The Complete Bible: An American Translation

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THE SECOND LETTER TO TIMOTHY

PAUL, by God's will an apostle of1 Christ Jesus in fulfilment of the promise of that life which is found in union with Christ Jesus, to my dear child Timothy; God the2 Father and Christ Jesus our Lord bless you and be merciful to you and give you peace.

I thank God, whom I, like my fore-3 fathers, worship with a clear conscience, when I remember you, as I constantly do, in my prayers. When I4 remember the tears you shed I long night and day to see you again, and have the perfect happiness of being re-5 minded of your genuine faith, a faith that was seen first in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice; I am sure it is in you also. For this reason I6 would remind you to rekindle the divine gift that you received when I laid my hands upon you. For the Spirit7 God has given us is a spirit not of timidity but of power, love, and self-disci pline. So you must not be ashamed8 to testify to our Lord, nor be ashamed of me who am in prison for his sake, but join with me in suffering for the good news, through the power of God. He9 saved us and called us to a consecrated life, not for anything we had done, but of his own accord and out of the mercy which he bestowed upon us ages ago through Christ Jesus, which has now10 been revealed through the appearance of our Savior Christ Jesus. He has taken away the power of death and brought life and immortality to light through the good news, of which I have11 been appointed a herald, apostle and teacher. This is why I am suffering as12 I am, but I am not ashamed of it, for I know whom I have trusted and I am sure that he is able to guard what I have in trusted to him for that Day. As your13 example in wholesome instruction, keep before you what you learned from me, in the faith and love that come through union with Christ Jesus. Guard that14 splendid trust through the holy Spirit that lives in our hearts.

You know that everyone in the 15 province of Asia has deserted me, including Phygelus and Hermogenes. May the Lord show mercy to the house­ 16 hold of Onesiphorus, for he often cheered me and was not ashamed of my being in prison. Why, when he arrived 17 in Rome, he took pains to inquire for me and found me. The Lord grant that 18 he may be shown mercy by the Lord on that Day I And you know well enough how he helped me at Ephesus.

So you, my son, must find strength 2 in the blessing that comes through Christ Jesus. The things you learned 2 from me before many witnesses you must commit to trustworthy men who will be capable of teaching others. Share my hardships like a good soldier 3of Christ Jesus. Anyone who is in the 4 army keeps from being involved in business affairs, so as to please the officer who enlisted him. No one who com­ 5 petes in the games is awarded a crown unless he obeys the rules. The farmer 6 who does the work ought to be the first to have some of the produce. Think 7 over what I say. For the Lord will help you to understand it perfectly. Re­ 8 member Jesus Christ as risen from the dead, and descended from David, as I preach the good news, for the sake of 9 which I even suffer imprisonment as a criminal. But God's message is not imprisoned! For that reason I am ready 10 to submit to anything for the sake of those whom God has chosen, so that they too may gain the salvation that comes through Christ Jesus and brings eternal glory. How true those words 11 are! "If we have died with him, we will live with him! If we endure, we 12 will reign with him! If we disown him, he will also disown us! If we are un­ 13 faithful, he will remain faithful, for he cannot be false to himself!"

Remind men of these things. Charge 14 them before God to avoid idle arguments which do no one any good and only bring destruction on those who listen to them. Do your best to win 15

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The Complete Bible: An American Translation
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Table of Contents vii
  • The Old Testament - An American Translation xi
  • Preface xiii
  • Publisher's Note xvi
  • Part I - The Pentateuch *
  • The Book of Genesis 1
  • The Book of Exodus 51
  • The Book of Leviticus 90
  • The Book of Numbers 118
  • The Book of Deuteronomy 158
  • Part II - The Historical Books 193
  • The Book of Joshua 195
  • The Book of Judges 218
  • The Book of Ruth 243
  • The First Book of Samuel 247
  • The Second Book of Samuel 281
  • The First Book of Kings 310
  • The Second Book of Kings 342
  • The First Book of Chronicles 373
  • The Second Book of Chronicles 400
  • The Book of Ezra 434
  • The Book of Nehemiah 444
  • The Book of Esther 458
  • Part III - The Poetical Books 467
  • The Book of Job 469
  • The Psalms 500
  • The Book of Proverbs 581
  • The Book of Ecclesiastes 611
  • The Song of Songs 619
  • Part IV - The Books of the Prophets 625
  • The Book of Isaiah 627
  • The Book of Jeremiah 690
  • The Book of Lamentations 753
  • The Book of Ezekiel 761
  • The Book of Daniel 810
  • The Book of Hosea 826
  • The Book of Joel 836
  • The Book of Amos 840
  • The Book of Obadiah 848
  • The Book of Jonah 850
  • The Book of Micah 852
  • The Book of Nahum 858
  • The Book of Habakkuk 861
  • The Book of Zephaniah 864
  • The Book of Haggai 868
  • The Book of Zechariah 870
  • The Book of Malachi 880
  • The Apocrypha - An American Translation i
  • Preface ii
  • The First Book of Esdras 1
  • The Second Book of Esdras 16
  • The Book of Tobit 45
  • The Book of Judith 55
  • The Additions to the Book of Esther 69
  • The Wisdom of Solomon 73
  • The Wisdom of Sirach 91
  • The Book of Baruch 137
  • The Story of Susanna 144
  • The Song of the Three Children 147
  • The Story of Bel and the Dragon 150
  • The Prayer of Manasseh 152
  • The First Book of Maccabees 153
  • The Second Book of Maccabees 182
  • The New Testament - An American Translation i
  • Preface iii
  • The Gospel According to Matthew 1
  • The Gospel According to Mark 32
  • The Gospel According to Luke 52
  • The Gospel According to John 85
  • The Acts of the Apostles 111
  • The Letter to the Romans 142
  • The First Letter to the Corinthians 155
  • The Second Letter to the Corinthians 168
  • The Letter to the Galatians 176
  • The Letter to the Ephesians 181
  • The Letter to the Philippians 185
  • Letter to the Colossians 188
  • The First Letter to the Thessalonians 191
  • The Second Letter to the Thessalonians 194
  • The First Letter to Timothy 196
  • The Second Letter to Timothy 200
  • The Letter to Titus 203
  • The Letter to Philemon 205
  • The Letter to the Hebrews 206
  • The Letter of James 216
  • The First Letter of Peter 219
  • The Second Letter of Peter 223
  • The First Letter of John 226
  • The Second Letter of John 230
  • The Third Letter of John 231
  • The Letter of Jude 232
  • The Revelation of John 233
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