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She then spoke of the letter, repeating the whole of its contents as far as they concerned George Wickham. What a stroke was this for poor Jane! who would willingly have gone through the world without believing that so much wickedness existed in the whole race of mankind, as was here collected in one individual. Nor was Darcy#39;s vindication, though grateful to her feelings, capable of consoling her for such discovery. Most earnestly did she labour to prove the probability of error, and seek to clear the one without involving the other.于是她就说起那封信,把有关乔治bull;韦翰的部分,都一点一滴讲了出来。可怜的吉英听得多么惊奇!她即使走遍天下,也不会相信人间竟会有这许多罪恶,而现在这许多罪恶竟集中在这样一个人身上。虽说达西的剖白使她感到满意。可是既然发现了其中有这样一个隐情,她也就不觉得安慰了。她诚心诚意地想说明这件事可能与事实有出入,竭力想去洗清这一个冤屈,又不愿叫另一个受到委屈。;This will not do, ; said Elizabeth; ;you never will be able to make both of them good for anything. Take your choice, but you must be satisfied with only one. There is but such a quantity of merit between them; just enough to make one good sort of man; and of late it has been shifting about pretty much. For my part, I am inclined to believe it all Darcy#39;s; but you shall do as you choose. ;伊丽莎白说:;这怎么行,你绝对没有办法两全其美。两个里面你只能拣一个。他们两个人一共只有那么多优点,勉强才够得上一个好人的标准,近来这些优点又在两个人之间移来动去,移动得非常厉害。对我来讲,我比较偏向于达西先生,觉得这些优点都是他的,你可以随你自己的意思。;It was some time, however, before a smile could be extorted from Jane.过了好一会儿,吉英脸上才勉强露出笑容。;I do not know when I have been more shocked, ; said she. ;Wickham so very bad! It is almost past belief. And poor Mr. Darcy! Dear Lizzy, only consider what he must have suffered. Such a disappointment! and with the knowledge of your ill opinion, too! and having to relate such a thing of his sister! It is really too distressing. I am sure you must feel it so. ;她说:;我生平最吃惊的事莫过于此,韦翰原来这样坏!这几乎叫人不能。相信达西先生真可怜!亲爱的丽萃,你且想想,他会多么痛苦。他遭受到这样的一次失望!而且他又知道了你看不起他!还不得不把他自己的这种私事都讲出来!这的确叫他太痛苦了,我想你也会有同感吧。;1.as far as 直到...They walked as far as the lake.他们一直走到湖边。2.be satisfied with 对;;感到满意I am not at all satisfied with the present situation.我对现状根本不满意。3.be inclined to 倾向于..., 有...的趋势He was inclined to give them a free hand.他倾向于放手让他们干。 Article/201112/165618。

A New York City entrepreneur is seeking investors for his “No Bark” startup. With enough investment money, Ty Cobb says, he will be able to discover the melodies that, when played, will instantly quiet barking dogs. Because dogs hear sound frequencies that humans cannot hear, the melodies will be unheard by humans.“There’s a huge market for this service,” Cobb declared. “There’s about 30 million dogs in this country, probably 2 million right here in the city. And what do these dogs love to do more than anything? Bark, that’s what! And what do people hate more than anything? Barking dogs, that’s what!”Cobb says that he went to India to study how snake charmers control the deadly cobra with music. He figured that if they could use music to prevent a deadly cobra from striking out at humans, he could use the same music to prevent a dog from barking. So he learned how to play the pungi, the snake charmer’s flute. And he learned many of the same tunes that the snake charmers played.He returned to New York, where he practiced the tunes on his dog. At first, his dog simply barked along with the music. After hours of modifying tunes, Cobb discovered one that actually caused his dog to stop barking.He was jubilant. He had discovered a melody that would shut dogs up. He would be rich beyond his wildest dreams! Unfortunately, the melody worked on his dog, but not on his neighbor’s dog. Nor on several other dogs in the neighborhood.Cobb figures that computers will help him find the right melodies at the right frequencies to shut up any dog on Earth. “My dream, of course,” he said, “is to discover one melody that will shut up a whole block of barking dogs. That might rank right up there with the discovery of penicillin!” Article/201105/136474。

