In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead,1 and in view of his appearing2 and his kingdom, I give you this charge:32
Preach4 the Word;5 be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke6 and encourage7--with great patience and careful instruction.
For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine.8 Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.94
They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.105
But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship,11 do the work of an evangelist,12 discharge all the duties of your ministry.
For I am already being poured out like a drink offering,13 and the time has come for my departure.147
I have fought the good fight,15 I have finished the race,16 I have kept the faith.
Now there is in store for me17 the crown of righteousness,18 which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day19--and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.20