1 I a charge you 1 therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, b who will judge the living and the dead 2 at His appearing and His kingdom: 2 Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. c Convince, d rebuke, e exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. 3 f For the time will come when they will not endure g sound doctrine, h but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and i be turned aside to fables. 5 But you be watchful in all things, j endure afflictions, do the work of k an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
6 For l I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of m my departure is at hand. 7 n I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Finally, there is laid up for me o the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous p Judge, will give to me q on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.