The essential problem of man in a computerized age remains the same as it has always been. That problem is not solely how to be more productive, more comfortable, more content, but how to be more sensitive, more sensible, more proportionate, more alive. The computer makes possible a marvellous leap in human proficiency; it pulls down the fences around the practical and even the theoretical intelligence. But the question persists and indeed grows whether the computer will make it easier or harder for human beings to know who they really are, to identify their real problems, to respond more fully to beauty, to place adequate value on life, and to make their world safer than it now is.Electronic brains can reduce the profusion of dead ends involved in vital research. But they can't eliminate the foolish ness and decay that come form the unexamined life. Nor do they connect a man to the things he has to be connected to - the reality of pain in others; the possibilities of creative growth in himself; the memory of the race; and the rights of the next generation.The reason these matters are important in a computerized age is that there may be a tendency to mistake data for wisdom, just as there has always been a tendency to confuse logic with values, and intelligence with insight. Easy and convenient access to facts can produce unlimited good only if it is matched by the desire and ability to find out what they mean and where they would lead.Facts are terrible things if left sping and unexamined. They are too easily regarded as evaluated certainties rather than as the rawest of raw materials crying to be processed into the texture of logic. It requires a very unusual mind, Whitehead said, to undertake the analysis of a fact. The computer can provide a correct number, but it may be an irrelevant number until judgment is pronounced.To the extent, then, that man fails to distinguish between the intermediate operations of electronic intelligence and the ultimate responsibilities of human decision, the computer could prove a digression. It could obscure man's awareness of the need to come to terms with himself. It may foster the illusion that he is asking fundamental questions when actually he is asking only functional ones. It may be regarded as a substitute for intelligence instead of an extension of it. It may promote undue confidence in concrete answers. "If we begin with certainties," Bacon said, "we shall end in doubts but if we begin with doubts, and we are patient with them, we shall end in certainties."The computer knows how to conquer error, but before we lose ourselves in celebrating the victory, we might reflect on the great advances in the human situation that have come about because men were challenged by error and would not stop thinking and exploring until they found better approaches for dealing with it. "Give me a good fruitful error, full of seeds, bursting with its own corrections," Ferris Greenslet wrote, "You can keep your sterile truth for yourself."The biggest single need in computer technology is not for increased speed, or enlarged capacity, or prolonged memory, or reduced size, but for better questions and better use of the answers. Without taking anything away from the technicians, we think it might be fruitful to effect some sort of junction between the computer technologist wonders of the creative imagination on the kinds of problems being put to electronic technology. The company of poets may enable the men who tend the machines to see a wider range of possibilities than technology alone may inspire.A poet, said Aristotle, has the advantage of expressing the universal; the specialist expresses only the particular. The poet, moreover, can remind us that man's greatest energy comes not from his dynamos but from his dreams. But the quality of man's dreams can only be a reflection of his subconscious. What he puts into his subconscious, therefore, is quite literally the most important nourishment in the world.Nothing really happens to a man except as it is registered in the subconscious. This is where event and feeling become memory and where the proof of life is stored. The poet - and we use the term to include all those who have respect for and speak to the human spirit - can help to supply the subconscious with material to enhance its sensitivity, thus safeguarding it. The poet, too, can help to keep man from making himself over in the image of his electronic wonders. For the danger is not so much that man will be controlled by the computer as that he may imitate it.The poet reminds men of their uniqueness. It is not necessary to possess the ultimate definition of this uniqueness. Even to speculate on it is gain.