1[1-2] Paul, a follower of Yeshua the Christ by the Word of God, our Savior, Yeshua the Christ, which is our hope; To Timothy, a true child in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from Yahweh God and Yeshua our Christ.
[3-11] Now do as I said when I begged you to stay at Ephesus, and I went on to Macedonia. Tell your people not to teach any other teachings, nor to pay attention to stories and endless genealogies, which only cause questions, instead of building up of faith in God. Now I said this out of love from a pure heart, and a good conscience, and a heartfelt faith. But some of you, having changed their way, have turned aside to meaningless talking, wanting to be teachers of the Word of God, but they don’t understand what they say, nor what they uphold. But we know that the Word of God is good, if used rightly; Knowing this, that the Word of God wasn’t given for a good person, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and disrespectful, for those who kill their parents, and murderers, for those who are sexually unfaithful, or homosexual, for kidnappers, for liars, and people who tell lies about others, and if there’s any other thing that is against the good teachings of the amazing New Word of the blessed God, which I have been entrusted with.
[12-20] And I thank Yeshua our Christ, who has enabled me, who thought of me as faithful, putting me into the ministry; Who was before someone who spoke evil of the church, mistreating, and hurting those in it: but I found mercy, because I did it unknowingly in unbelief. And great was the grace of our Christ with faith and love, which is found in Christ Yeshua. Christ Yeshua came into the world to save sinners; of whom I’m the greatest. This is a faithful saying, and worthy of acceptance. But I found mercy so that Yeshua the Christ might show complete patience in me first, as an example to those who would believe on the Christ later to have everlasting life. Now to the invisible, everlasting Ruler, who can never be destroyed, the only wise God, be honor and victory forever and ever. So be it! I’m entrusting to you everything that I tell you, my child Timothy, according to the word which was spoken of you before, that by these things you might fight a good fight, holding on to your faith with a good conscience. But some having lost their faith, have become like those who are shipwrecked. I’ve given over Hymenaeus and Alexander to Satan, so that they might be taught not to speak evil of God.
2[1-7] So, I encourage, that, first of all, our prayers, both for what we need and speaking up for others, and the giving of thanks, be made for everyone; Both for the rulers, and for all that are in power; so that we can lead a quiet and peaceable life in every godly way and in all honesty. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of the truth. There’s one God, and One who speaks up for us to God for humanity, the person Christ Yeshua; Who willingly died to pay for the sins of all, to be shown to us in truth at the right time. I am set apart to be a great preacher, and a follower, (I speak the truth in Christ, I’m not lying;) to teach the other peoples in faith and truth.
[8-15]So I want men everywhere to pray, worshiping with uplifted hands, being holy, without rage and doubting. In the same way, women should dress themselves properly in acceptable clothing, with self-control; not with fancy hairdos, or fine jewelry, or high-priced clothes; But with what really beautifies women of godliness, that is, with the good things that they do. Allow the women to learn quietly, accepting the Word of God. But I don’t allow a woman to teach, nor to have power over her own husband, but to be quiet in this case. Because Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam sinned knowingly, but the woman, being misled, came into sin. In the same way, a woman will be saved through the birth of a child, if they keep the faith in love and faithfulness with seriousness.
3[1-10] It’s true, if anyone wants the office of an overseer, they want a good thing. An overseer then must be without fault, the spouse of one spouse, watchful, self-controlled, having good behavior, welcoming to strangers, able to teach, not a heavy drinker, nor an abuser, not greedy for money, but unselfish; patient, and not argumentative; Someone that leads their own home well, having their children well disciplined, and showing respect; (if someone doesn’t know how to lead their own home, how can they take care of the church of God?) It must not be someone new in the faith, in case being lifted up with pride they fall into the same judgment as the devil. Besides this, they need to have a good report of those not in the church; in case they’re dishonored and are tempted by the devil. In the same way, the ministers of the church must be serious, not saying different things to different people, not a heavy drinker, not greedy for money, holding the secret of the faith in a pure conscience. And these should also be proved first and if they are found without fault, then let them serve the office of a minister.
[11-16] In the same way, the women who lead must be serious, not gossipers, watchful, faithful in everything. Let the ministers of the church be the spouse of one spouse, leading their children and their own homes well. Those who serve the office of a minister well have a good standing for themselves, and great courage in the faith which is in Christ Yeshua. I write this to you, hoping to come to you shortly, but if I stay long, so that you can know how people should act in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the strength and foundation of the truth. And without a doubt, the secret of godliness is great: God was made known in the body, made complete in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached about to the nations, believed on in the world, and taken up in victory!
4[1-10] Now the Spirit openly says, that in the latter times some will leave the faith, being led away by tempting spirits, and teachings of evil spirits; Pretending to be what they aren’t and lying; having their conscience ruined; Forbidding people to marry, and telling them to give up eating meats, which God has created to be eaten with thankfulness by those who believe and know the truth. Every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused, if it’s eaten with thankfulness: because it’s set apart by the Word of God and prayer. If you remind the Christians of this, you’re a good minister of Yeshua the Christ, grown up in the words of faith and in the good teachings, which you’ve followed. Don’t believe godless myths and old fairytales, but instead train yourself to be godly. Training the body does a little good: but godliness is good for everything, holding promise for the life that you have now, and for your life to come. This is a faithful saying and worthy to be accepted. So we work and suffer dishonor both, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of everyone, especially of those who believe.
