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2 Timothy 4 : Paul’s last words to Timothy

v9 Try very much to come to me soon. v10 Demas has left me. He wanted very much the things that he can enjoy now, in this world. And he has gone to Thessalonica city. Crescens has gone to Galatia. Titus has gone to Dalmatia.

Verse 10 Paul writes about a man called Demas in Colossians 4:14 and Philemon 24 also. 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.

We do not know who Crescens was. Galatia was the east part of the country that we call Turkey.

Titus was a man who had worked with Paul to teach the Christian message. (See, for example, 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).

v11 Only Luke is with me. Fetch Mark and bring him with you. He can be a help to me with the work for God. v12 But I have sent Tychicus to Ephesus city.

Verse 11 Luke had travelled and worked with Paul. He wrote the books in the Bible called Luke and Acts. (See, for example, Acts 16:10-13; Colossians 4:14; Philemon 24.)

Mark (also called John) was perhaps the same person who had travelled with Paul earlier. (See Acts 13:5, 13.)

Paul may have sent the man called Tychicus to Ephesus city to continue Timothy’s work there.

v13 I left my coat with Carpus at Troas city. Bring it when you come. Also bring the books. If you cannot bring all of them, then bring my special books only.

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

v14 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. v15 You must also be careful that he does not cause trouble for you. He argued very strongly against our message.

v16 I had to speak to the people with authority who put me in prison. I had to explain to them why I had done nothing wrong. And the first time that I had to speak to them, nobody came with me to help me. Everybody left me. I hope that God will not be angry with them because of that. v17 But the *Lord stayed with me. He made me strong so that I could tell all his message. Then all the people from many countries could hear it. So the *Lord saved me from great danger. v18 The *Lord will save me from every bad thing. And he will bring me safely to his home above the earth, where he rules. Everyone should always say how very great he is! Everyone should do that always. This is true.

v19 Say ‘hello’ to Priscilla and Aquila, and to Onesiphorus’s family. v20 Erastus remained at Corinth city. I left Trophimus at Miletus city because he was sick.

Verse 19 Priscilla 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.

Paul writes about Onesiphorus in 1:16.

Verse 20 The 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.

Acts 20:4-5 and 21:29 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 Turkey).

v21 Try very much to come before the winter. Eubulus, Pudens, Linus and Claudia say ‘hello’ to you. All the other believers here also say ‘hello’.

v22 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.

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