2 Timothy 2:13
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New International Version
if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself.

New Living Translation
If we are unfaithful, he remains faithful, for he cannot deny who he is.

English Standard Version
if we are faithless, he remains faithful— for he cannot deny himself.

Berean Study Bible
if we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.

Berean Literal Bible
if we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He is not able to deny Himself.

New American Standard Bible
If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.

King James Bible
If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
if we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.

International Standard Version
Our faith may fail, his never wanes— That's who he is, he cannot change!

NET Bible
If we are unfaithful, he remains faithful, since he cannot deny himself.

New Heart English Bible
If we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot deny himself."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And if we shall not have believed in him, he continues in his faithfulness, for he cannot renounce himself.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If we are unfaithful, he remains faithful because he cannot be untrue to himself.

New American Standard 1977
If we are faithless, He remains faithful; for He cannot deny Himself.

Jubilee Bible 2000
if we are unfaithful, yet he remains faithful; he cannot deny himself.

King James 2000 Bible
If we believe not, yet he abides faithful: he cannot deny himself.

American King James Version
If we believe not, yet he stays faithful: he cannot deny himself.

American Standard Version
if we are faithless, he abideth faithful; for he cannot deny himself.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If we believe not, he continueth faithful, he can not deny himself.

Darby Bible Translation
if we are unfaithful, he abides faithful, for he cannot deny himself.

English Revised Version
if we are faithless, he abideth faithful; for he cannot deny himself.

Webster's Bible Translation
If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.

Weymouth New Testament
"And even if *our* faith fails, He remains true--He cannot prove false to Himself."

World English Bible
If we are faithless, he remains faithful. He can't deny himself."

Young's Literal Translation
if we are not stedfast, he remaineth stedfast; to deny himself he is not able.
Study Bible
Grace and Perseverance
12if we endure, we will also reign with Him; if we deny Him, He will also deny us; 13if we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself. 14Remind the believers of these things, charging them before God to avoid quarreling over words; this is in no way profitable, and leads its listeners to ruin.…
Cross References
Numbers 23:19
"God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent; Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?

Deuteronomy 7:9
"Know therefore that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps His covenant and His lovingkindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments;

Romans 3:3
What if some did not have faith? Will their lack of faith nullify God's faithfulness?

1 Corinthians 1:9
God, who has called you into fellowship with His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful.

Titus 1:2
in the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began.
Treasury of Scripture

If we believe not, yet he stays faithful: he cannot deny himself.

yet.

Isaiah 25:1 O Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you, I will praise your name; …

Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

Romans 3:3 For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith …

Romans 9:6 Not as though the word of God has taken none effect. For they are …

1 Thessalonians 5:24 Faithful is he that calls you, who also will do it.

2 Thessalonians 3:3 But the Lord is faithful, who shall establish you, and keep you from evil.

he cannot.

Numbers 23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that …

Titus 1:2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before …

Hebrews 6:18 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God …

(13) If we believe not.--Better rendered, if we are faithless--that is, untrue to the vows of our Christian profession. The faithlessness implies more than mere unbelief in any of the fundamental doctrines of the faith, such as the Resurrection of the Lord or His divinity.

Yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.--Those who have understood these words as containing soothing, comforting voices for the sinner, for the faithless Christian who has left his first love, are gravely mistaken. The passage is one of distinct severity--may even be termed one of the sternest in the Book of Life; for it tells how it is impossible even for the pitiful Redeemer to forgive in the future life. "He cannot deny Himself"--cannot treat the faithless as though he were faithful--cannot act as though faithfulness and faithlessness were one and the same thing. The Christian teacher, such as Timothy, and the members of his flock likewise, must remember that, sure and certain as are the promises of glory and happiness to those who love the Lord and try to live His life, so surely will fall the chastisement on all who are faithless and untrue.

With the solemn words of this "faithful saying" St. Paul closes this, the second division of his Epistle--fellowship in the sufferings of Christ here, on this side the grave, and fellowship in the glory of Christ there, on the other side the grave--the one side was the sure consequence of the other; the one could not exist without the other.

Verse 13. - Are faithless for believe not. A.V.; he for yet he, A.V.; for he for he, A.V. and T.B. Are faithless (ἀπιστοῦμεν); meaning the same as the A.V. believe not, which is everywhere in the New Testament the sense of ἀπιστέω Mark 16:11; Luke 24:11; Romans 3:3, etc.). (For the contrast between man's unbelief and God's faithfulness, see Romans 3:3.) He cannot deny himself, by coming short of any promise once made by him (comp. Titus 1:2; Hebrews 6:18; Hebrews 10:23, etc.). This and the two preceding couplets in vers. 11 and 12 make up "the faithful saying" spoken of in ver. 11 (see 1 Timothy 1:15, note). If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful,.... The Syriac and Ethiopic versions read, "if we believe not him". This may be understood, either of such who are altogether destitute of faith, who do not believe in Christ at all; and particularly do not believe what was just now said concerning his denying such that deny him, but mock and scoff at his coming, and at a future judgment: this unbelief of theirs will not make void his faith or faithfulness; see Romans 3:3, he will abide faithful to his word of threatening; and what he says in Mark 16:16 will be found to be an everlasting truth: or it may be understood of true believers, whose faith sometimes is very low, as to its exercise on Christ, and with reference to their future glory and happiness; but Christ is faithful to all his, covenant engagements for them, to bring them to glory, and to every word of promise concerning their happiness, and to every branch of the faithful saying above mentioned; and he is ever the same in his love to them, and in the efficacy of his blood, righteousness, and sacrifice; and his salvation is an everlasting and unchangeable one; nor do the saints' interest in it, and security by it, depend upon their acts of believing, or their frames, but upon the firmness and unchangeableness of Christ, the object of faith.

He cannot deny himself; he cannot go contrary to his word; that would be to act contrary to his nature and perfections, and would be a denying of himself, which is not possible; wherefore his faithfulness will never fail, even though, the faith of his people does, as to the exercise of it. 13. believe not—"If we are unbelievers (literally, 'unfaithful'), He remains faithful" (De 7:9, 10). The oldest manuscripts read, "For He cannot (it is an impossibility that He should) deny Himself." He cannot be unfaithful to His word that He will deny those who deny Him, though we be not faithful to our profession of faith in Him (Ro 3:3). Three things are impossible to God, to die, to lie, and to be deceived [Augustine, The Creed, 1.1], (Heb 6:18). This impossibility is not one of infirmity, but of infinite power and majesty. Also, indirectly, comfort is suggested to believers, that He is faithful to His promises to them; at the same time that apostates are shaken out of their self-deceiving fancy, that because they change, Christ similarly may change. A warning to Timothy to be steadfast in the faith.2:8-13 Let suffering saints remember, and look to Jesus, the Author and Finisher of their faith, who for the joy that was set before him, endured the cross, despised the shame, and is now set down at the right hand of the throne of God. We must not think it strange if the best men meet with the worst treatment; but this is cheering, that the word of God is not bound. Here we see the real and true cause of the apostle's suffering trouble in, or for, the sake of the gospel. If we are dead to this world, its pleasures, profits, and honours, we shall be for ever with Christ in a better world. He is faithful to his threatenings, and faithful to his promises. This truth makes sure the unbeliever's condemnation, and the believer's salvation.
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