Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

哥林多前書 14

論講道和說方言

1你們要追求愛,也要切慕屬靈的恩賜,尤其是作先知講道的恩賜。 人說方言,是對上帝說的,並非對人說的,因為沒有人聽得懂,他是在心靈裡述說各樣的奧祕。 但先知講道是對人講的,為了要造就、鼓勵、安慰人。 說方言只是造就自己,但作先知講道是造就教會。 我希望你們都能夠說方言,不過,我更希望你們都能作先知講道。說方言的不如作先知講道的重要,除非把方言翻譯出來,使教會得造就。

弟兄姊妹,如果我到你們那裡只說方言,不講解有關上帝的啟示、知識、預言、教導,我對你們有什麼益處呢? 就連沒有生命的簫和琴,如果發出的聲音雜亂無章,誰能知道所吹所彈的是什麼曲子呢? 如果號聲不清楚,誰會預備打仗呢? 同樣,除非你們講出清楚的信息,不然聽見的人怎能明白呢?那豈不等於對空氣說話嗎? 10 世上有各種語言,卻沒有一種是毫無意義的。 11 如果有人對我說話,我卻不明白他的語言,我們彼此就成了語言不通的人。 12 你們也是一樣,既然渴慕屬靈的恩賜,就應該多多追求造就教會的恩賜。

13 所以說方言的人應當祈求能把方言翻譯出來。 14 如果我用方言禱告,那是我的靈在禱告,但我的悟性沒有發揮作用。 15 那麼,我該怎麼做呢?我要用靈禱告,也要用悟性禱告;我要用靈歌唱,也要用悟性歌唱。 16 否則,如果你在聚會中用方言[a]來感恩,在座不懂方言的人不明白你在說些什麼,怎能在你感恩的時候說「阿們」呢? 17 你的感恩表達得固然美好,無奈不能造就別人。

18 感謝上帝,我說方言比你們眾人都多。 19 但在教會中我寧可用悟性說五句教導人的話,勝過說萬句別人不懂的方言。

20 弟兄姊妹,你們的思想不要像小孩子,要長大成熟,但在罪惡的事上要像嬰孩。 21 律法書上記載:

「主說,『我要藉著講陌生語言的人和外邦人的口向這些子民說話。
雖然如此,
他們仍然不聽從我。』」

22 由此可見,講方言不是顯給信徒的標記,而是顯給非信徒的標記;但先知講道是顯給信徒的標記,不是顯給非信徒的標記。 23 所以,如果你們在聚會中,全體信徒都說方言,偶然有不懂方言的人或非信徒進來,他們豈不會說你們全都瘋了嗎? 24 但如果你們都做先知講道,偶然有非信徒或是不懂方言的人進來,他會醒悟到自己的罪,良心受到譴責, 25 心中的秘密也會顯露出來,便會俯伏敬拜上帝,說:「上帝真的在你們當中!」

聚會的原則

26 那麼,弟兄姊妹,你們該怎麼做呢?你們聚會的時候,不管是唱詩、教導、講啟示、說方言或翻譯方言,都應該是為了造就人。 27 如果有人要說方言,應當只限於兩個人,最多三個,要輪流說,而且要有人把它翻譯出來。 28 如果沒有人翻譯,說方言的人就當在聚會中閉口不言,只向自己和上帝說。

29 作先知講道的也應該限於兩三個人,其他的人應當慎思明辨。 30 但如果上帝的啟示臨到在座的其他人,正在講的人要停下來, 31 這樣大家都可以輪流講道,人人都可以得到教導和勉勵。 32 先知的靈受先知控制, 33 因為上帝不是叫人混亂的上帝,而是賜人平安的上帝。

34 正如聖徒的各教會一樣,婦女[b]在聚會中要保持安靜,因為她們不可以發言,總要順服,正如律法書所說的。 35 如果她們想要學什麼,可以在家問自己的丈夫,因為婦女在聚會中發言是可恥的。 36 難道上帝的道是出自你們哥林多人嗎?難道上帝的道單單傳給了你們嗎? 37 如果你們當中有人自認為是先知或屬靈的人,他就應該知道我現在所寫的是主的命令。 38 如果有人對此視而不見,不必理會他。

39 所以,我的弟兄姊妹,你們要切慕作先知講道,也不要禁止說方言。 40 但無論做什麼事,都要按規矩,有次序。

Notas al pie

  1. 14·16 本處「方言」希臘文是「靈」。
  2. 14·34 婦女」也可譯為「妻子」。

The Message

1 Corinthians 14

Prayer Language

11-3 Go after a life of love as if your life depended on it—because it does. Give yourselves to the gifts God gives you. Most of all, try to proclaim his truth. If you praise him in the private language of tongues, God understands you but no one else does, for you are sharing intimacies just between you and him. But when you proclaim his truth in everyday speech, you’re letting others in on the truth so that they can grow and be strong and experience his presence with you.

