IX. The Issue of the Decline --
Loving the Present Age and Doing Many Evils
9 Be diligent to acome to me quickly;
10 For aDemas has babandoned me, having 1cloved the dpresent age, and has gone to eThessalonica; Crescens to fGalatia; gTitus to 2Dalmatia.
11 aLuke alone is with me. Take bMark and bring him with you, for he is useful to me for the cministry.
12 But aTychicus I have sent to bEphesus.
13 The 1cloak which I left in 2aTroas with Carpus, bring when you come, and the 3scrolls, especially the parchments.
14 aAlexander the coppersmith did many evil things to me; the Lord will brecompense him according to his works.
15 You also guard against him, for he greatly opposed our words.
16 At my first defense no one was with me to support me, but all aabandoned me. May it not be counted against them.
17 But the Lord astood with me and bempowered me that through me the cproclamation of the gospel might be fully accomplished and all the dGentiles might hear; and I was edelivered out of the 1flion's mouth.
18 The Lord will adeliver me from every evil work and will save me into bHis 1heavenly kingdom, to whom be the cglory forever and ever. Amen.