2 Timothy
Chapter 4

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1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;

2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.

6 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.

7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

9 Do thy diligence to come shortly unto me:

10 For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia.

11 Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry.

12 And Tychicus have I sent to Ephesus.

13 The cloke that I left at Troas with Carpus, when thou comest, bring with thee, and the books, but especially the parchments.

14 Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works:

15 Of whom be thou ware also; for he hath greatly withstood our words.

16 At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge.

17 Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.

18 And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

19 Salute Prisca and Aquila, and the household of Onesiphorus.

20 Erastus abode at Corinth: but Trophimus have I left at Miletum sick.

21 Do thy diligence to come before winter. Eubulus greeteth thee, and Pudens, and Linus, and Claudia, and all the brethren.

22 The Lord Jesus Christ be with thy spirit. Grace be with you. Amen. (The second epistle unto Timotheus, ordained the first bishop of the church of the Ephesians, was written from Rome, when Paul was brought before Nero the second time.)

Commentary for 2 Timothy 4

The apostle solemnly charges Timothy to be diligent, though many will not bear sound doctrine. (1-5) Enforces the charge from his own martyrdom, then at hand. (6-8) Desires him to come speedily. (9-13) He cautions, and complains of such as had deserted him; and expresses his faith as to his own preservation to the heavenly kingdom. (14-18) Friendly greetings and his usual blessing. (19-22)1-5 People will turn away from the truth, they will grow weary of the plain gospel of Christ, they will be greedy of fables, and take pleasure in them. People do so when they will not endure that preaching which is searching, plain, and to the purpose. Those who love souls must be ever watchful, must venture and bear all the painful effects of their faithfulness, and take all opportunities of making known the pure gospel.

6-8 The blood of the martyrs, though not a sacrifice of atonement, yet was a sacrifice of acknowledgment to the grace of God and his truth. Death to a good man, is his release from the imprisonment of this world, and his departure to the enjoyments of another world. As a Christian, and a minister, Paul had kept the faith, kept the doctrines of the gospel. What comfort will it afford, to be able to speak in this manner toward the end of our days! The crown of believers is a crown of righteousness, purchased by the righteousness of Christ. Believers have it not at present, yet it is sure, for it is laid up for them. The believer, amidst poverty, pain, sickness, and the agonies of death, may rejoice; but if the duties of a man's place and station are neglected, his evidence of interest in Christ will be darkened, and uncertainty and distress may be expected to cloud and harass his last hours.

9-13 The love of this world, is often the cause of turning back from the truths and ways of Jesus Christ. Paul was guided by Divine inspiration, yet he would have his books. As long as we live, we must still learn. The apostles did not neglect human means, in seeking the necessaries of life, or their own instruction. Let us thank the Divine goodness in having given us so many writings of wise and pious men in all ages; and let us seek that by reading them our profiting may appear to all.

14-18 There is as much danger from false brethren, as from open enemies. It is dangerous having to do with those who would be enemies to such a man as Paul. The Christians at Rome were forward to meet him, #Ac 28|, but when there seemed to be a danger of suffering with him, then all forsook him. God might justly be angry with them, but he prays God to forgive them. The apostle was delivered out of the mouth of the lion, that is, of Nero, or some of his judges. If the Lord stands by us, he will strengthen us in difficulties and dangers, and his presence will more than supply every one's absence.

19-22 We need no more to make us happy, than to have the Lord Jesus Christ with our spirits; for in him all spiritual blessings are summed up. It is the best prayer we can offer for our friends, that the Lord Jesus Christ may be with their spirits, to sanctify and save them, and at last to receive them to himself. Many who believed as Paul, are now before the throne, giving glory to their Lord: may we be followers of them.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for 2 Timothy 4

  • David
    God will also give you strength and courage to trust Him and heed the leading of The Holy Spirit.
  • Kendra
    When you are charged by god it's best to answer that charge because god is yet to come back amen
  • Helen Ikua for verse 14
    I think that the kind of opposition, truly satanic in nature, that the apostle faced from that basest of creatures was the kind that constitutes deliberate and malicious obfuscation of the advance of the truth of the gospel. The apostle's umbrage with this vile worker of iniquity does not emanate from petty personal grievance committed against his own person Paul was big enough to rise above such small mindedness throughout the duration of his ministry to the Gentiles rather, the pronouncement of judgement against Alexander the Coppersmith is a divine declaration that nothing that the tents of base wickedness can divine is able to stop the work of God in its tracks - not until every appointed ear in every far flung place has heard the soul cleansing truth of the priceless gospel of which Paul himself was first recipient, then benefactor in his role as appointed teacher and preacher to the Gentiles.
  • Gods child for verse 4
    I mean I respect god are father the creator of everything I love him very much their were times where I was at my worst n he helped to get where iam now u jst have to do good n show him how much you really want it and patients got to have faith n that is being fake why would you turn your back on our god the father who made us you also have to do your part we all know were not perfect the truth is the truth n for ppl who don't want to listen I'm not one to Jude I respect every ones opion he knows were NT perfect jst ask for forgiveness he loves us he's here to help us n listen jst talk to him he hears us it jst sorry the way the world is now people are so focused on the wrong things greed Jesus Christ died for sins every one has a chance its up to them if they wanna listen or not muc love to everyone god bless
  • Kenneth Lovette for verse 7
    He spoke those words moments before his death so as promised He shall live again. Amen
  • Mary Alice for verse 7
    It's 7 o'clock in the morning...have been awake for a while praising my Lord Jesus Christ and telling Him how much I love Him. I reach for my phone for today's verse and as I read it, it's truly an inspiration...absolutely a msg from my God. Thank you Lord for living me.

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Who said 'The time of my departure is at hand'?
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