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.
1Kutoka kwa Paulo mtume wa Kristo Yesu kwa mapenzi ya Mungu, kulingana na ahadi ya uzima uliomo ndani ya Kristo Yesu. 2 Kwa Timotheo, mwanangu mpendwa. Ninakutakia neema, rehema na amani kutoka kwa Mungu Baba na kwa Kristo Yesu Bwana wetu.
Paulo Amtia Moyo Timotheo
3 Ninamshukuru Mungu ninayemtumikia kwa dhamiri safi, kama walivyomtumikia baba zangu, ninapokukumbuka usiku na mchana katika sala zangu. 4 Nikiyakumbuka machozi yako, ninatamani sana kukuona ili nijazwe furaha. 5 Nakumbushwa kuhusu imani yako ya kweli, imani ambayo walikuwa nayo bibi yako Loisi na mama yako Eunike na ambayo nina hakika, unayo. 6 Kwa sababu hii nakukum busha ukichochee kile kipawa ulichopewa na Mungu wakati nilipo kuwekea mikono. 7 Maana Mungu hakutupatia roho ya woga bali roho ya nguvu, ujasiri na kiasi.
8 Basi usione haya kumshuhudia Bwana wetu, wala usinionee haya mimi niliye mfungwa kwa ajili yake, bali uishiriki taabu kwa ajili ya Habari Njema kwa kadiri ya nguvu upewayo na Mungu. 9 Yeye ametuokoa na kutuita tupokee maisha ya utakatifu; si kwa sababu ya matendo yetu mema bali kwa sababu ya makusudio yake na neema yake. Tulipewa neema hii katika Kristo Yesu tangu milele 10 na sasa imedhihirishwa kwa kuja kwake Mwokozi wetu Kristo Yesu ambaye ameondoa kifo kabisa na kuleta uzima na kutokufa kwa njia ya Injili. 11 Nami nimechaguliwa kuwa mhubiri, mtume na mwalimu wa Injili hii. 12 Ndio sababu ninateseka hivi. Lakini sioni aibu kwa maana ninamjua huyo niliyemwamini na nina hakika ya kuwa anaweza kutunza kile nilichomkabidhi, mpaka siku ile.
13 Tumia kama kielelezo cha mafundisho sahihi maneno ya kweli ambayo umeyasikia kutoka kwangu pamoja na imani na upendo katika Kristo Yesu. 14 Linda ile kweli ambayo umekabidhiwa na Roho Mtakatifu aishiye ndani yetu. 15 Bila shaka unafahamu kuwa watu wote katika jimbo la Asia wameniacha, wakiwemo Filego na Hermogene. 16 Bwana aonyeshe huruma yake kwa jamaa ya Onesiforo kwa sababu alinitia moyo mara nyingi na hakuonea aibu minyororo yangu. 17 Bali alipofika Roma alinitafuta kwa bidii mpaka akanipata. 18 Bwana amwezeshe kupata rehema kutoka kwa Bwana siku ile. Unafahamu pia jinsi alivyoni saidia huko Efeso.