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1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life, which is in Christ Jesus,

2 To Timothy, my beloved son, 276276     “Mon tres-cher fils.” — “My dearly-beloved son.” grace, mercy, peace, from God the Father, and from Christ Jesus our Lord.

3 I give thanks to God, whom I worship from my ancestors, in a pure conscience, as I make continual mention of thee in my prayers night and day,

4 Desiring to see thee, being mindful of thy tears, that I may be filled with joy;

5 Calling to remembrance that unfeigned faith which is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and in thy mother Eunice, and I am persuaded that (it dwelleth) in thee also. 277277     “Et suis certain qu’en toy aussi.” — “And am certain that in thee also.“

6 For which cause I advise thee to stir up the gift of God which is in thee, by the laying on of my hands;

7 For God hath not given to us a spirit of cowardice, but of power, and of love, and of soberness.

8 Be not ashamed, therefore, of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me, who am his prisoner; but be thou a partaker of the afflictions of the gospel, according to the power of God;

9 Who hath saved us and hath called us with a holy calling; not according to our works, but according to his purpose and grace, which was given to us in Christ Jesus before eternal ages,

10 But hath now been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who hath indeed destroyed death, and hath brought to light life and immortality by the gospel.

11 To which I have been appointed a herald, and an apostle, and a teacher of the gentiles;

12 For which cause also I suffer these things, but I am not ashamed; for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep what I have intrusted to him till that day.

13 Hold the form of sound words which thou hast heard from me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.

14 Guard the excellent thing to thee by the Holy Spirit, who dwelleth in us.

15 Thou knowest this, that all that are in Asia have forsaken me; of whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes.

16 May the Lord grant mercy to the family of Onesiphorus; for he often refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain,

17 But when he was in Rome, he sought me out diligently, and found me.

18 May the Lord grant to him that he may find mercy with the Lord on that day; and how many things he ministered to me at Ephesus, thou knowest well. 278278     “Et tout ce en quoy il m’a servi en Ephese tu le cognois tres bien.” — “And all that in which he served me at Ephesus thou knowest very well.”

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