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.

Neno: Bibilia Takatifu

1 Timotheo 1

1Kutoka kwa Paulo, mtume wa Kristo Yesu kwa amri ya Mungu Mwokozi wetu na ya Kristo Yesu aliye tumaini letu. Kwa

Walimu Wa Uongo

Kama nilivyokusihi wakati nikienda Makedonia, napenda ukae hapo Efeso uwaamuru watu fulani wasiendelee kufundisha mafund isho ya uongo. Pia wasiendelee kupoteza wakati wao kwa hadithi na orodha ndefu zisizo na mwisho za majina ya vizazi ambazo huchochea mabishano badala ya kuwajenga katika maarifa ya kimungu yatokanayo na imani. Shabaha ya maagizo haya ni upendo utokao katika moyo safi, dhamiri njema na imani ya kweli. Watu wengine wamepotoka na kuingia katika majadiliano yasiyo na maana kwa kuwa hawakuzingatia mambo haya. Wanataka kuwa walimu wa sheria ingawa hawaelewi mambo wanayosema wala hayo wanayotilia mkazo.

Tunajua kwamba sheria ni njema iwapo inatumika ipasavyo. Lakini tuelewe kwamba sheria haikuwekwa kwa ajili ya wenye haki, bali kwa ajili ya waasi na wasiotii: wasiomcha Mungu na wenye dhambi; wale wasio watakatifu, walio wachafu; wale wanaow aua baba zao na mama zao; wale wanaoua binadamu; 10 wale wal iowazinzi, wafiraji; wale wanaoteka watu nyara, na waongo, na wanaoapa kwa uwongo; na mengine mengi ambayo ni kinyume cha mafundisho ya kweli, 11 ambayo yanaambatana na Injili tukufu ya Mungu Mbarikiwa, ambayo nimekabidhiwa. 12 Nami namshukuru Kristo Yesu Bwana wetu, aliyenitia nguvu na kunihesabu kuwa ni mwaminifu kwa kunichagua nimtumikie. 13 Ingawa hapo mwanzo nilimkufuru na kumtesa na kumtukana, nili hurumiwa kwa sababu nilitenda hayo katika ujinga wangu na kutoku amini kwangu. 14 Na neema ya Bwana wetu ilimiminika tele kwa ajili yangu pamoja na imani na upendo uliomo ndani ya Kristo Yesu. 15 Neno hili ni la hakika tena linastahili kukubalika kabisa, kwamba Kristo Yesu alikuja duniani kuokoa wenye dhambi, ambao kati yao, mimi ni mwenye dhambi kuliko wote. 16 Lakini nilihurumiwa kwa sababu hii kwamba, kwa kunitumia mimi niliyekuwa mwenye dhambi kuliko wote, Kristo aonyeshe uvumilivu wake, niwe mfano kwa wote watakaomwamini na kupata uzima wa milele. 17 Basi, heshima na utukufu ni wake yeye Mfalme wa milele, asi yekufa wala asiyeonekana, aliye peke yake Mungu, milele na milele. Amina.

18 Mwanangu Timotheo, ninakukabidhi agizo hili, kufuatana na maneno ya unabii yaliyosemwa juu yako, ili kwa kuyafuata uweze kupigana ile vita njema, 19 ukishikilia imani na dhamiri njema. Watu wengine, kwa kukataa kuisikiliza dhamiri yao, wameangamiza imani yao. 20 Miongoni mwa watu hao wamo Himenayo na Aleksanda ambao nimewakabidhi kwa shetani, ili wajifunze wasimtukane Mungu.