在计算机时代,人类的基本问题依然是过去一直存在的问题。这个问题不仅仅是如何更多产、更舒适、更惬意,而是如何更敏感、更明智、更均衡、更有生机。计算机使人类能力上的巨大飞跃成为可能;它打破了束缚实践智能和理论智能的藩篱。但是计算机是使人类更容易还是更难以理解自己究竟是什么,是否有助于识别真正的问题,有助于对美作出更全面的反应,对生活作出更充分的评价?是否能使世界变得比现在更安全?这个问题一直存在而且越来越突出。电脑能够减少许多生命研究中的死胡同。但它们不能消除因为生活未经反省产生的愚蠢和腐朽;它们也不能把一个人同之相关的事物--别人的痛苦现实、自我创造性发展的可能性、种族的印记以及下一代的权利联系起来。这些事情在计算机时代之所以重要是因为可能有一种错把数据当智慧的趋势,就像一直存在的把逻辑与价值、智力,以及见解混为一谈的趋势一样。获取事实的便捷手段只有与弄清这些事实的意义与导向的愿望和能力一致时才能使人们受益无穷。如果任其事实流传而不加检验,这样的事实是可怕的,因为它们极容易被认为是已获定评的事实,而不是迫切需要处理使之具有逻辑条理的原始材料中最原始的部分。怀特里德说,对事实进行分析需要非凡的头脑。计算机能够提供正确的数字,但如果不作判断,这个数字可能毫无意义。因而,在人类不能区分电子智力的中间运算与人的决定的最终责任的情况下,计算机可能被明是一种节外生枝。它可能模糊人类满足自身条件的意识。它可能使人产生错觉,当他实际上只是在问功能的问题时,却认为他在问基本的问题。它可能被认为是智力的替代物,而不是智力的延伸。它可能使人过分相信具体。培根说:"如果我们肯定开始,就会以疑惑结束;如果我们以疑惑开始,并且耐心处之,我们就会以肯定结束。"计算机懂得如何克错误,但在我们得意忘形地为此欢呼之前,我们不妨思考一下人类的处境之所以出现巨大的进步是因为人类受到错误的挑战而且总是不停的思考、探索,直到找到的更好的处理方法。"给我一个内容丰富的错误,充满希望的种子,包含自我更正,"费里斯·格林里特道,"你可以把贫瘠的真理留给自己。"对计算机技术最大的、唯一的要求不是提高速度、扩大容量、延长记忆或减小体积,而是要提出更好的问题,更好地利用其。我们认为,在计算机技术专家和诗人之间衽某种结合可能会卓有成效,而且对技术人员不损秋毫。通过充分发挥由电子技术处理的问题的创造性想象的神奇力量,计算机起到真正的作用。与诗人为伍可能使使用计算机的人能看到比技术自身激发出的更大范围的可能性。亚里士多德说,诗人的优势是表达共性,而专家表现的仅仅是某个特性。而且诗人能够提醒我们,人最大的能量并不来自精力,而是来自他的梦想。但是人的梦想的特征仅仅是他的下意识的反映。因而,他存在下意识的东西实质上是世界上最好的营养。并没有什么事会真的发生在一个人的身上,除非这件事已在他的潜意识里烙下了印记。正是在潜意识里,事件和感情变成记忆,生活的据储存于此。诗人--我们用这个词指所有新生人类精神,诉说人类精神的人--能够帮助为潜意识提供材料,增强其敏感度,从而保护它。诗人也能使人们不至于按照电子奇迹的形象改变自己,因为危险不在于人被计算机控制而在于人可能会模仿计算机的思维。诗人提醒人们记住自己的独特性。没有必要弄清这种独特性的终极定义,但即是这种独特性进行思考也是一种收获。 Article/200803/28208。

At five to three they left the castle and made their way across the grounds.星期五下午四点五十五分,哈利和罗恩离开城堡,穿过草地,往哈格力家走去Hagrid lived in a small wooden house on the edge of the forbidden forest. A crossbow and a pair of galoshes were outside the front door.哈格力住在森林边上的一间小木屋里,他的房子门前总放着一副石弓和一双橡胶雨鞋。When Harry knocked they heard a frantic scrabbling from inside and several booming barks.哈利伸手敲了敲门,里边马上传来一阵叫人害怕的跑动声,一只狂吠着向门这边跑过来了。Then Hagrid#39;s voice rang out, saying, ;Back, Fang ; back.;接着听到哈格力高声叫嚷:;回来,弗兰!回来!;Hagrid#39;s big, hairy face appeared in the crack as he pulled the door open.Hang on,哈格力打开一点点门,在门缝里露出他那张毛茸茸的大脸:;请稍等一会儿。he said. ;Back, Fang.;嘿,弗兰,你快回自己窝里去。; He let them in, struggling to keep a hold on the collar of an enormous black boarhound.哈格力让他们俩进来,然后和他的那只巨型的黑色大丹弗兰激烈斗争了一会儿,才把弗兰的项圈给拉住。There was only one room inside. 屋里边只有一间房Hams and pheasants were hanging from the ceiling, a copper kettle was boiling on the open fire, and in the corner stood a massive bed with apatchwork quilt over it.房间的顶部挂着火腿和风鸡。火炉上,一只铜水壶正煮着开水。在角落里有一张巨大的床,床上胡乱地扔着一张千缝百补的棉被。Make yerselves at home, said Hagrid, letting go of Fang, who bounded straight at Ron and started licking his ears.随便坐,随便坐!当自己家里一样好了。哈格力说。他放开弗兰,弗兰;呼;地一下子扑到罗恩身边,亲热地舔了舔罗恩的耳朵。Like Hagrid, Fang was clearly not as fierce as he looked.和它的主人哈格力一样,弗兰也只是看上去有点凶而已。This is Ron,Harry told Hagrid, who was pouring boiling water into a large teapot and putting rock cakes onto a plate.他叫罗恩。哈利告诉哈格力。哈格力正忙着把开水倒进一个大茶壶里,又端来一盘蛋糕卷。Another Weasley, eh? said Hagrid, glancing at Ron#39;s freckles. I spent half me life chasin#39;yer twin brothers away from the forest.他看了一眼罗恩,注意到了罗恩脸上的雀斑,说:;你也是威斯里家的孩子吧?我可花了好多时间在这禁林里追逐那对双胞胎呢!;The rock cakes were shapeless lumps with raisins that almost broke their teeth, but Harry and Ron pretended to be enjoying them as they toldHagrid all about their first lessons. 哈格力的蛋糕卷差点儿没把哈利和罗恩的牙齿给磕了下来,但是哈利和罗恩假装着很享受的样子。他们把这一周来的学习生活情况对哈格力讲了。Fang rested his head on Harry#39;s knee and drooled all over his robes.弗兰则把它的巨头搁到哈利的膝盖上睡大觉,还流口水弄湿了哈利的衣。Harry and Ron were delighted to hear Hagrid call Filch ;that old git;.听到哈格力把门房费驰叫做;那个老家伙。;哈利和罗恩心里可高兴了。