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2 Timothy 2:1-13 (Today's 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 people who will also be qualified to teach others. 3 Join with me in suffering,5 like a good soldier6 of Christ Jesus. 4 No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs; rather, they try to please their commanding officer. 5 Similarly, anyone who competes as an athlete does not receive the victor's crown7 except by competing 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. 10 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 11 Here is a trustworthy saying:19 If we died with him, we will also live with him;20 12 if we endure, we will also reign with him.21 If we disown him, he will also disown us;22 13 if we are faithless, he remains faithful,23 for he cannot disown himself.
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