Paul, an apostle1 of Christ Jesus by the will of God,2 according to the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus,32
To Timothy,4 my dear son:5 Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.6
I thank God,7 whom I serve, as my forefathers did, with a clear conscience,8 as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers.94
Recalling your tears,10 I long to see you,11 so that I may be filled with joy.
I have been reminded of your sincere faith,12 which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice13 and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.
For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands.147
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity,15 but a spirit of power,16 of love and of self-discipline.