2 Timothy 3:11

11 1persecutions, and 2sufferings, such as happened to me at 3Antioch, at 4Iconium and at 5Lystra; what 6persecutions I endured, and out of them all 7the Lord rescued me!

2 Timothy 3:11 Meaning and Commentary

2 Timothy 3:11

Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch,
&c.] In Pisidia; where the Jews that contradicted and blasphemed his doctrine, and envied his success, stirred up the chief of the city, both men and women, against him, and Barnabas; who persecuted them and expelled them out, of their coasts, ( Acts 13:45 Acts 13:50 ) and also at Iconium; where both Jews and Gentiles made an assault upon them, to use them ill, and stone them, ( Acts 14:5 ) and likewise at Lystra; where the apostle was stoned, and drawn out of the city, and left for dead, ( Acts 14:19 ) . And these instances are the rather mentioned because they were done in those parts, where Timothy had lived, ( Acts 16:1 ) and so knew the truth of these things, not only from the apostle's mouth, but from the testimonies of others; and perhaps he might have been a witness to some of them himself;

what persecutions I endured:
not only in the above places, but elsewhere; see a detail of them in ( 2 Corinthians 11:23-28 ) ,

but out of them all the Lord delivered me;
see ( 2 Corinthians 1:10 ) ( 2 Timothy 4:17 2 Timothy 4:18 ) , this he says to the glory of the grace and power of God, to whom he ascribes all his deliverances; and for the encouragement of Timothy, and other saints, under sufferings, who may hope and believe that the Lord will deliver them in his own time and way, ( Psalms 34:19 ) .

2 Timothy 3:11 In-Context

9 But they will not make further progress; for their folly will be obvious to all, just as Jannes's and Jambres's folly was also.
10 Now you followed my teaching, conduct, purpose, faith, patience, love, perseverance,
11 persecutions, and sufferings, such as happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium and at Lystra; what persecutions I endured, and out of them all the Lord rescued me!
12 Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.
13 But evil men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.

Cross References 7

  • 1. 2 Corinthians 12:10
  • 2. 2 Corinthians 1:5, 7
  • 3. Acts 13:14, 45, 50
  • 4. Acts 14:1-7, 19
  • 5. Acts 14:8-20
  • 6. 2 Corinthians 11:23-27
  • 7. Romans 15:31
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