4Nosoldier in activeservice1entangles himself in the affairs of everydaylife, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier.
5Alsoifanyone2competes as an athlete, he adoes not win the prizeunless he competes according to the rules.
63The hard-workingfarmerought to be the first to receive his share of the crops.
7Considerwhat I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.
8RememberJesusChrist, 4risen from the dead, 5descendant of David, 6according to my gospel,
9bfor which I 7sufferhardshipeven to 8imprisonment as a 9criminal; but 10the word of God11is not imprisoned.
For thisreason12I endureallthings for 13the sake of those who are chosen, 14so that they also may obtain the 15salvation which is in 16ChristJesus and with it 17eternalglory.
1118It is a trustworthystatement: For 19if we died with Him, we will alsolive with Him;
12If we endure, 20we will alsoreign with Him; If we c21deny Him, He also will deny us;
13If we are faithless, 22He remainsfaithful, for 23He cannotdenyHimself.