1Timothy, you are ˻like˼ a son to me. Be strong in the grace ˻(kindness)˼ that we have in Christ Jesus. 2You have heard the things that I have taught. Many other people heard those things too. You should teach those same things. Give those teachings to some people you can trust. Then they will be able to teach those things to other people. 3Share in the troubles that we have. Accept those troubles like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4A person that is a soldier wants to please his commanding officer. So that soldier does not use his time doing the things that most people do. 5If an athlete is running a race, he must obey all the rules to win. 6The farmer who works hard should be the first person to get some of the food that he grew. 7Think about what I am saying. The Lord will help you understand it all. 8Remember Jesus Christ. He is from the family of David. After Jesus died, he was raised from death. This is the Good News that I tell people. 9And I am suffering because I tell that Good News. I am even bound with chains like a person who has really done wrong. But God’s teaching is not bound. 10So I patiently accept all these troubles. I do this to help all the people that God has chosen. I accept these troubles so that those people can have the salvation that is in Christ Jesus. With that salvation comes glory that never ends. 11This teaching is true: If we died with him ˻(Jesus)˼, then we will also live with him. 12If we accept suffering, then we will also rule with him. If we refuse to accept him, then he will refuse to accept us. 13If we are not faithful, he will still be faithful, because he cannot be false to himself. 14Continue telling the people these things. And warn those people before God not to argue about words. Arguing about words does not help any person. And it ruins those people who listen. 15Do the very best you can to be the kind of person that God will accept, and give yourself to him. Be a worker who is not ashamed of his work—a worker who uses the true teaching in the right way. 16Stay away from people who talk about useless things that are not from God. That kind of talk will lead a person more and more against God. 17Their ˻evil˼ teaching will spread like a sickness inside the body. Hymenaeus and Philetus are men like that. 18They have left the true teaching. They say that the rising from death ˻of all people˼ has already happened. And those two men are destroying the faith of some people. 19But God’s strong foundation continues to be the same. These words are written on that foundation: “The Lord knows those people who belong to him.” Also, these words are written on that foundation: “Every person who says that he believes in the Lord must stop doing wrong.” 20In a large house there are things made of gold and silver. But also there are things made of wood and clay. Some things are used for special purposes. Other things are made for dirty jobs. 21The Lord wants to use you for special purposes. So make yourself clean from all those evil things. Then you will be holy, and the Master can use you. You will be ready to do any good work. 22Stay away from the evil things a young person wants to do. Try very hard to live right and to have faith, love, and peace. Do these things together with those people who have pure hearts and trust in the Lord. 23Stay away from foolish and stupid arguments. You know that those arguments grow into bigger arguments. 24A servant of the Lord must not argue! He must be kind to every person. A servant of the Lord must be a good teacher. He must be patient. 25The Lord’s servant must gently teach those people that don’t agree with him. Maybe God will let those people change their hearts so that they can accept the truth. 26The devil has trapped those people and makes them do what he wants. But maybe they can wake up ˻and see that the devil is using them˼ and free themselves from the devil’s trap.
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