1Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, in keeping with the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus,
2To Timothy, my dear son:
Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
3I thank God, whom I serve, as my ancestors did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers. 4Recalling your tears, I long to see you, so that I may be filled with joy. 5I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.
Appeal for loyalty to Paul and the gospel
6For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. 8So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God. 9He has saved us and called us to a holy life – not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, 10but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Saviour, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. 11And of this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher. 12That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet this is no cause for shame, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until that day.
13What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus. 14Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you – guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.
Examples of disloyalty and loyalty
15You know that everyone in the province of Asia has deserted me, including Phygelus and Hermogenes.
16May the Lord show mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, because he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains. 17On the contrary, when he was in Rome, he searched hard for me until he found me. 18May the Lord grant that he will find mercy from the Lord on that day! You know very well in how many ways he helped me in Ephesus.
1Saa nhoma yi fi Paulo a ɔyɛ Kristo Yesu somafo no nkyɛn. Onyankopɔn ankasa na ɔfrɛɛ me sɛ ɔsomafo, na ɔde nkwa a ɔhyɛ ho bɔ a ɛnam Kristo Yesu mu gyidi so de brɛ mo.
2Mede kɔma me dɔba Timoteo:
Adom, mmɔborɔhunu ne asomdwoe mfi Agya Nyankopɔn ne yɛn Awurade Kristo Yesu nka wo.
3Meda Onyankopɔn a mede adwene mu fann som no sɛnea me mpanyimfo yɛe no ase. Daa, anadwo ne awia, mekae wo wɔ me mpaebɔ mu. 4Mekae wo nisutew bere a yɛredi mpaapaemu no a, ɛma mʼani gyina wo. Enti sɛ mihu wo bio a mʼani begye. 5Wɔkae me wo nokware gyidi a efii ase wɔ wo nenabea Lois ne wo na Eunike mu no, na magye ato mu sɛ mprempren ɛwɔ wo nso mu bi saa ara.
6Eyi nti merebɔ wo nkae sɛ, kae akyɛde a bere a mede me nsa guu wo so no Onyankopɔn de maa wo no. 7Efisɛ Honhom a Onyankopɔn de maa yɛn no mma yɛnyɛ ahufo, na mmom Honhom no ma yɛn tumi, ɔdɔ ne ahohyɛso. 8Mma wʼani nnwu wɔ Awurade adansedi, ne me a meyɛ ne deduani no ho. Na sɛ ɔhaw bi to wo wɔ Asɛmpa no ka ho a, gyina pintinn wɔ ahoɔden a Onyankopɔn de ama wo no mu. 9Ogyee yɛn nkwa frɛɛ yɛn se yɛmmɛyɛ ne de. Ɛnyɛ biribi pa bi a yɛyɛ nti, na mmom nʼadom ara kwa. Ansa na wɔrehyɛ wiase ase no na ɔnam Kristo Yesu so kyɛɛ yɛn saa adom no, 10nanso mprempren wɔnam Agyenkwa Kristo Yesu no ba a ɔbɛba no so ada no adi akyerɛ yɛn. Kristo, yɛn Agyenkwa dii owu so nkonim, na ɔde anigyesɛm a ɛhyerɛn te sɛ kanea, na ɛma nkwa a enni awiei brɛɛ yɛn. 11Onyankopɔn ayi me sɛ ɔsomafo ne ɔkyerɛkyerɛfo sɛ menna Asɛmpa no adi. 12Ɛnam eyinom so nti na mihu saa amane yi. Nanso meda so wɔ gyidi, efisɛ minim nea mede me ho to no so no, na minim nso sɛ ɔbɛkora nea mede ahyɛ ne nsa no ama da no nso.
13So nokwasɛm a mekyerɛɛ wo no mu yiye na fa yɛ nhwɛsode, na tena gyidi ne ɔdɔ a ɛyɛ yɛn de wɔ Kristo Yesu mu no mu. 14Wɔde ademude a ɛsom bo ahyɛ wo nsa. Fa Honhom Kronkron a ɔte wo mu no mmoa bɔ ho ban.
15Sɛnea wunim no, Kristofo a wofi Asia baa ha no nyinaa aguan agya me. Figelo ne Hermogene nso ka wɔn ho.
16Awurade nhu Onesiforo fifo mmɔbɔ, efisɛ ɔhyɛɛ me nkuran mpɛn bebree. Nʼani anwu wɔ me ho sɛ mada afiase pɛn, 17na oduu Roma pɛ, na ɔbɔɔ mmɔden hwehwɛɛ me ara kosii sɛ ohuu me. 18Awurade mmoa no na da no, onya ahummɔbɔ mfi Awurade no nkyɛn! Wunim akwan ahorow a ɔfaa so boaa me wɔ Efeso.