1Thoutherefore,myson, be strongin the grace that is inChristJesus.2And the things that thou hast heardofmeamongamanywitnesses, the same commit thou to faithfulmen,who shall beable to teachothersalso.3Thoutherefore endure hardness , as a goodsoldier of JesusChrist.4
No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life;that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier .
5Andif a manalsostrive for masteries, yet is henotcrowned , except he strivelawfully.6
The husbandman that laboureth must befirstpartaker of the fruits.7Considerwhat I say ; and the Lordgivetheeunderstandingin all things.8Remember that JesusChristof the seed of David was raisedfrom the dead according tomygospel:9WhereinI suffer trouble , as an evil doer, even untobonds;but the word of Godisnotbound .
10ThereforeIendure all thingsfor the elect'ssakes,thattheymayalsoobtain the salvationwhich is inChristJesuswitheternalglory.11
It is a faithfulsaying:Forif we be dead with him, we shallalso live with him:
12If we suffer , we shallalso reign with him: if we deny him, he also will denyus:13If we believe not , yet heabidethfaithful: he cannotdenyhimself.14
Of these things put them in remembrance , charging them before the Lord that they strivenot about wordstonoprofit, but to the subverting of the hearers .
15Study to shewthyselfapproved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.16Butshunprofane and vain babblings:for they will increaseuntomoreungodliness.17Andtheirword will eatas doth a canker:b of whomisHymenaeusandPhiletus;18Whoconcerning the truth have erred , saying that the resurrection is pastalready;andoverthrow the faith of some.19Nevertheless the foundation of Godstandethsure,chavingthisseal, The Lordknoweth them that arehis.And,Let every one that nameth the name of Christdepartfrominiquity.20Butin a greathouse there arenotonlyvessels of goldand of silver,butalso of woodand of earth;andsometohonour,andsometodishonour.21If a manthereforepurgehimselffromthese, he shall be a vesseluntohonour,sanctified , andmeet for the master's use, and prepareduntoeverygoodwork.22Fleealsoyouthfullusts:butfollowrighteousness,faith,charity,peace,with them that call on the Lord out of a pureheart.23Butfoolishandunlearnedquestionsavoid , knowingthat they do genderstrifes.24And the servant of the Lordmustnotstrive ; butbegentleuntoall men, apt to teach,patient,d25Inmeeknessinstructing those that oppose themselves ; ifGodperadventure will givethemrepentanceto the acknowledging of the truth;26And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captivebyhimathiswill.