2 Timothy 4:18 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

2 Timothy 4:18, NIV: "The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen."

2 Timothy 4:18, ESV: "The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen."

2 Timothy 4:18, KJV: "And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen."

2 Timothy 4:18, NASB: "The 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."

2 Timothy 4:18, NLT: "Yes, and the Lord will deliver me from every evil attack and will bring me safely into his heavenly Kingdom. All glory to God forever and ever! Amen."

2 Timothy 4:18, CSB: "The Lord will rescue me from every evil work and will bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever! Amen."

What does 2 Timothy 4:18 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Paul concludes his thoughts from the previous verse. Even though he fully expects to die under Roman imprisonment, he still speaks of God rescuing him. Just as Paul had been delivered from Alexander (2 Timothy 4:14) and in his first legal defense (2 Timothy 4:17), God's will would be perfectly fulfilled, no matter what the earthly outcome. Paul was confident of his salvation and his eternal destiny.

As a result, Paul could praise God, even in prison. Though he expected to soon die, he could still say, "To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen." His life had been given in service to the Lord, the One whom he would soon see face-to-face. Paul's story would soon fulfill his words in Philippians 1:21: "For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain." He would not simply die and become non-existent or endure soul sleep, but would immediately be in the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:6–8; Philippians 1:23).