2 Timothy 4

Preach the Word

1 h I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, i who is to judge the living and the dead, and by j his appearing and his kingdom: 2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; k reprove, rebuke, and l exhort, with complete patience and teaching. 3 m For the time is coming when people will not endure n sound 1 teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, 4 and o will turn away from listening to the truth and p wander off into myths. 5 As for you, q always be sober-minded, r endure suffering, do the work of s an evangelist, t fulfill your ministry.

6 For u I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my v departure has come. 7 w I have fought the good fight, x I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Henceforth there is y laid up for me z the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, a the righteous judge, will award to me on b that Day, and not only to me but also to all c who have loved his appearing.

Personal Instructions

9 d Do your best to come to me soon. 10 For e Demas, f in love with g this present world, h has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, 2 i Titus to Dalmatia. 11 h Luke alone is with me. Get j Mark and bring him with you, for he is very useful to me for ministry. 12 k Tychicus I have sent to Ephesus. 13 When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, also the books, and above all the parchments. 14 l Alexander the coppersmith did me great harm; m the Lord will repay him according to his deeds. 15 Beware of him yourself, for he strongly opposed our message. 16 At my first defense no one came to stand by me, but all deserted me. n May it not be charged against them! 17 But o the Lord stood by me and p strengthened me, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and q all the Gentiles might hear it. So r I was rescued s from the lion's mouth. 18 The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom. t To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

Final Greetings

19 Greet u Prisca and Aquila, and v the household of Onesiphorus. 20 Erastus remained at Corinth, and I left w Trophimus, who was ill, at Miletus. 21 x Do your best to come before winter. Eubulus sends greetings to you, as do Pudens and Linus and Claudia and all the brothers. 3

