2 Timothy 3:10-17

10 Now you 1followed my teaching, conduct, purpose, faith, patience, 2love, perseverance,
11 3persecutions, and 4sufferings, such as happened to me at 5Antioch, at 6Iconium and at 7Lystra; what 8persecutions I endured, and out of them all 9the Lord rescued me!
12 Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus 10will be persecuted.
13 But evil men and impostors 11will proceed from bad to worse, 12deceiving and being deceived.
14 You, however, 13continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them,
15 and that 14from childhood you have known 15the sacred writings which are able to 16give you the wisdom that leads to 17salvation through faith which is in 18Christ Jesus.
16 19All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;
17 so that 20the man of God may be adequate, 21equipped for every good work.

2 Timothy 3:10-17 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO 2 TIMOTHY 3

In this chapter the apostle delivers out a prophecy of the last days, showing how perilous the times will be, describing the persons that will live in them, and what will be their end; and in opposition to these men, proposes himself an example in doctrine and sufferings; and encourages Timothy to persevere, and highly commends the sacred writings. The prophecy begins 2Ti 3:1 the description it gives of hypocrites, formal professors, and false teachers, that should rise up in the last days, and perilous times spoken of, is in 2Ti 3:2-7. And these are compared to the magicians of Egypt for the corruption of their minds, the badness of their principles, and their opposition to truth, and for their exit, and the issue of things; they will be stopped in their progress, and their folly exposed, 2Ti 3:8,9 and as the reverse of these men, the apostle gives an account of his own doctrine, conversation, and sufferings; which he proposes to Timothy for imitation, as being well known to him, and as also the common state of all godly persons in this life, being a suffering one, 2Ti 3:10-12 nor can it be expected that it should be otherwise, since false teachers, who are wicked and deceitful men, grow worse and worse, 2Ti 3:13. And then the apostle exhorts Timothy to abide by, and continue in the doctrines of the Gospel, from the assurance he had of the truth of them, from the consideration of his having learned them of the apostle, and especially from their agreement with the holy Scriptures, which he had knowledge of from a child, 2Ti 3:14,15 which Scriptures are commended, partly from the useful effect of them, making men wise unto salvation; and chiefly from the author of them, being by the inspiration of God; and also from the profitableness of them, both for doctrine and manners, and especially to furnish a Gospel minister for the work he is called unto, 2Ti 3:15-17.

2 Timothy 3:10-17 In-Context

8 Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men of depraved mind, rejected in regard to the faith.
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.
14 You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them,
15 and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;
17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.

Cross References 21

  • 1. Philippians 2:20, 22; 1 Timothy 4:6
  • 2. 1 Timothy 6:11
  • 3. 2 Corinthians 12:10
  • 4. 2 Corinthians 1:5, 7
  • 5. Acts 13:14, 45, 50
  • 6. Acts 14:1-7, 19
  • 7. Acts 14:8-20
  • 8. 2 Corinthians 11:23-27
  • 9. Romans 15:31
  • 10. John 15:20; Acts 14:22; 2 Corinthians 4:9
  • 11. 2 Timothy 2:16
  • 12. Titus 3:3
  • 13. 2 Timothy 1:13; Titus 1:9
  • 14. 2 Timothy 1:5
  • 15. John 5:47; Romans 2:27
  • 16. Psalms 119:98
  • 17. 1 Corinthians 1:21
  • 18. 2 Timothy 1:1
  • 19. Romans 4:23; Romans 15:4; 2 Peter 1:20
  • 20. 1 Timothy 6:11
  • 21. 2 Timothy 2:21; Hebrews 13:21

Footnotes 3

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