I solemnly urge you in the presence of God and Christ Jesus, who will someday judge the living and the dead when he appears
to set up his Kingdom: Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke,
and encourage your people with good teaching.
For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires
and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. They will reject the truth and chase
But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the
Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you.
As for me, my life has already been poured out as an offering to God. The time of my death is near. I have fought the good
fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness, which
the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who
eagerly look forward to his appearing.