1I, Paul, am writing this letter. I am an apostle of Christ Jesus, just as God our Savior commanded. Christ Jesus also commanded it. We have put our hope in him.2Timothy, I am sending you this letter. You are my true son in the faith. May God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord give you grace, mercy and peace.3Stay there in Ephesus. That is what I told you to do when I went into Macedonia. I want you to command certain people not to teach things that aren't true.4Command them not to spend their time on stories that aren't completely true. They must not waste time on family histories that never end. Things like that cause people to argue instead of doing God's work. His work is done by faith.5Love is the purpose of my command. Love comes from a pure heart. It comes from a good sense of what is right and wrong. It comes from faith that is honest and true.6Some have wandered away from those teachings. They would rather talk about things that have no meaning.7They want to be teachers of the law. And they are very sure about that law. But they don't know what they are talking about.8We know that the law is good if it is used properly.9We also know that the law isn't made for godly people. It is made for those who break the law. It is for those who refuse to obey. It is for ungodly and sinful people. It is for those who aren't holy and who don't believe. It is for those who kill their fathers or mothers. It is for murderers.10It is for those who commit adultery. It is for those who have a twisted view of sex. It is for people who buy and sell slaves. It is for liars. It is for those who give witness to things that aren't true. And it is for anything else that is the opposite of true teaching.11True teaching agrees with the glorious good news of the blessed God. He trusted me with that good news.12I am thankful to Christ Jesus our Lord. He has given me strength. I thank him that he considered me faithful. And I thank him for appointing me to serve him.13I used to speak evil things against Jesus. I tried to hurt his followers. I really pushed them around. But God showed me mercy anyway. I did those things without knowing any better. I wasn't a believer.14Our Lord poured out more and more of his grace on me. Along with it came faith and love from Christ Jesus.15Here is a saying that you can trust. It should be accepted completely. Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. And I am the worst sinner of all.16But for that very reason, God showed me mercy. And I am the worst of sinners. He showed me mercy so that Christ Jesus could show that he is very patient. I was an example for those who would come to believe in him. Then they would receive eternal life.17The eternal King will never die. He can't be seen. He is the only God. Give him honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.18My son Timothy, I give you these teachings. They are in keeping with the prophecies that were once made about you. By following them, you can fight the good fight.19Then you will hold on to faith. You will hold on to a good sense of what is right and wrong. Some have not accepted these teachings. By doing that, they have destroyed their faith. They are like a ship that has sunk.20Hymenaeus and Alexander are among them. I have handed them over to Satan. That will teach them not to speak evil things against God.
1First, I want all of you to pray for everyone. Ask God to bless them. Give thanks for them.2Pray for kings. Pray for all who are in authority. Pray that we will live peaceful and quiet lives. And pray that we will be godly and holy.3That is good. It pleases God our Savior.4He wants everyone to be saved. He wants them to come to know the truth.5There is only one God. And there is only one go-between for God and human beings. He is the man Christ Jesus.6He gave himself to pay for the sins of everyone. That was a witness given by God at just the right time.7I was appointed to be a messenger and an apostle to preach the good news. I am telling the truth. I'm not lying. God appointed me to be a teacher of the true faith to those who aren't Jews.8I want men everywhere to pray. I want them to lift up holy hands. I don't want them to be angry when they pray. I don't want them to argue.9I also want women to dress simply. They should wear clothes that are right and proper. They shouldn't braid their hair. They shouldn't wear gold or pearls. They shouldn't spend too much on clothes.10Instead, they should put on good works as if they were their clothes. That is proper for women who claim to worship God.11When a woman is learning, she should be quiet. She should follow the leaders in every way.12I do not let women teach. I do not let them have authority over men. They must be quiet.13Adam was made first. Then Eve was made.14Adam was not the one who was tricked. The woman was tricked and became a sinner.15Will women be saved by having children? Only if they keep on believing, loving, and leading a holy life in a proper way.
