2 Timothy, 1
1. From Paul, apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, for the sake of his promise of eternal life in Christ Jesus,
2. to my dear son Timothy. May grace, mercy and peace be with you from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
3. I give thanks to God whom I serve with a clear conscience the way my ancestors did, as I remember you constantly, day and night, in my prayers.
4. I recall your tears and I long to see you that I may be filled with joy. I am reminded of your sincere faith,
5. so like the faith of your grandmother Lois and of your mother Eunice, which I am sure you have inherited.
6. For this reason I invite you to fan into a flame the gift of God you received through the laying on of my hands.
7. For God did not confer on us a spirit of bashfulness, but of strength, love and good judgment.
8. Do not be ashamed of testifying to our Lord, nor of seeing me in chains. On the contrary, do your share in laboring for the Gospel with the strength of God.
9. He saved us and called us - a calling which proceeds from his holiness. This did not depend on our merits, but on his generosity and his own initiative. This calling given to us from all time in Christ Jesus
10. has just been manifested with the glorious appearance of Christ Jesus, our Lord, who destroyed death and brought life and immortality to light in his Gospel.
11. Of this message I was made herald, apostle and teacher.
12. For its sake I now suffer this trial, but I am not ashamed, for I know in whom I have believed and I am convinced that he is capable of taking care of all I have entrusted to him until that day.
13. Follow the pattern of the sound doctrine which you have heard from me, concerning faith and love in Christ Jesus.
14. Keep this precious deposit with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives within us.
15. You know that all from the province of Asia have deserted me, especially Phygelus and Hermogenes.
16. May God bless the household of Onesiphoras, for he often came to visit me and was not ashamed of my chains.
17. On the contrary, on arriving in Rome he searched for me until he found me.
18. May the Lord grant that he find mercy from the Lord on that day. You well know all the services he rendered at Ephesus.