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.

Spanish, Castilian (La Nueva Biblia al Día)

1 Timothy 1

1Pablo, apóstol de Cristo Jesús por mandato de Dios nuestro Salvador y del propio Cristo Jesús, nuestro Señor y única esperanza, 2a Timoteo, verdadero hijo mío en la fe: gracia, misericordia y paz de Dios nuestro Padre y de Cristo Jesús, nuestro Señor.

Advertencia contra los falsos maestros de la ley

3Tal como te rogué cuando salí para Macedonia, quédate en Éfeso, y a esas gentes que están enseñando falsas doctrinas trata de impedirles que lo sigan haciendo. 4Procura acabar con sus mitos y fábulas, y con sus interminables genealogías, que solo son origen de disputas y en nada ayudan a que otros acepten por fe la salvación que Dios ofrece.

5Mi propósito al encargarte esto es que los creyentes de esa ciudad se llenen del amor que procede de un corazón limpio, una conciencia recta y una fe sincera. 6Porque hay quienes olvidan estas cosas y pasan el tiempo discutiendo y diciendo tonterías; “ 7pretenden ser maestros de la ley de Moisés, pero de hecho no tienen la menor idea de lo que la ley significa.

8A nosotros nos consta que la ley es buena, siempre que se haga uso de ella conforme al propósito de Dios; 9pues sabemos que la ley no fue dada para castigar a las personas honradas que se comportan de acuerdo con la voluntad de Dios, sino para los rebeldes y desobedientes, los malvados y pecadores, los irreverentes y blasfemos, los parricidas, los asesinos, 10los pervertidos sexuales, los sodomitas, los secuestradores y los embusteros y perjuros; en fin, para todos aquellos que se oponen a la sana doctrina 11conforme al glorioso evangelio de nuestro bendito Dios, cuyo anuncio me ha sido encomendado.

La gracia que el Señor “dio a Pablo

12Gracias doy a Cristo Jesús nuestro Señor por haberme escogido como mensajero suyo, y por haberme dado la fortaleza necesaria para serle fiel. 13Recuerda, Timoteo, que yo antes blasfemaba su nombre; y no solo es que blasfemaba, sino que perseguía cruelmente a los que le seguían. Sin embargo, Dios se compadeció de mí, porque yo entonces, no habiendo conocido aún a Cristo, no sabía lo que hacía. 14Y en su gracia, derramada sobre mí en abundancia, el Señor me enseñó a creer en Cristo Jesús, que me había hecho objeto de su amor. 15Digno es de ser creído y proclamado este mensaje: Que Cristo Jesús vino al mundo a salvar a los pecadores. De estos ciertamente yo soy el primero, 16pero Cristo Jesús, en su gran misericordia, ha querido servirse de mí poniéndome como ejemplo de toda su paciencia para con los más viles pecadores, a fin de que también otros crean en él y lleguen a alcanzar la vida eterna. 17Al Rey de todos los siglos, al único y sabio Dios, inmortal e invisible, sea la gloria y el honor por los siglos de los siglos. Amén.

18Ahora, Timoteo, hijo mío, presta atención a esto que te encargo conforme a las profecías que antes se hicieron acerca de ti, a fin de que, afirmado en ellas, puedas pelear la buena batalla. “ 19Mantén tu fe y actúa con buena conciencia; no como esos que, habiéndola desestimado, han hecho que su fe naufrague.

20Tal es el caso de Himeneo y Alejandro, a quienes he dejado en poder de Satanás para que aprendan a no blasfemar.