New Living Translation

1 Timothy 1

Greetings from Paul

1This letter is from Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus, appointed by the command of God our Savior and Christ Jesus, who gives us hope.

I am writing to Timothy, my true son in the faith.

May God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord give you grace, mercy, and peace.

Warnings against False Teachings

When I left for Macedonia, I urged you to stay there in Ephesus and stop those whose teaching is contrary to the truth. Don’t let them waste their time in endless discussion of myths and spiritual pedigrees. These things only lead to meaningless speculations,[a] which don’t help people live a life of faith in God.[b]

The purpose of my instruction is that all believers would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and genuine faith. But some people have missed this whole point. They have turned away from these things and spend their time in meaningless discussions. They want to be known as teachers of the law of Moses, but they don’t know what they are talking about, even though they speak so confidently.

We know that the law is good when used correctly. For the law was not intended for people who do what is right. It is for people who are lawless and rebellious, who are ungodly and sinful, who consider nothing sacred and defile what is holy, who kill their father or mother or commit other murders. 10 The law is for people who are sexually immoral, or who practice homosexuality, or are slave traders,[c] liars, promise breakers, or who do anything else that contradicts the wholesome teaching 11 that comes from the glorious Good News entrusted to me by our blessed God.

Paul’s Gratitude for God’s Mercy

12 I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength to do his work. He considered me trustworthy and appointed me to serve him, 13 even though I used to blaspheme the name of Christ. In my insolence, I persecuted his people. But God had mercy on me because I did it in ignorance and unbelief. 14 Oh, how generous and gracious our Lord was! He filled me with the faith and love that come from Christ Jesus.

15 This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”—and I am the worst of them all. 16 But God had mercy on me so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience with even the worst sinners. Then others will realize that they, too, can believe in him and receive eternal life. 17 All honor and glory to God forever and ever! He is the eternal King, the unseen one who never dies; he alone is God. Amen.

Timothy’s Responsibility

18 Timothy, my son, here are my instructions for you, based on the prophetic words spoken about you earlier. May they help you fight well in the Lord’s battles. 19 Cling to your faith in Christ, and keep your conscience clear. For some people have deliberately violated their consciences; as a result, their faith has been shipwrecked. 20 Hymenaeus and Alexander are two examples. I threw them out and handed them over to Satan so they might learn not to blaspheme God.

Notas al pie

  1. 1:4a Greek in myths and endless genealogies, which cause speculation.
  2. 1:4b Greek a stewardship of God in faith.
  3. 1:10 Or kidnappers.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

提摩太前書 1

1我保羅奉我們救主上帝和賜我們盼望的基督耶穌的命令,作基督耶穌的使徒, 寫信給因信主而作我真兒子的提摩太。



我去馬其頓的時候,曾經勸你繼續留在以弗所,好命令那幾個人不要傳講異端邪說, 也不要沉迷於虛構的神話和冗長的家譜,因為這些事只會引起無用的猜測和辯論,無法幫助人憑信心認識上帝的救贖計劃。 制止這些人的目的是為了愛,這愛來自於清潔的心、無虧的良心和真實無偽的信心。 可惜有些人卻偏離這些,轉向空洞的談論。 他們想做律法教師,卻不明白自己所談論所主張的。

我們知道,只要用得合宜,律法本是好的。 因為律法並不是為義人設的,而是為了對付那些目無法紀、大逆不道、不敬畏上帝、犯罪作惡、不聖潔、貪戀世俗、謀殺父母、行兇害命、 10 淫亂、同性戀、拐賣人口、說謊、起假誓的人,以及其他違反正道的人。 11 這正道來自當受稱頌的上帝託付我傳揚的榮耀福音。


12 我感謝賜我力量的主基督耶穌,因為祂視我忠心可靠,派我事奉祂。 13 儘管我從前是個褻瀆上帝、迫害和侮辱信徒的人,但我仍然蒙了憐憫,因為那時我無知,還沒有信耶穌。 14 主賜給我豐富的恩典,使我在基督耶穌裡有信心和愛心。

15 有句話千真萬確、完全可信,就是「基督耶穌降世,為要拯救罪人。」在罪人中我是個罪魁, 16 但我依然蒙了憐憫,因為耶穌基督要在我這個罪魁身上彰顯祂無限的忍耐,使我做那些要信靠祂並得到永生之人的榜樣。

17 願尊貴、榮耀歸給那位不朽的、肉眼不能見的萬世君王——獨一無二的上帝,直到永遠。阿們!

18 我兒提摩太啊,我依照從前有關你的預言,把這命令託付給你,好使你藉此打美好的仗。 19 你要持守信心和無虧的良心。有些人喪掉良心,結果他們的信仰就像船觸了礁, 20 其中有許米乃和亞歷山大。我已經把他們交給撒旦,使他們受些教訓,不敢再說褻瀆的話。