6 For 1I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my 2departure has come.
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7 3I have fought the good fight, 4I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
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8 Henceforth there is 5laid up for me 6the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, 7the righteous judge, will award to me on 8that Day, and not only to me but also to all 9who have loved his appearing.
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Personal Instructions

9 10Do your best to come to me soon.
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10 For 11Demas, 12in love with 13this present world, 14has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia,a15Titus to Dalmatia.
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11 16Luke alone is with me. Get 17Mark and bring him with you, for he is very useful to me for ministry.
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      12 18Tychicus I have sent to Ephesus.
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      13 When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, also the books, and above all the parchments.
      14 19Alexander the coppersmith did me great harm; 20the Lord will repay him according to his deeds.
      15 Beware of him yourself, for he strongly opposed our message.
      16 At my first defense no one came to stand by me, but all deserted me. 21May it not be charged against them!
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      17 But 22the Lord stood by me and 23strengthened me, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and 24all the Gentiles might hear it. So 25I was rescued 26from the lion's mouth.
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      18 The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom. 27To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
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