1 Yo te conjuro delante de Dios y de Cristo Jesús, que ha de juzgar a los vivos y a los muertos, y en nombre de su Manifestación y de su Reino:

2 proclama la Palabra de Dios, insiste con ocasión o sin ella, arguye, reprende, exhorta, con paciencia incansable y con afán de enseñar.

3 Porque llegará el tiempo en que los hombres no soportarán más la sana doctrina; por el contrario, llevados por sus inclinaciones, se procurarán una multitud de maestros

4 que les halaguen los oídos, y se apartarán de la verdad para escuchar cosas fantasiosas.

5 Tú, en cambio, vigila atentamente, soporta todas las pruebas, realiza tu tarea como predicador del Evangelio, cumple a la perfección tu ministerio.

6 Yo ya estoy a punto de ser derramado como una libación, y el momento de mi partida se aproxima:

7 he peleado hasta el fin el buen combate, concluí mi carrera, conservé la fe.

8 Y ya está preparada para mí la corona de justicia, que el Señor, como justo Juez, me dará en ese Día, y no solamente a mí, sino a todos los que hay aguardado con amor su Manifestación.

9 Ven a verme lo más pronto posible,

10 porque Demas me ha abandonado por amor a este mundo. El se fue a Tesalónica, Crescente emprendió viaje a Galacia, y Tito, a Dalmacia.

11 Solamente Lucas se ha quedado conmigo. Trae contigo a Marcos, porque me prestará buenos servicios.

12 A Tíquico lo envié a Efeso.

13 Cuando vengas, tráeme la capa que dejé en Tróade, en la casa de Carpo, y también los libros, sobre todo, los rollos de pergamino.

14 Alejandro, el herrero, me ha hecho mucho daño: el Señor le pagará conforme a sus obras.

15 Ten cuidado de él, porque se opuesto encarnizadamente a nuestra enseñanza.

16 Cuando hice mi primera defensa, nadie me acompañó, sino que todos me abandonaron. ¡Ojalá que no les sea tenido en cuenta!

17 Pero el Señor estuvo a mi lado, dándome fuerzas, para que el mensaje fuera proclamado por mi intermedio y llegara a oídos de todos los paganos. Así fui librado de la boca del león.

18 El Señor me librará de todo mal y me preservará hasta que entre en su Reino celestial. ¡A él sea la gloria por los siglos de los siglos! Amén.

19 Saludos a Prisca y a Aquila, y a la familia de Onesíforo.

20 Erasto se quedó en Corinto, y a Trófimo lo dejé enfermo en Mileto. Apresúrate a venir antes del invierno.

21 Te saludan Eubulo, Pudente, Lino, Claudia y todos los hermanos.

22 El Señor esté contigo. La gracia esté con ustedes.


Chapter 4


1 I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who willjudge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingly power:


proclaim the word; be persistent whether it is convenient or inconvenient; convince, reprimand, encourage through all patience and teaching.


For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine but, following their own desires and insatiable curiosity, 2 will accumulate teachers


and will stop listening to the truth and will be diverted to myths.


But you, be self-possessed in all circumstances; put up with hardship; perform the work of an evangelist; fulfill your ministry.


3 For I am already being poured out like a libation, and the time of my departure is at hand.


4 I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith.


5 From now on the crown of righteousness awaits me, which the Lord, the just judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me, but to all who have longed for his appearance.


6 Try to join me soon,


for Demas, enamored of the present world, deserted me and went to Thessalonica, Crescens to Galatia, 7 and Titus to Dalmatia.


Luke is the only one with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is helpful to me in the ministry.


I have sent Tychicus to Ephesus.


When you come, bring the cloak I left with Carpus in Troas, the papyrus rolls, and especially the parchments.


Alexander 8 the coppersmith did me a great deal of harm; the Lord will repay him according to his deeds.


You too be on guard against him, for he has strongly resisted our preaching.


At my first defense no one appeared on my behalf, but everyone deserted me. May it not be held against them!


But the Lord stood by me and gave me strength, so that through me the proclamation might be completed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was rescued from the lion’s mouth.


The Lord will rescue me from every evil threat and will bring me safe to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory forever and ever. Amen.


Greet Prisca and Aquila 9 and the family of Onesiphorus.


Erastus 10 remained in Corinth, while I left Trophimus sick at Miletus.


Try to get here before winter. Eubulus, Pudens, Linus, 11 Claudia, and all the brothers send greetings.


The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with all of you.



1 [1-5] The gravity of the obligation incumbent on Timothy to preach the word can be gauged from the solemn adjuration: in the presence of God, and of Christ coming as universal judge, and by his appearance and his kingly power ( 2 Tim 4:1). Patience, courage, constancy, and endurance are required despite the opposition, hostility, indifference, and defection of many to whom the truth has been preached ( 2 Tim 4:2-5).

2 [3] Insatiable curiosity: literally, «with itching ears.»

3 [6] The apostle recognizes his death through martyrdom to be imminent. He regards it as an act of worship in which his blood will be poured out in sacrifice; cf Exodus 29:38-40; Philippians 2:17.

4 [7] At the close of his life Paul could testify to the accomplishment of what Christ himself foretold concerning him at the time of his conversion, «I will show him what he will have to suffer for my name» ( Acts 9:16).

5 [8] When the world is judged at the parousia, all who have eagerly looked for the Lord’s appearing and have sought to live according to his teachings will be rewarded. The crown is a reference to the laurel wreath placed on the heads of victorious athletes and conquerors in war; cf 2 Tim 2:5; 1 Cor 9:25.

6 [9-13] Demas either abandoned the work of the ministry for worldly affairs or, perhaps, gave up the faith itself ( 2 Tim 4:10). Luke ( 2 Tim 4:11) may have accompanied Paul on parts of his second and third missionary journeys ( Acts 16:10-12; 20:5-7). Notice the presence of the first personal pronoun «we» in these Acts passages, suggesting to some that Luke (or at least some traveling companion of Paul’s) was the author of Acts. Mark, once rejected by Paul ( Acts 13:13; 15:39), is now to render him a great service ( 2 Tim 4:11); cf Col 4:10; Philemon 1:24. For Tychicus, see Eph 6:21; cf also Acts 20:4; Col 4:7.

7 [10] Galatia: some manuscripts read «Gaul» or «Gallia.»

8 [14-18] Alexander: an opponent of Paul’s preaching ( 2 Tim 4:14-15), perhaps the one who is mentioned in 1 Tim 1:20. Despite Paul’s abandonment by his friends in the province of Asia (cf 2 Tim 1:15-16), the divine assistance brought this first trial to a successful issue, even to the point of making the gospel message known to those who participated in or witnessed the trial ( 2 Tim 4:16-17).

9 [19] Prisca and Aquila: they assisted Paul in his ministry in Corinth ( Acts 18:2-3) and Ephesus ( Acts 18:19, 26; 1 Cor 16:19). They risked death to save his life, and all the Gentile communities are indebted to them ( Romans 16:3-5).

10 [20] Erastus: he was the treasurer of the city of Corinth ( Romans 16:24); cf also Acts 19:22. Trophimus: from the province of Asia, he accompanied Paul from Greece to Troas ( Acts 20:4-5).

11 [21] Linus: Western tradition sometimes identified this Linus with the supposed successor of Peter as bishop of Rome, and Claudia as the mother of Linus (Apostolic Constitutions, fourth century).