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My brother’s keeper (创 4:9)

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圣经经文

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) “耶和华对该隐说,你兄弟亚伯在哪里?他说,我不知道,我岂是看守我兄弟 的吗?”(创4:9)

意思

现在,人们尝试隐瞒事实或是逃避责任时,会说“Am I my brother’s keeper?”。Brother’s keeper则指某人的监护人。

来源及应用

亚当与夏娃诞下长子该隐,然后诞下亚伯。他门虽然同为亚当的孩子,但上帝更看重该隐的弟弟亚伯,因亚伯供奉的是烤炙的肥羊,而该隐供奉的只是水果。该隐妒忌亚伯,在田间杀了他。后来,上帝问该隐:「 你的兄弟亚伯在哪里?」该隐为了逃避责任,有技巧地反问道:“难道我是看顾弟弟的人吗?(Am I my brother’s keeper?)”上帝其实早就知道是谁杀了亚伯——因上帝听到了亚伯在地下发出的哭声,并诅咒了亚伯被杀的那片土地。

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年世界爱滋病日,奥巴马的演说中提到:“我们可以在政治及社区的层面上拥抱另一传统-此传统乃基于我们与各人各事息息相关的原则-也就是我是兄弟的监护人,也是姐妹的监护人,这传统把我们凝聚在一起,多于把我们分隔。

Keywords

Abel    brother    Cain    guardian    murder   

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