Must not strive (ou dei macesqai). Rather, "it is not necessary for him to fight" (in such verbal quibbles). The negative ou goes with dei, not with the infinitive macesqai. Gentle (hpion). Old word (from epo, speech), affable, mild, in N.T. only here (and 1 Thessalonians 2:7 in some MSS.; W. H. have nhpio). Teachable (didaktikon). See 1 Timothy 3:2 . Forbearing (anexikakon). Late compound (from future of anecw, anexw, and kakon, putting up with evil). Here only in N.T.