Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

哥林多后书 12

保罗得到的异象和启示

1自夸虽然无益,但我不得不继续夸下去,谈谈主给我的异象和启示。 我知道一位基督徒[a]在十四年前曾被提到第三层天上,是在肉身之内还是在肉身之外,我不知道,只有上帝知道。 我认识这个人,是在肉身之内还是在肉身之外,我不知道,只有上帝知道。 他曾被提到天上的乐园里,听见了人不可以言传的隐秘事。 我要为这人夸口。至于我自己,我除了夸耀自己的软弱以外,别无可夸。 就算我夸口,也不算狂妄,因为我所说的都是实话。只是我不会这样做,恐怕有人把我看得太高,超过了他对我的所见所闻。

为了使我不至于因所受的启示太大而自高,有一根“刺”在我身上,就是有撒旦的爪牙攻击我,免得我骄傲自大。 我曾三次祈求主叫这根刺离开我, 但祂说:“我的恩典足够你用,因为我的能力在人的软弱上更显得全备。”所以,我更喜欢夸耀自己的软弱,好让基督的能力荫庇我。 10 因此,为了基督的缘故,我欣然面对软弱、凌辱、迫害、艰难和困苦,因为我软弱的时候也正是我刚强的时候。

保罗关怀哥林多人

11 我成了“傻瓜”是被你们逼的!你们本该称许我才对。我虽然算不了什么,却没有一点比不上那些“超级使徒”。 12 我在你们中间百般地忍耐,用神迹、奇事、异能证明自己是使徒。 13 你们什么地方不及其他教会呢?我唯一“亏待”你们的地方就是没有成为你们的负担!希望各位原谅我的不公道!

14 如今我打算第三次到你们那里。我不会拖累你们的,因为我想得到的是你们,而不是你们的财物。儿女不必为父母积财,父母理当为儿女积财。 15 为了你们的灵魂,我甘愿付出,包括自己的生命。难道我越爱你们,就越得不到你们的爱吗?

16 算了!我没有拖累过你们,但居然有人说我狡猾,用诡计骗你们。 17 请问,在我派到你们那里的人当中,我借着谁占过你们的便宜呢? 18 我恳求提多去你们那里,并派弟兄与他同去。难道提多占过你们的便宜吗?我们行事为人岂不是心灵相通,步调一致吗?

19 你们一直以为我们是替自己辩白,其实我们这番话是在基督里、在上帝面前说的。亲爱的弟兄姊妹,这一切都是为了造就你们。 20 因为我怕到你们那里的时候,我对你们的期望会落空,而你们对我也大失所望。我怕你们当中有纷争、嫉妒、恼怒、仇恨、毁谤、闲话、狂傲和混乱。 21 我怕再去你们那里时,我的上帝会使我在你们面前感到羞愧,又怕看到许多从前犯罪、道德败坏、淫乱放荡的人仍然不肯悔改,便心里悲伤。

Notas al pie

  1. 12:2 此人就是保罗本人,他不愿夸耀自己的经历。

Amplified Bible

2 Corinthians 12

Paul’s Vision

1It is necessary to boast, though nothing is gained by it; but I will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord. I know a [a]man in Christ who fourteen years ago—whether in the body I do not know, or out of the body I do not know, [only] God knows—such a man was caught up to the [b]third heaven. And I know that such a man—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, [only] God knows— was caught up into [c]Paradise and heard inexpressible words which man is not permitted to speak [words too sacred to tell]. On behalf of such a man [and his experiences] I will boast; but in my own behalf I will not boast, except in regard to my weaknesses. If I wish to boast, I will not be foolish, because I will be speaking the truth. But I abstain [from it], so that no one will credit me with more than [is justified by what] he sees in me or hears from me.

A Thorn in the Flesh

Because of the surpassing greatness and extraordinary nature of the revelations [which I received from God], for this reason, to keep me from thinking of myself as important, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan, to torment and harass me—to keep me from exalting myself! Concerning this I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might leave me; but He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you [My lovingkindness and My mercy are more than enough—always available—regardless of the situation]; for [My] power is being perfected [and is completed and shows itself most effectively] in [your] weakness.” Therefore, I will all the more gladly boast in my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ [may completely enfold me and] may dwell in me. 10 So I am well pleased with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, and with difficulties, for the sake of Christ; for when I am weak [in human strength], then I am strong [truly able, truly powerful, truly drawing from God’s strength].

11 Now I have become foolish; you have forced me [by questioning my apostleship]. Actually I should have been commended by you [instead of being treated disdainfully], for I was not inferior to those [d]super-apostles, even if I am nobody. 12 The signs that indicate a genuine apostle were performed among you fully and most patiently—signs and wonders and miracles. 13 For in what respect were you treated as inferior to the rest of the churches, except [for the fact] that I did not burden you [with my financial support]? Forgive me [for doing you] this injustice!

14 Now for the third time I am ready to visit you. I will not burden you [financially], because I do not want what is yours [not your money or your possessions], but you. For children are not responsible to save up for their parents, but parents for their children. 15 But I will very gladly spend [my own resources] and be utterly spent for your souls. If I love you greatly, am I to be loved less [by you]? 16 But be that as it may, I did not burden you [with my support]. But [some say that] I was sly and took you by trickery. 17 Did I take advantage of you or make any money off you through any of the messengers I sent you? [Certainly not!] 18 I urged Titus to go, and I sent the brother with him. Titus did not take advantage of you, did he? [No!] Did we not conduct ourselves in the same spirit and walk in the same steps? [Of course!]

19 All this time you have been thinking that we are [merely] defending ourselves to you. It is in the sight of God that we have been speaking [as one] in Christ; and everything, dearly beloved, is to strengthen you [spiritually]. 20 For I am afraid that perhaps when I come I may find you not to be as I wish, and that you may find me not as you wish—that perhaps there may be strife, jealousy, angry tempers, disputes, slander, gossip, arrogance and disorder; 21 I am afraid that when I come again my God may humiliate me before you, and I may mourn over many of those who have sinned in the past and not repented of the impurity, sexual immorality and decadence which they formerly practiced.

Notas al pie

  1. 2 Corinthians 12:2 Paul had this experience prior to beginning his missionary journeys.
  2. 2 Corinthians 12:2 The dwelling place of God, called Paradise by Jesus and also by Paul (v 4).
  3. 2 Corinthians 12:4 Paul apparently uses “Paradise” as an equivalent of the third heaven, the dwelling place of God (cf Luke 23:43).
  4. 2 Corinthians 12:11 See note 11:5. If the false teachers were degrading Paul’s apostleship, they may have wrongly ascribed a “super-apostleship” to the Twelve, especially James, Cephas (Peter), and John. See Gal 2:9.