The Message

1 Timothy 1

11-2 I, Paul, am an apostle on special assignment for Christ, our living hope. Under God our Savior’s command, I’m writing this to you, Timothy, my son in the faith. All the best from our God and Christ be yours!

Self-Appointed Experts on Life

3-4 On my way to the province of Macedonia, I advised you to stay in Ephesus. Well, I haven’t changed my mind. Stay right there on top of things so that the teaching stays on track. Apparently some people have been introducing fantasy stories and fanciful family trees that digress into silliness instead of pulling the people back into the center, deepening faith and obedience.

5-7 The whole point of what we’re urging is simply love—love uncontaminated by self-interest and counterfeit faith, a life open to God. Those who fail to keep to this point soon wander off into cul-de-sacs of gossip. They set themselves up as experts on religious issues, but haven’t the remotest idea of what they’re holding forth with such imposing eloquence.

8-11 It’s true that moral guidance and counsel need to be given, but the way you say it and to whom you say it are as important as what you say. It’s obvious, isn’t it, that the law code isn’t primarily for people who live responsibly, but for the irresponsible, who defy all authority, riding roughshod over God, life, sex, truth, whatever! They are contemptuous of this great Message I’ve been put in charge of by this great God.

12-14 I’m so grateful to Christ Jesus for making me adequate to do this work. He went out on a limb, you know, in trusting me with this ministry. The only credentials I brought to it were invective and witch hunts and arrogance. But I was treated mercifully because I didn’t know what I was doing—didn’t know Who I was doing it against! Grace mixed with faith and love poured over me and into me. And all because of Jesus.

15-19 Here’s a word you can take to heart and depend on: Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners. I’m proof—Public Sinner Number One—of someone who could never have made it apart from sheer mercy. And now he shows me off—evidence of his endless patience—to those who are right on the edge of trusting him forever.

Deep honor and bright glory
    to the King of All Time—
One God, Immortal, Invisible,
    ever and always. Oh, yes!

I’m passing this work on to you, my son Timothy. The prophetic word that was directed to you prepared us for this. All those prayers are coming together now so you will do this well, fearless in your struggle, keeping a firm grip on your faith and on yourself. After all, this is a fight we’re in.

19-20 There are some, you know, who by relaxing their grip and thinking anything goes have made a thorough mess of their faith. Hymenaeus and Alexander are two of them. I let them wander off to Satan to be taught a lesson or two about not blaspheming.

Endagaano Enkadde nʼEndagaano Empya

1 Timoseewo 1

Okulamusa

1Nze Pawulo, omutume wa Kristo Yesu, nga Katonda Omulokozi waffe ne Kristo Yesu essuubi lyaffe, bwe baalagira, nkuwandiikira ggwe Timoseewo, omwana wange ddala mu kukkiriza. Nkwagaliza ekisa n’okusaasira, n’emirembe, ebiva eri Katonda Kitaffe ne Yesu Kristo Mukama waffe.

Okwerinda Enjigiriza Enkyamu

Njagala osigale mu Efeso, nga bwe nakukuutira nga ŋŋenda e Makedoniya oziyize abantu baleme kuyigiriza njigiriza ndala. Bagambe balekeraawo okwemalira ku nfumo, ne ku kulondoola enkalala empanvu ez’amannya g’abajjajja. Ebyo byongera mpaka, mu kifo ky’okuyigiriza abantu ebya Katonda ebiri mu kukkiriza. Kye tugenderera mu kiragiro kino, kwe kwagala okuva mu mutima omulongoofu, n’omwoyo omulungi, n’okukkiriza okutaliimu bukuusa. Ebyo abantu abamu babivaako ne badda mu mpaka ezitaliimu mugaso. Beefuula bayigiriza b’amateeka ga Katonda, songa tebategeera bye boogera, wadde bye bakakasa. Tumanyi ng’amateeka malungi, omuntu bw’agakozesa mu ngeri entuufu. Tusaanye tutegeere nga Amateeka tegaateekerwawo batuukirivu, wabula gaateekerwawo bamenyi baago na bajeemu, aboonoonyi, n’abatatya Katonda, n’abatali batukuvu, n’abagwenyufu, abatta bakitaabwe ne bannyaabwe, era n’abatta abantu abalala, 10 n’abenzi, n’abalya ebisiyaga, abagula n’abatunda abaddu, abalimba n’abalayirira obwereere, ne bonna abatakkiriziganya na njigiriza ntuufu, 11 ng’Enjiri ey’ekitiibwa kya Katonda atenderezebwa, gye yankwasa bw’eri.

Okwebaza Katonda olw’Ekisa kye

12 Neebaza Kristo Yesu Mukama waffe eyampa amaanyi ag’okumuweereza. Mwebaza kubanga yalaba nga nsaanira, n’ankwasa omulimu gwe. 13 Newaakubadde ng’edda namwogerangako bubi, ne mmuyigganya era ne mmuvuma, kyokka yansaasira, kubanga ebyo nabikolanga mu butamanya nga sinnaba kumukkiriza. 14 Naye Mukama waffe yankwatirwa ekisa kingi n’ampa okukkiriza kungi, era n’okwagala kwe tufunira mu Kristo Yesu. 15 Ekigambo kino kituufu, kisaanye okukkiriza, ekigamba nti Kristo Yesu yajja mu nsi okulokola aboonoonyi. Mu bo nze mwonoonyi asookera ddala. 16 Katonda kyeyava ansaasira, Kristo Yesu alyoke ayoleseze mu nze, omwonoonyi asingira ddala okugumiikiriza kwe okutakoma, era mbeere ekyokulabirako eri abo abalimukkiriza ne bafuna obulamu obutaggwaawo. 17 Kabaka ow’olubeerera, atafa era atalabika, Katonda omu yekka, agulumizibwenga, emirembe n’emirembe. Amiina.

18 Mwana wange Timoseewo, nkukubiriza ojjukire ebigambo bya bannabbi bye baakwogerako edda, olyoke olwane olutalo n’obuzira, 19 ng’okukkiriza, n’omwoyo omulungi, bye byokulwanyisa byo. Kubanga abalala abagaana okuba n’omwoyo ogwo omulungi bafiirwa okukkiriza kwabwe. 20 Mu abo mwe muli Kumenayo ne Alegezanda be n’awaayo eri Setaani bayige obutavumanga Katonda.