The Father and His Sons

父親與孩子們

 

A father had a family of sons who were perpetually quarreling among themselves.  When he failed to heal their disputes by his exhortations, he determined to give them a practical illustration of the evils of disunion; and for this purpose he one day told them to bring him a bundle of sticks. 

有一位父親有一群小孩,這些孩子們不斷互相爭吵。當他無法以規勸的方式勸和他們時,決定給他們看一個實例,說明不合群的壞處。為了這個目的,有一天他叫孩子們拿一捆柴來

 

When they had done so, he placed the faggot into the hands of each of them in succession, and ordered them to break it in pieces. They tried with all their strength, and were not able to do it. He next opened the faggot, took the sticks separately, one by one, and again put them into his sons' hands, upon which they broke them easily. 

他們拿來後,父親將那捆柴輪流放在每一個孩子的手中,吩咐他們弄斷這捆柴。他們用盡力氣去試,都無法做到。隨後,父親解開那捆柴,一根根地分散,再將柴枝放到他們的手裡,他們毫不費力的就折斷了。

 

He then addressed them in these words: "My sons, if you are of one mind, and unite to assist each other, you will be as this faggot, uninjured by all the attempts of your enemies; but if you are divided among yourselves, you will be broken as easily as these sticks." 

於是,父親就告訴他們下面這一段話:「我的孩子們,如果你們同心協力,聯合起來互相幫助,就好像這捆柴一樣,是不會被你們的敵人的各種陰謀所傷害的。但如果你們自相分裂,就如同這些柴枝一樣,是會被輕易折斷的。」