3我日夜不停地为你祷告，对我效法祖先用清洁的良心事奉的上帝充满了感恩。 4每逢想起你流泪的情形，我就渴望见你，好使我的心充满喜乐。 5我记得你那真诚无伪的信心。你外祖母罗以和你母亲友妮基首先有了这信心，我深信你也有。 6因此我提醒你，要把上帝在我把手按在你身上时赐给你的恩赐充分发挥出来。 7因为上帝赐给我们的不是懦弱的心，而是刚强、仁爱、自律的心。
8所以，你不要羞于为我们的主做见证，也不要以我这为主被囚的人为耻，要靠着上帝的能力和我一同为福音受苦。 9上帝拯救了我们，并呼召我们过圣洁的生活，不是因为我们的行为，而是出于祂的旨意和恩典。早在万古以前，祂就在基督耶稣里把这恩典赐给我们了， 10如今借着我们救主基督耶稣的降世显明了出来。基督已经消灭了死亡，借着福音将不朽的生命彰显了出来。
11我为了这福音受委派做传道人、使徒和教师。 12我因此而遭受这些苦难，但我不以为耻，因为我知道我所信的是谁，也深信祂能保守祂所托付我的1:12 “祂所托付我的”又可翻译为“我所信托祂的”。，一直到那日1:12 “那日”指保罗站在基督面前交账的日子。。 13你要以在基督耶稣里的信心和爱心，把从我这里听到的正确教导当作典范遵守， 14要靠着住在我们里面的圣灵牢牢守住交托给你的美善之道。
15你知道几乎所有亚细亚的人都离弃了我，其中包括腓吉路和黑摩其尼。 16愿主怜悯阿尼色弗一家人，他常常鼓励我，不以我被囚禁为耻。 17他在罗马的时候千方百计寻访我的下落，直到找着我为止。 18你很清楚，他从前在以弗所怎样在各个方面服侍我。愿主再来时格外地怜悯他。
1Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus, 2To Timothy, my dearly beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. 3I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day; 4Greatly desiring to see thee, being mindful of thy tears, that I may be filled with joy; 5When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also. 6Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands. 7For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 8Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God; 9Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, 10But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel: 11Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles. 12For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day. 13Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. 14That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us. 15This thou knowest, that all they which are in Asia be turned away from me; of whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes. 16The Lord give mercy unto the house of Onesiphorus; for he oft refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain: 17But, when he was in Rome, he sought me out very diligently, and found me. 18The Lord grant unto him that he may find mercy of the Lord in that day: and in how many things he ministered unto me at Ephesus, thou knowest very well.