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。

New Living Translation

2 Corinthians 12

Paul’s Vision and His Thorn in the Flesh

1This boasting will do no good, but I must go on. I will reluctantly tell about visions and revelations from the Lord. I[a] was caught up to the third heaven fourteen years ago. Whether I was in my body or out of my body, I don’t know—only God knows. Yes, only God knows whether I was in my body or outside my body. But I do know that I was caught up[b] to paradise and heard things so astounding that they cannot be expressed in words, things no human is allowed to tell.

That experience is worth boasting about, but I’m not going to do it. I will boast only about my weaknesses. If I wanted to boast, I would be no fool in doing so, because I would be telling the truth. But I won’t do it, because I don’t want anyone to give me credit beyond what they can see in my life or hear in my message, even though I have received such wonderful revelations from God. So to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud.

Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 10 That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Paul’s Concern for the Corinthians

11 You have made me act like a fool. You ought to be writing commendations for me, for I am not at all inferior to these “super apostles,” even though I am nothing at all. 12 When I was with you, I certainly gave you proof that I am an apostle. For I patiently did many signs and wonders and miracles among you. 13 The only thing I failed to do, which I do in the other churches, was to become a financial burden to you. Please forgive me for this wrong!

14 Now I am coming to you for the third time, and I will not be a burden to you. I don’t want what you have—I want you. After all, children don’t provide for their parents. Rather, parents provide for their children. 15 I will gladly spend myself and all I have for you, even though it seems that the more I love you, the less you love me.

16 Some of you admit I was not a burden to you. But others still think I was sneaky and took advantage of you by trickery. 17 But how? Did any of the men I sent to you take advantage of you? 18 When I urged Titus to visit you and sent our other brother with him, did Titus take advantage of you? No! For we have the same spirit and walk in each other’s steps, doing things the same way.

19 Perhaps you think we’re saying these things just to defend ourselves. No, we tell you this as Christ’s servants, and with God as our witness. Everything we do, dear friends, is to strengthen you. 20 For I am afraid that when I come I won’t like what I find, and you won’t like my response. I am afraid that I will find quarreling, jealousy, anger, selfishness, slander, gossip, arrogance, and disorderly behavior. 21 Yes, I am afraid that when I come again, God will humble me in your presence. And I will be grieved because many of you have not given up your old sins. You have not repented of your impurity, sexual immorality, and eagerness for lustful pleasure.

Notas al pie

  1. 12:2 Greek I know a man in Christ who.
  2. 12:3-4 Greek But I know such a man, that he was caught up.