So do not be ashamed1 to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner.2 But join with me in suffering for the gospel,3 by the power of God,
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who has saved4 us and called5 us to a holy life--not because of anything we have done6 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 revealed7 through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus,8 who has destroyed death9 and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.
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And of this gospel10 I was appointed11 a herald and an apostle and a teacher.12
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That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet I am not ashamed,13 because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard14 what I have entrusted to him for that day.15
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What you heard from me,16 keep17 as the pattern18 of sound teaching,19 with faith and love in Christ Jesus.20
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Guard21 the good deposit that was entrusted to you--guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.22
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You know that everyone in the province of Asia23 has deserted me,24 including Phygelus and Hermogenes.
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May the Lord show mercy to the household of Onesiphorus,25 because he often refreshed me and was not ashamed26 of my chains.27
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On the contrary, when he was in Rome, he searched hard for me until he found me.
May the Lord grant that he will find mercy from the Lord on that day!28 You know very well in how many ways he helped me29 in Ephesus.30
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