To Timothy B
1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus through the will of God by way of a promise of life in Christ Jesus, 2 to Timothy my beloved child: Grace, mercy, peace from God our Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
3 I have thanks to God, whom I worship from my forebears in a clean conscience, as I unceasingly have the remembrance concerning you in my petitions night and day, 4 longing to see you, having been reminded of your tears, in order that I may be filled with joy, 5 taking recollection of the unfeigned faith in you, which dwelt firstly in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I have been persuaded also is in you. 6 For which cause I remind you to fan the flame of the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7 For God did not give to us a spirit of cowardice, but of power and of love and of self-control. 8 Therefore, do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord nor of me his prisoner, but suffer ill with me for the gospel according to the power of God, of the one who has saved us and has called us with a holy calling, not according to our works but according to his own purpose and grace, given to us in Christ Jesus before eternal times, 10 but manifested now through the appearance of our Savior Christ Jesus, on one hand abrogating death, on the other bringing to light life and incorruption through the gospel, 11 for which I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher; 12 for which cause I also suffer these things, but I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I have been persuaded that he is able to guard my deposit until that day. 13 Keep the pattern of words that are sound, which you heard from me, in faith and love in Christ Jesus; 14 guard the good deposit through the Holy Spirit that dwells in us. 15 Know these, all those in Asia that turned away from me, of whom are Phygelus and Hermogenes. 16 May the Lord give mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, because he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains, 17 but when he came to Rome he diligently sought and found me; 18 -may the Lord give to him to find mercy from the Lord in that day- and you know very well what things he served me in Ephesus.
You therefore, my child, be empowered by the grace in Christ Jesus 2 and what things you heard from me through many witnesses, these commit to faithful men, who will also be competent to teach others. 3 Suffer ill with me as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4 No one who soldiers is involved with the affairs of life, in order that he may please the one who had enlisted him. 5 And if anyone also wrestles, he is not crowned unless he wrestles lawfully. 6 The laboring husbandman should partake of the fruits first. 7 Consider what I say; for the Lord will give you understanding in all things. 8 Remember Jesus Christ who was raised from the dead, of the seed of David, according to my gospel; 9 in which I suffer ill unto bonds as an evildoer, but the word of God has not been bound. 10 Therefore I endure all things on account of the chosen ones, in order that they also may obtain salvation in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. 11 This word is faithful, “for if we died with him, we shall also live with him; 12 if we endure, we shall also reign with him; if we shall deny him, that one will also deny us; 13 if we disbelieve, that one remains faithful, for he cannot deny himself.” 14 Remind the chosen ones of these things, solemnly witnessing before God not to fight with words, which is useful for nothing, except for overthrowing those who hear. 15 Be eager to present yourself approved, an unashamed workman, cutting the word of truth straight. 16 But shun profane empty utterances; for they will advance to more impiety, 17 and their word will feed like a canker; of whom are Hymenaeus and Philetus, 18 who missed aim concerning the truth, who say the resurrection has already happened, and overturn the faith of some. 19 However, the firm foundation of God stands, having this seal, “The Lord knew those who were his,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of the Lord stand away from iniquity.” 20 Now in a great house there are not only golden and silver vessels, but also wooden and earthen, and some to honor and others to dishonor, that have been sanctified, suitable for the master, that have been prepared to every good work. 22 Now flee the youthful lusts, but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a clean heart. 23 But refuse foolish and uninstructed questionings, knowing that they beget fights; 24 and a slave of the Lord should not fight, but to be gentle toward all men, apt to teach, forbearing, instructing those who oppose in meekness, perhaps God may give them repentance for a full knowledge of truth, 26 and they may return to soberness out of the snare of the devil, after they have been caught by him, to the will of God. (MARSHALL HERE DISAGREES WITH BOTH KJV AND NIV, SAYING THAT THIS PHRASE REFERS TO THE REMOTER ANTECEDENT OF THE SENTENCE, WHICH IS GOD, NOT THE DEVIL.)
And know this, that in the last days grievous times will be at hand; for men will be self-lovers, money-lovers, boasters, arrogant, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 without natural affection, implacable, slanderers, incontinent, untamed, haters of good, 4 betrayers, reckless, puffed up, pleasure-lovers rather than God-lovers, 5 having a form of piety but having denied its power; turn away from these. 6 For these are of the ones who creep into houses and capture silly women that have been heaped with sins, that are led by various lusts, 7 always learning and never being able to come to a full knowledge of truth. 8 Now by the same way that Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also these oppose the truth, men with corrupted mind, reprobate as to the faith. 9 But they will not advance farther; for their folly will be very clear to all men, as also the folly of those became. 10 But you have closely followed my teaching, conduct, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, endurance, persecutions and sufferings, which happened to me in Antioch, in Iconium, in Lystra; what persecutions I bore, and the Lord delivered me out of all. 12 And indeed all those who wish to live piously in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. 13 But evil men and impostors will advance to the worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But continue in what things you learned and were assured of, knowing from whom you did learn, 15 and that from a babe you have known the sacred letters that are able to make you wise to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 Every scripture is God-breathed and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 in order that the man of God may be fitted, having been furnished for every good work.
I solemnly witness before God and Christ Jesus, the one who is about to judge the living and dead, by both his appearance and his kingdom: 2 proclaim the word, be attentive seasonably and unseasonably, reprove, admonish, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. 3 For there will be a time when they will not bear with the teaching that is healthy, but they will heap up to themselves teachers that tickle the ears according to their own lusts, 4 and on one hand will turn away from the truth, on the other will turned aside to the tales. 5 But you be sober in all things, suffer evil, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. 6 For I am already being poured out, and the time of my departure has arrived. 7 I have struggled the good struggle, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; 8 finally there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will render to me in that day, not only to me but also to all those who have loved his appearance.
9 Hasten to come to me shortly; 10 for Demas forsook me loving the present age, and went to Thessalonica, Crescens to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia; 11 Luke alone is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you; for he is useful to me for ministry. 12 And I sent Tychicus to Ephesus. 13 When you come, bring the cloak, which I left in Troas with Carpus, and the scrolls, especially the parchments. 14 Alexander the coppersmith showed many evils to me; the Lord will render to him according to his works; 15 against whom also guard yourself; for he greatly opposed our words. 16 No one was beside me at my first defense, but all men forsook me; may it not be reckoned unto them; 17 but the Lord stood with me and empowered me, in order that through me the proclamation might be accomplished and all the nations might hear, and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. 18 The Lord will deliver me from every wicked work and will save me to his heavenly kingdom; to whom be the glory unto the ages of ages, amen.
19 Greet Prisca and Aquila and the household of Onesiphorus. 20 Erastus remained in Corinth, but I left Trophimus ailing in Miletus. 21 Hasten to come before winter. Greet Eubulus and Pudens and Linus and Claudia and all the brothers.
22 The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you.