1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at his appearing, in his kingdom; 2 preach the word, be instant both in season and out of season; convince, rebuke, exhort with all long-suffering and instruction. 3 For the time will come, when they will not bear sound doctrine; but having itching ears, will heap up to themselves teachers after their own hearts: 4 and turn away their attention from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. 5 But be thou watchful in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, give full proof of thy ministry.
6 For I am now going to be sacrificed, and the time of my dissolution is near. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished my race, I have kept the faith. 8 As to what remains, there is laid up for me a 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 longed for his appearance.
9 Endeavour to come to me soon: for Demas hath forsaken me, 10 through love of this world, and is gone to Thessalonica; as is Crescens to Galatia, and Titus to Dalmatia: Luke only is with me. 11 Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is useful to me in the ministry. 12 And I have sent Tychicus to Ephesus. 13 When thou comest, bring with thee the cloke, that I left at Troas with Carpus; and the books, but especially the parchments. 14 Alexander the brazier did me many ill turns: the Lord will reward him according to his deeds. 15 Of whom do thou also beware: for he hath greatly opposed our doctrine.
16 In my first defence no one stood by me, but all men forsook me: God grant it may not be laid to their charge! 17 But the Lord stood by me, and strengthened me; that by me the gospel might be fully spread, and that all the nations might hear: and so I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. 18 And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me to his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory throughout all ages. Amen.
19 Salute Prisca and Aquila, and the family of Onesiphorus. 20 Erastus staid at Corinth, and I left Trophimus sick at Miletus. 21 Endeavour therefore to come to me before winter. Eubulus saluteth thee, and Pudens, and Linus, and Claudia, and indeed all the brethren.