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我是犹太人(上)
I am a Jew(Part 1)

Acts 21:37-40

37 他们带着保罗快到营楼的时候,保罗对千夫长说:我可以跟你讲一句话吗?千夫长说:你懂希腊话吗?38 难道你不就是不久以前作乱的、带领四千个杀手到旷野去的那个埃及人吗?39 保罗说:我是犹太人,是基利家的大数人,并不是无名小城的公民,求你准我向民众讲几句话。40 千夫长准许了他,保罗就站在台阶上,向民众作了一个手势。大家安静下来了,保罗就用希伯来语讲话,说:

37 As the soldiers were about to take Paul into the barracks, he asked the commander, “May I say something to you?” “Do you speak Greek?” he replied. 38 “Aren’t you the Egyptian who started a revolt and led four thousand terrorists out into the wilderness some time ago?” 39 Paul answered, “I am a Jew, from Tarsus in Cilicia, a citizen of no ordinary city. Please let me speak to the people.” 40 After receiving the commander’s permission, Paul stood on the steps and motioned to the crowd. When they were all silent, he said to them in Aramaic:

重点学习

保罗要求为自己辩护,这是所有上帝的仆人该做的。我们应竭尽所能向人表达我们的诚信,以致上帝的名不因我们而受损。然而千夫长问保罗是不是那名带领人作乱的埃及人,这说明了不管上帝的使者如何行事为人都难逃被世人诋毁。我们应以此事为鉴,好叫我们能预备好被面对指摘受责难。

 

Lessons Learn

Paul offered to defend his cause, which all God’s servants must do. We must try to let people know our integrity, so that no discredit comes to the name of God because of us. But when the commander asked whether Paul was the Egyptian who had incited a rebellion, we see that however well Christ’s ministers behave, they cannot escape the slander of the world. We must note this so that we may accustom ourselves to reproaches and be prepared to be blamed.