1:1 Paul, apostle of Jesus Christ by God's will, according to promise of life, the [life] which [is] in Christ Jesus,
1:2 to Timotheus, [my] beloved child: grace, mercy, peace, from God [the] Father, and Christ Jesus our Lord.
1:3 I am thankful to God, whom I serve from [my] forefathers with pure conscience, how unceasingly I have the remembrance of thee in my supplications night and day,
1:4 earnestly desiring to see thee, remembering thy tears, that I may be filled with joy;
1:5 calling to mind the unfeigned faith which [has been] in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and in thy mother Eunice, and I am persuaded that in thee also.
1:6 For which cause I put thee in mind to rekindle the gift of God which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.
1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of cowardice, but of power, and of love, and of wise discretion.
1:8 Be not therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner; but suffer evil along with the glad tidings, according to the power of God;
1:9 who has saved us, and has called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to [his] own purpose and grace, which [was] given to us in Christ Jesus before [the] ages of time,
1:10 but has been made manifest now by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who has annulled death, and brought to light life and incorruptibility by the glad tidings;
1:11 to which *I* have been appointed a herald and apostle and teacher of [the] nations.
1:12 For which cause also I suffer these things; but I am not ashamed; for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep for that day the deposit I have entrusted to him.
1:13 Have an outline of sound words, which [words] thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which [are] in Christ Jesus.
1:14 Keep, by the Holy Spirit which dwells in us, the good deposit entrusted.
1:15 Thou knowest this, that all who [are] in Asia, of whom is Phygellus and Hermogenes, have turned away from me.
1:16 The Lord grant mercy to the house of Onesiphorus, for he has often refreshed me, and has not been ashamed of my chain;
1:17 but being in Rome sought me out very diligently, and found [me] --
1:18 the Lord grant to him to find mercy from [the] Lord in that day -- and how much service he rendered in Ephesus *thou* knowest best.
2:1 Thou therefore, my child, be strong in the grace which [is] in Christ Jesus.
2:2 And the things thou hast heard of me in the presence of many witnesses, these entrust to faithful men, such as shall be competent to instruct others also.
2:3 Take thy share in suffering as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
2:4 No one going as a soldier entangles himself with the affairs of life, that he may please him who has enlisted him as a soldier.
2:5 And if also any one contend [in the games], he is not crowned unless he contend lawfully.
2:6 The husbandman must labour before partaking of the fruits.
2:7 Think of what I say, for the Lord will give thee understanding in all things.
2:8 Remember Jesus Christ raised from among [the] dead, of [the] seed of David, according to my glad tidings,
2:9 in which I suffer even unto bonds as an evil-doer: but the word of God is not bound.
2:10 For this cause I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that *they* also may obtain the salvation which [is] in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.
2:11 The word [is] faithful; for if we have died together with [him], we shall also live together;
2:12 if we endure, we shall also reign together; if we deny, *he* also will deny us;
2:13 if we are unfaithful, *he* abides faithful, for he cannot deny himself.
2:14 Of these things put in remembrance, testifying earnestly before the Lord not to have disputes of words, profitable for nothing, to the subversion of the hearers.
2:15 Strive diligently to present thyself approved to God, a workman that has not to be ashamed, cutting in a straight line the word of truth.
2:16 But profane, vain babblings shun, for they will advance to greater impiety,
2:17 and their word will spread as a gangrene; of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus;
2:18 [men] who as to the truth have gone astray, saying that the resurrection has taken place already; and overthrow the faith of some.
2:19 Yet the firm foundation of God stands, having this seal, [The] Lord knows those that are his; and, Let every one who names the name of [the] Lord withdraw from iniquity.
2:20 But in a great house there are not only gold and silver vessels, but also wooden and earthen; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.
2:21 If therefore one shall have purified himself from these, [in separating himself from them], he shall be a vessel to honour, sanctified, serviceable to the Master, prepared for every good work.
2:22 But youthful lusts flee, and pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace, with those that call upon the Lord out of a pure heart.
2:23 But foolish and senseless questionings avoid, knowing that they beget contentions.
