THE SECOND EPISTLE
PAUL THE APOSTLE
2 Timothy 2 ©
1 The apostle further exhorts Timothy to propagate the Gospel by faithful persons. 3 And suffer afflictions for the same. 4 Against which he comforts him by the similitudes of a soldier, combatant, and husbandman. 7 Exhorts him to lay his exhortations to heart, and diligently inculcate the article of Christ’s resurrection. 9 Proposes unto him also for his comfort his own example, and the certain recompense which, after suffering, shall be given by Christ. 15 Exhorts him to divide the Word of God rightly, and oppose strife of words, vain clamor, and doctrines of apostates, and namely of Hymenæus and Philetus, who denied the resurrection. 19 That although some fall away, nevertheless the foundation of eternal election stands fast, and shows whereby a man may know that he is elected. 22 Finally he exhorts him to flee the lusts of youth, foolish questions and contentions, and to endeavor after divers Christian virtues which are needful in a teacher.
THOU therefore, 1my son, be 2strong 3in the grace 4that is in Christ Jesus.
And the things that thou hast heard of me 5among many witnesses, the same 6commita thou to 7faithful men, who 8shall be able to teach others also.
Thou therefore 9endure hardness, as a 10good soldier of Jesus Christ.
11Nob man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him 12who hath chosen him to be a soldier.
And if a man also 13strive for masteries, yet 14is he not crowned, except he strive 15lawfully.
16Thec husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits.
Consider what 17I say; and 18the Lord give thee understanding in all things.
19Remember 20that Jesus Christ of the seedd of David was raised from the dead 21according to my gospel:
22Whereine I suffer trouble, as 23an evil doer, even 24untof bonds; but 25the word of God is not bound.
Therefore I endure all things 26for the elect’s sakes, 27that they may also obtain the salvation 28which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.
It is 29a faithful saying: Forg if we be dead 30with him, we shall also 31live with him:
Ifh we 32suffer, we shall also 33reign with him: ifi we deny 34him, he also will deny us:
Ifj we 35believe not, yet 36he abideth faithful: he cannot deny 37himself.
Of these things 38put them in remembrance, charging them 39before the Lord that they 40strive not about words 41to no profit, but to the 42subverting of the hearers.
Study to shew thyself 43approved unto God, 44a workman that needeth not to be 45ashamed, 46rightly dividing 47the word of truth.
Butk48shun 49profane and 50vain babblings: for they will 51increase unto more ungodliness.
And 52their 53word will 54eat as doth a 55canker:l of whom is 56Hymenand Philetus;
Who concerning 57the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is 58past already; and overthrow the 59faith of some.
60Nevertheless 61the foundation of God 62standeth sure, having 63this seal, Them Lord 64knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one 65that nameth the name of Christ depart 66from iniquity.
Butn67in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some 68to honour, and some 69to dishonour.
If a man therefore 70purge 71himself 72from these, he 73shall be a vessel unto honour, 74sanctified, and 75meet for the master's use, and 76prepared unto 77every good work.
Fleeo also youthful 78lusts: but 79follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, 80with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
Butp foolish and 81unlearned 82questions avoid, knowing that they do genderq83strifes.
And 84the servant of the Lord must not 85strive; but be gentle unto all men, aptr to teach, 86patient,
Ins meekness instructing those 87that oppose themselves; 88if God peradventure will give them 89repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;
And that they may 90recover themselves out of 91the snare of the devil, who are taken 92captive by him 93at his will.