2 Timothy 2:1-7 NIV

1 You then, my son,1 be strong2 in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

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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.

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3 Endure hardship with us5 like a good soldier6 of Christ Jesus.

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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.

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6 The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops.8

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7 Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this.