Song of Solomon 7
Song of Solomon 8
2 Timothy 4:1-8

If you are like me you have read books translated from their native language (I think of Victor Hugo’s “Les Miserable.”)  And while the translation is perfect for the content you can miss the “emotion” conveyed in the original wording.  As I read Paul’s instructions to Timothy I wondered how much emotion I was missing from the original Greek?  I ask this because even in the English translation you can almost “feel” Paul’s heart. 

He knows that the end of his life is near and, Lord willing, we will all be able to echo one of his final thoughts:

2 Timothy 4:  For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. I have fought the good fightI have finished the raceI have kept the faithNow there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.

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