1 I charge thee in the sight of God, and of Christ Jesus, who
shall judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom:
2 preach the word; be urgent in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke,
exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. 3 For the time will come when
they will not endure the sound doctrine; but, having itching ears, will heap
to themselves teachers after their own lusts; 4 and will turn away their
ears from the truth, and turn aside unto fables. 5 But be thou sober in
all things, suffer hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfil thy
ministry. 6 For I am already being offered, and the time of my departure
is come. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I
have kept the faith: 8 henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of
righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give to me at that
day; and not to me only, but also to all them that have loved his appearing.
9 Give diligence to come shortly unto me: 10 for Demas forsook me,
having loved this present world, and went to Thessalonica; Crescens to
Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia. 11 Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring
him with thee; for he is useful to me for ministering. 12 But Tychicus I
sent to Ephesus. 13 The cloak that I left at Troas with Carpus, bring when
thou comest, and the books, especially the parchments. 14 Alexander the
coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord will render to him according to his
works: 15 of whom do thou also beware; for he greatly withstood our words.
16 At my first defence no one took my part, but all forsook me: may it not
be laid to their account. 17 But the Lord stood by me, and strengthened
me; that through me the message might me fully proclaimed, and that all the
Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.
18 The Lord will deliver me from every evil work, and will save me unto
his heavenly kingdom: to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
19 Salute Prisca and Aquila, and the house of Onesiphorus. 20 Erastus
remained at Corinth: but Trophimus I left at Miletus sick. 21 Give
diligence to come before winter. Eubulus saluteth thee, and Pudens, and
Linus, and Claudia, and all the brethren. 22 The Lord be with thy spirit.
Grace be with you.
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