2 Timothy

(ASV - American Standard Version)
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Copyright 1901 by Thomas Nelson & Sons
Copyright 1929 by the International Council of Religious Education

Chapter 1

[1]Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus through the will of God, according to the promise of the life which is in Christ Jesus, [2]to Timothy, my beloved child: Grace, mercy, peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

[3]I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers in a pure conscience, how unceasing is my remembrance of thee in my supplications, night and day [4]longing to see thee, remembering thy tears, that I may be filled with joy; [5]having been reminded of the unfeigned faith that is in thee; which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and, I am persuaded, in thee also. [6]For which cause I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee through the laying on of my hands. [7]For God gave us not a spirit of fearfulness; but of power and love and discipline. [8]Be not ashamed therefore of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but suffer hardship with the gospel according to the power of God; [9]who saved us, and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before times eternal, [10]but hath now been manifested by the appearing of our Saviour Christ Jesus, who abolished death, and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, [11] whereunto I was appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher. [12]For which cause I suffer also these things: yet I am not ashamed; for I know him whom I have believed, and I am persuaded that he is able to guard that which I have committed unto him against that day. [13]Hold the pattern of sound words which thou hast heard from me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. [14]That good thing which was committed unto [thee] guard through the Holy Spirit which dwelleth in us.

[15]This thou knowest, that all that are in Asia turned away from me; of whom are Phygelus and Hermogenes. [16]The Lord grant mercy unto the house of Onesiphorus: for he oft refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain; [17]but, when he was in Rome, he sought me diligently, and found me [18](the Lord grant unto him to find mercy of the Lord in that day); and in how many things he ministered at Ephesus, thou knowest very well.

Chapter 2

[1]Thou therefore, my child, be strengthened in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. [2]And the things which thou hast heard from me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. [3] Suffer hardship with [me], as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. [4]No soldier on service entangleth himself in the affairs of [this] life; that he may please him who enrolled him as a soldier. [5]And if also a man contend in the games, he is not crowded, except he have contended lawfully. [6]The husbandmen that laboreth must be the first to partake of the fruits. [7] Consider what I say; for the Lord shall give thee understanding in all things. [8]Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, of the seed of David, according to my gospel: [9]wherein I suffer hardship unto bonds, as a malefactor; but the word of God is not bound. [10]Therefore I endure all things for the elect's sake, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. [11]Faithful is the saying: For if we died with him, we shall also live with him: [12]if we endure, we shall also reign with him: if we shall deny him, he also will deny us: [13]if we are faithless, he abideth faithful; for he cannot deny himself.

[14]Of these things put them in remembrance, charging [them] in the sight of the Lord, that they strive not about words, to no profit, to the subverting of them that hear. [15]Give diligence to present thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, handling aright the word of truth. [16]But shun profane babblings: for they will proceed further in ungodliness, [17]and their word will eat as doth a gangrene: or whom is Hymenaeus an Philetus; [18]men who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already, and overthrow the faith of some. [19]Howbeit the firm foundation of God standeth, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his: and, Let every one that nameth the name of the Lord depart from unrighteousness. [20]Now in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some unto honor, and some unto dishonor. [21]If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honor, sanctified, meet for the master's use, prepared unto every good work. [22]after righteousness, faith, love, pace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. [23]But foolish and ignorant questionings refuse, knowing that they gender strifes. [24]And the Lord's servant must not strive, but be gentle towards all, apt to teach, forbearing, [25]in meekness correcting them that oppose themselves; if peradventure God may give them repentance unto the knowledge of the truth, [26]and they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him unto his will.

Chapter 3

[1]But know this, that in the last days grievous times shall come. [2]For men shall be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, haughty, railers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, [3]without natural affection, implacable, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, no lovers of good, [4]traitors, headstrong, puffed up, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God; [5]holding a form of godliness, but having denied the power therefore. From these also turn away. [6]For of these are they that creep into houses, and take captive silly women laden with sins, led away by divers lusts, [7]ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. [8]And even as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also withstand the truth. Men corrupted in mind, reprobate concerning the faith. [9]But they shall proceed no further. For their folly shall be evident unto all men, as theirs also came to be. [10]But thou didst follow my teaching, conduct, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, patience, [11]persecutions, sufferings. What things befell me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured. And out of them all the Lord delivered me. [12]Yea, and all that would live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. [13]But evil men and impostors shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. [14]But abide thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them. [15]And that from a babe thou hast known the sacred writings which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. [16] Every scripture inspired of God [is] also profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for instruction which is in righteousness. [17]That the man of God may be complete, furnished completely unto every good work.

Chapter 4

[1]I charge [thee] in the sight of God, and of Christ Jesus, who shall judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: [2]preach the word; be urgent in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. [3]For the time will come when they will not endure the sound doctrine; but, having itching ears, will heap to themselves teachers after their own lusts; [4]and will turn away their ears from the truth, and turn aside unto fables. [5]But be thou sober in all things, suffer hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfil thy ministry. [6]For I am already being offered, and the time of my departure is come. [7]I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith: [8]henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give to me at that day; and not to me only, but also to all them that have loved his appearing.

[9]Give diligence to come shortly unto me: [10]for Demas forsook me, having loved this present world, and went to Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia. [11] Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee; for he is useful to me for ministering. [12]But Tychicus I sent to Ephesus. [13]The cloak that I left at Troas with Carpus, bring when thou comest, and the books, especially the parchments. [14]Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord will render to him according to his works: [15]of whom do thou also beware; for he greatly withstood our words. [16]At my first defence no one took my part, but all forsook me: may it not be laid to their account. [17]But the Lord stood by me, and strengthened me; that through me the message might me fully proclaimed, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. [18]The Lord will deliver me from every evil work, and will save me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom [be] the glory forever and ever. Amen.

[19]Salute Prisca and Aquila, and the house of Onesiphorus. [20]Erastus remained at Corinth: but Trophimus I left at Miletus sick. [21]Give diligence to come before winter. Eubulus saluteth thee, and Pudens, and Linus, and Claudia, and all the brethren. [22]The Lord be with thy spirit. Grace be with you.