2 Timothy 4
Paul giveth Timothy a solemn charge to do his duty with all care and diligence; certifieth him of his approaching end, and of the glorious prospect he had in view. He desireth him to hasten his coming, and to bring Mark with him, and certain other things: warneth him to beware of Alexander: informeth him what had befallen him at his first apology: and concludeth with salutations, and a benediction.
1 I aCHARGE thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, bwho shall judge the *quick and the dead at chis appearing and his kingdom;
2 dPreach the word; be *instant in season, out of season; ereprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
3 For fthe time will come when they will not endure gsound doctrine; but hafter their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
4 iAnd they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
5 jBut watch thou in all things, kendure afflictions, ldo the work of an evangelist, 1make full proof of thy ministry.
6 For I am now mready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.
7 nI have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
8 Henceforth there ois laid up for me pa crown of righteousness, which the Lord, qthe righteous judge, shall give me at rthat day: and not to me only, sbut unto all them also that love his appearing.
10 For uDemas vhath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, wTitus unto Dalmatia.
11 xOnly yLuke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry.
13 The cloke that I left at Troas with Carpus, when thou comest, bring with thee, and the books, but especially the *parchments.
- *: parchments-scrolls made of animal skins.
14 aAlexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord breward him according to his works:
15 cOf whom *be thou ware also; for he hath greatly withstood 2our words.
16 At my first danswer eno man stood with me, but all men forsook me: fI pray God that it may not be laid to their charge.
17 gNotwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; hthat by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and iI was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.
18 jAnd the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and kwill preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: lto whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
19 Salute mPrisca and Aquila, and nthe household of Onesiphorus.
20 oErastus abode at Corinth: but pTrophimus have I left at Miletum sick.
21 qDo thy diligence to come before winter. rEubulus greeteth thee, and Pudens, and Linus, and Claudia, and all the brethren.