1 PAUL, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God according to the promise of life in Christ Jesus,
2 to Timothy my beloved child: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and from Christ Jesus our Lord.
3 I thank God whom, I serve, following in the steps of my forefathers, with a pure conscience, while I constantly mention you in my prayers night and day,
4 remembering your tears and longing to see you, that I may be filled with joy.
5 I remember the sincere faith that is in you, which lived first in your grandmother Lois and then in your mother Eunice, and I am confident that it lives in you also.
6 For this reason let me remind you to kindle anew the gift of God that is in you by the laying on of my hands.
7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and self-control.
8 Do not be ashamed to testify for our Lord or for me his prisoner, but join in suffering hardships for the good news as God gives power.
9 It is he who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our deeds but according to his own purpose and grace, given to us in Christ Jesus ages ago
10 but now manifested by the appearance of our Savior Christ Jesus, who has defeated death and brought to light life and immortality by the good news.
11 For this I was made a herald and an apostle and a teacher,
12 and for this reason I am suffering these things. But I am not ashamed, for I know in whom I have put my faith, and am confident that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until that day.
13 Hold to the example of wholesome words which you heard from me in faith and love in Christ Jesus.
14 Guard through the Holy Spirit which dwells in us the precious trust committed to you.
15 You know that all of those in Asia have deserted me. Among them are Phygelus and Hermogenes.
16 The Lord grant mercy to the family of Onesiphorus, for he often cheered me and was not ashamed of my chain;
17 but when he came to Rome he looked me up eagerly and found me.
18 The Lord grant to him to find mercy from the Lord on that day! And in how many ways he served me in Ephesus you know better still.