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2 Timothy 2 GNT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 As for you, my son, be strong through the grace that is ours in union with Christ Jesus. 1 You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
2 Take the teachings that you heard me proclaim in the presence of many witnesses, and entrust them to reliable people, who will be able to teach others also. 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 Take your part in suffering, as a loyal soldier of Christ Jesus. 3 Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.
4 A soldier on active duty wants to please his commanding officer and so does not get mixed up in the affairs of civilian life. 4 No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs--he wants to please his commanding officer.
5 An athlete who runs in a race cannot win the prize unless he obeys 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 The farmer who has done the hard work should have the first share of the harvest. 6 The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops.
7 Think about what I am saying, because the Lord will enable you to understand it all. 7 Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this.
8 Remember Jesus Christ, who was raised from death, who was a descendant of David, as is taught in the Good News I preach. 8 Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel,
9 Because I preach the Good News, I suffer and I am even chained like a criminal. 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 and so I endure everything for the sake of God's chosen people, in order that they too may obtain the salvation that comes through Christ Jesus and brings 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 have died with him, we shall also live with him. 11 Here is a trustworthy saying: If we died with him, we will also live with him;
12 If we continue to endure, we shall also rule with him. If we deny him, he also will deny us. 12 if we endure, we will also reign with him. If we disown him, he will also disown us;
13 If we are not faithful, he remains faithful, because he cannot be false to himself." 13 if we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself.
14 Remind your people of this, and give them a solemn warning in God's presence not to fight over words. It does no good, but only ruins the people who listen. 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 Do your best to win full approval in God's sight, as a worker who is not ashamed of his work, one who correctly teaches the message of God's truth. 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 Keep away from profane and foolish discussions, which only drive people farther away from God. 16 Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly.
17 Such teaching is like an open sore that eats away the flesh. Two men who have taught such things are Hymenaeus and Philetus. 17 Their teaching will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus,
18 They have left the way of truth and are upsetting the faith of some believers by saying that our resurrection has already taken place. 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 the solid foundation that God has laid cannot be shaken; and on it are written these words: "The Lord knows those who are his" and "Those who say that they belong to the Lord must turn away from wrongdoing." 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 In a large house there are dishes and bowls of all kinds: some are made of silver and gold, others of wood and clay; some are for special occasions, others for ordinary use. 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 Those who make themselves clean from all those evil things, will be used for special purposes, because they are dedicated and useful to their Master, ready to be used for every good deed. 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 Avoid the passions of youth, and strive for righteousness, faith, love, and peace, together with those who with a pure heart call out to the Lord for help. 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 But keep away from foolish and ignorant arguments; you know that they end up in quarrels. 23 Don't have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels.
24 As the Lord's servant, you must not quarrel. You must be kind toward all, a good and patient teacher, 24 And the Lord's servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.
25 who is gentle as you correct your opponents, for it may be that God will give them the opportunity to repent and come to know the truth. 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 then they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the Devil, who had caught them and made them obey his will. 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.