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2 Timothy 4

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Bible part  New Testament
Category  Pauline epistles
Order in the Bible part  16
2 Timothy 4
Book  Second Epistle to Timothy

2 Timothy 4 is the fourth (and the last) chapter of the Second Epistle to Timothy in the New Testament of the Christian Bible. It is authored by Paul the Apostle and addressed to Saint Timothy.



  • The original text is written in Koine Greek.
  • Some most ancient manuscripts containing this chapter are:
  • Codex Sinaiticus (AD 330-360)
  • Codex Alexandrinus (ca. AD 400-440)
  • Codex Ephraemi Rescriptus (ca. AD 450; complete)
  • Codex Freerianus (ca. AD 450; extant: verses 1, 8-10, 18-20)
  • Codex Claromontanus (ca. AD 550)
  • This chapter is divided into 22 verses.
  • Structure

    This chapter can be grouped (with cross references to other parts of the Bible):

  • 2 Timothy 4:1-8 = A Final Charge to Timothy
  • 2 Timothy 4:9-18 = Personal Remarks
  • 2 Timothy 4:19-22 = Final Greetings
  • Verse 1

    New King James Version

    In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge:

    Verse 2

    New King James Version

    Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.

    Verse 11

    New King James Version

    Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, because he is helpful to me in my ministry.
  • Only Luke is with me
  • The beloved physician, who wrote the Gospel that bears his name, and "the Acts of the Apostles", and was a constant companion of Paul's in his travels and sufferings:

  • take Mark, and bring him with thee;
  • who might be at Ephesus, or somewhere in Timothy's way as he came to Rome. This seems to be the same with John Mark of Jerusalem, the son of Mary, the sister of Barnabas, and who was with Paul and Barnabas in their travels, and who parted from them at Pamphylia; on whose account, and for that reason, there was so great a difference between Paul and Barnabas, as to separate upon it; but now the apostle had entertained a better opinion of him, and was reconciled unto him, and was very desirous of his company and assistance; and which he had, (Colossians 4:10) (Philemon 1:24).

  • For he is profitable to me for the ministry;
  • that is, of the Gospel, to assist in preaching it.

    Verse 19

    New King James Version

    Greet Prisca and Aquila, and the household of Onesiphorus.

    Catholics regard this verse as an implication that Onesiphorus was already dead, as it is implied previously in 2 Timothy 1:16-18, since Paul directly greets Aquila and Priscilla and seems to give greeting to "the house of Onesiphorus" to comfort his family.


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