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.
2Timothy, 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
3Timothy, 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. 4And 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. 5Love 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. 6Some have turned from these teachings. They would rather talk about things that have no meaning. 7They 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.
8We know that the law is good if it is used properly. 9We 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. 10It 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. 11True 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
12I 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. 13I 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. 14Our Lord poured out more and more of his grace on me. Along with it came faith and love from Christ Jesus.
15Here 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. 16But 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. 17The 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
18My 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. 19Then 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. 20Hymenaeus and Alexander are among them. I have handed them over to Satan. That will teach them not to speak evil things against God.
1Bulus, manzon Kiristi Yesu ta wurin umarnin Allah Mai Cetonmu da kuma na Yesu Kiristi begenmu,
2Zuwa ga Timoti ɗana na gaske cikin bangaskiya.
Alheri, jinƙai da kuma salama daga Allah Uba da Kiristi Yesu Ubangijinmu, su kasance tare da kai.
Gargaɗi game da malaman ƙarya
3Kamar yadda na gargaɗe ka sa’ad da zan je Makidoniya, ka zauna can Afisa domin ka umarci waɗansu mutane kada su koyar da ƙa’idodin ƙarya nan gaba 4ko su ba da kansu ga tatsuniyoyi da ƙididdigar asali marar iyaka. Waɗannan suna kawo faɗa a maimakon aikin Allah wanda yake ta wurin bangaskiya. 5Maƙasudin wannan umarnin dai ƙauna ce, wadda take zuwa daga zuciya mai tsabta da lamiri mai kyau da kuma sahihiyar bangaskiya. 6Waɗansu sun bauɗe daga waɗannan al’amura, suka koma ga maganganu marasa ma’ana. 7So suke su zama malaman doka, ba tare da fahimtar abin da suke faɗa ba, balle abubuwan da suke ta nacewa a kai.
8Mun san cewa doka tana da kyau in an yi amfani da ita yadda ya kamata. 9Mun kuma san cewa an yi doka ba domin masu adalci ba sai dai masu tawaye, da marasa biyayya, da marasa bin Allah, da masu zunubi, da marasa tsarkaka, da masu saɓon Allah, da masu kashe iyaye maza da mata, da masu kisankai, 10da masu zina da kuma da maza masu kwana da maza, ko mata masu kwana da mata, da masu cinikin bayi da masu ƙarya da kuma masu shaidar ƙarya, da kuma duk wani abin da ya saɓa wa sahihiyar koyarwa, 11da take bisa ga bishara mai ɗaukaka ta Allah mai albarka, wadda ya danƙa mini.
Alherin Ubangiji ga Bulus
12Na gode wa Kiristi Yesu Ubangijinmu, wanda ya ba ni ƙarfi, saboda ya amince da ni, har ya sa ni aikinsa. 13Ko da yake a dā ni mai saɓo da mai tsanantawa da kuma mai rikici ne, aka nuna mini jinƙai saboda na yi haka cikin jahilci ne da kuma rashin bangaskiya. 14An zubo mini alherin Ubangijinmu a yalwace, tare da bangaskiya da ƙaunar da take cikin Kiristi Yesu.
15Ga wata magana tabbatacciya wadda ta cancanci cikakkiyar karɓa. Kiristi Yesu ya zo duniya domin ceton masu zunubi, wanda nake mafi muni a cikinsu. 16Amma saboda wannan dalilin ne aka nuna mini jinƙai domin ta wurina, mafi zunubi duka, Kiristi Yesu yă iya bayyana matuƙar haƙurinsa a matsayin misali ga waɗanda za su gaskata shi su kuma sami rai madawwami. 17Bari girma da ɗaukaka su tabbata har abada abadin ga Sarki madawwami, wanda ba ya mutuwa, wanda ba a ganinsa, wanda kuma shi ne kaɗai Allah! Amin.
18Timoti, ɗana, na ba ka wannan umarni bisa ga annabce-annabcen da aka yi a dā game da kai, domin ta wurin binsu ka iya yin yaƙi mai kyau, 19kana riƙe da bangaskiya da kuma lamiri mai kyau. Gama waɗansu mutane, saboda ƙin kasa kunne ga lamirinsu, suka lalatar da bangaskiyarsu. 20Cikinsu kuwa akwai Himenayus da Alekzanda, waɗanda na miƙa ga Shaiɗan don su horo su bar yin saɓo.