THE SECOND EPISTLE OF PAUL
IV. The Inoculator -- A Teacher,
a Soldier, a Contender,
a Farmer, and a Workman
1 You therefore, my achild, be 1bempowered in the 2cgrace which is in Christ Jesus;
2 And the 1things which you have aheard from me through many bwitnesses, these 2ccommit to 3dfaithful men, who will be competent to eteach others also.
3 aSuffer evil with me as a good 1bsoldier of Christ Jesus.
4 No one serving as a soldier 1aentangles himself with the baffairs of this 2life, that he may please the one who enlisted him.
5 And also if anyone 1acontends in the games, he is not 2bcrowned unless he contends lawfully.
6 The laboring 1afarmer must be the first to partake of the fruit.
7 Consider what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in all things.
8 Remember Jesus Christ, 1araised from the dead, of the 2bseed of David, according to 3cmy gospel,
9 In which I asuffer evil unto bbonds as a ccriminal; but the dword of God is 1not bound.
10 Therefore I aendure all things for the sake of the 1bchosen ones, that they themselves also may obtain the csalvation which is in Christ Jesus 2with deternal glory.
11 aFaithful is the word: 1For if we 2bdied with Him, we will also 3clive with Him;
12 If we 1aendure, we will also 2breign with Him; if we cdeny Him, He also will 3deny us;
13 If we are afaithless, He remains 1faithful, for He 2bcannot deny Himself.
14 Remind them of these things, solemnly acharging them before God not to have bcontentions of words, which is cuseful for nothing, to the 1ruin of those who hear.
15 Be diligent to apresent yourself bapproved to God, an unashamed workman, 1cutting straight the cword of the 2dtruth.
V. The Spreading of the Decline --
Like That of Gangrene
16 But aavoid 1bprofane, cvain babblings, for they will advance to more 2dungodliness,
17 And their word will 1spread like 2gangrene, of whom are aHymenaeus and Philetus,
18 Who concerning the 1atruth have 2bmisaimed, saying that the cresurrection has 3already taken place, and overthrow the 4dfaith of some.
19 However the firm 1afoundation of God stands, having this 2bseal, The Lord cknows those who are His, and, Let everyone who dnames the name of the Lord depart from unrighteousness.
20 1But in a 2great house there are not only 3gold and silver vessels but also 4wooden and earthen; and some are unto ahonor, and some unto dishonor.
21 If therefore anyone 1cleanses himself from 2athese, he will be a bvessel 3unto honor, csanctified, duseful to the master, eprepared unto every good work.
22 But aflee youthful 1lusts, and bpursue 2righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who 3ccall on the Lord out of a 4dpure heart.
23 But 1afoolish bquestionings and those arising from an 2untrained mind refuse, knowing that they beget contentions.
24 But a aslave of the Lord ought bnot to contend but be gentle toward all, apt to cteach, bearing with wrong;
25 In ameekness correcting those who boppose, if perhaps God may give them 1crepentance unto the 2dfull knowledge of the truth,
26 And they may 1areturn to soberness out of the 2bsnare of the 3devil, having been caught alive by him, unto 4cHis will.