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1 Timóteo 1

1Paulo, apóstolo de Cristo Jesus, por ordem de Deus, nosso Salvador, e de Cristo Jesus, a nossa esperança,

a Timóteo, meu verdadeiro filho na fé:

Graça, misericórdia e paz da parte de Deus Pai e de Cristo Jesus, o nosso Senhor.

Advertências contra Falsos Mestres da Lei

Partindo eu para a Macedônia, roguei-lhe que permanecesse em Éfeso para ordenar a certas pessoas que não mais ensinem doutrinas falsas, e que deixem de dar atenção a mitos e genealogias intermináveis, que causam controvérsias em vez de promoverem a obra de Deus, que é pela fé. O objetivo desta instrução é o amor que procede de um coração puro, de uma boa consciência e de uma fé sincera. Alguns se desviaram dessas coisas, voltando-se para discussões inúteis, querendo ser mestres da lei, quando não compreendem nem o que dizem nem as coisas acerca das quais fazem afirmações tão categóricas.

Sabemos que a Lei é boa, se alguém a usa de maneira adequada. Também sabemos que ela não é feita para os justos, mas para os transgressores e insubordinados, para os ímpios e pecadores, para os profanos e irreverentes, para os que matam pai e mãe, para os homicidas, 10 para os que praticam imoralidade sexual e os homossexuais, para os seqüestradores, para os mentirosos e os que juram falsamente; e para todo aquele que se opõe à sã doutrina. 11 Esta sã doutrina se vê no glorioso evangelho que me foi confiado, o evangelho do Deus bendito.

A Graça de Deus Concedida a Paulo

12 Dou graças a Cristo Jesus, nosso Senhor, que me deu forças e me considerou fiel, designando-me para o ministério, 13 a mim que anteriormente fui blasfemo, perseguidor e insolente; mas alcancei misericórdia, porque o fiz por ignorância e na minha incredulidade; 14 contudo, a graça de nosso Senhor transbordou sobre mim, com a fé e o amor que estão em Cristo Jesus.

15 Esta afirmação é fiel e digna de toda aceitação: Cristo Jesus veio ao mundo para salvar os pecadores, dos quais eu sou o pior. 16 Mas por isso mesmo alcancei misericórdia, para que em mim, o pior dos pecadores, Cristo Jesus demonstrasse toda a grandeza da sua paciência, usando-me como um exemplo para aqueles que nele haveriam de crer para a vida eterna. 17 Ao Rei eterno, o Deus único, imortal e invisível, sejam honra e glória para todo o sempre. Amém.

18 Timóteo, meu filho, dou-lhe esta instrução, segundo as profecias já proferidas a seu respeito, para que, seguindo-as, você combata o bom combate, 19 mantendo a fé e a boa consciência que alguns rejeitaram e, por isso, naufragaram na fé. 20 Entre eles estão Himeneu e Alexandre, os quais entreguei a Satanás, para que aprendam a não blasfemar.

New International Reader's Version

1 Timothy 1

1I, Paul, am writing this letter. I am an apostle of Christ Jesus, just as God our Savior commanded. Christ Jesus also commanded it. We have put our hope in him.

Timothy, I am sending you this letter. You are my true son in the faith.

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

Paul Warns Timothy to Oppose False Teachers

Timothy, stay there in Ephesus. That is what I told you to do when I went into Macedonia. I want you to command certain people not to teach things that aren’t true. And command them not to spend their time on stories that are made up. They must not waste time on family histories that never end. These things only lead to fights about ideas. They don’t help God’s work move forward. His work is done by faith. Love is the purpose of my command. Love comes from a pure heart. It comes from a good sense of what is right and wrong. It comes from faith that is honest and true. Some have turned from these teachings. They would rather talk about things that have no meaning. They want to be teachers of the law. And they are very sure about that law. But they don’t know what they are talking about.

We know that the law is good if it is used properly. We also know that the law isn’t made for godly people. It is made for those who break the law. It is for those who refuse to obey. It is for ungodly and sinful people. It is for those who aren’t holy and who don’t believe. It is for those who kill their fathers or mothers. It is for murderers. 10 It is for those who commit sexual sins. It is for those who commit homosexual acts. It is for people who buy and sell slaves. It is for liars. It is for people who tell lies in court. It is for those who are a witness to things that aren’t true. And it is for anything else that is the opposite of true teaching. 11 True teaching agrees with the good news about the glory of the blessed God. He trusted me with that good news.

The Lord Pours Out His Grace on Paul

12 I am thankful to Christ Jesus our Lord. He has given me strength. I thank him that he considered me faithful. I thank him for appointing me to serve him. 13 I used to speak evil things against Jesus. I tried to hurt his followers. I really pushed them around. But God showed me mercy anyway. I did those things without knowing any better. I wasn’t a believer. 14 Our Lord poured out more and more of his grace on me. Along with it came faith and love from Christ Jesus.

15 Here is a saying that you can trust. It should be accepted completely. Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. And I am the worst sinner of all. 16 But for that very reason, God showed me mercy. And I am the worst of sinners. He showed me mercy so that Christ Jesus could show that he is very patient. I was an example for those who would come to believe in him. Then they would receive eternal life. 17 The eternal King will never die. He can’t be seen. He is the only God. Give him honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Paul Commands Timothy

18 My son Timothy, I am giving you this command. It is in keeping with the prophecies once made about you. By remembering them, you can fight the battle well. 19 Then you will hold on to faith. You will hold on to a good sense of what is right and wrong. Some have not accepted this knowledge of right and wrong. So they have destroyed their faith. They are like a ship that has sunk. 20 Hymenaeus and Alexander are among them. I have handed them over to Satan. That will teach them not to speak evil things against God.