Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

哥林多後書 8

鼓勵信徒慷慨捐助

1弟兄姊妹,我們現在要讓你們知道上帝向馬其頓各教會所施的恩典。 他們雖然遭遇極大的患難,受盡熬煉,卻充滿了喜樂,在極度貧窮的情況下仍然十分慷慨樂捐。 我可以證明,他們是甘心樂意,盡其所能地捐助,甚至超過了自己的能力。 他們懇切地求我們准許他們與有需要的聖徒分享上帝的恩典。 他們這樣做超過了我們的期望,並且他們按照上帝的旨意首先把自己獻給主,然後獻給我們。

所以,我們勸提多要繼續完成他早先在你們當中開始的這件善事。 你們既然在信心、口才、知識、熱心和對我們的愛心上都有突出的表現,也要在這件善事上有突出的表現。 我說這話並非命令你們,而是藉著別人的熱心考驗一下你們愛心的真偽。 因為你們知道我們主耶穌基督的恩典,祂本來富足,卻為你們的緣故變得貧窮,使你們藉著祂的貧窮可以變得富足。

10 關於捐助的事,我把自己的意見告訴你們:你們一年前開始捐助,並且甘心樂意——這對你們有益。 11 你們現在要把它完成。你們既有懇切願意的心,就要有始有終。 12 因為人只要按自己的能力甘心樂意地去做,必蒙上帝悅納,上帝不會強求人做無法做的事。 13 這不是說要別人脫離困境,要你們陷入困境,乃是要均平。 14 現在你們這些富足的人可以幫補那些有需要的人,以便你們有需要的時候,那些富足的人也可以幫補你們,這樣才均平。 15 正如聖經上說:「多拾的沒有剩餘,少拾的也沒有缺乏。」

託人送捐款

16 感謝上帝!祂感動了提多的心,使他像我一樣熱誠地關懷你們。 17 這固然是他聽了我們的勸告,但也是他自己非常熱誠,自願去你們那裡。 18 我們還要派一位弟兄和他同去,這位弟兄在傳福音的事上得到各地教會的讚許。 19 此外,他還受各教會的委派,與我們一同把捐款送往耶路撒冷,使主得榮耀,並表明我們熱誠相助的心。 20 我們這樣做是為了避免有人挑我們的不是,因我們經手的捐款數目可觀。 21 無論在主面前或在人面前,我們務求行事為人光明磊落。

22 我們還要再派一位弟兄和他們一同去你們那裡。我們經過多次多方的考驗,證實他很熱心,而且他因為十分信任你們,現在更熱心了。 23 至於提多,他是我的同伴,與我一同服侍你們。另外兩位弟兄是眾教會的代表,是基督的榮耀。 24 所以,你們要在眾教會面前向他們證明你們的愛心,以及我誇耀你們的話並非虛言。

New Living Translation

2 Corinthians 8

A Call to Generous Giving

1Now I want you to know, dear brothers and sisters,[a] what God in his kindness has done through the churches in Macedonia. They are being tested by many troubles, and they are very poor. But they are also filled with abundant joy, which has overflowed in rich generosity.

For I can testify that they gave not only what they could afford, but far more. And they did it of their own free will. They begged us again and again for the privilege of sharing in the gift for the believers in Jerusalem.[b] They even did more than we had hoped, for their first action was to give themselves to the Lord and to us, just as God wanted them to do.

So we have urged Titus, who encouraged your giving in the first place, to return to you and encourage you to finish this ministry of giving. Since you excel in so many ways—in your faith, your gifted speakers, your knowledge, your enthusiasm, and your love from us[c]—I want you to excel also in this gracious act of giving.

I am not commanding you to do this. But I am testing how genuine your love is by comparing it with the eagerness of the other churches.

You know the generous grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty he could make you rich.

10 Here is my advice: It would be good for you to finish what you started a year ago. Last year you were the first who wanted to give, and you were the first to begin doing it. 11 Now you should finish what you started. Let the eagerness you showed in the beginning be matched now by your giving. Give in proportion to what you have. 12 Whatever you give is acceptable if you give it eagerly. And give according to what you have, not what you don’t have. 13 Of course, I don’t mean your giving should make life easy for others and hard for yourselves. I only mean that there should be some equality. 14 Right now you have plenty and can help those who are in need. Later, they will have plenty and can share with you when you need it. In this way, things will be equal. 15 As the Scriptures say,

“Those who gathered a lot had nothing left over,
    and those who gathered only a little had enough.”[d]

Titus and His Companions

16 But thank God! He has given Titus the same enthusiasm for you that I have. 17 Titus welcomed our request that he visit you again. In fact, he himself was very eager to go and see you. 18 We are also sending another brother with Titus. All the churches praise him as a preacher of the Good News. 19 He was appointed by the churches to accompany us as we take the offering to Jerusalem[e]—a service that glorifies the Lord and shows our eagerness to help.

20 We are traveling together to guard against any criticism for the way we are handling this generous gift. 21 We are careful to be honorable before the Lord, but we also want everyone else to see that we are honorable.

22 We are also sending with them another of our brothers who has proven himself many times and has shown on many occasions how eager he is. He is now even more enthusiastic because of his great confidence in you. 23 If anyone asks about Titus, say that he is my partner who works with me to help you. And the brothers with him have been sent by the churches,[f] and they bring honor to Christ. 24 So show them your love, and prove to all the churches that our boasting about you is justified.

Notas al pie

  1. 8:1 Greek brothers.
  2. 8:4 Greek for God’s holy people.
  3. 8:7 Some manuscripts read your love for us.
  4. 8:15 Exod 16:18.
  5. 8:19 See 1 Cor 16:3-4.
  6. 8:23 Greek are apostles of the churches.