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My brother’s keeper (創 4:9)

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聖經經文

Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” “I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?” (Genesis 4:9) “耶和華對該隱說,你兄弟亞伯在哪裡?他說,我不知道,我豈是看守我兄弟 的嗎?”(創4:9)

意思

現在,人們嘗試隱瞞事實或是逃避責任時,會說“Am I my brother’s keeper?”。Brother’s keeper則指某人的監護人。

來源及應用

亞當與夏娃誕下長子該隱,然后誕下亞伯。他門雖然同為亞當的孩子,但上帝更看重該隱的弟弟亞伯,因亞伯供奉的是烤炙的肥羊,而該隱供奉的只是水果。該隱妒忌亞伯,在田間殺了他。后來,上帝問該隱:「 你的兄弟亞伯在哪里?」該隱為了逃避責任,有技巧地反問道:“難道我是看顧弟弟的人嗎?(Am I my brother’s keeper?)”上帝其實早就知道是誰殺了亞伯——因上帝聽到了亞伯在地下發出的哭聲,并詛咒了亞伯被殺的那片土地。

例句

On World’s AIDS Day 2006, Barack Obama gave the following speech: “…we can embrace another tradition to our politics and our community—a tradition…that based on simple ideas that we got a stake in each other – that I am my brother’s keeper, and I am my sister’s keeper, and that binds us together greater than it drives us apart.” 在2006年世界愛滋病日,奧巴馬的演說中提到:“我們可以在政治及社區的層面上擁抱另一傳統-此傳統乃基於我們與各人各事息息相關的原則-也就是我是兄弟的監護人,也是姐妹的監護人,這傳統把我們凝聚在一起,多於把我們分隔。

Keywords

Abel    brother    Cain    guardian    murder   

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