The Second Epistle of St Paul the Apostle
Paul an Apostle of *Jesu Christ, by the will of God, to preach
the promise of life, which life is in Christ Jesu.
To Timothy his beloved son.
Grace, mercy and peace, from God the Father, and from Christ
Jesu our Lord.
I thank God, whom I serve from mine elders with pure
conscience, that without ceasing I make mention of you in my prayers
night and day, desiring to see you, mindful of your tears: so that I
am filled with joy, when I call to remembrance the *unfeigned faith
that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois, and in
your mother Eunica: and am assured that it dwells in you also.
Wherefore I warn you that you stir up the gift of God which is
in you, by the putting on of my hands. For God has not given to us
the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of soberness of
mind. Be not ashamed to testify our Lord, neither be ashamed of me,
which am bound for his sake: but suffer you adversity also with the
Gospell, through the power of God, which saved us, and called us
with an holy calling, not according to our deeds, but according to
his own purpose and grace, which grace was given us through Christ *Jesu
before the world was, but is now declared openly by the appearing of
our saviour Jesu Christ which has put away death, and has brought
life and immortality unto light through the Gospell, whereunto I am
appointed, a preacher, and an Apostle, and a teacher of the
gentiles: for the which cause I also suffer these things.
Nevertheless I am not ashamed. For I know whom I have believed, and
am sure that he is able keep that which I have committed to his
keeping, against that day.
See you have the example of the wholesome words which you heard
of me, in faith and love which is in Jesu Christ. That, that good
thing, which was committed to your keeping, keep in the holy ghost
which dwells in us. This you know how that all they which are in
Asia, be turned from me. Of which sort are Phigelos and Hermogenes.
The Lord give mercy unto the house of Onesiphorus, for he often
refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain: but when he was at
Rome, besought me out very diligently, and found me. The Lord grant
unto him that he may find mercy with the Lord at that day. And in
how many things he ministered unto me at Ephesus you know very well.
*Jesu: Hebrew for Jesus *unfeigned
(not made up, true)
You therefore my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ
Jesu. And what things you have heard of me many bearing witness, the
same deliver to faithful men, which are apt to teach *other. You
therefore suffer affliction as a good soldier of Jesu Christ. No man
that wars, entangles himself with worldly business, and that because
he would please him that has chosen him to be a soldier. And though
a man strive for a mastery, yet is he not crowned, except he strive
lawfully. The husbandman that labors must first receive of the
fruits. Consider what I say. The Lord give you understanding in all
Remember that Jesus Christ being of the seed of David, rose
again from death according to my Gospell, wherein I suffer trouble
as an evil doer, even unto bonds. But the word of God was not bound.
Herefore I suffer all things, for the elects sakes, that they might
also obtain that salvation which is in Christ Jesu, with eternal
It is a true saying, if we be dead with him we also shall live
with him. If we be patient, we shall also reign with him. If we deny
him, he also shall deny us. If we believe not, yet abides he
faithful. He cannot deny him self. Of these things put them in
remembrance, and testify before the Lord, that they strive not about
words: which is to no profit, but to pervert the hearers.
Study to show yourself *laudable unto God a workman that needs
not to be ashamed, dividing the word of truth justly. Unghostly and
vain voices pass over. For they shall increase unto greater
ungodliness, and their words shall fret even as does a *cancre: of
whose number is Hymeneous and Philetos, which as concerning the
truth have errored, saying that the resurrection is past already,
and do destroy the faith of *diverse persons.
But the sure ground of God remains, and has this seal: the Lord
knows them that are his, and let every man that calls on the name of
Christ, depart from iniquity. Not withstanding in a great house are
not only vessels of gold and of silver: but also of wood and of
earth, some for honour, and some unto dishonour. But if a man purge
him self from such fellows, he shall be a vessel sanctified unto
honour, *meet for the Lord, and prepared unto all good works.
Lusts of youth avoid, and follow righteousness, faith, love and
peace, with them that call on the Lord with pure heart. Foolish and
unlearned questions put from you, remembering that they do but
gender strife. But the servant of the Lord must not strive: but must
be peaceable unto all men, and apt to teach, and one that can suffer
the evil in meekness, and can inform them that resist, if that God
at any time will give them repentance for to know the truth: that
they may come to them selves again out of the snare of the devil,
which are now taken of him at his will.
