1 I charge before God and Christ Jesus, who †shall judge the living and dead, and by his :appearing and his :kingdom: 2 preach the word; be urgent in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with all long-suffering and teaching. 3 For a season will be when they will not endure the sound teaching; but, having itching †:ears, will heap to themselves teachers after their own lusts; 4 and will turn away their †ears from the truth, and turn aside unto the fables. 5 But be thou sober in all things, suffer hardship, do an evangelist’s work, fulfill thy :ministry. 6 For I am already being offered, and the season of my :departure is come. 7 The good fight I have fought, the course I have finished, the faith I have kept: 8 For the rest, the crown of :righteousness is laid up for me, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give to me at that :day; and not to me only, but also to all that have loved his :appearing.
9 Give diligence to come shortly unto me: 10 for Demas forsook me, having loved the present age, and went to Thessalonica; Crēscēs to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia. 11 Only Luke is with me. Take Mark and bring him with thee; for he is useful to me for ministry. 12 But Tychicus I sent to Ephesus. 13 The cloak that I left at Troas with Carpus, bring when thou comest, and the booklets, especially the parchments. 14 Alexander the coppersmith displayed toward me many evil things: the Lord will render to him according to his :works: 15 of whom beware THOU also for he greatly withstood our :words. 16 At my first :defense no one took my part, but all forsook me: be it not laid to their account. 17 But the Lord stood by me, and strengthened me; that through me the proclamation might be thoroughly made, and all the nations might hear: and I was delivered out of the lion’s mouth. 18 The Lord will deliver me from every evil work, and will save me unto his heavenly :kingdom: to whom be the glory unto the ages of the ages. Amen.
19 Greet Prisca and Aquila, and the house of Onesiphorus. 20 Erastus remained at Corinth: but Trophimus I left at Miletus sick. 21 Give diligence to come before winter. Eubulus greeteth thee, and Pudēs, and Linus, and Claudia, and all the brethren.