22 The Lord be y with your spirit. z Grace be with you. 4

  1. Cross References
    2 Timothy 2:14
    Remind them of these things, and charge them before God not to quarrel about words, which does no good, but only ruins the hearers.
    1 Timothy 5:21
    In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of the elect angels I charge you to keep these rules without prejudging, doing nothing from partiality.
    1 Timothy 6:13
    I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession.
  2. Cross References
    Acts 10:42
    And he commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one appointed by God to be judge of the living and the dead.
  3. Cross References
    2 Timothy 4:8
    Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.
    2 Thessalonians 2:8
    And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will kill with the breath of his mouth and bring to nothing by the appearance of his coming.
  4. Cross References
    1 Timothy 5:20
    As for those who persist in sin, rebuke them in the presence of all, so that the rest may stand in fear.
    Titus 1:13
    This testimony is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith.
    Titus 2:15
    Declare these things; exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you.
  5. Cross References
    1 Timothy 4:13
    Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching.
  6. Cross References
    2 Timothy 3:1
    But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty.
  7. Cross References
    1 Timothy 1:10
    The sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine.
  8. Cross References
    1 Timothy 6:20
    O Timothy, guard the deposit entrusted to you. Avoid the irreverent babble and contradictions of what is falsely called "knowledge.
  9. Cross References
    1 Timothy 1:1
    Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope.
    1 Timothy 4:1
    Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons.
    1 Timothy 6:1
    Let all who are under a yoke as slaves regard their own masters as worthy of all honor, so that the name of God and the teaching may not be reviled.
  10. Cross References
    1 Peter 1:13
    Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
  11. Cross References
    2 Timothy 1:8
    Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God.
    2 Timothy 2:3
    Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.
    2 Timothy 2:9
    For which I am suffering, bound with chains as a criminal. But the word of God is not bound!
  12. Cross References
    Acts 21:8
    On the next day we departed and came to Caesarea, and we entered the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the seven, and stayed with him.
    Ephesians 4:11
    And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers.
  13. Cross References
    Colossians 4:17
    And say to Archippus, "See that you fulfill the ministry that you have received in the Lord.
  14. Cross References
    Philippians 2:17
    Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all.
  15. Cross References
    Philippians 1:23
    I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better.
    2 Peter 1:14
    Since I know that the putting off of my body will be soon, as our Lord Jesus Christ made clear to me.
  16. Cross References
    1 Timothy 6:12
    Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
  17. Cross References
    Acts 20:24
    But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.
  18. Cross References
    Colossians 1:5
    Because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel.
    1 Peter 1:4
    To an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you.
  19. Cross References
    James 1:12
    Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.
  20. Cross References
    Psalms 7:11
    God is a righteous judge, and a God who feels indignation every day.
  21. Cross References
    2 Timothy 1:12
    Which is why I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me.
  22. Cross References
    Revelation 22:20
    He who testifies to these things says, "Surely I am coming soon." Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!
  23. Cross References
    2 Timothy 1:4
    As I remember your tears, I long to see you, that I may be filled with joy.
  24. Cross References
    Colossians 4:14
    Luke the beloved physician greets you, as does Demas.
    Philemon 1:24
    And so do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, and Luke, my fellow workers.
  25. Cross References
    1 John 2:15
    Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
  26. Cross References
    1 Timothy 6:17
    As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.
    Titus 2:12
    Training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age.
  27. Cross References
    2 Timothy 1:15
    You are aware that all who are in Asia turned away from me, among whom are Phygelus and Hermogenes.
  28. Cross References
    Titus 3:12
    When I send Artemas or Tychicus to you, do your best to come to me at Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there.
  29. Cross References
    2 Timothy 4:10
    For Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia.
  30. Cross References
    Acts 12:12
    When he realized this, he went to the house of Mary, the mother of John whose other name was Mark, where many were gathered together and were praying.
  31. Cross References
    Acts 20:4
    Sopater the Berean, son of Pyrrhus, accompanied him; and of the Thessalonians, Aristarchus and Secundus; and Gaius of Derbe, and Timothy; and the Asians, Tychicus and Trophimus.
    Ephesians 6:21
    So that you also may know how I am and what I am doing, Tychicus the beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord will tell you everything.
    Colossians 4:7
    Tychicus will tell you all about my activities. He is a beloved brother and faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord.
    Titus 3:12
    When I send Artemas or Tychicus to you, do your best to come to me at Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there.
  32. Cross References
    1 Timothy 1:20
    Among whom are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan that they may learn not to blaspheme.
  33. Cross References
    Psalms 62:12
    And that to you, O Lord, belongs steadfast love...
    Proverbs 24:12
    If you say, "Behold, we did not know this," doe...
    Nehemiah 6:14
    Remember Tobiah and Sanballat, O my God, accord...
    Nehemiah 13:29
    Remember them, O my God, because they have dese...
    Psalms 28:4
    Give to them according to their work and accord...
    Revelation 18:6
    Pay her back as she herself has paid back other...
  34. Cross References
    Acts 7:60
    And falling to his knees he cried out with a loud voice, "Lord, do not hold this sin against them." And when he had said this, he fell asleep.
  35. Cross References
    Acts 23:11
    The following night the Lord stood by him and said, "Take courage, for as you have testified to the facts about me in Jerusalem, so you must testify also in Rome.
    Acts 27:23
    For this very night there stood before me an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I worship.
    Matthew 10:19
    When they deliver you over, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say, for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour.
  36. Cross References
    1 Timothy 1:12
    I thank him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful, appointing me to his service.
  37. Cross References
    Acts 9:15
    But the Lord said to him, "Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel.
  38. Cross References
    2 Timothy 3:11
    My persecutions and sufferings that happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra - which persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me.
  39. Cross References
    Psalms 22:21
    Save me from the mouth of the lion! You have rescued me from the horns of the wild oxen!
    1 Samuel 17:37
    And David said, "The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine." And Saul said to David, "Go, and the Lord be with you!
  40. Cross References
    Romans 11:36
    For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.
  41. Cross References
    Acts 18:2
    And he found a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to leave Rome. And he went to see them.
  42. Cross References
    2 Timothy 1:16
    May the Lord grant mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains.
  43. Cross References
    Acts 20:4
    Sopater the Berean, son of Pyrrhus, accompanied him; and of the Thessalonians, Aristarchus and Secundus; and Gaius of Derbe, and Timothy; and the Asians, Tychicus and Trophimus.
    Acts 21:29
    For they had previously seen Trophimus the Ephesian with him in the city, and they supposed that Paul had brought him into the temple.
  44. Cross References
    2 Timothy 4:9
    Do your best to come to me soon.
  45. Cross References
    Galatians 6:18
    The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers. Amen.
    Philemon 1:25
    The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.
  46. Cross References
    Colossians 4:18
    I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. Remember my chains. Grace be with you.
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