Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

哥林多前書 10

前車之鑑

1弟兄姊妹,我希望你們知道,我們的祖先曾經在雲下走過紅海, 都在雲下、在海中受洗跟從了摩西。 他們都吃過同樣的靈糧, 都喝過同樣的靈水,因為他們從那與他們同行的屬靈磐石中得水喝,那磐石就是基督。 儘管如此,他們當中大多數人不討上帝的喜悅,倒斃在曠野。

如今這些事正好警戒我們,叫我們不要像他們那樣貪戀罪惡, 也不要像他們當中的人那樣去祭拜偶像,正如聖經上說:「百姓坐下吃喝,起來狂歡。」 我們也不要淫亂,像他們當中的人那樣,結果一天就死了兩萬三千人。 也不要試探主,像他們當中的人那樣,結果被蛇咬死了。 10 也不要發怨言,像他們當中的人那樣,結果被滅命的天使毀滅了。 11 發生在他們身上的這些事都是鑑戒,之所以記錄下來是為了警戒我們這活在末世的人。 12 所以,自以為站得穩的人要小心,免得跌倒。

13 你們遇見的誘惑無非是人們常見的。上帝是信實的,祂絕不會讓你們遇見無法抵擋的誘惑,祂必為你們開一條出路,使你們經得住誘惑。

切勿祭拜偶像

14 所以,我親愛的弟兄姊妹,你們要遠避祭拜偶像的事。 15 你們都是明白事理的人,可以判斷我說的對不對。 16 領聖餐時,我們為那福杯獻上感謝,這不表示我們有份於基督的血嗎?我們吃掰開的餅,這不表示我們有份於基督的身體嗎? 17 我們人數雖多,卻同屬一個身體,因為我們同享一個餅。

18 你們看以色列人[a],那些吃祭物的難道不是有份於祭壇嗎? 19 我這話是什麼意思呢?是說偶像和祭偶像的食物有什麼特別嗎? 20 當然不是,我的意思是那些異教徒所獻的祭是祭鬼魔的,而不是獻給上帝的。我不願意你們與鬼魔有任何關係。 21 你們不能又喝主的杯又喝鬼魔的杯,不能又吃主的聖餐又吃祭鬼魔的食物。 22 我們想惹主嫉妒嗎?難道我們比祂更有能力嗎?

信徒的自由

23 凡事我都可以做,但並非事事都有益處;凡事我都可以行,但並非事事都造就人。 24 無論是誰,不要為自己謀利,要為別人謀利。

25 巿場上賣的肉,你們都可以吃,不必為良心的緣故而詢問什麼, 26 因為世界和其中的萬物都屬於主。 27 如果有非信徒邀請你們吃飯,你們又願意去,那麼,桌上擺的各樣食物,你們只管吃,不必為良心的緣故而詢問什麼。 28 不過,如果有人告訴你這些是獻給偶像的祭物,你為了那告訴你的人和良心的緣故,就不要吃。 29 不過我指的不是你的良心,而是那人的良心。或許有人說:「我的自由為什麼要受別人的良心限制呢? 30 如果我存感恩的心吃,為什麼還要受批評呢?」

31 所以,你們或吃或喝,無論做什麼,都要為上帝的榮耀而做。 32 不要成為猶太人、希臘人或上帝教會的絆腳石, 33 就像我凡事儘量讓人滿意,不求自己的好處,只求眾人的好處,以便他們可以得救。

Notas al pie

  1. 10·18 以色列人」希臘文是「從血統上講是以色列人」。

The Message

1 Corinthians 10

11-5 Remember our history, friends, and be warned. All our ancestors were led by the providential Cloud and taken miraculously through the Sea. They went through the waters, in a baptism like ours, as Moses led them from enslaving death to salvation life. They all ate and drank identical food and drink, meals provided daily by God. They drank from the Rock, God’s fountain for them that stayed with them wherever they were. And the Rock was Christ. But just experiencing God’s wonder and grace didn’t seem to mean much—most of them were defeated by temptation during the hard times in the desert, and God was not pleased.

6-10 The same thing could happen to us. We must be on guard so that we never get caught up in wanting our own way as they did. And we must not turn our religion into a circus as they did—“First the people partied, then they threw a dance.” We must not be sexually promiscuous—they paid for that, remember, with 23,000 deaths in one day! We must never try to get Christ to serve us instead of us serving him; they tried it, and God launched an epidemic of poisonous snakes. We must be careful not to stir up discontent; discontent destroyed them.

11-12 These are all warning markers—danger!—in our history books, written down so that we don’t repeat their mistakes. Our positions in the story are parallel—they at the beginning, we at the end—and we are just as capable of messing it up as they were. Don’t be so naive and self-confident. You’re not exempt. You could fall flat on your face as easily as anyone else. Forget about self-confidence; it’s useless. Cultivate God-confidence.

13 No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; he’ll always be there to help you come through it.

14 So, my very dear friends, when you see people reducing God to something they can use or control, get out of their company as fast as you can.

15-18 I assume I’m addressing believers now who are mature. Draw your own conclusions: When we drink the cup of blessing, aren’t we taking into ourselves the blood, the very life, of Christ? And isn’t it the same with the loaf of bread we break and eat? Don’t we take into ourselves the body, the very life, of Christ? Because there is one loaf, our many-ness becomes one-ness—Christ doesn’t become fragmented in us. Rather, we become unified in him. We don’t reduce Christ to what we are; he raises us to what he is. That’s basically what happened even in old Israel—those who ate the sacrifices offered on God’s altar entered into God’s action at the altar.

19-22 Do you see the difference? Sacrifices offered to idols are offered to nothing, for what’s the idol but a nothing? Or worse than nothing, a minus, a demon! I don’t want you to become part of something that reduces you to less than yourself. And you can’t have it both ways, banqueting with the Master one day and slumming with demons the next. Besides, the Master won’t put up with it. He wants us—all or nothing. Do you think you can get off with anything less?

23-24 Looking at it one way, you could say, “Anything goes. Because of God’s immense generosity and grace, we don’t have to dissect and scrutinize every action to see if it will pass muster.” But the point is not to just get by. We want to live well, but our foremost efforts should be to help others live well.

25-28 With that as a base to work from, common sense can take you the rest of the way. Eat anything sold at the butcher shop, for instance; you don’t have to run an “idolatry test” on every item. “The earth,” after all, “is God’s, and everything in it.” That “everything” certainly includes the leg of lamb in the butcher shop. If a nonbeliever invites you to dinner and you feel like going, go ahead and enjoy yourself; eat everything placed before you. It would be both bad manners and bad spirituality to cross-examine your host on the ethical purity of each course as it is served. On the other hand, if he goes out of his way to tell you that this or that was sacrificed to god or goddess so-and-so, you should pass. Even though you may be indifferent as to where it came from, he isn’t, and you don’t want to send mixed messages to him about who you are worshiping.

29-30 But, except for these special cases, I’m not going to walk around on eggshells worrying about what small-minded people might say; I’m going to stride free and easy, knowing what our large-minded Master has already said. If I eat what is served to me, grateful to God for what is on the table, how can I worry about what someone will say? I thanked God for it and he blessed it!

31-33 So eat your meals heartily, not worrying about what others say about you—you’re eating to God’s glory, after all, not to please them. As a matter of fact, do everything that way, heartily and freely to God’s glory. At the same time, don’t be callous in your exercise of freedom, thoughtlessly stepping on the toes of those who aren’t as free as you are. I try my best to be considerate of everyone’s feelings in all these matters; I hope you will be, too.