Teach the Bible
2 Timothy 4:1-5
(1) In the presence of God and of Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead, and in light of his appearance (second coming) and his kingdom, I give you this charge Timothy: (2) Preach God’s word; be prepared at all times (in season and out of season), correct, exhort, and encourage—with complete patience and guidance. (3) For the time is coming when people will no longer follow sound teaching, but having itching ears they will gather around them many teachers who will tell them what they want to hear—things that will satisfy their own passions. (4) They will turn away from the truth in order to follow spiritual myths.
(5) But as for you Timothy, always keep your mind under control in all situations, endure hardships, do the work of an evangelist (telling others about the gospel of Christ), and be faithful in all the duties of your ministry.
The Last Days of Paul
2 Timothy 4:6-18
(6) I, Paul, am already being poured out as a drink offering in this Roman prison, and the time for my death is near. (7) I have fought the good fight of faith. I have finished the race. I have stayed true to the faith of Jesus Christ. (8) Now there is stored up for me the victor’s crown (wreath) of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award me on the day of his appearing (at the second coming of Jesus Christ). This is true not only for me but also for all believers who long for his appearing.
(9) Timothy, do your best to visit me in Rome as soon as possible, (10) for Demas has deserted me because he loves this world and has gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to the Roman province of Galatia, and Titus has gone to the Roman province of Dalmatia (Dalmatia was located along the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea and today covers the northern part of Albania, much of Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo, and Serbia). (11) Only Luke is with me. Get Mark (the nephew of Barnabas and the writer of the Gospel of Mark) and bring him with you, because he is helpful to me in my ministry.
(12) I sent Tychicus to Ephesus. (13) When you come to Rome, bring the coat (outer cloak) and various books (papyrus scrolls), especially my parchments (made of sheepskin or goatskin), that I left with Carpus at Troas. (Paul was probably rearrested in Troas; see 1 Timothy 2:8). (14) Alexander the metalworker did me a great deal of harm, but the Lord will repay him for what he has done. (15) You must be on your guard against him, because he strongly opposed our gospel (good news) message of Christ.
(16) No one came to stand alongside me at my first court defense in Rome, but everyone deserted me—may it not be held against them. (17) But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message of Christ would be fully proclaimed and all the nations would hear it. So I was rescued from the lion’s mouth. (18) The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom. To him be majestic glory for ever and ever! Amen (let it be).
2 Timothy 4:19-22
(19) Greet Priscilla and Aquila, and the family of Onesephorus. (20) Erastus stayed in Corinth, and I left Trophimus in Miletus because he was sick. (21) Timothy, do everything you can to arrive in Rome before winter. Eubulus sends greetings to you; so do Pudens, Linus and Claudia and all the believers. (22) The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you all!