Introduction to 2 Timothy

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The book of 2 Timothy is the second letter from the Apostle Paul to his disciple Timothy. 2 Timothy was written near the end of Paul’s life. He was imprisoned in Rome during this time (1:16). Paul had a close relationship with Timothy and often referred to him as a son (Phil. 2:22, 1 Tim 1:2, 1:18).

This is one of four letters from Paul that are addressed to a person instead of a church. The other three such letters are 1 Timothy, Titus, and Philemon. During the time that 2 Timothy was written, Christians in the Roman Empire were being persecuted. This was probably the reason that Paul was in jail and was instructing Timothy to endure hardship. As in 1 Timothy, Paul gives Timothy many warnings about false teachers (2 Tim 2:1618). He also tells Timothy that there will be difficult times ahead (3:1).

Outline:

1. Paul starts by greeting Timothy (1:1-2) and then encouraging him (1:3-18).
2. Then he challenges Timothy to endure (2:1-13).
3. Next he gives him some general instructions (2:14-26).
4. Then he warns him about future events and the right way to respond (3:1-4:8).
5. Paul finishes with some personal remarks for Timothy (4:9-22).

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Translation: French

Introduction à 2 Timothée

Le livre de 2 Timothée est la seconde lettre de l’apôtre Paul à son disciple Timothée. 2 Timothée a été écrit vers la fin de la vie de Paul. Il était emprisonné à Rome durant cette période (1 :16). Paul avait un lien étroit avec Timothée et il l’appelait plusieurs fois son fils (Phil. 2 :22, 1 Tim 1 :2, 1 :18).

C’est l’une des quatre lettres que Paul a adressées à une personne au lieu d’une église. Les trois autres lettres sont 1 Timothée, Tite et Philémon. Durant la période dans laquelle 2 Timothée a été écrit, les chrétiens dans l’Empire romain étaient persécutés. C’est probablement pour cette raison que Paul était en prison et qu’il encourageait Timothée à endurer les souffrances. Il dit aussi à Timothée qu’il y aura des temps difficiles à l’avenir. (3 :1).

Résumé

1. Paul commence par saluer Timothée (1 :1-2) et ensuite par l’encourager (1 :3-18).
2. Il défie ensuite Timothée d’endurer la souffrance (2 :1-13).
3. Puis il lui donne certaines instructions d’ordre général (2 :14-26).
4. Il l’avertit ensuite sur les circonstances de l’avenir et comment y faire face de la bonne manière (3 :1-4 :8).
5. Paul termine par quelques remarques personnelles à Timothée (4 :9-22).

Translation: Swahili

Utangulizi wa kitabu cha 2 Timotheo

Kitabu cha 2 Timotheo ni barua ya pili iliyoandikwa na Mtume Paulo kwenda kwa mwanafunzi wake Timotheo. Barua ya 2 Timotheo iliandikwa karibu na mwisho wa maisha ya Paulo. Katika wakati huu, Paulo alikuwa kifungoni katika mji wa Roma (1:16). Paulo alikuwa na uhusiano wa karibu sana na Timotheo, na mara nyingi alimwita mwanae (Filemoni 2:22, 1 Timotheo 1:2, 18).
Hii ni moja ya barua nne kutoka kwa Paulo ambazo ziliandikwa kwa watu binafsi badala ya kanisa. Barua nyingine tatu ni 1 Timotheo, Tito, na Filemoni. Wakati barua ya 2 Timotheo ilipoandikwa, Wakristo katika Dola ya Kirumi walikuwa wakiteswa. Yawezekana ni kwa sababu hii Paulo alikuwa gerezani, na akamsisitiza Timotheo avumilie anapopita katika magumu. Kama ilivyokuwa katika 1 Timotheo, Paulo anampa Timotheo maonyo mengi kuhusiana na waalimu wa uwongo (2 Timotheo 2:16-18). Anamwambia pia Timotheo kwamba mbele ya safari zitakuwepo nyakati ngumu na za hatari (3:1).

Muhtasari

1. Paulo anaanza kwa kumsalimu Timotheo (1:1-2) na kisha anamtia moyo (1:3-18).
2. Halafu anamhimizaTimotheo kuwa mvumilivu na mstahimilivu (2:1-13).
3. Baada ya hapo anampa maelekezo ya jumla (2:14-26).
4. Kisha anamuonya juu ya matukio ya mambo yajayo, na kumwonyesha njia bora ya kukabiliana nayo (3:1-4:8).
5. Paulo anamalizia kwa kutoa maneno binafsi kwa Timotheo (4:9-22).