|For I am already being worn away, and the time of my dissolution presses close.
|I have fought the good fight. I have completed the course. I have preserved the faith.
|As for the remainder, a crown of justice has been reserved for me, one which the Lord, the just judge, will render to me in that day, and not only to me, but also to those who look forward to his return. Hurry to return to me soon.
|At my first defense, no one stood by me, but everyone abandoned me. May it not be counted against them!
|But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that through me the preaching would be accomplished, and so that all the Gentiles would hear. And I was freed from the mouth of the lion.
|The Lord has freed me from every evil work, and he will accomplish salvation by his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory forever and ever. Amen.