路加福音 2 – CCBT & NIRV

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

路加福音 2:1-52

耶穌降生伯利恆

1那時,凱撒奧古斯都頒下諭旨,命羅馬帝國的人民都辦理戶口登記。 2這是第一次戶口登記,正值居里紐敘利亞總督。 3大家都回到本鄉辦理戶口登記。 4約瑟因為是大衛家族的人,就從加利利拿撒勒鎮趕到猶太地區大衛的故鄉伯利恆5要和已許配給他、懷著身孕的瑪麗亞一起登記。 6他們抵達目的地時,瑪麗亞產期到了, 7便生下第一胎,是個兒子。她用布把孩子裹好,安放在馬槽裡,因為旅店沒有房間了。

牧羊人和天使

8當晚,伯利恆郊外有一群牧羊人正在看守羊群。 9忽然,主的天使向他們顯現,主的榮光四面照著他們,他們非常害怕。 10天使對他們說:「不要怕!我告訴你們一個有關萬民的大喜訊, 11今天在大衛的城裡有一位救主為你們降生了,祂就是主基督! 12你們將看見一個嬰孩包著布躺在馬槽裡,這就是給你們的記號。」

13忽然,有一大隊天軍出現,與那天使一同讚美上帝說:

14「在至高之處,

願榮耀歸於上帝!

在地上,

願平安臨到祂所喜悅的人!」

15眾天使離開他們升回天上之後,牧羊人便商議說:「我們現在去伯利恆,察看一下主剛才告訴我們的那件事吧!」 16他們就連忙進城,找到了瑪麗亞約瑟以及躺在馬槽裡的嬰孩。 17他們看過之後,就把天使告訴他們有關這嬰孩的事傳開了。 18聽見的人都對牧羊人的話感到驚訝。

19瑪麗亞把這些事牢記在心裡,反覆思想。 20牧羊人在歸途中不斷地將榮耀歸於上帝,讚美祂,因為他們的所見所聞跟天使告訴他們的一樣。

奉獻聖嬰

21在第八天,嬰孩接受了割禮,祂的名字叫耶穌,是瑪麗亞懷孕前天使取的。

22摩西律法規定的潔淨期滿後,約瑟瑪麗亞把嬰孩帶到耶路撒冷去獻給主, 23因為主的律法規定:必須把長子分別出來獻給主。 24他們又按照主的律法獻上祭物,即一對斑鳩或兩隻雛鴿。 25耶路撒冷有一位公義敬虔、有聖靈同在的人名叫希緬,他一直期待著以色列的安慰者到來。 26聖靈曾啟示他:他去世前必能親眼看見主所立的基督。

27一天,他受聖靈感動進入聖殿,看見約瑟瑪麗亞抱著嬰孩耶穌進來,要依照律法的規定為祂行奉獻禮, 28就把祂抱過來,稱頌上帝說:

29「主啊,現在你的話已經成就,

可以讓你的奴僕安然離世了,

30因為我已親眼看到你的救恩,

31就是你為萬民所預備的救恩。

32這救恩是啟示外族人的光,

也是你以色列子民的榮耀。」

33約瑟瑪麗亞聽見這番話,感到驚奇。 34希緬給他們祝福後,就對孩子的母親瑪麗亞說:「看啊,這孩子必使以色列許多人跌倒、許多人興起。祂將成為眾人攻擊的對象, 35好叫許多人的心思意念暴露出來,你自己則會心如刀割。」

36-37亞設支派中有一位八十四歲高齡的女先知名叫亞拿,是法內利的女兒,婚後七年便開始守寡,之後一直住在聖殿裡,禁食禱告,日夜事奉上帝。 38正在那時,她也前來感謝上帝,並把耶穌的事報告給所有盼望耶路撒冷蒙救贖的人。

39約瑟瑪麗亞辦完了主的律法規定的一切事之後,就回到他們的家鄉——加利利拿撒勒40耶穌漸漸長大,身心強健,充滿智慧,上帝的恩典與祂同在。

少年耶穌聖殿論道

41約瑟瑪麗亞每年都上耶路撒冷去過逾越節。 42耶穌十二歲那年,跟父母照例上去過節。 43節期完了,約瑟瑪麗亞便啟程回家,他們並不知道少年耶穌仍然留在耶路撒冷44還以為祂跟在同行的人中間。他們走了一天的路後,才開始在親戚朋友中找祂, 45結果沒有找到,只好回到耶路撒冷46三天後,他們才在聖殿裡找到耶穌,祂正和教師們坐在一起,一邊聽一邊問問題。 47祂的知識和對答令聽見的人感到驚奇。 48約瑟瑪麗亞看見耶穌在那裡,大為驚奇。

瑪麗亞對祂說:「兒子,你為什麼這樣對我們呢?你父親和我急得到處找你!」

49耶穌對他們說:「你們為什麼找我呢?難道你們不知道我應該在我父的家嗎?」 50但他們不明白祂在講什麼。

51於是,耶穌隨父母回到拿撒勒,並順從他們。瑪麗亞把這一切事牢記在心。 52耶穌漸漸長大,智慧與日俱增,越來越受上帝和人們的喜愛。

New International Reader’s Version

Luke 2:1-52

Jesus Is Born

1In those days, Caesar Augustus made a law. It required that a list be made of everyone in the whole Roman world. 2It was the first time a list was made of the people while Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3Everyone went to their own town to be listed.

