2 Timothy 4 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 I can't impress this on you too strongly. God is looking over your shoulder. Christ himself is the Judge, with the final say on everyone, living and dead. He is about to break into the open with his rule, 1 In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge:
2 so proclaim the Message with intensity; keep on your watch. Challenge, warn, and urge your people. Don't ever quit. Just keep it simple. 2 Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage--with great patience and careful instruction.
3 You're going to find that there will be times when people will have no stomach for solid teaching, but will fill up on spiritual junk food - catchy opinions that tickle their fancy. 3 For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.
4 They'll turn their backs on truth and chase mirages. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.
5 But you - keep your eye on what you're doing; accept the hard times along with the good; keep the Message alive; do a thorough job as God's servant. 5 But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.
6 You take over. I'm about to die, my life an offering on God's altar. 6 For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time has come for my departure.
7 This is the only race worth running. I've run hard right to the finish, believed all the way. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
8 All that's left now is the shouting - God's applause! Depend on it, he's an honest judge. He'll do right not only by me, but by everyone eager for his coming. 8 Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day--and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.
9 Get here as fast as you can. 9 Do your best to come to me quickly,
10 Demas, chasing fads, went off to Thessalonica and left me here. Crescens is in Galatia province, Titus in Dalmatia. 10 for Demas, because he loved this world, has deserted me and has gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, and Titus to Dalmatia.
11 Luke is the only one here with me. Bring Mark with you; he'll be my right-hand man 11 Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, because he is helpful to me in my ministry.
12 since I'm sending Tychicus to Ephesus. 12 I sent Tychicus to Ephesus.
13 Bring the winter coat I left in Troas with Carpus; also the books and parchment notebooks. 13 When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, and my scrolls, especially the parchments.
14 Watch out for Alexander the coppersmith. 14 Alexander the metalworker did me a great deal of harm. The Lord will repay him for what he has done.
15 Fiercely opposed to our Message, he caused no end of trouble. God will give him what he's got coming. 15 You too should be on your guard against him, because he strongly opposed our message.
16 At my preliminary hearing no one stood by me. They all ran like scared rabbits. But it doesn't matter - 16 At my first defense, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me. May it not be held against them.
17 the Master stood by me and helped me spread the Message loud and clear to those who had never heard it. I was snatched from the jaws of the lion! 17 But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion's mouth.
18 God's looking after me, keeping me safe in the kingdom of heaven. All praise to him, praise forever! Oh, yes! 18 The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
19 Say hello to Priscilla and Aquila; also, the family of Onesiphorus. 19 Greet Priscilla and Aquila and the household of Onesiphorus.
20 Erastus stayed behind in Corinth. I had to leave Trophimus sick in Miletus. 20 Erastus stayed in Corinth, and I left Trophimus sick in Miletus.
21 Try hard to get here before winter. Eubulus, Pudens, Linus, Claudia, and all your friends here send greetings. 21 Do your best to get here before winter. Eubulus greets you, and so do Pudens, Linus, Claudia and all the brothers.
22 God be with you. Grace be with you. 22 The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you.