2 Timothy 1:13
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New International Version
What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus.

New Living Translation
Hold on to the pattern of wholesome teaching you learned from me--a pattern shaped by the faith and love that you have in Christ Jesus.

English Standard Version
Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.

Berean Study Bible
Hold on to the pattern of sound teaching you have heard from me, with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.

Berean Literal Bible
Retain the pattern of sound words, which you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.

New American Standard Bible
Retain the standard of sound words which you have heard from me, in the faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.

King James Bible
Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Hold on to the pattern of sound teaching that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.

International Standard Version
Hold on to the pattern of healthy teachings that you have heard from me, along with the faith and love that are in the Messiah Jesus.

NET Bible
Hold to the standard of sound words that you heard from me and do so with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.

New Heart English Bible
Hold the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Let the sound words which you have heard from me be a model for you in the faith and love which are in Yeshua The Messiah.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
With faith and love for Christ Jesus, consider what you heard me say to be the pattern of accurate teachings.

New American Standard 1977
Retain the standard of sound words which you have heard from me, in the faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and charity which is in Christ Jesus.

King James 2000 Bible
Hold fast the pattern of sound words, which you have heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.

American King James Version
Hold fast the form of sound words, which you have heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.

American Standard Version
Hold the pattern of sound words which thou hast heard from me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Hold the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me in faith, and in the love which is in Christ Jesus.

Darby Bible Translation
Have an outline of sound words, which [words] thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which [are] in Christ Jesus.

English Revised Version
Hold the pattern of sound words which thou hast heard from me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.

Webster's Bible Translation
Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard from me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.

Weymouth New Testament
Provide yourself with an outline of the sound teaching which you have heard from my lips, and be true to the faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.

World English Bible
Hold the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.

Young's Literal Translation
The pattern hold thou of sound words, which from me thou didst hear, in faith and love that is in Christ Jesus;
Study Bible
Hold to Sound Teaching
12For this reason, even though I suffer as I do, I am not ashamed; for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him for that day. 13Hold on to the pattern of sound teaching you have heard from me, with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 14Guard the good treasure entrusted to you, with the help of the Holy Spirit who dwells in us.…
Cross References
Romans 2:20
an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of infants, because you have in the Law the embodiment of knowledge and truth--

Romans 6:17
But thanks be to God that, though you once were slaves to sin, you wholeheartedly obeyed the form of teaching to which you were committed.

1 Timothy 1:10
for the sexually immoral, for homosexuals, for slave traders and liars and perjurers, and for anyone else who is averse to sound teaching

1 Timothy 1:14
And the grace of our Lord overflowed to me, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.

2 Timothy 1:1
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, according to the promise of life in Christ Jesus,

2 Timothy 2:2
And the things that you have heard me say among many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be qualified to teach others as well.

2 Timothy 3:14
But as for you, continue in the things you have learned and firmly believed, since you know from whom you learned them.

2 Timothy 4:3
For the time will come when men will not tolerate sound doctrine, but with itching ears they will gather around themselves teachers to suit their own desires.

Titus 1:9
He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it was taught, so that by sound teaching he will be able to encourage others and refute those who contradict this message.
Treasury of Scripture

Hold fast the form of sound words, which you have heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.

Hold.

2 Timothy 1:14 That good thing which was committed to you keep by the Holy Ghost …

2 Timothy 3:14 But continue you in the things which you have learned and have been …

Proverbs 3:18,21 She is a tree of life to them that lay hold on her: and happy is …

Proverbs 4:4-8,13 He taught me also, and said to me, Let your heart retain my words: …

Proverbs 23:23 Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.

Philippians 1:27 Only let your conversation be as it becomes the gospel of Christ: …

1 Thessalonians 5:21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

Titus 1:9 Holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may …

Hebrews 3:6 But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we…

Hebrews 4:14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into …

Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for …

Jude 1:3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write to you of the common …

Revelation 2:25 But that which you have already hold fast till I come.

Revelation 3:3,11 Remember therefore how you have received and heard, and hold fast, …

the form.

Proverbs 8:14 Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength.

Romans 2:20 An instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, which have the …

Romans 6:17 But God be thanked, that you were the servants of sin…

1 Timothy 1:10 For fornicators, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for …

1 Timothy 6:3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even …

Titus 2:1,8 But speak you the things which become sound doctrine…

which.

2 Timothy 2:2 And the things that you have heard of me among many witnesses, the …

Philippians 4:9 Those things, which you have both learned, and received, and heard, …

in faith. See on

Colossians 1:4 Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which …

1 Timothy 1:14 And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love …

(13) Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me.--It was not sufficient for Timothy to renew his fainting courage and to brace himself up for fresh efforts; he must do something more--in his teaching he must never let those solemn formularies he had once received from him be changed. Perhaps in the heart of St. Paul lurked some dread that the new glosses and specious explanations which the school of false teachers, so often referred to in these Pastoral Epistles, chose to add to the great doctrines of Christianity would be more likely to be listened to by Timothy when the hand of his old master was cold and the heart had ceased to beat; so he urged upon him to hold fast those inspired formularies he had heard from St. Paul's lips--such, for instance, as those "faithful sayings" which come before us so often in these Epistles to Timothy and Titus.

In faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.--Timothy, in days to come, must mould and shape his teaching after the pattern of the teaching of his master St. Paul, and he must do it in that faith and love which alone comes from a life passed in communion with Christ.

The very frequent reference to the "sound, healthy words" in these Epistles by St. Paul, and from which he urges his disciples and successors never to depart, indicate to us the deep importance St. Paul and the first generation of believers attached to the very words and expressions used by the apostles and those who had been with the Lord.

False doctrines so easily might creep in, and loose forms of expression respecting great truths were an ever-present danger; a lax life, too, St. Paul knew, was the almost invariable accompaniment of false doctrine, hence these repeated exhortations of his to these representative teachers, Timothy and Titus, of the second generation of Christians, to hold fast the form of sound, healthy words--such words as these had again and again been heard from the lips of apostles and hearers of the Lord--"words which thou hast heard of me," St. Paul.

Verse 13. - Hold for hold fast, A.V.; pattern for form, A.V.; from for of, A.V. Hold (ἔχε). This use of ἔχειν in the pastoral Epistles is somewhat peculiar. In 1 Timothy 1:19, ἔχων πίστιν, "holding faith;" in 1 Timothy 3:6, ἔχοντας τὰ μυστήριον, "holding the mystery of the faith; ' and here, "hold the pattern," etc. It seems to have a more active sense than merely "have," and yet not to have the very active sense of "hold fast." It may, however, well be doubted whether ἔχε here is used in even as strong a sense as in the other two passages, inasmuch as here it follows instead of preceding the substantive (see Alford, in loc.). The pattern (ὑποτύπωσιν); only here and 1 Timothy 1:16 (where see note), where it manifestly means a "pattern," not a "form." The word signifies a "sketch," or "outline." St. Paul's meaning, therefore, seems to be: "For your own guidance in teaching the flock committed to you, and for a pattern which you will try and always copy, have before you the pattern or outline of sound words which you have heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus." Sound words (ὑγιαινόντων λόγων); see 1 Timothy 1:10, note. In faith and love; either hold the pattern in faith and love, or which you have heard in faith and love. Hold fast the form of sound words,.... By "words" are meant, not mere words, but doctrines; for the servants of the Lord should not strive about words, to no profit, or be too tenacious of them. Indeed when words have long obtained, and have been very useful to convey just ideas of truth to the mind, they are not to be easily parted with, though they are not syllabically expressed in Scripture, unless other and better words can be substituted in their room; and especially they are to be tenaciously abode by, when the apparent design by dropping or changing them is to set aside the truths signified by them; such as trinity, unity, essence, person, imputed righteousness, satisfaction, &c. But here words design doctrines, the words of faith and good doctrine, the wholesome words of our Lord Jesus Christ; and which are said to be "sound", in opposition to the words and doctrines of false teachers, which are corrupt and unsound, and are pernicious, and eat as do a canker; and because they are so in themselves; they are not only sweet and pleasant, but salutary and nourishing; they are milk for babes, and meat for strong men; they are food for faith, and nourish up to eternal life. The "form" of them either intends the manner of teaching them, which should be it, apt and acceptable words, plain and easy to be understood, and not with the enticing words of men's wisdom; or a brief summary, a compendium of Gospel truth. It was usual with both Jews and Christians to reduce the principles of their religion into a narrow compass, into a short form or breviary. The Jew had his "form of knowledge, and of the truth in the law", Romans 2:20, which was a rule to himself, and an instruction to others; and such a form, or Jewish creed, may be seen in Hebrews 6:1. The Apostle Paul gives a summary of the Gospel, which he preached, and which he reduces to two heads; repentance towards God, and faith towards our Lord Jesus Christ, Acts 20:20 and an excellent compendium and abridgment of the Gospel, and a glorious form of sound words, we have in Romans 8:29 and such an one Timothy had heard and received from the apostle, as a "pattern" for him hereafter to preach by, as this word signifies; and as it is rendered in 1 Timothy 1:16. There seems to be an allusion to painters, who first make their outlines, and take a rough draught before they lay on their colours and beautiful strokes; and which rough draught and first lines are the rule and pattern of their after work; and which they never exceed, but keep within the compass of: so there is a set of Gospel truths, which may be called the analogy or proportion of faith, which are a rule and pattern, as for hearers to judge by, so for ministers to preach according to, 1 Timothy 6:3 And such a form or pattern was the apostle's doctrine to Timothy, and which he full well knew: and this form includes the doctrines concerning the trinity of persons in the Godhead, Father, Son, and Spirit, and the proper deity and distinct personality of each of them; concerning the everlasting love of the three Persons to the elect, the covenant of grace, and the transactions in it relating to them; their personal and eternal election in Christ, and his suretyship engagements for them; the state and condition of men by the fall, and through, sin, as that Adam's sin is imputed to all his posterity, and a corrupt nature propagated from him, and that man is altogether impure, and entirely impotent all that is spiritually good; as also such doctrines as concern particular redemption by Christ, satisfaction for sin by his sacrifice, free and full pardon by his blood, and justification by his imputed righteousness: regeneration and sanctification by the powerful and efficacious grace of the Spirit of God; and the final perseverance of the saints to eternal glory, as the free gift of God. And this is a form never to departed from, but to be held fast, as Timothy is exhorted; which supposes that he had it, as he had, not only in his head, but in his heart; and that there was danger of dropping it through the temptations that surrounded him, the reproach and persecution the Gospel lay under, and through the sleight of false teachers, who lay in wait to deceive, and to take every opportunity of wringing it out of his hands; and therefore it became him, as he had it, not only to hold it forth, and publish it, but to hold it fast, in opposition to any wavering about it, or cowardice in it, or departure from it in any degree. And the argument to hold it fast follows,

