Timothy Charged to Guard His Trust

1 Paul, 1an apostle of 2Christ Jesus a3by the will of God, according to the promise of 4life in Christ Jesus,
2 To 5Timothy, my beloved b6son: 7Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
3 8I thank God, whom I 9serve with a 10clear conscience cthe way my forefathers did, 11as I constantly remember * you in my dprayers night and day,
4 12longing to see you, 13even as I recall your tears, so that I may be filled with joy.
5 eFor I am mindful of the 14sincere faith within you, which first dwelt in your grandmother Lois and 15your mother Eunice, and I am sure that it is in you as well.
6 For this reason I remind you to kindle afresh 16the gift of God which is in you through 17the laying on of my hands.