1:1Paul, an Ambassador of Anointed Jesus through the will of God, according to the promise of life in Anointed Jesus,
1:2To my dear child Timothy:Favor, compassion, and peace from God the Father and Anointed Jesus our Master.
1:3I am grateful to God, to whom I offer divine service from a clear conscience as my ancestors did, as I continually remember you in my impassioned prayers night and day.1:4I long to see you again as I recall your tears, so I can be filled with joy.1:5I am reminded of your non-pedantic faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and, I’m convinced, still lives in you.
1:6For this reason, I am reminding you to rekindle the gift of God that you have because I dedicated you.1:7For God has not given us a spirit of cowardice but of power, of love, and of a sound mind.1:8So then, may you not be ashamed of the testimony of our Master, nor of me, his captive. Instead, by means of the power of God, endure the suffering that is to the benefit of the Gospel.1:9He is the one who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of anything we did, but because of his own proposal and the favor given to us in Anointed Jesus before the beginning of time.
1:10This favor is about to be revealed at the sudden appearance of our Savior Jesus the Anointed, who neutralized death while illuminating life and immortality through the Gospel.1:11This is what I was appointed to as a herald and Ambassador and teacher,1:12and the reason I am experiencing these things. But I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have trusted, and I am convinced that he has the power to guard the deposit entrusted to me until that day.11:13Keep to the pattern of healthy sayings you’ve heard from me, in trust and love in the anointing of Jesus.21:14Guard the good deposit by means of the Holy Spirit that lives in us.
1:15As you know, everyone in the province of Asia turned on me, among whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes.1:16But may the Master have compassion on the household of Onesiphorus, since he refreshed me on many occasions and was not ashamed of my confinement.1:17In fact, when he came to Rome he searched for me diligently until he found me.1:18May the Master grant compassion on that day! And you are well aware of all his service in Ephesus.
2:1You then, my child, be empowered by the favor of Anointed Jesus.2:2And whatever you heard from me through many witnesses, present it as evidence to trustworthy people who will be competent to teach others.2:3Participate in suffering as a good warrior of Anointed Jesus.2:4No soldier gets entangled with the everyday business of life but pleases their recruiter.2:5Again, if anyone competes in athletics, they won’t win the prize if they didn’t compete according to the rules.2:6The hard-working farmer gets a share of the produce.2:7Grasp what I’m saying, for the Master will give you complete understanding in all this.
2:8Remember Jesus the Anointed, the one who was raised from the dead, of the lineage of David, according to my Gospel.2:9In this I am suffering to the point of being locked up like a criminal— though the Word of God is not locked up!2:10I endure it all for the sake of the Chosen, that they too might happen upon the salvation in Anointed Jesus with ageless honor.2:11This saying is trustworthy: if we died together we will live together;2:12if we endure we will reign together; if we renounce him he will renounce us;2:13if we are not faithful he remains faithful, because he cannot renounce himself.
2:14Gently remind them of these things, and solemnly charge them before God not to engage in a war of words. This is good for nothing; in fact, it’s catastrophic3 for those who hear it.2:15Make every effort to prove yourself to God as having passed the test, an unashamed worker who cuts a straight path through the Word of Truth.
2:16But avoid irreverent, empty chatter, because it gets progressively worse,2:17spreading like gangrene. Examples of this are Hymeneus and Philetos,2:18who have completely missed the mark as far as truth is concerned. They say The Resurrection has already happened,4 subverting the faith of some.2:19But the foundation of God stands solid and is sealed with this: “The Master knew his own,” and “Let all who claim the name of the Master separate themselves from injustice.”
2:20In a large house there are not only containers of gold and silver, but also those of wood and clay; some are of great worth while others are worthless.2:21So whoever purges themselves from these things will be a container of great worth, having been consecrated and useful to the owner, and prepared for all kinds of good activities.
