1: Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of
God according to the promise of the life which is in Christ Jesus,
To Timothy, my beloved child: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and
Christ Jesus our Lord.
3: I thank God whom I serve with a clear
conscience, as did my fathers, when I remember you constantly in my prayers.
4: As I remember your tears, I long night and day to see you, that I
may be filled with joy.
5: I am reminded of your sincere faith, a
faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lo'is and your mother Eunice and now,
I am sure, dwells in you.
6: Hence I remind you to rekindle the gift
of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands;
God did not give us a spirit of timidity but a spirit of power and love and
8: Do not be ashamed then of testifying to our Lord,
nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel in the power of
9: who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not in virtue
of our works but in virtue of his own purpose and the grace which he gave us in
Christ Jesus ages ago,
10: and now has manifested through the
appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and
immortality to light through the gospel.
11: For this gospel I was
appointed a preacher and apostle and teacher,
12: and therefore I
suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am
sure that he is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me.
13: Follow the pattern of the sound words which you have heard from
me, in the faith and love which are in Christ Jesus;
14: guard the
truth that has been entrusted to you by the Holy Spirit who dwells within us.
15: You are aware that all who are in Asia turned away from me, and
among them Phy'gelus and Hermog'enes.
16: May the Lord grant mercy to
the household of Onesiph'orus, for he often refreshed me; he was not ashamed of
17: but when he arrived in Rome he searched for me eagerly
and found me --
18: may the Lord grant him to find mercy from the
Lord on that Day -- and you well know all the service he rendered at Ephesus.
1: You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is
in Christ Jesus,
2: and what you have heard from me before many
witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.
3: Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.
4: No soldier on service gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since
his aim is to satisfy the one who enlisted him.
5: An athlete is not
crowned unless he competes according to the rules.
6: It is the
hard-working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops.
7: Think over what I say, for the Lord will grant you understanding
8: Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead,
descended from David, as preached in my gospel,
9: the gospel for
which I am suffering and wearing fetters like a criminal. But the word of God is
10: Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the
elect, that they also may obtain salvation in Christ Jesus with its eternal
11: The saying is sure: If we have died with him, we shall
also live with him;
12: if we endure, we shall also reign with him;
if we deny him, he also will deny us;
13: if we are faithless, he
remains faithful -- for he cannot deny himself.
14: Remind them of
this, and charge them before the Lord to avoid disputing about words, which does
no good, but only ruins the hearers.
15: Do your best to present
yourself to God as one approved, a workman who has no need to be ashamed,
rightly handling the word of truth.
16: Avoid such godless chatter,
for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness,
17: and their
talk will eat its way like gangrene. Among them are Hymenae'us and Phile'tus,
18: who have swerved from the truth by holding that the resurrection
is past already. They are upsetting the faith of some.
19: But God's
firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: "The Lord knows those who are his,"
and, "Let every one who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity."
20: In a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver
but also of wood and earthenware, and some for noble use, some for ignoble.
21: If any one purifies himself from what is ignoble, then he will be
a vessel for noble use, consecrated and useful to the master of the house, ready
for any good work.
22: So shun youthful passions and aim at
righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call upon the Lord
from a pure heart.
23: Have nothing to do with stupid, senseless
controversies; you know that they breed quarrels.
24: And the Lord's
servant must not be quarrelsome but kindly to every one, an apt teacher,
25: correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may
perhaps grant that they will repent and come to know the truth,
and they may escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to
do his will.
1: But understand this, that in the last days there
will come times of stress.
2: For men will be lovers of self, lovers
of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful,
3: inhuman, implacable, slanderers, profligates, fierce,
haters of good,
4: treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit,
lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,
5: holding the form of
religion but denying the power of it. Avoid such people.
6: For among
them are those who make their way into households and capture weak women,
burdened with sins and swayed by various impulses,
7: who will listen
to anybody and can never arrive at a knowledge of the truth.
Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men of
corrupt mind and counterfeit faith;
9: but they will not get very
far, for their folly will be plain to all, as was that of those two men.
10: Now you have observed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my
faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness,
11: my persecutions,
my sufferings, what befell me at Antioch, at Ico'nium, and at Lystra, what
persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me.
Indeed all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,
13: while evil men and impostors will go on from bad to worse,
deceivers and deceived.
14: But as for you, continue in what you have
learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it
15: and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred
writings which are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ
16: All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for
teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,
17: that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good
1: I charge you in the presence of God and of
Christ Jesus who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and
2: preach the word, be urgent in season and out of
season, convince, rebuke, and exhort, be unfailing in patience and in teaching.
3: For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching,
but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit
their own likings,
4: and will turn away from listening to the truth
and wander into myths.
5: As for you, always be steady, endure
suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfil your ministry.
I am already on the point of being sacrificed; the time of my departure has
7: I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I
have kept the faith.
8: Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown
of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that
Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.
9: Do your best to come to me soon.
10: For Demas, in love
with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessaloni'ca; Crescens has
gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia.
11: Luke alone is with me. Get
Mark and bring him with you; for he is very useful in serving me.
Tych'icus I have sent to Ephesus.
13: When you come, bring the cloak
that I left with Carpus at Tro'as, also the books, and above all the parchments.
14: Alexander the coppersmith did me great harm; the Lord will
requite him for his deeds.
15: Beware of him yourself, for he
strongly opposed our message.
16: At my first defense no one took my
part; all deserted me. May it not be charged against them!
the Lord stood by me and gave me strength to proclaim the message fully, that
all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the lion's mouth.
18: The Lord will rescue me from every evil and save me for his
heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Greet Prisca and Aq'uila, and the household of Onesiph'orus.
Eras'tus remained at Corinth; Troph'imus I left ill at Mile'tus.
Do your best to come before winter. Eubu'lus sends greetings to you, as do
Pudens and Linus and Claudia and all the brethren.
22: The Lord be
with your spirit. Grace be with you.