4 I solemnly charge you before God and Christ Jesus,* who is destined to judge+ the living and the dead,+ and by his manifestation+ and his kingdom,+ 2 preach the word,+ be at it urgently in favorable season,+ in troublesome season,+ reprove,+ reprimand,* exhort, with all long-suffering+ and [art of] teaching. 3 For there will be a period of time when they will not put up with the healthful teaching,+ but, in accord with their own desires, they will accumulate teachers for themselves to have their ears tickled;+ 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, whereas they will be turned aside to false stories.*+ 5 You, though, keep your senses+ in all things, suffer evil,+ do [the] work of an evangelizer,*+ fully accomplish* your ministry.+ 6 For I am already being poured out like a drink offering,+ and the due time for my releasing*+ is imminent. 7 I have fought the fine fight,*+ I have run the course to the finish,+ I have observed the faith.*+ 8 From this time on there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness,+ which the Lord, the righteous judge,+ will give me as a reward+ in that day,+ yet not only to me, but also to all those who have loved his manifestation. 9 Do your utmost to come to me shortly.+ 10 For Deʹmas+ has forsaken me because he loved the present system+ of things,* and he has gone to Thes·sa·lo·niʹca; Cresʹcens to Ga·laʹti·a,+ Titus to Dal·maʹtia. 11 Luke alone is with me. Take Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful+ to me for ministering. 12 But I have sent Tychʹi·cus+ off to Ephʹe·sus. 13 When you come, bring the cloak I left at Troʹas+ with Carpus, and the scrolls,* especially the parchments. 14 Alexander+ the coppersmith did me many injuries—Jehovah* will repay him according to his deeds+— 15 and you too be on guard against him, for he resisted our words to an excessive degree. 16 In my first defense no one came to my side, but they all proceeded to forsake me+—may it not be put to their account+— 17 but the Lord stood near me+ and infused power into me,+ that through me the preaching might be fully accomplished and all the nations might hear it;+ and I was delivered from the lion’s mouth.+ 18 The Lord will deliver me from every wicked work+ and will save [me] for his heavenly kingdom.+ To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen. 19 Give my greetings to Prisʹca*+ and Aqʹui·la and the household of On·e·siphʹo·rus.+ 20 E·rasʹtus+ stayed in Corinth,+ but I left Trophʹi·mus+ sick at Mi·leʹtus.+ 21 Do your utmost to arrive before winter. Eu·buʹlus sends you his greetings, and [so do] Puʹdens and Liʹnus and Clauʹdi·a and all* the brothers. 22 The Lord [be] with the spirit you [show].+ His undeserved kindness [be] with YOU people.
^ See App 6E.
^ Lit., “rebuke you,” imperative, second person sing.
^ Lit., “myths.” Gr., myʹthous; Lat., faʹbu·las, “fables.”
^ Lit., “fully bear.”
^ Or, “of a missionary.” Gr., eu·ag·ge·li·stouʹ; Lat., e·van·ge·liʹstae.
^ See App 5D.
^ Lit., “The fine struggle I have struggled.”
^ Or, “kept faithfulness.”
^ Or, “order of things.” Gr., ai·oʹna; Lat., saeʹcu·lum; J17,18,22(Heb.), ha·ʽoh·lamʹ, “the order of things.”
^ Lit., “little books.” Gr., bi·bliʹa; Lat., liʹbros.
^ See App 1D.
^ Or, “Priscilla.”
^ “All,” AVgSyp; א* omits.