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2 Timothy 2:7-17 (New International Reader's Version)

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7 Think about what I'm saying. The Lord will help you understand what all of it means. 8 Remember Jesus Christ. He came from David's family line. He was raised from the dead. That is my good news. 9 I am suffering for it. I have even been put in chains like someone who has committed a crime. But God's word is not held back by chains. 10 So I put up with everything for the good of God's chosen people. Then they also can be saved. Christ Jesus saves them. He gives them glory that will last forever. 11 Here is a saying you can trust. If we died with him, we will also live with him. 12 If we don't give up, we will also rule with him. If we say we don't know him, he will also say he doesn't know us. 13 Even if we are not faithful, he will remain faithful. He must be true to himself.

A Worker Who Pleases God

14 Keep reminding the believers of those things. While God is watching, warn them not to argue about words. That doesn't have any value. It only destroys those who listen. 15 Do your best to please God. Be a worker who doesn't need to be ashamed. Teach the message of truth correctly. 16 Stay away from godless chatter. Those who take part in it will become more and more ungodly. 17 Their teaching will spread like a deadly sickness. Hymenaeus and Philetus are two of those teachers.
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