2 Timothy 2:14-26 ESV

A Worker Approved by God

14 Remind them of these things, and 1charge them before Goda2not to quarrel about words, 3which 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 4who 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 5avoid 6irreverent 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 7Hymenaeus and Philetus,

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          18 who have swerved from the truth, 8saying 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: 9"The Lord knows those who are his," and, "Let everyone 10who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity."

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          20 Now in 11a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver but also of wood and clay, 12some for honorable use, some for dishonorable.

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          21 Therefore, 13if 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, 14ready for every good work.

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            • g 2:21 - Greek from these things
              22 So 15flee 16youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with 17those who call on the Lord 18from a pure heart.

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              23 Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant 19controversies; you know that they breed quarrels.

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              24 And 20the Lord's servantd must not be quarrelsome but 21kind to everyone, 22able to teach, patiently enduring evil,

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                • h 2:24 - Greek bondservant
                  25 correcting his opponents 23with gentleness. God 24may perhaps grant them repentance 25leading to a knowledge of the truth,

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

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