2 Timothy 2:14-26 NIV

A Workman Approved by God

14 Keep reminding them of these things. Warn them before God against quarreling about words;1 it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen.

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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.2

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16 Avoid godless chatter,3 because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly.

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17 Their teaching will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus4 and Philetus,

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18 who have wandered away from the truth. They say that the resurrection has already taken place,5 and they destroy the faith of some.6

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19 Nevertheless, God's solid foundation stands firm,7 sealed with this inscription: "The Lord knows those who are his,"a8 and, "Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord 9 must turn away from wickedness."

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    • a 2:19 - Num. 16:5 (see Septuagint)
      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.10

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      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.11

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      22 Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love12 and peace, along with those who call on the Lord 13 out of a pure heart.14

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      23 Don't have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels.15

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        • 38 2:23 - S ver 14
          24 And the Lord's servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.16

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          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,17

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          26 and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil,18 who has taken them captive to do his will.

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