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.
2 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
3 When I left for Macedonia, I urged you to stay there in Ephesus and stop those whose teaching is contrary to the truth. 4 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]
5 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. 6 But some people have missed this whole point. They have turned away from these things and spend their time in meaningless discussions. 7 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.
8 We know that the law is good when used correctly. 9 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.
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.
1Paulo, mtumwi wa Khristu Yesu mwa lamulo la Mulungu, Mpulumutsi wathu ndiponso Khristu Yesu chiyembekezo chathu.
2 Kwa Timoteyo mwana wanga weniweni mʼchikhulupiriro.
Chisomo, chifundo ndi mtendere zochokera kwa Mulungu Atate ndi Khristu Yesu Ambuye athu zikhale ndi iwe.
Kutsutsa Aphunzitsi Onyenga
3 Monga ndinakupempha pamene ndinkapita ku Makedoniya, khala ku Efeso komweko kuti uletse anthu ena kuphunzitsa ziphunzitso zonyenga, 4 kapena kumangoyika mitima pa nthano zopeka ndi kufufuza za mayina a makolo awo. Zinthu zotere zimapititsa mʼtsogolo mikangano mʼmalo mwa ntchito ya Mulungu yomwe ndi ya chikhulupiriro. 5 Cholinga cha lamuloli ndi chikondi, chomwe chimachokera mu mtima woyera, chikumbumtima chabwino ndi chikhulupiriro choona. 6 Anthu ena anapatuka pa zimenezi ndipo anatsata nkhani zopanda tanthauzo. 7 Iwo amafuna kukhala aphunzitsi amalamulo, koma sadziwa zimene akunena, kapena zimene akufuna kutsimikiza.
8 Tikudziwa kuti Malamulo ndi abwino ngati munthu awagwiritsa ntchito bwino. 9 Tikudziwanso kuti Malamulo sakhazikitsidwa chifukwa cha anthu olungama, koma ophwanya lamulo ndi owukira, osaopa Mulungu ndi ochimwa, wopanda chiyero ndi osapembedza; amene amapha abambo awo ndi amayi awo, kapena anthu ena. 10 Malamulo amayikidwa chifukwa cha anthu achigololo ndi ochita zadama ndi amuna anzawo, anthu ogulitsa akapolo, abodza ndi olumbira zabodza, ndi ochita chilichonse chotsutsana ndi chiphunzitso choona. 11 Chiphunzitso chimene chimagwirizana ndi Uthenga Wabwino wonena za ulemerero wa Mulungu wodala, umene Iye mwini anandisungitsa.
Chisomo cha Ambuye kwa Paulo
12 Ndikuthokoza Khristu Yesu Ambuye athu, amene anandipatsa mphamvu pa ntchitoyi. Iye ananditenga kukhala wokhulupirira, nandipatsa ntchito mu utumiki wake. 13 Ngakhale kuti kale ndinali wachipongwe, wozunza ndi wankhanza, anandichitira chifundo chifukwa ndinkachita mwaumbuli ndi mopanda chikhulupiriro. 14 Chisomo cha Ambuye athu chinatsanulidwa pa ine mochuluka, pamodzi ndi chikhulupiriro ndi chikondi zimene zili mwa Khristu Yesu.
15 Mawu odalirika ndi woyenera kuwavomereza kwathunthu ndi awa: Yesu Khristu anabwera pa dziko lapansi kudzapulumutsa ochimwa, ndipo mwa iwowo ine ndiye wochimwitsitsa. 16 Ndipo pa chifukwa chimenechi, Mulungu anandichitira chifundo, kuti mwa ine, wochimwitsitsa, Khristu Yesu aonetse kuleza mtima kwake konse kuti ndikhale chitsanzo cha omwe angathe kumukhulupirira ndi kulandira moyo wosatha. 17 Tsopano kwa Mfumu yamuyaya, yosafa, yosaoneka, amene Iye yekha ndiye Mulungu, kukhale ulemu ndi ulemerero mpaka muyaya. Ameni.
Ntchito ya Timoteyo
18 Mwana wanga Timoteyo, ndikukupatsa langizo ili molingana ndi maulosi amene aneneri ananena za iwe. Pamene ukumbukira mawu amenewa udzatha kumenya bwino nkhondo 19 utagwiritsitsa chikhulupiriro ndi chikumbumtima chabwino. Ena anazikana zimenezi motero chikhulupiriro chawo chinawonongeka. 20 Ena mwa amenewa ndi Humenayo ndi Alekisandro, amene ndinawapereka kwa Satana kuti aphunzire kusachita chipongwe Mulungu.