[11-16] Tell this and teach it and let no one find fault with you for your youth; but be an example to believers, in word, in lifestyle, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity. Take care of the reading, the preaching, and the teaching until I come. Don’t neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by word, which was told you before, when the elders laid hands on you. Think about these things; giving your full attention to them; so that your spiritual growth will appear to all. Be careful of yourself, and of the Word of God; stay in it, because in doing this you’ll both save yourself, and those who hear you.
5[1-16] Don’t accuse an elder, but treat them as a parent; and the younger ones as siblings; The elder women as mothers; the younger women as sisters, with all decency. Honor widows that are true widows. But if any widow has children or other family, let them first show their faith at home by repay their parents because that is good and acceptable to God. Now those who are true widows, having no one to care for them, trust in God, and keep on praying and asking God for help night and day. But those who live richly in pleasures are dead even while they live. Tell them these things, so that they can be without fault. So if anyone doesn’t provide for their own, and especially for those of their own home, they have no true faith, and are worse than an unbeliever. Don’t let a widow be counted, who is under sixty years old, and only if she has been the spouse of one person, spoken well of for the good she’s done; if she has brought up her children, if she has taken in strangers, if she has taken care of the needs of Christians, if she has helped the troubled, if she has done everything good with care. But the younger widows refuse because when their physical needs turn them against following Christ, they’ll remarry, bringing judgment on themselves, if they break their vows to God. And besides this, they learn to be lazy, going from house to house; and not only to be lazy, but to gossip and to mind other peoples’ business, telling things which they shouldn’t. So I’d rather that the younger women remarry, have children, keep the house, give the enemy nothing to speak evil of. Some have already followed after Satan. So if anyone believes they have widows, let them take care of them, and don’t let the church be troubled; so that the church can take care of those who are really in need.
[17-25] Let the elders that lead well, especially those who preach and teach the Word, be thought of as worthy of double honor. The Word says, “Don’t muzzle the cow that grinds the grain;” And “The worker is worthy of their pay.” Don’t accept an accusation against an elder, unless there are two or three witnesses. Those who sin should be accused before the church, so that others will fear also. I tell you, before God, and Yeshua the Christ, and the chosen angels, to do this without prejudice, not doing favors for anyone. Don’t lay hands on anyone too quickly, nor take part in the sins of others: keep yourself pure. Don’t drink water only any longer, but use a little wine for your stomach’s sake and your sicknesses, which come often. Some people’s sins are clearly seen even before they go to judgment; and some are not known till later. It’s the same also with the good that’s done; Some good things are clearly seen now; and those things that aren’t seen, won’t be hidden forever.
6[1-10] Let all the workers who are forced to work for someone else count those they work for worthy of the most respect, so that the Name of God and these teachings aren’t spoken evil of. And those who work for believers, shouldn’t show them any less, because they’re Christians; but should work harder for them, because the one who has been helped by the work is a faithful and dear loved one. Teach this and encourage it. If anyone teaches otherwise, and doesn’t accept these good words, which are the Words of our Christ, Yeshua, and the Word of God, which are for godliness; That person is proud, knowing nothing, but loves to argue and fight about words, which only bring jealousy, fighting, abuses, evil imaginings, and unreasonable arguments by those with ruined minds, who don’t have the truth. They think that a show of religion brings financial gain, so stay away from these kinds of people. But true godliness with peace is a great gain. We bring nothing into this world, and we certainly can’t take anything out of it, so if we have food and clothing, let’s be happy with that. But those who want to be rich fall into temptation and a trap, wanting many stupid and hurtful things, which ruin them and send them to hell. The love of money is the root of all evils. Some, being greedy for it, leave the faith, and give themselves a world full trouble.
[11-16] But you, dear one of God, escape this; and follow after goodness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith. Hold on to the everlasting life, to which you’ve been called. You’ve made a good confession to many witnesses. I tell you, in the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and to Christ Yeshua, who made a good confession to Pontius Pilate, to keep this word without fault, blameless, until the appearing of our Christ, Yeshua. The Christ will be made known at just the right time, who is the blessed and only Sovereign One, the Ruler of rulers, and the Savior of saviors; Who is the only Eternal Spirit, which lives in the light which no one can come near to; whom no one has seen, nor can see: to whom be honor and power everlasting. So be it!
[17-21] Tell those who are rich in this world, not to think themselves better than others, nor trust in uncertain riches, but to trust in the living God, who richly gives us everything to enjoy; That they do good things, that they be rich in good behavior, ready to give, willing to share; Saving up for themselves a good teasure for the time to come, so that they can take hold of everlasting life. Timothy, keep what has been put in your trust, avoiding ungodly and mindless arguments, and disagreements about what is falsely called knowledge, which some have accepted and left the faith. Grace be with you. So be it!