The Message

2 Timothy 1

11-2 I, Paul, am on special assignment for Christ, carrying out God’s plan laid out in the Message of Life by Jesus. I write this to you, Timothy, the son I love so much. All the best from our God and Christ be yours!

To Be Bold with God’s Gifts

3-4 Every time I say your name in prayer—which is practically all the time—I thank God for you, the God I worship with my whole life in the tradition of my ancestors. I miss you a lot, especially when I remember that last tearful good-bye, and I look forward to a joy-packed reunion.

5-7 That precious memory triggers another: your honest faith—and what a rich faith it is, handed down from your grandmother Lois to your mother Eunice, and now to you! And the special gift of ministry you received when I laid hands on you and prayed—keep that ablaze! God doesn’t want us to be shy with his gifts, but bold and loving and sensible.

8-10 So don’t be embarrassed to speak up for our Master or for me, his prisoner. Take your share of suffering for the Message along with the rest of us. We can only keep on going, after all, by the power of God, who first saved us and then called us to this holy work. We had nothing to do with it. It was all his idea, a gift prepared for us in Jesus long before we knew anything about it. But we know it now. Since the appearance of our Savior, nothing could be plainer: death defeated, life vindicated in a steady blaze of light, all through the work of Jesus.

11-12 This is the Message I’ve been set apart to proclaim as preacher, emissary, and teacher. It’s also the cause of all this trouble I’m in. But I have no regrets. I couldn’t be more sure of my ground—the One I’ve trusted in can take care of what he’s trusted me to do right to the end.

13-14 So keep at your work, this faith and love rooted in Christ, exactly as I set it out for you. It’s as sound as the day you first heard it from me. Guard this precious thing placed in your custody by the Holy Spirit who works in us.

15-18 I’m sure you know by now that everyone in the province of Asia deserted me, even Phygelus and Hermogenes. But God bless Onesiphorus and his family! Many’s the time I’ve been refreshed in that house. And he wasn’t embarrassed a bit that I was in jail. The first thing he did when he got to Rome was look me up. May God on the Last Day treat him as well as he treated me. And then there was all the help he provided in Ephesus—but you know that better than I.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

提摩太后书 1

1我保罗奉上帝的旨意,按照在基督耶稣里所应许的生命做基督耶稣的使徒, 写信给我亲爱的儿子提摩太。

愿父上帝和我们的主基督耶稣的恩典、怜悯和平安临到你!

勉励忠心事奉

我日夜不停地为你祷告,对我效法祖先用清洁的良心事奉的上帝充满了感恩。 每逢想起你流泪的情形,我就渴望见你,好使我的心充满喜乐。 我记得你那真诚无伪的信心。你外祖母罗以和你母亲友妮基首先有了这信心,我深信你也有。 因此我提醒你,要把上帝在我把手按在你身上时赐给你的恩赐充分发挥出来。 因为上帝赐给我们的不是懦弱的心,而是刚强、仁爱、自律的心。

所以,你不要羞于为我们的主做见证,也不要以我这为主被囚的人为耻,要靠着上帝的能力和我一同为福音受苦。 上帝拯救了我们,并呼召我们过圣洁的生活,不是因为我们的行为,而是出于祂的旨意和恩典。早在万古以前,祂就在基督耶稣里把这恩典赐给我们了, 10 如今借着我们救主基督耶稣的降世显明了出来。基督已经消灭了死亡,借着福音将不朽的生命彰显了出来。

11 我为了这福音受委派做传道人、使徒和教师。 12 我因此而遭受这些苦难,但我不以为耻,因为我知道我所信的是谁,也深信祂能保守祂所托付我的[a],一直到那日[b] 13 你要以在基督耶稣里的信心和爱心,把从我这里听到的正确教导当作典范遵守, 14 要靠着住在我们里面的圣灵牢牢守住交托给你的美善之道。

15 你知道几乎所有亚细亚的人都离弃了我,其中包括腓吉路和黑摩其尼。 16 愿主怜悯阿尼色弗一家人,他常常鼓励我,不以我被囚禁为耻。 17 他在罗马的时候千方百计寻访我的下落,直到找着我为止。 18 你很清楚,他从前在以弗所怎样在各个方面服侍我。愿主再来时格外地怜悯他。

Notas al pie

  1. 1:12 祂所托付我的”又可翻译为“我所信托祂的”。
  2. 1:12 那日”指保罗站在基督面前交账的日子。