4 I notify you before God and Christ Jesus who is to judge living men and dead men, and by his oncoming and his reign, 2 * proclaim the word; push in with a good opening or without, reprove, rebuke, exhort, with all patience and along every line of teaching. 3 * For there will be a time when they will not stand sound teaching, but to suit their own desires will pile up teachers for themselves as they get their ears tickled, 4 and avert their ears from the truth and turn off to the fictions. 5 But for your part be sober in every respect, bear hardships, do a gospel preacher’s work, do your service thoroughly. 6 For as for me, I am a cup that is already being poured on the sacrifice, and it is almost time for me to be getting away. 7 * I have played the great game, I have run the race through, I have kept the faith: 8 what is left is that I have awaiting me the wreath of righteousness, which the Lord, the just judge, will deliver to me on that day. And not only to me but also to all who have been in love with his oncoming. 9 Try hard to come to me right off; 10 * for Demas left me in the lurch, falling in love with the present world, and went to Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia; Titus to Dalmatia; 11 Luke is the only one with me. Pick up Mark and bring him with you, for he is valuable to me for errands. 12 And Tychicus I sent to Ephesus. 13 When you come bring the poncho I left at Troas with Carpus, and the books, especially the parchments. 14 * Alexander the coppersmith injured me in many ways; the Lord will repay him in accordance with his deeds. 15 Be on your guard against him yourself, for he opposed our words much. 16 At my first defense nobody rallied to me, everybody left me in the lurch; may it not be counted against them. 17 But the Lord stood by me and put power into me in order that through me the proclamation might be consummated and all the nations might hear, and I was rescued out of a lion’s mouth. 18 The Lord will rescue me out of the way of every deed of evil and will save me into his heavenly kingdom; to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. 19 Give my greetings to Prisca and Aquila and Onesiphorus’s family. 20 Erastus stayed at Corinth; and Trophimus I left at Miletus sick. 21 Try hard to come before winter. Eubulus sends you greetings, and Pudens and Linus and Claudia and all the brothers. 22 The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you and yours.
^ 4:2 Lit. in every (or all) patience and teaching
^ 4:3 Or because their ears itch
^ 4:7 (played the great game) Lit. contended the good (athletic) contest
^ 4:10 Or Crescens to Gaul
^ 4:14 Lit. Alexander the coppersmith showed me many bad things