I thank God,1 whom I serve, as my forefathers did, with a clear conscience,2 as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers.3
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Recalling your tears,4 I long to see you,5 so that I may be filled with joy.
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I have been reminded of your sincere faith,6 which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice7 and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.
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For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands.8
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For God did not give us a spirit of timidity,9 but a spirit of power,10 of love and of self-discipline.
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So do not be ashamed11 to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner.12 But join with me in suffering for the gospel,13 by the power of God,
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who has saved14 us and called15 us to a holy life--not because of anything we have done16 but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time,
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but it has now been revealed17 through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus,18 who has destroyed death19 and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.
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And of this gospel20 I was appointed21 a herald and an apostle and a teacher.22
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That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet I am not ashamed,23 because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard24 what I have entrusted to him for that day.25
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What you heard from me,26 keep27 as the pattern28 of sound teaching,29 with faith and love in Christ Jesus.30
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Guard31 the good deposit that was entrusted to you--guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.32
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You know that everyone in the province of Asia33 has deserted me,34 including Phygelus and Hermogenes.
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May the Lord show mercy to the household of Onesiphorus,35 because he often refreshed me and was not ashamed36 of my chains.37
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On the contrary, when he was in Rome, he searched hard for me until he found me.
May the Lord grant that he will find mercy from the Lord on that day!38 You know very well in how many ways he helped me39 in Ephesus.40
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