2 Timothy 2:5

If also a man contend in the games (ean de kai aqlh ti). Condition of third class with present (linear) active subjunctive of aqlew, old and common verb (from aqlo, a contest), only this verse in N.T., but sunaqlew in Philippians 1:27 . Note sharp distinction between aqlh (present subjunctive, engage in a contest in general) and aqlhsh (first aorist active subjunctive, engage in a particular contest). Not "except he have contended," but simply "unless he contend" (in any given case) "lawfully" (nomimw). Old adverb, agreeably to the law, in N.T. only here and 1 Timothy 1:8 . Is not crowned (ou stepanoutai). Present passive indicative of stepanow, old verb (from stepano, crown), in N.T. only here and Hebrews 2:7 Hebrews 2:9 . One apodosis for two protases. The victor in the athletic contests was crowned with a garland.