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1 Before God and before ChristJesus who is to be judge of the living and the dead, I charge you, in the name of his appearing and of his kingdom:
2 proclaim the message and, welcome or unwelcome, insist on it. Refute falsehood, correct error, give encouragement -- but do all with patience and with care to instruct.
3 The time is sure to come when people will not accept sound teaching, but their ears will be itching for anything new and they willcollect themselves a whole series of teachers according to their own tastes;
4 and then they will shut their ears to the truth and will turn to myths.
5 But you must keep steady all the time; put up with suffering; do the work of preaching the gospel; fulfil the service asked of you.
6 As for me, my life is already being poured away as a libation, and the time has come for me to depart.
7 I have fought the good fight to the end; I have run the race to the finish; I have kept the faith;
8 all there is to come for me now is the crown of uprightness which the Lord, the upright judge, will give to me on that Day; and not only to me but to all those who have longed for his appearing.
9 Make every effort to come and see me as soon as you can.
10 As it is, Demas has deserted me for love of this life and gone to Thessalonica, Crescens has gone to Galatia and Titus to Dalmatia;
11 only Luke is with me. Bring Mark with you; I find him a useful helper in my work.
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