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.
1Paulo mtumwi wa Khristu Yesu mwa chifuniro cha Mulungu. Anandituma kuti ndilalike za lonjezo la moyo umene uli mwa Khristu Yesu.
2 Kwa Timoteyo, mwana wanga wokondedwa:
Chisomo, chifundo ndi mtendere zochokera kwa Mulungu Atate ndi Ambuye athu Yesu Khristu.
Chilimbikitso Pokhala Wokhulupirika
3 Ndikuyamika Mulungu amene ndimamutumikira ndi chikumbumtima chosatsutsika, monga momwe ankachitira makolo anga. Usiku ndi usana ndimakukumbukira mosalekeza mʼmapemphero anga. 4 Ndikamakumbukira misozi yako, ndimalakalaka nditakuona kuti ndidzazidwe ndi chimwemwe. 5 Ndakumbukira za chikhulupiriro chako choona chimene chinayamba mwa agogo ako a Loisi ndi mwa amayi ako Yunike ndipo ndikutsimikiza mtima kuti chilinso mwa iwe.
Kumvera Paulo ndi Uthenga Wabwino
6 Nʼchifukwa chake ndikukukumbutsa kuti upemerere monga amachitira moto, mphatso imene Mulungu anakupatsa nditakusanjika manja. 7 Pakuti Mzimu amene Mulungu anatipatsa, si Mzimu wotipatsa manyazi, koma Mzimu wotipatsa mphamvu, chikondi ndi kudzisunga.
8 Choncho usachite manyazi kuchitira umboni Ambuye athu, kapena kuchita manyazi chifukwa cha ine wamʼndende. Koma umve nane zowawa chifukwa cha Uthenga Wabwino, mothandizidwa ndi mphamvu za Mulungu. 9 Iye anatipulumutsa ndipo anatiyitanira ku moyo oyera mtima, osati chifukwa cha chilichonse chimene tinachita, koma chifukwa cha chikonzero ndi chisomo chake. Chisomo chimenechi anatipatsa ife mwa Khristu Yesu nthawi isanayambe. 10 Koma tsopano Mulungu watiwululira kudzera mʼkuoneka kwa Mpulumutsi wathu, Khristu Yesu, amene anathetsa mphamvu za imfa ndipo mwa Uthenga Wabwino anaonetsa poyera moyo umene sungafe. 11 Ine ndinasankhidwa kukhala wamthenga, ndi mtumwi ndi mphunzitsi wa Uthenga Wabwinowu. 12 Nʼchifukwa chake ndikuvutika monga ndililimu. Komabe zimenezi sizikundichititsa manyazi, popeza ndikumudziwa amene ndamukhulupirira ndipo ndikutsimikiza mtima kuti akhoza kusamalira chimene ndinamusungitsa mpaka tsiku lijalo.
13 Zimene unamva kwa ine, uzisunge kuti zikhale chitsanzo cha chiphunzitso choona, mwa chikhulupiriro ndi chikondi mwa Khristu Yesu. 14 Samalira bwino zokoma zimene anakusungitsa. Uzisamalire mothandizidwa ndi Mzimu Woyera amene amakhala mwa ife.
Zitsanzo za Kusakhulupirika ndi Kukhulupirika
15 Iwe udziwa kuti onse a mʼchigawo cha Asiya anandithawa, kuphatikizapo Fugelo ndi Herimogene omwe.
16 Mulungu achitire chifundo banja lonse la Onesiforo chifukwa ankandisangalatsa kawirikawiri ndipo sankachita nane manyazi ngakhale ndinali womangidwa ndi maunyolo. 17 Mʼmalo mwake, atangofika ku Roma, anandifunafuna ndipo anandipeza. 18 Ambuye amulole kuti adzalandire chifundo kwa Ambuye pa tsiku lijalo! Ukudziwa bwino momwe iye anandithandizira mʼnjira zosiyanasiyana ku Efeso.