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1 So then, my child, be strong in the grace which is in Christ Jesus. 1 You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
2 And the things which I have said to you before a number of witnesses, give to those of the faith, so that they may be teachers of others. 2 And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.
3 Be ready to do without the comforts of life, as one of the army of Christ Jesus. 3 Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.
4 A fighting man, when he is with the army, keeps himself free from the business of this life so that he may be pleasing to him who has taken him into his army. 4 No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs--he wants to please his commanding officer.
5 And if a man takes part in a competition he does not get the crown if he has not kept the rules. 5 Similarly, if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not receive the victor's crown unless he competes according to the rules.
6 It is right for the worker in the fields to be the first to take of the fruit. 6 The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops.
7 Give thought to what I say; for the Lord will give you wisdom in all things. 7 Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this.
8 Keep in mind Jesus Christ, of the seed of David, who came back from the dead, as my good news gives witness: 8 Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel,
9 In which I put up with the hardest conditions, even prison chains, like one who has done a crime; but the word of God is not in chains. 9 for which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But God's word is not chained.
10 But I undergo all things for the saints, so that they may have salvation in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. 10 Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.
11 This is a true saying: If we undergo death with him, then will we be living with him: 11 Here is a trustworthy saying: If we died with him, we will also live with him;
12 If we go on to the end, then we will be ruling with him: if we say we have no knowledge of him, then he will say he has no knowledge of us: 12 if we endure, we will also reign with him. If we disown him, he will also disown us;
13 If we are without faith, still he keeps faith, for he will never be untrue to himself. 13 if we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself.
14 Put these things before them, giving them orders in the name of the Lord to keep themselves from fighting about words, which is of no profit, only causing error in their hearers. 14 Keep reminding them of these things. Warn them before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen.
15 Let it be your care to get the approval of God, as a workman who has no cause for shame, giving the true word in the right way. 15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.
16 But take no part in wrong and foolish talk, for those who do so will go farther into evil, 16 Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly.
17 And their words will be like poisoned wounds in the flesh: such are Hymenaeus and Philetus; 17 Their teaching will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus,
18 Men whose ideas are all false, who say that the coming back from the dead has even now taken place, overturning the faith of some. 18 who have wandered away from the truth. They say that the resurrection has already taken place, and they destroy the faith of some.
19 But God's strong base is unchanging, having this sign, The Lord has knowledge of those who are his: and, Let everyone by whom the name of the Lord is named be turned away from evil. 19 Nevertheless, God's solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: "The Lord knows those who are his," and, "Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness."
20 Now in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but others of wood and earth, and some which are honoured and some without honour. 20 In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for noble purposes and some for ignoble.
21 If a man makes himself clean from these, he will be a vessel for honour, made holy, ready for the master's use, ready for every good work. 21 If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.
22 But keep yourself from those desires of the flesh which are strong when the body is young, and go after righteousness, faith, love, peace, with those whose prayers go up to the Lord from a clean heart. 22 Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
23 And put away foolish and uncontrolled questionings, seeing that they are a cause of trouble. 23 Don't have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels.
24 For it is not right for the Lord's servant to make trouble, but he is to be gentle to all, ready in teaching, putting up with wrong, 24 And the Lord's servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.
25 Gently guiding those who go against the teaching; if by chance God may give them a change of heart and true knowledge, 25 Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth,
26 And so they may get themselves free from the net of the Evil One, being made the prisoners of the Lord's servant, for the purpose of God. 26 and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.