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2 Timothy 1 1599 Geneva Bible (GNV)

The Second Epistle of Paul to Timothy

3 He commendeth Timothy’s faith, 6 and exhorteth him to go on faithfully in the charge committed unto him: 8 and that neither for his bonds, 15 nor the revolting of others, he faint. 11 He triumpheth of his Apostleship. 14 He willeth him to have care of the thing committed unto him, 16 and praiseth Onesiphorus.

Paul an Apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, [a]according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus,

To Timothy my beloved son: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father, and from Jesus Christ our Lord.

[b]I thank God, whom I serve from mine [c]elders with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day.

Desiring to see thee, mindful of thy tears, that I may be filled with joy:

When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and in thy mother Eunice, and am assured that it dwelleth in thee also.

[d]Wherefore, I put thee in remembrance that thou [e]stir up the gift of God which is in thee, by the putting on of mine hands.

For God hath not given to us the Spirit of [f]fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

[g]Be not therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, neither of me [h]his prisoner: but be partaker of the afflictions of the [i]Gospel according to the [j]power of God,

[k]Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was [l]given to us through Christ Jesus [m]before the world was,

10 But is now made manifest by that appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality unto [n]light through the Gospel.

11 [o]Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and Apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles.

12 [p]For the which cause I also suffer these things, [q]but I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and I am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed to him against that day.

13 [r]Keep the true pattern of the wholesome words, which thou hast heard of me in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.

14 [s]That worthy thing, which was committed to thee, keep [t]through the holy Ghost, which dwelleth in us.

15 [u]This thou knowest, that all they which are in Asia, be turned from me: of which sort are Phygellus and Hermogenes.

16 The Lord give mercy unto the house of Onesiphorus: for he oft refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain,

17 But when he was at Rome, he sought me out very diligently, and found me.

18 The Lord grant unto him, that he may find mercy with the Lord at that day, and in how many things he hath ministered unto me at Ephesus, thou knowest very well.


  1. 2 Timothy 1:1 Sent of God to preach that life which he promised in Christ Jesus.
  2. 2 Timothy 1:3 The chiefest mark that he shooteth at in this Epistle, is to confirm Timothy to continue constantly and manfully even to the end, setting first before him the great good will he beareth him, and then reckoning up the excellent gifts which God would as it were have to be by inheritance in Timothy, and his ancestors, which might so much the more make him bound to God.
  3. 2 Timothy 1:3 From Abraham, Isaac and Jacob: for he speaketh not of Pharisaism, but of Christianism.
  4. 2 Timothy 1:6 He warneth us to set the invincible power of the Spirit, which God hath given us, against those storms which may and do come upon us.
  5. 2 Timothy 1:6 The gift of God is as it were a certain lively flame kindled in our hearts, which the flesh and the devil go about to put out: and therefore we on the contrary side must labor as much as we can to foster and keep it burning.
  6. 2 Timothy 1:7 To pierce us through, and terrify us, as men whom the Lord will destroy.
  7. 2 Timothy 1:8 He proveth that the ignominy or shame of the cross is not only not to be ashamed of, but also that it is glorious and most honorable: first, because the Gospel wherefore the godly are afflicted, is the testimony of Christ: and secondly, because at length the great virtue and power of God appeareth in them.
  8. 2 Timothy 1:8 For his sake.
  9. 2 Timothy 1:8 The Gospel after a sort is said to be afflicted in them that preach it.
  10. 2 Timothy 1:8 Through the power of God.
  11. 2 Timothy 1:9 He showeth with how great benefits God hath bound us to maintain boldly and constantly his glory which is joined with our salvation, and reckoneth up the causes of our salvation, to wit, that free and eternal purpose of God to save us in Christ which was to come, whereby it should come to pass, that we should at length be freely called of God by the preaching of the Gospel, to Christ the destroyer of death and author of immortality.
  12. 2 Timothy 1:9 He sayeth that that grace was given us from everlasting, unto which we were predestinate from everlasting. So that the doctrine of foreseen faith and foreseen works, is clean contrary to the doctrine which preached and teacheth the grace of God.
  13. 2 Timothy 1:9 Before that course of years, which hath run on ever since the beginning of the world.
  14. 2 Timothy 1:10 Hath caused life and immortality to appear.
  15. 2 Timothy 1:11 That is, the Gospel which the Apostle preached.
  16. 2 Timothy 1:12 He confirmeth his Apostleship by a strange argument, to wit, because the world could not abide it, and therefore it persecuted him that preached it.
  17. 2 Timothy 1:12 By setting his own example before us, he showeth us how it may be, that we shall not be ashamed of the cross of Christ, to wit, if we be sure that God both can and will keep the salvation which he hath as it were laid up in store by himself for us against that day.
  18. 2 Timothy 1:13 He showeth wherein he ought to be most constant, to wit, both in the doctrine itself, the abridgment whereof is faith and charity, and next in the manner of teaching it, a lively pattern and shape whereof Timothy knew in the Apostle.
  19. 2 Timothy 1:14 An amplification, taken of the dignity of so great a benefit committed of the ministers.
  20. 2 Timothy 1:14 The taking away of an objection. It is a hard thing to do it, but the Spirit of God is mighty, who hath inwardly endued us with his virtue.
  21. 2 Timothy 1:15 He preventeth an offense which arose by the means of certain that fell from God and the religion, and uttereth also their names, that they might be known of all men. But he setteth against them the singular faith of one man, that one only good example might counterpoise and weigh down all evil examples.
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2 Timothy 1 New International Version (NIV)

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, in keeping with the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus,

To Timothy, my dear son:

Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.


I thank God, whom I serve, as my ancestors did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers. Recalling your tears, I long to see you, so that I may be filled with joy. I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.

Appeal for Loyalty to Paul and the Gospel

For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God. He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, 10 but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. 11 And of this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher. 12 That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet this is no cause for shame, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until that day.

13 What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus. 14 Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you—guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.

Examples of Disloyalty and Loyalty

15 You know that everyone in the province of Asia has deserted me, including Phygelus and Hermogenes.

16 May the Lord show mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, because he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains. 17 On the contrary, when he was in Rome, he searched hard for me until he found me. 18 May the Lord grant that he will find mercy from the Lord on that day! You know very well in how many ways he helped me in Ephesus.

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