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II Timothy 2

1 You therefore, my child, be enabled in the grace [which is] in Christ Jesus, 2 and what you heard from me through many witnesses, these [things] commit to the trustworthy men, who will also teach others. 3 Co-suffer as [a] good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4 No one soldiering entangles himself with the affairs of living, in order that he please him having enlisted [him]. 5 And if anyone compete, he is not crowned unless he competed lawfully. 6 The laboring farmer must first be sharing in the fruits. 7 Be considering what I say, for the Lord will give to you understanding in everything. 8 Be remembering [that] Jesus Christ [was] raised from the dead, from the seed of David, according to my good-news, 9 for which I suffer, [even] to bonds as [an] evil-doer, but the word of God is not bound. 10 Because of this I endure everything on account of the elect, in order that they also attain [the] salvation [which is] in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. 11 Trustworthy [is this] word: If we co-died, we will also co-live; 12 if we co-endure, we will also co-reign; if we will deny [him], he will deny us; 13 if we do not trust, he remains trustworthy, for he is not able to deny himself. 14 Be reminding [them] of these [things], warning them before God to be not fighting [about] words, useful for nothing [except] for the destruction of those hearing. 15 Be earnest to present yourself approved to God, [a] worker not-needing-to-be-ashamed, cutting-straight1 the word of truth. 16 Be avoiding profane chatterings, for they advance to more impiety, 17 and their word will eat as [a] gangrene, of whom Humenaios and Philetus, 18 who concerning the truth have deviated, saying the resurrection has already come to pass, and they overturn the faith of some. 19 Nevertheless the firm foundation of God stands, having this seal:
[The] Lord has known those being his,


Let2 them depart from unjustness
All those naming the name of the Lord.

20 But in [a] great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and earth, and some for honor and some for dishonor; 21 if therefore anyone cleanse himself from these, he will be [a] vessel for honor, made holy, useful to the master3 (), prepared for every good work. 22 Be fleeing youthful lusts, but be pursuing justness, faith, agape-love, peace with those calling upon the Lord from [a] clean heart. 23 But avoid foolish and ignorant questions, knowing that they breed fights. 24 But [the] slave of [the] Lord must not be fighting, but be gentle to all, skillful-to-teach, bearing-evil-without-resentment, 25 in gentleness instructing those being opposed, if God might give them repentance to [the] knowledge of [the] truth, 26 and they come-to-their-senses from the snare of the devil, those captured by him for his will.

1 ωρθoτoμεω ORTHOTOMEO: literally 'to cut in a straight line'—something that a tentmaker like Paul would know is very difficult to do.


3DESPOTES "DES-poh-tays" (δεσπoτης ) `Lord': owner and absolute master of slaves. Whereas DESPOTES emphasizes ownership and complete right of disposal, KURIOS (also translated `Lord') emphasizes power—having it, having the right to wield it. Only slaves have a DESPOTES; even free persons may have a KURIOS. DESPOTES occurs in Luke.2:29, Acts.4:24, 1Tim.6:1, 1Tim.6:2, 2Time.2:21, Tit.2:9, 1Pet.2:18, 2Pet.2:1, Jude.1:4, Rev.6:10. "Lord" in every other case is KURIOS (κυριoς )