Amplified Bible

1 Timothy 1

Correcting False Teaching

1Paul, an apostle (special messenger, personally chosen representative) of Christ Jesus by the commandment of God our Savior, and of Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed) our Hope [the fulfillment of our salvation],

to Timothy, my true son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace [inner calm and spiritual well-being] from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

As I urged you when I was on my way to Macedonia, stay on at Ephesus so that you may instruct certain individuals not to teach any different doctrines, nor to pay attention to legends (fables, myths) and endless genealogies, which give rise to useless speculation and meaningless arguments rather than advancing God’s program of instruction which is grounded in faith [and requires surrendering the entire self to God in absolute trust and confidence]. But the goal of our instruction is love [which springs] from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. Some individuals have wandered away from these things into empty arguments and useless discussions, wanting to be teachers of the Law [of Moses], even though they do not understand the terms they use or the subjects about which they make [such] confident declarations.

Now we know [without any doubt] that the Law is good, if one uses it lawfully and appropriately, understanding the fact that law is not enacted for the righteous person [the one in right standing with God], but for lawless and rebellious people, for the ungodly and sinful, for the irreverent and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, 10 for sexually immoral persons, for homosexuals, for [a]kidnappers and slave traders, for liars, for perjurers—and for whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine, 11 according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, with which I have been entrusted.

12 I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has granted me [the needed] strength and made me able for this, because He considered me faithful and trustworthy, putting me into service [for this ministry], 13 even though I was formerly a blasphemer [of our Lord] and a persecutor [of His church] and a shameful and outrageous and violent aggressor [toward believers]. Yet I was shown mercy because I acted out of ignorance in unbelief. 14 The grace of our Lord [His amazing, unmerited favor and blessing] flowed out in superabundance [for me, together] with the faith and love which are [realized] in Christ Jesus. 15 [b]This is a faithful and trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance and approval, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost. 16 Yet for this reason I found mercy, so that in me as the foremost [of sinners], Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect patience as an example or pattern for those who [c]would believe in Him for eternal life. 17 Now to the King of the ages [eternal], immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

18 This command I entrust to you, Timothy, my son, in accordance with the prophecies previously made concerning you, so that [inspired and aided] by them you may fight the good fight [in contending with false teachers], 19 keeping your faith [leaning completely on God with absolute trust and confidence in His guidance] and having a good conscience; for some [people] have rejected [their moral compass] and have made a shipwreck of their faith. 20 Among these are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have [d]handed over to Satan, so that they will be disciplined and taught not to blaspheme.

Notas al pie

  1. 1 Timothy 1:10 I.e. those who exploit other people for evil or selfish reasons.
  2. 1 Timothy 1:15 An unusual clause used only five times in the NT. See also 3:1; 4:9; 2 Tim 2:11; Titus 3:8.
  3. 1 Timothy 1:16 Or were destined to believe.
  4. 1 Timothy 1:20 I.e. expelled from the safety of the church.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

提摩太前書 1

1我保羅奉我們救主上帝和賜我們盼望的基督耶穌的命令,作基督耶穌的使徒, 寫信給因信主而作我真兒子的提摩太。

願父上帝和我們的主基督耶穌的恩典、憐憫和平安臨到你!

謹防異端邪說

我去馬其頓的時候,曾經勸你繼續留在以弗所,好命令那幾個人不要傳講異端邪說, 也不要沉迷於虛構的神話和冗長的家譜,因為這些事只會引起無用的猜測和辯論,無法幫助人憑信心認識上帝的救贖計劃。 制止這些人的目的是為了愛,這愛來自於清潔的心、無虧的良心和真實無偽的信心。 可惜有些人卻偏離這些,轉向空洞的談論。 他們想做律法教師,卻不明白自己所談論所主張的。

我們知道,只要用得合宜,律法本是好的。 因為律法並不是為義人設的,而是為了對付那些目無法紀、大逆不道、不敬畏上帝、犯罪作惡、不聖潔、貪戀世俗、謀殺父母、行兇害命、 10 淫亂、同性戀、拐賣人口、說謊、起假誓的人,以及其他違反正道的人。 11 這正道來自當受稱頌的上帝託付我傳揚的榮耀福音。

感謝上帝的憐憫

12 我感謝賜我力量的主基督耶穌,因為祂視我忠心可靠,派我事奉祂。 13 儘管我從前是個褻瀆上帝、迫害和侮辱信徒的人,但我仍然蒙了憐憫,因為那時我無知,還沒有信耶穌。 14 主賜給我豐富的恩典,使我在基督耶穌裡有信心和愛心。

15 有句話千真萬確、完全可信,就是「基督耶穌降世,為要拯救罪人。」在罪人中我是個罪魁, 16 但我依然蒙了憐憫,因為耶穌基督要在我這個罪魁身上彰顯祂無限的忍耐,使我做那些要信靠祂並得到永生之人的榜樣。

17 願尊貴、榮耀歸給那位不朽的、肉眼不能見的萬世君王——獨一無二的上帝,直到永遠。阿們!

18 我兒提摩太啊,我依照從前有關你的預言,把這命令託付給你,好使你藉此打美好的仗。 19 你要持守信心和無虧的良心。有些人喪掉良心,結果他們的信仰就像船觸了礁, 20 其中有許米乃和亞歷山大。我已經把他們交給撒旦,使他們受些教訓,不敢再說褻瀆的話。