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.
1Bulus, manzon Kiristi Yesu ta wurin nufin Allah, bisa ga alkawarin rai wanda yake cikin Kiristi Yesu,
2Zuwa ga Timoti, ƙaunataccen ɗana.
Alheri, jinƙai da salama daga Allah Uba da kuma Kiristi Yesu Ubangijinmu, su kasance tare da kai.
3Na gode wa Allah wanda nake bauta wa, kamar yadda kakanni-kakannina suka yi da lamiri mai tsabta, yadda kullum dare da rana ina tuna da ku a cikin addu’o’ina. 4Sa’ad da na tuna da hawayenka, nakan yi marmarin ganinka, don in cika da farin ciki. 5An tunashe ni da sahihiyar bangaskiyarka, wadda a farko ta kasance a cikin kakarka Loyis da kuma mahaifiyarka Yunis yanzu kuwa na tabbata tana cikinka.
Ƙarfafawa don zaman aminci
6Saboda haka, ina so in faɗakar da kai, ka lura baiwan nan ta Allah, wadda take tare da kai ta wurin ɗibiya maka hannuwana. 7Gama Allah bai ba mu ruhun tsoro ba, sai dai ruhun iko, na ƙauna da kuma na kamunkai. 8Saboda haka kada ka ji kunyar ba da shaida game da Ubangijinmu, ko kuwa ka ji kunyata, ni da nake ɗan sarƙa saboda shi. Sai dai ka haɗa kai tare da ni cikin shan wahala saboda bishara ta wurin ikon Allah, 9wanda ya cece mu ya kuma kira mu ga rayuwar tsarki ba saboda wani abin da muka yi ba sai dai saboda nufinsa da kuma alherinsa. An ba mu wannan alheri cikin Kiristi Yesu tun fil azal, 10amma yanzu an bayyana ta ta wurin bayyanuwar Mai Cetonmu, Kiristi Yesu, wanda ya hallaka mutuwa ya kuma kawo rai da rashin mutuwa a sarari ta wurin bishara. 11A wannan bishara ce, aka naɗa ni mai shela da manzo da kuma malami. 12Shi ya sa nake shan wahalar da nake sha. Duk da haka ba na jin kunya, domin na san wanda na gaskata da shi, na kuma tabbata cewa yana iya kiyaye abin da na danƙa masa1.12 Ko kuwa abin da aka danƙa mini amana don wancan rana.
13Abin da ka ji daga gare ni, ka kiyaye shi kamar tsarin sahihiyar koyarwa, cikin bangaskiya da ƙauna cikin Kiristi Yesu. 14Ka kiyaye kyakkyawar ajiyan nan da aka danƙa maka amana, ka lura da ita da taimakon Ruhu Mai Tsarki wanda yake raye a cikinmu.
15Ka san cewa kowa a lardin Asiya ya juya mini baya, har da Figelus da Hermogenes.
16Bari Ubangiji yă yi wa iyalin Onesiforus jinƙai, domin sau da dama yakan wartsakar da ni, bai kuma ji kunyar sarƙoƙina ba. 17A maimakon haka ma, sa’ad da yake a Roma, ya neme ni ido a rufe sai da ya same ni. 18Bari Ubangiji yă sa yă sami jinƙai daga Ubangiji a wancan ranar! Ka sani sarai yadda ya taimake ni a hanyoyi dabam-dabam a Afisa.