Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

哥林多後書 12

保羅得到的異象和啟示

1自誇雖然無益,但我不得不繼續誇下去,談談主給我的異象和啟示。 我知道一位基督徒[a]在十四年前曾被提到第三層天上,是在肉身之內還是在肉身之外,我不知道,只有上帝知道。 我認識這個人,是在肉身之內還是在肉身之外,我不知道,只有上帝知道。 他曾被提到天上的樂園裡,聽見了人不可以言傳的隱祕事。 我要為這人誇口。至於我自己,我除了誇耀自己的軟弱以外,別無可誇。 就算我誇口,也不算狂妄,因為我所說的都是實話。只是我不會這樣做,恐怕有人把我看得太高,超過了他對我的所見所聞。

為了使我不至於因所受的啟示太大而自高,有一根「刺」在我身上,就是有撒旦的爪牙攻擊我,免得我驕傲自大。 我曾三次祈求主叫這根刺離開我, 但祂說:「我的恩典足夠你用,因為我的能力在人的軟弱上更顯得全備。」所以,我更喜歡誇耀自己的軟弱,好讓基督的能力蔭庇我。 10 因此,為了基督的緣故,我欣然面對軟弱、凌辱、迫害、艱難和困苦,因為我軟弱的時候也正是我剛強的時候。

保羅關懷哥林多人

11 我成了「傻瓜」是被你們逼的!你們本該稱許我才對。我雖然算不了什麼,卻沒有一點比不上那些「超級使徒」。 12 我在你們中間百般地忍耐,用神蹟、奇事、異能證明自己是使徒。 13 你們什麼地方不及其他教會呢?我唯一「虧待」你們的地方就是沒有成為你們的負擔!希望各位原諒我的不公道!

14 如今我打算第三次到你們那裡。我不會拖累你們的,因為我想得到的是你們,而不是你們的財物。兒女不必為父母積財,父母理當為兒女積財。 15 為了你們的靈魂,我甘願付出,包括自己的生命。難道我越愛你們,就越得不到你們的愛嗎?

16 算了!我沒有拖累過你們,但居然有人說我狡猾,用詭計騙你們。 17 請問,在我派到你們那裡的人當中,我藉著誰佔過你們的便宜呢? 18 我懇求提多去你們那裡,並派弟兄與他同去。難道提多佔過你們的便宜嗎?我們行事為人豈不是心靈相通,步調一致嗎?

19 你們一直以為我們是替自己辯白,其實我們這番話是在基督裡、在上帝面前說的。親愛的弟兄姊妹,這一切都是為了造就你們。 20 因為我怕到你們那裡的時候,我對你們的期望會落空,而你們對我也大失所望。我怕你們當中有紛爭、嫉妒、惱怒、仇恨、毀謗、閒話、狂傲和混亂。 21 我怕再去你們那裡時,我的上帝會使我在你們面前感到羞愧,又怕看到許多從前犯罪、道德敗壞、淫亂放蕩的人仍然不肯悔改,便心裡悲傷。

Notas al pie

  1. 12·2 此人就是保羅本人,他不願誇耀自己的經歷。

The Message

2 Corinthians 12

Strength from Weakness

11-5 You’ve forced me to talk this way, and I do it against my better judgment. But now that we’re at it, I may as well bring up the matter of visions and revelations that God gave me. For instance, I know a man who, fourteen years ago, was seized by Christ and swept in ecstasy to the heights of heaven. I really don’t know if this took place in the body or out of it; only God knows. I also know that this man was hijacked into paradise—again, whether in or out of the body, I don’t know; God knows. There he heard the unspeakable spoken, but was forbidden to tell what he heard. This is the man I want to talk about. But about myself, I’m not saying another word apart from the humiliations.

If I had a mind to brag a little, I could probably do it without looking ridiculous, and I’d still be speaking plain truth all the way. But I’ll spare you. I don’t want anyone imagining me as anything other than the fool you’d encounter if you saw me on the street or heard me talk.

7-10 Because of the extravagance of those revelations, and so I wouldn’t get a big head, I was given the gift of a handicap to keep me in constant touch with my limitations. Satan’s angel did his best to get me down; what he in fact did was push me to my knees. No danger then of walking around high and mighty! At first I didn’t think of it as a gift, and begged God to remove it. Three times I did that, and then he told me,

My grace is enough; it’s all you need.
My strength comes into its own in your weakness.

Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness. Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size—abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become.

11-13 Well, now I’ve done it! I’ve made a complete fool of myself by going on like this. But it’s not all my fault; you put me up to it. You should have been doing this for me, sticking up for me and commending me instead of making me do it for myself. You know from personal experience that even if I’m a nobody, a nothing, I wasn’t second-rate compared to those big-shot apostles you’re so taken with. All the signs that mark a true apostle were in evidence while I was with you through both good times and bad: signs of portent, signs of wonder, signs of power. Did you get less of me or of God than any of the other churches? The only thing you got less of was less responsibility for my upkeep. Well, I’m sorry. Forgive me for depriving you.

14-15 Everything is in readiness now for this, my third visit to you. But don’t worry about it; you won’t have to put yourselves out. I’ll be no more of a bother to you this time than on the other visits. I have no interest in what you have—only in you. Children shouldn’t have to look out for their parents; parents look out for the children. I’d be most happy to empty my pockets, even mortgage my life, for your good. So how does it happen that the more I love you, the less I’m loved?

16-18 And why is it that I keep coming across these whiffs of gossip about how my self-support was a front behind which I worked an elaborate scam? Where’s the evidence? Did I cheat or trick you through anyone I sent? I asked Titus to visit, and sent some brothers along. Did they swindle you out of anything? And haven’t we always been just as aboveboard, just as honest?

19 I hope you don’t think that all along we’ve been making our defense before you, the jury. You’re not the jury; God is the jury—God revealed in Christ—and we make our case before him. And we’ve gone to all the trouble of supporting ourselves so that we won’t be in the way or get in the way of your growing up.

20-21 I do admit that I have fears that when I come you’ll disappoint me and I’ll disappoint you, and in frustration with each other everything will fall to pieces—quarrels, jealousy, flaring tempers, taking sides, angry words, vicious rumors, swelled heads, and general bedlam. I don’t look forward to a second humiliation by God among you, compounded by hot tears over that crowd that keeps sinning over and over in the same old ways, who refuse to turn away from the pigsty of evil, sexual disorder, and indecency in which they wallow.