2 Timothy 4:9-22

Paul's last words to Timothy

9 Timothy, please come to see me as soon as you can. 10 Demas has left me and he has gone to Thessalonica city. He wanted to enjoy the things of this world too much. Crescens has gone to Galatia region. Titus has gone to Dalmatia region.

4:10Paul writes about a man called Demas in Colossians 4:14 and Philemon 1:24. We do not know if this Demas was the same person. Thessalonica was a city in the north part of the country that we call Greece.
4:10We do not know who Crescens was. Galatia was the east part of the country that we call Turkey.
4:10Titus was a man who had worked with Paul to teach the Christian message. See Galatians 2:1; 2 Corinthians 2:13; 7:6; Titus 1:4-5. Dalmatia was where the country called Albania is now, north and west from Greece.

11 Only Luke is with me now. Bring Mark with you when you come. He can help me very much with the work for God. 12 I have sent Tychicus to Ephesus.

4:11Luke had travelled and worked with Paul. He wrote the books in the Bible called Luke and Acts. See Acts 16:10-13; Colossians 4:14; .
4:12Paul may have sent Tychicus to Ephesus to help with Timothy's work there.

13 I left a coat with Carpus in Troas. Bring it when you come. Also bring the books for me. If you cannot bring all of them, then be sure to bring my special papers.

4:13Troas was a city on the west coast of the country that we call Turkey.

14 Alexander, the man who makes things from metal, caused a lot of trouble for me. The Lord will punish him because of the wrong things that he did. 15 You must also be careful that he does not cause trouble for you. He argued very strongly against our message.

16 I had to explain to a judge that I had not done anything wrong. The first time I did that, nobody helped me. All my friends stayed away. I pray that God will forgive them for that. 17 But the Lord was there to help me. He made me strong so that I could tell his message clearly. Gentile people from many countries could hear what I said. So the Lord saved me from the danger of death. 18 The Lord will continue to save me from every bad thing. And he will bring me safely to heaven, where he rules. He is great and we should praise him for ever! Amen! This is true!

19 Say ‘hello’ for me to Priscilla and Aquila, and to the family of Onesiphorus. 20 Erastus remained at Corinth city. I left Trophimus at Miletus city because he was ill.

4:19Priscilla and her husband, Aquila, had met Paul at Corinth city. See Acts 18:1-3. Then they went with Paul to Ephesus and they stayed there for some time. See Acts 18:18-26 and 1 Corinthians 16:19. Later they went to Rome. See Romans 16:3-4. They must have been in Ephesus again when Paul wrote this letter.
4:19Paul writes about Onesiphorus in 2 Timothy 1:16.
4:20The Bible includes the name ‘Erastus’ in Acts 19:22 and Romans 16:23. We do not know whether this Erastus was the same person. Corinth was a city in the south part of the country that we call Greece.
4:20See Acts 20:4-5; 21:29, which include the name ‘Trophimus’. We do not know whether this Trophimus was the same person. Miletus was an important city on the coast, south from Ephesus (in the country now called Turkey).

21 Please try to come before the winter. Eubulus, Pudens, Linus and Claudia say ‘hello’ to you. All the other believers here also say ‘hello’.

22 I pray that the Lord will continue to make you strong in your spirit. I pray that he will be kind to all of you.