1:1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope,
1:1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope,

1:2 To Timothy, my true child in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
1:2 To Timothy, my loyal child in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

1:3 As I urged you when I was going to Macedonia, remain at Ephesus that you may charge certain persons not to teach any different doctrine,
1:3 I urge you, as I did when I was on my way to Macedonia, to remain in Ephesus so that you may instruct certain people not to teach any different doctrine,

1:4 nor to occupy themselves with myths and endless genealogies which promote speculations rather than the divine training that is in faith;
1:4 and not to occupy themselves with myths and endless genealogies that promote speculations rather than the divine training that is known by faith.

1:5 whereas the aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and sincere faith.
1:5 But the aim of such instruction is love that comes from a pure heart, a good conscience, and sincere faith.

1:6 Certain persons by swerving from these have wandered away into vain discussion,
1:6 Some people have deviated from these and turned to meaningless talk,

1:7 desiring to be teachers of the law, without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they make assertions.
1:7 desiring to be teachers of the law, without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they make assertions.

1:8 Now we know that the law is good, if any one uses it lawfully,
1:8 Now we know that the law is good, if one uses it legitimately.

1:9 understanding this, that the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,
1:9 This means understanding that the law is laid down not for the innocent but for the lawless and disobedient, for the godless and sinful, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their father or mother, for murderers,

1:10 immoral persons, sodomites, kidnapers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine,
1:10 fornicators, sodomites, slave traders, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to the sound teaching

1:11 in accordance with the glorious gospel of the blessed God with which I have been entrusted.
1:11 that conforms to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me.

1:12 I thank him who has given me strength for this, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful by appointing me to his service,
1:12 I am grateful to Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because he judged me faithful and appointed me to his service,

1:13 though I formerly blasphemed and persecuted and insulted him; but I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief,
1:13 even though I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and a man of violence. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief,

1:14 and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.
1:14 and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.

1:15 The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. And I am the foremost of sinners;
1:15 The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners--of whom I am the foremost.

1:16 but I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience for an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life.
1:16 But for that very reason I received mercy, so that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display the utmost patience, making me an example to those who would come to believe in him for eternal life.

1:17 To the King of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
1:17 To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

1:18 This charge I commit to you, Timothy, my son, in accordance with the prophetic utterances which pointed to you, that inspired by them you may wage the good warfare,
1:18 I am giving you these instructions, Timothy, my child, in accordance with the prophecies made earlier about you, so that by following them you may fight the good fight,

1:19 holding faith and a good conscience. By rejecting conscience, certain persons have made shipwreck of their faith,
1:19 having faith and a good conscience. By rejecting conscience, certain persons have suffered shipwreck in the faith;

1:20 among them Hymenae'us and Alexander, whom I have delivered to Satan that they may learn not to blaspheme.
1:20 among them are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have turned over to Satan, so that they may learn not to blaspheme.