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馬太福音 11

耶穌和施洗者約翰

1耶穌囑咐完十二個門徒,就離開那裡,到附近的城鎮傳道和教導人。

約翰在監獄中聽到基督所做的事,就差兩個門徒去問祂: 「你就是那位我們所等候的救主嗎?還是我們要等別人呢?」

耶穌回答說:「你們回去把所見所聞告訴約翰, 就是瞎子看見,瘸子走路,痲瘋病人得潔淨,聾子聽見,死人復活,窮人聽到福音。 凡對我沒有失去信心的人有福了!」

他們離開後,耶穌對眾人談起約翰,說:「你們從前去曠野要看什麼呢?看隨風搖動的蘆葦嗎? 如果不是,你們到底想看什麼?是看穿綾羅綢緞的人嗎?那些穿綾羅綢緞的人生活在王宮裡。 你們究竟想看什麼?看先知嗎?是的,我告訴你們,他不只是先知。 10 聖經上說,『看啊,我要差遣我的使者在你前面為你預備道路』,這裡所指的就是約翰。 11 我實在告訴你們,凡婦人所生的,沒有一個興起來比施洗者約翰大,然而天國裡最微不足道的也比他大。

12 「從施洗者約翰到現在,天國一直在強勁地擴展著,強勁的人要抓住它。 13 因為到約翰為止,所有的先知和律法都在預言天國的事。 14 如果你們願意接受,約翰就是那要來的以利亞。 15 有耳可聽的都應該留心聽。

16 「這個世代的人好像什麼呢?他們好像一群在街上玩耍的兒童對別的孩子說,

17 『我們吹娶親的樂曲,
你們不跳舞;
我們唱送葬的哀歌,
你們不悲傷。』

18 約翰來了,也不吃也不喝,他們就說他被鬼附身。 19 人子來了,又吃又喝,他們就說祂是貪吃好酒之徒,與稅吏和罪人為友。然而智慧會在她的作為上得到驗證。」

不肯悔改的城

20 那時,耶穌開始責備一些城鎮,因為祂在那裡行了許多神蹟,當地的居民仍不肯悔改。 21 祂說:「哥拉汛啊,你大禍臨頭了!伯賽大啊,你大禍臨頭了!我在你們當中所行的神蹟,如果行在泰爾和西頓,那裡的人早就身披麻衣,頭蒙灰塵,悔改了。 22 所以我告訴你們,在審判之日,你們將比泰爾和西頓受更重的刑罰!

23 「迦百農啊,你將被提升到天上嗎?不!你將被打落到陰間。因為若把在你那裡所行的神蹟行在所多瑪,它肯定會存留到今天。 24 所以我告訴你們,在審判之日,你們將比所多瑪受更重的刑罰!」

勞苦者得安息

25 那時,耶穌說:「父啊,天地的主,我頌讚你,因為你把這些事向聰明、有學問的人隱藏起來,卻啟示給像孩童一般的人。 26 父啊,是的,這正是你的美意。 27 我父將一切交給了我。除了父,沒有人認識子;除了子和受子啟示的人,沒有人認識父。

28 「所有勞苦困乏、背負重擔的人啊,到我這裡來吧!我要賜給你們安息。 29 我心柔和謙卑,你們要負我的軛,向我學習,這樣你們的心靈必得享安息。 30 因為我的軛容易負,我的擔子很輕省。」

Amplified Bible

Matthew 11

John’s Questions

1When Jesus had finished giving instructions to His twelve disciples, He went on from there to teach and to preach in their [Galilean] cities.

Now when [a]John [the Baptist] in prison heard about the activities of Christ, he sent word by his disciples and asked Him, “Are You the Expected One (the Messiah), or should we look for someone else [who will be the promised One]?” Jesus answered, “Go and report to John what you hear and see: the blind receive [their] sight and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed [by healing] and the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed [joyful, favored by God] is he who does not take offense at Me [accepting Me as the Messiah and trusting confidently in My message of salvation].”

Jesus’ Tribute to John

As these men were going away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John: “What did you go out in the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind [which is commonplace]? What did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft clothing [entirely unsuited for the harsh desert]? Those who wear soft clothing are in the palaces of kings! But what did you [really] go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and one [more eminent, more remarkable, and] [b]far more than a prophet [who foretells the future]. 10 This is the one of whom it is written [by the prophet Malachi],

Behold, I send My messenger ahead of You,
Who will prepare Your way before You.’

11 I assure you and most solemnly say to you, among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet the one who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater [in privilege] than he. 12 From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violent assault, and violent men seize it by force [as a precious prize]. 13 For all the prophets and the Law prophesied up until John. 14 And if you are willing to accept it, John himself is [the fulfillment of] Elijah [as the messenger] who was to come [before the kingdom]. 15 He who has ears to hear, let him hear and heed My words.

16 “But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like little children sitting in the market places, who call to the others, 17 and say ‘We piped the flute for you [playing wedding], and you did not dance; we wailed sad dirges [playing funeral], and you did not mourn and cry aloud.’ 18 For John came neither eating nor drinking [with others], and they say, ‘He has a demon!’ 19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking [with others], and they say, ‘Look! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners [including non-observant Jews]!’ Yet wisdom is justified and vindicated by her deeds [in the lives of those who respond to Me].”

The Unrepenting Cities

20 Then He began to denounce [the people in] the cities in which most of His miracles were done, because they did not repent [and change their hearts and lives]. 21 “Woe (judgment is coming) to you, [c]Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon [cities of the Gentiles], they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes [their hearts would have been changed and they would have expressed sorrow for their sin and rebellion against God]. 22 Nevertheless I say to you, it will be more tolerable for [the pagan cities of] Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you. 23 And you, Capernaum, are you to be exalted to heaven [for your apathy and unresponsiveness]? You will descend to Hades (the realm of the dead); for if the miracles done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. 24 But I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom on the day of judgment, than for you.”

Come to Me

25 At that time Jesus said, “I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth [I openly and joyfully acknowledge Your great wisdom], that You have hidden these things [these spiritual truths] from the wise and intelligent and revealed them to infants [to new believers, to those seeking God’s will and purpose]. 26 Yes, Father, for this way was well-pleasing in Your sight. 27 All things have been handed over to Me by My Father; and no one fully knows and accurately understands the Son except the Father; and no one fully knows and accurately understands the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son [deliberately] wills to reveal Him.

28 “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavily burdened [by religious rituals that provide no peace], and I will give you rest [refreshing your souls with salvation]. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me [following Me as My disciple], for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest (renewal, blessed quiet) for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy [to bear] and My burden is light.”

Notas al pie

  1. Matthew 11:2 John and Jesus were about the same age and were related through their mothers, Elizabeth and Mary (Luke 1:36).
  2. Matthew 11:9 John was unique among the prophets because he was sent to prepare the hearts of the people for the immediate disclosure of their Messiah.
  3. Matthew 11:21 A city near Capernaum, where Jesus later made His home. They would have heard His teachings many times.