1Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the command of God our Saviour and of Christ Jesus our hope,
2To Timothy my true son in the faith:
Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
Timothy charged to oppose false teachers
3As I urged you when I went into Macedonia, stay there in Ephesus so that you may command certain people not to teach false doctrines any longer 4or to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies. Such things promote controversial speculations rather than advancing God’s work – which is by faith. 5The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. 6Some have departed from these and have turned to meaningless talk. 7They want to be teachers of the law, but they do not know what they are talking about or what they so confidently affirm.
8We know that the law is good if one uses it properly. 9We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, 10for the sexually immoral, for those practising homosexuality, for slave traders and liars and perjurers – and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine 11that conforms to the gospel concerning the glory of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me.
The Lord’s grace to Paul
12I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service. 13Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. 14The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.
15Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners – of whom I am the worst. 16But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life. 17Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
The charge to Timothy renewed
18Timothy, my son, I am giving you this command in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by recalling them you may fight the battle well, 19holding on to faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and so have suffered shipwreck with regard to the faith. 20Among them are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan to be taught not to blaspheme.
1Nwoma yi firi Kristo Yesu somafoɔ Paulo nkyɛn. Onyankopɔn a ɔyɛ yɛn Gyefoɔ ne Kristo Yesu a ɔma yɛn anidasoɔ na ɔfrɛɛ me.
2Meretwerɛ akɔma Timoteo a ɔyɛ me ba kann wɔ gyidie no mu:
Agya Onyankopɔn ne Kristo Yesu a ɔyɛ yɛn Awurade no adom, mmɔborɔhunu ne asomdwoeɛ nka mo.
Mompo Atorɔ Akyerɛkyerɛfoɔ
3Mepɛ sɛ motena Efeso sɛdeɛ merekɔ Makedonia no meka kyerɛɛ mo no. Nnipa bi wɔ hɔ a wɔma nkyerɛkyerɛ bɔne a ɛsɛ sɛ mohyɛ wɔn na wɔgyae. 4Monka nkyerɛ wɔn na wɔnnyae atorɔsɛm ne wɔn nananom din bebrebe a wɔbobɔ no, ɛfiri sɛ, saa nneyɛeɛ no de akyinnyeɛ ba. Ɛmmoa Onyankopɔn nhyehyɛeɛ a wɔnam gyidie nko so na wɔhunu no. 5Saa ɔhyɛ yi botaeɛ ara ne sɛ, ɛbɛkanyane ɔdɔ a ɛfiri akoma pa, adwenem fann ne gyidie pa mu. 6Nnipa bi atwe wɔn ho afiri ɛkwan pa no so de wɔn ho ama akyinnyeɛ hunu. 7Wɔpɛ sɛ wɔyɛ Onyankopɔn mmara no akyerɛkyerɛfoɔ nanso wɔn ara wɔn nsɛm a wɔka no wɔnte aseɛ. Saa ara nso na wɔnni gyidie wɔ nsɛm a wɔka no mu.
8Yɛnim sɛ, sɛ wɔnam mmara ɛkwan so de Mmara no di dwuma a, ɛyɛ. 9Ɛsɛ sɛ yɛkae hunu sɛ, wɔanyɛ mmara no amma ateneneefoɔ na mmom, wɔyɛ maa mmaratofoɔ, nnebɔneyɛfoɔ, wɔn a wɔnsuro Onyame ne abɔnefoɔ, wɔn a wɔnyɛ kronkron anaa wɔn ho nteɛ, wɔn a wɔkum wɔn agyanom ne wɔn maamenom, awudifoɔ, 10afideyɛfoɔ, adwamammɔfoɔ, nnipawiafoɔ, atorofoɔ a wɔka nkontomposɛm anaa wɔyɛ biribi a ɛne nokorɛ nkyerɛkyerɛ no bɔ abira no. 11Saa nokorɛ nkyerɛkyerɛ no wɔ Asɛmpa a wɔde ama me sɛ menka ho asɛm nkyerɛ no mu. Ɛyɛ Asɛmpa a ɛfiri Onyankopɔn a ɔyɛ onimuonyamfoɔ na wɔahyira no no nkyɛn.
12Meda yɛn Awurade Yesu Kristo a wama me ahoɔden ma medi me dwuma no ase. Meda no ase sɛ wadwene me ho sɛ mefata na wayi me sɛ mensom no. 13Nanso, mmerɛ bi a atwam no, na mekasa tia no, taa no, kaa nsɛm a ɛmfata faa ne ho. Onyankopɔn ahunu me mmɔbɔ na ɛsiane sɛ na mennye nni enti, na mennim deɛ mereyɛ. 14Yɛn Awurade hwiee nʼadom a ɛdɔɔso no guu me so maa me gyidie ne ɔdɔ a ɛsiane Kristo Yesu enti, abɛyɛ yɛn dea no.
15Yei yɛ nokwasɛm a ɛsɛ sɛ yɛgye tom na yɛgye di koraa sɛ: Kristo Yesu baa ewiase bɛgyee nnebɔneyɛfoɔ nkwa. Na meyɛ ɔdebɔneyɛfoɔ a ɔdi ɛkan koraa. 16Nanso, ɛsiane saa enti, wahunu me mmɔbɔ sɛdeɛ ɛbɛyɛ a me a meyɛ ɔdebɔneyɛfoɔ a ɔdi ɛkan no, Kristo Yesu nam me so bɛda ne boasetɔ a ɛnni awieeɛ no adi akyerɛ wɔn a wɔbɛgye no adi no na wɔanya nkwa a ɛnni awieeɛ. 17Animuonyam ne anidie nka Onyankopɔn daa daa. Ɔno ne mmerɛsantenhene. Ɔno na wɔnhunu no na ɔnwu da nso. Ɔno nko ara ne Onyankopɔn a nimdeɛ ahyɛ no ma. Amen.
18Afei, me ba Timoteo, mede saa dwumadie a wɔhyɛɛ ho nkɔm firi tete no hyɛ wo nsa. Wogu so reko ɔko pa no no, ma saa nsɛm no nyɛ wʼakodeɛ, 19na sɔ wo gyidie mu denden na ma wʼadwene mu nyɛ fann. Nnipa bi ntie wɔn atiboa nam saayɛ so asɛe wɔn gyidie. 20Saa nnipa no bi ne Himeneo ne Aleksandro a mayi wɔn ama Ɔbonsam na wɔatwe wɔn aso sɛdeɛ wɔrenka abususɛm ntia Onyankopɔn bio.