1Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, in keeping with the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus,
2To Timothy, my dear son:
Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
3I thank God, whom I serve, as my ancestors did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers. 4Recalling your tears, I long to see you, so that I may be filled with joy. 5I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.
Appeal for Loyalty to Paul and the Gospel
6For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. 8So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God. 9He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, 10but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. 11And of this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher. 12That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet this is no cause for shame, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until that day.
13What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus. 14Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you—guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.
Examples of Disloyalty and Loyalty
15You know that everyone in the province of Asia has deserted me, including Phygelus and Hermogenes.
16May the Lord show mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, because he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains. 17On the contrary, when he was in Rome, he searched hard for me until he found me. 18May the Lord grant that he will find mercy from the Lord on that day! You know very well in how many ways he helped me in Ephesus.
1Paulo mtumwi wa Khristu Yesu mwa chifuniro cha Mulungu. Anandituma kuti ndilalike za lonjezo la moyo umene uli mwa Khristu Yesu.
2Kwa Timoteyo, mwana wanga wokondedwa:
Chisomo, chifundo ndi mtendere zochokera kwa Mulungu Atate ndi Ambuye athu Yesu Khristu.
Chilimbikitso Pokhala Wokhulupirika
3Ndikuyamika Mulungu amene ndimamutumikira ndi chikumbumtima chosatsutsika, monga momwe ankachitira makolo anga. Usiku ndi usana ndimakukumbukira mosalekeza mʼmapemphero anga. 4Ndikamakumbukira misozi yako, ndimalakalaka nditakuona kuti ndidzazidwe ndi chimwemwe. 5Ndakumbukira za chikhulupiriro chako choona chimene chinayamba mwa agogo ako a Loisi ndi mwa amayi ako Yunike ndipo ndikutsimikiza mtima kuti chilinso mwa iwe.
Kumvera Paulo ndi Uthenga Wabwino
6Nʼchifukwa chake ndikukukumbutsa kuti upemerere monga amachitira moto, mphatso imene Mulungu anakupatsa nditakusanjika manja. 7Pakuti Mzimu amene Mulungu anatipatsa, si Mzimu wotipatsa manyazi, koma Mzimu wotipatsa mphamvu, chikondi ndi kudzisunga.
8Choncho usachite manyazi kuchitira umboni Ambuye athu, kapena kuchita manyazi chifukwa cha ine wamʼndende. Koma umve nane zowawa chifukwa cha Uthenga Wabwino, mothandizidwa ndi mphamvu za Mulungu. 9Iye anatipulumutsa ndipo anatiyitanira ku moyo oyera mtima, osati chifukwa cha chilichonse chimene tinachita, koma chifukwa cha chikonzero ndi chisomo chake. Chisomo chimenechi anatipatsa ife mwa Khristu Yesu nthawi isanayambe. 10Koma tsopano Mulungu watiwululira kudzera mʼkuoneka kwa Mpulumutsi wathu, Khristu Yesu, amene anathetsa mphamvu za imfa ndipo mwa Uthenga Wabwino anaonetsa poyera moyo umene sungafe. 11Ine ndinasankhidwa kukhala wamthenga, ndi mtumwi ndi mphunzitsi wa Uthenga Wabwinowu. 12Nʼchifukwa chake ndikuvutika monga ndililimu. Komabe zimenezi sizikundichititsa manyazi, popeza ndikumudziwa amene ndamukhulupirira ndipo ndikutsimikiza mtima kuti akhoza kusamalira chimene ndinamusungitsa mpaka tsiku lijalo.
13Zimene unamva kwa ine, uzisunge kuti zikhale chitsanzo cha chiphunzitso choona, mwa chikhulupiriro ndi chikondi mwa Khristu Yesu. 14Samalira bwino zokoma zimene anakusungitsa. Uzisamalire mothandizidwa ndi Mzimu Woyera amene amakhala mwa ife.
Zitsanzo za Kusakhulupirika ndi Kukhulupirika
15Iwe udziwa kuti onse a mʼchigawo cha Asiya anandithawa, kuphatikizapo Fugelo ndi Herimogene omwe.
16Mulungu achitire chifundo banja lonse la Onesiforo chifukwa ankandisangalatsa kawirikawiri ndipo sankachita nane manyazi ngakhale ndinali womangidwa ndi maunyolo. 17Mʼmalo mwake, atangofika ku Roma, anandifunafuna ndipo anandipeza. 18Ambuye amulole kuti adzalandire chifundo kwa Ambuye pa tsiku lijalo! Ukudziwa bwino momwe iye anandithandizira mʼnjira zosiyanasiyana ku Efeso.