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2 Timothy 2


 1 Thou (1) therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.


(1) The conclusion of the former exhortation, which hath also added unto it a declaration how that they do not keep that worthy thing that is committed unto them which keep it to themselves, but  they rather which do most freely communicate it with others, to the end that many may be partakers of it, without any man's loss or hindrance.


 2 And what things thou hast heard of me, (*) by (a) many witnesses, the same deliver to faithful men, which shall be able to (♣) teach others also.


(*) Or, by the presence of many witnesses.

(a) When many were by, which can bear witness of these things.

(♣) So that the truth of God may remain perfect.


 3  (2) Thou therefore suffer affliction as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.


(2) Another admonition: That the ministry of the word is a spiritual warfare, which no man can so travail in, that he may please his captain, unless he forgo and part with all hindrances which might draw him away from it.


 4 No man that warreth, entangleth himself with the affairs of (b) this life, because he would please him that hath chosen him to be a soldier.


(b) With affairs of household, or other things that belong to other ordinary businesses.


 5  (3) And if any man also strive for a mastery, he is not crowned, except he strive as he ought to do.


(3) The third admonition: The ministry is like to a game or jousting, wherein men strive for the victory, and no man is crowned unless he strive according to the laws which are prescribed, be they never so hard and painful.


 6  (4) The husbandman (*) must labor before he receive the fruits.


(4) Another similitude tending to the same end; no man may look for the harvest, unless he first take pains to plow and sow his ground.

(*) So that the pain must go before the recompense.


 7  (5) Consider what I say, and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.


(5) All these things cannot be understood, and much less practiced, unless we ask of God and he gives us understanding.


 8  (6) Remember that Jesus Christ, made of the seed of David, was raised again from the dead according to my Gospel,


(6) He confirmeth plainly two principles of our faith, which are always assaulted of heretics, the one whereof (to wit, that Christ is the true Messiah made man of the seed of David) is the ground of our salvation; and the other is the highest part of it, to wit, that he is risen again from the dead.


 9  (7) Wherein I suffer trouble as an evil doer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not (*) bound.


(7) The taking away of an objection: Truth it is, that he is kept in prison, as an evil doer, yet there is no cause, why therefore some should go about to derogate credit from his Gospel, seeing that notwithstanding God did bless his ministry; nay rather, that example of this his captivity and patience did sundry ways confirm the Church in the hope of a better life.

(*) Notwithstanding mine imprisonment the word of God hath it race, and increaseth.


 10 Therefore I suffer all things for the (*) (♣) electís sake, that they might also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.


(*) 2 Corinthians 1:4; Colossians 1:24 .

(♣) To confirm their faith, more esteeming the edification of the Church than himself.


 11  (8) It is a true saying, For if we be (*) (c) dead together with him, we also shall live together with him.


(8) The fourth admonition: we ought not to contend upon words and questions, which are not only unprofitable, but also for the most part hurtful; but rather upon this, how we may frame ourselves to all manner of patience, and to die also with Christ (that is to say, for Christ's name) because that is the plain way to the most glorious life; as contrariwise the falling away of men can diminish no part of the truth of God, although by such means they procure most certain destruction to themselves.

(*) Romans 6:5 .
(c) If we are afflicted with Christ, and for Christ's sake.


 12 If we suffer, we shall also reign together with him; (*) if we deny him, he also will deny us.


(*) Matthew 10:33; Mark 8:38 .


 13 If (*) we believe not, yet abideth he faithful, he cannot deny himself.


(*) Romans 3:3; Romans 9:6 .


 14 Of these things put them in remembrance, and (d) protest before the Lord, that they strive not about words, which is to no profit, but to the perverting of the hearers.


(d) Call God to witness, or as a Judge: as Moses, Joshua, Samuel, and Paul himself did, in Acts 13.


 15  (9) Study to shew thyself approved unto God a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, (*) dividing the word of truth (e) aright.


(9) The fifth admonition: A minister must not be an idle disputer, but a faithful steward in dividing aright the word of truth, in so much that he must stop the mouths of other vain babblers.