1Here is a saying you can trust. If anyone wants to be a leader in the church, he wants to do a good work for God and people.2A leader must be free from blame. He must be faithful to his wife. In anything he does, he must not go too far. He must control himself. He must be worthy of respect. He must welcome people into his home. He must be able to teach.3He must not get drunk. He must not push people around. He must be gentle. He must not be a person who likes to argue. He must not love money.4He must manage his own family well. He must make sure that his children obey him and show him proper respect.5Suppose someone doesn't know how to manage his own family. Then how can he take care of God's church?6The leader must not be a new believer. If he is, he might become proud. Then he would be judged just like the devil.7The leader must also be respected by those who are outside the church. Then he will not be put to shame. He will not fall into the devil's trap.8Deacons also must be worthy of respect. They must be honest and true. They must not drink too much wine. They must not try to get money by cheating people.9They must hold on to the deep truths of the faith. Even their own minds tell them to do that.10First they must be tested. Then let them serve as deacons if there is nothing against them.11In the same way, their wives must be worthy of respect. They must not say things that harm others. In anything they do, they must not go too far. They must be worthy of trust in everything.12A deacon must be faithful to his wife. He must manage his children and family well.13Those who have served well earn the full respect of others. They also become more sure of their faith in Christ Jesus.14I hope I can come to you soon. But now I am writing these directions to you.15Then if I have to put off my visit, you will know how you should act in God's family. The family of God is the church of the living God. It is the pillar and foundation of the truth.16There is no doubt that godliness is a great mystery. Jesus appeared in a body. The Holy Spirit proved that he was the Son of God. He was seen by angels. He was preached among the nations. People in the world believed in him. He was taken up to heaven in glory.
1The Holy Spirit clearly says that in the last days some people will leave the faith. They will follow spirits that will fool them. They will believe things that demons will teach them.2Teachings like those come from liars who pretend to be what they are not. Their sense of what is right and wrong has been burned as if with a hot iron.3They do not allow people to get married. They order them not to eat certain foods. But God created those foods. So people who believe and know the truth should receive them and give thanks for them.4Everything God created is good. You shouldn't turn anything down. Instead, you should thank God for it.5The word of God and prayer make it holy.6Point these things out to the brothers and sisters. Then you will serve Christ Jesus well. You were brought up in the truths of the faith. You received good teaching. You followed it.7Don't have anything to do with godless stories and silly tales. Instead, train yourself to be godly.8Training the body has some value. But being godly has value in every way. It promises help for the life you are now living and the life to come.9Here is a saying you can trust. You can accept it completely.10We work hard for it. Here is the saying. We have put our hope in the living God. He is the Savior of all people. Most of all he is the Savior of those who believe.11Command those things. Teach them.12Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young. Set an example for the believers in what you say and in how you live. Also set an example in how you love and in what you believe. Show the believers how to be pure.13Until I come, spend your time reading Scripture out loud to one another. Spend your time preaching and teaching.14Don't fail to use the gift the Holy Spirit gave you. He gave it to you through a message from God. It was given when the elders placed their hands on you.15Keep on doing those things. Give them your complete attention. Then everyone will see how you are coming along.16Be careful of how you live and what you believe. Never give up. Then you will save yourself and those who hear you.
