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。

  1. 12·2 此人就是保羅本人,他不願誇耀自己的經歷。

New International Reader's Version

2 Corinthians 12

Paul’s Vision and His Painful Problem

1We can’t gain anything by bragging. But I have to do it anyway. I am going to tell you what I’ve seen. I want to talk about what the Lord has shown me. I know a believer in Christ who was taken up to the third heaven 14 years ago. I don’t know if his body was taken up or not. Only God knows. I don’t know if that man was in his body or out of it. Only God knows. But I do know that he was taken up to paradise. He heard things there that couldn’t be put into words. They were things that no one is allowed to talk about. I will brag about a man like that. But I won’t brag about myself. I will brag only about how weak I am. Suppose I decide to brag. That would not make me a fool, because I would be telling the truth. But I don’t brag, so that no one will think more of me than they should. People should judge me by what I do and say. God has shown me amazing and wonderful things. People should not think more of me because of it. So I wouldn’t become proud of myself, I was given a problem. This problem caused pain in my body. It is a messenger from Satan to make me suffer. Three times I begged the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is all you need. My power is strongest when you are weak.” So I am very happy to brag about how weak I am. Then Christ’s power can rest on me. 10 Because of how I suffered for Christ, I’m glad that I am weak. I am glad in hard times. I am glad when people say mean things about me. I am glad when things are difficult. And I am glad when people make me suffer. When I am weak, I am strong.

Paul’s Concern for the People of Corinth

11 I have made a fool of myself. But you made me do it. You should have praised me. Even though I am nothing, I am in no way less important than the “super-apostles.” 12 While I was with you, I kept on showing you the actions of a true apostle. These actions include signs, wonders and miracles. 13 How were you less important than the other churches? The only difference was that I didn’t cause you any expense. Forgive me for that wrong!

14 Now I am ready to visit you for the third time. I won’t cause you any expense. I don’t want what you have. What I really want is you. After all, children shouldn’t have to save up for their parents. Parents should save up for their children. 15 So I will be very happy to spend everything I have for you. I will even spend myself. If I love you more, will you love me less? 16 In any case, I haven’t caused you any expense. But I’m so tricky! I have caught you by tricking you! Or so you think! 17 Did I take advantage of you through any of the men I sent to you? 18 I asked Titus to go to you. And I sent our brother with him. Titus didn’t take advantage of you, did he? Didn’t we walk in the same footsteps by the same Spirit?

19 All this time, have you been thinking that I’ve been speaking up for myself? No, I’ve been speaking with God as my witness. I’ve been speaking like a believer in Christ. Dear friends, everything I do is to help you become stronger. 20 I’m afraid that when I come I won’t find you as I want you to be. I’m afraid that you won’t find me as you want me to be. I’m afraid there will be arguing, jealousy and fits of anger. I’m afraid each of you will focus only on getting ahead. Then you will tell lies about each other. You will talk about each other. I’m afraid you will be proud and cause trouble. 21 I’m afraid that when I come again my God will put me to shame in front of you. Then I will be sad about many who sinned earlier and have not turned away from it. They have not turned away from uncleanness, sexual sins and wild living. They have done all those things.