2 Timothy 4:7-8
New American Bible (Revised Edition)
7 [a]I have competed well; I have finished the race;(A) I have kept the faith. 8 [b]From now on the crown of righteousness awaits me, which the Lord, the just judge, will award to me on that day,(B) and not only to me, but to all who have longed for his appearance.Read full chapter
- 4:7 At the close of his life Paul could testify to the accomplishment of what Christ himself foretold concerning him at the time of his conversion, “I will show him what he will have to suffer for my name” (Acts 9:16).
- 4:8 When the world is judged at the parousia, all who have eagerly looked for the Lord’s appearing and have sought to live according to his teachings will be rewarded. The crown is a reference to the laurel wreath placed on the heads of victorious athletes and conquerors in war; cf. 2 Tm 2:5; 1 Cor 9:25.