2 Timothy 2:3-13 (New International Version)

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3 Endure hardship with us1 like a good soldier2 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 crown3 unless he competes according to the rules. 6 The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops.4 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,5 descended from David.6 This is my gospel,7 9 for which I am suffering8 even to the point of being chained9 like a criminal. But God's word10 is not chained. 10 Therefore I endure everything11 for the sake of the elect,12 that they too may obtain the salvation13 that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.14 11 Here is a trustworthy saying:15 If we died with him, we will also live with him;16 12 if we endure, we will also reign with him.17 If we disown him, he will also disown us;18 13 if we are faithless, he will remain faithful,19 for he cannot disown himself.
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