Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

提摩太后书 2

基督的精兵

1我儿啊!你要靠着基督耶稣的恩典刚强起来。 以前你在许多见证人面前听过我的教导,你要把这些教导传给忠信可靠、能够教导他人的人。

你要做基督耶稣的精兵与我同受苦难。 当兵的若让其他事务缠身,就不能取悦征召他的上司。 同样,参加比赛的人若不遵守比赛规则,就不可能得奖。 辛劳的农夫理当先享受收成。 你要思想我说的话,因为主必赐你悟性明白各样的事。

你要切记我所传的福音:耶稣基督是大卫的后裔,祂从死里复活了。 我为这福音受苦,甚至像犯人一样被囚禁,但上帝的道是囚禁不住的。 10 我为了上帝所拣选的人忍受一切痛苦,使他们可以获得在基督耶稣里的救恩和永远的荣耀。 11 有真实可信的话说:

“我们若与基督同死,
就必与祂同活。
12 我们若忍耐到底,
就必与祂一同做王。
我们若不承认祂,
祂也必不承认我们。
13 我们纵然会失信,
祂仍然信实可靠,
因为祂不能违背自己。”

做无愧的工人

14 你要提醒众人这些事,在主面前嘱咐他们:不要为言词争辩,因为那对听见的人有害无益。 15 你应当竭力在上帝面前做经得起考验、问心无愧的工人,正确地阐释真理之道。 16 要远避一切世俗的空谈,因为好空谈的人只会越来越不敬虔。 17 他们讲的话像毒疮,只会越烂越大,许米乃和腓理徒就是例子。 18 他们离经背道,说复活的事已成过去,动摇了许多人的信心。 19 然而,上帝所立的坚实根基永不动摇,这根基上刻着:“主认识谁是属于祂的人”,“凡自称是属于主的人都要离弃罪恶。”

20 大户人家不但有金器银器,也有木器瓦器,这些器皿的用途有贵贱之分。 21 人若洁身自爱,远离卑贱的事,就必成为圣洁无瑕的贵重器皿,可以被主用来成就各样的善事。

22 你要逃避年轻人的邪情私欲,要跟那些以清洁的心求告主的人一同追求公义、信心、仁爱、和平。 23 不要参与愚昧无知的辩论,因为这些事只会引起纷争。 24 上帝的奴仆不可与人争执,总要温和待人,善于教导,心存忍耐。 25 要温柔地规劝那些反对我们的人,也许上帝会赐给他们悔改的心,使他们明白真理, 26 让他们这些被魔鬼掳去、受其摆布的人能够醒悟过来,脱离魔鬼的网罗。

New International Version

2 Timothy 2

The Appeal Renewed

1You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others. Join with me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer. Similarly, anyone who competes as an athlete does not receive the victor’s crown except by competing according to the rules. The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops. Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this.

Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel, for which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But God’s word is not chained. 10 Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.

11 Here is a trustworthy saying:

If we died with him,
    we will also live with him;
12 if we endure,
    we will also reign with him.
If we disown him,
    he will also disown us;
13 if we are faithless,
    he remains faithful,
    for he cannot disown himself.

Dealing With False Teachers

14 Keep reminding God’s people of these things. Warn them before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen. 15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. 16 Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly. 17 Their teaching will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, 18 who have departed from the truth. They say that the resurrection has already taken place, and they destroy the faith of some. 19 Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.”

20 In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for special purposes and some for common use. 21 Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.

22 Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 23 Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. 24 And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. 25 Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, 26 and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.