1 You therefore, a my son, b be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2 And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. 3 You therefore must c endure 1 hardship d as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 4 e No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. 5 And also f if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. 6 The hardworking farmer must be first to partake of the crops. 7 Consider what I say, and 2 may the Lord g give you understanding in all things.
8 Remember that Jesus Christ, h of the seed of David, i was raised from the dead j according to my gospel, 9 k for which I suffer trouble as an evildoer, l even to the point of chains; m but the word of God is not chained. 10 Therefore n I endure all things for the sake of the 3 elect, o that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.
This is a faithful saying:
For p if we died with Him,
We shall also live with Him. 12 q If we endure,
We shall also reign with Him.
r If we deny Him,
He also will deny us.
If we are faithless,
He remains faithful;
He s cannot deny Himself.
14 Remind them of these things, t charging them before the Lord not to 4 strive about words to no profit, to the ruin of the hearers. 15 u Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 16 But shun profane and 5 idle babblings, for they will 6 increase to more ungodliness. 17 And their message will spread like cancer. v Hymenaeus and Philetus are of this sort, 18 who have strayed concerning the truth, w saying that the resurrection is already past; and they overthrow the faith of some. 19 Nevertheless x the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: "The Lord y knows those who are His," and, "Let everyone who names the name of 7 Christ depart from iniquity."
20 But in a great house there are not only z vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. 21 Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, 8 sanctified and useful for the Master, a prepared for every good work.
22 b Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 23 But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife. 24 And c a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, d able to teach, e patient, 25 f in humility correcting those who are in opposition, g if God perhaps will grant them repentance, h so that they may know the truth, 26 and that they may come to their senses and i escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.