Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

羅馬書 11

上帝不放棄以色列人

1這樣,難道上帝放棄了祂的子民嗎?當然沒有!因我自己也是以色列人,是亞伯拉罕的後裔,屬於便雅憫支派。 上帝並沒有放棄祂預先揀選的子民。你們不知道聖經上有關以利亞先知的記載嗎?他在上帝面前控告以色列人,說: 「主啊!他們殘殺你的先知,拆毀你的祭壇,只剩下我一個人,他們還要殺我。」 上帝怎樣回答呢?祂說:「我為自己留下七千人,他們未曾跪拜巴力。」

現在的情況也是一樣,上帝按照揀選的恩典留下了少數人。 既然說是出於恩典,就不再基於行為,不然恩典就不再是恩典了。 這該怎麼說呢?以色列人努力追求,卻一無所得,只有蒙揀選的人得到了,其他的人都變得頑固不化。 正如聖經上說:

「上帝使他們至今心智昏迷,
眼睛看不見,耳朵聽不到。」

大衛也說:

「願他們的宴席成為網羅、
陷阱、絆腳石,
給他們帶來報應;
10 願他們眼目昏暗,
無法看見,
永遠彎腰駝背。」

11 那麼,以色列人一失足就再也爬不起來了嗎?當然不是!恰好相反,因他們的過犯,救恩臨到了外族人,使他們心生嫉妒。 12 如果他們的過犯給世界帶來了富足,他們的失敗給外族人帶來了富足,那麼,他們發憤回頭的時候豈不要帶來更大的祝福嗎?

外族人得救

13 我有話要對你們外族人說,因為我是外族人的使徒,我尊重自己的職分, 14 希望使我的骨肉同胞心生嫉妒,好使他們當中的一些人得救。 15 如果他們被拋棄,人類便有機會與上帝和好,那麼,當他們被接納的時候,又將怎樣呢?豈不是要死而復生嗎? 16 獻祭時所獻的那部分麵團如果聖潔,整團麵也聖潔;樹根如果聖潔,樹枝也聖潔。

17 如果橄欖樹上有幾條枝子被折了下來,你這野橄欖枝被接了上去,得以汲取橄欖樹根供應的汁漿,你就不可向折下來的枝子誇口。 18 你怎能誇口呢?要知道:不是你托住樹根,而是樹根托住你。 19 你也許會說:「原來的枝子被折下來,是為了把我接上去。」 20 不錯,他們因為不信被折了下來,而你因為信被接了上去,然而不要自高,要敬畏上帝。 21 上帝既然沒有留下原來的枝子,也可以不留下你。 22 可見,上帝既慈愛又嚴厲。祂對墮落的人是嚴厲的,對你卻是慈愛的。你要常常活在祂的愛中,不然你也會被砍下來。 23 當然,如果以色列人不再頑固不信,必會重新被接上去,因為上帝能把他們重新接上。 24 你這從野生的橄欖樹上砍下來的枝子,尚且可以違反自然,被接到好橄欖樹上,何況原來的枝子被接回到原來的樹上呢?

全以色列都要得救

25 弟兄姊妹,我不願意你們對以下這奧祕一無所知,還自以為聰明。這奧祕就是:雖然有些以色列人的心剛硬,但等到外族人得救的數目滿了以後, 26 全以色列都要得救。正如聖經上說:「救主必從錫安出來,祂將除去雅各子孫的罪惡。 27 那時我要除去他們的罪,這是我與他們所立的約。」

28 就福音而論,他們成為上帝的仇敵是為了使你們得到福音;就上帝的揀選而論,因為他們祖先的緣故,他們仍是上帝所愛的。 29 因為上帝絕不會收回祂的恩賜和呼召。 30 你們從前不順服上帝,然而因為他們的不順服,你們現在反蒙了憐憫。 31 同樣,他們現在不順服是為了使你們蒙憐憫,好使他們也蒙憐憫。 32 因為上帝把世人都歸在不順服之列,是為了要憐憫世人。

頌讚上帝

33 啊,上帝的智慧和知識多麼博大精深!
祂的判斷多麼難測!
祂的蹤跡多麼難尋!
34 誰曾知道主的心意?
誰曾做過祂的謀士?
35 誰曾給過祂,
等祂償還呢?
36 因為萬物都源於祂,
倚靠祂,歸於祂。
願榮耀歸給祂,
直到永遠。阿們!

