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1 Timothy, my dear son, be strong with the special favor God gives you in Christ Jesus. 1 You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
2 You have heard me teach many things that have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses. Teach these great truths to trustworthy people who are able to pass them on to 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 Endure suffering along with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 3 Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.
4 And as Christ's soldier, do not let yourself become tied up in the affairs of this life, for then you cannot satisfy the one who has enlisted you in his army. 4 No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs--he wants to please his commanding officer.
5 Follow the Lord's rules for doing his work, just as an athlete either follows the rules or is disqualified and wins no prize. 5 Similarly, if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not receive the victor's crown unless he competes according to the rules.
6 Hardworking farmers are the first to enjoy the fruit of their labor. 6 The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops.
7 Think about what I am saying. The Lord will give you understanding in all these things. 7 Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this.
8 Never forget that Jesus Christ was a man born into King David's family and that he was raised from the dead. This is the Good News I preach. 8 Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel,
9 And because I preach this Good News, I am suffering and have been chained like a criminal. But the word of God cannot be chained. 9 for which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But God's word is not chained.
10 I am willing to endure anything if it will bring salvation and eternal glory in Christ Jesus to those God has chosen. 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 die with him, we will also live with him. 11 Here is a trustworthy saying: If we died with him, we will also live with him;
12 If we endure hardship, we will reign with him. If we deny him, he 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 unfaithful, he remains faithful, for he cannot deny himself. 13 if we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself.
14 Remind everyone of these things, and command them in God's name to stop fighting over words. Such arguments are useless, and they can ruin those who hear them. 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 Work hard so God can approve you. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of 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 Avoid godless, foolish discussions that lead to more and more ungodliness. 16 Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly.
17 This kind of talk spreads like cancer. Hymenaeus and Philetus are examples of this. 17 Their teaching will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus,
18 They have left the path of truth, preaching the lie that the resurrection of the dead has already occurred; and they have undermined 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 truth stands firm like a foundation stone with this inscription: "The Lord knows those who are his," and "Those who claim they belong to the Lord must turn away from all wickedness." 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 wealthy home some utensils are made of gold and silver, and some are made of wood and clay. The expensive utensils are used for special occasions, and the cheap ones are for everyday 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 If you keep yourself pure, you will be a utensil God can use for his purpose. Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use you 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 Run from anything that stimulates youthful lust. Follow anything that makes you want to do right. Pursue faith and love and peace, and enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts. 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 Again I say, don't get involved in foolish, ignorant arguments that only start fights. 23 Don't have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels.
24 The Lord's servants must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone. They must be able to teach effectively and be patient with difficult people. 24 And the Lord's servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.
25 They should gently teach those who oppose the truth. Perhaps God will change those people's hearts, and they will believe 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 Then they will come to their senses and escape from the Devil's trap. For they have been held captive by him to do whatever he wants. 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.