4 I adjure [thee] before God, and Christ Jesus—Who is about to be judging living and dead,—Both as to his forthshining and his kingdom
2 Proclaim the word, Take thy position—in season, out of season—Convince, rebuke, encourage—With all long-suffering and teaching.
3 For there will be a season—When the healthful teaching they will not endure, But according to their own covetings will unto themselves heap up teachers Because they have an itching ear,
4 And from the truth indeed their ear will they turn away While unto stories they will turn themselves aside.
5 But thou—be sober in all things, suffer hardship, do the work of an evangelist, thy ministry completely fulfill;
6 For I already am being poured out as a drink-offering, And the season of my release is at hand,—
7 The noble contest have I contested, The race have I finished, The faith have I kept:
8 Henceforth lieth by for me—The crown of righteousness, Which the Lord will render unto me in that day,—The righteous judge,—Yet not alone unto me, But unto all them also who have loved his forthshining.
9 Give diligence to come unto me speedily,
10 For Demas hath forsaken me having loved the present age And hath journeyed unto Thessalonica; Crescens unto Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia:
11 Luke alone is with me. Receiving Mark back bring him with thyself, For he is very useful to me for ministering;
12 and Tychicus have I sent unto Ephesus.
13 The cloak that I left in Troas with Carpus when thou comest bring; And the scrolls, especially the parchments.
14 Alexander the coppersmith of much baseness towards me hath given proof,—The Lord will render unto him according to his works.—
15 Of whom be thou also on thy guard, For he hath greatly withstood our words.
16 In my first defence no man came in to help me, but all forsook me,—Unto them may it not be reckoned!—
17 But the Lord stood by me and empowered me, In order that through me the proclamation might be fully made, and all the nations might hear; And I was delivered out of the mouth of a lion:—
18 The Lord will rescue me from every wicked work, And will bring me safe into his heavenly kingdom: Unto whom be the glory unto the ages of ages. Amen.
19 Salute Prisca and Aquila and the house of Onesiphorus.
20 Erastus remained in Corinth; but Trophimus I left at Miletus sick.
21 Give diligence to come before winter. There salute thee—Eubulus and Pudens and Linus and Claudia, and [all] the brethren.
22 The Lord be with thy spirit. Favour be with you.