2:1 Thou therefore, my child, be strengthened in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
2:2 And the things which thou hast heard from me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.
2:3 Suffer hardship with `me', as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.
2:4 No soldier on service entangleth himself in the affairs of `this' life; that he may please him who enrolled him as a soldier.
2:5 And if also a man contend in the games, he is not crowded, except he have contended lawfully.
2:6 The husbandmen that laboreth must be the first to partake of the fruits.
2:7 Consider what I say; for the Lord shall give thee understanding in all things.
2:8 Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, of the seed of David, according to my gospel:
2:9 wherein I suffer hardship unto bonds, as a malefactor; but the word of God is not bound.
2:10 Therefore I endure all things for the elect's sake, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.
2:11 Faithful is the saying: For if we died with him, we shall also live with him:
2:12 if we endure, we shall also reign with him: if we shall deny him, he also will deny us:
2:13 if we are faithless, he abideth faithful; for he cannot deny himself.
2:14 Of these things put them in remembrance, charging `them' in the sight of the Lord, that they strive not about words, to no profit, to the subverting of them that hear.
2:15 Give diligence to present thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, handling aright the word of truth.
2:16 But shun profane babblings: for they will proceed further in ungodliness,
2:17 and their word will eat as doth a gangrene: or whom is Hymenaeus an Philetus;
2:18 men who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already, and overthrow the faith of some.
2:19 Howbeit the firm foundation of God standeth, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his: and, Let every one that nameth the name of the Lord depart from unrighteousness.
2:20 Now in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some unto honor, and some unto dishonor.
2:21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honor, sanctified, meet for the master's use, prepared unto every good work.
2:22 after righteousness, faith, love, pace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
2:23 But foolish and ignorant questionings refuse, knowing that they gender strifes.
2:24 And the Lord's servant must not strive, but be gentle towards all, apt to teach, forbearing,
2:25 in meekness correcting them that oppose themselves; if peradventure God may give them repentance unto the knowledge of the truth,
2:26 and they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him unto his will.