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2 Timothy 4


 1 I (1) (*) charge thee therefore before God, and before the Lord Jesus Christ, which shall judge the quick and dead at that his appearing, and in his kingdom,


(1) The principal and chief of all admonitions, being therefore proposed with a most earnest charge, is this: That the word of God be propounded with a certain holy importunity, as necessity requireth; but so, that a good and true ground of the doctrine be laid, and the vehemency be tempered with all holy meekness.

(*) Or, adjure.


 2 Preach the word; be instant, (*) in season and out of season; improve, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.


(*) Leave none occasion to preach and to profit.


 3  (2) For the time will come when they will not suffer wholesome doctrine; but having their ears itching, shall after their own lusts get them a heap of teachers,


(2) Faithful Pastors in times past took all occasions they could, because men were very prompt and ready to return to their fables.


 4 And shall turn their ears from the truth, and shall be given unto (a) fables.


(a) To false and unprofitable doctrines, which the world is now so bewitched withal, that it had rather the open light of the truth were utterly put out, when it would come out of darkness.


 5  (3) But watch thou in all things, suffer adversity, do the work of an Evangelist, (b) (*) make thy ministry fully known.


(3) The wickedness and falling away of the world, ought to cause faithful ministers to be so much the more careful.
(b) Prove and shew by good and substantial proof, that you are the true minister of God.

(*) So behave thyself in this office, that men may be able to charge thee with nothing, but rather approve thee in all things.


 6  (4) For I am now ready to be (c) (*) offered, and the time of my (♣) departing is at hand.


(4) He foretelleth his death to be at hand, and setteth before them an excellent example, both of invincible constancy and sure hope.
(c) To be offered for a drink offering; and he alludeth to the pouring out of blood or wine which was used in sacrifices.

(*) Read Philippians 2:17 .

(♣) Or, dissolving.


 7 I have fought a good fight, and have finished my course, I have kept the faith.


 8 For henceforth is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord the righteous judge shall give me at that day; and not to me only, but unto all them also that love that his appearing.


 9  (5) Make speed to come unto me at once;


(5) The last part of the Epistle, setting forth grievous complaints against certain, and examples of singular godliness in every place, and of a mind never wearied.


 10 For Demas hath forsaken me, and hath (d) embraced this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica. Crescens is gone to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia.


(d) Contented himself with this world.


 11  (*) (♣) Only Luke is with me. Take Mark and bring him with thee, for he is profitable unto me to minister.


(*) Colossians 4:10-14 .

(♣) Hereby it is manifest that Peter as yet was not at Rome, and if ever he was there it is uncertain.


 12 And Tychicus have I sent to Ephesus.


 13 The (*) cloak that I left at Troas with Carpus, when thou comest, bring with thee, and the books, but specially the parchments.


(*) Some read coffer; others, book.


 14 Alexander the coppersmith hath done me much evil; the Lord (*) reward him according to his works.


(*) For Paul saw in him manifest signs of reprobation.


 15 Of whom be thou ware also, for he withstood our preaching sore.


 16 At my first answering (*) no man assisted me, but all forsook me; I pray God, that it may not be laid to their charge.


(*) If Peter had been there he would not have forsaken him.


 17 Notwithstanding the Lord assisted me, and strengthened me, that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles should hear; and I was delivered out of the mouth of the (e) lion.


(e) Out of the great danger of Nero.


 18 And the Lord will deliver me from every (f) evil work, and will preserve me unto his (g) heavenly kingdom; to whom be praise forever and ever, Amen.


(f) Preserve me pure from committing anything unworthy my Apostleship.
(g) To make me partaker of his kingdom.


 19 Salute Prisca and Aquila, and the (*) household of Onesiphorus.


(*) 2 Timothy 1:16 .


 20 Erastus abode at Corinth, Trophimus I left at Miletum sick.


 21 Make speed to come before winter. Eubulus greeteth thee, and Pudens, and Linus, and Claudia, and all the brethren.


 22 The Lord Jesus Christ be with thy spirit. Grace be with you, Amen.




The second Epistle written from Rome unto Timothy, the first Bishop elected of the Church of Ephesus, when Paul was presented the second time before the Emperor Nero. 


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