1 So, may you, my son, be strengthened through the unearned favor that comes from [your fellowship with] Christ Jesus.
1 Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
1 As for you, my child, be strong by the grace that is in the Messiah Jesus.
2 And the things that you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, you should pass on to trustworthy men who will be able to teach other people also.
2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.
2 What you have heard from me through many witnesses entrust to faithful people who will be able to teach others as well.
3 [Be willing to] suffer hardship with me like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.
3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
3 Join me in suffering like a good soldier of the Messiah Jesus.
4 No soldier on active duty, gets himself involved in the affairs of civilian life, so that he can please the person who enlisted him [i.e., his commanding officer].
4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.
4 No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in the concerns of civilian life; he seeks to please the recruiter.
4 No one serving in the military gets mixed up in civilian matters, for his aim is to please his commanding officer.
5 And if a person competes as an athlete, he is not awarded the victor's crown unless he competes according to the rules.
5 And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.
5 Also, if anyone competes as an athlete, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.
5 Moreover, no one who is an athlete wins a prize unless he competes according to the rules.
6 [And] the farmer who works hard should be the first one to receive a share of the crops.
6 The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits.
6 Furthermore, it is the hard working farmer who should have the first share of the crops.
7 Consider what I am saying, for the Lord will help you to understand everything.
7 Consider what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.
7 Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.
7 Consider what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.
7 Think about what I am saying. The Lord will help you to understand all these things.
8 [In the face of trouble] remember Jesus Christ, a descendant of King David, who was raised from the dead according to my Gospel,
8 Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel:
8 Meditate on Jesus, the Messiah, who was raised from the dead and is a descendant of David. This is the gospel I tell others.
9 for which I am suffering difficulty [here] in prison, as [though I were] a criminal. But God's message is not "in prison."
9 Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound.
9 I suffer for it to the point of being bound like a criminal, but God’s message is not bound.
9 Because of it I am experiencing trouble, even to the point of being chained like a criminal. However, God's word is not chained.
10 So, I endure everything for the elect's sake [i.e., God's people], so that they can obtain the salvation which comes through Christ Jesus, with [its] never ending splendor.
10 Therefore I endure all things for the elect's sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.
10 For that reason, I endure everything for the sake of those who have been chosen so that they, too, may receive the salvation that is in the Messiah Jesus, along with eternal glory.
11 This saying is trustworthy: For if we have died with Christ [i.e., stopped the practice of sin, See Rom. 6:1-11], we will also live with Him [i.e., both here and hereafter].
11 It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him:
11 This saying is trustworthy: In dying with the Messiah, true life we gain.
12 If we endure [i.e., remain faithful through suffering], we will also rule with Him [i.e., both here and hereafter]. If we deny Him, He will also deny us. [See Matt. 10:33].
12 If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:
12 Enduring, we with him will reign. Who him denies, he will disclaim.
13 If we prove to be unfaithful [i.e., to our commitment to Christ], He [still] remains faithful [to His word], for He cannot deny Himself. [Note: This verse refers to Christ remaining true to His promise of either accepting or rejecting us. See Matt. 10:32-33].
13 If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.
13 if we are faithless, He remains faithful,for He cannot deny Himself.
13 Our faith may fail, his never wanes That's who he is, he cannot change!
14 Remind them [Note: This probably refers to the "trustworthy men" there at Ephesus. See 2:2] of these things [i.e., the truths just mentioned. Verses 8-13], solemnly urging them, in the presence of the Lord, not to argue over words, [for] it is useless and brings [only] ruin to those who listen to it.
14 Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers.
14 Remind others about these things, and warn them before God not to argue over words. Arguing does not do any good but only destroys those who are listening.
15 Do your best to present yourself as a worker who is approved by God [and] does not have to be ashamed, [because you are] accurately handling [i.e., explaining] the message of truth.
15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
15 Do your best to present yourself to God as an approved worker who has nothing to be ashamed of, handling the word of truth with precision.
16 But avoid worldly, empty chatter, for those who practice it will become more and more ungodly,
16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.
16 However, avoid pointless discussions. For people will become more and more ungodly,
17 and their talk will spread like gangrene. Among these people are Hymenaeus and Philetus,
17 And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus;
17 and what they say will spread everywhere like gangrene. Hymenaeus and Philetus are like that.
18 who have strayed from the truth [by] saying that the resurrection [from the dead] has already happened and are undermining the faith of some people.
18 Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.
18 They have abandoned the truth by claiming that the resurrection has already taken place, and so they destroy the faith of others.
19 However, the solid foundation of God stands firm. [Note: This probably refers to the church. See I Tim. 3:15]. It is sealed with these words [i.e., certifying God's ownership and a commitment to Him]: "The Lord knows those who are His people," [See Num. 16:5], and "Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord should stop practicing wickedness." [See Isa. 36:13].
19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
19 Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, having this inscription:(S)The Lord knows those who are His,(T)(b) andEveryone who names the name(U) of the Lordmust turn away from unrighteousness.(V)
19 However, God's solid foundation still stands. It has this inscription on it: "The Lord knows those who belong to him," and "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord must turn away from evil."
20 Now in a large house there are utensils made, not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay. And some are for honorable uses [i.e., for special occasions] and some are for common, ordinary use.
20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.
20 In a large house there are not only utensils made of gold and silver, but also those made of wood and clay. Some are for special use, while others are for ordinary use.
21 If a person rids himself of the common ones [i.e., the influences of evil people and qualities], he will be an instrument for [God's] honor, dedicated, suitable for use by the Master, [and] prepared for [doing] every good deed.
21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work.
21 Therefore, if anyone stops associating with these people, he will become a special utensil, set apart for the owner's use, prepared for every good action.
22 But run from the evil desires of youth and pursue [the practice of] right living, faith, love and peace, along with those people who call on the Lord [i.e., in prayer] from a pure heart.
22 Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
22 Flee from youthful passions. Instead, pursue righteousness, faithfulness, love, and peace together with those who call on the Lord with a pure heart.
23 But refuse [to participate in] foolish and stupid arguments, knowing that they produce quarreling.
23 But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.
23 But reject foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they breed quarrels.
23 Do not have anything to do with foolish and stupid discussions, because you know they breed arguments.
24 For the Lord's slave must not quarrel, but be kind toward everyone, capable of teaching, [and] patient [with difficult people and situations].
24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,
24 A servant of the Lord must not argue. Instead, he must be kind to everyone, teachable, willing to suffer wrong,
25 [He must] gently correct those people who oppose [him], in hope that God will give them [opportunity for] repentance, leading to a [full] knowledge of the truth,
25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;
25 and gentle when refuting opponents. After all, maybe God will allow them to repent and to come to a full knowledge of the truth,
26 and that they will come to their senses and escape from being trapped by the devil, who had captured them to do what he wanted.
26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.
26 so that they might escape from the Devil's snare, even though they've been held captive by him to do his will.
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