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2 Timothy


Character of a Christian minister

  1.Salutation autumn 58ce

1FROM PAUL,
APOSTLE of Jesus Christ by the will of God, whose promise of life is fulfilled in Christ Jesus,
2to Timothy his dear son.

Grace, mercy, and peace to you from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ.

Loyalty to the Gospel

3I thank God—whom I, like my forefathers, worship with a pure intention— 4when I mention you in my prayers; this I do constantly night and day. And when I remember the tears you shed, I long to see you again to make my happiness complete. 5I am reminded of the sincerity of your faith, a faith which was alive in Lois your grandmother and Eunice your mother before you, and which, I am confident, lives in you also.

6That is why I now remind you to stir into flame the gift of God which is within you through the laying on of my hands. 7For the spirit that God gave us is no craven spirit, but one to inspire strength, love, and self-discipline. 8So never be ashamed of your testimony to our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but take your share of suffering for the sake of the Gospel, in the strength that comes from God. 9It is he who brought us salvation and called us to a dedicated life, not for any merit of ours but of his own purpose and his own grace, which was granted to us in Christ Jesus from all eternity, 10but has now at length been brought fully into view by the appearance on earth of our Saviour Jesus Christ. For he has broken the power of death and brought life and immortality to light through the Gospel.

11Of this Gospel I, by his appointment, am herald, apostle, and teacher. 12That is the reason for my present plight; but I am not ashamed of it, because I know who it is in whom [Or: I know the one whom ...] I have trusted, and am confident of his power to keep safe what he has put into my charge, [Or: what I have put into your charge.] until the great Day. 13Keep before you an outline of the sound teaching which [Or: Keep before you as a model of sound teaching that which ...] you heard from me, living by the faith and love which are ours in Christ Jesus. 14Guard the treasure put into our charge, with the help of the Holy Spirit dwelling within us.

15As you know, everyone in the province of Asia deserted me, including Phygelus and Hermogenes. 16But may the Lord's mercy rest on the house of Onesiphorus! He has often relieved me in my troubles. He was not ashamed to visit a prisoner, 17but took pains to search me out when he came to Rome, and found me. 18I pray that the Lord may grant him to find mercy is from the Lord on the great Day. The many services he rendered at Ephesus you know better than I could tell you.


  2.A Good Soldier of Jesus Christ

1Now therefore, my son, take strength from the grace of God which is ours in Christ Jesus. 2You heard my teaching in the presence of many witnesses; put that teaching into the charge of men you can trust, such men as will be competent to teach others.

3Take your share of hardship, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4A soldier on active service will not let himself be involved in civilian affairs; he must be wholly at his commanding officer's disposal. 5Again, no athlete can win a prize unless he has kept the rules. 6The farmer who gives his labour has first claim on the crop. 7Reflect on what I say, for the Lord will help you to full understanding.

8Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, born of David's line. 9This is the theme of my gospel, in whose service I am exposed to hardship, even to the point of being shut up like a common criminal; but the word of God is not shut up. 10And I endure it all for the sake of God's chosen ones, with this end in view, that they too may attain the glorious and eternal salvation which is in Christ Jesus.

11Here are words you may trust:

An Approved Workman

14GO ON REMINDING people of this, and adjure them before God to stop disputing about mere words; it does no good, and is the ruin of those who listen. 15Try hard to show yourself worthy of God's approval, as a labourer who need not be ashamed; be straightforward, in your proclamation of the truth. 16Avoid empty and worldly chatter; those who indulge in it will stray further and further into godless courses, 17and the infection of their teaching will spread like a gangrene. 18Such are Hymenaeus and Philetus; they have shot wide of the truth in saying that our resurrection has already taken place, and are upsetting people's faith. 19 [ Nu.16.5. ] But God has laid a foundation, and it stands firm, with this inscription: 'The Lord knows his own', and, 'Everyone who takes the Lord's name upon his lips must forsake wickedness.' 20Now in any great house there are not only utensils of gold and silver, but also others of wood or earthenware; the former are valued, the latter held cheap. 21To be among those which are valued and dedicated, a thing of use to the Master of the house, a man must cleanse himself from all those evil things; [Or: must separate himself from these persons.] then he will be fit for any honourable purpose.