An#39;as fer that cat, Mrs. Norris, I#39;d like ter introduce her to Fang sometime. 至于那只老猫,叫什么来着?诺丽丝夫人,待我有空时我会介绍弗兰和它认识认识的。D#39;yeh know, every time I go up ter the school, she follows me everywhere? Can#39;t get rid of her ; Filch puts her up to it.那家伙,每一次我到学校里去,它总爱跟着我,怎么也摆脱不了。哼,肯定是费驰授意它这么干的。Harry told Hagrid about Snape#39;s lesson. 哈利又把史纲皮上课时怎么针对他的事告诉哈格力。Hagrid, like Ron, told Harry not to worry about it, that Snape liked hardly any of the students.哈格力也和罗恩一样劝哈利不用太担心,史纳皮那个家伙几乎是对每一个学生都没有什么好感的啦。But he seemed to really hate me.但是,他真的好像很讨厌我。Rubbish! said Hagrid. Why should he?胡说!哈格力说,他干嘛要讨厌你呢?Yet Harry couldn#39;t help thinking that Hagrid didn#39;t quite meet his eyes when he said that.但是哈利觉得好奇怪,哈格力说话时干嘛连看都不敢看他?。

Country and Western Singer Roger Miller Had Many Hit SongsWritten by Paul Thompson (THEME) VOICE ONE: I’m Shirley Griffith. VOICE TWO: And I’m Sarah Long with the VOA Special English program, PEOPLE IN AMERICA. Today we tell about music writer and performer Roger Miller. Roger Miller (MUSIC)VOICE ONE: The name of that song is “Dang Me.” It was written and recorded by Roger Miller in Nineteen-Sixty-Five. It was not the first song he had written, but it was his first huge hit record. In fact, the recording of “Dang Me” helped Roger Miller win five of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Grammy Awards. One of those awards was the Grammy for best new country and western artist. Before “Dang Me” became a hit record, few people outside the music business knew the name Roger Miller. Yet he had been working his way to the top of the music business since he was a boy. (MUSIC) VOICE TWO: Roger Dean Miller was born January Second, Nineteen-Thirty-Six in the western city of Fort Worth, Texas. His father died when Roger was only one year old. His mother became sick soon after. Roger was sent to live with his uncle in Erick, Oklahoma. VOICE TWO(cont): Roger Miller had a difficult childhood. Most of his days were spent working on his uncle’s farm, picking cotton. He was a lonely and unhappy child. Roger began writing songs because he loved the music he heard on the radio. He also learned to play the guitar and the violin, sometimes called a fiddle. Much later, he learned to play the drums. Music helped the young Roger escape the hard work on his uncle’s cotton farm. VOICE ONE: Roger left the farm when he was still very young. He traveled from town to town in the west. He worked at any job he could find during the day. At night, he went to music clubs and drinking places where country and western bands played. These places provided him with a music education. Roger Miller entered the ed States Army at the age of seventeen. He was sent to an army base near Atlanta, Georgia. In Atlanta, he played with a music group called “The Circle “A” Wranglers.” When he left the Army, Roger moved to the home of country music in Nashville, Tennessee. VOICE ONE(cont): At first, he worked in a hotel. Stories say he would sing there for anyone who would listen. He soon got several jobs playing his violin. And he began writing songs for other singers. Article/200803/29564。

6In the four hundred and eightieth year after the Israelites had come out of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon's reign over Israel, in the month of Ziv, the second month, he began to build the temple of the Lord . 2The temple that King Solomon built for the Lord was sixty cubits long, twenty wide and thirty high. 3The portico at the front of the main hall of the temple extended the width of the temple, that is twenty cubits, and projected ten cubits from the front of the temple. 4He made narrow clerestory windows in the temple. 5Against the walls of the main hall and inner sanctuary he built a structure around the building, in which there were side rooms. 6The lowest floor was five cubits wide, the middle floor six cubits and the third floor seven. He made offset ledges around the outside of the temple so that nothing would be inserted into the temple walls. 