1Me Paulo, Yesu Kristo somafo nam Onyankopɔn ne yɛn Agyenkwa Kristo Yesu a ɔyɛ yɛn anidaso no hyɛ so kyerɛw,
2De rekɔma Timoteo a ɔyɛ me ba kann wɔ gyidi mu no nkyɛn:
Agya Onyankopɔn ne Kristo Yesu a ɔyɛ yɛn Awurade no dom, mmɔborɔhunu ne asomdwoe nka mo.
Mompo Atoro Akyerɛkyerɛfo
3Mepɛ sɛ motena Efeso sɛnea merekɔ Makedonia no meka kyerɛɛ mo no. Nnipa bi wɔ hɔ a wɔma atoro nkyerɛkyerɛ a ɛsɛ sɛ mohyɛ wɔn ma wogyae. 4Momma wonnyae adomankomasɛm ne wɔn nenanom din bebrebe a wɔbobɔ no, efisɛ saa nneyɛe no de akyinnye ba. Ɛmmoa Onyankopɔn nhyehyɛe a wɔnam gyidi nko so na wuhu no. 5Saa ɔhyɛ yi botae ara ne sɛ ɛbɛkanyan ɔdɔ a efi koma pa, adwene mu fann ne gyidi pa mu. 6Nnipa bi atwe wɔn ho afi ɔkwan pa no so de wɔn ho ama akyinnye hunu. 7Wɔpɛ sɛ wɔyɛ Onyankopɔn mmara no akyerɛkyerɛfo nanso wɔn ara wɔn nsɛm a wɔka no wɔnte ase. Saa ara nso na wonni gyidi wɔ nsɛm a wɔka no mu.
8Yenim sɛ, sɛ wɔnam mmara kwan so de Mmara no di dwuma a eye. 9Ɛsɛ sɛ yɛkae hu sɛ wɔanyɛ mmara no amma atreneefo na mmom, wɔyɛ maa mmaratofo, nnebɔneyɛfo, wɔn a wonsuro Nyame ne abɔnefo, wɔn a wɔnyɛ kronkron anaa wɔn ho ntew, wɔn a wokum wɔn agyanom ne wɔn nanom, awudifo, 10afideyɛfo, aguamammɔfo, nnipawiafo, atorofo a wɔka nkontomposɛm anaa wɔyɛ biribi a ɛne nokware nkyerɛkyerɛ no bɔ abira no. 11Saa nokware nkyerɛkyerɛ no wɔ Asɛmpa a wɔde ama me sɛ menka ho asɛm nkyerɛ no mu. Ɛyɛ Asɛmpa a efi Onyankopɔn a ɔyɛ onuonyamfo na wɔahyira no no nkyɛn.
12Meda yɛn Awurade Yesu Kristo a wama me ahoɔden ma midi me dwuma no ase. Meda no ase sɛ wadwene me ho sɛ mefata na wayi me sɛ mensom no. 13Nanso mmere bi a atwam no, na mekasa tia no, taa no, ka nsɛm a ɛmfata fa ne ho. Onyankopɔn ahu me mmɔbɔ na esiane sɛ na minnye nni nti, na minnim nea mereyɛ. 14Yɛn Awurade hwiee nʼadom a ɛdɔɔso no guu me so maa me gyidi ne ɔdɔ a esiane Kristo Yesu nti abɛyɛ yɛn de no.
15Eyi yɛ nokwasɛm a ɛsɛ sɛ yegye to mu na yegye di koraa sɛ: Kristo Yesu baa wiase begyee nnebɔneyɛfo nkwa. Na meyɛ ɔdebɔneyɛni a odi kan koraa. 16Nanso esiane saa nti, wahu me mmɔbɔ, sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ a me a meyɛ ɔdebɔneyɛni a odi kan no, Kristo Yesu nam me so bɛda ne boasetɔ a enni awiei no adi akyerɛ wɔn a wobegye no adi no na wɔanya nkwa a enni awiei. 17Anuonyam ne nidi nka Onyankopɔn daa daa. Ɔno ne mmeresantenhene. Ɔno na wonhu no na onwu da nso. Ɔno nko ara ne Onyankopɔn a nimdeɛ ahyɛ no ma. Amen.
18Afei me ba Timoteo, mede saa dwumadi a wɔhyɛɛ ho nkɔm fi tete no hyɛ wo nsa. Wugu so reko ɔko pa no, ma saa nsɛm no nyɛ wʼakode, 19na so wo gyidi mu dennen na ma wʼadwene mu nyɛ fann. Nnipa bi ntie wɔn tiboa, nam saayɛ so asɛe wɔn gyidi. 20Saa nnipa no bi ne Himeneo ne Aleksandro a mayi wɔn ama Satan sɛ ɔntwe wɔn aso sɛnea wɔrenka abususɛm ntia Onyankopɔn bio.
1I, Paul, am writing this letter. I am an apostle of Christ Jesus, just as God our Savior commanded. Christ Jesus also commanded it. We have put our hope in him.
2Timothy, I am sending you this letter. You are my true son in the faith.
May God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord give you grace, mercy and peace.
Paul Warns Timothy to Oppose False Teachers
3Timothy, stay there in Ephesus. That is what I told you to do when I went into Macedonia. I want you to command certain people not to teach things that aren’t true. 4And command them not to spend their time on stories that are made up. They must not waste time on family histories that never end. These things only lead to fights about ideas. They don’t help God’s work move forward. His work is done by faith. 5Love is the purpose of my command. Love comes from a pure heart. It comes from a good sense of what is right and wrong. It comes from faith that is honest and true. 6Some have turned from these teachings. They would rather talk about things that have no meaning. 7They want to be teachers of the law. And they are very sure about that law. But they don’t know what they are talking about.
8We know that the law is good if it is used properly. 9We also know that the law isn’t made for godly people. It is made for those who break the law. It is for those who refuse to obey. It is for ungodly and sinful people. It is for those who aren’t holy and who don’t believe. It is for those who kill their fathers or mothers. It is for murderers. 10It is for those who commit sexual sins. It is for those who commit homosexual acts. It is for people who buy and sell slaves. It is for liars. It is for people who tell lies in court. It is for those who are a witness to things that aren’t true. And it is for anything else that is the opposite of true teaching. 11True teaching agrees with the good news about the glory of the blessed God. He trusted me with that good news.
The Lord Pours Out His Grace on Paul
12I am thankful to Christ Jesus our Lord. He has given me strength. I thank him that he considered me faithful. I thank him for appointing me to serve him. 13I used to speak evil things against Jesus. I tried to hurt his followers. I really pushed them around. But God showed me mercy anyway. I did those things without knowing any better. I wasn’t a believer. 14Our Lord poured out more and more of his grace on me. Along with it came faith and love from Christ Jesus.
15Here is a saying that you can trust. It should be accepted completely. Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. And I am the worst sinner of all. 16But for that very reason, God showed me mercy. And I am the worst of sinners. He showed me mercy so that Christ Jesus could show that he is very patient. I was an example for those who would come to believe in him. Then they would receive eternal life. 17The eternal King will never die. He can’t be seen. He is the only God. Give him honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Paul Commands Timothy
18My son Timothy, I am giving you this command. It is in keeping with the prophecies once made about you. By remembering them, you can fight the battle well. 19Then you will hold on to faith. You will hold on to a good sense of what is right and wrong. Some have not accepted this knowledge of right and wrong. So they have destroyed their faith. They are like a ship that has sunk. 20Hymenaeus and Alexander are among them. I have handed them over to Satan. That will teach them not to speak evil things against God.