2 Timothy 2

A Good Soldier of Christ Jesus

1You then a  my child b  be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, 2and c  what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses d  entrust to faithful men
The Greek word anthropoi can refer to both men and women, depending on the context
f  who will be able to teach others also.
3 g  Share in suffering as h  a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4No soldier i  gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him. 5 j  An athlete is not k  crowned unless he competes according to the rules. 6It is l  the hard-working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops. 7Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.

8Remember Jesus Christ m  risen from the dead, the n  offspring of David o  as preached in my gospel, 9 p  for which I am suffering q  bound with chains as a criminal. But r  the word of God is not bound! 10Therefore s  I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain t  the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with u  eternal glory. 11The saying is v  trustworthy, for:

w  If we have died with him, we will also x  live with him;
12 y  if we endure, we will also reign with him;
z  if we deny him, he also will deny us;
13 aa  if we are faithless ab  he remains faithful

for ac  he cannot deny himself.

A Worker Approved by God

14Remind them of these things, and ad  charge them before God
Some manuscripts the Lord
af  not to quarrel about words ag  which does no good, but only ruins the hearers.
15Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved,
That is,  one approved after being tested
a worker ai  who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
16But aj  avoid ak  irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness, 17and their talk will spread like gangrene. Among them are al  Hymenaeus and Philetus, 18who have swerved from the truth am  saying that the resurrection has already happened. They are upsetting the faith of some. 19But God’s firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: an  “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Let everyone ao  who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity.”

20Now in ap  a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver but also of wood and clay aq  some for honorable use, some for dishonorable. 21Therefore ar  if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable
Greek  from these things
he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house at  ready for every good work.

22So au  flee av  youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with aw  those who call on the Lord ax  from a pure heart. 23Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant ay  controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. 24And az  the Lord’s servant
Greek bondservant
must not be quarrelsome but bb  kind to everyone bc  able to teach, patiently enduring evil,
25correcting his opponents bd  with gentleness. God be  may perhaps grant them repentance bf  leading to a knowledge of the truth, 26and they may come to their senses and escape from bg  the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.

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