7In building the temple, only blocks dressed at the quarry were used, and no hammer, chisel or any other iron tool was heard at the temple site while it was being built. 8The entrance to the lowest floor was on the south side of the temple; a stairway led up to the middle level and from there to the third. 9So he built the temple and completed it, roofing it with beams and cedar planks. 10And he built the side rooms all along the temple. The height of each was five cubits, and they were attached to the temple by beams of cedar. 11The word of the Lord came to Solomon: 12"As for this temple you are building, if you follow my decrees, carry out my regulations and keep all my commands and obey them, I will fulfill through you the promise I gave to David your father. 13And I will live among the Israelites and will not abandon my people Israel." 14So Solomon built the temple and completed it. 15He lined its interior walls with cedar boards, paneling them from the floor of the temple to the ceiling, and covered the floor of the temple with planks of pine. 16He partitioned off twenty cubits at the rear of the temple with cedar boards from floor to ceiling to form within the temple an inner sanctuary, the Most Holy Place. 17The main hall in front of this room was forty cubits long. 18The inside of the temple was cedar, carved with gourds and open flowers. Everything was cedar; no stone was to be seen. 19He prepared the inner sanctuary within the temple to set the ark of the covenant of the Lord there. 20The inner sanctuary was twenty cubits long, twenty wide and twenty high. He overlaid the inside with pure gold, and he also overlaid the altar of cedar. 21Solomon covered the inside of the temple with pure gold, and he extended gold chains across the front of the inner sanctuary, which was overlaid with gold. 22So he overlaid the whole interior with gold. He also overlaid with gold the altar that belonged to the inner sanctuary. 23In the inner sanctuary he made a pair of cherubim of olive wood, each ten cubits high. 24One wing of the first cherub was five cubits long, and the other wing five cubits-ten cubits from wing tip to wing tip. 25The second cherub also measured ten cubits, for the two cherubim were identical in size and shape. 26The height of each cherub was ten cubits. 27He placed the cherubim inside the innermost room of the temple, with their wings sp out. The wing of one cherub touched one wall, while the wing of the other touched the other wall, and their wings touched each other in the middle of the room. 28He overlaid the cherubim with gold. 29On the walls all around the temple, in both the inner and outer rooms, he carved cherubim, palm trees and open flowers. 30He also covered the floors of both the inner and outer rooms of the temple with gold. 31For the entrance of the inner sanctuary he made doors of olive wood with five-sided jambs. 32And on the two olive wood doors he carved cherubim, palm trees and open flowers, and overlaid the cherubim and palm trees with beaten gold. 33In the same way he made four-sided jambs of olive wood for the entrance to the main hall. 34He also made two pine doors, each having two leaves that turned in sockets. 35He carved cherubim, palm trees and open flowers on them and overlaid them with gold hammered evenly over the carvings. 36And he built the inner courtyard of three courses of dressed stone and one course of trimmed cedar beams. 37The foundation of the temple of the Lord was laid in the fourth year, in the month of Ziv. 38In the eleventh year in the month of Bul, the eighth month, the temple was finished in all its details according to its specifications. He had spent seven years building it. Article/200809/47731。

