Only Luke is with me. Pick up Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful to me for service. 12
But Tychicus I have sent to Ephesus. 13
When you come bring the cloak which I left at Troas with Carpus, and the books, especially the parchments. 14
Alexander the coppersmith did me much harm; the Lord will repay him according to his deeds. 15
Be on guard against him yourself, for he vigorously opposed our teaching.
16At my first defense no one supported me, but all deserted me; may it not be counted against them. 17But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that through me the proclamation might be fully accomplished, and that all the Gentiles might hear; and I was rescued out of the lions mouth. 18The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed, and will bring me safely to His heavenly kingdom; to Him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
19Greet Prisca and Aquila, and the household of Onesiphorus. 20Erastus remained at Corinth, but Trophimus I left sick at Miletus. 21Make every effort to come before winter. Eubulus greets you, also Pudens and Linus and Claudia and all the brethren.
22The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you.
Parallel VersesAmerican Standard Version
Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee; for he is useful to me for ministering.
Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry.
Darby Bible Translation
Luke alone is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thyself, for he is serviceable to me for ministry.
English Revised Version
Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is useful to me for ministering.
Webster's Bible Translation
Luke only is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry.
Weymouth New Testament
Luke is the only friend I now have with me. Call for Mark on your way and bring him with you, for he is a great help to me in my ministry.
World English Bible
Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with you, for he is useful to me for service.
Young's Literal Translation
Lukas only is with me; Markus having taken, bring with thyself, for he is profitable to me for ministration;
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