And this know thou, that in the last days there shall come perilous times,
for men shall be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, evil-speakers, to parents disobedient, unthankful, unkind,
without natural affection, implacable, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, not lovers of those who are good,
traitors, heady, lofty, lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God,
having a form of piety, and its power having denied; and from these be turning away,
for of these there are those coming into the houses and leading captive the silly women, laden with sins, led away with desires manifold,
always learning, and never to a knowledge of truth able to come,
and, even as Jannes and Jambres stood against Moses, so also these do stand against the truth, men corrupted in mind, disapproved concerning the faith;
but they shall not advance any further, for their folly shall be manifest to all, as theirs also did become.
And thou -- thou hast followed after my teaching, manner of life, purpose, faith, long-suffering, love, endurance,
the persecutions, the afflictions, that befel me in Antioch, in Iconium, in Lystra; what persecutions I endured, and out of all the Lord did deliver me,
and all also who will to live piously in Christ Jesus shall be persecuted,
and evil men and impostors shall advance to the worse, leading astray and being led astray.
And thou -- be remaining in the things which thou didst learn and wast entrusted with, having known from whom thou didst learn,
and because from a babe the Holy Writings thou hast known, which are able to make thee wise -- to salvation, through faith that [is] in Christ Jesus;
every Writing [is] God-breathed, and profitable for teaching, for conviction, for setting aright, for instruction that [is] in righteousness,
that the man of God may be fitted -- for every good work having been completed.
2 Timothy 4
I do fully testify, then, before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who is about to judge living and dead at his manifestation and his reign --
preach the word; be earnest in season, out of season, convict, rebuke, exhort, in all long-suffering and teaching,
for there shall be a season when the sound teaching they will not suffer, but according to their own desires to themselves they shall heap up teachers -- itching in the hearing,
and indeed, from the truth the hearing they shall turn away, and to the fables they shall be turned aside.
And thou -- watch in all things; suffer evil; do the work of one proclaiming good news; of thy ministration make full assurance,
for I am already being poured out, and the time of my release hath arrived;
the good strife I have striven, the course I have finished, the faith I have kept,
henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of the righteousness that the Lord -- the Righteous Judge -- shall give to me in that day, and not only to me, but also to all those loving his manifestation.
Be diligent to come unto me quickly,
for Demas forsook me, having loved the present age, and went on to Thessalonica, Crescens to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia,
Lukas only is with me; Markus having taken, bring with thyself, for he is profitable to me for ministration;
and Tychicus I sent to Ephesus;
the cloak that I left in Troas with Carpus, coming, bring thou and the books -- especially the parchments.
Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil; may the Lord repay to him according to his works,
of whom also do thou beware, for greatly hath he stood against our words;
in my first defence no one stood with me, but all forsook me, (may it not be reckoned to them!)
and the Lord stood by me, and did strengthen me, that through me the preaching might be fully assured, and all the nations might hear, and I was freed out of the mouth of a lion,
and the Lord shall free me from every evil work, and shall save [me] -- to his heavenly kingdom; to whom [is] the glory to the ages of the ages! Amen.
Salute Prisca and Aquilas, and Onesiphorus' household;
Erastus did remain in Corinth, and Trophimus I left in Miletus infirm;
be diligent to come before winter. Salute thee doth Eubulus, and Pudens, and Linus, and Claudia, and all the brethren.
The Lord Jesus Christ [is] with thy spirit; the grace [is] with you! Amen.
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