1Ovo je pismo od Pavla, apostola Isusa Krista, kojega je postavio naš Spasitelj Isus Krist, naša nada.
2Timoteju, mojemu pravom sinu u vjeri.
Neka ti Bog Otac i naš Gospodin Isus Krist podare milost, milosrđe i mir.
Upozorenje na lažne učitelje
3Kao što sam te zamolio kad sam odlazio u Makedoniju, ostani u Efezu da zapovjediš onima koji šire pogrešno učenje da to prestanu činiti. 4Neka ne trate vrijeme na beskonačna nagađanja o mitovima i rodoslovljima. To više pogoduje prepirkama nego služenju Bogu u vjeri. 5Zapovijedam to zato da svi budete puni ljubavi, što dolazi iz čista srca, čiste savjesti i neprijetvorne vjere.
6Ali neki su učitelji zastranili i skrenuli u prazno naklapanje. 7Htjeli bi biti učitelji Zakona, a ne razumiju ni ono što sami govore i što uporno tvrde. 8Znamo da je Zakon dobar kad se njime služi onako kako je to Bog odredio. 9Ali Bog ga nije dao zbog ljudi koji čine što je pravedno; on je za zločince i buntovnike, za bezbožnike i grešnike, koji nisu sveti, već svjetovni, za ubojice—čak i vlastitih roditelja, 10za bludnike, homoseksualce, otmičare, varalice, lašce i sve koji čine što se protivi zdravome učenju 11slavne Radosne vijesti blaženoga Boga, koji ju je meni povjerio.
Pavlova zahvalnost za Božje milosrđe
12Silno sam zahvalan našemu Gospodinu Kristu Isusu, koji mi je dao snagu, što me smatrao dostojnim povjerenja i što me je postavio da mu služim 13iako sam prije bio hulitelj Boga, progonitelj i nasilnik. Ali Bog mi se smilovao, jer sam to učinio u neznanju i nevjeri. 14Kako je milostiv bio naš Gospodin! Posve me ispunio vjerom i ljubavlju u Kristu Isusu.
15Ova je riječ vjerodostojna i zaslužuje da se prihvati: Krist Isus došao je na svijet spasiti grešnike—a od njih sam najgori ja. 16Bog mi se smilovao da budem primjer kako Krist Isus ima strpljenja i s najgorim grešnicima. Tako će i ostali shvatiti da i oni mogu povjerovati u njega i imati vječni život. 17Neka je slava i čast Bogu u vijeke vjekova. On je vječni, nevidljivi i besmrtni Kralj; jedini Bog. Amen.
18Timoteju, sine, stavljam ti na srce zapovijed da se držiš prijašnjih proročanstava koja se odnose na tebe i da se, ravnajući se prema njima, dobro boriš. 19Čuvaj svoju vjeru u Krista i čistu savjest. Neki su ju okaljali pa su doživjeli brodolom vjere. 20Među njima su Himenej i Aleksandar. Morao sam ih predati Sotoni da nauče ne huliti Boga.
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.