1 In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus who will judge the living and the dead, in the light of his appearance and his reign, 2 I adjure you to preach the word; keep at it in season and out of season, refuting, checking, and exhorting men; never lose patience with them, and never give up your teaching, 3 for the time will come when people will decline to be taught sound doctrine and will accumulate teachers to suit themselves and tickle their own fancies; 4 they will give up listening to the Truth and turn to myths. 5 Whatever happens, be self-possessed, flinch from no suffering, do your work as an evangelist, and discharge all your duties as a minister.
6 The last drops of my own sacrifice are falling; my time to go has come. 7 I have fought in the good fight; I have run my course; I have kept the faith. 8 Now the crown of a good life awaits me, with which the Lord, that just Judge, will reward me on the great Day ??and not only me but all who have loved and longed for his appearance.
9 Do your best to come soon to me, 10 for Demas, in his love for this world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica; Crescens is off to Gaul, Titus to Dalmatia, 11 Luke is the only one who is with me. Pick up Mark and bring him along with you, for he is of great use in helping me. 12 (I have had to send Tychicus to Ephesus.) 13 When you come, bring the mantle I left at Troas with Carpus, also my books, and particularly my paper. 14 Alexander the blacksmith has done me a lot of harm: the Lord will pay him back for what he has done (beware of him), 15 for he has been bitterly hostile to anything I have said.
16 The first time I had to defend myself, I had no supporters; everyone deserted me. God grant it may not be brought up against them! 17 But the Lord supported me and gave me strength to make a full statement of the gospel and let all the heathen hear it. I was rescued from the jaws of the lion. 18 The Lord will rescue me from every assault of evil, he will bring me safe to his own realm in heaven. To him be glory for ever and ever! Amen.
19 Salute Prisca and Aquila and the household of Onesiphorus. 20 Erastus stayed on at Corinth: I left Trophimus ill at Miletus. 21 Do your best to come before winter. Eubulus salutes you; so do Pudens, Linus, Claudia, and all the brotherhood.