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.
1Nwoma yi firi Paulo a ɔyɛ Kristo Yesu ɔsomafoɔ no nkyɛn. Onyankopɔn ankasa na ɔfrɛɛ me sɛ ɔsomafoɔ, sɛ menkɔbɔ nkwa a ɔnam Kristo Yesu so de baeɛ no ho dawuro.
2Mede kɔma me dɔba Timoteo:
Adom, mmɔborɔhunu ne asomdwoeɛ mfiri Agya Onyankopɔn ne yɛn Awurade Kristo Yesu nka wo.
3Meda Onyankopɔn a mede adwene mu fann som no sɛdeɛ me mpanimfoɔ yɛeɛ no ase. Daa, anadwo ne awia, mekae wo wɔ me mpaeɛbɔ mu. 4Mekae wo nisuteɛ ɛberɛ a yɛredi mpaapaemu no a, ɛma mʼani gyina wo. Enti sɛ mehunu wo bio a mʼani bɛgye. 5Mekae gyidie a emu yɛ den a na wowɔ, gyidie a ɛfirii aseɛ firii wo nana Lois ne wo maame Eunike mu no, na megye di sɛ woda so kura saa gyidie no a emu yɛ den no ara mu.
6Yei enti merebɔ wo nkaeɛ sɛ kae akyɛdeɛ a ɛberɛ a mede me nsa guu wo so no Onyankopɔn de maa wo no. 7Ɛfiri sɛ, Honhom a Onyankopɔn de maa yɛn no mma yɛnyɛ ahufoɔ; na mmom, Honhom no ma yɛn tumi, ɔdɔ ne ahohyɛsoɔ. 8Mma wʼani nnwu Awurade adansedie, ne me a meyɛ ne deduani ho. Na sɛ ɔhaw bi to wo Asɛmpa no ka ho a, gyina pintinn wɔ ahoɔden a Onyankopɔn de ama wo no mu. 9Ɔgyee yɛn nkwa frɛɛ yɛn sɛ yɛmmɛyɛ ne dea. Ɛnyɛ biribi pa bi a yɛayɛ enti, na mmom, ɛyɛ nʼadom ara kwa. Ansa na wɔrehyɛ ewiase ase no na ɔnam Kristo Yesu so kyɛɛ yɛn saa adom no, 10na seesei, ɔnam Agyenkwa Kristo Yesu ba a ɔbɛba no so ada biribiara adi akyerɛ yɛn. Kristo, yɛn Agyenkwa dii owuo so nkonim, na ɔde anigyesɛm a ɛhyerɛn te sɛ kanea na ɛma nkwa a ɛnni awieeɛ brɛɛ yɛn. 11Onyankopɔn ayi me sɛ ɔsomafoɔ ne ɔkyerɛkyerɛfoɔ sɛ menna Asɛmpa no adi. 12Ɛnam yeinom so enti na mehunu saa amaneɛ yi. Nanso, meda so wɔ gyidie, ɛfiri sɛ, menim deɛ mede me ho to no so no, na menim nso sɛ ɔbɛkora deɛ mede ahyɛ ne nsa no ama da no nso.
13Sɔ nokwasɛm a mekyerɛɛ wo no mu yie, na fa yɛ nhwɛsodeɛ, na tena gyidie ne ɔdɔ a ɛyɛ yɛn dea wɔ Kristo Yesu mu no. 14Wɔde ademudeɛ a ɛsom bo ahyɛ wo nsa. Fa Honhom Kronkron a ɔte wo mu no mmoa bɔ ho ban.
15Sɛdeɛ wonim no, Akristofoɔ a wɔfiri Asia baa ha no nyinaa adwane agya me. Figelo ne Hermogene nso ka wɔn ho.
16Awurade nhunu Onesiforo fiefoɔ mmɔbɔ ɛfiri sɛ, ɔhyɛɛ me nkuran mpɛn bebree. Nʼani anwu wɔ me ho sɛ mada afiase pɛn, 17na ɔduruu Roma ara pɛ, ɔbɔɔ mmɔden hwehwɛɛ me ara kɔsii sɛ ɔhunuu me. 18Awurade mmoa no na da no ɔnnya ahummɔborɔ mfiri Awurade no nkyɛn! Wonim akwan ahodoɔ a ɔfaa so boaa me wɔ Efeso.