Three boys entered, and Harry recognized the middle one at once: it was the pale boy from Madam Malkin#39;s robe shop. He was looking at Harry with a lot more interest than he#39;d shown back in Diagon Alley.三个男孩走了进来。哈利一眼就认出了当中的一个:他是马金夫人长袍店里那个脸色苍白的男孩。他比在戴阿官道那时更饶有兴趣地打量着哈利。;Is it true?; he said. ;They#39;re saying all down the train that Harry Potter#39;s in this compartment. So it#39;s you, is it?;;整个列车的人都说哈利;波特在这个包厢里,是真的吗?那么,你就是哈利吧?;;Yes,; said Harry. He was looking at the other boys. Both of them were thickset and looked extremely mean. Standing on either side of the pale boy, they looked like bodyguards.;是的。;哈利打量着另外两个孩子,他俩长得又矮又壮,看上去十分粗鲁。他俩一左一右站着,很像是灰脸孩子的两名保镖。;Oh, this is Crabbe and this is Goyle,; said the pale boy carelessly, noticing where Harry was looking. ;And my name#39;s Malfoy, Draco Malfoy.;;噢,他是克来伯,他是高尔。;灰男孩心不在焉地介绍,;我叫马尔夫,杰高。马尔夫。;Ron gave a slight cough, which might have been hiding a snigger. Draco Malfoy looked at him.罗恩轻轻咳了一声,也许是在暗地里偷笑吧。杰高。马尔夫看着他。;Think my name#39;s funny, do you? No need to ask who you are. My father told me all the Weasleys have red hair, freckles, and more children than they can afford.;;你觉得我的名字很好笑,对吧?不用问,我也知道你是谁。我爸告诉过我,威斯里家族的人都是红头发、满脸雀班,而且还有多得养不起的孩子。;He turned back to Harry. ;You#39;ll soon find out some wizarding families are much better than others, Potter. You don#39;t want to go making friends with the wrong sort. I can help you there.;他又转向哈利。;波特,你很快就会发现魔法世家里也有好坏之分,相信你也不想误交损友吧,我在这方面可以帮你。;He held out his hand to shake Harry#39;s, but Harry didn#39;t take it.他伸出手来想与哈利握手,但被拒绝了。;I think I can tell who the wrong sort are for myself, thanks,; he said coolly.;我自己能分辨是非,谢谢你的好意。;哈利冷冷地说。Draco Malfoy didn#39;t go red, but a pink tinge appeared in his pale cheeks.杰高。马尔夫那苍白的脸并没有刷地一下红起来,而只是在两颊上显出一层淡淡的粉红色。;I#39;d be careful if I were you, Potter,; he said slowly. ;Unless you#39;re a bit politer you#39;ll go the same way as your parents. They didn#39;t know what was good for them, either. You hang around with riffraff like the Weasleys and that Hagrid, and it#39;ll rub off on you.;;如果我是你的话我就会多加小心,波特。;他一字一顿地说道,;你要是不对我礼貌点的话,你一定会重蹈你父母的覆辙。他们和你一样不知好歹。你老是跟威斯里家族和哈格力这样不三不四的人混在一起,是想感化他们吧。;Both Harry and Ron stood up.哈利和罗恩都站了起来。;Say that again,; Ron said, his face as red as his hair.;有种的你就再说一遍。;罗恩愤怒极了,他的脸就像他的头发一样红。。

32After all that Hezekiah had so faithfully done, Sennacherib king of Assyria came and invaded Judah. He laid siege to the fortified cities, thinking to conquer them for himself. 2When Hezekiah saw that Sennacherib had come and that he intended to make war on Jerusalem, 3he consulted with his officials and military staff about blocking off the water from the springs outside the city, and they helped him. 4A large force of men assembled, and they blocked all the springs and the stream that flowed through the land. "Why should the kings of Assyria come and find plenty of water?" they said. 5Then he worked hard repairing all the broken sections of the wall and building towers on it. He built another wall outside that one and reinforced the supporting terraces of the City of David. He also made large numbers of weapons and shields. 6He appointed military officers over the people and assembled them before him in the square at the city gate and encouraged them with these words: 7"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him, for there is a greater power with us than with him. 8With him is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the Lord our God to help us and to fight our battles." And the people gained confidence from what Hezekiah the king of Judah said. 9Later, when Sennacherib king of Assyria and all his forces were laying siege to Lachish, he sent his officers to Jerusalem with this message for Hezekiah king of Judah and for all the people of Judah who were there: 10"This is what Sennacherib king of Assyria says: On what are you basing your confidence, that you remain in Jerusalem under siege? 11When Hezekiah says, 'The Lord our God will save us from the hand of the king of Assyria,' he is misleading you, to let you die of hunger and thirst. 12Did not Hezekiah himself remove this god's high places and altars, saying to Judah and Jerusalem, 'You must worship before one altar and burn sacrifices on it'? 