Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

腓利門書

我是為了傳揚基督耶穌而被囚禁的保羅,與提摩太弟兄寫信給我們親愛的同工腓利門弟兄、 亞腓亞姊妹和我們的戰友亞基布,以及在腓利門家裡聚會的弟兄姊妹。

願我們的父上帝和主耶穌基督賜給你們恩典和平安。

稱讚腓利門

腓利門弟兄,我常常在禱告中為你感謝上帝, 因為我聽說了你對主耶穌的信心和對眾聖徒的愛心。 我求上帝使你能有效地與人分享信仰,明白我們所做的一切美事都是為了基督。 弟兄啊,你的愛心給我帶來極大的喜樂和安慰,因為你使眾聖徒感到欣慰。

憑愛心求情

因此,我儘管可以奉基督的名吩咐你去做當做的事, 然而我這上了年紀又為基督耶穌的緣故被囚禁的保羅寧願憑愛心求你, 10 就是替阿尼西謀[a]求你。他是我在獄中帶領歸主的屬靈兒子, 11 他過去對你沒有什麼益處,但現在對你對我都有益處。

12 我現在派我深愛的阿尼西謀回你那裡。 13 我本想把他留在身邊,讓他在我為傳福音而坐牢期間代替你服侍我。 14 不過,未經你同意,我不願意這樣做,因為我盼望你的善行是出於甘心,而非勉強。 15 或許他暫時離開你是為了讓你以後永遠得到他。 16 你得到的不再是一個奴隸,而是一位遠超過奴隸的親愛弟兄。對我而言,的確如此,更何況對你呢!就肉身說你們是主僕,但在主裡你們是弟兄。

17 如果你當我是同伴,就請你像接納我一樣接納他。 18 如果他得罪你,或虧欠你什麼,都記在我的賬上吧。 19 我保羅在此親筆保證,我必償還。其實我不說你也知道,連你自己也欠我。

20 弟兄啊,看在主的份上,請你答應我的請求,在基督裡讓我的心得到安慰吧! 21 我寫信給你,深信你一定會照辦,甚至超過我的要求。 22 同時,也請你為我預備住處,因為我盼望藉著你們的禱告,我可以蒙恩到你們那裡。

問候

23 為了基督耶穌的緣故和我一同坐牢的以巴弗問候你。 24 此外,我的同工馬可、亞里達古、底馬和路加都問候你。

25 願我們主耶穌基督的恩典與你們同在。阿們!

Notas al pie

  1. 1·10 阿尼西謀」這個名字意思是有用、有益處。

The Message

Philemon

1-3 I, Paul, am a prisoner for the sake of Christ, here with my brother Timothy. I write this letter to you, Philemon, my good friend and companion in this work—also to our sister Apphia, to Archippus, a real trooper, and to the church that meets in your house. God’s best to you! Christ’s blessings on you!

4-7 Every time your name comes up in my prayers, I say, “Oh, thank you, God!” I keep hearing of the love and faith you have for the Master Jesus, which brims over to other believers. And I keep praying that this faith we hold in common keeps showing up in the good things we do, and that people recognize Christ in all of it. Friend, you have no idea how good your love makes me feel, doubly so when I see your hospitality to fellow believers.

To Call the Slave Your Friend

8-9 In line with all this I have a favor to ask of you. As Christ’s ambassador and now a prisoner for him, I wouldn’t hesitate to command this if I thought it necessary, but I’d rather make it a personal request.

10-14 While here in jail, I’ve fathered a child, so to speak. And here he is, hand-carrying this letter—Onesimus! He was useless to you before; now he’s useful to both of us. I’m sending him back to you, but it feels like I’m cutting off my right arm in doing so. I wanted in the worst way to keep him here as your stand-in to help out while I’m in jail for the Message. But I didn’t want to do anything behind your back, make you do a good deed that you hadn’t willingly agreed to.

15-16 Maybe it’s all for the best that you lost him for a while. You’re getting him back now for good—and no mere slave this time, but a true Christian brother! That’s what he was to me—he’ll be even more than that to you.

17-20 So if you still consider me a comrade-in-arms, welcome him back as you would me. If he damaged anything or owes you anything, chalk it up to my account. This is my personal signature—Paul—and I stand behind it. (I don’t need to remind you, do I, that you owe your very life to me?) Do me this big favor, friend. You’ll be doing it for Christ, but it will also do my heart good.

21-22 I know you well enough to know you will. You’ll probably go far beyond what I’ve written. And by the way, get a room ready for me. Because of your prayers, I fully expect to be your guest again.

23-25 Epaphras, my cellmate in the cause of Christ, says hello. Also my coworkers Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, and Luke. All the best to you from the Master, Jesus Christ!