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.
1Nwoma yi firi Paulo a ɔyɛ Kristo Yesu ɔsomafoɔ no nkyɛn. Onyankopɔn ankasa na ɔfrɛɛ me sɛ ɔsomafoɔ, sɛ menkɔbɔ nkwa a ɔnam Kristo Yesu so de baeɛ no ho dawuro.
2Mede kɔma me dɔba Timoteo:
Adom, mmɔborɔhunu ne asomdwoeɛ mfiri Agya Onyankopɔn ne yɛn Awurade Kristo Yesu nka wo.
3Meda Onyankopɔn a mede adwene mu fann som no sɛdeɛ me mpanimfoɔ yɛeɛ no ase. Daa, anadwo ne awia, mekae wo wɔ me mpaeɛbɔ mu. 4Mekae wo nisuteɛ ɛberɛ a yɛredi mpaapaemu no a, ɛma mʼani gyina wo. Enti sɛ mehunu wo bio a mʼani bɛgye. 5Mekae gyidie a emu yɛ den a na wowɔ, gyidie a ɛfirii aseɛ firii wo nana Lois ne wo maame Eunike mu no, na megye di sɛ woda so kura saa gyidie no a emu yɛ den no ara mu.
6Yei enti merebɔ wo nkaeɛ sɛ kae akyɛdeɛ a ɛberɛ a mede me nsa guu wo so no Onyankopɔn de maa wo no. 7Ɛfiri sɛ, Honhom a Onyankopɔn de maa yɛn no mma yɛnyɛ ahufoɔ; na mmom, Honhom no ma yɛn tumi, ɔdɔ ne ahohyɛsoɔ. 8Mma wʼani nnwu Awurade adansedie, ne me a meyɛ ne deduani ho. Na sɛ ɔhaw bi to wo Asɛmpa no ka ho a, gyina pintinn wɔ ahoɔden a Onyankopɔn de ama wo no mu. 9Ɔgyee yɛn nkwa frɛɛ yɛn sɛ yɛmmɛyɛ ne dea. Ɛnyɛ biribi pa bi a yɛayɛ enti, na mmom, ɛyɛ nʼadom ara kwa. Ansa na wɔrehyɛ ewiase ase no na ɔnam Kristo Yesu so kyɛɛ yɛn saa adom no, 10na seesei, ɔnam Agyenkwa Kristo Yesu ba a ɔbɛba no so ada biribiara adi akyerɛ yɛn. Kristo, yɛn Agyenkwa dii owuo so nkonim, na ɔde anigyesɛm a ɛhyerɛn te sɛ kanea na ɛma nkwa a ɛnni awieeɛ brɛɛ yɛn. 11Onyankopɔn ayi me sɛ ɔsomafoɔ ne ɔkyerɛkyerɛfoɔ sɛ menna Asɛmpa no adi. 12Ɛnam yeinom so enti na mehunu saa amaneɛ yi. Nanso, meda so wɔ gyidie, ɛfiri sɛ, menim deɛ mede me ho to no so no, na menim nso sɛ ɔbɛkora deɛ mede ahyɛ ne nsa no ama da no nso.
13Sɔ nokwasɛm a mekyerɛɛ wo no mu yie, na fa yɛ nhwɛsodeɛ, na tena gyidie ne ɔdɔ a ɛyɛ yɛn dea wɔ Kristo Yesu mu no. 14Wɔde ademudeɛ a ɛsom bo ahyɛ wo nsa. Fa Honhom Kronkron a ɔte wo mu no mmoa bɔ ho ban.
15Sɛdeɛ wonim no, Akristofoɔ a wɔfiri Asia baa ha no nyinaa adwane agya me. Figelo ne Hermogene nso ka wɔn ho.
16Awurade nhunu Onesiforo fiefoɔ mmɔbɔ ɛfiri sɛ, ɔhyɛɛ me nkuran mpɛn bebree. Nʼani anwu wɔ me ho sɛ mada afiase pɛn, 17na ɔduruu Roma ara pɛ, ɔbɔɔ mmɔden hwehwɛɛ me ara kɔsii sɛ ɔhunuu me. 18Awurade mmoa no na da no ɔnnya ahummɔborɔ mfiri Awurade no nkyɛn! Wonim akwan ahodoɔ a ɔfaa so boaa me wɔ Efeso.