For God did not give us a spirit of timidity,1 but a spirit of power,2 of love and of self-discipline.
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So do not be ashamed3 to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner.4 But join with me in suffering for the gospel,5 by the power of God,
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who has saved6 us and called7 us to a holy life--not because of anything we have done8 but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time,
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but it has now been revealed9 through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus,10 who has destroyed death11 and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.
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And of this gospel12 I was appointed13 a herald and an apostle and a teacher.14
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That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet I am not ashamed,15 because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard16 what I have entrusted to him for that day.17
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What you heard from me,18 keep19 as the pattern20 of sound teaching,21 with faith and love in Christ Jesus.22
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Guard23 the good deposit that was entrusted to you--guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.24
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You know that everyone in the province of Asia25 has deserted me,26 including Phygelus and Hermogenes.
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May the Lord show mercy to the household of Onesiphorus,27 because he often refreshed me and was not ashamed28 of my chains.29
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On the contrary, when he was in Rome, he searched hard for me until he found me.