(Tap footnote to read it. Old Testament quotations are underlined. "Love" with a caret ("^love") is agapé.1"agapé" The Greek words ἀγάπη (agapé, noun), and ἀγαπάω (agapaó; verb) are typically translated "love". However, unlike our English word "love" – which primarily speaks of affection and feelings – agapé centers on choice and behavior. It’s the "love" based on will, choice, behavior, and action; not feelings. (Feelings-based love is the Greek word φιλέω (phileó), which properly means "brotherly love/affection".) Thus, you could hate someone passionately and still treat him with "agapé". Agapé "love" is best understood as the pursuit of what is most beneficial to someone or something, regardless of the cost to yourself or the type of response received from the person or thing. It can also indicate a preference for someone or something over other things. )
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2 Timothy Chapter 1
Greeting and Encouragement
- Paul, an apostle of Jesus the Anointed through God’s will, according to the promise of life in Jesus the Anointed,
- to my beloved child Timothy: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Jesus the Anointed our Lord.
- I am thankful to God (whom I serve with a pure conscience as my ancestors did) as I unceasingly have remembrance of you in my prayers night and day,
- *remembering your tears, longing to see you so I might be filled with joy,
- having received remembrance of the sincere faith in you, which first dwelled in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice. And I am *persuaded that it’s also in you.
- For this reason, I remind you to rekindle the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.
- For God didn’t give us a spirit of cowardly timidity, but of power, and ^love, and self-control.
- Therefore, you shouldn’t be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord (nor of me, His prisoner) but suffer with me for the gospel according to the power of God,
- the One who saved us and called us with a holy calling. Not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given to us by Jesus the Anointed before the time1“time” literally: “times” of the ages.
- And now having been revealed through the appearance of our savior Jesus the Anointed having indeed abolished death and having illuminated life and immortality through the gospel,
- of which I was appointed a herald, and an apostle, and a teacher.
- I also suffer these things for this reason, but I’m not ashamed. For I *know in whom I *believe, and I’m *persuaded that He’s able to keep my deposit until that day.
- Hold fast to the example of sound words which you heard from me, in the faith and ^love which are in Jesus the Anointed.
- Keep the good deposit entrusted to you through the Holy Spirit; the One dwelling in us.
- You *know this: that all the men in Asia turned away from me, among whom are Phygelus and Hermogenes.
- May the Lord give mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, because he often refreshed me and wasn’t ashamed of my chain.
- But having been in Rome, he earnestly searched for me and found me.
- May the Lord grant him to find mercy from the Lord in that day! And you know very well how much he served in Ephesus too.
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2 Timothy Chapter 2
- So you my child, be strengthened by the grace which is in Jesus the Anointed.
- And what you heard from me among many witnesses, entrust these things to faithful men who will also be fit to teach others.
- Suffer with me as a good soldier of Jesus the Anointed.
- No one serving as a soldier entangles himself in the affairs of life so he might please the man who enlisted him.
- And also, if someone competes as an athlete, he isn’t crowned victorious unless he competes lawfully.
- It’s proper for the farmer toiling to partake of the first fruits.
- Consider what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in all things.
- Remember Jesus the Anointed, from the seed of David, has been raised from the dead according to my gospel,
- by which I suffer evil, even to being bound in chains like a criminal; but the word of God hasn’t been bound.
- Because of this, I endure all things for the sake of the elect, so they also might obtain the salvation in Jesus the Anointed with the glory of ages.
- The saying is trustworthy: For if we died with Him, we will also live with Him.
- If we endure, we will also reign with Him. If we will deny Him, He will also deny us.
- If we’re unfaithful, He remains faithful; for He isn’t able to deny Himself.
- Remind them of these things, solemnly charging them in the sight of God not to quarrel about words, which is profitable for nothing except the ruin of the men hearing it.
An approved workman
- Be zealous to present yourself to God as an approved workman who doesn’t need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.
- But avoid profane, worthless babblings for they will lead to more ungodliness
- and their talk will have growth like gangrene. Among whom are Hymenaeus and Philetus,
- who went astray concerning the truth, saying that the resurrection has already happened and they overthrow the faith of some.
- Nevertheless, the firm foundation of God *stands, having this seal: “The Lord knew the men being His”, and: “Everyone calling on the name of the Lord must depart from unrighteousness”.
- Now, in a great house there aren’t only gold and silver vessels, but also wooden and clay vessels. And indeed, some are for honor, but some for dishonor.
- Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from these things, he will be a vessel for honor; having been made holy, useful to the Master, and having been prepared for every good work.
