“Preach the Word”
1 aI solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to bjudge the living and the dead, and by His cappearing and His kingdom:
2 preach athe word; be ready in season and out of season; breprove, rebuke, exhort, with 1great cpatience and instruction.
3 For athe time will come when they will not endure bsound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires,
4 and awill turn away their ears from the truth and bwill turn aside to myths.
5 But you, abe sober in all things, bendure hardship, do the work of an cevangelist, fulfill your dministry.
6 For I am already being apoured out as a drink offering, and the time of bmy departure has come.
7 aI have fought the good fight, I have finished bthe course, I have kept cthe faith;
8 in the future there ais laid up for me bthe crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on cthat day; and not only to me, but also to dall who have loved His eappearing.
9 aMake every effort to come to me soon;
10 for aDemas, having loved bthis present 1world, has deserted me and gone to cThessalonica; Crescens has gone to 2dGalatia, eTitus to Dalmatia.
11 aOnly bLuke is with me. Pick up cMark and bring him with you, dfor he is useful to me for service.
12 But aTychicus I have sent to bEphesus.
13 When you come bring the cloak which I left at aTroas with Carpus, and the books, especially the parchments.
14 aAlexander the coppersmith did me much harm; bthe Lord will repay him according to his deeds.
15 Be on guard against him yourself, for he vigorously opposed our 1teaching.
16 At my first defense no one supported me, but all deserted me; amay it not be counted against them.
17 But the Lord stood with me and astrengthened me, so that through me bthe proclamation might 1be cfully accomplished, and that all dthe Gentiles might hear; and I was erescued out of fthe lion’s mouth.
18 The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed, and will 1abring me safely to His bheavenly kingdom; cto 2Him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
19 Greet Prisca and aAquila, and bthe household of Onesiphorus.
20 aErastus remained at bCorinth, but cTrophimus I left sick at dMiletus.
21 aMake every effort to come before bwinter. Eubulus greets you, also Pudens and Linus and Claudia and all the brethren.
22 aThe Lord be with your spirit. bGrace be with you.