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。
1I, Paul, am writing this letter. I am an apostle of Christ Jesus just as God planned. He sent me to tell about the promise of life found in Christ Jesus.
2Timothy, I am sending you this letter. You are my dear son.
May God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord give you grace, mercy and peace.
Paul Gives Thanks
3I thank God, whom I serve as did our people of long ago. I serve God, knowing that what I have done is right. Night and day I thank God for you. Night and day I always remember you in my prayers. 4I remember your tears. I long to see you so that I can be filled with joy. 5I remember your honest and true faith. It was alive first in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice. And I am certain that it is now alive in you also.
Paul Encourages Timothy to Be Faithful
6This is why I remind you to help God’s gift grow, just as a small spark grows into a fire. God put his gift in you when I placed my hands on you. 7God gave us his Spirit. And the Spirit doesn’t make us weak and fearful. Instead, the Spirit gives us power and love. He helps us control ourselves. 8So don’t be ashamed of the message about our Lord. And don’t be ashamed of me, his prisoner. Instead, join with me as I suffer for the good news. God’s power will help us do that. 9God has saved us. He has chosen us to live a holy life. It wasn’t because of anything we have done. It was because of his own purpose and grace. Through Christ Jesus, God gave us this grace even before time began. 10It has now been made known through the coming of our Savior, Christ Jesus. He has broken the power of death. Because of the good news, he has brought life out into the light. That life never dies. 11I was appointed to announce the good news. I was appointed to be an apostle and a teacher. 12That’s why I’m suffering the way I am. But this gives me no reason to be ashamed. That’s because I know who I have believed in. I am sure he is able to take care of what I have given him. I can trust him with it until the day he returns as judge.
13Follow what you heard from me as the pattern of true teaching. Follow it with faith and love because you belong to Christ Jesus. 14Guard the truth of the good news that you were trusted with. Guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.
Examples of Faithful and Unfaithful People
15You know that all the believers in Asia Minor have deserted me. They include Phygelus and Hermogenes.
16May the Lord show mercy to all who live in the house of Onesiphorus. He often encouraged me. He was not ashamed that I was being held by chains. 17In fact, it was just the opposite. When he was in Rome, he looked everywhere for me. At last he found me. 18May Onesiphorus find mercy from the Lord on the day Jesus returns as judge! You know very well how many ways Onesiphorus helped me in Ephesus.