2:24 And a bondman of [the] Lord ought not to contend, but be gentle towards all; apt to teach; forbearing;
2:25 in meekness setting right those who oppose, if God perhaps may sometime give them repentance to acknowledgment of [the] truth,
2:26 and that they may awake up out of the snare of the devil, [who are] taken by him, for *his* will.
3:1 But this know, that in [the] last days difficult times shall be there;
3:2 for men shall be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, evil speakers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, profane,
3:3 without natural affection, implacable, slanderers, of unsubdued passions, savage, having no love for what is good,
3:4 traitors, headlong, of vain pretensions, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God;
3:5 having a form of piety but denying the power of it: and from these turn away.
3:6 For of these are they who are getting into houses, and leading captive silly women, laden with sins, led by various lusts,
3:7 always learning, and never able to come to [the] knowledge of [the] truth.
3:8 Now in the same manner in which Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, thus these also withstand the truth; men corrupted in mind, found worthless as regards the faith.
3:9 But they shall not advance farther; for their folly shall be completely manifest to all, as that of those also became.
3:10 But *thou* hast been thoroughly acquainted with my teaching, conduct, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, endurance,
3:11 persecutions, sufferings: what [sufferings] happened to me in Antioch, in Iconium, in Lystra; what persecutions I endured; and the Lord delivered me out of all.
3:12 And all indeed who desire to live piously in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.
3:13 But wicked men and juggling impostors shall advance in evil, leading and being led astray.
3:14 But *thou*, abide in those things which thou hast learned, and [of which] thou hast been fully persuaded, knowing of whom thou hast learned [them];
3:15 and that from a child thou hast known the sacred letters, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation, through faith which [is] in Christ Jesus.
3:16 Every scripture [is] divinely inspired, and profitable for teaching, for conviction, for correction, for instruction in righteousness;
3:17 that the man of God may be complete, fully fitted to every good work.
4:1 I testify before God and Christ Jesus, who is about to judge living and dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom,
4:2 proclaim the word; be urgent in season [and] out of season, convict, rebuke, encourage, with all longsuffering and doctrine.
4:3 For the time shall be when they will not bear sound teaching; but according to their own lusts will heap up to themselves teachers, having an itching ear;
4:4 and they will turn away their ear from the truth, and will have turned aside to fables.
4:5 But *thou*, be sober in all things, bear evils, do [the] work of an evangelist, fill up the full measure of thy ministry.
4:6 For *I* am already being poured out, and the time of my release is come.
4:7 I have combated the good combat, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
4:8 Henceforth the crown of righteousness is laid up for me, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will render to me in that day; but not only to me, but also to all who love his appearing.
4:9 Use diligence to come to me quickly;
4:10 for Demas has forsaken me, having loved the present age, and is gone to Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia.
4:11 Luke alone is with me. Take Mark, and bring [him] with thyself, for he is serviceable to me for ministry.
4:12 But Tychicus I have sent to Ephesus.
4:13 The cloak which I left behind [me] in Troas at Carpus's, bring when thou comest, and the books, especially the parchments.
4:14 Alexander the smith did many evil things against me. The Lord will render to him according to his works.
4:15 Against whom be *thou* also on thy guard, for he has greatly withstood our words.
4:16 At my first defence no man stood with me, but all deserted me. May it not be imputed to them.
4:17 But the Lord stood with [me], and gave me power, that through me the proclamation might be fully made, and all [those of] the nations should hear; and I was delivered out of the lion's mouth.
4:18 The Lord shall deliver me from every wicked work, and shall preserve [me] for his heavenly kingdom; to whom [be] glory for the ages of ages. Amen.
4:19 Salute Prisca and Aquila, and the house of Onesiphorus.
4:20 Erastus remained in Corinth, but Trophimus I left behind in Miletus sick.
4:21 Use diligence to come before winter. Eubulus salutes thee, and Pudens, and Linus, and Claudia, and the brethren all.
4:22 The Lord Jesus Christ [be] with your spirit. Grace [be] with you.