2 Timothy 2:2
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New International Version
And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.

New Living Translation
You have heard me teach things that have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses. Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others.

English Standard Version
and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.

Berean Study Bible
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.

Berean Literal Bible
And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be competent to teach others also.

New American Standard Bible
The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.

King James Bible
And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, commit to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.

International Standard Version
What you have heard from me through many witnesses entrust to faithful people who will be able to teach others as well.

NET Bible
And entrust what you heard me say in the presence of many others as witnesses to faithful people who will be competent to teach others as well.

New Heart English Bible
The things which you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit the same to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And those things which you have heard from me by many witnesses, entrust those things to trustworthy men, who are able also to teach others.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You've heard my message, and it's been confirmed by many witnesses. Entrust this message to faithful individuals who will be competent to teach others.

New American Standard 1977
And the things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, these entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.

King James 2000 Bible
And the things that you have heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.

American King James Version
And the things that you have heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit you to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.

American Standard Version
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.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the things which thou hast heard of me by many witnesses, the same commend to faithful men, who shall be fit to teach others also.

Darby Bible Translation
And the things thou hast heard of me in the presence of many witnesses, these entrust to faithful men, such as shall be competent to instruct others also.

English Revised Version
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.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the things that thou hast heard from me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.

Weymouth New Testament
All that you have been taught by me in the hearing of many witnesses, you must hand on to trusty men who shall themselves, in turn, be competent to instruct others also.

World English Bible
The things which you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit the same to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.

Young's Literal Translation
and the things that thou didst hear from me through many witnesses, these things be committing to stedfast men, who shall be sufficient also others to teach;
Study Bible
Grace and Perseverance
1You therefore, my child, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2And 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. 3Join me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.…
Cross References
2 Corinthians 2:14
But thanks be to God, who always leads us triumphantly as captives in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of Him.

2 Corinthians 3:5
Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim that anything comes from us, but our competence comes from God.

1 Timothy 1:12
I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, that He considered me faithful and appointed me to service.

1 Timothy 1:18
Timothy, my child, I entrust you with this command in keeping with the previous prophecies about you, so that by them you may fight the good fight,

1 Timothy 6:12
Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made the good confession before many witnesses.

2 Timothy 1:13
Hold on to the pattern of sound teaching you have heard from me, with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.
Treasury of Scripture

And the things that you have heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit you to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.

the things.

2 Timothy 1:13 Hold fast the form of sound words, which you have heard of me, in …

2 Timothy 3:10,14 But you have fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, …

among. or, by. many.

1 Timothy 4:14 Neglect not the gift that is in you, which was given you by prophecy, …

1 Timothy 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto …

the same. See on ch.

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

1 Timothy 1:18 This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies …

1 Timothy 5:22 Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men's …

faithful.

Numbers 12:7 My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all my house.

1 Samuel 2:35 And I will raise me up a faithful priest, that shall do according …

Nehemiah 7:2 That I gave my brother Hanani, and Hananiah the ruler of the palace, …

Psalm 101:6 My eyes shall be on the faithful of the land, that they may dwell …

Proverbs 13:17 A wicked messenger falls into mischief: but a faithful ambassador is health.

Jeremiah 23:28 The prophet that has a dream, let him tell a dream; and he that has …

Matthew 24:25 Behold, I have told you before.

Luke 12:42 And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom …

Luke 16:10-12 He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: …

1 Corinthians 4:2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.

Colossians 1:7 As you also learned of Epaphras our dear fellow servant, who is …

1 Timothy 1:12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has enabled me, for that he …

Hebrews 2:17 Why in all things it behooved him to be made like to his brothers…

Hebrews 3:2,3 Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful …

Revelation 2:10-13 Fear none of those things which you shall suffer: behold, the devil …

who.

