Paul gives a solemn charge to preach the gospel in a day of apostasy—Paul and all Saints are assured of exaltation.
1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall ajudge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;
2 aPreach the word; bbe cinstant in season, out of season; dreprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
3 For the time will come when they will not aendure sound bdoctrine; but after their own clusts shall they heap to themselves dteachers, having itching ears;
4 And they shall turn away their ears from the atruth, and shall be turned unto bfables.
5 But awatch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an bevangelist, cmake full proof of thy ministry.
6 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.
7 I have fought a good afight, I have bfinished my course, I have kept the faith:
8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a acrown of brighteousness, which the Lord, the righteous cjudge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
9 Do thy diligence to come shortly unto me:
10 For aDemas hath bforsaken me, having loved this present cworld, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia.
11 Only aLuke is with me. Take bMark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry.
12 And Tychicus have I sent to Ephesus.
13 The cloak that I left at Troas with Carpus, when thou comest, bring with thee, and the abooks, but especially the parchments.
14 Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his aworks:
15 Of whom be thou ware also; for he hath greatly awithstood our words.
16 At my first aanswer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their bcharge.
17 Notwithstanding the aLord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.
18 And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will apreserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
19 Salute Prisca and Aquila, and the household of Onesiphorus.
20 Erastus abode at Corinth: but Trophimus have I left at Miletum sick.
21 Do thy diligence to come before winter. Eubulus greeteth thee, and Pudens, and Linus, and Claudia, and all the brethren.
22 The aLord Jesus Christ be with thy spirit. Grace be with you. Amen.
¶ The second epistle unto Timotheus, ordained the first bishop of the church of the Ephesians, was written from Rome, when Paul was brought before Nero the second time.