★(475) この中で罪がない人が最初の石を投げなさい・・Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.
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  • (2020-07-20 16:18:35)

Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.

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聖書にでてくる格言


西洋のことわざには、聖書由来のことわざがたくさんある。きょうのコトバは、その一つ。

聖書の原文は確認していないが、その前に、下記ページに説明してくれている人がいたので、そのまま引用したい


Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.

According to the Gospel of John, the Pharisees, in an attempt to discredit Jesus, brought a woman charged with adultery before him. Then they reminded Jesus that adultery was punishable by stoning under Mosaic law and challenged him to judge the woman so that they might then accuse him of disobeying the law. Jesus thought for a moment and then replied, “He that is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone at her.” The people crowded around him were so touched by their own consciences that they departed. When Jesus found himself alone with the woman, he asked her who were her accusers. She replied, “No man, lord.” Jesus then said, “Neither do I condemn thee: go and sin no more.”

イエスを陥れるため、姦通を働いた女を連れてきた。姦通はモーゼの法では石打の刑となる。パリサイ人は、イエスにモーゼの法を破るらせ、非難の口実を得ようとしていたのだ。

イエスはしばらく考え「あなた方の中で罪のない者が、最初の石を投げなさい」と告げた。集まっていた群衆は良心の呵責に心動かされ、その場を去って行った。


デッドロックした場面を切り抜ける


この場面は、新約聖書の中でもたいへん有名な場面のようだ。

絶体絶命の場面で、こういう英知を展開できるイエス様の力量があふれでる。

人生では「YES」とも「NO」とも言えない瞬間が、それなりに頻繁にある。

ボクはその瞬間をこのように切り返せたことはない。

「so touched by their own consciences」という表現が美しい。


聖書の記述


心打たれたので、聖書の原文も捜してみた。

A Woman Caught in Adultery

Jesus returned to the Mount of Olives, but early the next morning he was back again at the Temple. A crowd soon gathered, and he sat down and taught them. As he was speaking, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd.

“Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the act of adultery. The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?”

They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger. They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust.

When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman. Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?”

“No, Lord,” she said.

And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.”

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