(*) Giving to every one his just portion. Wherein he alludeth to the Priests of the old Law which in their sacrifice gave to God his part, took their own part and gave to him that brought the sacrifice his duty.
(e) By adding nothing to it, neither over skipping anything, neither mangling it, nor renting it asunder, nor wresting of it; but marking diligently what his hearers are able to hear, and what is fit to edifying.


 16  (f) (*) Avoid profane and vain babblings, (10) for they shall increase unto more ungodliness.


(f) Mark and watch, and see they creep not on further.

(*) 1 Timothy 4:7; 1 Timothy 6:20; Titus 3:9 .
(10) He discovereth the subtilty of Satan, who beginning with these principles, draweth us by little and little to ungodliness through the means of that wicked and profane babbling, still creeping on; which he proveth by the horrible example of them that taught that the resurrection was already past.


 17 And their word shall fret as a canker, of which sort is Hymaeneus and Philetus,


 18 Which as concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already, and do destroy the faith of certain.


 19  (11) But the foundation of God remaineth sure, and hath this seal, (*) The Lord knoweth who are his; and, Let every one that (g) calleth on the Name of Christ, depart from iniquity.


(11) A digression, wherein he salveth that offence that rose by their falling away; shewing first, that the elect are out of all danger of any such falling away; secondly, that they are known to God and not to us; and therefore it is no marvel if we count hypocrites oftentimes for true brethren; but we must take heed that we are not like them, but rather that we be indeed, such as we are said to be.

(*) He groundeth upon Godís election and manís faith.
(g) That serveth and worshippeth him, and is as it were named of him, a faithful man or Christian.


 20  (12) Notwithstanding in a (♣) great house are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth, (*) and some for honor, and some unto dishonor.


(12) The taking away of an objection: it is not dishonor to the good man of the house, that he hath not in a great house all vessels of one sort and for one service, but we must look to this, that we be found vessels prepared to honor.

(♣) Because the wicked should not cover themselves under name of Christ, he sheweth by this similitude, that both good and bad may be therein.

(*) Romans 9:21 .


 21 If any man therefore (h) purge himself from (*) these, he shall be a vessel unto honor, sanctified, and meet for the Lord, and prepared unto every good work.


(h) By these words is meant the execution of the matter, and not the cause; for in that we purge ourselves, it is not to be attributeth to any free will that is in us, but to God, who freely and wholly worketh in us a good and an effectual will.

(*) That is, both separate himself from the wicked, and also purge his natural corruption by Godís Spirit.


 22  (13) Flee also from the lusts of youth, and follow after righteousness, faith, love, and (14) peace, with them that (*) call on the Lord with a pure heart,


(13) Returning to the matter from whence he digressed in 2 Timothy 2:16 , he warneth him to exercise himself in weighty matters, and such as pertain to godliness.
(14) The sixth admonition: We must above all things eschew all bitterness of mind, both in teaching all men, and also in calling them back which have gone out of the way.

(*) 1 Corinthians 1:2 .


 23  (*) And put away foolish and (♣) unlearned questions, knowing that they engender strife.


(*) 1 Timothy 1:4; 1 Timothy 4:7; Titus 3:9 .

(♣) Which do not edify.


 24 But the servant of the Lord must not strive, but must be gentle toward all men, apt to teach, (i) (*) suffering the evil men, patiently,


(i) To win them through our patient bearing with them, but not to please them or excuse them in their wickedness.

(*) Which fail of ignorance.


 25 Instructing them with meekness that are (k) contrary (*) minded, proving if God at any time will give them repentance, that they may acknowledge the truth,


(k) He meaneth such as do not yet see the truth.

(*) He meaneth not this of Apostates or heretics, whom he willeth to flee; but of them only which as yet are not come to the knowledge of the truth, and fall through ignorance.


 26 And (*) that they may come to amendment out of the snare of the devil, of whom they are taken prisoners, to do his will.


(*) Or, that being delivered out of the snare of the devil of whom they are taken, they may come to amendment and perform his will.



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