Tell God’s Message to People
An EasyEnglish Bible Version with Notes (1200 word vocabulary) of Paul’s Second Letter to Timothy
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v1 This letter is from me, Paul. God chose me to be a special worker for Christ Jesus. God sent me to tell people about the life that he has promised us because of Christ Jesus. We can live like this when we are united to Christ. v2 I am writing to you, Timothy. You are like my own child, and I love you. I pray that God the Father and Christ Jesus our *Lord will be very kind and very good to you. I pray that they will cause you to be without trouble inside yourself.
v3 When I pray, at night and during the day, I always remember to pray for you. And I thank God for you. My grandfathers *served God in the right way. They knew what was right or wrong. And they always tried to do what was right. And I *serve God like that too. v4 I remember how you wept. I want to see you very much, so that I may be completely happy. v5 I remember how you really believe Christ. Your grandmother, Lois, and your mother, Eunice, believed Christ before you did. And I am sure that you really believe him also. v6 For this reason, I want you to remember the gift that God gave you. He gave you that gift inside yourself when I put my hands on you. You must use that gift. You must make it grow stronger, like when a wind blows on a very small fire. The wind makes that small fire grow into a big fire. v7 Do this, because God has given us his Spirit. And his Spirit does not cause us to be afraid of things. Instead, he causes us to be powerful. He causes us to love God and other people. And he causes us to rule ourselves properly.
v8 So do not be ashamed of the message that we tell about our *Lord. Neither be ashamed of me because I am in a prison. I am here because I *serve Christ. Instead, be ready to have the same kind of trouble as I have. We have trouble because we tell people the good news about Christ. Let God make you strong when you have trouble. v9 God has saved us and he has chosen us to be his people. So, he wants us to be completely good and clean. He did not save us because of anything good that we have done. He did it because it was his own purpose. He did it because he is so very kind. He decided to be kind to us before time began. He decided to be kind by what Christ Jesus would do for us. v10 So now he has shown us how very kind he is. He has shown us because Christ Jesus has come. And it is Christ who saves us. He has destroyed death’s power over us. And he has shown that we can live with God always. We can have bodies that never die. He has shown that also. He has shown this by the good news that he brought.
v11 God has chosen me to tell this good news to people. He has sent me to be a special worker for Christ. He has chosen me to teach the Christian message to people. v12 That is why I have these troubles. But I am not ashamed, because I have believed Christ. I know him. He can keep safe what I have given him to keep safe. I am completely sure about that. He can keep it safe until that great day.
v13 You have heard true words from me. Let those words be an example to you when you teach. And continue to believe God. Continue also to love God and other people. You can do these things because you are united to Christ. v14 God has given you a good thing (the true Christian message) to keep safe. You must not let anyone change it. God’s Spirit, who lives in us, will help you to keep it safe.
v15 You know that almost all the believers in Asia have turned against me. They include Phygelus and Hermogenes.
v16 I pray that the *Lord will be kind to Onesiphorus’s family. He often helped me to be happier. He was not ashamed that I am in a prison. v17 But when he came to Rome, he looked for me. He looked carefully for me and he found me. v18 I pray that the *Lord will choose to be kind to Onesiphorus on that great day. You know very well how much he did for me in Ephesus.
v1 So you, who are like my own child, must continue to be strong. You must let God make you strong. He will be kind to you like this because you are united to Christ Jesus. v2 You have heard the things that I have taught. Many other people were with us when you heard those things. You must tell the same things to other men, who can teach well. You must be sure that these men are good and honest. Then they can teach those things to other people also.
v3 Be patient and brave through the troubles that we Christians have. Be like a good soldier for Christ Jesus. v4 A good soldier wants only to make his captain happy. So, that soldier does not let himself become busy with the things that other people do. He does only the things that soldiers do. v5 Also, someone who does athletics must obey the rules. He cannot win unless he does that. v6 A farmer works very much to grow plants for food. So, he should be the first person to get some of that food. v7 Think about what I am saying. The *Lord will cause you to understand everything.
v8 Remember Jesus Christ. After Jesus had died, God caused him to become alive again. Jesus came from David’s family. These facts are part of the good news that I tell people. v9 And because I tell that good news, I have trouble. They have even tied me in a prison, like someone who has really done wrong things. But nobody can tie God’s message in a prison. Other people will still teach God’s message.
v10 So I continue to be patient and brave during all these troubles. I do this because of all the people that God has chosen. I do this so that they may believe Christ also. I do it so that God will save them by Christ Jesus. And they will live with God always, in the beautiful place where he lives. v11 Here are some words that everyone can believe:
‘If we have died with Christ,
we will also live with him.
v12 If we continue to be patient and brave during troubles,
we will also rule with him.
But we must not say that we do not know Christ.
Because then he will also say that he does not know us.
v13 If we turn away from him,
he will never turn away from us.
