``Preach the Word"

1 1I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to 2judge the living and the dead, and by His 3appearing and His kingdom:
3 For 7the time will come when they will not endure 8sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires,
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4 and 9will turn away their ears from the truth and 10will turn aside to myths.
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5 But you, 11be sober in all things, 12endure hardship, do the work of an 13evangelist, fulfill your 14ministry.
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6 For I am already being 15poured out as a drink offering, and the time of 16my departure has come.
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8 in the future there 20is laid up for me 21the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on 22that day; and not only to me, but also to 23all who have loved His 24appearing.

Personal Concerns

9 25Make every effort to come to me soon;
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10 for 26Demas, having loved 27this present world, has deserted me and gone to 28Thessalonica; Crescens has gone to 29Galatia, 30Titus to Dalmatia.
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11 31Only 32Luke is with me. Pick up 33Mark and bring him with you, 34for he is useful to me for service.
12 But 35Tychicus I have sent to 36Ephesus.
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13 When you come bring the cloak which I left at 37Troas with Carpus, and the books, especially the parchments.
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14 38Alexander the coppersmith did me much harm; 39the Lord will repay him according to his deeds.
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15 Be on guard against him yourself, for he vigorously opposed our teaching.
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    • d 4:15 - Lit "words"
      16 At my first defense no one supported me, but all deserted me; 40may it not be counted against them.
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      17 But the Lord stood with me and 41strengthened me, so that through me 42the proclamation might be 43fully accomplished, and that all 44the Gentiles might hear; and I was 45rescued out of 46the lion's mouth.
      18 The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed, and will 47bring me safely to His 48heavenly kingdom; 49to Him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
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      19 Greet Prisca and 50Aquila, and 51the household of Onesiphorus.
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      21 56Make every effort to come before 57winter. Eubulus greets you, also Pudens and Linus and Claudia and all the brethren.
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      22 58The Lord be with your spirit. 59Grace be with you.
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