Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

提摩太前书 1

1我保罗奉我们救主上帝和赐我们盼望的基督耶稣的命令,做基督耶稣的使徒, 写信给因信主而做我真儿子的提摩太。

愿父上帝和我们的主基督耶稣的恩典、怜悯和平安临到你!

谨防异端邪说

我去马其顿的时候,曾经劝你继续留在以弗所,好命令那几个人不要传讲异端邪说, 也不要沉迷于虚构的神话和冗长的家谱,因为这些事只会引起无用的猜测和辩论,无法帮助人凭信心认识上帝的救赎计划。 制止这些人的目的是为了爱,这爱来自于清洁的心、无亏的良心和真实无伪的信心。 可惜有些人却偏离这些,转向空洞的谈论。 他们想做律法教师,却不明白自己所谈论所主张的。

我们知道,只要用得合宜,律法本是好的。 因为律法并不是为义人设的,而是为了对付那些目无法纪、大逆不道、不敬畏上帝、犯罪作恶、不圣洁、贪恋世俗、谋杀父母、行凶害命、 10 淫乱、同性恋、拐卖人口、说谎、起假誓的人,以及其他违反正道的人。 11 这正道来自当受称颂的上帝托付我传扬的荣耀福音。

感谢上帝的怜悯

12 我感谢赐我力量的主基督耶稣,因为祂视我忠心可靠,派我事奉祂。 13 尽管我从前是个亵渎上帝、迫害和侮辱信徒的人,但我仍然蒙了怜悯,因为那时我无知,还没有信耶稣。 14 主赐给我丰富的恩典,使我在基督耶稣里有信心和爱心。

15 有句话千真万确、完全可信,就是“基督耶稣降世,为要拯救罪人。”在罪人中我是个罪魁, 16 但我依然蒙了怜悯,因为耶稣基督要在我这个罪魁身上彰显祂无限的忍耐,使我做那些要信靠祂并得到永生之人的榜样。

17 愿尊贵、荣耀归给那位不朽的、肉眼不能见的万世君王——独一无二的上帝,直到永远。阿们!

18 我儿提摩太啊,我依照从前有关你的预言,把这命令托付给你,好使你借此打美好的仗。 19 你要持守信心和无亏的良心。有些人丧掉良心,结果他们的信仰就像船触了礁, 20 其中有许米乃和亚历山大。我已经把他们交给撒旦,使他们受些教训,不敢再说亵渎的话。

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.

Footnotes

  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.