Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

路加福音 17

論罪、信心和本分

1耶穌教導門徒說:「引人犯罪的事是免不了的,但引人犯罪的人有禍了。 誰使一個卑微的弟兄失足犯罪,他的下場比把大磨石拴在他脖子上扔到海裡還要慘。 你們要小心謹慎!你的弟兄若犯了罪,要責備他。他若悔改,要饒恕他。 就算他一天得罪你七次,每次都對你說,『我悔改』,你都要饒恕他。」

使徒對主說:「請你加添我們的信心。」

主說:「如果你們的信心像一粒芥菜種那麼大,便可對這棵桑樹說,『連根拔起,栽在大海裡!』它必服從你們。

「你們誰會對種田或放羊回來的奴僕說,『請趕快坐下來吃飯』? 不都是吩咐他『給我準備晚飯,束上腰帶伺候我用餐,等我吃完,你才可以吃』嗎? 奴僕照著吩咐去做,主人會謝他嗎? 10 同樣,你們照著吩咐把事情辦妥後,也該這樣說,『我們是無用的奴僕,所做的不過是分內的事。』」

十個痲瘋病人

11 耶穌繼續前往耶路撒冷,途經撒瑪利亞和加利利的交界處。 12 祂進入一個村莊時,十個痲瘋病人迎面而來。他們遠遠地站著, 13 高聲呼喊道:「耶穌,老師啊,求你可憐我們吧!」

14 耶穌看見他們,就說:「去讓祭司察看你們的身體。」

他們去的時候,就潔淨了。 15 其中一個發現自己痊癒了,就跑回來,高聲讚美上帝, 16 又俯伏在耶穌的腳前連連稱謝。這人是撒瑪利亞人。

17 耶穌說:「被醫好的不是有十個人嗎?其他九個呢? 18 回來讚美稱頌上帝的只有這個外族人嗎?」 19 於是祂對那人說:「起來回去吧!你的信心救了你。」

上帝國的降臨

20 法利賽人問耶穌:「上帝的國什麼時候降臨?」

耶穌回答說:「上帝國的降臨並沒有看得見的徵兆。 21 所以沒有人能說,『上帝的國在這裡』,或說,『在那裡』,因為上帝的國就在你們心裡[a]。」

22 祂又對門徒說:「時候將到,你們將渴望見到人子降臨的日子,可是你們卻見不到。 23 有人將對你們說,『看啊,祂在這裡!』或說,『看啊,祂在那裡!』你們不要出去,也不要追隨他們。 24 因為人子降臨的時候必如劃過長空的閃電,從天這邊一直照亮到天那邊。 25 但祂必須先受苦,被這個世代棄絕。

26 「人子降臨時的情形將像挪亞的時代, 27 人們吃喝嫁娶,一直到挪亞進入方舟那天,洪水來了,毀滅了他們; 28 又像羅得的時代,人們吃喝、做買賣、耕地、蓋房。 29 在羅得離開所多瑪那天,烈火和硫磺從天而降,把他們全毀滅了。

30 「人子顯現之日的情形也是如此。 31 那天,在自己屋頂上的,不要下來收拾行李;在田裡工作的,也不要回家。 32 你們要記住羅得妻子的事。 33 想保全生命的,必喪失生命;喪失生命的,必保全生命。 34 我告訴你們,那天晚上,兩個人睡在一張床上,一個將被接去,一個將被撇下; 35 兩個女人一起推磨,一個將被接去,一個將被撇下; 36 兩個人在田間,一個將被接去,一個將被撇下。[b]

37 門徒問:「主啊,在哪裡有這事呢?」

耶穌回答說:「屍體在哪裡,禿鷹就會聚集在哪裡。」

  1. 17·21 在你們心裡」或作「在你們當中」。
  2. 17·36 有古卷無36節。

The Message

Luke 17

A Kernel of Faith

11-2 He said to his disciples, “Hard trials and temptations are bound to come, but too bad for whoever brings them on! Better to wear a millstone necklace and take a swim in the deep blue sea than give even one of these dear little ones a hard time!

3-4 “Be alert. If you see your friend going wrong, correct him. If he responds, forgive him. Even if it’s personal against you and repeated seven times through the day, and seven times he says, ‘I’m sorry, I won’t do it again,’ forgive him.”

The apostles came up and said to the Master, “Give us more faith.”

But the Master said, “You don’t need more faith. There is no ‘more’ or ‘less’ in faith. If you have a bare kernel of faith, say the size of a poppy seed, you could say to this sycamore tree, ‘Go jump in the lake,’ and it would do it.

7-10 “Suppose one of you has a servant who comes in from plowing the field or tending the sheep. Would you take his coat, set the table, and say, ‘Sit down and eat’? Wouldn’t you be more likely to say, ‘Prepare dinner; change your clothes and wait table for me until I’ve finished my coffee; then go to the kitchen and have your supper’? Does the servant get special thanks for doing what’s expected of him? It’s the same with you. When you’ve done everything expected of you, be matter-of-fact and say, ‘The work is done. What we were told to do, we did.’”

11-13 It happened that as he made his way toward Jerusalem, he crossed over the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten men, all lepers, met him. They kept their distance but raised their voices, calling out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”

14-16 Taking a good look at them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.”

They went, and while still on their way, became clean. One of them, when he realized that he was healed, turned around and came back, shouting his gratitude, glorifying God. He kneeled at Jesus’ feet, so grateful. He couldn’t thank him enough—and he was a Samaritan.

17-19 Jesus said, “Were not ten healed? Where are the nine? Can none be found to come back and give glory to God except this outsider?” Then he said to him, “Get up. On your way. Your faith has healed and saved you.”

When the Son of Man Arrives

20-21 Jesus, grilled by the Pharisees on when the kingdom of God would come, answered, “The kingdom of God doesn’t come by counting the days on the calendar. Nor when someone says, ‘Look here!’ or, ‘There it is!’ And why? Because God’s kingdom is already among you.”

22-24 He went on to say to his disciples, “The days are coming when you are going to be desperately homesick for just a glimpse of one of the days of the Son of Man, and you won’t see a thing. And they’ll say to you, ‘Look over there!’ or, ‘Look here!’ Don’t fall for any of that nonsense. The arrival of the Son of Man is not something you go out to see. He simply comes.

24-25 “You know how the whole sky lights up from a single flash of lightning? That’s how it will be on the Day of the Son of Man. But first it’s necessary that he suffer many things and be turned down by the people of today.

26-27 “The time of the Son of Man will be just like the time of Noah—everyone carrying on as usual, having a good time right up to the day Noah boarded the ship. They suspected nothing until the flood hit and swept everything away.

28-30 “It was the same in the time of Lot—the people carrying on, having a good time, business as usual right up to the day Lot walked out of Sodom and a firestorm swept down and burned everything to a crisp. That’s how it will be—sudden, total—when the Son of Man is revealed.

31-33 “When the Day arrives and you’re out working in the yard, don’t run into the house to get anything. And if you’re out in the field, don’t go back and get your coat. Remember what happened to Lot’s wife! If you grasp and cling to life on your terms, you’ll lose it, but if you let that life go, you’ll get life on God’s terms.

34-35 “On that Day, two men will be in the same boat fishing—one taken, the other left. Two women will be working in the same kitchen—one taken, the other left.”

37 Trying to take all this in, the disciples said, “Master, where?”

He told them, “Watch for the circling of the vultures. They’ll spot the corpse first. The action will begin around my dead body.”