Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

使徒行傳 12

希律王的暴行

1那時,希律王下手殘害教會的一些人, 殺了約翰的哥哥雅各。 他見這樣做能取悅猶太人,便又在除酵節期間拘捕了彼得, 把他關在監裡,由四班衛兵,每班四人輪流看守,想等逾越節[a]過後當眾懲辦他。 彼得被囚期間,教會都迫切地為他向上帝禱告。

彼得神奇出獄

在被希律提審前一夜,彼得被兩條鐵鏈鎖著睡在兩個衛兵中間,門外警衛森嚴。 忽然,有一位主的天使站在彼得身旁,監牢內一片光明,天使拍他的肋旁,把他叫醒,說:「趕快起來!」鐵鏈就從他手上脫落下來。 天使對他說:「束上腰帶,穿好鞋子。」彼得一一照辦。天使又說:「披上外衣,跟我來!」 他跟著天使走出牢房,不知道這一切都是真的,還以為自己看到了異象。 10 他們一路穿過第一道和第二道守衛,來到通往城裡的鐵門,那門竟自動打開了。他們就出來,走過一條街之後,天使便離開了彼得。

11 彼得這才如夢初醒,說:「現在我確定,主派了天使來救我脫離希律的魔掌,不讓猶太人的期望得逞。」 12 他清醒後,便到約翰·馬可的母親瑪麗亞家,很多人正聚集在那裡禱告。

13 彼得在外面敲門,有一個叫羅大的婢女出來應門。 14 她聽出是彼得的聲音,喜出望外,竟然沒有開門就跑進去告訴大家:「彼得在門外!」 15 他們說:「你一定瘋了。」她堅持說:「是真的!」他們就說:「是他的天使吧!」

16 彼得不住地敲門。他們開門看見他,都大吃一驚! 17 彼得擺手示意他們安靜,然後把主怎樣領他出獄的經過告訴大家,又說:「把這事告訴雅各和其他弟兄姊妹。」交待完了,他便離開那裡,往其他地方去了。

18 天亮後,監獄的守衛發現彼得不見了,頓時一片騷動。 19 希律派人四處搜捕,一無所獲,於是親自審問看守彼得的衛兵,下令處決他們。後來希律離開猶太,下到凱撒利亞,並住在那裡。

希律的下場

20 希律對泰爾和西頓的人非常惱火。於是,他們聯合起來去見他,先取得宮廷總管伯拉斯都的支持,然後向他求和,因為他們兩地需要從他的轄區獲得糧食。

21 到了約定的日子,希律穿上王袍,坐在寶座上向眾人致詞。 22 致詞完畢,眾人齊聲高呼:「這是神明在說話,不是凡人在說話!」 23 希律沒有把榮耀歸給上帝,主的天使立刻懲罰他,他當場被蟲子咬死了。

24 上帝的道日見興旺,越傳越廣。

25 巴拿巴和掃羅把款項送到以後,就帶著約翰·馬可從耶路撒冷回去。

Notas al pie

  1. 12·4 除酵節為期七天,逾越節是其中的第一天,參見出埃及記12章。

The Message

Acts 12

Peter Under Heavy Guard

11-4 That’s when King Herod got it into his head to go after some of the church members. He murdered James, John’s brother. When he saw how much it raised his popularity ratings with the Jews, he arrested Peter—all this during Passover Week, mind you—and had him thrown in jail, putting four squads of four soldiers each to guard him. He was planning a public lynching after Passover.

All the time that Peter was under heavy guard in the jailhouse, the church prayed for him most strenuously.

Then the time came for Herod to bring him out for the kill. That night, even though shackled to two soldiers, one on either side, Peter slept like a baby. And there were guards at the door keeping their eyes on the place. Herod was taking no chances!

7-9 Suddenly there was an angel at his side and light flooding the room. The angel shook Peter and got him up: “Hurry!” The handcuffs fell off his wrists. The angel said, “Get dressed. Put on your shoes.” Peter did it. Then, “Grab your coat and let’s get out of here.” Peter followed him, but didn’t believe it was really an angel—he thought he was dreaming.

10-11 Past the first guard and then the second, they came to the iron gate that led into the city. It swung open before them on its own, and they were out on the street, free as the breeze. At the first intersection the angel left him, going his own way. That’s when Peter realized it was no dream. “I can’t believe it—this really happened! The Master sent his angel and rescued me from Herod’s vicious little production and the spectacle the Jewish mob was looking forward to.”

12-14 Still shaking his head, amazed, he went to Mary’s house, the Mary who was John Mark’s mother. The house was packed with praying friends. When he knocked on the door to the courtyard, a young woman named Rhoda came to see who it was. But when she recognized his voice—Peter’s voice!—she was so excited and eager to tell everyone Peter was there that she forgot to open the door and left him standing in the street.

15-16 But they wouldn’t believe her, dismissing her, dismissing her report. “You’re crazy,” they said. She stuck by her story, insisting. They still wouldn’t believe her and said, “It must be his angel.” All this time poor Peter was standing out in the street, knocking away.

16-17 Finally they opened up and saw him—and went wild! Peter put his hands up and calmed them down. He described how the Master had gotten him out of jail, then said, “Tell James and the brothers what’s happened.” He left them and went off to another place.

18-19 At daybreak the jail was in an uproar. “Where is Peter? What’s happened to Peter?” When Herod sent for him and they could neither produce him nor explain why not, he ordered their execution: “Off with their heads!” Fed up with Judea and Jews, he went for a vacation to Caesarea.

The Death of Herod

20-22 But things went from bad to worse for Herod. Now people from Tyre and Sidon put him on the warpath. But they got Blastus, King Herod’s right-hand man, to put in a good word for them and got a delegation together to iron things out. Because they were dependent on Judea for food supplies, they couldn’t afford to let this go on too long. On the day set for their meeting, Herod, robed in pomposity, took his place on the throne and regaled them with a lot of hot air. The people played their part to the hilt and shouted flatteries: “The voice of God! The voice of God!”

23 That was the last straw. God had had enough of Herod’s arrogance and sent an angel to strike him down. Herod had given God no credit for anything. Down he went. Rotten to the core, a maggoty old man if there ever was one, he died.

24 Meanwhile, the ministry of God’s Word grew by leaps and bounds.

25 Barnabas and Saul, once they had delivered the relief offering to the church in Jerusalem, went back to Antioch. This time they took John with them, the one they called Mark.