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2. Fear God
5. Trust in God
8. God is Love
11. God is my Judge
15. Serenity Prayer
上帝 is how Chinese Christians and Jews refer to God, AKA The Judeo-Christian God.
Yes, there are Chinese Jews whose ancestry dates back to Jewish traders on the silk road. They are known as the Kaifeng Jews. Most have left China for Israel now.
There are also plenty of Christians in China of both the Protestant and Catholic variety. However, the churches are basically run by the government, and the Chinese Catholic church does not recognize the Pope.
Oddly, in my experience, I found the Chinese Protestant church to be much less political compared to Baptist and other Protestant churches that I have visited in America.
上帝 is also the typically-used title for God in Japanese.
While you may find this term in old Korean dictionaries, it is an obscure, and rarely-used title for God in modern Korean.
上帝保佑 is a blessing exchanged between Chinese Christians.
The first two characters literally mean God (The God of Zion). The second two characters express the idea of giving protection. Another way to translate this is "May God protect you".
相信上帝 means exactly what the title suggests. The first two characters mean "trust" or "believe" and the second two mean "God" (as in the God of Abraham and the God of Zion).
相信上帝 is also how the American phrase "In God We Trust" as seen on U.S. Currency would be translated into Chinese. It would also be correct to say that this means "Believe in God", though in this arrangement/context, one would be more likely to interpret it as "trust".
The direct translation of these Chinese characters is "God Together [with] You Always Exist".
Keep in mind that Chinese grammar is sometimes very different from English. This makes perfect sense in Chinese.
Note: The title for God is the first two characters - the other words in the direct translation represent one character each.
This means, "Sanctified by God", in Chinese.
This was added at the request of a customer. This may be more appropriate for a priest or reverend than a layman. But that depends on how your religion sees the order of things.
If you directly translate, you get something like, "God made you Holy".
Here's the character breakdown:
上帝 = God
使 = Makes; Made; Let
你 = You
神聖 = Sacred; Holy; Sanctification; Divine; Hallow; Holiness
上帝是我的法官 is not a traditional Chinese phrase.
We professionally translated it for a customer's request (in proper Chinese grammar).
I was going to write this phrase as "God is with me always" but as a wall scroll, hanging in your room, it is talking to you (you're not talking), so it works better with you.
This is a nice phrase that any Chinese Christian would be happy to have on his/her wall.
If I annotate this, it sounds a little strange in English but it's perfectly natural in Chinese:
上帝 God | 总是 always | 与 and | 你 you | 同 together | 在 existing
This is the serenity prayer, as used by many 12-step programs and support groups.
In Chinese, this says:
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji (Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|God of Zion|
God of Abraham
|上帝||joutei / jotei||shàng dì / shang4 di4 / shang di / shangdi||shang ti / shangti|
|Fear God||敬畏上帝||jìng wèi shàng dì|
jing4 wei4 shang4 di4
jing wei shang di
|ching wei shang ti
|God Bless You|
May God Protect You
|上帝保佑||shàng dì bǎo yòu|
shang4 di4 bao3 you4
shang di bao you
|shang ti pao yu
|God Loves You||上帝愛你|
|shàng dì ài nǐ|
shang4 di4 ai4 ni3
shang di ai ni
|shang ti ai ni
|Trust in God||信靠上帝||xìn kào shàng dì|
xin4 kao4 shang4 di4
xin kao shang di
|hsin k`ao shang ti
hsin kao shang ti
|Trust in God|
In God We Trust
|相信上帝||xiāng xìn shàng dì|
xiang1 xin4 shang4 di4
xiang xin shang di
|hsiang hsin shang ti
|Fighter for God||上帝的鬥士|
|shàng dì de dòu shì|
shang4 di4 de dou4 shi4
shang di de dou shi
|shang ti te tou shih
|God is Love||上帝就是愛|
|shàng dì jiù shì ài|
shang4 di4 jiu4 shi4 ai4
shang di jiu shi ai
|shang ti chiu shih ai
|God is Always With You||上帝與你常在|
