1All who are under the yoke of slavery should consider their masters worthy of full respect, so that God’s name and our teaching may not be slandered. 2Those who have believing masters should not show them disrespect just because they are fellow believers. Instead, they should serve them even better because their masters are dear to them as fellow believers and are devoted to the welfare6:2 Or and benefit from the service of their slaves.
False Teachers and the Love of Money
These are the things you are to teach and insist on. 3If anyone teaches otherwise and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, 4they are conceited and understand nothing. They have an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions 5and constant friction between people of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain.
6But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 9Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
Final Charge to Timothy
11But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. 12Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you 14to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15which God will bring about in his own time—God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen.
17Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 18Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. 19In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.
20Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to your care. Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge, 21which some have professed and in so doing have departed from the faith.
Grace be with you all.
Adwuma Ne Sika
1Ɛsɛ sɛ wɔn a wɔyɛ asomfo no nyinaa de nidi ma wɔn wuranom sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ a wɔn mu bi nkasa ntia Onyankopɔn ne yɛn nkyerɛkyerɛ. 2Ɛnsɛ sɛ asomfo bu wɔn wuranom a wɔyɛ agyidifo no abomfiaa sɛ wɔyɛ anuanom nti. Mmom ɛsɛ sɛ wɔsom wɔn yiye, efisɛ wɔn som no so wɔ mfaso ma agyidifo ne adɔfo bebree. 3Ɛsɛ sɛ mokyerɛkyerɛ na moka eyinom nyinaa. Obiara a ɔbɛma nkyerɛkyerɛ foforo na ɔnka nokware a ɛfa yɛn Awurade Yesu Kristo ne yɛn nyamesom ho no 4yɛ ɔhantanni a onnim hwee. Ɔyɛ obi a ofi adwemmɔne mu gye akyinnye na ɔka nsɛm a ɛde anibere, akasakasa, kasafi, nnipa ho adwemmɔne 5ne mansotwe a efi adwene a emu nnɔ na nokware nni mu mu ba. Wodwen sɛ nyamesom yɛ ɔkwan bi a wɔfa so pɛ sika.
6Onyamesom pa a abodwo wɔ mu yɛ adenya kɛse. 7Yɛamfa hwee amma wiase. Saa ara nso na yɛremfa hwee nkɔ. 8Ɛno nti sɛ yɛwɔ aduan ne ntama a, ɛno nko dɔɔso ma yɛn. 9Wɔn a wɔpɛ sɛ wonya wɔn ho no kɔtɔ sɔhwɛ mu na ɛdan ɔhaw ma wɔn ma ɛtwe wɔn kɔ ɔsɛe mu. 10Na sikanibere yɛ bɔne nyinaa ntin. Nnipa bi de sikanibere asi wɔn ani so denneennen nam so ama wɔapa wɔn gyidi ama awerɛhow ahyɛ wɔn koma ma.
11Enti wo a woyɛ Onyankopɔn nipa no, twe wo ho fi eyinom nyinaa ho. Di trenee, Onyamesom pa, gyidi, ɔdɔ, boasetɔ ne odwo akyi. 12Bɔ gyidi mu mmirikatu no ho mmɔden na pere nya nkwa a enni awiei no ma wo ho, efisɛ saa abrabɔ yi nti na bere a wodaa wo gyidi adi wɔ nnansefo bebree anim no, Onyankopɔn frɛɛ wo. 13Meka no Onyankopɔn a ɔma nneɛma nyinaa nkwa no ne Kristo Yesu a ɔkaa nokware wɔ Pontio Pilato anim no hyɛ wo sɛ, 14tie mmara a mahyɛ ama wo no na di so pɛpɛɛpɛ kosi da a Yesu Kristo bɛba. 15Onyankopɔn a wɔahyira no na ne nkutoo di Hene, Ahene mu Hene ne Awura mu Awurade no bɛma no aba bere a ɛsɛ mu. 16Ɔno nko na ɔwɔ hɔ daa, na ɔte hann a obi ntumi mmɛn ho mu. Obiara nhuu no da na obiara nso rentumi nhu no da. Ɔno na nidi ne tumi a enni awiei wɔ no. Amen.
17Bɔ wiase yi mu ahonyafo kɔkɔ se wɔmmfa wɔn ahonya nhoahoa wɔn ho, na wɔmmfa wɔn anidaso nso nhyɛ adehunu te sɛ ahonya mu, na mmom wɔmfa wɔn ho nto Onyankopɔn a ɔnam nʼadɔe so maa yɛn asetena mu nneɛma pa nyinaa no so. 18Hyɛ wɔn sɛ wɔnyɛ papa na wɔnyɛ adefo wɔ nnwuma payɛ mu. Wɔnyɛ ayamye na wɔne afoforo nkyɛ nea wɔwɔ. 19Sɛ wɔyɛ saa a, wɔbɛto fapem pa ama wɔn daakye. Na wɔnam so anya asetena pa.
20Timoteo, hwɛ nea wɔde ahyɛ wo nsa no so yiye. Twe wo ho fi ahuhusɛm ne akyinnyehunu a wɔnam atoro so frɛ no “Nimdeɛ” no ho. 21Nnipa bi gye to mu sɛ wɔwɔ saa nimdeɛ no nam so ahwere gyidi kwan no.
Onyankopɔn adom nka mo.