Nkwa Asem

Timoteo I 5

1Nkasa ntia akwakoraa na mmom kɔka w’ahiasɛm kyerɛ no sɛ w’agya. Fa kronnyɛ ne mmabun ntena sɛ wo nnuammarima nkummaa, na fa mmea mpanyimfo sɛ ɛnanom na mmabaa nso, fa wɔn sɛ wo nnuammea wɔ kronnyɛ mu.

Di mmea akunafo a wɔyɛ akunafo ampa ara no ni. Sɛ okunafo bi wɔ mma anaa mmanana a, nea edi kan no, ɛsɛ sɛ wɔfa nyamesom pa so de som wɔn abusua de tua wɔn awofo ne nananom ka efisɛ, sɛ wɔyɛ saa a na ɛsɔ Onyankopɔn ani.

Ɔbea a ɔyɛ okunafo ampa ara no a onni obi a ɔhwɛ no no de n’anidaso nyinaa ahyɛ Onyankopɔn mu enti anadwo ne awia, ɔkɔ so bɔ mpae srɛ ne mmoa. Nanso sɛ okunafo bi de ne ho ma wiase a, na ɔyɛ teaseawu. Ka saa mmara yi kyerɛ wɔn na obi annya wo ho mfomso.

Na sɛ obi nhwɛ ne fifo ne titiriw no, ɔno ara n’abusuafo a, na wabu ne gyidi so. Sɛ ɛba saa a, ɔyɛ onipa bɔne sen nea onnye nni no.

Mfa okunafo biara a onni mmoroo mfe aduosia din nka akunafo din ho. Asɛm a ɛka ho ne sɛ, ɛsɛ sɛ waware prɛko pɛ, 10 na afei wagye din wɔ nneyɛe pa ho. Ɛsɛ sɛ ɔyɛ ɔbea a watetew ne mma yiye na ogyee ahɔho wɔ ne fi na ɔhohoroo Onyankopɔn nan ase na ɔboaa ahokyerefo na ɔde ne ho maa nnwuma pa ahorow nyinaa yɛ.

11 Mfa akunafo nkumaa no din nka wɔn ho. Efisɛ, sɛ ɛba sɛ wɔpɛ sɛ wɔsan ware a, wɔtew wɔn ho fi Kristo ho 12 na ɛma wodi fɔ sɛ wɔabu wɔn bɔhyɛ a edi kan so. 13 Ɛno akyi, wɔsɛe wɔn bere kɔ afi afi mu na nea enye koraa ne sɛ, wodi nseku yɛ pɛrepɛre ka nsɛm a anka ɛnsɛ sɛ wɔka. 14 Enti me pɛ ne sɛ, akunafo nkumaa no bɛware, awo mma na wɔahwɛ wɔn afi sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ a atamfo nnya wɔn ho kwan nka nsɛm ntia wɔn. 15 Akunafo bi de wɔn ho ama ɔbonsam dedaw.

16 Sɛ ɔbea gyidifo bi wɔ akunafo wɔ n’abusua mu a, ɛsɛ sɛ ɔhwɛ wɔn yiye na wɔamfa adesoa bi ammɛto asafo no so na asafo no atumi ahwɛ akunafo a aka wɔn nko no.

Hwɛ a wɔhwɛ asɛmpakafo yiye

17 Mpanyimfo a wɔyɛ nnwuma pa sɛ akannifo no, ɛsɛ sɛ wodwen wɔn ho ma wɔn akatua abien; ne titiriw no wɔn a wɔka asɛm no na wɔsan kyerɛkyerɛ nso. 18 Efisɛ, Kyerɛwsɛm no ka se, “Nkyekyere nantwi a osiw aburow no ano!” Bio, “Odwumayɛfo akatua fata no!”

19 Ntie asɛmmɔne a obi ka to ɔpanyin bi so no gye sɛ adansefo baanu anaa baasa de saa asɛm no bɛto w’anim. 20 Wɔn a wɔyɛ bɔne nyinaa no, ka wɔn anim baguam na abɔ afoforo hu.

21 Migyina Onyankopɔn ne Kristo Yesu ne abɔfo kronkron anim ka se di saa mmara a mahyɛ wo yi nyinaa so a nhwɛanim biara nni mu. 22 Sɛ ehia sɛ wode wo nsa gu obi so wɔ Awurade dwumadi no mu a, mpepere ho. Twe wo ho fi bɔne a afoforo yɛ ho na ma wo ho ntew.

23 Nnom nsu nko ara na mmom ɛyɛ wo yafunu ne wo yare a wotaa yare nti, ɛyɛ a nom nsa kakra.

24 Nnipa bi bɔne a wɔyɛ no da adi pefee na saa bɔne no di wɔn anim de wɔn kɔ atemmu mu; nanso afoforo bi wɔ hɔ a wɔn bɔne da adi akyiri yi. 25 Saa ara nso na nneyɛe pa yɛ no da adi pefee. Na nea ɛnna adi pefee no mpo ntumi nhintaw.

New American Standard Bible

1 Timothy 5

Honor Widows

1Do not sharply rebuke an older man, but rather appeal to him as a father, to the younger men as brothers, the older women as mothers, and the younger women as sisters, in all purity.

Honor widows who are widows indeed; but if any widow has children or grandchildren, they must first learn to practice piety in regard to their own family and to [a]make some return to their parents; for this is acceptable in the sight of God. Now she who is a widow indeed and who has been left alone, has fixed her hope on God and continues in entreaties and prayers night and day. But she who gives herself to wanton pleasure is dead even while she lives. [b]Prescribe these things as well, so that they may be above reproach. But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

A widow is to be put on the list only if she is not less than sixty years old, having been the wife of one man, 10 having a reputation for good works; and if she has brought up children, if she has shown hospitality to strangers, if she has washed the [c]saints’ feet, if she has assisted those in distress, and if she has devoted herself to every good work. 11 But refuse to put younger widows on the list, for when they feel sensual desires in disregard of Christ, they want to get married, 12 thus incurring condemnation, because they have set aside their previous [d]pledge. 13 At the same time they also learn to be idle, as they go around from house to house; and not merely idle, but also gossips and busybodies, talking about things not proper to mention. 14 Therefore, I want younger widows to get married, bear children, keep house, and give the enemy no occasion for reproach; 15 for some have already turned aside to follow Satan. 16 If any woman who is a believer has dependent widows, she must assist them and the church must not be burdened, so that it may assist those who are widows indeed.

Concerning Elders

17 The elders who rule well are to be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who work hard [e]at preaching and teaching. 18 For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle the ox while he is threshing,” and “The laborer is worthy of his wages.” 19 Do not receive an accusation against an elder except on the basis of two or three witnesses. 20 Those who continue in sin, rebuke in the presence of all, so that the rest also will be fearful of sinning. 21 I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of His chosen angels, to maintain these principles without bias, doing nothing in a spirit of partiality. 22 Do not lay hands upon anyone too hastily and [f]thereby share responsibility for the sins of others; keep yourself [g]free from sin.

23 No longer drink water exclusively, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments.

24 The sins of some men are quite evident, going before them to judgment; for others, their sins follow after. 25 Likewise also, deeds that are good are quite evident, and those which are otherwise cannot be concealed.

Footnotes

  1. 1 Timothy 5:4 Lit give back recompenses
  2. 1 Timothy 5:7 Or Keep commanding
  3. 1 Timothy 5:10 Or holy ones
  4. 1 Timothy 5:12 Lit faith
  5. 1 Timothy 5:17 Lit in word
  6. 1 Timothy 5:22 Lit do not share
  7. 1 Timothy 5:22 Lit pure