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2Timothy  ◦   Chapter 4

1 In the presence of God and Jesus Christ who will diagnose accurately both the living and the dead, and with the expectation of his return and the establishment of his kingdom of love, I give you this charge:2 Spread the Remedy; be ready at any time, day or night, to — with great patience and skillful direction — correct those who are out of harmony with God’s design; redirect those injuring themselves or others, and encourage those applying the Remedy.3 For there will come a time when people will no longer listen to reason, truth, or evidence. Instead, in harmony with their selfishness, they will amass professors, teachers and theologians to delight them with what they want to hear.4 They will refuse to listen to reason and truth, and–instead embrace fantasies.5 But you be sure to think for yourself in all situations and endure the inevitable difficulties while you do everything in your power to spread the Remedy and carry out all the responsibilities of your ministry.

6 My time here is ebbing away like a drink flowing from a cup; the time has come for me to be executed.7 I have stayed focused and fulfilled my mission; I have completed my assignment and have been true to my calling.8 Now, there is waiting for me the reward of being restored to complete rightness with God, which the Lord — the righteous Ruler — will award to me when he returns; and not only to me but to all who have desired his appearing.

9 If you can, come to me quickly,10 for Demas loved the pleasures of this world and ran away to Thessalonica. Crescens has left for Galatia, and Titus–to Dalmatia.11 Only doctor Luke is still with me. When you come, bring Mark, because he is always so helpful in my ministry.12 I sent Tychicus to Ephesus.13 Don't forget to bring the coat I left with Carpus at Troas, and my books–especially my notebooks.

14 The metalworker Alexander harmed my efforts greatly, but the Lord will allow him to reap the results of what he has done.15 Be careful if he shows up, because he strongly opposes the Remedy.

16 At my first hearing, no one stood with me; they all ran and hid, but I don't hold it against them,17 for the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that I was able to present the Remedy fully, and all the Gentiles heard it. And I was rescued from certain death.18 I know the Lord will rescue me from all evil and take me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory for ever and ever. So let it ever be!

19 Give my greetings to Priscilla and Aquila, and Onesiphorus and his family.20 Erastus stayed in Corinth, and Trophimus was sick in Miletus when I left.21 Please try to get here before winter. Eubulus says "hello," as do Pudens, Linus, Claudia, and all the others.22 The Lord be with you. God's grace be upon you.