Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

提多書 1

問候

1我保羅作上帝的奴僕和耶穌基督的使徒,是為了使上帝揀選的人有信心、明白真理,從而過敬虔的生活, 有永生的盼望。這永生是從不說謊的上帝在亙古以前應許的。 祂在所定的時候,藉著人的傳揚將自己的道顯明出來。我奉我們救主上帝的命令傳揚這道。

提多啊,我寫信給你,就我們共同的信仰來說,你是我真正的兒子。

願父上帝和我們的救主基督耶穌賜給你恩典和平安!

長老的資格

當初,我把你留在克里特島,是要你完成未辦完的事工,並照我的指示在各城選立長老。 作長老的必須無可指責,只有一位妻子,兒女都信主、沒有放蕩不羈的行為。 身為上帝的管家,作監督的必須無可指責,不傲慢,不暴躁,不酗酒,不好鬥,不貪財。 他必須好客、樂善、自制、正直、聖潔、自律, 持守所領受的真道,以便能夠以純正的教導勸勉人,駁倒那些反對的人。

10 因為有許多悖逆之人喜歡空談,善於欺騙,尤其是那些奉行割禮的人。 11 你一定要堵住他們的口,因為他們為了不義之財教不該教的,誤導了別人全家。 12 克里特人自己的一位先知說:「克里特人說謊成性,邪惡如獸,好吃懶做。」 13 這話是真的。因此你要嚴正地斥責他們,使他們有純正的信仰, 14 不理會猶太人荒誕的傳說和那些違背真理之人的誡律。 15 對潔淨的人而言,一切都是潔淨的;對污穢不信的人而言,什麼都不潔淨,連他們的思想和良心都是污穢的。 16 他們自稱認識上帝,在行為上卻否認祂。他們令人可憎,悖逆成性,一無是處。

The Message

Titus 1

11-4 I, Paul, am God’s slave and Christ’s agent for promoting the faith among God’s chosen people, getting out the accurate word on God and how to respond rightly to it. My aim is to raise hopes by pointing the way to life without end. This is the life God promised long ago—and he doesn’t break promises! And then when the time was ripe, he went public with his truth. I’ve been entrusted to proclaim this Message by order of our Savior, God himself. Dear Titus, legitimate son in the faith: Receive everything God our Father and Jesus our Savior give you!

A Good Grip on the Message

5-9 I left you in charge in Crete so you could complete what I left half-done. Appoint leaders in every town according to my instructions. As you select them, ask, “Is this man well-thought-of? Is he committed to his wife? Are his children believers? Do they respect him and stay out of trouble?” It’s important that a church leader, responsible for the affairs in God’s house, be looked up to—not pushy, not short-tempered, not a drunk, not a bully, not money-hungry. He must welcome people, be helpful, wise, fair, reverent, have a good grip on himself, and have a good grip on the Message, knowing how to use the truth to either spur people on in knowledge or stop them in their tracks if they oppose it.

10-16 For there are a lot of rebels out there, full of loose, confusing, and deceiving talk. Those who were brought up religious and ought to know better are the worst. They’ve got to be shut up. They’re disrupting entire families with their teaching, and all for the sake of a fast buck. One of their own prophets said it best:

The Cretans are liars from the womb,
    barking dogs, lazy bellies.

He certainly spoke the truth. Get on them right away. Stop that diseased talk of Jewish make-believe and made-up rules so they can recover a robust faith. Everything is clean to the clean-minded; nothing is clean to dirty-minded unbelievers. They leave their dirty fingerprints on every thought and act. They say they know God, but their actions speak louder than their words. They’re real creeps, disobedient good-for-nothings.