1Icharge thee thereforebeforeGod,and the LordJesusChrist,whoshalljudge the quickand the deadathisappearingandhiskingdom;2Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season;reprove , rebuke , exhortwithalllongsufferinganddoctrine.3For the time will comewhen they willnotenduresounddoctrine;butafter their ownlusts shall they heap to themselvesteachers, having itchingears;4And they shall turn away their earsfrom the truth,and shall be turneduntofables.5Butwatchthouin all things, endure afflictions , do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thyministry.6ForIamnow ready to be offered , and the time of mydeparture is at hand .
I have fought a goodfight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:8Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness,which the Lord, the righteousjudge, shall givemeatthatday:andnot to meonly,but unto all themalso that lovehisappearing.9
Do thy diligence to comeshortlyuntome:10ForDemas hath forsaken me, having loved this presentworld,and is departeduntoThessalonica;CrescenstoGalatia,TitusuntoDalmatia.11OnlyLukeiswithme.TakeMark, and bring himwiththee:for he isprofitable to mefor the ministry.12AndTychicus have I senttoEphesus.13
The clokethat I leftatTroaswithCarpus, when thou comest , bring with thee, and the books, but especially the parchments.14Alexander the coppersmithdidmemuchevil: the Lordrewardhim according tohisworks:15
Of whombethouwarealso;for he hathgreatlywithstoodourwords.a16Atmyfirstanswer no manstood with me,butall men forsookme: I pray God that it maynot be laid to their charge.17Notwithstanding the Lordstood with me,andstrengthenedme;thatbyme the preaching might be fully known , and that all the Gentiles might hear : and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.18And the Lord shall delivermefromeveryevilwork,and will preserve me untohisheavenlykingdom: to whom be gloryforever and ever.Amen.19SalutePriscaandAquila,and the household of Onesiphorus.20ErastusabodeatCorinth:butTrophimus have I leftatMiletumsick .
Do thy diligence to comebeforewinter.Eubulusgreeteththee,andPudens,andLinus,andClaudia,andall the brethren.22
The LordJesusChrist be withthyspirit.Grace be withyou.Amen. [The second epistle untoTimotheus,ordained the firstbishop of the church of the Ephesians, was writtenfromRome,whenPaul was brought beforeNerothesecondtime.]