Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

哥林多後書 7

1親愛的弟兄姊妹,我們既然有這些應許,就當洗淨自己身體和靈魂一切的污穢,存著敬畏上帝的心追求完全聖潔。

保羅的喜樂

請你們敞開心懷接納我們。我們沒有虧負過任何人,沒有敗壞過任何人,也沒有佔過任何人的便宜。 我這樣說,並不是要定你們的罪,因為我曾經說過,我們心裡常惦記你們,甚至願意和你們生死與共。 我非常信任你們,以你們為榮。我因你們大受激勵,在我們所受的一切患難中,我仍然充滿喜樂。

我們到馬其頓的時候,身心無法安歇,面臨著重重患難,外有衝突,內有恐懼。 但安慰沮喪之人的上帝藉著提多的到來激勵了我們。 我們得到激勵,不但是因為提多來了,也因為看到他從你們那裡得到了激勵。他把你們對我的想念、對我的熱心以及你們的哀痛都告訴了我,這使我更加歡喜。

我曾為從前寫的那封信令你們憂傷而後悔,但現在不後悔了,因為我知道那封信令你們憂傷只是暫時的。 現在我很歡喜,當然不是因為你們憂傷而歡喜,而是看見你們因憂傷而悔改了。因為你們這樣憂傷合乎上帝的心意,使你們不致因我們而受到任何損失。 10 合乎上帝心意的憂傷會帶來悔改,使人得到救恩,永不後悔,但世俗的憂傷只會帶來死亡。

11 你們看,合乎上帝心意的憂傷使你們產生了何等的迫切感啊!你們熱切地辯明自己的立場,對罪憤慨,恐懼顫抖,期盼與我相見,嫉惡如仇,懲處罪惡。你們在各方面已顯明自己在那件事上是清白的。

12 因此,雖然我給你們寫過信,但並非為了那犯錯的人或那受害的人而寫的,而是為了讓你們在上帝面前看到自己對我們所存的熱心。 13 我們也因此得到了激勵。令我們更歡喜的是提多也很喜樂,因為他的心從你們那裡得到了安慰。 14 我若對提多誇獎了你們什麼,也不覺得慚愧,因為我先前向提多誇獎你們的話都證明是真實的,正如我告訴你們的一切都是真實的。 15 提多想到你們眾人的順服並怎樣戰戰兢兢地接待他,便更加愛你們了。 16 現在,我對你們可以完全放心了,這真令我歡喜。

New Living Translation

2 Corinthians 7

1Because we have these promises, dear friends, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that can defile our body or spirit. And let us work toward complete holiness because we fear God.

Please open your hearts to us. We have not done wrong to anyone, nor led anyone astray, nor taken advantage of anyone. I’m not saying this to condemn you. I said before that you are in our hearts, and we live or die together with you. I have the highest confidence in you, and I take great pride in you. You have greatly encouraged me and made me happy despite all our troubles.

Paul’s Joy at the Church’s Repentance

When we arrived in Macedonia, there was no rest for us. We faced conflict from every direction, with battles on the outside and fear on the inside. But God, who encourages those who are discouraged, encouraged us by the arrival of Titus. His presence was a joy, but so was the news he brought of the encouragement he received from you. When he told us how much you long to see me, and how sorry you are for what happened, and how loyal you are to me, I was filled with joy!

I am not sorry that I sent that severe letter to you, though I was sorry at first, for I know it was painful to you for a little while. Now I am glad I sent it, not because it hurt you, but because the pain caused you to repent and change your ways. It was the kind of sorrow God wants his people to have, so you were not harmed by us in any way. 10 For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death.

11 Just see what this godly sorrow produced in you! Such earnestness, such concern to clear yourselves, such indignation, such alarm, such longing to see me, such zeal, and such a readiness to punish wrong. You showed that you have done everything necessary to make things right. 12 My purpose, then, was not to write about who did the wrong or who was wronged. I wrote to you so that in the sight of God you could see for yourselves how loyal you are to us. 13 We have been greatly encouraged by this.

In addition to our own encouragement, we were especially delighted to see how happy Titus was about the way all of you welcomed him and set his mind[a] at ease. 14 I had told him how proud I was of you—and you didn’t disappoint me. I have always told you the truth, and now my boasting to Titus has also proved true! 15 Now he cares for you more than ever when he remembers the way all of you obeyed him and welcomed him with such fear and deep respect. 16 I am very happy now because I have complete confidence in you.

Notas al pie

  1. 7:13 Greek his spirit.