2 Timothy 4

Preach the Word

I charge [you] in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge [the] living and [the] dead, and [in view] of His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word; be prepared in season [and] out of season; reprove, rebuke, [and] encourage with every [ form of] patient instruction. For [the] time will come when men will not tolerate sound doctrine, but with itching ears they will gather around themselves teachers to suit [their] own desires. [So] they will turn [their] ears {away} from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do [the] work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. For I {am} already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. From now on the crown of righteousness is laid up for me, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day— and not only to me, but to all who crave His appearing.

Personal Concerns

Make every effort to come to me quickly, 10  because Demas, in his love of this [world] , has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica. Crescens [has gone] to Galatia, [and] Titus to Dalmatia. 11  Only Luke is with me. Get Mark [and] bring [him] with you, because he is useful to me in [the] ministry. 12  Tychicus, however, I have sent to Ephesus. 13  When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, and [my] scrolls, especially the parchments. 14  Alexander the coppersmith did great harm to me. The Lord will repay him according to his deeds. 15  You too should beware of [him] , for he has vigorously opposed our message.

The Lord Remains Faithful

16  At my first defense, no one stood with me, but everyone deserted me. May it not be charged against them. 17  But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me, so that through me the message would be fully proclaimed, and all the Gentiles would hear [it] . [So] I was delivered from [the] mouth of the lion. 18  [And] the Lord will rescue me from every evil action and bring [me] safely into His heavenly kingdom. To Him [be] the glory forever [and] ever. Amen.

Final Greetings

19  Greet Prisca
Prisca is a variant of Priscilla
and Aquila, as well as the household of Onesiphorus.
20  Erastus has remained at Corinth, and Trophimus I left sick in Miletus. 21  Make every effort to come [ to me ] before winter. Eubulus sends you greetings, as do Pudens, Linus, Claudia, and all the brothers. 22  The Lord [be] with your spirit. Grace [be] with you all.
BYZ and TR include Amen.
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