manasseh(Manasseh sounds like and may be derived from the Hebrew for forget.) and said, “It is because God has made me forget all my trouble and all my father’s household.”41:52 The second son he named Ephraim(Ephraim sounds like the Hebrew for twice fruitful.) and said, “It is because God has made me fruitful in the land of my suffering.”41:53 The seven years of abundance in Egypt came to an end,41:54 and the seven years of famine began, just as Joseph had said. There was famine in all the other lands, but in the whole land of Egypt there was food.41:55 When all Egypt began to feel the famine, the people cried to Pharaoh for food. Then Pharaoh told all the Egyptians, “Go to Joseph and do what he tells you.”41:56 When the famine had spread over the whole country, Joseph opened all the storehouses and sold grain to the Egyptians, for the famine was severe throughout Egypt.41:57 And all the world came to Egypt to buy grain from Joseph, because the famine was severe everywhere.
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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