1 Greetings from Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus. I am an apostle by the command of God our Savior and Christ Jesus our hope. 2 To Timothy. You are ˻like˼ a true son to me because you believe. Grace ˻(kindness)˼, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. 3 I want you to stay in Ephesus. I asked you to do that when I went into Macedonia. Some people there in Ephesus are teaching false things. Stay there so that you can command those people not to teach those false things. 4 Tell those people not to give their time to stories that are not true and to long lists of names in family histories. Those things only bring arguments. Those things don’t help God’s work. God’s work is done by faith. 5 The goal of this command is for people to have love. To have this love people must have a pure heart, they must do what they know is right, and they must have true faith. 6 Some people have not done these things. They have wandered away, and now they talk about things that are worth nothing. 7 Those people want to be teachers of the law. But they don’t know what they are talking about. They don’t even understand the things that they say they are sure about. 8 We know that the law is good if a person uses it right. 9 We also know that the law is not made for good people. The law is made for people who are against the law and for people who refuse to follow the law. The law is for people who are against God and are sinful, people who are not holy and have no religion, people who kill their fathers and mothers, murderers, 10 people who do sexual sins, homosexuals, people who sell slaves, people who tell lies, people who speak falsely, and people who do anything that is against the true teaching ˻of God˼. 11 That teaching is part of the Good News that God gave me to tell. That glorious Good News is from the blessed God. 12 I thank Christ Jesus our Lord because he trusted me and gave me this work of serving him. He gives me strength. 13 In the past I spoke against Christ and persecuted him and did things to hurt him. But God gave me mercy because I did not know what I was doing. I did those things when I did not believe. 14 But the grace ˻(kindness)˼ of our Lord was fully given to me. And with that grace came the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 15 What I say is true, and you should fully accept it: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. And I am the worst of those sinners. 16 But I was given mercy. I was given mercy so that in me Christ Jesus could show that he has patience without limit. Christ showed his patience with me, the worst of all sinners. Christ wanted me to be an example for those people who would believe in him and have life forever. 17 Honor and glory to the King that rules forever. He cannot be destroyed and cannot be seen. Honor and glory forever and ever to the only God. Amen. 18 Timothy, you are ˻like˼ a son to me. I am giving you a command. This command agrees with the prophecies that were told about you in the past. I tell you these things so that you can remember those prophecies and fight the good fight ˻of faith˼. 19 Continue to have faith and do what you know is right. Some people have not done this. Their faith has been destroyed. 20 Hymenaeus and Alexander are men like that. I have given those men to Satan ˻(the devil)˼ so that they will learn not to speak against God.