13"Do you not know what I and my fathers have done to all the peoples of the other lands? Were the gods of those nations ever able to deliver their land from my hand? 14Who of all the gods of these nations that my fathers destroyed has been able to save his people from me? How then can your god deliver you from my hand? 15Now do not let Hezekiah deceive you and mislead you like this. Do not believe him, for no god of any nation or kingdom has been able to deliver his people from my hand or the hand of my fathers. How much less will your god deliver you from my hand!" 16Sennacherib's officers spoke further against the Lord God and against his servant Hezekiah. 17The king also wrote letters insulting the Lord , the God of Israel, and saying this against him: "Just as the gods of the peoples of the other lands did not rescue their people from my hand, so the god of Hezekiah will not rescue his people from my hand." 18Then they called out in Hebrew to the people of Jerusalem who were on the wall, to terrify them and make them afraid in order to capture the city. 19They spoke about the God of Jerusalem as they did about the gods of the other peoples of the world-the work of men's hands. 20King Hezekiah and the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz cried out in prayer to heaven about this. 21And the Lord sent an angel, who annihilated all the fighting men and the leaders and officers in the camp of the Assyrian king. So he withdrew to his own land in disgrace. And when he went into the temple of his god, some of his sons cut him down with the sword. 22So the Lord saved Hezekiah and the people of Jerusalem from the hand of Sennacherib king of Assyria and from the hand of all others. He took care of them on every side. 23Many brought offerings to Jerusalem for the Lord and valuable gifts for Hezekiah king of Judah. From then on he was highly regarded by all the nations. 24In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. He prayed to the Lord , who answered him and gave him a miraculous sign. 25But Hezekiah's heart was proud and he did not respond to the kindness shown him; therefore the Lord 's wrath was on him and on Judah and Jerusalem. 26Then Hezekiah repented of the pride of his heart, as did the people of Jerusalem; therefore the Lord 's wrath did not come upon them during the days of Hezekiah. 27Hezekiah had very great riches and honor, and he made treasuries for his silver and gold and for his precious stones, spices, shields and all kinds of valuables. 28He also made buildings to store the harvest of grain, new wine and oil; and he made stalls for various kinds of cattle, and pens for the flocks. 29He built villages and acquired great numbers of flocks and herds, for God had given him very great riches. 30It was Hezekiah who blocked the upper outlet of the Gihon spring and channeled the water down to the west side of the City of David. He succeeded in everything he undertook. 31But when envoys were sent by the rulers of Babylon to ask him about the miraculous sign that had occurred in the land, God left him to test him and to know everything that was in his heart. 32The other events of Hezekiah's reign and his acts of devotion are written in the vision of the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel. 33Hezekiah rested with his fathers and was buried on the hill where the tombs of David's descendants are. All Judah and the people of Jerusalem honored him when he died. And Manasseh his son succeeded him as king. Article/200901/61550。

Pilots do very important jobs. They have the lives of all their passengers in their hands. I wanted to be a pilot when I was little. I thought it would be great to fly all over the world. I also liked the pilot’s uniform. I wasn’t so good at science so I dropped that idea. I think being an airline pilot is a unique job. It is quite glamorous, it is well paid, you travel and you are your own boss. There’s no one telling you what to do. The pilot just has to get his or her schedule and then fly to the next destination. And they get the best view from the cockpit. I think pilots see some amazingly beautiful things as they fly through the clouds and towards the rising sun. I wonder if pilots ever get fed up of flying. Article/201106/142515。