Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

帖撒羅尼迦前書 4

上帝喜悅的生活

1最後,弟兄姊妹,既然你們領受了我們的教導,知道怎樣行才能討上帝的喜悅,如你們現在所行的,我們靠著主耶穌懇求、勸勉你們要更加努力。 你們都知道我們靠著主耶穌傳給你們的誡命。 上帝的旨意是要你們聖潔,遠避淫亂的事, 要你們人人都知道持守身體的聖潔和尊貴, 不可荒淫縱慾,像那些不認識上帝的外族人一樣。 你們在這種事上不可越軌,虧負弟兄姊妹。我們曾經對你們說過,並且鄭重地警告過你們,主必懲治犯這種罪的人。 因為上帝呼召我們不是要我們沾染污穢,而是要我們聖潔。 所以,人若拒絕遵行這命令,他不是拒絕人,而是拒絕賜聖靈給你們的上帝。

關於弟兄姊妹彼此相愛的事,我就不必多寫了,因為你們自己從上帝那裡領受了要彼此相愛的教導。 10 你們對馬其頓全境的弟兄姊妹已經做到了這一點。不過,我勸各位要再接再厲。 11 你們要立志過安分守己的生活,親手做工,正如我們以前吩咐你們的。 12 這樣,你們可以得到外人的尊敬,不必依賴任何人。

復活的盼望

13 弟兄姊妹,關於安息的信徒[a],我不願意你們一無所知,免得你們像那些沒有盼望的人一樣悲傷。 14 我們既然相信耶穌死了,又復活了,也要相信上帝必把那些安息的信徒和耶穌一同帶來。

15 我們把主耶穌的話告訴你們:主再來的那天,我們還活著的人不會比已安息的信徒先見到主。 16 因為主必在號令聲、天使長的呼喊聲和上帝的號角聲中親自從天降臨,已經離世的基督徒必先復活。 17 然後,我們還活著的人要和他們一起被提到雲裡,在空中與主相會,永遠和主在一起。 18 所以你們要用這些話彼此鼓勵。

Notas al pie

  1. 4·13 安息的信徒」希臘文是「睡了的人」,聖經常用「睡了」作為「死了」的委婉說法,參見約翰福音十一章11—14節。

Amplified Bible

1 Thessalonians 4

Sanctification and Love

1Finally, believers, we ask and admonish you in the Lord Jesus, that you follow the instruction that you received from us about how you ought to walk and please God (just as you are actually doing) and that you excel even more and more [pursuing a life of purpose and living in a way that expresses gratitude to God for your salvation]. For you know what commandments and precepts we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, that you be sanctified [separated and set apart from sin]: that you abstain and back away from sexual immorality; that each of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor [being available for God’s purpose and separated from things profane], not [to be used] in lustful passion, like the Gentiles who do not know God and are ignorant of His will; and that [in this matter of sexual misconduct] no man shall transgress and defraud his brother because the Lord is the avenger in all these things, just as we have told you before and solemnly warned you. For God has not called us to impurity, but to holiness [to be dedicated, and set apart by behavior that pleases Him, whether in public or in private]. So whoever rejects and disregards this is not [merely] rejecting man but the God who gives His Holy Spirit to you [to dwell in you and empower you to overcome temptation].

Now concerning brotherly love, you have no need for anyone to write you, for you have been [personally] taught by God to love one another [that is, to have an unselfish concern for others and to do things for their benefit]. 10 For indeed you already do practice it toward all the [a]believers throughout Macedonia [by actively displaying your love and concern for them]. But we urge you, brothers and sisters, that you excel [in this matter] more and more, 11 and to make it your ambition to live quietly and peacefully, and to mind your own affairs and work with your hands, just as we directed you, 12 so that you will behave properly toward outsiders [exhibiting good character, personal integrity, and moral courage worthy of the respect of the outside world], and be dependent on no one and in need of nothing [be self-supporting].

Those Who Died in Christ

13 Now we do not want you to be uninformed, believers, about those who are asleep [in death], so that you will not grieve [for them] as the others do who have no hope [beyond this present life]. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again [as in fact He did], even so God [in this same way—by raising them from the dead] will bring with Him those [believers] who have fallen asleep in Jesus. 15 For we say this to you by the Lord’s [own] word, that we who are still alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will in no way precede [into His presence] those [believers] who have fallen asleep [in death]. 16 For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven with a shout of command, with the voice of the [b]archangel and with the [blast of the] trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain [on the earth] will simultaneously be caught up (raptured) together with them [the resurrected ones] in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord! 18 Therefore comfort and encourage one another with these words [concerning our reunion with believers who have died].

Notas al pie

  1. 1 Thessalonians 4:10 Lit brethren.
  2. 1 Thessalonians 4:16 Only Michael is identified as an archangel (Dan 10:13; Jude 9).