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.
1Onse amene ali mu ukapolo ayenera kuona ambuye awo ngati oyenera kuwachitira ulemu, kuti anthu anganyoze dzina la Mulungu ndi chiphunzitso chathu. 2Amene ambuye awo ndi okhulupirira, asawapeputse chifukwa ambuye ndi abale mʼchikhulupiriro. Mʼmalo mwake akuyenera kuwatumikira bwino chifukwa ambuye wawo ndi okondedwa monga okhulupirira ndiponso ndi odzipereka kusamalira akapolo awo.
Aphunzitsi Onyenga ndi Kukonda Ndalama
Zinthu izi ukuyenera kuziphunzitsa ndi kuwalamula anthu. 3Ngati wina aphunzitsa zosiyana ndi zimenezi, wosagwirizana ndi malangizo woona a Ambuye athu Yesu Khristu ndi chiphunzitso cholemekeza Mulungu, 4ameneyo ndi wodzitukumula ndipo sakudziwa chilichonse. Iyeyo ali ndi maganizo oyipa, wokonda kusemphana mawu ndi kutsutsana. Zimenezi zimabweretsa nsanje, mikangano, mʼnyozo, kuganizirana zoyipa, 5ndi kulimbana kosatha pakati pa anthu amitima yopotoka amene alandidwa choonadi ndipo amaganiza kuti kulemekeza Mulungu ndi njira yopezera chuma.
6Koma kulemekeza Mulungu kuli ndi phindu lalikulu. 7Pakuti sitinabweretse kanthu mʼdziko lapansi, ndipo sitingatengenso kanthu pochoka mʼdziko lapansi. 8Koma ngati tili ndi chakudya ndi zovala, zimenezi zitikwanire. 9Anthu amene amafuna kulemera amagwa mʼmayesero ndi mu msampha ndi mʼzilakolako zambiri zopusa ndi zoopsa zimene zimagwetsera anthu mʼchitayiko ndi mʼchiwonongeko. 10Pakuti kukonda ndalama ndiye muzu wa zoyipa za mitundu yonse. Anthu ena ofunitsitsa ndalama, asochera ndipo asiya njira yachikhulupiriro ndipo adzitengera zowawitsa zambiri.
Malangizo Otsiriza kwa Timoteyo
11Koma iwe, munthu wa Mulungu, thawa zinthu zonsezi. Tsatira chilungamo, moyo wolemekeza Mulungu, chikhulupiriro, chikondi, kupirira ndi kufatsa. 12Menya nkhondo yabwino yachikhulupiriro. Gwiritsitsa moyo wosatha umene anakuyitanira pamene unavomereza bwino lomwe pamaso pa mboni zambiri. 13Ndikukulamula pamaso pa Mulungu amene amapatsa moyo zinthu zonse, ndiponso pamaso pa Khristu Yesu amene pochitira umboni pamaso pa Pontiyo Pilato, ananena zoona zenizeni. 14Usunge lamuloli mopanda banga ndi cholakwa kufikira Ambuye athu Yesu Khristu ataonekera. 15Pa nthawi yake Mulungu adzamubweretsa kwa ife. Mulungu ndi wodalitsika ndipo Iye yekha ndiye Wolamulira, Mfumu ya mafumu, Mbuye wa ambuye. 16Ndiye yekha wosafa ndipo amakhala mʼkuwala koopsa. Mulungu amene munthu aliyense sanamuone. Kwa Iye kukhale ulemu ndi mphamvu mpaka muyaya. Ameni.
Za Kudalira Chuma
17Anthu onse amene ali ndi chuma uwalamule kuti asanyade kapena kuyika mitima yawo pa chuma chimene nʼchosadalirika. Koma chiyembekezo chawo chikhale mwa Mulungu amene amatipatsa mowolowamanja zonse zotisangalatsa. 18Uwalamule kuti azichita zabwino, kuti azikhala olemera pa ntchito zabwino, owolowamanja ndi okonda kugawana zinthu zawo ndi anzawo. 19Potero adzadziwunjikira chuma chokhalitsa ngati maziko okhazikika a nthawi zakutsogolo, kuti akalandire moyo, umene ndi moyo weniweni.
20Timoteyo, samalitsa zimene unapatsidwa. Upewe nkhani zopanda pake zosalemekeza Mulungu ndiponso maganizo otsutsana amene amaganizidwa molakwika kuti ndi nzeru. 21Anthu ena chifukwa chovomereza nzeru zotere, asochera nʼkutaya chikhulupiriro chawo.
Chisomo chikhale nawe.