1Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, according to the promise of the life which is in Christ Jesus; 2to Timothy, my beloved child: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
3I give thanks to God to whom I worship as my forefathers did, and with a pure conscience. I always remember you in my petitions, night and day, 4longing to see you, remembering your tears, so that I may be filled with joy. 5I also remember your sincere faith which first dwelt in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice. I am convinced it is in you also.
6For this reason, I am reminding you to rekindle the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and self-control. 8Therefore, do not be ashamed to be a witness of our Lord or ashamed of me his prisoner. Share in my tribulations for the sake of the Good News, by the power of God. 9He saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given to us in Christ Jesus before times eternal. 10This has now been revealed by the manifestation of our Saviour Christ Jesus who abolished death and brought to light life and immortality through the Good News. 11For this, I was appointed as a herald, apostle and teacher of the Gentiles. 12That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet I am not ashamed because I know him in whom I have believed and I am persuaded that he is able to protect what I have committed to him until that Day.
13Hold to the pattern of sound teachings which you have heard from me, with faith and love in Christ Jesus. 14With the help of the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you.
15As you know, all who are in Asia have turned away from me, including Phygelus and Hermogenes. 16May the Lord grant mercy to the house of Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my imprisonment. 17When he was in Rome, he searched hard for me and he found me. 18May the Lord grant him to find the Lord’s mercy in that Day, for he served at Ephesus in many ways, as you know very well.
Timothy’s tribulations and commission
1You, my child, be strengthened in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2What you heard from me among many witnesses, entrust likewise to faithful men who will be able to teach others as well. 3You too must endure tribulations as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4No soldier on duty entangles himself in the affairs of this life in order to be able to please the one who enrolled him as a soldier. 5Likewise, anyone who competes in athletics cannot be crowned unless he has competed by the rules. 6The farmers who labour must be the first to get a share of the crops. 7Think over what I have said, and may the Lord give you understanding in everything.
8Remember my Good News: Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, of the seed of David. 9Because of this I suffer tribulations to the point of being in chains as a criminal. However, God’s word is not chained. 10Therefore, I endure everything for the sake of the elect, so that they may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus and with it eternal glory. 11This saying is sure:
For if we died with him, we will also live with him.
12If we endure, we will also reign with him.
If we deny him, he also will deny us.
13If we are faithless, he remains faithful;
He cannot deny himself.
14Remind the people of these things, warning them in the sight of the Lord that they should not argue about words: this profits nothing and it brings ruin to those who listen.
15Work hard to present yourself as approved by God, as a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. 16Stay away from godless empty discussions because those involved in it will become more and more ungodly. 17Their word will consume like gangrene. Some of them are Hymenaeus and Philetus; 18they are in error concerning the truth, saying that the resurrection is already past and they bring some people’s faith to ruin 19However, God’s firm foundation stands, having this seal, ‘The Lord knows those who are his’ and ‘Let every one who calls upon the Name of the Lord depart from unrighteousness.’
20Now, in a large house, there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay. Some are for an honourable use and some for a dishonourable use. 21Therefore, if anyone purges himself from these things, he will be a vessel for honour, sanctified and suitable for the master’s use, prepared for every good work.
22Flee from youthful lusts. Pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. 23Reject foolish and ignorant questionings because you know that they result in conflict. 24The Lord’s servant must not be argumentative but gentle towards all, able to teach and patient. 25In gentleness, he should correct those who oppose him: perhaps God will give them the repentance that leads to a full knowledge of the truth. 26Thus, they may return to their senses and escape the snare of the devil who had taken them captive to his will.
Troubled times in the last days,
1But know that in the last days, troubled times will come. 2People will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful and unholy, 3without natural affection, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, no lovers of good, 4treacherous, stubborn, self-important, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God; 5having an appearance of godliness but having rejected its meaning. Stay away from these people too. 6Indeed, some of these creep into houses and captivate gullible women who are burdened with sins, led away by various lusts, 7always learning yet never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 8Even as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, these people also oppose the truth. They are mentally corrupted and as far as the faith is concerned, they are rejected. 9But they will not go very far because their folly will be obvious to all, as in the case of Jannes and Jambres.
10You, however, have paid close attention to my teaching, conduct, purpose, faith, patience, love, steadfastness, 11persecutions, and sufferings. You know what happened to me at Antioch, Iconium, and Lystra. I endured those persecutions and the Lord delivered me out of them all. 12Yes, all those who desire to lead godly lives in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. 13But wicked impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving others, being themselves deceived. 14As for you, remain in what you have learnt which is what you firmly believe, knowing from whom you have learnt them. 15From infancy, you have known the Holy Scriptures which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith, which is in Christ Jesus. 16Every Scripture is God-breathed and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction and for instruction in righteousness, 17so that the man of God may be fully qualified, completely equipped for every good work.
A charge to preach the word
1Before God and the Lord Jesus Christ who will judge the living and the dead at his appearing and his Kingdom, I charge you to 2preach the word. Welcome or unwelcome, insist on it; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and instruction. 3Indeed, the time will come when people will not listen to the sound doctrine, but, having itching ears, they will gather around them teachers who agree with their own lusts. 4They will turn away their ears from the truth and turn to fables. 5As for you, be sober in everything, endure hardship, do the work of one who proclaims the Good News and fulfil your ministry.
Paul announces his end – His loneliness
6As for me, I am already being offered in sacrifice, and the time of my release has come. 7I have fought the good fight. I have finished the course. I have kept the faith. 8From now on, the crown of righteousness is reserved for me, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all those who have loved his appearing.
9Do your utmost to visit me soon, 10because Demas, having loved this present world, has left me and went to Thessalonica. Crescens went to Galatia and Titus to Dalmatia. 11Only Luke is still with me. Bring Mark along with you because he is helpful to me for service. 12I have sent Tychicus to Ephesus. 13When you come, bring the cloak that I left at Troas with Carpus, as wells as the books, especially the parchments. 14Alexander, the metalworker did much evil to me. The Lord will repay him according to his works. 15Beware of him, for he greatly opposed our teachings.
16At my first defence, no one came to help me, but all left me. May it not be held against them. 17Still, the Lord stood by me and strengthened me, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and heard by all the Gentiles. I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion 18and the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for his heavenly Kingdom. To him be the glory now and unto ages of ages. Amen.
19Greet Prisca, Aquila, and the house of Onesiphorus. 20Erastus remained at Corinth, but I left Trophimus at Miletus ill. 21Do your best to come before winter. Eubulus greets you, as well as Pudens, Linus, Claudia and all the brethren. 22May the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Grace be with you. Amen.