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The Second Letter of Paul to Timothy

Full Text The Second Letter of Paul to Timothy

I.  

Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus, 2to Timothy, a beloved child: Grace, mercy, peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

3I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day; 4longing to see thee, remembering thy tears, that I may be filled with joy; 5calling to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that it dwells in thee also. 6For which cause I put thee in remembrance, that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the laying on of my hands. 7For God did not give us a spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of chastisement.

8Be not then ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner; but endure hardship with me for the gospel, according to the power of God; 9who saved us, and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose, and the grace which was given us in Christ Jesus before eternal ages, 10but now made manifest by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ; who abolished death, and brought life and incorruption to light through the gospel; 11for which I was appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles. 12For which cause I suffer also these things. But I am not ashamed; for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed to him, unto that day.

13Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou heardest from me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. 14The good thing committed to thee keep, through the Holy Spirit who dwells in us.

15Thou knowest this, that all those in Asia turned away from me; of whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes. 16The Lord give mercy to the house of Onesiphorus; because he often refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain; 17but when he was in Rome, he sought me out very diligently, and found me. 18The Lord grant to him, that he may find mercy of the Lord in that day! And in how many things he ministered to me at Ephesus, thou knowest very well.

II.  Thou therefore, my child, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2And the things that thou heardest from me by many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also. 3Endure hardship with me, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 4No one serving as a soldier entangles himself with the affairs of life, that he may please him who chose him to be a soldier. 5And if a man also contends in the games, he is not crowned, unless he contends lawfully. 6The husbandman that labors must first partake of the fruits. 7Consider what I say; for the Lord will give thee understanding in all things.

8Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, of the seed of David, according to my gospel; 9in which I endure hardship, even unto bonds, as an evil-doer; but the word of God is not bound. 10For this cause, I endure all things for the sake of the chosen, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory. 11Faithful is the saying: For if we died with him, we shall also live with him; 12if we endure, we shall also reign with him; if we shall deny him, he also will deny us; 13if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he can not deny himself.

14Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord not to strive about words to no profit, to the subverting of the hearers.

15Endeavor to present thyself approved to God, a workman not made ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 16But shun the profane babblings; for they will go on to more ungodliness. 17And their word will eat as does a canker; of whom is Hymenæus and Philetus; 18who erred concerning the truth, saying that the resurrection has already taken place, and overturn the faith of some.

19Nevertheless, God's firm foundation stands, having this seal: The Lord knew those who are his; and, Let every one that names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity. 20But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some for honor and some for dishonor. 21If a man therefore cleanse himself from these, he shall be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful for the master, prepared for every good work.

22But flee youthful lusts; and follow righteousness, faith, love, peace, with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 23But the foolish and ignorant questionings avoid, knowing that they beget strifes. 24And a servant of the Lord must not strive, but be gentle toward all, apt in teaching, patient of evil; 25in meekness admonishing those who oppose themselves; if haply God may give them repentance unto the full knowledge of the truth; 26and that they may awake to soberness out of the snare of the Devil, being taken captive by him, to do his will.

III.  

But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come. 2For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3without natural affection, implacable, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, without love to the good, 4betrayers, headlong, puffed up, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God; 5having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof; and from these turn away. 6For of these are they who creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, 7ever learning, and never able to come to the full knowledge of the truth.

8Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so also do these withstand the truth; men corrupted in mind, reprobate concerning the faith. 9But they shall proceed no further; for their folly shall be fully manifest to all, as was also theirs.

10But thou didst strictly follow my teaching, manner of life, purpose, faith, long-suffering, love, patience, 11persecutions, afflictions; what things came upon me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured, and out of all the Lord delivered me. 12Yea, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. 13But evil men and seducers will grow worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. 14But do thou continue in the things which thou learnedst and wast assured of, knowing of whom thou didst learn; 15and that from a child thou didst know the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation, through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

16All Scripture is inspired by God, and is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness; 17that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

IV.  

I charge thee before God, and Christ Jesus who will judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom, 2preach the word; apply thyself in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with all long-suffering and teaching. 3For the time will come when they will not endure the sound teaching, but according to their own desires will to themselves heap up teachers, having itching ears; 4and they will turn away their ears from the truth, and will turn aside to fables.

5But be thou watchful in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fully accomplish thy ministry. 6For I am now about to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. 7I have fought the good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith; 8henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give me in that day; and not to me only, but also to all those who have loved his appearing.

9Endeavor to come to me shortly. 10For Demas forsook me, having loved the present world, and departed to Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia. 11Luke alone is with me. Take Mark and bring him with thee; for he is useful to me for the ministry. 12But Tychicus I sent to Ephesus.

13The cloak, which I left at Troas with Carpus, when thou comest bring, and the books, especially the parchments.

14Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil; the Lord reward him according to his works. 15Of whom do thou also beware; for he has greatly withstood our words.

16At my first answer no one came forward with me, but all forsook me. May it not be laid to their charge! 17But the Lord stood by me, and strengthened me; that through me the preaching might be fully accomplished, and all the Gentiles might hear; and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. 18The Lord will deliver me from every evil work, and will bring me safe to his heavenly kingdom; to whom be the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

19Salute Prisca and Aquila, and the household of Onesiphorus.

20Erastus remained in Corinth, but Trophimus I left at Miletus sick.

21Endeavor to come before winter. Eubulus salutes thee, and Pudens, and Linus, and Claudia, and all the brethren.

22The Lord Jesus Christ be with thy spirit. Grace be with you.