Sound Doctrine Abandoned
In the Presence of God and of Christ Jesus,
Who will Judge the living and the Dead,
And in View of His Appearing and His Kingdom,
I GIVE YOU THIS CHARGE:
2 PREACH THE WORD;
BE PREPARED IN SEASON AND OUT OF SEASON;
CORRECT REBUKE AND ENCOURAGE--
WITH GREAT PATIENCE AND CAREFUL INSTRUCTION.
3 FOR THE TIME WILL COME
WHEN MEN WILL NOT PUT UP WITH SOUND DOCTRINE.
Instead, to suit their own desires,
THEY WILL GATHER AROUND THEM
A GREAT NUMBER OF TEACHERS
TO SAY WHAT THEIR ITCHING EARS WANT TO HEAR.
4 They will turn their ears away from the Truth
And Turn Aside to Myths.
5 But you, keep your head in all situations,
Endure Hardship, do the work of an Evangelist,
Discharge all the duties of your Ministry.
6 For I am already being poured out like a Drink Offering,
And the time has come for my Departure.
7 I HAVE FOUGHT THE GOOD FIGHT,
I HAVE FINISHED THE RACE,
I HAVE KEPT THE FAITH.
8 Now there is in Store for me
THE CROWN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS,
Which the Lord, the Righteous Judge,
Will Award to me on THAT DAY--
And not only to me,
BUT ALSO TO ALL WHO HAVE LONGED FOR HIS APPEARING.
9 Do your best to come to me quickly,
10 For Demas, because he loved this World,
Has Deserted me and had gone to Thessalonica.
Crescens had gone to Galatia, and Titus to Dalmatia.
11 Only Luke is with me.
Get Mark and bring him with you,
because he is helpful to me in my Ministry.
12 I sent Tychicus to Ephesus.
13 When you come, bring the cloak
That I left with Carpus at Troas,
And my Scrolls, especially the Parchments.
14 Alexander the metal worker
Did me a great deal of harm.
The Lord will repay him for what he has done.
15 You too should be on your guard against him,
Because he Strongly Opposed our Message.
16 At my First Defense, no one came to my Support,
But everyone deserted me.
May it not beheld against them.
17 BUT THE LORD STOOD AT MY SIDE AND GAVE ME STRENGTH,
So that the Message might be Fully Proclaimed
And all the Gentiles might hear it.
AND I WAS DELIVERED FROM THE LION'S MOUTH.
18 THE LORD WILL RESCUE ME FROM EVERY EVIL ATTACK
And will bring me safely to His Heavenly Kingdom.
To Him be Glory for ever and ever. Amen.
19 Greet Priscilla and Aquila
And the household of Onesiphorus.
20 Erastus stayed in Corinth,
And I left Trophimus sick in Miletus.
21 Do your best to get here before winter.
Eubulus greet you, and so do Pundens, Linus, Claudia
And all the brothers.
22 The Lord be with your spirit.
Grace be with you.
(2 Timothy 4)