4 I solemnly charge you before God and Christ Jesus,* who is destined to judge+ the living and the dead,+ and by his manifestation+ and his kingdom,+ 2 preach the word,+ be at it urgently in favorable season,+ in troublesome season,+ reprove,+ reprimand,* exhort, with all long-suffering+ and [art of] teaching. 3 For there will be a period of time when they will not put up with the healthful teaching,+ but, in accord with their own desires, they will accumulate teachers for themselves to have their ears tickled;+ 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, whereas they will be turned aside to false stories.*+ 5 You, though, keep your senses+ in all things, suffer evil,+ do [the] work of an evangelizer,*+ fully accomplish* your ministry.+
6 For I am already being poured out like a drink offering,+ and the due time for my releasing*+ is imminent. 7 I have fought the fine fight,*+ I have run the course to the finish,+ I have observed the faith.*+ 8 From this time on there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness,+ which the Lord, the righteous judge,+ will give me as a reward+ in that day,+ yet not only to me, but also to all those who have loved his manifestation.
9 Do your utmost to come to me shortly.+ 10 For De′mas+ has forsaken me because he loved the present system+ of things,* and he has gone to Thes·sa·lo·ni′ca; Cres′cens to Ga·la′ti·a,+ Titus to Dal·ma′tia. 11 Luke alone is with me. Take Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful+ to me for ministering. 12 But I have sent Tych′i·cus+ off to Eph′e·sus. 13 When you come, bring the cloak I left at Tro′as+ with Carpus, and the scrolls,* especially the parchments.
16 In my first defense no one came to my side, but they all proceeded to forsake me+—may it not be put to their account+— 17 but the Lord stood near me+ and infused power into me,+ that through me the preaching might be fully accomplished and all the nations might hear it;+ and I was delivered from the lion’s mouth.+ 18 The Lord will deliver me from every wicked work+ and will save [me] for his heavenly kingdom.+ To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
Eu·bu′lus sends you his greetings, and [so do] Pu′dens and Li′nus and Clau′di·a and all* the brothers.