|shàng dì yǔ nǐ cháng zài|
shang4 di4 yu3 ni3 chang2 zai4
shang di yu ni chang zai
|shang ti yü ni ch`ang tsai
shang ti yü ni chang tsai
|Sanctified by God||上帝使你神聖|
|shèng dì shǐ nǐ shén shèng|
sheng4 di4 shi3 ni3 shen2 sheng4
sheng di shi ni shen sheng
|sheng ti shih ni shen sheng
|God is my Judge||上帝是我的法官||shàng dì shì wǒ de fǎ guān|
shang4 di4 shi4 wo3 de fa3 guan1
shang di shi wo de fa guan
|shang ti shih wo te fa kuan
|God Give Me Strength||願上帝給我力量|
|yuàn shàng dì gěi wǒ lì liàng|
yuan4 shang4 di4 gei3 wo3 li4 liang4
yuan shang di gei wo li liang
|yüan shang ti kei wo li liang
|God Is With You Always||上帝總是與你同在|
|shàn dì zǒng shì yǔ nǐ tóng zài|
shan4 di4 zong3 shi4 yu3 ni3 tong2 zai4
shan di zong shi yu ni tong zai
|shan ti tsung shih yü ni t`ung tsai
shan ti tsung shih yü ni tung tsai
|Only God Can Judge Me||衹有上帝能評判我|
|zhǐ yǒu shàng dì néng píng pàn wǒ|
zhi3 you3 shang4 di4 neng2 ping2 pan4 wo3
zhi you shang di neng ping pan wo
|chih yu shang ti neng p`ing p`an wo
chih yu shang ti neng ping pan wo
|shàng dì cì wǒ píng jìng qù jiē shòu wǒ suǒ bù néng gǎi biàn de wǒ yǒng qì qù gǎi biàn wǒ suǒ néng gǎi biàn de bìng wǒ zhì huì qù fēn biàn zhè liǎng zhě|
shang4 di4 ci4 gei3 wo3 ping2 jing4 qu4 jie1 shou4 wo3 suo3 bu4 neng2 gai3 bian4 de gei3 wo3 yong3 qi4 qu4 gai3 bian4 wo3 suo3 neng2 gai3 bian4 de bing4 gei3 wo3 zhi4 hui4 qu4 fen1 bian4 zhe4 liang3 zhe3
shang di ci gei wo ping jing qu jie shou wo suo bu neng gai bian de gei wo yong qi qu gai bian wo suo neng gai bian de bing gei wo zhi hui qu fen bian zhe liang zhe
|shang ti tz`u kei wo p`ing ching ch`ü chieh shou wo so pu neng kai pien te kei wo yung ch`i ch`ü kai pien wo so neng kai pien te ping kei wo chih hui ch`ü fen pien che liang che
shang ti tzu kei wo ping ching chü chieh shou wo so pu neng kai pien te kei wo yung chi chü kai pien wo so neng kai pien te ping kei wo chih hui chü fen pien che liang che
|In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.|
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.
Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your 上帝 search...
If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese
|Simple Dictionary Definition|
| shàng dì / shang4 di4
joutei;shoutei / jote;shote / じょうてい;しょうてい
(1) Shangdi (creator deity in Chinese folk religion); (2) God (in Christianity)
|kinjoutei / kinjote / きんじょうてい||
(person) Kinjoutei (Genji Monogatari)
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When the calligrapher finishes creating your artwork, it is taken to my art mounting workshop in Beijing where a wall scroll is made by hand from a combination of silk, rice paper, and wood.
After we create your wall scroll, it takes at least two weeks for air mail delivery from Beijing to you.
Allow a few weeks for delivery. Rush service speeds it up by a week or two for $10!
When you select your calligraphy, you'll be taken to another page where you can choose various custom options.
The wall scroll that Sandy is holding in this picture is a "large size"
single-character wall scroll.
We also offer custom wall scrolls in small, medium, and an even-larger jumbo size.
Professional calligraphers are getting to be hard to find these days.
Instead of drawing characters by hand, the new generation in China merely type roman letters into their computer keyboards and pick the character that they want from a list that pops up.
There is some fear that true Chinese calligraphy may become a lost art in the coming years. Many art institutes in China are now promoting calligraphy programs in hopes of keeping this unique form of art alive.
Even with the teachings of a top-ranked calligrapher in China, my calligraphy will never be good enough to sell. I will leave that to the experts.
The same calligrapher who gave me those lessons also attracted a crowd of thousands and a TV crew as he created characters over 6-feet high. He happens to be ranked as one of the top 100 calligraphers in all of China. He is also one of very few that would actually attempt such a feat.
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