歌林多後書 2 Corinthians


Chapter Verses
8:1
弟兄们,我把神赐给马其顿众教会的恩告诉你们。
And now, brothers, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches.
8:2
就是他们在患难中受大试炼的时候,仍有满足的快乐,在极穷之间,还格外显出他们乐捐的厚恩。
Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity.
8:3
我可以证明他们是按着力量,而且也过了力量,自己甘心乐意的捐助。
For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own,
8:4
再三地求我们,准他们在这供给圣徒的恩情上有分。
they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints.
8:5
并且他们所作的,不但照我们所想望的,更照神的旨意,先把自己献给主,又归附了我们。
And they did not do as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then to us in keeping with God's will.
8:6
因此我劝提多,既然在你们中间开办这慈惠的事,就当办成了。
So we urged Titus, since he had earlier made a beginning, to bring also to completion this act of grace on your part.
8:7
你们既然在信心,口才,知识,热心,和待我们的爱心上,都格外显出满足来,就当在这慈惠的事上,也格外显出满足来。
But just as you excel in everything--in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us --see that you also excel in this grace of giving.
8:8
我说这话,不是吩咐你们,乃是借着别人的热心,试验你们爱心的实在。
I am not commanding you, but I want to test the sincerity of your love by comparing it with the earnestness of others.
8:9
你们知道我们主耶稣基督的恩典。他本来富足,却为你们成了贫穷,叫你们因他的贫穷,可以成为富足。
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.
8:10
我在这事上把我的意见告诉你们,是与你们有益。因为你们下手办这事,而且起此心意,已经有一年了。
And here is my advice about what is best for you in this matter: Last year you were the first not only to give but also to have the desire to do so.
8:11
如今就当办成这事。既有愿作的心,也当照你们所有的去办成。
Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means.
8:12
因为人若有愿作的心,必蒙悦纳,乃是照他所有的,并不是照他所无的。
For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he does not have.
8:13
我原不是要别人轻省,你们受累,
Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality.
8:14
乃要均平。就是要你们的富余,现在可以补他们的不足,使他们的富余,将来也可以补你们的不足,这就均平了。
At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. Then there will be equality,
8:15
如经上所记,多收的也没有余,少收的也没有缺。
as it is written: "He who gathered much did not have too much, and he who gathered little did not have too little."
8:16
多谢神,感动提多的心,叫他待你们殷勤,像我一样。
I thank God, who put into the heart of Titus the same concern I have for you.
8:17
他固然是听了我的劝。但自己更是热心,情愿往你们那里去。
For Titus not only welcomed our appeal, but he is coming to you with much enthusiasm and on his own initiative.
8:18
我们还打发一位兄弟和他同去。这人在福音上得了众教会的称赞。
And we are sending along with him the brother who is praised by all the churches for his service to the gospel.
8:19
不但这样,他也被众教会挑选,和我们同行,把所托与我们的这捐赀送到了,可以荣耀主,又表明我们乐意的心。
What is more, he was chosen by the churches to accompany us as we carry the offering, which we administer in order to honor the Lord himself and to show our eagerness to help.
8:20
这就免得有人因我们收的捐银很多,就挑我们的不是。
We want to avoid any criticism of the way we administer this liberal gift.
8:21
我们留心行光明的事,不但在主面前,就在人面前,也是这样。
For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of men.
8:22
我们又打发一位兄弟同去。这人的热心,我们在许多事上,屡次试验过,现在他因为深信你们,就更加热心了。
In addition, we are sending with them our brother who has often proved to us in many ways that he is zealous, and now even more so because of his great confidence in you.
8:23
论到提多,他是我的同伴,一同为你们劳碌的。论到那两位兄弟,他们是众教会的使者,是基督的荣耀。
As for Titus, he is my partner and fellow worker among you; as for our brothers, they are representatives of the churches and an honor to Christ.
8:24
所以你们务要在众教会面前,显明你们爱心的凭据,并我所夸奖你们的凭据。
Therefore show these men the proof of your love and the reason for our pride in you, so that the churches can see it.