He cannot do anything that is against his own nature.’
v14 Continue to tell these things to your people, so that they remember them. Tell them that they must not quarrel about words. Tell them seriously, because God hears you. To quarrel about words does not help anyone. But it destroys those people who listen.
v15 Always try to be the kind of person that God is happy about. Do everything that you can to be like that. Be a worker who has no reason to be ashamed of his work. Teach the true message correctly. v16 But stay away from people who talk about silly, wrong things. Those things do not help anyone and they do not come from God. Words like that cause people to do bad things. And those people will get worse all the time. v17 Words like that cause people who believe them to become like sick people. Those words cause people to get worse and worse. Hymenaeus and Philetus are people who talk like that. v18 They teach things that are different from the true message. They say that God has already caused all the dead people to become alive again. These men are confusing some Christians, so that those Christians do not know what to believe.
v19 But what God has done can never change. His work is strong, like the strong stones that people use under a big building. Those stones do not move, and they hold the whole building up. And God’s work has his mark on it. It is like a strong stone with these words on it: ‘The *Lord knows who his own people are’ (Numbers 16:5). And: ‘Everyone who calls himself the *Lord’s must stop doing wrong things’ (Isaiah 26:13).
v20 In a big house, there are different kinds of dishes. There are some dishes that people have made from gold or silver (another valuable metal). They use dishes like that only for special purposes. They do not let those dishes get dirty. There are also dishes that people have made from wood or clay (sticky material from the ground). They use those dishes for purposes that are not special. Those dishes may get very dirty. v21 It is like that with the *Lord’s people. If they make themselves completely separate from bad, dirty things, then they will be like dishes for special, clean purposes. They will be ready for God to use them. He is like the master of the house. They will be ready for him to use them for any good work.
v22 Young people often want very much to do bad things. Have nothing to do with those bad things. Always try to do what is right. Continue to believe God. Love other people. And always try to be friendly to other people. Try not to argue with them. All those people who really love the *Lord should do these things. Like you, those people pray to the *Lord and they are really good inside themselves.
v23 Stay away from people who want to talk about silly questions. They are fools. You know that those questions cause people to quarrel. v24 And the *Lord’s servant must not quarrel. Instead, he should be kind to everyone. He should be a good teacher. And he should be patient with people. v25 He should be kind to people who do not agree with him. He should teach them kindly what is correct. Maybe God will give them the chance to be sorry that they did not believe Christ. So then they may believe what is true. v26 And then they will start to think clearly. They will understand that *Satan has been using them. He has caused them to do what he wanted. So then those people can get free from *Satan’s power.
v1 Understand this! During the last days (before Christ returns to earth), there will be times of great trouble. v2 People will love only themselves. They will want lots of money. They will think that they are much more important than other people. And they will talk about how great they are. They will say bad things about other people. They will not obey their parents. They will not thank anyone. They will not think that other people, or God, are important. They will not do what is proper to other people. v3 People will not even love their own families. They will refuse to agree with other people. They will say wrong things about other people, things that are not true. They will be unable to rule themselves properly. They will be cruel like wild animals. They will be enemies of everything that is good. v4 People will turn against their friends. They will not think carefully before they do things. They will be completely sure that they are very, very important. They will not love God, but instead they will want very much to enjoy themselves. v5 Those people will seem to *worship God. But really, they will refuse to let God work in them. You must stay away from people like that.
v6 Among those people, there are some men who get into people’s homes. They get power over silly women. These women have done many wrong things. They cannot stop themselves. They let themselves do wrong things because they want all kinds of things so much. v7 These women are always trying to learn new things. But they can never really understand God’s true message. v8 Jannes and Jambres tried to stop Moses because they were his enemies. In the same way, these men are enemies of God’s true message. Their minds have become confused and bad. They have failed to believe what is true. v9 But they will not continue to do many more bad things. Because everyone will see clearly that they are fools. That is just what happened to Jannes and Jambres.
v10 But you know everything about what I have taught. You know how I have lived. You know my purpose. You know how I believe God. You know how patient I have been. You know that I love God and other people. I have continued to work for God, even during troubles. You know that. v11 You know how people caused all kinds of trouble for me in the cities called Antioch, Iconium and Lystra. They hurt me very much. I was brave when I had such bad troubles! But the *Lord saved me from all these dangers.
v12 People who are united to Christ Jesus want to live for God. But certainly, other people will cause trouble for them. v13 Some bad people will cause other people to believe things that are not true. These bad people, and all other bad people, will become worse and worse. And they themselves will also believe things that are not true.
v14 But you must continue to believe the things that you have learned. You know that those things are true. Remember who taught you those things. v15 You have known the Bible from when you were a child. The Bible can cause you to understand how God can save us. He can save us when we really believe Christ Jesus. v16 Everything that the Bible says comes from God’s Spirit. And we can use the Bible to teach what is true. We can use it to tell people when they are doing wrong things. It shows them what is right. Also, with the Bible, we can teach people how to live good lives. v17 As a result, a person who lives for God can know how to live properly. He will have everything that he needs to do every kind of good work.
