The Message

Romans 1

1I, Paul, am a devoted slave of Jesus Christ on assignment, authorized as an apostle to proclaim God’s words and acts. I write this letter to all the believers in Rome, God’s friends.

2-7 The sacred writings contain preliminary reports by the prophets on God’s Son. His descent from David roots him in history; his unique identity as Son of God was shown by the Spirit when Jesus was raised from the dead, setting him apart as the Messiah, our Master. Through him we received both the generous gift of his life and the urgent task of passing it on to others who receive it by entering into obedient trust in Jesus. You are who you are through this gift and call of Jesus Christ! And I greet you now with all the generosity of God our Father and our Master Jesus, the Messiah.

8-12 I thank God through Jesus for every one of you. That’s first. People everywhere keep telling me about your lives of faith, and every time I hear them, I thank him. And God, whom I so love to worship and serve by spreading the good news of his Son—the Message!—knows that every time I think of you in my prayers, which is practically all the time, I ask him to clear the way for me to come and see you. The longer this waiting goes on, the deeper the ache. I so want to be there to deliver God’s gift in person and watch you grow stronger right before my eyes! But don’t think I’m not expecting to get something out of this, too! You have as much to give me as I do to you.

13-15 Please don’t misinterpret my failure to visit you, friends. You have no idea how many times I’ve made plans for Rome. I’ve been determined to get some personal enjoyment out of God’s work among you, as I have in so many other non-Jewish towns and communities. But something has always come up and prevented it. Everyone I meet—it matters little whether they’re mannered or rude, smart or simple—deepens my sense of interdependence and obligation. And that’s why I can’t wait to get to you in Rome, preaching this wonderful good news of God.

16-17 It’s news I’m most proud to proclaim, this extraordinary Message of God’s powerful plan to rescue everyone who trusts him, starting with Jews and then right on to everyone else! God’s way of putting people right shows up in the acts of faith, confirming what Scripture has said all along: “The person in right standing before God by trusting him really lives.”

Ignoring God Leads to a Downward Spiral

18-23 But God’s angry displeasure erupts as acts of human mistrust and wrongdoing and lying accumulate, as people try to put a shroud over truth. But the basic reality of God is plain enough. Open your eyes and there it is! By taking a long and thoughtful look at what God has created, people have always been able to see what their eyes as such can’t see: eternal power, for instance, and the mystery of his divine being. So nobody has a good excuse. What happened was this: People knew God perfectly well, but when they didn’t treat him like God, refusing to worship him, they trivialized themselves into silliness and confusion so that there was neither sense nor direction left in their lives. They pretended to know it all, but were illiterate regarding life. They traded the glory of God who holds the whole world in his hands for cheap figurines you can buy at any roadside stand.

24-25 So God said, in effect, “If that’s what you want, that’s what you get.” It wasn’t long before they were living in a pigpen, smeared with filth, filthy inside and out. And all this because they traded the true God for a fake god, and worshiped the god they made instead of the God who made them—the God we bless, the God who blesses us. Oh, yes!

26-27 Worse followed. Refusing to know God, they soon didn’t know how to be human either—women didn’t know how to be women, men didn’t know how to be men. Sexually confused, they abused and defiled one another, women with women, men with men—all lust, no love. And then they paid for it, oh, how they paid for it—emptied of God and love, godless and loveless wretches.

28-32 Since they didn’t bother to acknowledge God, God quit bothering them and let them run loose. And then all hell broke loose: rampant evil, grabbing and grasping, vicious backstabbing. They made life hell on earth with their envy, wanton killing, bickering, and cheating. Look at them: mean-spirited, venomous, fork-tongued God-bashers. Bullies, swaggerers, insufferable windbags! They keep inventing new ways of wrecking lives. They ditch their parents when they get in the way. Stupid, slimy, cruel, cold-blooded. And it’s not as if they don’t know better. They know perfectly well they’re spitting in God’s face. And they don’t care—worse, they hand out prizes to those who do the worst things best!

