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得撒洛尼前書 1 Thessalonians
1為此,我們不能再等待,就決意獨自留在雅典,1As I could no longer bear it, I decided to go alone to Athens,
2而打發我們的弟兄和在基督的福音上,作天主僕人的弟茂德前去,為在信德上堅固鼓勵你們,2and send you Timothy, our brother and servant of God in the Gospel of Christ. I wanted him to encourage you in the faith and strengthen you
3不叫任何人在這些困苦中受到動搖;你們自己原也知道:我們是注定要受苦的,3so that none of you might turn back because of the trials you are now enduring. You know that such is our destiny.
4因為我們還在你們那裡的時候,已給你們預言了,我們將遭受磨難;你們看,現在就發生了。4I warned you of this when I was there: "We shall have to face persecution"; and so it was, as you have seen.
5為此,我既不能再等待,逐派他去探悉你們的信德,怕那誘惑者誘惑了你們,而使我們的勞苦等於白費了。5Therefore I could not stand it any longer and sent Timothy to appraise your faith and see if the Tempter had tempted you and made our work useless.
6現今,弟茂德從你們那裡回到我們這裡,對你們的信德和愛德,給我們報告了好消息;並說你們時常想念我們,渴望見到我們,就像我們渴望見到你們一樣。6But now Timothy has just returned with good news of your faith and love. He told us that you remember us kindly and that you long to see us as much as we long to see you.
7為此,弟兄們,我們在一切磨難困苦中,因了你們的信德,由你們獲得了安慰。7What a consolation for us, brothers and sisters, in the midst of our troubles and trials, this faith of yours!
8因為若是你們在主內站立穩定,我們現在就能活下去。8It is a breath of life for us when you stand firm in the Lord.
9我們為了你們的原故,在我們的天主前甚為喜樂:對這一切喜樂,我們能怎樣感謝,好為你們稱謝天主呢?9How can we thank God enough for all the joy that we feel before God because of you?
10我們惟有黑夜白日懇切祈求,為能見到你們的面,為能彌補你們信德的缺陷。10Day and night we beg of him to let us see you again, that we may complete the instruction of the believers.
11但願天主我們的父和我們的主耶穌,舖平我們去你們那裡的道路。11May God our Father and Jesus our Lord prepare the way for us to visit you.
12願主使你們彼此間的愛情,和對眾人的愛情增長滿溢,就像我們對你們所有的愛情,12May the Lord increase more and more your love for each other and for all people, as he increases our love for you.
13好堅固你們的心,使你們在我們的主耶穌同他的眾聖者來臨時,於天主我們的父前,在聖德上無可指摘。13May he strengthen you interiorly to be holy and blameless before God, our Father, on the day that Jesus, our Lord, will come with all his saints.
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