Paul’s Greeting to Timothy
(1 Timothy 1:1–2)
1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, according to the promise of life in Christ Jesus,
2 To Timothy, my beloved child:
Faithfulness under Persecution
3 I thank God, whom I serve with a clear conscience as did my forefathers, as I constantly remember you night and day in my prayers. 4 Recalling your tears, I long to see you so that I may be filled with joy.
5 I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first dwelt in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am convinced is in you as well.
6 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. 7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, a but of power, love, and self-control.
8 So do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, or of me, His prisoner. Instead, join me in suffering for the gospel by the power of God. 9 He has saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works, but by His own purpose and by the grace He granted us in Christ Jesus before time began. b 10 And now He has revealed this grace through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has abolished death and illuminated the way to life and immortality through the gospel, 11 to which I was appointed as a preacher, an apostle, and a teacher.
Holding to Sound Teaching
13 Hold on to the pattern of sound teaching d you have heard from me, with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 14 Guard the treasure entrusted to you, e with the help of the Holy Spirit who dwells in us.
16 May the Lord grant mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, because he has often refreshed me and was unashamed of my chains. 17 Indeed, when he arrived in Rome, he searched diligently until he found me.
18 May the Lord grant Onesiphorus His mercy on that day. You know very well how much he ministered to me in Ephesus.
7 a Or timidity or cowardice
9 b Literally before times eternal
12 c Or what He has entrusted to me
13 d Literally sound words
14 e Or the good deposit entrusted to you
15 f Literally in Asia ; Asia was a Roman province in what is now western Turkey.