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SECOND EPISTLE OF SAINT PAUL
PAUL, an apostle of Jesus Christ, by the will of God, 2 as to the promise of life which is by Christ Jesus, to Timothy my beloved son, favour, mercy, and peace* from God our Fathert, and Christ Jesus our Lord.
3 I thank God, whom I serve as my forefathers did with a pure conscience, that without ceasing I make mention
4 of thee in my prayers night and day; longing to see thee, being mindful of thy tears, that I may be filled with
5 joy; and calling to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and in thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that it dwelleth in thee also.
6 Wherefore I remind thee that thou stir upf the free gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my
7 hands. For God hath not given us a spirit|| of fear, but
8 of power, and of love, and of prudence. Be not therefore ashamed of the testimony concerning our Lord, or of me a prisoner because of him: but suffer affliction to
* peace be tt Aim, N. t *e Ftthv, N. i Or, kindle up. J the spirit, S
gether with the gospel, according to the power given thee 9 of God; who hath saved us*, and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose, and that favour which was bestowed on us in Christ Jesus t, before the ancient dispensations;
10 but which hath now been made manifest by the appearance of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and incorruption to light, by the
11 gospel: off which I have been appointed a preacher,
12 and an apostle, and a teacher of the gentiles. For which cause I suffer also these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and I am persuaded that he is able to keep that which he hath committed to me|| against that day I.
13 Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard from me, together with that faith and love tt which
14 are'\n\\ Christ Jesus. That good doctrine, which is committed to thy trust, keep|||| through the holy spirit which dwelleth in us.
15 Thou knowest this, that all those who are in Asia have turned away from me; of whom are Phygellus and Her
16 mogenes. The Lord shew mercy to the household of Onesiphorus: for he often refreshed me, and was not
17 ashamed of my chain ; but, when he was in Rome, sought
18 for me very diligently, and found me. The Lord grant unto him that he may find mercy from the Lord in that
• 1. e. has reseucd us from the yoke of the law, or from the bondage of heathen Idolatry.
t through Christ Jesus, N. t Gr. as eoneerning, N. nu
g i. e. the gospel. See ver. 14; 1 Tim. v. 20, which are the only plaees in which the same word oeeurs. The apostle triumphed in the thought, that, though he was perse' suited, and soon to fall a saerifiee to the fury of his enemies, the gospel which was intrusted to him would not perish with him, but would be preserved by the power of God to the end of time. See Slichtingius in loc. The Primate renders the clause, " he is able to keep what I have committed to him.'' •I t hat great day, N.
tt Or, A form of sound words which thou heardest from me, hold fast in faith and lovett Or, by, N. m. ff Or, the honourable trust committed to thee, keep, ete. day *. And in how many things he ministered to me at Ephesus, thou knowest very well. Ch. Ii. Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the favourt
2 which is by Christ Jesus. And the things which thou hast heard from me amidst many witnesses, these commit to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.
3 Wherefore suffer thou hardships, as a good soldier of
4 Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who
5 hath chosen him to be a soldier. And if a man contend also in the games, he is not crowned unless he contend
6 according to the laws. The husbandman must first labour,
7 and then partake of the fruits. Consider what I say;
8 and the Lord give thee understanding in all things. Remember Jesus Christ of the race of David, who was raised from the dead f, according to the gospel which I
9 preach: for which I suffer hardships, unto bonds, as an
10 evil-doer: but the word of God is not bound. Wherefore I endure all things for the sake of the chosen||, that they also may obtain the salvation which is through Christ
11 Jesus, with everlasting glory. These are true words: for if we have died with him, we shall live also with him:
12 if we suffer, we shall reign also with him: if we deny
13 him, he also will deny us: if we be faithless, yet he continueth faithful: he cannot deny himself.
14 Of these things put men in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they contend not about words, to no
15 profit, but to the subversion IF of the hearers. Study to present thyself before God approved by him, a workman who needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word
16 of truth. But avoid profane emptiness of speech: for
17 they that use it will increase to more ungodliness: and their speech will eat as doth a gangrene: of whom are
• that great day. N. t the fcrour if Cod, N. Or, the gracious gospel.
t Or, Remember that Jesus Christ h»th been raised, ete.
H The Primate supplies the word "gentiles." 1 subverting, N.
18 Hymeneus and Philetus: who have erred concerning the truth, saying that the resurrection is already past; and
19 overthrow the faith of some. Nevertheless the firm foundation of God standeth, having this inscription, "The Lord knoweth those that are his." And, "Let every one who nameth the name of the Lord* depart from ini
20 quity." But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold, and of silver, but of wood also, and of earth;
21 and some to honour, and some to dishonour. If a man therefore cleanse himself thoroughly from these things, he will be a vessel to honour, sanctified, [and] fit for the
22 master's use, and prepared to every good work. Flee also youthful desires: but follow righteousness, faitht, love, peace, together with those who call on the Lordf
23 out of a pure heart. But foolish and unlearned ques
24 tions avoid, knowing that they beget contentions. And the servant of the Lord must not contend; but must be
25 gentle to all men, apt to teach, forbearing||, with meekness instructing those that oppose themselves ; if by any means God may give them repentance to the acknowledgment
26 of the truth: and they who have been taken captive by the accuserf may recover themselves out of his snare, to the will of God.
Ch. Hi. But know this, that in the last days difficult times will
2 come. For men will be lovers of their own selves, lovers of wealth, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to
3 parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, covenant-breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce,
4 haters of good men, treacherous, rash, vain, lovers of
5 pleasure more than lovers of God; having a form of god- • of Christ, R. T. t Or, faithfulness, N. m.
X Mr. Wakefield translates, "who eall themselves by the name of the Lord with a pare heart." This is favoured by the Armenian and Coptic versions. See Grkshach. | patient of wrong, Wakefield.
1 that is, they who through fear of calumny and persecution have apostatized from the Christian faith. 1 Tim. iii. 6, 7.11. See Simpson on the Essenee of the Devi', p. 147: "takencaptive by the devil,'' N.
liness, l»ut denying its power: from such also turn away.
6 For of such are those that enter into families, and lead captive weak women laden with sins, led away by many
7 evil desires, ever learning, and never able to come to the
8 knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so these also withstand the truth: men
9 of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. But they will not proceed far: for their folly will be manifest to all men, as that of the others also was.
10 But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of
11 life, purpose, faith*, long-suffering, love, patience, persecutions, sufferings; what things befel me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra, what persecutions I endured: but
12 out of all the Lord delivered me. Yea, and all that would live religiously in Christ Jesus, will suffer persecution:
13 and evil men and seducers will grow worse and worse,
14 deceiving and being deceived. But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned, and hast been assured of,
15 knowing from whom thou hast learned them; and that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation, through t the
16 faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture given by inspiration of Godf is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
17 that the man of God may be perfect, perfectly fitted to all good works.
Ch. Iv. I charge thee [therefore] before God,and before Jesus Christ|| who will hereafter judge the living and the dead
2 at hisK appearance and his kingdom; preaih the word; be urgent in season, out of season; confute, rebuke, ex-
3 hort, with all long-suffering and teaching. For the time
» Or, faithfulness, N. m. t Or, by faith in Christ Jesus. N. m.
t All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable, etc . N. But in bis note the Primate observes, that, " Some render, All scripture, given by inspiration of God, is profitable, etc So Syr., the thrce Arabic versions, Vulg, Grotisis, the English Bible of 1549, etc Thus it is not defined what seripture sras divinely inspired."
I the Lord Jesus Christ, K. T. 1 Or, and by bis appearance, MSS. N. «*.