*other (others). *laudable
(honorable, praised) *cancre (canker, cancer? ) *diverse (different,
contradictory) *meet (worthy)
This understand, that in the last days shall come parlous
times. For the men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous,
boasters, proud, cursed speakers, disobedient to father and mother,
unthankful, unholy, unkind, trucebreakers, stubborn, false accusers,
rioters, fierce despisers of them which are good, traitors, heady,
high minded, greedy upon voluptuousness more then lovers of God,
having a similitude of Godly living, but have denied the power
thereof: and such abhor. Of this sort are they which enter into
houses, and bring into bondage women laden with sin, which women are
led of *diverse lusts, ever learning and never able to come unto the
knowledge of the truth.
As Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, even so do these resist
the truth, men they are of corrupt minds, and lewd as concerning the
faith: but they shall prevail no longer. For their madness shall be
uttered unto all men as theirs was. But you have seen the experience
of my doctrine, fashion of living, purpose, faith, longsuffering,
love, patience, persecutions, and afflictions which happened unto me
at Antioche, at Iconium and at Lystra: which persecutions I suffered
patiently. And from them all the Lord delivered me. Yes and all that
will live godly in Christ *Jesu, must suffer persecutions. But the
evil men and deceivers shall wax worse and worse, while they deceive
and are deceived themselves.
But continue you in the things which you have learned, which
also were committed unto you, seeing you know of whom you have
learned them and for as much also as you have known holy scripture
of a child, which is able to make you wise unto salvation through
the faith which is in Christ *Jesu. For all scripture given by
inspiration of God, is profitable to teach, to improve, to amend and
to instruct in righteousness, that the man of God may be perfect and
prepared unto all good works.
*diverse (various dogmas and
doctrines contrary to the truth of God) *Jesu; exact spelling Jesus
from the Hebrew.
I testify therefore before God, and before the Lord Jesu
Christ, which shall judge quick and dead at his appearing in his
kingdom, preach the word, be fervent, be it in season or out of
season. Improve, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and
doctrine. For the time will come, when they will not suffer
wholesome doctrine: but after their own lusts shall they (whose ears
itch) get them an heap of teachers, and shall turn their ears from
the truth, and shall be given unto fables. But watch you in all
things, and suffer adversity, and do the work of an Evangelist,
fulfil your office unto the utmost.
For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departing
is at hand. I have fought a good fight, and have fulfilled my
course, and have kept the faith. From from this time on is laid up
for me a crown of righteousness which the Lord that is a righteous
judge shall give me at that day: not to me only but unto all them
that love his coming. Make speed to come unto me at once.
For Demas has left me and has loved this present world, and is
departed into Thessalonica. Crescens is gone to Galatia, and Titus
unto Dalmacia. Only Lucas is with me. Take Mark and bring him with
you, for he is necessary unto me, for to minister. And Tychicus have
I sent to Ephesus. The cloak that I left at Troada with Carpus, when
you come, bring with you, and the books, but specially the
parchment. Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil the Lord
reward him according to his deeds, of whom be you ware also. For he
withstood our preaching sore.
At my first answering, no man assisted me, but all forsook me.
I pray God, that it may not be laid to their charges: not
withstanding the Lord assisted me, and strengthed me, that by me the
preaching should be fulfilled to the utmost, and that all the
Gentiles should hear. And I was delivered out of the mouth of the
lion. And the Lord shall deliver me from all evil doing, and shall
keep me unto his heavenly kingdom. To whom be praise for ever and
Salute Prisca and Aquila, and the household of Onesiphorus.
Erastus abode at Corinth. Trophimos I left at Miletum sick. Make
speed to come before winter. Eubolus greeteh you, and Pudens, and
Linus, and Claudia, and all the brethren. The Lord Jesus Christ be
with your spirit. Grace be with you: Amen.
The end of the second epistle unto
Written from Rome when Paul was presented the second time up before
the Emperor Nero