22Turn from the wayward impulses of youth, and pursue justice, integrity, love, and peace with all who invoke the Lord in singleness of mind. 23Have nothing to do with foolish and ignorant speculations. You know they breed quarrels, 24and the servant of the Lord must not be quarrelsome, but kindly towards all. 25He should be a good teacher, tolerant, and gentle when discipline is needed for the refractory. The Lord may grant them a change of heart and show them the truth, 26and thus they may come to their senses and escape from the devil's snare, in which they have been caught and held at his will. [Or: escape from the devil's snare, caught now by God and made subject to his will.]


  3.The Character of Men in the Last Days

1You must face the fact: the final age of this world is to be a time of troubles. 2Men will love nothing but money and self; they will be arrogant, boastful, and abusive; with no respect for parents, no gratitude, no piety, no natural affection; 3they will be implacable in their hatreds, scandal-mongers, intemperate and fierce, strangers to all goodness, 4traitors, adventurers, swollen with self-importance. They will be men who put pleasure in the place of God, 5men who preserve the outward form of religion, but are a standing denial of its reality. Keep clear of men like these. 6They are the sort that insinuate themselves into private houses and there get miserable women into their clutches, women burdened with a sinful past, and led on by all kinds of desires, 7who are always wanting to be taught, but are incapable of reaching a knowledge of the truth. 8As Jannes and Jambres defied Moses, so these men defy the truth; they have lost the power to reason, and they cannot pass the tests of faith. 9But their successes will be short-lived, for, like those opponents of Moses, they will come to be recognized by everyone for the fools they are.

Last Charge to Timothy

10But you, my son, have followed, step by step, my teaching and my manner of life, my resolution, my faith, patience, and spirit of love, and my fortitude 11under persecutions and sufferings—all that I went through at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra, all the persecutions I endured; and the Lord rescued me out of them all. 12Yes, persecution will come to all who want to live a godly life as Christians, 13whereas wicked men and charlatans will make progress from bad to worse, deceiving and deceived. 14But for your part, stand by the truths you have learned and are assured of. Remember from whom you learned them; 15remember that from early childhood you have been familiar with the sacred writings which have power to make you wise and lead you to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16Every inspired scripture has its use for teaching the truth and refuting error, or for reformation of manners and discipline in right living, 17so that the man who belongs to God may be efficient and equipped for good work of every kind.


  4.

1Before God, and before Christ Jesus who is to judge men living and dead, I charge you solemnly by his coming appearance and his reign, 2proclaim the message, press it home on all occasions, [Or: be on duty at all times.] convenient or inconvenient, use argument, reproof, and appeal, with all the patience that the work of teaching requires. 3For the time will come when they will not stand wholesome teaching, but will follow their own fancy and gather a crowd of teachers to tickle their ears. 4They will stop their ears to the truth and turn to mythology. 5But you yourself must keep calm and sane at all times; face hardship, work to spread the Gospel, and do all the duties of your calling.

6AS FOR ME, already my life is being poured out on the altar, and the hour for my departure is upon me. 7I have run the great race, I have finished the course, I have kept faith. 8And now the prize awaits me, the garland of righteousness which the Lord, the all-just Judge, will award me on that great Day; and it is not for me alone, but for all who have set their hearts on his coming appearance.

Personal Instructions

9Do your best to join me soon; 10for Demas has deserted me because his heart was set on this world; he has gone to Thessalonica, Crescens to Galatia, [Or: Gaul; Some witnesses read: Gallia.] Titus to Dalmatia; 11I have no one with me but Luke. Pick up Mark and bring him with you, for I find him a useful assistant. 12Tychicus I have sent to Ephesus. 13When you come, bring the cloak I left with Carpus at Troas, and the books, above all my notebooks.

14Alexander the coppersmith did me a great deal of harm. Retribution will fall upon him from the Lord. 15You had better be on your guard against him too, for he violently opposed everything I said. 16At the first hearing of my case no one came into court to support me; they all left me in the lurch; I pray that it may not be held against them. 17But the Lord stood by me and lent me strength, so that I might be his instrument in making the full proclamation of the Gospel for the whole pagan world to hear; and thus I was rescued out of the lion's jaws. 18And the Lord will rescue me from every attempt to do me harm, and keep me safe until his heavenly reign begins. [Or: from all that evil can do, and bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom.] Glory to him for ever and ever! Amen.

Final Greetings

19Greetings to Prisca and Aquila, and the household of Onesiphorus.

20Erastus stayed behind at Corinth, and I left Trophimus ill at Miletus. 21Do try to get here before winter.

Greetings from Eubulus, Pudens, Linus, and Claudia, and from all the brotherhood here.

22The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you all!


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