1I, Paul, am writing this letter. I am an apostle of Christ Jesus just as God planned. He sent me to tell about the promise of life found in Christ Jesus.
2Timothy, I am sending you this letter. You are my dear son.
May God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord give you grace, mercy and peace.
Paul Gives Thanks
3I thank God, whom I serve as did our people of long ago. I serve God, knowing that what I have done is right. Night and day I thank God for you. Night and day I always remember you in my prayers. 4I remember your tears. I long to see you so that I can be filled with joy. 5I remember your honest and true faith. It was alive first in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice. And I am certain that it is now alive in you also.
Paul Encourages Timothy to Be Faithful
6This is why I remind you to help God’s gift grow, just as a small spark grows into a fire. God put his gift in you when I placed my hands on you. 7God gave us his Spirit. And the Spirit doesn’t make us weak and fearful. Instead, the Spirit gives us power and love. He helps us control ourselves. 8So don’t be ashamed of the message about our Lord. And don’t be ashamed of me, his prisoner. Instead, join with me as I suffer for the good news. God’s power will help us do that. 9God has saved us. He has chosen us to live a holy life. It wasn’t because of anything we have done. It was because of his own purpose and grace. Through Christ Jesus, God gave us this grace even before time began. 10It has now been made known through the coming of our Savior, Christ Jesus. He has broken the power of death. Because of the good news, he has brought life out into the light. That life never dies. 11I was appointed to announce the good news. I was appointed to be an apostle and a teacher. 12That’s why I’m suffering the way I am. But this gives me no reason to be ashamed. That’s because I know who I have believed in. I am sure he is able to take care of what I have given him. I can trust him with it until the day he returns as judge.
13Follow what you heard from me as the pattern of true teaching. Follow it with faith and love because you belong to Christ Jesus. 14Guard the truth of the good news that you were trusted with. Guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.
Examples of Faithful and Unfaithful People
15You know that all the believers in Asia Minor have deserted me. They include Phygelus and Hermogenes.
16May the Lord show mercy to all who live in the house of Onesiphorus. He often encouraged me. He was not ashamed that I was being held by chains. 17In fact, it was just the opposite. When he was in Rome, he looked everywhere for me. At last he found me. 18May Onesiphorus find mercy from the Lord on the day Jesus returns as judge! You know very well how many ways Onesiphorus helped me in Ephesus.
1Saa nhoma yi fi Paulo a ɔyɛ Kristo Yesu somafo no nkyɛn. Onyankopɔn ankasa na ɔfrɛɛ me sɛ ɔsomafo, na ɔde nkwa a ɔhyɛ ho bɔ a ɛnam Kristo Yesu mu gyidi so de brɛ mo.
2Mede kɔma me dɔba Timoteo:
Adom, mmɔborɔhunu ne asomdwoe mfi Agya Nyankopɔn ne yɛn Awurade Kristo Yesu nka wo.
3Meda Onyankopɔn a mede adwene mu fann som no sɛnea me mpanyimfo yɛe no ase. Daa, anadwo ne awia, mekae wo wɔ me mpaebɔ mu. 4Mekae wo nisutew bere a yɛredi mpaapaemu no a, ɛma mʼani gyina wo. Enti sɛ mihu wo bio a mʼani begye. 5Wɔkae me wo nokware gyidi a efii ase wɔ wo nenabea Lois ne wo na Eunike mu no, na magye ato mu sɛ mprempren ɛwɔ wo nso mu bi saa ara.
6Eyi nti merebɔ wo nkae sɛ, kae akyɛde a bere a mede me nsa guu wo so no Onyankopɔn de maa wo no. 7Efisɛ Honhom a Onyankopɔn de maa yɛn no mma yɛnyɛ ahufo, na mmom Honhom no ma yɛn tumi, ɔdɔ ne ahohyɛso. 8Mma wʼani nnwu wɔ Awurade adansedi, ne me a meyɛ ne deduani no ho. Na sɛ ɔhaw bi to wo wɔ Asɛmpa no ka ho a, gyina pintinn wɔ ahoɔden a Onyankopɔn de ama wo no mu. 9Ogyee yɛn nkwa frɛɛ yɛn se yɛmmɛyɛ ne de. Ɛnyɛ biribi pa bi a yɛyɛ nti, na mmom nʼadom ara kwa. Ansa na wɔrehyɛ wiase ase no na ɔnam Kristo Yesu so kyɛɛ yɛn saa adom no, 10nanso mprempren wɔnam Agyenkwa Kristo Yesu no ba a ɔbɛba no so ada no adi akyerɛ yɛn. Kristo, yɛn Agyenkwa dii owu so nkonim, na ɔde anigyesɛm a ɛhyerɛn te sɛ kanea, na ɛma nkwa a enni awiei brɛɛ yɛn. 11Onyankopɔn ayi me sɛ ɔsomafo ne ɔkyerɛkyerɛfo sɛ menna Asɛmpa no adi. 12Ɛnam eyinom so nti na mihu saa amane yi. Nanso meda so wɔ gyidi, efisɛ minim nea mede me ho to no so no, na minim nso sɛ ɔbɛkora nea mede ahyɛ ne nsa no ama da no nso.
13So nokwasɛm a mekyerɛɛ wo no mu yiye na fa yɛ nhwɛsode, na tena gyidi ne ɔdɔ a ɛyɛ yɛn de wɔ Kristo Yesu mu no mu. 14Wɔde ademude a ɛsom bo ahyɛ wo nsa. Fa Honhom Kronkron a ɔte wo mu no mmoa bɔ ho ban.
15Sɛnea wunim no, Kristofo a wofi Asia baa ha no nyinaa aguan agya me. Figelo ne Hermogene nso ka wɔn ho.
16Awurade nhu Onesiforo fifo mmɔbɔ, efisɛ ɔhyɛɛ me nkuran mpɛn bebree. Nʼani anwu wɔ me ho sɛ mada afiase pɛn, 17na oduu Roma pɛ, na ɔbɔɔ mmɔden hwehwɛɛ me ara kosii sɛ ohuu me. 18Awurade mmoa no na da no, onya ahummɔbɔ mfi Awurade no nkyɛn! Wunim akwan ahorow a ɔfaa so boaa me wɔ Efeso.