1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus according to the command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope, 2to Timothy, my true child in the faith. Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
Instructions for Timothy in Ephesus
3Just as I urged you when I#*Here “when” is supplied as a component of the participle (“traveled”) which is understood as temporal traveled to Macedonia, remain in Ephesus, so that you may instruct certain people not to teach other doctrine, 4and not to pay attention to myths and endless genealogies, which cause useless speculations rather than God’s plan that is by faith. 5But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a faith without hypocrisy, 6from which some have deviated, and have turned away into fruitless discussion, 7wanting to be teachers of the law, although they#*Here “although” is supplied as a component of the participle (“understand”) which is understood as concessive do not understand either the things which they are saying or the things concerning which they are speaking confidently.
8But we know that the law is good, if anyone makes use of it lawfully, 9knowing this, that the law is not given for a righteous person but for the lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and totally worldly, for the one who kills his father and the one who kills his mother, for murderers, 10sexually immoral people, homosexuals, kidnappers, liars, perjurers, and whatever#Literally “if anything” else is opposed to sound teaching, 11according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God that I was entrusted with.
Paul’s Thankfulness for the Mercy Shown to Him
12I give thanks#Literally “I have thankfulness” to the one who strengthens me, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he considered me faithful, placing me into ministry,#Or “service” 13although I#*Here “although” is supplied as a component of the participle (“was”) which is understood as concessive was formerly a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, but I was shown mercy because I acted ignorantly in unbelief, 14and the grace of our Lord abounded with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 15The saying is trustworthy and worthy of all acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. 16But because of this I was shown mercy, in order that in me foremost, Christ Jesus might demonstrate his total patience, for an example for those who are going to believe in him for eternal life. 17Now to the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, to the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever#Literally “to the ages of the ages”. Amen.
Paul’s Charge to Timothy
18I am setting before you this instruction, Timothy my child, in accordance with the prophecies spoken long ago about you, in order that by them you may fight the good fight, 19having faith and a good conscience, which some, because they#*Here “because” is supplied as a component of the participle (“have rejected”) which is understood as causal have rejected these, have suffered shipwreck concerning their faith, 20among whom are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan, in order that they may be taught not to blaspheme.