1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus through the will of God, according to the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus, 2 to Timothy, a beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
Gratitude for Timothy’s Faith
3 I thank God, whom I worship and serve with a clear conscience in the manner of my forefathers,1 as night and day I unceasingly remember you in my prayers. 4 Recalling your tears, I greatly long to see you, so that I may be filled with joy; 5 for I am often reminded of the unfeigned faith within you, a faith that first lived in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice; and I am fully persuaded that it lives in you as well.
6 For this reason, I would remind you to kindle afresh the gift of God that is in you through the laying on of my hands; 7 for God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and self-control.2 8 Therefore, do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner; but join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God, 9 who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, grace that was granted us in Christ Jesus measureless ages ago,3 10 but now has been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has abolished death and brought to light both life and immortality through the gospel, 11 for which I was appointed a herald, an apostle, and a teacher. 12 For this reason I also suffer these things; yet I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to keep what I have entrusted to him4 with a view to that Day. 13 Hold closely to the pattern of sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are found in Christ Jesus. 14 Through the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you.
15 This you already know, that everyone in the province of Asia has turned away from me, among whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes. 16 The Lord grant mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains; 17 on the contrary, when he arrived in Rome, he diligently sought me out and found me. 18 May the Lord grant him to find mercy from the Lord on that Day! And as for the many ways in which he served us at Ephesus, you know them very well.
- Lit. from the ones born before (me)
- Or sound judgment
- Lit. before times eternal
- Or to keep what was entrusted to me; lit. able to keep (guard) my deposit
2 You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2 And the things you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, pass these along to trustworthy men who will be able to instruct others as well. 3 Accept your share of suffering as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 4 No soldier on active duty entangles himself in the affairs of civilian life, so that he might please the one who enlisted him. 5 Similarly, if anyone competes as an athlete, he is not crowned with the victor’s wreath unless he competes according to the rules. 6 The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops. 7 Think over what I am saying, and the Lord will enable you to understand it all.1
8 Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, born of the seed of David! Such is my gospel,2 9 for which I suffer hardship even to the point of being chained up as a criminal. But the word of God is not in chains; 10 therefore, I endure all things for the sake of the elect, so that they also may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, and with it eternal glory. 11 The saying is trustworthy: If we died with him,3 we also will live with him; 12 if we endure, we also will reign with him; if we deny him, he also will deny us; 13 if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot deny himself.
The Lord’s Bond-servant
14 Remind them of these things, solemnly charging them before God4 not to wrangle over mere words, which is altogether useless and leads only to the ruin of the hearers. 15 Make every effort to present yourself to God as one who is tested and proven, a worker who need not be ashamed, skillfully handling5 the message of the truth. 16 But avoid profane babblings, for they will lead people into more and more ungodliness,6 17 and their empty talk will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, 18 men who have strayed from the truth, saying that the resurrection has already occurred, and who thereby overthrow the faith of some. 19 Nevertheless, the firm foundation of God remains standing, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who belong to Him,”7 and, “Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from unrighteousness.”
20 Now in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; and some are for honorable use, others for dishonorable. 21 Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable,8 he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, ready for every good work. 22 Now flee youthful lusts, but do indeed pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those9 who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 23 But have nothing to do with foolish and uninformed controversies, knowing that they only generate quarrels. 24 And the Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, 25 with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God will grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth, 26 and they will come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been taken10 captive by him to do his will.
- Lit. for the Lord will give you understanding in everything
- Lit. according to my gospel
- Lit. for if.
- Many mss, the Lord
- Lit. to cut straight; to handle aright; to teach truth directly and accurately
- Or for they (the profane babblers) will proceed further and further in ungodliness; lit. for they will make further progress in ungodliness
- See Num. 16:5
- Lit. these
- Or and peace with those
- Or possibly held
Dangerous Times Will Come
3 But recognize this: In the last days difficult and dangerous times will come. 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, empty boasters, contemptuous, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 devoid of natural affection, irreconcilable, slanderers, lacking self-control, brutal, hostile to what is good, 4 traitors, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 maintaining a form of religion, but denying its power. Now from men such as these, turn away; 6 for they are the kind1 who creep into households and take captive small-minded women loaded with sins and led along by various lusts, 7 women who are always seeking instruction but never able to arrive at an accurate knowledge of the truth. 8 And just as Jannes and Jambres stood against Moses, so too these stand against the truth, being men of corrupt minds, unapproved and rejected with respect to the faith. 9 But they will not make further progress, for their foolishness will soon become evident to all, as did the foolishness of Jannes and Jambres.2
10 You, however, have closely followed my teaching, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, and perseverance, 11 as well as the persecutions and afflictions that I experienced in Antioch, Iconium, and Lystra—what sorts of persecution I endured, and how the Lord rescued me from them all! 12 And indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. 13 But evil men and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 You, however, must continue in the things that you have learned and of which you have become convinced, remembering3 those from whom you learned them, 15 and that from your childhood you have known the sacred Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith that is placed in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed, and is therefore profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training4 in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
- Or for among these; lit. for of these
- Lit. as also that of those came to be
- Lit. knowing, recognizing
- Or instruction
Preach the Word!
4 I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: 2 Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convict, rebuke, and exhort with all longsuffering and instruction. 3 For the time will come when they cannot stand sound instruction, but, having itching ears, will pile up for themselves teacher after teacher1 according to their own desires. 4 Thus, on the one hand they will turn their ears away from the truth, on the other they themselves will turn aside to myths. 5 But as for you, be serious and watchful in all things, endure hardships, do the work of an evangelist, and so fulfill your ministry.
6 For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Henceforth, there is stored up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me2 on that Day, and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.
9 Make every effort to come to me quickly; 10 for Demas, having loved this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica; Crescens has gone to Galatia, and Titus to Dalmatia. 11 Only Luke is with me. Pick up Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful to me for ministry. 12 As for Tychicus, I have him sent to Ephesus. 13 When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, along with the scrolls, and especially the parchments. 14 Alexander the coppersmith did me great harm. The Lord will repay him according to his deeds. 15 You yourself should be on guard against him, for he vehemently opposed our message.3 16 At my first defense no one appeared in my support, but all abandoned me; may it not be counted against them. 17 But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that through me the message of the Gospel might be fully proclaimed, and all the Gentiles might hear. So I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion; 18 and the Lord will deliver me from every evil deed, and bring me safely into4 his heavenly kingdom, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen!
19 Greet Prisca and Aquila, and the household of Onesiphorus. 20 Erastus stayed in Corinth, but Trophimus I left sick at Miletus. 21 Make every effort to come before winter. Eubulus greets you, as well as Pudens, Linus, Claudia, and all the brothers. 22 The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you. Amen.
- Lit. teachers
- Or with which the Lord . . . will recompense me
- Lit. words
- Lit. will save me unto his