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2 Timothy 2:1-9 (New International Version)

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1 You then, my son,1 be strong2 in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2 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. 3 Endure hardship with us5 like a good soldier6 of Christ Jesus. 4 No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs--he wants to please his commanding officer. 5 Similarly, if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not receive the victor's crown7 unless he competes according to the rules. 6 The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops.8 7 Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this. 8 Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead,9 descended from David.10 This is my gospel,11 9 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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