Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ, by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus:
To Timothy, my dearly beloved son. Grace, mercy and peace, from God the Father and from Christ Jesus our Lord.
I give thanks to God, whom I serve from my forefathers, with a pure conscience, that without ceasing I have a remembrance of thee in my prayers, night and day.
Desiring to see thee, being mindful of thy tears, that I may be filled with joy:
Calling to mind that faith which is in thee unfeigned, which also dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois and in thy mother Eunice, and I am certain that in thee also.
For which cause I admonish thee that thou stir up the grace of God which is in thee by the imposition of my hands.