Previous - Next
|New American Bible|
2002 11 11
IntraText - Text
Click here to hide the links to concordance
1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by command of
God our savior and of Christ Jesus our hope,
to Timothy, my true child in faith: grace,
mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
2 I repeat the request I made of you when I was
on my way to Macedonia, that you stay in Ephesus to instruct certain people not
to teach false doctrines
3 or to concern themselves with myths and
endless genealogies, which promote speculations rather than the plan of God
that is to be received by faith.
The aim of this instruction is love from a pure
heart, a good conscience, and a sincere faith.
Some people have deviated from these and turned
to meaningless talk,
wanting to be teachers of the law, but without
understanding either what they are saying or what they assert with such
4 We know that the law is good, provided that
one uses it as law,
with the understanding that law is meant not
for a righteous person but for the lawless and unruly, the godless and sinful,
the unholy and profane, those who kill their fathers or mothers, murderers,
the unchaste, practicing homosexuals, 5
kidnapers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is opposed to sound teaching,
according to the glorious gospel of the blessed
God, with which I have been entrusted.
6 I am grateful to him who has strengthened me,
Christ Jesus our Lord, because he considered me trustworthy in appointing me to
I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and an
arrogant man, but I have been mercifully treated because I acted out of
ignorance in my unbelief.
Indeed, the grace of our Lord has been abundant,
along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.
This saying is trustworthy 7
and deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.
Of these I am the foremost.
But for that reason I was mercifully treated,
so that in me, as the foremost, Christ Jesus might display all his patience as
an example for those who would come to believe in him for everlasting life.
To the king of ages, 8 incorruptible,
invisible, the only God, honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
9 10 I entrust this charge to
you, Timothy, my child, in accordance with the prophetic words once spoken
about you. Through them may you fight a good fight
by having faith and a good conscience. Some, by
rejecting conscience, have made a shipwreck of their faith,
among them Hymenaeus 11 and
Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan to be taught not to blaspheme.
1 [1-2] For the Pauline use of the
conventional epistolary form, see the note on ⇒ Romans
2 [3-7] Here Timothy's initial task
in Ephesus (cf ⇒ Acts 20:17-35) is outlined: to
suppress the idle religious speculations, probably about Old Testament figures
(⇒ 1 Tim 1:3-4, but see the note on
⇒ 1 Tim 6:20-21), which do not contribute to the
development of love within the community (⇒ 1 Tim
1:5) but rather encourage similar useless conjectures
(⇒ 1 Tim 1:6-7).
3  The plan of God that is to be
received by faith: the Greek may also possibly mean "God's trustworthy
plan" or "the training in faith that God requires."
4 [8-11] Those responsible for the
speculations that are to be suppressed by Timothy do not present the Old
Testament from the Christian viewpoint. The Christian values the Old Testament
not as a system of law but as the first stage in God's revelation of his saving
plan, which is brought to fulfillment in the good news of salvation through
faith in Jesus Christ.
5  Sodomites: see
⇒ 1 Cor 6:9 and the note there.
6 [12-17] Present gratitude for the
Christian apostleship leads Paul to recall an earlier time when he had been a
fierce persecutor of the Christian communities (cf ⇒ Acts
26:9-11) until his conversion by intervention of divine mercy through
the appearance of Jesus. This and his subsequent apostolic experience testify
to the saving purpose of Jesus' incarnation. The fact of his former ignorance
of the truth has not kept the apostle from regarding himself as having been the
worst of sinners (⇒ 1 Tim 1:15). Yet he was chosen
to be an apostle, that God might manifest his firm will to save sinful humanity
through Jesus Christ (⇒ 1 Tim 1:16). The recounting
of so great a mystery leads to a spontaneous outpouring of adoration
(⇒ 1 Tim 1:17).
7  This saying is trustworthy:
this phrase regularly introduces in the Pastorals a basic truth of early
Christian faith; cf ⇒ 1 Tim 3:1;
⇒ 4:9; ⇒ 2 Tim 2:11;
⇒ Titus 3:8.
8  King of ages: through Semitic
influence, the Greek expression could mean "everlasting king"; it
could also mean "king of the universe."
9 [18-20] Timothy is to be mindful of
his calling, which is here compared to the way Barnabas and Saul were
designated by Christ as prophets for missionary service; cf
⇒ Acts 13:1-3. Such is probably the sense of the
allusion to the prophetic words (⇒ 1 Tim 1:18). His
task is not to yield, whether in doctrine or in conduct, to erroneous opinions,
taking warning from what has already happened at Ephesus in the case of
Hymenaeus and Alexander (⇒ 1 Tim 1:19-20).
10  The prophetic words once
spoken about you: the Greek may also be translated, "the prophecies that
led (me) to you." It probably refers to testimonies given by charismatic
figures in the Christian communities. Fight a good fight: this translation
preserves the play on words in Greek. The Greek terms imply a lengthy
engagement in battle and might well be translated "wage a good
11  Hymenaeus: mentioned in
⇒ 2 Tim 2:17 as saying that the resurrection has
already taken place (in baptism). Alexander: probably the Alexander mentioned
in ⇒ 2 Tim 4:14 as the coppersmith who "did me
a great deal of harm." Whom I have handed over to Satan: the same terms
are used in the condemnation of the incestuous man in ⇒ 1 Cor
Previous - Next
Copyright © Libreria Editrice Vaticana