2:22So run away from the lure of radicals,5 and run toward justice, faith, love, and peace, right along with those who call upon the Master from a clean heart.2:23But abstain from stupid and ignorant investigations which only spawn fights.2:24A slave of the Master doesn’t need to fight, but is kind toward all, qualified to teach, and thick-skinned.2:25Train them with gentleness, because God may grant a change of mind to those who resist, so that they recognize the truth.2:26Then they will come to their senses out from the trap of the False Accuser, who had captured them to do his bidding.
3:1But know this, that in the final days there will be difficult times.3:2People will be selfish, stingy, fake, contemptuous, disrespectful of their parents, incorrigible, ungrateful, improper,3:3cold-blooded, truce-breakers, slanderers, out of control, savage, haters of all that is good,3:4traitors, reckless, conceited, and lovers of pleasure instead of God.
3:5They will have the appearance of devoutness but renounce its power; turn away from such people!3:6They are the kind who worm their way into people’s homes and make prisoners of war out of those who will follow anyone,6 because they are loaded down with many failures and are led around by all kinds of desires;3:7though they keep on learning they are never able to understand the truth.3:8Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also these people oppose the truth; their minds are ruined and they are disqualified as far as the faith is concerned.3:9But they will never make any progress, and their senselessness will be as obvious as it was for those two.
3:10You, on the other hand, have continued to closely follow me: my instruction, my methods, my intentions, my faith, my great patience, my love, my endurance,3:11my trials, and the hardships I experienced in Antioch and Iconium and Lystra. Such trials I have had to endure! But the Master pulled me through them all.3:12And everyone who chooses to live devoutly in Anointed Jesus will be harassed in the same way,3:13while evil people and sorcerers will get worse and worse, misleading and being misled.
3:14But as for you, hold tightly to what you’ve learned and put your faith in, considering from whom you learned.3:15Practically from infancy you’ve been learning the sacred Writings, which are able to make you wise to the salvation that is found in Anointed Jesus.3:16All the Writings are brought to life by God, and are useful for instruction, as evidence, for correction, and for teaching justice,3:17so that those who belong to God will be fully equipped for every good activity.
4:1I solemnly charge you before God and Anointed Jesus— the one who is about to judge the living and the dead— and in view of his sudden appearance and kingdom:4:2Proclaim the Word; stay at your post, whether it’s convenient or not; refute, rebuke, encourage and teach with the utmost patience.4:3For the time will come when they will no longer tolerate sound instruction but will collect teachers who tell them only what they want to hear;4:4in fact, they’ll turn away from truth and toward fables.
4:5But you must be clear-headed in everything. Put up with suffering, and be fully confident in your task of spreading the Gospel.4:6For I am already being poured out like an offering and the time of my departure is at hand.4:7I have played my best game and finished the race; I have guarded the faith.4:8At last, the Righteousness Award is reserved for me, which the Master, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day… and not only to me, but also to all who eagerly anticipate his sudden appearance.
4:9Try your best to come to me quickly,4:10because Demas loved this world and deserted me. He went into Thessalonica, Crescens went into Galatia, and Titus went into Dalmatia.4:11Luke is the only one with me. Get Mark to go with you, because I could use his help in this service.4:12I sent Tychicus into Ephesus.4:13Oh, and bring the coat I left behind with Carpas in Troas, along with the scrolls, and especially the set of parchments.
4:14Alexander the coppersmith caused me a lot of harm; the Master will pay him back for what he did!4:15Be on your guard against him, because he was very much opposed to our words.4:16At my first defense not one person stood beside me; they all deserted me. But may it not be charged against them,4:17because the Master stood with me and empowered me. In this way the proclamation may be fully accomplished through me, and all the non-Judeans may hear. I escaped from the lion’s mouth!4:18The Master will get me through all the wiles of the evil one and deliver me into his heavenly kingdom. All honor through the ages truly belongs to him!
4:19Greet Prisca and Aquila, and the household of Onesiphorus.4:20Erastus stayed in Corinth, but I left Trophimus in Miletus because he was ill.4:21Try your best to come before winter. Eubulus greets you, as well as Pudens, Linus, Claudia, and all the brothers and sisters.4:22May the Master be with your spirit, and grant favor to you all.