May there be undeserved kindness, mercy, peace from God [the] Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.+
3 I am grateful to God, to whom I am rendering sacred service*+ as my forefathers+ did and with a clean conscience,+ that I never leave off remembering you in my supplications,+ night and day 4 longing to see you,+ as I remember your tears, that I may get filled with joy. 5 For I recollect the faith+ which is in you without any hypocrisy,+ and which dwelt first in your grandmother Lo′is and your mother Eu′nice, but which I am confident is also in you.
6 For this very cause I remind you to stir up like a fire+ the gift+ of God which is in you through the laying of my hands upon you.+ 7 For God gave us not a spirit of cowardice,+ but that of power+ and of love and of soundness of mind.+ 8 Therefore do not become ashamed of the witness* about our Lord,+ neither of me a prisoner for his sake,*+ but take your part in suffering+ evil for the good news according to the power of God.+ 9 He saved+ us and called us with a holy calling,+ not by reason of our works,+ but by reason of his own purpose and undeserved kindness. This was given us in connection with Christ Jesus before times long lasting,*+ 10 but now it has been made clearly evident through the manifestation+ of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has abolished* death+ but has shed light+ upon life+ and incorruption+ through the good news,+ 11 for which I was appointed a preacher and apostle and teacher.+
12 For this very cause I am also suffering+ these things, but I am not ashamed.+ For I know the one whom I have believed, and I am confident* he is able to guard+ what I have laid up in trust with him until that day.+ 13 Keep holding the pattern of healthful+ words that you heard from me with the faith and love that are in connection with Christ Jesus.+ 14 This fine trust+ guard through the holy spirit which is dwelling in us.+
15 You know this, that all the men in* the [district of] Asia+ have turned away from me.+ Phy·gel′us and Her·mog′e·nes are of that number. 16 May the Lord* grant mercy to the household of On·e·siph′o·rus,+ because he often brought me refreshment,+ and he did not become ashamed of my chains.+ 17 On the contrary, when he happened to be in Rome, he diligently looked for me and found me.+ 18 May the Lord* grant him to find mercy+ from Jehovah* in that day.+ And all the services he rendered in Eph′e·sus you know well enough.*