1I solemnly charge you—in the presence of God and Messiah Yeshua, who is about to judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His Kingdom—
2proclaim the Word! Be ready when it is convenient or inconvenient. Confront, rebuke, encourage—with complete patience and instruction.
3For the time will come when they will not put up with sound instruction, but they will pile up for themselves teachers in keeping with their own desires, to have their ears tickled.
4And they will turn away from hearing the truth and wander off to myths.
5You, however, keep a clear mind in all things, withstand hardship, do the work of proclaiming the Good News, and fulfill your service.
Finishing the Fight, Receiving the Crown
6For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come.
7I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith.
8In the future there is reserved for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not to me only, but also to everyone who has longed for His appearing.
9Do all you can to come to me quickly—
10for Demas, having loved this world, has deserted me and gone to Thessolonica; Crescens has gone to Galatia, and Titus to Dalmatia.
11Luke is the only one with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful to me for service.
12I have sent Tychius to Ephesus.
13When you come, bring the cloak which I left with Carpus in Troas, along with the scrolls, and especially the parchments.
14Alexander the coppersmith did me much harm—the Lord will repay him according to his deeds.
15Be on guard against him too, for he vehemently opposed our message.
16At my first defense, no one stood by me; instead, they all deserted me—may it not be counted against them!
17But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me, so that through me the message might be proclaimed in full measure, and all the nations might hear—and I was rescued from the lion’s mouth!
18The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and will deliver me safely into His heavenly Kingdom. To Him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
19Greet Prisca and Aquila, and the household of Onesiphorus.
20Erastus stayed in Corinth, and I left Trophimus sick in Miletus.
21Do all you can to come before winter. Eubulus sends you greetings, as do Pudens, Linus, Claudia, and all the brothers and sisters.
22The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you.