1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope,
1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope,
2 To Timothy my true son in the faith: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
2 To Timothy, my true child in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
3 As I urged you when I went into Macedonia, stay there in Ephesus so that you may command certain men not to teach false doctrines any longer
3 As I urged you when I was going to Macedonia, remain at Ephesus that you may charge certain persons not to teach any different doctrine,
4 nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies. These promote controversies rather than Gods work--which is by faith.
4 nor to occupy themselves with myths and endless genealogies which promote speculations rather than the divine training that is in faith;
5 The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.
5 whereas the aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and sincere faith.
6 Some have wandered away from these and turned to meaningless talk.
6 Certain persons by swerving from these have wandered away into vain discussion,
7 They want to be teachers of the law, but they do not know what they are talking about or what they so confidently affirm.
7 desiring to be teachers of the law, without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they make assertions.
8 We know that the law is good if one uses it properly.
8 Now we know that the law is good, if any one uses it lawfully,
9 We also know that law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious; for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers,
9 understanding this, that the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,
10 for adulterers and perverts, for slave traders and liars and perjurers--and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine
10 immoral persons, sodomites, kidnapers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine,
11 that conforms to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me.
11 in accordance with the glorious gospel of the blessed God with which I have been entrusted.
12 I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me faithful, appointing me to his service.
12 I thank him who has given me strength for this, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful by appointing me to his service,
13 Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief.
13 though I formerly blasphemed and persecuted and insulted him; but I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief,
14 The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.
14 and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.
15 Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners--of whom I am the worst.
15 The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. And I am the foremost of sinners;
16 But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life.
16 but I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience for an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life.
17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
17 To the King of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
18 Timothy, my son, I give you this instruction in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by following them you may fight the good fight,
18 This charge I commit to you, Timothy, my son, in accordance with the prophetic utterances which pointed to you, that inspired by them you may wage the good warfare,
19 holding on to faith and a good conscience. Some have rejected these and so have shipwrecked their faith.
19 holding faith and a good conscience. By rejecting conscience, certain persons have made shipwreck of their faith,
20 Among them are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan to be taught not to blaspheme.
20 among them Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have delivered to Satan that they may learn not to blaspheme.