v1 When Christ Jesus comes to rule as king, he will decide about all the people. He will decide about the people who are alive. He will decide also about the people who have died. He will decide what should happen to them. He will decide that because of what each person has done during their life. Because of this, I am speaking very seriously to you. God and Christ know that I am telling you this. So, I tell you to do this, which is your duty. v2 You must tell God’s message to people. Always be ready to tell it. Continue to tell it, whether people want to listen to you or not. Tell people when they are doing something wrong. Tell them that they must stop doing wrong things. Explain to them what they ought to do. Be very patient while you teach them.
v3 A time will come when people will not listen to the true message about Christ. Instead, they will want to hear all kinds of different messages. So they will find more and more teachers for themselves. And those teachers will tell the people what they want to hear. v4 People will refuse to listen to the things that are true. Instead, they will want to listen to false stories. v5 But you yourself must continue to think seriously and clearly. Be patient and brave during troubles. Continue to tell the good news about Christ to people. As God’s servant, do all the work that he has given you to do.
v6 Do this, because it is nearly time for me to die. It is time for me to be like an *offering to God, like the drink *offering that they pour out. Very soon, I will go to God.
v7 I have *served Christ properly, like someone who does athletics to win. I have finished everything that God wanted me to do. I have done everything, like a runner who has run to the end of the path. I have continued to believe God and I have obeyed him. v8 So now a gift is waiting for me, like the crown (a special hat) that a winner gets. The *Lord will make me completely right and happy. This will be like a crown that the *Lord will give me. The *Lord is completely right when he decides about people. And he will give me the crown on that great day when he does decide. He will not give a crown to me only. He will give crowns also to all the people who want him to come very much.
v9 Try very much to come to me soon. v10 Demas has left me. He wanted very much the things that he can enjoy now, in this world. And he has gone to Thessalonica city. Crescens has gone to Galatia. Titus has gone to Dalmatia.
v11 Only Luke is with me. Fetch Mark and bring him with you. He can be a help to me with the work for God. v12 But I have sent Tychicus to Ephesus city.
v13 I left my coat with Carpus at Troas city. Bring it when you come. Also bring the books. If you cannot bring all of them, then bring my special books only.
v14 Alexander, the man who makes things from metal, caused a lot of trouble for me. The *Lord will *punish him because of the wrong things that he did. v15 You must also be careful that he does not cause trouble for you. He argued very strongly against our message.
v16 I had to speak to the people with authority who put me in prison. I had to explain to them why I had done nothing wrong. And the first time that I had to speak to them, nobody came with me to help me. Everybody left me. I hope that God will not be angry with them because of that. v17 But the *Lord stayed with me. He made me strong so that I could tell all his message. Then all the people from many countries could hear it. So the *Lord saved me from great danger. v18 The *Lord will save me from every bad thing. And he will bring me safely to his home above the earth, where he rules. Everyone should always say how very great he is! Everyone should do that always. This is true.
v19 Say ‘hello’ to Priscilla and Aquila, and to Onesiphorus’s family. v20 Erastus remained at Corinth city. I left Trophimus at Miletus city because he was sick.
v21 Try very much to come before the winter. Eubulus, Pudens, Linus and Claudia say ‘hello’ to you. All the other believers here also say ‘hello’.
v22 I pray that the *Lord will continue to make you strong in your *spirit. I pray that he will be kind to all of you.
angel ~ a servant from God that brings his message OR a bad angel that was good but did bad things and now works for *Satan.
being ~ a person or animal that is alive.
Lord ~ master. Another name for God. It means that he is greater than everyone else.
offering ~ a gift that people offer to God.
punish ~ to hurt someone, or to cause trouble for them, because they have done bad things.
Roman ~ a person from Rome. Rome was a powerful city; it had a strong army.
Satan ~ the name for the worst of the bad *spirits that are against God. He has another name: the Devil. He is the enemy of God.
serve ~ to work for someone and obey them.
spirit ~ a *being that is always alive, even without a body. A person’s spirit is the part of them that will always be alive. It will be alive even after their body is dead. There are good spirits, like God’s Spirit and his *angels. And there are bad spirits, like *Satan and his *angels.
wine ~ a drink that contains alcohol. People make it from small, sweet fruits called grapes.
worship ~ to love and thank someone (God) more than anyone else.
Various Bible versions
A. Marshall ~ The Interlinear Greek-English New Testament
D. A. Arichea and H. A. Hatton ~ A Handbook on Paul’s Letters to Timothy and Titus
G. W. Knight ~ The Pastoral Epistles ~ A Commentary on the Greek Text
G. D. Fee ~ New International Biblical Commentary ~ 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus
R. E. Smith & J. Beekman ~ An Auxiliary Translation of Second Timothy
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