Paul, an apostle(A) of Christ Jesus by the will of God,(B) in keeping with the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus,(C)

To Timothy,(D) my dear son:(E)

Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.(F)


I thank God,(G) whom I serve, as my ancestors did, with a clear conscience,(H) as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers.(I) Recalling your tears,(J) I long to see you,(K) so that I may be filled with joy. I am reminded of your sincere faith,(L) which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice(M) and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.

Appeal for Loyalty to Paul and the Gospel

For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands.(N) For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid,(O) but gives us power,(P) love and self-discipline. So do not be ashamed(Q) of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner.(R) Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel,(S) by the power of God. He has saved(T) us and called(U) us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done(V) but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, 10 but it has now been revealed(W) through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus,(X) who has destroyed death(Y) and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. 11 And of this gospel(Z) I was appointed(AA) a herald and an apostle and a teacher.(AB) 12 That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet this is no cause for shame,(AC) because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard(AD) what I have entrusted to him until that day.(AE)

13 What you heard from me,(AF) keep(AG) as the pattern(AH) of sound teaching,(AI) with faith and love in Christ Jesus.(AJ) 14 Guard(AK) the good deposit that was entrusted to you—guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.(AL)

Examples of Disloyalty and Loyalty

15 You know that everyone in the province of Asia(AM) has deserted me,(AN) including Phygelus and Hermogenes.

16 May the Lord show mercy to the household of Onesiphorus,(AO) because he often refreshed me and was not ashamed(AP) of my chains.(AQ) 17 On the contrary, when he was in Rome, he searched hard for me until he found me. 18 May the Lord grant that he will find mercy from the Lord on that day!(AR) You know very well in how many ways he helped me(AS) in Ephesus.(AT)

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奉神旨意、照着在基督耶稣里生命的应许,做基督耶稣使徒的保罗 写信给我亲爱的儿子提摩太。愿恩惠、怜悯、平安从父神和我们主基督耶稣归于你!


我感谢神,就是我接续祖先用清洁的良心所侍奉的神,祈祷的时候不住地想念你, 记念你的眼泪,昼夜切切地想要见你,好叫我满心快乐。 想到你心里无伪之信,这信是先在你外祖母罗以和你母亲友尼基心里的,我深信也在你的心里。 为此我提醒你,使你将神借我按手所给你的恩赐再如火挑旺起来。 因为神赐给我们不是胆怯的心,乃是刚强、仁爱、谨守的心。


你不要以给我们的主作见证为耻,也不要以我这为主被囚的为耻,总要按神的能力与我为福音同受苦难。 神救了我们,以圣召召我们,不是按我们的行为,乃是按他的旨意和恩典。这恩典是万古之先,在基督耶稣里赐给我们的, 10 但如今借着我们救主基督耶稣的显现才表明出来了。他已经把死废去,借着福音,将不能坏的生命彰显出来。 11 我为这福音奉派做传道的,做使徒,做师傅。 12 为这缘故,我也受这些苦难,然而我不以为耻,因为知道我所信的是谁,也深信他能保全我所交付他的[a],直到那日。 13 你从我听的那纯正话语的规模,要用在基督耶稣里的信心和爱心常常守着。 14 从前所交托你的善道,你要靠着那住在我们里面的圣灵牢牢地守着。


15 凡在亚细亚的人都离弃我,这是你知道的,其中有腓吉路黑摩其尼 16 愿主怜悯阿尼色弗一家的人!因他屡次使我畅快,不以我的锁链为耻, 17 反倒在罗马的时候殷勤地找我,并且找着了。 18 愿主使他在那日得主的怜悯!他在以弗所怎样多多地服侍我,是你明明知道的。

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  1. 提摩太后书 1:12 或作:他所交托我的。