Paul’s Second Letter to Timothy
1 Paul, apostle of Christ Jesus through God’s will in accordance with the promise that we are to have life in Christ Jesus, 2 to my dear child Timothy: grace, mercy, peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
3* I thank God, to whom I perform service with a clear conscience as did my fathers, that I keep the mention of you so uninterrupted in my prayers, night and day 4 longing to see you, remembering your tears in order that I may be filled with joy 5* by getting a reminiscence of the unfeigned faith you have in you, which resided first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and does, I am persuaded, in you too. 6 For which reason I am reminding you to brighten up the fire of the gift of God which you have in you through the laying on of my hands; 7 for God did not give us a spirit of timorousness but of power and love and discipline. 8 So do not be ashamed of testifying to our Lord nor of me his man in prison, but in the hardships of the gospel work take a share appropriate to the power of God, 9* who saved us and gave us a holy call in accordance not with our deeds but with an intent and grace of his own, given to us in Christ Jesus eternities ago 10 but now made apparent by the oncoming of our Savior Christ Jesus, who superseded death and gave the illumination of life and imperishability through the gospel. 11 For which I was appointed a herald and apostle and teacher; 12 for which same cause I am suffering these things; but I am not abashed, for I know him whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to guard for that day what I left in his care. 13* Have an outline of sound words heard from me; in faith and the love that is in Christ Jesus 14 safeguard the good deposit through the Holy Spirit our inmate.
15 You know this, that everybody in the province of Asia turned his back on me; among whom are Phygelus and Hermogenes. 16 The Lord grant mercy to Onesiphorus’s family, because he heartened me up over and over, and was not ashamed of my chains 17 but, when he was in Rome, took pains to hunt me up and found me; 18* the Lord grant him to find mercy from the Lord on that day. And what services he rendered in Ephesus you know right well.