1Don't tell an older man off. Make an appeal to him as if he were your father. Treat younger men as if they were your brothers.2Treat older women as if they were your mothers. Treat younger women as if they were your sisters. Be completely pure in the way you treat them.3Take care of the widows who really need help.4But suppose a widow has children or grandchildren. They should first learn to put their faith into practice. They should care for their own family. In that way they will pay back their parents and grandparents. That pleases God.5The widow who really needs help and is left all alone puts her hope in God. Night and day she keeps on praying. Night and day she asks God for help.6But the widow who lives for pleasure is dead even while she is still living.7Give those directions to the people also. Then no one can be blamed.8Everyone should provide for his own relatives. Most of all, everyone should take care of his own family. If he doesn't, he has left the faith. He is worse than someone who doesn't believe.9No widow should be put on the list of widows unless she is more than 60 years old. She must also have been faithful to her husband.10She must be well known for the good things she does. That includes bringing up children. It includes inviting guests into her home. It includes washing the feet of God's people. It includes helping those who are in trouble. A widow should spend her time doing all kinds of good things.11Don't put younger widows on that kind of list. They might want pleasure more than they want Christ. Then they would want to get married again.12If they do that, they will be judged. They have broken their first promise.13Besides, they get into the habit of having nothing to do. They go around from house to house. They waste time. They talk about others. They bother people. They say things they shouldn't say.14So here is the advice I give to younger widows. Get married. Have children. Take care of your own homes. Don't give the enemy the chance to tell lies about you.15In fact, some have already turned away to follow Satan.16Suppose a woman is a believer and has widows in her family. She should help them. She shouldn't let the church pay the expenses. Then the church can help the widows who really need it.17The elders who do the church's work well are worth twice as much honor. That is true in a special way of elders who preach and teach.18Scripture says, "Do not stop the ox from eating while it helps separate the grain from the straw."(Deuteronomy 25:4) Scripture also says, "Workers are worthy of their pay."(Luke 10:7)19Don't believe a charge against an elder unless two or three witnesses bring it.20Elders who sin should be corrected in front of the other believers. That will be a warning to the others.21I command you to follow those directions. I command you in the sight of God and Christ Jesus and the chosen angels. Treat everyone the same. Don't favor one person over another.22Don't be too quick to place your hands on others to set them apart to serve God. Don't take part in the sins of others. Keep yourself pure.23Stop drinking only water. If your stomach is upset, drink a little wine. It can also help the other sicknesses you often have.24The sins of some people are easy to see. They are already being judged. Others will be judged later.25In the same way, good works are easy to see. But even good works that are hard to see can't stay hidden.
1All who are forced to serve as slaves should consider their masters worthy of full respect. Then people will not speak evil things against God's name and against what we teach.2Some slaves have masters who are believers. They shouldn't show less respect for their masters just because they are believers. Instead, they should serve them even better. That's because those who benefit from their service are believers. They are loved by them. Teach the slaves those things. Try hard to get them to do them.3Suppose someone teaches ideas that are false. He doesn't agree with the true teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ. He doesn't agree with godly teaching.4People like that are proud. They don't understand anything. They like to argue more than they should. They can't agree about what words mean. All of that results in wanting what others have. It causes fighting, harmful talk, and evil distrust.5It stirs up trouble all the time among people whose minds are twisted by sin. The truth they once had has been taken away from them. They think they can get rich by being godly.6You gain a lot when you live a godly life. But you must be happy with what you have.7We didn't bring anything into the world. We can't take anything out of it.8If we have food and clothing, we will be happy with that.9People who want to get rich are tempted. They fall into a trap. They are tripped up by wanting many foolish and harmful things. Those who live like that are dragged down by what they do. They are destroyed and die.10Love for money causes all kinds of evil. Some people want to get rich. They have wandered away from the faith. They have wounded themselves with many sorrows.11But you are a man of God. Run away from all of those things. Try hard to do what is right and godly. Have faith, love and gentleness. Hold on to what you believe.12Fight the good fight along with all other believers. Take hold of eternal life. You were chosen for it when you openly told others what you believe. Many witnesses heard you.13God gives life to everything. Christ Jesus told the truth when he gave witness to Pontius Pilate. In the sight of God and Christ, I give you a command.14Obey it until our Lord Jesus Christ appears. Obey it completely. Then no one can find fault with it or you.15God will bring Jesus back at a time that pleases him. God is the blessed and only Ruler. He is the greatest King of all. He is the most powerful Lord of all.16God is the only one who can't die. He lives in light that no one can get close to. No one has seen him. No one can see him. Give honor and power to him forever. Amen.17Command people who are rich in this world not to be proud. Tell them not to put their hope in riches. Wealth is so uncertain. Command those who are rich to put their hope in God. He richly provides us with everything to enjoy.18Command the rich to do what is good. Tell them to be rich in doing good things. They must give freely. They must be willing to share.19In that way they will put riches away for themselves. It will provide a firm basis for the next life. Then they will take hold of the life that really is life.20Timothy, guard what God has trusted you with. Turn away from godless chatter. Stay away from opposing ideas that are falsely called knowledge.21Some people believe them. By doing that they have wandered away from the faith. May God's grace be with you.