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.
1Saa nhoma yi fi Yesu Kristo somafo Paulo a ɔnam Onyankopɔn a ɔyɛ yɛn anidaso no hyɛ so nkyɛn, 2 kɔma Timoteo a ɔyɛ me ba kann wɔ gyidi no mu nkyɛn. Agya Onyankopɔn ne Kristo Yesu a ɔyɛ yɛn Awurade no adom, mmɔborɔhunu ne asomdwoe nka mo.
Mompo atoro akyerɛkyerɛfo
3 Mepɛ sɛ motena Efeso sɛnea merekɔ Makedonia no meka kyerɛɛ mo no. Nnipa bi wɔ hɔ a wɔrekyerɛkyerɛ nkyerɛkyerɛ bɔne a ɛsɛ sɛ mohyɛ wɔn na wogyae. 4 Monka nkyerɛ wɔn na wonnyae atorosɛm ne wɔn nenanom din bebrebe a wɔbobɔ no, efisɛ, saa nneyɛe no de akyinnye ba. Ɛmmoa Onyankopɔn nhyehyɛe a wɔnam gyidi nko so na wohu no. 5 Saa ɔhyɛ yi botae ara ne sɛ, ɛbɛkanyan ɔdɔ a efi koma pa, adwenem fann ne gyidi pa mu.
6 Nnipa bi atwe wɔn ho afi ɔkwan pa no so de wɔn ho ama akyinnye hunu. 7 Wɔpɛ sɛ wɔyɛ Onyankopɔn mmara no akyerɛkyerɛfo nanso wɔn ara wɔn nsɛm a wɔka no wɔnte ase. Saa ara nso na wonni gyidi wɔ nsɛm a wɔka no mu.
8 Yenim sɛ, sɛ wɔnam mmara kwan so de Mmara no di dwuma a eye. 9 Ɛsɛ sɛ yɛkae hu sɛ, wɔnyɛ mmara mma atreneefo na mmom wɔyɛ ma mmaratofo, nnebɔneyɛfo, wɔn a wonsuro Nyame ne abɔnefo, wɔn a wɔnyɛ kronkron anaa wɔn ho ntew, wɔn a wokum wɔn agyanom ne wɔn nanom, awudifo, 10 afideyɛfo, aguamammɔfo, nnipawiafo, atorofo a wɔka nkontomposɛm anaa wɔyɛ biribi a ɛne nokware nkyerɛkyerɛ no bɔ abira no. 11 Saa nkyerɛkyerɛ no wɔ Asɛmpa a wɔde ama me sɛ menka ho asɛm nkyerɛ no mu. Ɛyɛ Asɛmpa a efi Onyankopɔn a ɔyɛ onuonyamfo na wɔahyira no no nkyɛn.
12 Meda yɛn Awurade Yesu Kristo a wama me ahoɔden ma midi me dwuma no ase. Meda no ase sɛ wadwen me ho sɛ mefata na wayi me sɛ mensom no. 13 Nanso mmere bi a atwam no, na mekasa tia no, taa no, kaa nsɛm a ɛmfata faa ne ho. Onyankopɔn ahu me mmɔbɔ na esiane sɛ na minnye nni nti, na minnim nea mereyɛ. 14 Yɛn Awurade hwiee n’adom a ɛdɔɔso no guu me so maa me gyidi ne ɔdɔ a esiane sɛ yɛne Kristo Yesu aka abom no nti, abɛyɛ yɛn dea no.
15 Eyi yɛ nokwasɛm a ɛsɛ sɛ yegye tom na yegye di koraa sɛ: Kristo Yesu baa wiase begyee nnebɔneyɛfo nkwa. Meyɛ ɔdebɔneyɛfo a odi kan koraa. 16 Nanso esiane saa nti, wahu me mmɔbɔ sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ a me a meyɛ ɔdebɔneyɛfo a odi kan no, Kristo Yesu nam me so bɛda ne boasetɔ a enni awiei no adi akyerɛ wɔn a wobegye no adi no na wɔanya nkwa a enni awiei. 17 Anuonyam ne nnidi nka Onyankopɔn daadaa. Ɔno ne mmeresantenhene. Ɔno na wonhu no na onwu da nso. Ɔno nkutoo ne Onyankopɔn a nimdeɛ ahyɛ no ma. Amen.
18 Afei, me ba Timoteo, mede saa dwumadi a wɔhyɛɛ ho nkɔm fi tete no hyɛ wo nsa. Wugu so reko ɔko pa no no, ma saa nsɛm no nyɛ w’akode, 19 na so wo gyidi mu dennen na ma w’adwene mu nyɛ fann. Nnipa bi ntie wɔn atiboa nam saayɛ so asɛe wɔn gyidi. 20 Saa nnipa no bi ne Himeneo ne Aleksandro a mayi wɔn ama Satan na wakyerɛ wɔn sɛnea wɔnnka abususɛm nntia Onyankopɔn.