1: I command you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at his appearing and his Kingdom:
2: preach the word; be urgent in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with all patience and teaching.
3: For the time will come when they will not listen to the sound doctrine, but, having itching ears, will heap up for themselves teachers after their own lusts;
4: and will turn away their ears from the truth, and turn aside to fables.
5: But you be sober in all things, suffer hardship, do the work of an evangelist, and fulfill your ministry.
6: For I am already being offered, and the time of my departure has come.
7: I have fought the good fight. I have finished the course. I have kept the faith.
8: From now on, there is stored up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give to me on that day; and not to me only, but also to all those who have loved his appearing.
9: Be diligent to come to me soon,
10: for Demas left me, having loved this present world, and went to Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, and Titus to Dalmatia.
11: Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with you, for he is useful to me for service.
12: But I sent Tychicus to Ephesus.
13: Bring the cloak that I left at Troas with Carpus when you come, and the books, especially the parchments.
14: Alexander, the coppersmith, did much evil to me. The Lord will repay him according to his works,
15: of whom you also must beware; for he greatly opposed our words.
16: At my first defense, no one came to help me, but all left me. May it not be held against them.
17: But the Lord stood by me, and strengthened me, that through me the message might be fully proclaimed, and that all the Gentiles might hear; and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.
18: And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me for his heavenly Kingdom; to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
19: Greet Prisca and Aquila, and the house of Onesiphorus.
20: Erastus remained at Corinth, but I left Trophimus at Miletus sick.
21: Be diligent to come before winter. Eubulus salutes you, as do Pudens, Linus, Claudia, and all the brothers.
22: The Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Grace be with you. Amen.