Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

帖撒罗尼迦前书 5


1弟兄姊妹,这件事会在什么日期、什么时候发生,不必我写信告诉你们, 因为你们已经清楚知道,将来有一天,主会突然来到,像贼在夜里忽然出现一样。 当人们正在说一切平安稳妥的时候,灾祸会像产痛临到孕妇一样突然临到他们,令他们无法逃脱。

然而,弟兄姊妹,你们不是活在黑暗里,因此那日子不会像贼一样突然临到你们。 你们都是光明之子,白昼之子。我们既不属于黑夜,也不属于黑暗。 所以不要像其他人一样沉睡,要警醒戒备, 因为睡觉的人是在夜里睡,醉酒的人是在夜里醉。 我们既属于白昼,就应当保持清醒,要把信心和爱心当作护心镜遮胸,把得救的盼望当作头盔戴上。 因为上帝不是预定我们受惩罚,而是预定我们靠着主耶稣基督得救。 10 主替我们死,使我们无论是醒是睡[a],都可以与祂同活。 11 所以,你们要彼此鼓励、互相造就,正如你们一向所做的。


12 弟兄姊妹,我劝你们要敬重那些在你们当中辛勤工作、在主里领导和劝诫你们的人。 13 因为他们的工作,你们要怀着爱心格外敬重他们。你们要彼此和睦相处。 14 此外,我劝你们要告诫懒惰的人,鼓励灰心的人,扶持软弱的人,耐心对待所有的人。 15 你们要小心,谁都不可冤冤相报,总要彼此善待,也要善待众人。

16 要常常喜乐, 17 不断地祷告, 18 凡事谢恩,因为这是上帝在基督耶稣里给你们的旨意。

19 不要抑制圣灵的感动, 20 不要轻视先知的信息。 21 凡事都要小心察验,持守良善的事, 22 杜绝所有的恶事。

23 愿赐平安的上帝使你们完全圣洁!愿祂保守你们的灵、魂、体,使你们在主耶稣基督再来的时候无可指责! 24 呼召你们的主是信实可靠的,祂必为你们成就这事。

25 弟兄姊妹,请为我们祷告。 26 要以圣洁的吻问候众弟兄姊妹。 27 最后,我奉主的名吩咐你们把这封信读给所有弟兄姊妹听。

28 愿我们主耶稣基督的恩典与你们同在!

Notas al pie

  1. 5:10 是醒是睡”或译“是生是死”。

The Message

1 Thessalonians 5

11-3 I don’t think, friends, that I need to deal with the question of when all this is going to happen. You know as well as I that the day of the Master’s coming can’t be posted on our calendars. He won’t call ahead and make an appointment any more than a burglar would. About the time everybody’s walking around complacently, congratulating each other—“We’ve sure got it made! Now we can take it easy!”—suddenly everything will fall apart. It’s going to come as suddenly and inescapably as birth pangs to a pregnant woman.

4-8 But friends, you’re not in the dark, so how could you be taken off guard by any of this? You’re sons of Light, daughters of Day. We live under wide open skies and know where we stand. So let’s not sleepwalk through life like those others. Let’s keep our eyes open and be smart. People sleep at night and get drunk at night. But not us! Since we’re creatures of Day, let’s act like it. Walk out into the daylight sober, dressed up in faith, love, and the hope of salvation.

9-11 God didn’t set us up for an angry rejection but for salvation by our Master, Jesus Christ. He died for us, a death that triggered life. Whether we’re awake with the living or asleep with the dead, we’re alive with him! So speak encouraging words to one another. Build up hope so you’ll all be together in this, no one left out, no one left behind. I know you’re already doing this; just keep on doing it.

The Way He Wants You to Live

12-13 And now, friends, we ask you to honor those leaders who work so hard for you, who have been given the responsibility of urging and guiding you along in your obedience. Overwhelm them with appreciation and love!

13-15 Get along among yourselves, each of you doing your part. Our counsel is that you warn the freeloaders to get a move on. Gently encourage the stragglers, and reach out for the exhausted, pulling them to their feet. Be patient with each person, attentive to individual needs. And be careful that when you get on each other’s nerves you don’t snap at each other. Look for the best in each other, and always do your best to bring it out.

16-18 Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live.

19-22 Don’t suppress the Spirit, and don’t stifle those who have a word from the Master. On the other hand, don’t be gullible. Check out everything, and keep only what’s good. Throw out anything tainted with evil.

23-24 May God himself, the God who makes everything holy and whole, make you holy and whole, put you together—spirit, soul, and body—and keep you fit for the coming of our Master, Jesus Christ. The One who called you is completely dependable. If he said it, he’ll do it!

25-27 Friends, keep up your prayers for us. Greet all the followers of Jesus there with a holy embrace. And make sure this letter gets read to all the brothers and sisters. Don’t leave anyone out.

28 The amazing grace of Jesus Christ be with you!