2 Timothy 4:11

11 1Luke alone is with me. Get 2Mark and bring him with you, for he is very useful to me for ministry.

2 Timothy 4:11 Meaning and Commentary

2 Timothy 4:11

Only Luke is with me
The beloved physician, who wrote the Gospel that bears his name, and "the Acts of the Apostles", and was a constant companion of Paul's in his travels and sufferings:

take Mark, and bring him with thee;
who might be at Ephesus, or somewhere in Timothy's way as he came to Rome. This seems to be the same with John Mark of Jerusalem, the son of Mary, the sister of Barnabas, and who was with Paul and Barnabas in their travels, and who parted from them at Pamphylia; on whose account, and for that reason, there was so great a difference between Paul and Barnabas, as to separate upon it; but now the apostle had entertained a better opinion of him, and was reconciled unto him, and was very desirous of his company and assistance; and which he had, ( Colossians 4:10 ) ( Philemon 1:24 ) .

For he is profitable to me for the ministry;
that is, of the Gospel, to assist in preaching it.

2 Timothy 4:11 In-Context

9 Do your best to come to me soon.
10 For Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia,Titus to Dalmatia.
11 Luke alone is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is very useful to me for ministry.
12 Tychicus I have sent to Ephesus.
13 When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, also the books, and above all the parchments.

Cross References 2

  • 1. [See ver. 10 above]
  • 2. See Acts 12:12
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