NASB — 2 Timothy 2 — KJV

Be Strong

1 You therefore, my Iason, bbe strong in the grace that is in cChrist Jesus. 2 The things awhich you have heard from me in the presence of bmany witnesses, centrust these to dfaithful men who will be eable to teach others also. 3 aSuffer hardship with [me], as a good bsoldier of cChrist Jesus. 4 No soldier in active service aentangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier. 5 Also if anyone acompetes as an athlete, he Idoes not win the prize unless he competes according to the rules. 6 aThe hard-working farmer ought to be the first to receive his share of the crops. 7 Consider what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.

[1] IOr child a2Ti 1:2 bEp 6:10 c2Ti 1:1
[2] a2Ti 1:13 b1Ti 6:12 c1Ti 1:18 d1Ti 1:12 e2Co 2:14ff; 3:5
[3] a2Ti 1:8 b1Co 9:7; 1Ti 1:18 c2Ti 1:1
[4] a2P 2:20
[5] ILit is not crowned a1Co 9:25
[6] a1Co 9:10

8 ¶ Remember Jesus Christ, arisen from the dead, bdescendant of David, caccording to my gospel, 9 Ifor which I asuffer hardship even to bimprisonment as a ccriminal; but dthe word of God eis not imprisoned. 10 For this reason aI endure all things for bthe sake of those who are chosen, cso that they also may obtain the dsalvation which is in eChrist Jesus [and] with [it] feternal glory. 11 aIt is a trustworthy statement:
  For bif we died with Him, we will also live with Him;
  12 If we endure, awe will also reign with Him;
  If we Ibdeny Him, He also will deny us;
  13 If we are faithless, aHe remains faithful, for bHe cannot deny Himself.

[8] aAc 2:24 bMt 1:1 cRo 2:16
[9] ILit in which a2Ti 1:8; 2:3 bPhp 1:7 cLk 23:32 d1Th 1:8 eAc 28:31; 2Ti 4:17
[10] aCol 1:24 bLk 18:7; Tit 1:1 c2Co 1:6; 1Th 5:9 d1Co 1:21 e2Ti 1:1; 2:1, 3 f2Co 4:17; 1P 5:10
[11] a1Ti 1:15 bRo 6:8; 1Th 5:10
[12] ILit will deny aMt 19:28; Lk 22:29; Ro 5:17; 8:17 bMt 10:33; Lk 12:9; 1Ti 5:8
[13] aRo 3:3; 1Co 1:9 bNu 23:19; Tit 1:2

An Unashamed Workman

14 ¶ Remind [them] of these things, and solemnly acharge [them] in the presence of God not to bwrangle about words, which is useless [and leads] to the ruin of the hearers. 15 Be diligent to apresent yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling bthe word of truth. 16 But aavoid bworldly [and] empty chatter, for Iit will lead to further ungodliness, 17 and their Italk will spread like IIgangrene. Among them are aHymenaeus and Philetus, 18 [men] who have gone astray from the truth saying that athe resurrection has already taken place, and they upset bthe faith of some. 19 Nevertheless, the afirm foundation of God stands, having this bseal, “cThe Lord knows those who are His,” and, “dEveryone who names the name of the Lord is to abstain from wickedness.”

[14] a1Ti 5:21; 2Ti 4:1 b1Ti 6:4; 2Ti 2:23; Tit 3:9
[15] aRo 6:13; Jm 1:12 bEp 1:13; Jm 1:18
[16] ILit they will make further progress in ungodliness aTit 3:9 b1Ti 1:9; 6:20
[17] ILit word IIOr cancer a1Ti 1:20
[18] a1Co 15:12 b1Ti 1:19; Tit 1:11
[19] aIs 28:16f; 1Ti 3:15 bJn 3:33 cJn 10:14; 1Co 8:3 dLk 13:27; 1Co 1:2

20 ¶ Now in a large house there are not only gold and silver vessels, but also vessels of wood and of earthenware, and asome to honor and some to dishonor. 21 Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from athese [things], he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, bprepared for every good work. 22 Now aflee from youthful lusts and pursue righteousness, bfaith, love [and] peace, with those who ccall on the Lord dfrom a pure heart. 23 But refuse foolish and ignorant aspeculations, knowing that they bproduce Iquarrels. 24 aThe Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, bable to teach, patient when wronged, 25 awith gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, bif perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to cthe knowledge of the truth, 26 and they may come to their senses [and escape] from athe snare of the devil, having been bheld captive Iby him to do his will.

[20] aRo 9:21
[21] a1Ti 6:11; 2Ti 2:16-18 b2Co 9:8; Ep 2:10; 2Ti 3:17
[22] a1Ti 6:11 b1Ti 1:14 cAc 7:59 d1Ti 1:5
[23] ILit fightings a1Ti 6:4; 2Ti 2:14; Tit 3:9 bTit 3:9; Jm 4:1
[24] a1Ti 3:3; Tit 1:7 b1Ti 3:2
[25] aGa 6:1; Tit 3:2; 1P 3:15 bAc 8:22 c1Ti 2:4
[26] IOr by him, to do His will a1Ti 3:7 bLk 5:10


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He is exhorted again to constancy and perseverance, and to do the duty of a faithful servant of the Lord in dividing the Word aright, and staying profane and vain babblings.

