You then, my son,1 be strong2 in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
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And the things you have heard me say3 in the presence of many witnesses4 entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.
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Endure hardship with us5 like a good soldier6 of Christ Jesus.
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No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs--he wants to please his commanding officer.
Similarly, if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not receive the victor's crown7 unless he competes according to the rules.
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The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops.8
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Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this.
Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead,9 descended from David.10 This is my gospel,11
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for which I am suffering12 even to the point of being chained13 like a criminal. But God's word14 is not chained.
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Therefore I endure everything15 for the sake of the elect,16 that they too may obtain the salvation17 that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.18
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Here is a trustworthy saying:19 If we died with him, we will also live with him;20
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if we endure, we will also reign with him.21 If we disown him, he will also disown us;22
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if we are faithless, he will remain faithful,23 for he cannot disown himself.
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Keep reminding them of these things. Warn them before God against quarreling about words;24 it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen.
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Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.25
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Avoid godless chatter,26 because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly.
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Their teaching will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus27 and Philetus,
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who have wandered away from the truth. They say that the resurrection has already taken place,28 and they destroy the faith of some.29
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Nevertheless, God's solid foundation stands firm,30 sealed with this inscription: "The Lord knows those who are his,"31 and, "Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord 32 must turn away from wickedness."
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In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for noble purposes and some for ignoble.33
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If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.34
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Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love35 and peace, along with those who call on the Lord 36 out of a pure heart.37
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Don't have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels.38
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And the Lord's servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.39
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Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth,40
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and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil,41 who has taken them captive to do his will.
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