14 Remind them of these things, t charging them before the Lord not to 1 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 2 idle babblings, for they will 3 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 4 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, 5 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.