1 ¶ Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. 3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of [this] life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. 5 And if a man also strive for masteries, [yet] is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully. 6 The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits. 7 Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things. 8 Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel: 9 Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, [even] unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound. 10 Therefore I endure all things for the elect's sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. 11 [It is] a faithful saying: For if we be dead with [him], we shall also live with [him]: 12 If we suffer, we shall also reign with [him]: if we deny [him], he also will deny us: 13 If we believe not, [yet] he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself. 14 Of these things put [them] in remembrance, charging [them] before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, [but] to the subverting of the hearers. 15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 16 But shun profane [and] vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.

[1] Jsh 1:7; Hg 2:4; 1Co 16:13; 2Co 12:9; Ep 6:10; Php 4:13; 1Ti 1:2, 18; 2Ti 1:2, 7; 2P 3:18.
[2] Nu 12:7; 1S 2:35; Ezr 7:10, 25; Ne 7:2; Ps 101:6; Pv 13:17; Jr 23:28; Mal 2:7; Mt 13:52; 24:25; Lk 12:42; 16:10; 1Co 4:2; Col 1:7; 1Ti 1:12, 18; 3:2; 4:6, 14; 5:22; 6:12; 2Ti 1:13, 14; 2:24; 3:10, 14; Tit 1:5; He 2:17; 3:2; Rv 2:10.
[3] 1Co 13:7; 2Co 1:6; 10:3; Ep 6:11; 1Ti 1:18; 2Ti 1:8; 2:10; 3:11; 4:5; He 6:15; 10:32; 11:27; 12:2; Jm 1:12.
[4] Dt 20:5; Lk 8:14; 9:59; 1Co 7:22; 9:25; 2Co 5:9; 1Th 2:4; 1Ti 6:9; 2Ti 4:10; 2P 2:20.
[5] Lk 13:24; 1Co 9:24; Php 1:15; Col 1:29; 2Ti 4:7; He 2:7, 9; 12:4; Jm 1:12; 1P 5:4; Rv 2:10; 3:11; 4:4, 10.
[6] Is 28:24; Mt 9:37; 20:1; 21:33; Lk 10:2; Jn 4:35; 1Co 3:6; 9:7, 23; He 10:36.
[7] Gn 41:38; Ex 36:1; Nu 27:16; Dt 4:39; 32:29; 1Ch 22:12; 29:19; 2Ch 1:8; Ps 64:9; 119:73, 125, 144; 143:8; Pv 2:3; 24:32; Is 1:3; 5:12; 28:26; Dn 1:17; Lk 9:44; 21:15; 24:45; Jn 14:26; 16:13; Ac 7:10; 1Co 12:8; Ep 1:17; Php 4:8; Col 1:9; 1Ti 4:15; He 3:1; 7:4; 12:3; 13:7; Jm 1:5; 3:15, 17; 1Jn 5:20.
[8] Mt 1:1; Lk 24:46; Ac 2:24, 30; 13:23; Ro 1:3; 2:16; 16:25; 1Co 15:1, 4, 11; 2Th 2:14; 1Ti 1:11; 2:7; He 12:2; Rv 5:5.
[9] Ac 9:16; 28:31; Ep 3:1; 6:19, 20; Php 1:7, 12; Col 4:3, 18; 2Th 3:1; 2Ti 1:8, 12, 16; 1P 2:12, 14; 3:16; 4:15.
[10] Pv 8:35; Mt 24:22, 24, 31; Jn 11:52; 17:9, 24; Ro 2:7; 9:23; 1Co 9:22; 2Co 1:6; 4:15, 17; Ep 3:13; Col 1:24, 27; 1Th 5:9; 2Th 2:14; 1Ti 1:13; 2Ti 2:3; 1P 2:10; 5:10.
[11] Jn 14:19; Ro 6:5, 8; 2Co 4:10; 13:4; Ga 2:19; Col 3:3; 1Th 4:17; 5:10; 1Ti 1:15; 3:1; Tit 3:8.
[12] Pv 30:9; Mt 10:33; 19:28; 26:35, 75; Mk 8:38; 10:33; Lk 9:26; 12:9; Ac 14:22; Ro 8:17; Php 1:28; 2Th 1:4; 1P 4:13; 1Jn 2:22, 23; Jde 1:4; Rv 1:6, 9; 2:13; 3:8; 5:10; 20:4, 6.
[13] Nu 23:19; Is 25:1; Mt 24:35; Ro 3:3; 9:6; 1Th 5:24; 2Th 3:3; Tit 1:2; He 6:18.
[14] 1S 12:21; Jr 2:8, 11; 7:8; 16:19; 23:32, 36; Hab 2:18; Mt 16:26; Ac 13:10; 15:24; Ro 14:1; Ga 1:7; Ep 4:17; 1Th 4:1; 2Th 3:6; 1Ti 1:4, 6; 4:8; 5:21; 6:4, 13; 2Ti 1:6; 2:16, 23; 4:1; Tit 3:9, 11; He 13:9; 2P 1:13.
[15] Mt 13:52; Mk 4:33; Lk 12:42; Jn 21:15; Ac 2:22; 20:27; Ro 14:18; 16:10; 1Co 2:6; 3:1; 2Co 3:6; 4:2; 5:9; 6:3; 10:18; Ga 1:10; 1Th 2:4; 5:14; 1Ti 4:6, 12; He 4:11; 5:11; 2P 1:10, 15; 3:14.
[16] Ezr 10:10; Ho 12:1; 1Co 5:6; 15:33; 2Th 2:7; 1Ti 4:7; 6:20; 2Ti 2:14; 3:13; Tit 1:11, 14; 3:9; He 12:15; 2P 2:2, 18; Rv 13:3, 14.

