Godlessness in the Last Days

But understand this, that (A)in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be (B)lovers of self, (C)lovers of money, (D)proud, (E)arrogant, abusive, (F)disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, (G)heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, (H)not loving good, treacherous, reckless, (I)swollen with conceit, (J)lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but (K)denying its power. (L)Avoid such people. For among them are (M)those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions, always learning and never able to (N)arrive at a knowledge of the truth. Just as (O)Jannes and Jambres (P)opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, (Q)men corrupted in mind and (R)disqualified regarding the faith. But they will not get very far, for their folly will be plain to all, (S)as was that of those two men.

All Scripture Is Breathed Out by God

10 (T)You, however, have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, 11 my persecutions and sufferings that happened to me (U)at Antioch, (V)at Iconium, and (W)at Lystra—which persecutions I endured; yet (X)from them all (Y)the Lord rescued me. 12 Indeed, all who desire to (Z)live a godly life in Christ Jesus (AA)will be persecuted, 13 while (AB)evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and (AC)being deceived. 14 But as for you, (AD)continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom[a] you learned it 15 and how (AE)from childhood you have been acquainted with (AF)the sacred writings, (AG)which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 (AH)All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that (AI)the man of God[b] may be complete, (AJ)equipped (AK)for every good work.

Preach the Word

(AL)I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, (AM)who is to judge the living and the dead, and by (AN)his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; (AO)reprove, rebuke, and (AP)exhort, with complete patience and teaching. (AQ)For the time is coming when people will not endure (AR)sound[c] teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and (AS)will turn away from listening to the truth and (AT)wander off into myths. As for you, (AU)always be sober-minded, (AV)endure suffering, do the work of (AW)an evangelist, (AX)fulfill your ministry.

For (AY)I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my (AZ)departure has come. (BA)I have fought the good fight, (BB)I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is (BC)laid up for me (BD)the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, (BE)the righteous judge, will award to me on (BF)that day, and not only to me but also to all (BG)who have loved his appearing.

Personal Instructions

(BH)Do your best to come to me soon. 10 For (BI)Demas, (BJ)in love with (BK)this present world, (BL)has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia,[d] (BM)Titus to Dalmatia. 11 (BN)Luke alone is with me. Get (BO)Mark and bring him with you, for he is very useful to me for ministry. 12 (BP)Tychicus I have sent to Ephesus. 13 When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, also the books, and above all the parchments. 14 (BQ)Alexander the coppersmith did me great harm; (BR)the Lord will repay him according to his deeds. 15 Beware of him yourself, for he strongly opposed our message. 16 At my first defense no one came to stand by me, but all deserted me. (BS)May it not be charged against them! 17 But (BT)the Lord stood by me and (BU)strengthened me, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and (BV)all the Gentiles might hear it. So (BW)I was rescued (BX)from the lion's mouth. 18 The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom. (BY)To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

Final Greetings

19 Greet (BZ)Prisca and Aquila, and (CA)the household of Onesiphorus. 20 Erastus remained at Corinth, and I left (CB)Trophimus, who was ill, at Miletus. 21 (CC)Do your best to come before winter. Eubulus sends greetings to you, as do Pudens and Linus and Claudia and all the brothers.[e]

22 The Lord be (CD)with your spirit. (CE)Grace be with you.[f]

Footnotes

  1. 2 Timothy 3:14 The Greek for whom is plural
  2. 2 Timothy 3:17 That is, a messenger of God (the phrase echoes a common Old Testament expression)
  3. 2 Timothy 4:3 Or healthy
  4. 2 Timothy 4:10 Some manuscripts Gaul
  5. 2 Timothy 4:21 Or brothers and sisters. In New Testament usage, depending on the context, the plural Greek word adelphoi (translated “brothers”) may refer either to brothers or to brothers and sisters
  6. 2 Timothy 4:22 The Greek for you is plural

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