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2 Timothy 2 ESV

A Good Soldier of Christ Jesus

1 You then, 1my child, 2be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus,

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2 and 3what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses 4entrust to faithful men 5who will be able to teach others also.

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3 6Share in suffering as 7a good soldier of Christ Jesus.

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4 No soldier 8gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him.

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5 9An athlete is not 10crowned unless he competes according to the rules.

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6 It is 11the hard-working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops.

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7 Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.
8 Remember Jesus Christ, 12risen from the dead, the 13offspring of David, 14as preached in my gospel,

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9 15for which I am suffering, 16bound with chains as a criminal. But 17the word of God is not bound!

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10 Therefore 18I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain 19the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with 20eternal glory.

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11 The saying is 21trustworthy, for: 22If we have died with him, we will also 23live with him;

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12 24if we endure, we will also reign with him; 25if we deny him, he also will deny us;

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13 26if we are faithless, 27he remains faithful--for 28he cannot deny himself.

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A Worker Approved by God

14 Remind them of these things, and 29charge them before Goda30not to quarrel about words, 31which does no good, but only ruins the hearers.

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    • e 2:14 - Some manuscripts the Lord
      15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved,b a worker 32who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.

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        • f 2:15 - That is, one approved after being tested
          16 But 33avoid 34irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness,

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          17 and their talk will spread like gangrene. Among them are 35Hymenaeus and Philetus,

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          18 who have swerved from the truth, 36saying that the resurrection has already happened. They are upsetting the faith of some.

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          19 But God's firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: 37"The Lord knows those who are his," and, "Let everyone 38who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity."

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          20 Now in 39a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver but also of wood and clay, 40some for honorable use, some for dishonorable.

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          21 Therefore, 41if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable,c he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, 42ready for every good work.

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            • g 2:21 - Greek from these things
              22 So 43flee 44youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with 45those who call on the Lord 46from a pure heart.

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              23 Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant 47controversies; you know that they breed quarrels.

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              24 And 48the Lord's servantd must not be quarrelsome but 49kind to everyone, 50able to teach, patiently enduring evil,

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                • h 2:24 - Greek bondservant
                  25 correcting his opponents 51with gentleness. God 52may perhaps grant them repentance 53leading to a knowledge of the truth,

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                  26 and they may come to their senses and escape from 54the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.

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                  • a 2:14 - Some manuscripts the Lord
                  • b 2:15 - That is, one approved after being tested
                  • c 2:21 - Greek from these things
                  • d 2:24 - Greek bondservant