New International Reader's Version

1 Timothy 1

1I, Paul, am writing this letter. I am an apostle of Christ Jesus, just as God our Savior commanded. Christ Jesus also commanded it. We have put our hope in him.

Timothy, I am sending you this letter. You are my true son in the faith.

May God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord give you grace, mercy and peace.

Paul Warns Timothy to Oppose False Teachers

Timothy, stay there in Ephesus. That is what I told you to do when I went into Macedonia. I want you to command certain people not to teach things that aren’t true. And command them not to spend their time on stories that are made up. They must not waste time on family histories that never end. These things only lead to fights about ideas. They don’t help God’s work move forward. His work is done by faith. Love is the purpose of my command. Love comes from a pure heart. It comes from a good sense of what is right and wrong. It comes from faith that is honest and true. Some have turned from these teachings. They would rather talk about things that have no meaning. They want to be teachers of the law. And they are very sure about that law. But they don’t know what they are talking about.

We know that the law is good if it is used properly. We also know that the law isn’t made for godly people. It is made for those who break the law. It is for those who refuse to obey. It is for ungodly and sinful people. It is for those who aren’t holy and who don’t believe. It is for those who kill their fathers or mothers. It is for murderers. 10 It is for those who commit sexual sins. It is for those who commit homosexual acts. It is for people who buy and sell slaves. It is for liars. It is for people who tell lies in court. It is for those who are a witness to things that aren’t true. And it is for anything else that is the opposite of true teaching. 11 True teaching agrees with the good news about the glory of the blessed God. He trusted me with that good news.

The Lord Pours Out His Grace on Paul

12 I am thankful to Christ Jesus our Lord. He has given me strength. I thank him that he considered me faithful. I thank him for appointing me to serve him. 13 I used to speak evil things against Jesus. I tried to hurt his followers. I really pushed them around. But God showed me mercy anyway. I did those things without knowing any better. I wasn’t a believer. 14 Our Lord poured out more and more of his grace on me. Along with it came faith and love from Christ Jesus.

15 Here is a saying that you can trust. It should be accepted completely. Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. And I am the worst sinner of all. 16 But for that very reason, God showed me mercy. And I am the worst of sinners. He showed me mercy so that Christ Jesus could show that he is very patient. I was an example for those who would come to believe in him. Then they would receive eternal life. 17 The eternal King will never die. He can’t be seen. He is the only God. Give him honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Paul Commands Timothy

18 My son Timothy, I am giving you this command. It is in keeping with the prophecies once made about you. By remembering them, you can fight the battle well. 19 Then you will hold on to faith. You will hold on to a good sense of what is right and wrong. Some have not accepted this knowledge of right and wrong. So they have destroyed their faith. They are like a ship that has sunk. 20 Hymenaeus and Alexander are among them. I have handed them over to Satan. That will teach them not to speak evil things against God.

Nueva Versión Internacional (Castilian)

1 Timoteo 1

1Pablo, apóstol de Cristo Jesús por mandato de Dios nuestro Salvador y de Cristo Jesús nuestra esperanza,

a Timoteo, mi verdadero hijo en la fe:

Que Dios el Padre y Cristo Jesús nuestro Señor te concedan gracia, misericordia y paz.

Advertencia contra los falsos maestros de la ley

Al partir para Macedonia, te encargué que permanecieras en Éfeso y les ordenaras a algunos supuestos maestros que dejen de enseñar doctrinas falsas y de prestar atención a leyendas y genealogías interminables. Esas cosas provocan controversias en vez de llevar adelante la obra de Dios que es por la fe. Debes hacerlo así para que el amor brote de un corazón limpio, de una buena conciencia y de una fe sincera. Algunos se han desviado de esa línea de conducta y se han enredado en discusiones inútiles. Pretenden ser maestros de la ley, pero en realidad no saben de qué hablan ni entienden lo que con tanta seguridad afirman.

Ahora bien, sabemos que la ley es buena, si se aplica como es debido. Tengamos en cuenta que la ley no se ha instituido para los justos, sino para los desobedientes y rebeldes, para los impíos y pecadores, para los irreverentes y profanos. La ley es para los que maltratan a sus propios padres,[a] para los asesinos, 10 para los adúlteros y los homosexuales, para los traficantes de esclavos, los embusteros y los que juran en falso. En fin, la ley es para todo lo que está en contra de la sana doctrina 11 enseñada por el glorioso evangelio que el Dios bendito me ha confiado.

La gracia que el Señor dio a Pablo

12 Doy gracias al que me fortalece, Cristo Jesús nuestro Señor, pues me consideró digno de confianza al ponerme a su servicio. 13 Anteriormente, yo era un blasfemo, un perseguidor y un insolente; pero Dios tuvo misericordia de mí porque yo era un incrédulo y actuaba con ignorancia. 14 Pero la gracia de nuestro Señor se derramó sobre mí con abundancia, junto con la fe y el amor que hay en Cristo Jesús.

15 Este mensaje es digno de crédito y merece ser aceptado por todos: que Cristo Jesús vino al mundo a salvar a los pecadores, de los cuales yo soy el primero. 16 Pero precisamente por eso Dios fue misericordioso conmigo, a fin de que en mí, el peor de los pecadores, pudiera Cristo Jesús mostrar su infinita bondad. Así llego a servir de ejemplo para los que, creyendo en él, recibirán la vida eterna. 17 Por tanto, al Rey eterno, inmortal, invisible, al único Dios, sea honor y gloria por los siglos de los siglos. Amén.

18 Timoteo, hijo mío, te doy este encargo porque tengo en cuenta las profecías que antes se hicieron acerca de ti. Deseo que, apoyado en ellas, pelees la buena batalla 19 y mantengas la fe y una buena conciencia. Por no hacerle caso a su conciencia, algunos han naufragado en la fe. 20 Entre ellos están Himeneo y Alejandro, a quienes he entregado a Satanás para que aprendan a no blasfemar.

Notas al pie

  1. 1:9 los que maltratan a sus propios padres. Lit. los parricidas y matricidas.