The God of patience and comfort (o qeo th upomonh kai th paraklhsew). Genitive case of the two words in verse 2 Timothy 4 used to describe God who uses the Scriptures to reveal himself to us. See 2 Corinthians 1:3 for this idea; Romans 15:13 for "the God of hope"; Romans 15:33 for "the God of peace." Grant you (dwih umin). Second aorist active optative (Koin form for older doih) as in 2 Thessalonians 3:16 ; Ephesians 1:17 ; 2 Timothy 1:16 2 Timothy 1:18 ; 2 Timothy 2:25 , though MSS. vary in Ephesians 1:17 ; 2 Timothy 2:25 for dwh (subjunctive). The optative here is for a wish for the future (regular idiom). According to Christ Jesus (kata Criston Ihsoun). "According to the character or example of Christ Jesus" ( 2 Corinthians 11:17 ; Colossians 2:8 ; Ephesians 5:24 ).