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

羅馬書 1

問候

1我是基督耶穌的奴僕保羅,蒙召作使徒,奉命傳上帝的福音。 這福音是上帝從前藉著眾先知在聖經中應許的, 講的是上帝的兒子——我們的主耶穌基督的事。從肉身來說,祂是大衛的後裔; 從聖潔的靈來看,祂從死裡復活,用大能顯明自己是上帝的兒子。 我們從祂領受了恩典並成為使徒,要帶領萬民信從祂,使祂的名得榮耀。 你們也是其中蒙召信從耶穌基督的人。 我問候所有住在羅馬、上帝所愛、蒙召做聖徒的人。願我們的父上帝和主耶穌基督賜給你們恩典和平安!

保羅渴望去羅馬

首先,我藉著耶穌基督為各位感謝我的上帝,因為你們的信心正在傳遍天下。 9-10 我在祂兒子的福音事工上全心事奉的上帝可以為我做見證:我如何在禱告中常常想到你們,並求上帝讓我照祂的旨意最終能去你們那裡。 11 因為我實在想見你們,好將一些屬靈的恩賜分給你們,使你們堅固, 12 也可以說是藉著我們彼此的信心互相激勵。

13 弟兄姊妹,我希望你們知道,我曾多次計劃去你們那裡,要在你們中間收穫一些福音的果子,像在其他外族人中一樣,只是至今仍有攔阻。 14 不論是希臘人、非希臘人[a]、智者、愚人,我對他們都有義務。 15 所以,我也切望能將福音傳給你們在羅馬的人。

16 我不以福音為恥,因為這福音是上帝的大能,要拯救一切相信的人,先是猶太人,然後是希臘人。 17 這福音顯明了上帝的義,這義始於信,終於信,正如聖經上說:「義人必靠信心而活。」

人類的罪惡

18 上帝的烈怒從天上降下,要懲罰一切心中無神、行為不義、壓制真理的人。 19 有關上帝的事情,可以讓人類知道的都已經顯而易見,因為上帝已經向人類顯明了。 20 自從創造天地以來,上帝永恆的大能和神性是明明可知的,雖然肉眼看不見,但透過受造之物就可以領悟,因而人類毫無藉口推說不知。 21 他們雖然明知有上帝,卻不把祂當作上帝,既不將榮耀歸給祂,也不感謝祂。他們的思想因此變得荒謬無用,無知的心也變得昏暗不明。 22 他們自以為聰明,其實愚不可及, 23 以必朽的人、飛禽、走獸和爬蟲的形像來取代永恆上帝的榮耀。

24 因此,上帝任憑他們隨從內心的情慾行污穢的事,玷污彼此的身體。 25 他們把上帝的真理當作謊言,祭拜、供奉受造之物,卻不敬拜、事奉造物主。主是永遠值得稱頌的。阿們!

26 因此,上帝任憑他們放縱可恥的情慾。女人放棄正常的兩性關係,做出變態反常的事。 27 男人也背棄了和女人正常的兩性關係,慾火焚燒,同性之間彼此貪戀。男人和男人做出羞恥不堪的事,他們必在自己的身體上遭受應得的報應。

28 既然他們故意不認識上帝,上帝就任憑他們心思敗壞,做不當做的事。 29 他們心裡塞滿了各種不義、邪惡、貪婪、陰險、嫉妒、兇殺、紛爭、詭詐、惡毒;說長道短、 30 背後批評、怨恨上帝、欺侮別人、心驕氣傲、自高自大、自我吹捧、無惡不作、違背父母、 31 愚鈍無知、不守信用、無情無義、毫無憐憫。 32 他們明知,按上帝公義的法則,做這些事的人該死,不但執迷不悟,還喜歡別人跟他們同流合污。

Notas al pie

  1. 1·14 非希臘人」希臘文是「未開化的人」,指在希臘、羅馬文化影響之外的人。