THE SECOND EPISTLE
PAUL THE APOSTLE
2 Timothy 4 ©
1 Paul again exhorts Timothy with great earnestness continually and faithfully to consider his office in all parts. 3 Showing how needful it is because of the wickedness of men in future times. 6 Foretells that he shall shortly be put to death. 7 And comforts himself with a good conscience, and with the reward which he and all the faithful await from the Lord. 9 Exhorts him also to come unto him, seeing some had forsaken him. 11 And to bring Mark with him. 13 With his traveling cloak and books. 14 Warns him of Alexander, a copper smith, who had done him much evil. 16 Complains of the brethren that they had forsaken him in his first defense. 17 But that the Lord stood by him and delivered him for that time. 18 Trusting that He will stand by him henceforward. 19 And commanding him to salute some. 22 He concludes this epistle with the usual salutation.
Ia CHARGE1thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall 2judge 3the quick and 4the dead 5at his appearing and 6his kingdom;
7Preach 8the word; 9be instant 10in season, 11out of season; 12reprove, 13rebuke, 14exhort 15with all longsuffering and 16doctrine.
For the time will come when they will not 17endure 18sound doctrine; but 19after their own lusts shall they 20heap to themselves teachers, having 21itching ears;
And they shall turn away 22their ears 23from the truth, and shall be turned unto 24fables.
But 25watch thou in all things, 26endure afflictions, do the work 27of an evangelist, make 28full proof of thy ministry.
Forb I 29am now ready to be 30offered, and the time of my 31departure is at hand.
I have fought 32a good fight, I have 33finished my course, I have kept 34the faith:
Henceforthc there is laid up for me 35a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall 36give me 37at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also 38that love 39his appearing.
Do thy diligence to come 40shortly unto me:
For Demasd41hath forsaken me, having loved this present 42world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto 43Dalmatia.
Only 44Lukee is with me. Take 45Mark,f and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me 46for the ministry.
Andg47Tychicus have I sent to 48Ephesus.
The 49cloke that I left at Troas with Carpus, when thou comest, bring with thee, and 50the books, but especially 51the parchments.h
52Alexanderi53the coppersmith did me 54much evil: 55the Lord reward him according to his works:
56Of whom be thou ware also; for he hath greatly withstood our words.
At my 57first answer 58no man stood 59with me, but all men 60forsook me: I pray God 61that it may not be laid to their charge.
Notwithstanding the Lord 62stood with me, and 63strengthened me; 64that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that 65all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered 66out of the mouth of the lion.
And the Lord 67shall deliver me 68from every evil work, and will preserve me 69unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory 70for ever and ever. Amen.
Salute 71Priscaj and Aquila, and the household of 72Onesiphorus.
73Erastus abode at Corinth: but 74Trophimus have I left at 75Miletum sick.
Do thy diligence to come before winter. Eubulus greeteth thee, and Pudens, and Linus, and Claudia, and all the brethren.
The Lord Jesus Christ be 76with thy spirit. Grace be with 77you. Amen.