1Nze, Pawulo, omutume wa Kristo Yesu olw’okwagala kwa Katonda, ng’okusuubiza bwe kuli okw’obulamu obuli mu Kristo Yesu, 2 nkuwandiikira ggwe Timoseewo omwana wange omwagalwa, nga nkwagaliza ekisa n’okusaasirwa, n’emirembe ebiva eri Katonda Kitaffe, ne Kristo Yesu Mukama waffe.
3 Neebaza Katonda gwe mpeereza mu mwoyo omulungi nga bajjajjange bwe baakola, nga nkujjukira obutayosa mu kusaba kwange emisana n’ekiro. 4 Bwe nzijukira amaziga go ne neegomba okukulaba ndyoke nzijule essanyu. 5 Nzijukira okukkiriza kwo okw’amazima olubereberye okwali mu jjajjaawo Looyi ne mukadde wo Ewuniike; era nga nkakasiza ddala nga naawe okulina. 6 Kyenva nkujjukiza okuseesanga ekirabo kya Katonda ekiri mu ggwe kye yakuwa, bwe nakussaako emikono gyange. 7 Kubanga Mwoyo wa Katonda, gwe yatuwa tatufuula bati, wabula atuwa amaanyi, n’okwagala era n’okwegendereza.
8 Noolwekyo tokwatibwa nsonyi kwogera ku bya Mukama waffe, wadde ku nze omusibe we, wabula naawe bonaabona olw’Enjiri ng’oyambibwa amaanyi ga Katonda, 9 eyatulokola n’atuyita tubeere babe. Ekyo yakikola nga tasinziira ku bikolwa byaffe, wabula ng’asinziira mu kuyitibwa okutukuvu, si ng’ebikolwa byaffe bwe biri, naye olw’ekigendererwa kye ye, n’ekisa kye, kye yatukwatirwa ng’ayita mu Kristo Yesu okuva edda n’edda Lyonna. 10 Kaakano ekisa ekyo kyolesebbwa mu kulabika kw’Omulokozi waffe Kristo Yesu eyaggyawo okufa, n’aleeta obulamu obutazikirizibwa ng’ayita mu Njiri, 11 gye nalonderwa okugisaasaanya, n’okuba omutume, era omuyigiriza, 12 era kyenva mbonaabona bwe ntyo. Kyokka sikwatibwa nsonyi, kubanga mmanyi gwe nakkiriza, era nkakasa nti ayinza okukuuma ekyo kye namuteresa okutuusa olunaku luli.
13 Gobereranga ebigambo ebireeta obulamu bye wawulira njogera, mu kukkiriza ne mu kwagala mu Kristo Yesu. 14 Ekintu ekirungi eky’omuwendo kye wateresebwa kikuumenga ng’oyambibwa Mwoyo Mutukuvu abeera mu ffe.
15 Kino okimanyi, ng’ab’omu Asiya bonna banjabulira, mu abo mwe muli Fugero ne Kerumogene.
16 Mukama akwatirwe ekisa ab’omu nnyumba ya Onesifolo, kubanga yambeesabeesa emirundi mingi era teyankwatirwa nsonyi kubanga ndi musibe; 17 bwe yatuuka e Ruumi, yafuba nnyo okunnoonya era n’anzuula. 18 Mukama amukwatirwe ekisa ku lunaku luli. Era gw’omanyi bulungi nnyo byonna bye yakola mu Efeso.
1I, Paul, am writing this letter. I am an apostle of Christ Jesus just as God planned. He sent me to tell about the promise of life found in Christ Jesus.
2 Timothy, I am sending you this letter. You are my dear son.
May God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord give you grace, mercy and peace.
Paul Gives Thanks
3 I thank God, whom I serve as did our people of long ago. I serve God, knowing that what I have done is right. Night and day I thank God for you. Night and day I always remember you in my prayers. 4 I remember your tears. I long to see you so that I can be filled with joy. 5 I remember your honest and true faith. It was alive first in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice. And I am certain that it is now alive in you also.
Paul Encourages Timothy to Be Faithful
6 This is why I remind you to help God’s gift grow, just as a small spark grows into a fire. God put his gift in you when I placed my hands on you. 7 God gave us his Spirit. And the Spirit doesn’t make us weak and fearful. Instead, the Spirit gives us power and love. He helps us control ourselves. 8 So don’t be ashamed of the message about our Lord. And don’t be ashamed of me, his prisoner. Instead, join with me as I suffer for the good news. God’s power will help us do that. 9 God has saved us. He has chosen us to live a holy life. It wasn’t because of anything we have done. It was because of his own purpose and grace. Through Christ Jesus, God gave us this grace even before time began. 10 It has now been made known through the coming of our Savior, Christ Jesus. He has broken the power of death. Because of the good news, he has brought life out into the light. That life never dies. 11 I was appointed to announce the good news. I was appointed to be an apostle and a teacher. 12 That’s why I’m suffering the way I am. But this gives me no reason to be ashamed. That’s because I know who I have believed in. I am sure he is able to take care of what I have given him. I can trust him with it until the day he returns as judge.
13 Follow what you heard from me as the pattern of true teaching. Follow it with faith and love because you belong to Christ Jesus. 14 Guard the truth of the good news that you were trusted with. Guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.
Examples of Faithful and Unfaithful People
15 You know that all the believers in Asia Minor have deserted me. They include Phygelus and Hermogenes.
16 May the Lord show mercy to all who live in the house of Onesiphorus. He often encouraged me. He was not ashamed that I was being held by chains. 17 In fact, it was just the opposite. When he was in Rome, he looked everywhere for me. At last he found me. 18 May Onesiphorus find mercy from the Lord on the day Jesus returns as judge! You know very well how many ways Onesiphorus helped me in Ephesus.