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。

New Living Translation

Acts 12

James Is Killed and Peter Is Imprisoned

1About that time King Herod Agrippa[a] began to persecute some believers in the church. He had the apostle James (John’s brother) killed with a sword. When Herod saw how much this pleased the Jewish people, he also arrested Peter. (This took place during the Passover celebration.[b]) Then he imprisoned him, placing him under the guard of four squads of four soldiers each. Herod intended to bring Peter out for public trial after the Passover. But while Peter was in prison, the church prayed very earnestly for him.

Peter’s Miraculous Escape from Prison

The night before Peter was to be placed on trial, he was asleep, fastened with two chains between two soldiers. Others stood guard at the prison gate. Suddenly, there was a bright light in the cell, and an angel of the Lord stood before Peter. The angel struck him on the side to awaken him and said, “Quick! Get up!” And the chains fell off his wrists. Then the angel told him, “Get dressed and put on your sandals.” And he did. “Now put on your coat and follow me,” the angel ordered.

So Peter left the cell, following the angel. But all the time he thought it was a vision. He didn’t realize it was actually happening. 10 They passed the first and second guard posts and came to the iron gate leading to the city, and this opened for them all by itself. So they passed through and started walking down the street, and then the angel suddenly left him.

11 Peter finally came to his senses. “It’s really true!” he said. “The Lord has sent his angel and saved me from Herod and from what the Jewish leaders[c] had planned to do to me!”

12 When he realized this, he went to the home of Mary, the mother of John Mark, where many were gathered for prayer. 13 He knocked at the door in the gate, and a servant girl named Rhoda came to open it. 14 When she recognized Peter’s voice, she was so overjoyed that, instead of opening the door, she ran back inside and told everyone, “Peter is standing at the door!”

15 “You’re out of your mind!” they said. When she insisted, they decided, “It must be his angel.”

16 Meanwhile, Peter continued knocking. When they finally opened the door and saw him, they were amazed. 17 He motioned for them to quiet down and told them how the Lord had led him out of prison. “Tell James and the other brothers what happened,” he said. And then he went to another place.

18 At dawn there was a great commotion among the soldiers about what had happened to Peter. 19 Herod Agrippa ordered a thorough search for him. When he couldn’t be found, Herod interrogated the guards and sentenced them to death. Afterward Herod left Judea to stay in Caesarea for a while.

The Death of Herod Agrippa

20 Now Herod was very angry with the people of Tyre and Sidon. So they sent a delegation to make peace with him because their cities were dependent upon Herod’s country for food. The delegates won the support of Blastus, Herod’s personal assistant, 21 and an appointment with Herod was granted. When the day arrived, Herod put on his royal robes, sat on his throne, and made a speech to them. 22 The people gave him a great ovation, shouting, “It’s the voice of a god, not of a man!”

23 Instantly, an angel of the Lord struck Herod with a sickness, because he accepted the people’s worship instead of giving the glory to God. So he was consumed with worms and died.

24 Meanwhile, the word of God continued to spread, and there were many new believers.

25 When Barnabas and Saul had finished their mission to Jerusalem, they returned,[d] taking John Mark with them.

Notas al pie

  1. 12:1 Greek Herod the king. He was the nephew of Herod Antipas and a grandson of Herod the Great.
  2. 12:3 Greek the days of unleavened bread.
  3. 12:11 Or the Jewish people.
  4. 12:25 Or mission, they returned to Jerusalem. Other manuscripts read mission, they returned from Jerusalem; still others read mission, they returned from Jerusalem to Antioch.