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2 Timothy 2 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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A Good Soldier of Christ Jesus

Unchecked Copy Box2Ti 2:1 - You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus,
Unchecked Copy Box2Ti 2:2 - and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men,[fn] who will be able to teach others also.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ti 2:3 - Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ti 2:4 - No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ti 2:5 - An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ti 2:6 - It is the hard-working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ti 2:7 - Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ti 2:8 - Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, the offspring of David, as preached in my gospel,
Unchecked Copy Box2Ti 2:9 - for which I am suffering, bound with chains as a criminal. But the word of God is not bound!
Unchecked Copy Box2Ti 2:10 - Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ti 2:11 - The saying is trustworthy, for:
If we have died with him, we will also live with him;
Unchecked Copy Box2Ti 2:12 - if we endure, we will also reign with him;
if we deny him, he also will deny us;
Unchecked Copy Box2Ti 2:13 - if we are faithless, he remains faithful— for he cannot deny himself.

A Worker Approved by God

Unchecked Copy Box2Ti 2:14 - Remind them of these things, and charge them before God[fn] not to quarrel about words, which does no good, but only ruins the hearers.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ti 2:15 - Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved,[fn] a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ti 2:16 - But avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness,
Unchecked Copy Box2Ti 2:17 - and their talk will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus,
Unchecked Copy Box2Ti 2:18 - who have swerved from the truth, saying that the resurrection has already happened. They are upsetting the faith of some.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ti 2:19 - But God’s firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity.”
Unchecked Copy Box2Ti 2:20 - Now in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver but also of wood and clay, some for honorable use, some for dishonorable.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ti 2:21 - Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable,[fn] he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ti 2:22 - So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ti 2:23 - Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ti 2:24 - And the Lord’s servant[fn] must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil,
Unchecked Copy Box2Ti 2:25 - correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth,
Unchecked Copy Box2Ti 2:26 - and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.
ESV Footnotes
The Greek word anthropoi can refer to both men and women, depending on the context
Some manuscripts the Lord
That is, one approved after being tested
Greek from these things
For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface

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