Paul tells Timothy to preach the word, whether it is convenient or not. He makes some personal requests, and sends greetings to his faithful friends. [UPDATED]
VERSE 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:
VERSE 2. preach the word; be urgent in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort with all patience and teaching.
in season and out of season. We are to be ready to speak of Jesus Christ at any time.
VERSE 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,
NIV translation. For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.
heap up for themselves teachers after their own lusts. They will hire preachers who will say whatever their itching ears want to hear.
Isaiah 30:10. They say to the seers, “Have no visions;” to the prophets, “Do not decry for us what is right;” speak flatteries to us, conjure up illusions!” (NAB translation)
Jeremiah 5:31. The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule by their own authority; and my people love to have it so. What will you do in the end of it?
Jeremiah 6:13. Everyone, from the least important to the greatest, is greedy for money. Even the prophets and priests all tell lies. (NCV translation)
2 Timothy 4:3. For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. (NIV translation)
turn away their ears from the truth. They will turn away from the truths of Jesus Christ and the Bible.
turn aside to fables. Myths will be the Big Thing.
VERSE 5. But you be sober in all things, suffer hardship, do the work of an evangelist, and fulfill your ministry.
fought the good fight. This famous expression came from this verse.
VERSE 8. From now on, the crown of righteousness is stored up for me, 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.
VERSE 9. Be diligent to come to me soon,
VERSE 10. for Demas left me, having loved this present world, and went to Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia; and Titus to Dalmatia.
VERSE 11. Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with you, for he is useful to me for service.
VERSE 12. But I sent Tychicus to Ephesus.
VERSE 13. Bring the cloak that I left at Troas with Carpus when you come, and the books, especially the parchments.
VERSE 14. Alexander, the coppersmith, did much evil to me. The Lord will repay him according to his deeds,
VERSE 15. of whom you also must beware; for he greatly opposed our words.
VERSE 16. At my first defense, no one came to help me, but all left me. May it not be held against them.
VERSE 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. So I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.
stood by me, and strengthened me. For what purpose did God give Paul strength?
that through me the message might be fully proclaimed. God strengthened Paul for the ministry of evangelism.
VERSE 18. And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me for his heavenly Kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
VERSE 19. Greet Prisca and Aquila, and the house of Onesiphorus.
VERSE 20. Erastus remained at Corinth, but I left Trophimus at Miletus sick.
VERSE 21. Be diligent to come before winter. Eubulus salutes you, as do Pudens, Linus, Claudia, and all the brothers.
your spirit. This is unexpectedly dualistic of Paul. Was Paul a dualist?
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