4So Joseph went also. He went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea. That is where Bethlehem, the town of David, was. Joseph went there because he belonged to the family line of David. 5He went there with Mary to be listed. Mary was engaged to him. She was expecting a baby. 6While Joseph and Mary were there, the time came for the child to be born. 7She gave birth to her first baby. It was a boy. She wrapped him in large strips of cloth. Then she placed him in a manger. That’s because there was no guest room where they could stay.

8There were shepherds living out in the fields nearby. It was night, and they were taking care of their sheep. 9An angel of the Lord appeared to them. And the glory of the Lord shone around them. They were terrified. 10But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news. It will bring great joy for all the people. 11Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you. He is the Messiah, the Lord. 12Here is how you will know I am telling you the truth. You will find a baby wrapped in strips of cloth and lying in a manger.”

13Suddenly a large group of angels from heaven also appeared. They were praising God. They said,

14“May glory be given to God in the highest heaven!

And may peace be given to those he is pleased with on earth!”

15The angels left and went into heaven. Then the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem. Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

16So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph and the baby. The baby was lying in the manger. 17After the shepherds had seen him, they told everyone. They reported what the angel had said about this child. 18All who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19But Mary kept all these things like a secret treasure in her heart. She thought about them over and over. 20The shepherds returned. They gave glory and praise to God. Everything they had seen and heard was just as they had been told.

21When the child was eight days old, he was circumcised. At the same time he was named Jesus. This was the name the angel had given him before his mother became pregnant.

Joseph and Mary Take Jesus to the Temple

22The time came for making Mary “clean” as required by the Law of Moses. So Joseph and Mary took Jesus to Jerusalem. There they presented him to the Lord. 23In the Law of the Lord it says, “The first boy born in every family must be set apart for the Lord.” (Exodus 13:2,12) 24They also offered a sacrifice. They did it in keeping with the Law, which says, “a pair of doves or two young pigeons.” (Leviticus 12:8)

25In Jerusalem there was a man named Simeon. He was a good and godly man. He was waiting for God’s promise to Israel to come true. The Holy Spirit was with him. 26The Spirit had told Simeon that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. 27The Spirit led him into the temple courtyard. Then Jesus’ parents brought the child in. They came to do for him what the Law required. 28Simeon took Jesus in his arms and praised God. He said,

29“Lord, you are the King over all.

Now let me, your servant, go in peace.

That is what you promised.

30My eyes have seen your salvation.

31You have prepared it in the sight of all nations.

32It is a light to be given to the Gentiles.

It will be the glory of your people Israel.”

33The child’s father and mother were amazed at what was said about him. 34Then Simeon blessed them. He said to Mary, Jesus’ mother, “This child is going to cause many people in Israel to fall and to rise. God has sent him. But many will speak against him. 35The thoughts of many hearts will be known. A sword will wound your own soul too.”

36There was also a prophet named Anna. She was the daughter of Penuel from the tribe of Asher. Anna was very old. After getting married, she lived with her husband seven years. 37Then she was a widow until she was 84. She never left the temple. She worshiped night and day, praying and going without food. 38Anna came up to Jesus’ family at that moment. She gave thanks to God. And she spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the time when Jerusalem would be set free.

39Joseph and Mary did everything the Law of the Lord required. Then they returned to Galilee. They went to their own town of Nazareth. 40And the child grew and became strong. He was very wise. He was blessed by God’s grace.

The Boy Jesus at the Temple

41Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Passover Feast. 42When Jesus was 12 years old, they went up to the feast as usual. 43After the feast was over, his parents left to go back home. The boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. But they were not aware of it. 44They thought he was somewhere in their group. So they traveled on for a day. Then they began to look for him among their relatives and friends. 45They did not find him. So they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. 46After three days they found him in the temple courtyard. He was sitting with the teachers. He was listening to them and asking them questions. 47Everyone who heard him was amazed at how much he understood. They also were amazed at his answers. 48When his parents saw him, they were amazed. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been worried about you. We have been looking for you everywhere.”

49“Why were you looking for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” 50But they did not understand what he meant by that.

51Then he went back to Nazareth with them, and he obeyed them. But his mother kept all these things like a secret treasure in her heart. 52Jesus became wiser and stronger. He also became more and more pleasing to God and to people.