1 PAUL, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life in Christ Jesus,
2 to Timothy my beloved son. Grace, mercy, peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
3 I thank God, whom I serve from my ancestors with a pure conscience, that I mention you incessantly in my prayers night and day, 4 desiring to see you, remembering your tears, that I might be filled with joy, 5 having a remembrance of the unfeigned faith in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois, and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded that [it dwells] also in you.
6 For which cause I admonish you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the imposition of my hands. 7 For God gave us not a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
8 Be not ashamed therefore of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but endure affliction with us in the gospel according to the power of God,
9 who saved us, and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his purpose and grace given us in Christ Jesus from eternity, 10 but made known now through the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who destroyed death, and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel,
11 of which I was made a herald, and an apostle, and a teacher of the nations; 12 for which cause I suffer these things; but I am not ashamed; for I know in whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep my trust to that day.
13 Retain the form of sound words which you heard from me in faith and the love in Christ Jesus. 14 Guard the good trust, through the Holy Spirit which dwells in us. 15 You know this, that all those in Asia left me, of whom are Phygelus and Hermogenes. 16 May the Lord show mercy to the house of Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chains, 17 but being at Rome he sought most diligently, and found me. 18 The Lord grant him to find mercy with the Lord in that day. And what services he performed at Ephesus, you know very well.