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2 Timothy 4

“Preach the Word”

1I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word [as an official messenger]; be ready when the time is right and even when it is not [keep your sense of urgency, whether the opportunity seems favorable or unfavorable, whether convenient or inconvenient, whether welcome or unwelcome]; correct [those who err in doctrine or behavior], warn [those who sin], exhort and encourage [those who are growing toward spiritual maturity], with inexhaustible patience and [faithful] teaching. For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine and accurate instruction [that challenges them with God’s truth]; but wanting to have their ears tickled [with something pleasing], they will accumulate for themselves [many] teachers [one after another, chosen] to satisfy their own desires and to support the errors they hold, and will turn their ears away from the truth and will wander off into myths and man-made fictions [and will accept the unacceptable]. But as for you, be clear-headed in every situation [stay calm and cool and steady], endure every hardship [without flinching], do the work of an evangelist, fulfill [the duties of] your ministry.

For I am already being [a]poured out as a drink offering, and the time of [b]my departure [from this world] is at hand and I will soon go free. I have fought the good and worthy and noble fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith [firmly guarding the gospel against error]. In the future there is reserved for me the [victor’s] crown of righteousness [for being right with God and doing right], which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that [great] day—and not to me only, but also to all those who have loved and longed for and welcomed His appearing.

Personal Concerns

Make every effort to come to me soon; 10 for Demas, having loved [the pleasures of] this present [c]world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica; Crescens has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia. 11 Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is very helpful to me for the ministry. 12 But Tychicus I have sent to Ephesus. 13 When you come bring the coat that I left at Troas with Carpus, and the books, especially the parchments. 14 Alexander the coppersmith did me great harm; [but that is no concern of mine, for] the Lord will repay him according to his actions. 15 Be on guard against him yourself, because he vigorously opposed our message.

16 At my first trial no one supported me [as an advocate] or stood with me, but they all deserted me. May it not be counted against them [by God]. 17 But the Lord stood by me and strengthened and empowered me, so that through me the [gospel] message might be fully proclaimed, and that all the Gentiles might hear it; and I was rescued from the [d]mouth of the lion. 18 The Lord will rescue me from every evil assault, and He will bring me safely into His heavenly kingdom; to Him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

19 Give my greetings to Prisca and Aquila, and to the household of Onesiphorus. 20 Erastus stayed on at Corinth, but I left Trophimus sick at Miletus. 21 Try your best to come [to me] before winter. Eubulus wishes to be remembered to you, as do Pudens and Linus and Claudia and all the [e]brothers and sisters.

22 The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you.

Notas al pie

  1. 2 Timothy 4:6 The drink offering (wine) was required as part of the sacrificial system of the old covenant.
  2. 2 Timothy 4:6 This is Paul’s last inspired letter and was written toward the end of his second Roman imprisonment. During his first imprisonment he was under house arrest, but this time (about five years later) it is believed that he was held in chains in the Tullianum, the lower chamber of the Mamertine dungeon. The Roman historian, Sallust, described the Tullianum as a horrible dungeon “...repulsive and terrible.” It was originally excavated as a cistern for a natural spring. It would have been cold, damp, and incredibly filthy. Both lower and upper chambers served as places of torture and as holding places for those awaiting execution. Paul would have known that there was no hope of release and that his execution was imminent. Nero ruled Rome during both imprisonments.
  3. 2 Timothy 4:10 Or age.
  4. 2 Timothy 4:17 Figurative language—probably a reference to the favorable outcome of his first trial (v 16).
  5. 2 Timothy 4:21 Lit brethren.

Nueva Versión Internacional (Castilian)

2 Timoteo 4

1En presencia de Dios y de Cristo Jesús, que ha de venir en su reino y que juzgará a los vivos y a los muertos, te doy este solemne encargo: Predica la Palabra; persiste en hacerlo, sea o no sea oportuno; corrige, reprende y anima con mucha paciencia, sin dejar de enseñar. Porque llegará el tiempo en que no van a tolerar la sana doctrina, sino que, llevados de sus propios deseos, se rodearán de maestros que les digan las novelerías que quieren oír. Dejarán de escuchar la verdad y se volverán a los mitos. Tú, por el contrario, sé prudente en todas las circunstancias, soporta los sufrimientos, dedícate a la evangelización; cumple con los deberes de tu ministerio.

Yo, por mi parte, ya estoy a punto de ser ofrecido como un sacrificio, y el tiempo de mi partida ha llegado. He peleado la buena batalla, he terminado la carrera, me he mantenido en la fe. Por lo demás me espera la corona de justicia que el Señor, el juez justo, me otorgará en aquel día; y no solo a mí, sino también a todos los que con amor hayan esperado su venida.

Instrucciones personales

Haz todo lo posible por venir a verme cuanto antes, 10 pues Demas, por amor a este mundo, me ha abandonado y se ha ido a Tesalónica. Crescente se ha ido a Galacia y Tito, a Dalmacia. 11 Solo Lucas está conmigo. Recoge a Marcos y tráelo contigo, porque me es de ayuda en mi ministerio. 12 A Tíquico lo mandé a Éfeso. 13 Cuando vengas, trae la capa que dejé en Troas, en casa de Carpo; trae también los libros, especialmente los pergaminos.

14 Alejandro el herrero me ha hecho mucho daño. El Señor le dará su merecido. 15 Tú también cuídate de él, porque se opuso tenazmente a nuestro mensaje.

16 En mi primera defensa, nadie me respaldó, sino que todos me abandonaron. Que no les sea tomado en cuenta. 17 Pero el Señor estuvo a mi lado y me dio fuerzas para que por medio de mí se llevara a cabo la predicación del mensaje y lo oyeran todos los paganos. Y fui librado de la boca del león. 18 El Señor me librará de todo mal y me preservará para su reino celestial. A él sea la gloria por los siglos de los siglos. Amén.

Saludos finales

19 Saludos a Priscila y a Aquila, y a la familia de Onesíforo. 20 Erasto se quedó en Corinto; a Trófimo lo dejé enfermo en Mileto. 21 Haz todo lo posible por venir antes del invierno. Te mandan saludos Eubulo, Pudente, Lino, Claudia y todos los hermanos. 22 El Señor esté con tu espíritu. Que la gracia sea con vosotros.