Of Hymenaeus and Philetus.

17 And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus; 18 Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.

[17] Na 3:15; 1Ti 1:20; Jm 5:3.
[18] Mt 15:13; 22:29; Lk 8:13; 22:31; Ac 5:39; 1Co 11:19; 15:12; Col 3:1; 1Ti 1:19; 6:10, 21; 2Ti 2:14; He 3:10; Jm 5:19; 1Jn 2:19.

The foundation of the Lord is sure.

19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. 20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. 21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, [and] prepared unto every good work.

[19] Nu 6:27; 16:5; Jb 28:28; Ps 1:6; 34:14; 37:18, 27, 28; 97:10; 112:6; 125:1; Pv 3:7; 10:25; Is 14:32; 28:16; 63:19; 65:15; Na 1:7; Hg 2:23; Zc 3:9; 4:7; Mt 7:23, 25; 24:24; 28:19; Mk 13:22; Lk 6:48; 13:27; Jn 10:14, 27; 13:18; Ac 9:14; 11:26; 15:17; Ro 8:28, 31; 9:11; 11:2; 12:9; 15:9, 20; 1Co 1:2; 3:10; 8:3; 2Co 7:1; Ga 4:9; Ep 2:20; 3:15; 4:17, 30; 5:1; Col 3:5; 1Ti 6:19; Tit 2:11; He 6:18; 11:10; 1P 1:13; 2P 1:4; 3:14; 1Jn 2:19; 3:7; Rv 2:13; 3:8; 17:8; 21:14; 22:4.
[20] Ex 27:3; Ezr 1:6; 6:5; Lm 4:2; Dn 5:2; Ro 9:21; 1Co 3:9, 16; 2Co 4:7; Ep 2:22; 1Ti 3:15; He 3:2; 1P 2:5.
[21] Ps 119:9; Is 1:25; 52:11; Jr 15:19; Mal 3:3; Ac 9:15; 1Co 5:7; 2Co 7:1; Ep 2:10; 2Ti 2:20; 3:17; Tit 3:1, 8, 14; 1P 1:7, 22; 1Jn 3:3.

He is taught whereof to beware, and what to follow after, and in what sort the servant of the Lord ought to behave himself.

22 Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 23 But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes. 24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all [men], apt to teach, patient, 25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; 26 And [that] they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

[22] 1Ch 29:17; Ps 17:1; 66:18; 119:9; Pv 6:5; 15:8; Ec 11:9; Ac 9:14; Ro 14:17, 19; 15:5; 1Co 1:2, 10; 6:18; 10:14; 14:1; 1Ti 1:5; 2:8; 4:12; 6:11; He 12:14; 1P 2:11; 3:11; 3Jn 1:11.
[23] 1Ti 1:4; 4:7; 6:4; 2Ti 2:14, 16; Tit 3:9.
[24] Dt 34:5; Jsh 1:1; 2Ch 24:6; Is 40:11; Dn 6:20; Mt 12:19; Jn 6:52; Ac 7:26; 15:2; 23:9; 2Co 10:1, 4; Ga 5:22; Ep 4:2; Php 2:3, 14; Col 3:13; 1Th 2:7; 1Ti 3:2, 3; 6:11; Tit 1:1, 7, 9; 3:2; Jm 1:1, 19; 3:17; 4:2; 1P 3:8; Jde 1:3.
[25] Jr 13:15; 26:12; 31:18, 33; Ezk 11:19; 36:26, 31; Zc 12:10; Mt 11:29; 21:32; Mk 1:3, 15; Jn 5:34; Ac 2:38; 5:21; 8:22; 11:18; 20:21; 22:1; Ga 6:1; 1Ti 2:4; 6:11; 2Ti 3:7; Tit 1:1; Jm 1:17; 1P 3:15; 1Jn 5:16.
[26] Jb 1:12; 2:6; Ps 124:7; Is 8:15; 28:13; 42:6; 49:25; 53:12; Mt 12:28; Lk 11:21; 15:17; 22:31; Jn 13:2, 27; Ac 5:3; 26:18; 1Co 15:34; 2Co 2:11; Ep 5:14; Col 1:13; 2Th 2:9; 1Ti 1:20; 3:7; 6:9; 2P 2:18; Rv 12:9; 20:2.


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