2 Timothy 2:1-13

A Good Soldier of Christ Jesus

1 You then, 1my child, 2be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus,
2 and 3what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses 4entrust to faithful men 5who will be able to teach others also.
3 6Share in suffering as 7a good soldier of Christ Jesus.
4 No soldier 8gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him.
5 9An athlete is not 10crowned unless he competes according to the rules.
6 It is 11the hard-working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops.
7 Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.
8 Remember Jesus Christ, 12risen from the dead, the 13offspring of David, 14as preached in my gospel,
9 15for which I am suffering, 16bound with chains as a criminal. But 17the word of God is not bound!
10 Therefore 18I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain 19the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with 20eternal glory.
11 The saying is 21trustworthy, for: 22If we have died with him, we will also 23live with him;
12 24if we endure, we will also reign with him; 25if we deny him, he also will deny us;
13 26if we are faithless, 27he remains faithful--for 28he cannot deny himself.
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