- And flee youthful cravings and pursue righteousness, faith, ^love, and peace with the men calling on the name of the Lord from a pure heart.
- But shun foolish and ignorant controversies, *knowing that they give birth to quarrels.
- Now, it’s not proper for a slave of the Lord to quarrel, but to be gentle toward all, able to teach, patiently enduring evil,
- correcting the men opposing us in gentle strength, lest at some time God might give them repentance for knowledge of the truth,
- and they might recover their senses, coming out of the snare of the Accuser after having been *captured by him to do his will.
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2 Timothy Chapter 3
The last days
- But realize this: trying times will come in the last days.
- For men will be selfish lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters1“boasters” this Greek word properly refers to someone who makes boastful, fantastic claims but can’t follow through. Therefore, they constantly seek a new audience because their old audience loses interest when they realize the man is full of empty words. arrogant, slanderous blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy,
- without familial affection, not willing to make peace, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, haters of good,
- betrayers, reckless, *puffed up, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God;
- having a form of godliness but *denying its power. And turn away from men such as these.
- For from these are the men creeping into houses and captivating foolish women *burdened with sins, being led astray by various cravings;
- always learning and never being able to come to a knowledge of the truth.
- And just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also these men oppose the truth; Men who are utterly *depraved in mind, falling the test2“falling the test” is one word in Greek. It was used of counterfeit coins which were tested and “failed the test” to see if they were genuine. concerning the faith.
- But they won’t advance much further, for their foolishness will be obvious to all, as the foolishness of those two also became obvious.
All Scripture is God-breathed
- But you closely followed my teaching, conduct, purpose, faith, forbearance, ^love, endurance,
- persecutions, sufferings, such as happened to me in Antioch, in Iconium, and in Lystra; such persecutions I endured! And the Lord delivered me from all of them.
- And also, all the men desiring to live devoutly in Jesus the Anointed will be persecuted.
- But wicked men and swindling imposters will blaze a trail3“blazing a trail” is one word in Greek with that exact meaning. The Greek word refers to a pioneer cutting through brushwood to create a path, exactly like the English idiom “blaze a trail” to worse; leading some astray and being led astray.
- But you: abide in what you learned and were assured of, *knowing which men you learned them from,
- and that from infancy you have known the sacred writings, the ones able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Jesus the Anointed.
- All scripture is God-breathed and useful for instruction, for conviction, for correction, and for training in righteousness,
- so the man of God might be prepared; having been fully equipped for every good work.
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2 Timothy Chapter 4
Preach the Word
- I solemnly charge you in the sight of God and Jesus the Anointed – the One about to judge the living and the dead – and by His appearing and by His kingdom:
- preach the word. Be ready in season and out of season: convict with evidence, rebuke, and admonish in all patience and instruction.
- For there will be a time when they won’t endure sound teaching. But with an itching ear they will gather heaps of teachers to themselves according to their own cravings,
- and they will indeed turn away from hearing the truth and will be turned aside to myths.
- But you: be sober in all things, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fully complete your ministry.
- For I’m already poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is *at hand.
- I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
- From now on, a crown of righteousness is stored up for me, which the Lord – the righteous judge – will repay to me in that day. And not only to me, but also to all the men who have ^loved His appearing.
Final instructions and greetings
- Make haste to come to me quickly,
- for having ^loved the present age, Demas deserted me and went to Thessalonica. Crescens went to Galatia and Titus to Dalmatia.
- Only Luke is with me. And having taken Mark along, bring him with yourself for he’s useful to me in the ministry.
- But I sent Tychicus to Ephesus.
- Bring the cloak that I left behind in Troas with Carpus when you come, and the books, especially the parchments.
- Alexander the coppersmith did much harm to me. The Lord will repay him according to his deeds.
- whom also you must watch carefully, for he greatly opposed our words.
- No one was beside me in my first defense, but all deserted me. May it not be counted against them.
- Yet the Lord stood beside me and strengthened me, so that through me, the proclamation might be fully accomplished and all the gentiles might hear. And I was delivered from the lion’s mouth.
- The Lord will deliver me from every wicked deed and will preserve me for His heavenly kingdom; to whom be the glory through the ages of the ages. Amen.
- Greet Prisca1“Prisca” is a more familiar, diminutive form of Priscilla. It was likely a nickname. and Aquila, also the household of Onesiphorus.
- Erastus remained in Corinth. And with Trophimus being sick, I left him in Miletus.
- Make haste to come before winter. Eubulus greets you, and Pudens, and Linus, and Claudia, and all the brothers.
- The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you all. [Amen]
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