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得撒洛尼前书 1 Thessalonians
1为此,我们不能再等待,就决意独自留在雅典,1As I could no longer bear it, I decided to go alone to Athens,
2而打发我们的弟兄和在基督的福音上,作天主仆人的弟茂德前去,为在信德上坚固鼓励你们,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不叫任何人在这些困苦中受到动摇;你们自己原也知道:我们是注定要受苦的,3so that none of you might turn back because of the trials you are now enduring. You know that such is our destiny.
4因为我们还在你们那里的时候,已给你们预言了,我们将遭受磨难;你们看,现在就发生了。4I warned you of this when I was there: "We shall have to face persecution"; and so it was, as you have seen.
5为此,我既不能再等待,逐派他去探悉你们的信德,怕那诱惑者诱惑了你们,而使我们的劳苦等于白费了。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现今,弟茂德从你们那里回到我们这里,对你们的信德和爱德,给我们报告了好消息;并说你们时常想念我们,渴望见到我们,就像我们渴望见到你们一样。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为此,弟兄们,我们在一切磨难困苦中,因了你们的信德,由你们获得了安慰。7What a consolation for us, brothers and sisters, in the midst of our troubles and trials, this faith of yours!
8因为若是你们在主内站立稳定,我们现在就能活下去。8It is a breath of life for us when you stand firm in the Lord.
9我们为了你们的原故,在我们的天主前甚为喜乐:对这一切喜乐,我们能怎样感谢,好为你们称谢天主呢?9How can we thank God enough for all the joy that we feel before God because of you?
10我们惟有黑夜白日恳切祈求,为能见到你们的面,为能弥补你们信德的缺陷。10Day and night we beg of him to let us see you again, that we may complete the instruction of the believers.
11但愿天主我们的父和我们的主耶稣,舖平我们去你们那里的道路。11May God our Father and Jesus our Lord prepare the way for us to visit you.
12愿主使你们彼此间的爱情,和对众人的爱情增长满溢,就像我们对你们所有的爱情,12May the Lord increase more and more your love for each other and for all people, as he increases our love for you.
13好坚固你们的心,使你们在我们的主耶稣同他的众圣者来临时,于天主我们的父前,在圣德上无可指摘。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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