Bibelen på hverdagsdansk

1. Timoteusbrev 4:1-16

Pas på lovtrældom og falsk lære

1Helligånden gør det helt klart, at i den sidste tid, før Jesus kommer igen, vil nogle af de kristne tage afstand fra troen. I stedet vil de blive ivrige tilhængere af lærere, hvis undervisning er inspireret af bedrageriske og dæmoniske ånder. 2De vil lyve uden at fortrække en mine, for de har mistet deres samvittighed. 3De vil forbyde ægteskab og kræve, at man undgår at spise visse ting, som jo ellers er skabt af Gud, for at de, der tror og kender sandheden, kan spise dem med tak til Gud. 4Alt, hvad Gud har skabt, er nemlig godt, og i stedet for at forkaste det, kan vi spise det med taknemmelighed. 5Gud har jo erklæret, at ingen mad er uren, og desuden takker vi ham for maden. 6Når du forklarer det her for de kristne, er du en god tjener for Jesus Kristus. Du skal hente din styrke fra budskabet om troens betydning og fra den gode undervisning, som du har modtaget. 7Afvis de tåbelige myter, der intet godt fører med sig.

Livet er mere end her og nu

Brug hellere tiden på at øve dig i gudsfrygt. 8Fysisk træning er godt, men giver et begrænset udbytte, for det gavner kun en tid. Gudsfrygt har man derimod stort udbytte af, for det gavner en både her i livet og i den kommende verden. 9Tro mig, og accepter, hvad jeg siger. 10Vi slider og kæmper jo netop, fordi vi har sat alt vores håb til den levende Gud, som giver evigt liv til alle, der tror på Kristus. 11Tilrettevis dem, der tager fejl, og undervis dem om det rette.

Hold dig ikke tilbage

12Lad ingen se ned på dig, fordi du er ung, men vær et forbillede for de troende både med dine ord og med dit liv. Vær et godt eksempel for dem, når det gælder kærlighed, trofasthed og renhed. 13Brug tiden, indtil jeg kommer, til at læse op for dem fra Skriften, til at styrke dem i troen og til at undervise dem. 14Glem ikke den nådegave, du har, den du modtog fra Gud, da menighedens ledere profeterede over dig og bad for dig med håndspålæggelse. 15Giv dig i kast med opgaverne, så vil enhver kunne se, hvordan det vil lykkes for dig. 16Vær bevidst om, hvordan du lever og underviser, og hold ud. Din tjeneste fører jo både dig selv og dine tilhørere frem til det evige liv.

New International Reader's Version

1 Timothy 4:1-16

1The Holy Spirit clearly says that in the last days some people will leave the faith. They will follow spirits that will fool them. They will believe things that demons will teach them. 2Teachings like those come from liars who pretend to be what they are not. Their sense of what is right and wrong has been destroyed. It’s as though it has been burned with a hot iron. 3They do not allow people to get married. They order them not to eat certain foods. But God created those foods. So people who believe and know the truth should receive them and give thanks for them. 4Everything God created is good. You shouldn’t turn anything down. Instead, you should thank God for it. 5The word of God and prayer make it holy.

6Point out these things to the brothers and sisters. Then you will serve Christ Jesus well. You will show that you’ve grown in the truths of the faith. You will show that you’ve been trained by the good teaching you’ve obeyed. 7Don’t have anything to do with godless stories and silly tales. Instead, train yourself to be godly. 8Training the body has some value. But being godly has value in every way. It promises help for the life you are now living and the life to come. 9This is the truth you can trust and accept completely. 10This is why we work and try so hard. It’s because we have put our hope in the living God. He is the Savior of all people. Most of all, he is the Savior of those who believe.

11Command and teach these things. 12Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young. Set an example for the believers in what you say and in how you live. Also set an example in how you love and in what you believe. Show the believers how to be pure. 13Until I come, spend your time reading Scripture out loud to one another. Spend your time preaching and teaching. 14Don’t fail to use the gift the Holy Spirit gave you. He gave it to you through a prophecy from God. It was given when the elders placed their hands on you.

15Keep on doing these things. Give them your complete attention. Then everyone will see how you are coming along. 16Be careful of how you live and what you believe. Never give up. Then you will save yourself and those who hear you.