New American Standard Bible

Romans 11

Israel Is Not Cast Away

1I say then, God has not rejected His people, has He? May it never be! For I too am an Israelite, [a]a descendant of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. God has not rejected His people whom He foreknew. Or do you not know what the Scripture says in the passage about Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel? “Lord, they have killed Your prophets, they have torn down Your altars, and I alone am left, and they are seeking my life.” But what [b]is the divine response to him? “I have kept for Myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.” In the same way then, there has also come to be at the present time a remnant according to God’s [c]gracious choice. But if it is by grace, it is no longer [d]on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace.

What then? What Israel is seeking, it has not obtained, but [e]those who were chosen obtained it, and the rest were hardened; just as it is written,

God gave them a spirit of stupor,
Eyes to see not and ears to hear not,
Down to this very day.”

And David says,

Let their table become a snare and a trap,
And a stumbling block and a retribution to them.
10 Let their eyes be darkened to see not,
And bend their backs forever.”

11 I say then, they did not stumble so as to fall, did they? May it never be! But by their transgression salvation has come to the Gentiles, to make them jealous. 12 Now if their transgression is riches for the world and their failure is riches for the Gentiles, how much more will their [f]fulfillment be! 13 But I am speaking to you who are Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle of Gentiles, I magnify my ministry, 14 if somehow I might move to jealousy my [g]fellow countrymen and save some of them. 15 For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead? 16 If the first piece of dough is holy, the lump is also; and if the root is holy, the branches are too.

17 But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive, were grafted in among them and became partaker with them of the [h]rich root of the olive tree, 18 do not be arrogant toward the branches; but if you are arrogant, remember that it is not you who supports the root, but the root supports you. 19 You will say then, “Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.” 20 Quite right, they were broken off for their unbelief, but you stand by your faith. Do not be conceited, but fear; 21 for if God did not spare the natural branches, He will not spare you, either. 22 Behold then the kindness and severity of God; to those who fell, severity, but to you, God’s kindness, if you continue in His kindness; otherwise you also will be cut off. 23 And they also, if they do not continue in their unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. 24 For if you were cut off from what is by nature a wild olive tree, and were grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these who are the natural branches be grafted into their own olive tree?

25 For I do not want you, brethren, to be uninformed of this mystery—so that you will not be wise in your own estimation—that a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in; 26 and so all Israel will be saved; just as it is written,

The Deliverer will come from Zion,
He will remove ungodliness from Jacob.”
27 This is [i]My covenant with them,
When I take away their sins.”

28 [j]From the standpoint of the gospel they are enemies for your sake, but [k]from the standpoint of God’s choice they are beloved for the sake of the fathers; 29 for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. 30 For just as you once were disobedient to God, but now have been shown mercy because of their disobedience, 31 so these also now have been disobedient, that because of the mercy shown to you they also may now be shown mercy. 32 For God has shut up all in disobedience so that He may show mercy to all.

33 Oh, the depth of the riches [l]both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! 34 For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who became His counselor? 35 Or who has first given to Him [m]that it might be paid back to him again? 36 For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory [n]forever. Amen.

Footnotes

  1. Romans 11:1 Lit of the seed of Abraham
  2. Romans 11:4 Lit says
  3. Romans 11:5 Lit choice of grace
  4. Romans 11:6 Lit out of
  5. Romans 11:7 Lit the election
  6. Romans 11:12 Or fullness
  7. Romans 11:14 Lit flesh
  8. Romans 11:17 Lit root of the fatness
  9. Romans 11:27 Lit the covenant from Me
  10. Romans 11:28 Lit According to the gospel
  11. Romans 11:28 Lit according to the election
  12. Romans 11:33 Or and the wisdom
  13. Romans 11:35 Lit and it will be paid back
  14. Romans 11:36 Lit to the ages