which thou hast heard of me; both in private conversation, and in the public ministry of the word; and which the apostle had not from men, but by the revelation of Christ; and therefore was to be depended upon, and to be abode by, or held fast, in the manner next directed to:

in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus; in the exercise of faith, and from a principle of love; which two graces always go together, and have Christ, as here, for their object: though this clause, may be connected with the word "heard", and the sense be, either that Timothy had heard Paul preach these sound doctrines with great faith and faithfulness, and with much fervency and affection to Christ, and the souls of men; or Timothy had heard them himself, and embraced and mixed them with faith, and received them in love: or it may be read in connection with "the form of sound words"; the sum of which is faith in Christ, and love to him; the Gospel is the doctrine of faith; and it puts men on discharging their duty from love to Christ. 13. Hold fast the form—rather as Greek, "Have (that is, keep) a pattern of sound (Greek, 'healthy') words which thou hast heard from me, in faith and love." "Keep" suits the reference to a deposit in the context. The secondary position of the verb in the Greek forbids our taking it so strongly as English Version, "Hold fast." The Greek for "form" is translated "pattern" in 1Ti 1:16, the only other passage where it occurs. Have such a pattern drawn from my sound words, in opposition to the unsound doctrines so current at Ephesus, vividly impressed (Wahl translates it "delineation"; the verb implies "to make a lively and lasting impress") on thy mind.

in faith and love—the element IN which my sound words had place, and in which thou art to have the vivid impression of them as thy inwardly delineated pattern, moulding conformably thy outward profession. So nearly Bengel explains, 1Ti 3:9.1:6-14 God has not given us the spirit of fear, but the spirit of power, of courage and resolution, to meet difficulties and dangers; the spirit of love to him, which will carry us through opposition. And the spirit of a sound mind, quietness of mind. The Holy Spirit is not the author of a timid or cowardly disposition, or of slavish fears. We are likely to bear afflictions well, when we have strength and power from God to enable us to bear them. As is usual with Paul, when he mentions Christ and his redemption, he enlarges upon them; so full was he of that which is all our salvation, and ought to be all our desire. The call of the gospel is a holy call, making holy. Salvation is of free grace. This is said to be given us before the world began, that is, in the purpose of God from all eternity; in Christ Jesus, for all the gifts that come from God to sinful man, come in and through Christ Jesus alone. And as there is so clear a prospect of eternal happiness by faith in Him, who is the Resurrection and the Life, let us give more diligence in making his salvation sure to our souls. Those who cleave to the gospel, need not be ashamed, the cause will bear them out; but those who oppose it, shall be ashamed. The apostle had trusted his life, his soul, and eternal interests, to the Lord Jesus. No one else could deliver and secure his soul through the trials of life and death. There is a day coming, when our souls will be inquired after. Thou hadst a soul committed to thee; how was it employed? in the service of sin, or in the service of Christ? The hope of the lowest real Christian rests on the same foundation as that of the great apostle. He also has learned the value and the danger of his soul; he also has believed in Christ; and the change wrought in his soul, convinces the believer that the Lord Jesus will keep him to his heavenly kingdom. Paul exhorts Timothy to hold fast the Holy Scriptures, the substance of solid gospel truth in them. It is not enough to assent to the sound words, but we must love them. The Christian doctrine is a trust committed to us; it is of unspeakable value in itself, and will be of unspeakable advantage to us. It is committed to us, to be preserved pure and entire, yet we must not think to keep it by our own strength, but by the power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in us; and it will not be gained by those who trust in their own hearts, and lean to their own understandings.
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