Preach1 the Word;2 be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke3 and encourage4--with great patience and careful instruction.
For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine.5 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.64
They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.75
But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship,8 do the work of an evangelist,9 discharge all the duties of your ministry.
For I am already being poured out like a drink offering,10 and the time has come for my departure.117
I have fought the good fight,12 I have finished the race,13 I have kept the faith.
Now there is in store for me14 the crown of righteousness,15 which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day16--and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.17
Do your best to come to me quickly,1810
for Demas,19 because he loved this world,20 has deserted me and has gone to Thessalonica.21 Crescens has gone to Galatia,22 and Titus23 to Dalmatia.
Only Luke24 is with me.25 Get Mark26 and bring him with you, because he is helpful to me in my ministry.
I sent Tychicus27 to Ephesus.28