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day". And in how many things he ministered to me at
Ch. II. Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the favour?
which is by Christ Jesus. And the things which thou
member Jesus Christ of the race of David, who was
raised from the dead $, according to the gospel which I
* that great day, N. + the favour of God, N. Or, the gracious gospel.
18 Hymenéus 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 ini20 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, faith +, love, peace, together with those who call on the Lord: 23 out of a pure heart. But foolish and unlearned ques24 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, forbearings, 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 accuser|| may recover themselves out of his snare, to the will of God. Ch. III. 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. + Or, faithfulness, N. m.
† Mr. Wakefield translates, “who call themselves by the name of the Lord with a pure heart.” This is favoured by the Armenian and Coptic versions. See Grigsbach.
§ patient of wrong, Wakefield.
|| 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 Existence of the Devil, p. 147: “taken captive by the devil,” N.
liness, but denying its power: from such also turn away.
at his || appearance and his kingdom; preach the word;
be urgent in season, out of season; confute, rebuke, exhort, with all long-suffering and teaching. For the time
* Or, faithfulness, N. m. + Or, by faith in Christ Jesus. N. m.
: All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable, &c. N. But in his note the Primate observes, that, “Some render, All scripture, given by inspirit” “ God, is profitable, &c. So Syr., the three Arabic versions, Vulg., Grotius, the English Bible of 1549, &c. Thus it is not defined what scripture was divinely inspired."
$ the Lord Jesus Christ, R. T. | Or, and by his appearance, MSS. N. m.
will come when men will not endure sound teaching; but will heap to themselves teachers according to their own evil desires, having itching ears; and will turn away their ears from the truth, and will be turned to fables. But watch thou in all things, suffer hardships, do the work of an evangelist, fulfil thy ministry.
For I am now ready to be poured out, and the time of my departure is near. I have maintained * the good contest, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. As for what remaineth, a crown of righteousness is laid up for me, with which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will reward me t at that day :: and not me only, but all those likewise who love his appearance.
Endeavour to come unto me speedily. For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed to Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia. Luke only is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry. Now Tychicus I have sent to Ephesus. The cloke which I left at Troas with Carpus, when thou comest, bring with thee; and the books, but especially the parchments. Alexander the coppersmith hath done me much evil: the Lord will reward him according to his works. Of whom beware thou also ; for he hath greatly withstood our words. At my first defence none was with me, but all forsook me: may it not be laid to their charge. But the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me: that by me the preaching of his gospel may be fully known, and that all the gentiles may hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me to his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
* So Newcome's margin. In the text “contended a good contest.” + which the Lord will give, N. # great day: N.
19 Salute Prisca and Aquila, and the household of Onesi20 phorus. Erastus remained at Corinth: and Trophimus 21 I left sick at Miletus. Endeavour to come before win
ter. Eubulus, and Pudens, and Linus, and Claudia, 22 and all the brethren, salute thee. The Lord Jesus Christ
be with thy spirit. The favour of God be with you. [Amen.]