4-5 The one who prays using a private “prayer language” certainly gets a lot out of it, but proclaiming God’s truth to the church in its common language brings the whole church into growth and strength. I want all of you to develop intimacies with God in prayer, but please don’t stop with that. Go on and proclaim his clear truth to others. It’s more important that everyone have access to the knowledge and love of God in language everyone understands than that you go off and cultivate God’s presence in a mysterious prayer language—unless, of course, there is someone who can interpret what you are saying for the benefit of all.

6-8 Think, friends: If I come to you and all I do is pray privately to God in a way only he can understand, what are you going to get out of that? If I don’t address you plainly with some insight or truth or proclamation or teaching, what help am I to you? If musical instruments—flutes, say, or harps—aren’t played so that each note is distinct and in tune, how will anyone be able to catch the melody and enjoy the music? If the trumpet call can’t be distinguished, will anyone show up for the battle?

9-12 So if you speak in a way no one can understand, what’s the point of opening your mouth? There are many languages in the world and they all mean something to someone. But if I don’t understand the language, it’s not going to do me much good. It’s no different with you. Since you’re so eager to participate in what God is doing, why don’t you concentrate on doing what helps everyone in the church?

13-17 So, when you pray in your private prayer language, don’t hoard the experience for yourself. Pray for the insight and ability to bring others into that intimacy. If I pray in tongues, my spirit prays but my mind lies fallow, and all that intelligence is wasted. So what’s the solution? The answer is simple enough. Do both. I should be spiritually free and expressive as I pray, but I should also be thoughtful and mindful as I pray. I should sing with my spirit, and sing with my mind. If you give a blessing using your private prayer language, which no one else understands, how can some outsider who has just shown up and has no idea what’s going on know when to say “Amen”? Your blessing might be beautiful, but you have very effectively cut that person out of it.

18-19 I’m grateful to God for the gift of praying in tongues that he gives us for praising him, which leads to wonderful intimacies we enjoy with him. I enter into this as much or more than any of you. But when I’m in a church assembled for worship, I’d rather say five words that everyone can understand and learn from than say ten thousand that sound to others like gibberish.

20-25 To be perfectly frank, I’m getting exasperated with your infantile thinking. How long before you grow up and use your head—your adult head? It’s all right to have a childlike unfamiliarity with evil; a simple no is all that’s needed there. But there’s far more to saying yes to something. Only mature and well-exercised intelligence can save you from falling into gullibility. It’s written in Scripture that God said,

In strange tongues
    and from the mouths of strangers
I will preach to this people,
    but they’ll neither listen nor believe.

So where does it get you, all this speaking in tongues no one understands? It doesn’t help believers, and it only gives unbelievers something to gawk at. Plain truth-speaking, on the other hand, goes straight to the heart of believers and doesn’t get in the way of unbelievers. If you come together as a congregation and some unbelieving outsiders walk in on you as you’re all praying in tongues, unintelligible to each other and to them, won’t they assume you’ve taken leave of your senses and get out of there as fast as they can? But if some unbelieving outsiders walk in on a service where people are speaking out God’s truth, the plain words will bring them up against the truth and probe their hearts. Before you know it, they’re going to be on their faces before God, recognizing that God is among you.

26-33 So here’s what I want you to do. When you gather for worship, each one of you be prepared with something that will be useful for all: Sing a hymn, teach a lesson, tell a story, lead a prayer, provide an insight. If prayers are offered in tongues, two or three’s the limit, and then only if someone is present who can interpret what you’re saying. Otherwise, keep it between God and yourself. And no more than two or three speakers at a meeting, with the rest of you listening and taking it to heart. Take your turn, no one person taking over. Then each speaker gets a chance to say something special from God, and you all learn from each other. If you choose to speak, you’re also responsible for how and when you speak. When we worship the right way, God doesn’t stir us up into confusion; he brings us into harmony. This goes for all the churches—no exceptions.

34-36 Wives must not disrupt worship, talking when they should be listening, asking questions that could more appropriately be asked of their husbands at home. God’s Book of the law guides our manners and customs here. Wives have no license to use the time of worship for unwarranted speaking. Do you—both women and men—imagine that you’re a sacred oracle determining what’s right and wrong? Do you think everything revolves around you?

37-38 If any one of you thinks God has something for you to say or has inspired you to do something, pay close attention to what I have written. This is the way the Master wants it. If you won’t play by these rules, God can’t use you. Sorry.

39-40 Three things, then, to sum this up: When you speak forth God’s truth, speak your heart out. Don’t tell people how they should or shouldn’t pray when they’re praying in tongues that you don’t understand. Be courteous and considerate in everything.