2 Timothy 2:24,25 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle to all …

Ezra 7:10,25 For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the LORD, and …

Malachi 2:7 For the priest's lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek …

Matthew 13:52 Then said he to them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed …

1 Timothy 3:2-9 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, …

1 Timothy 4:6 If you put the brothers in remembrance of these things, you shall …

Titus 1:5-9 For this cause left I you in Crete, that you should set in order …

(2) And the things that thou hast heard of me.--These "things" have been often understood as referring to the few great fundamental truths rehearsed by the Apostle, in the presence of the elders of the congregation, on the occasion of Timothy's solemn ordination. "The things," then, would have been something of the nature of what is contained in a creed or profession of faith. But it is better to give to "the things" which Timothy had heard of St. Paul, and which he was to deliver to other faithful men in his turn, a much broader reference, and to understand them as comprehending far more than the narrow limits of a profession of faith could possibly contain. "The things" were, no doubt, the sum of St. Paul's teaching, the general conception of Pauline theology, which Timothy, so long the Apostle's intimate and confidential friend and disciple, was to give out to another generation of believers. It was, in fact, the "Gospel of St. Luke"--"my Gospel," as we love to think St. Paul termed that matchless summary of the life and teaching of the Blessed. It was the theology shrined in such Epistles as those once written to the Romans or Ephesians in past years. These "things" again and again, in crowded congregations, before Jewish and Christian elders, before assemblies composed of idolaters, had Timothy heard that master of his, with his winning, pleading voice, tell out among "many witnesses." Those "things" Timothy, in his turn, the voice of St. Paul the Aged being hushed, was now to commit to others.

Among many witnesses.--These, according to the above interpretation, included Pagans and Jews, the rich and poor, the untaught sinners of the Gentiles and the skilled rabbi trained in the schools of Jerusalem and Alexandria.

The same commit thou to faithful men.--Not to men merely who were "believers" in Jesus Christ. This, of course, was intended, but the "faithful men" here denoted loyal, trusty souls--men who, under no temptation, would betray the charge committed to them.

Who shall be able to teach others also.--Not only must the Christian teachers to whom Timothy is to give the commission of teaching, be trustworthy men, they must also possess knowledge and the power of communicating knowledge to others. Although the divine help was to be prayed for and expected in this and all other sacred works, yet it is noticeable how St. Paul directs that no ordinary human means of securing success must be neglected. St. Paul's last charge in these Pastoral Letters of his, directed that only those shall be selected as teachers of religion whose earthly gifts were such as fitted them for the discharge of their duties. While there is nothing in this passage to support the theory of an authoritative oral teaching, existing from the days of the Apostles, in the Church--the words of St. Paul here point to the duty of the Christian soldier, not only himself to keep unchanged and safe the treasure of the Catholic faith as taught by the Apostle, but to hand down the same unimpaired and safe to other hands.

The great Christian truths were never allowed to be recklessly handled. There was a school, so to speak, of Christian theology in the time of St. Paul. His dying charge directed his best beloved disciple to make careful provision for the choice and training of teachers in the congregation. Men able as well as willing, gifted as well as zealous, should be the objects of his choice.

Some have imagined that these directions respecting the handing down the lamp of Christian truth to others were given to Timothy with a view to his leaving Ephesus--the appointed scene of his labours--for Rome, to join the imprisoned Apostle (2Timothy 4:9), in which event men able as well as devoted should be left in this great centre to carry on the work of Timothy and of St. Paul. But it is far better to understand St. Paul's charge as given to Timothy, a representative leader of the Church of Christ, and to understand the Apostle's words as addressed to the Church of all times. The runners in the Christian race must take good care before they fall out of the course that their torches, still burning, be handed on to the athletes who take their place.

Verse 2. - Which for that, A.V.; from for of, A.V. The things which thou hast heard, etc. Here we have distinctly enunciated the succession of apostolical doctrine through apostolical men. We have also set before us the partnership of the presbyterate, and, in a secondary degree, of the whole Church, with the apostles and bishops their successors, in preserving pure and unadulterated the faith once delivered to the saints. There can be little doubt that St. Paul is here alluding to Timothy's ordination, as in 1 Timothy 4:14; 1 Timothy 6:12; 2 Timothy 1:6, 7, 13, 14. Timothy had then heard from the apostle's lips a certain "form of sound words" - something in the nature of a creed, some summary of gospel truth, which was the deposit placed in his charge; and in committing it to him, he and the presbyters present had laid their hands on him, and the whole Church had assented, and confirmed the same. "Thus through many witnesses," whose presence and assent, like that of witnesses to the execution of a deed of transfer of land (Genesis 23:10, 16, 18), was necessary to make the transaction valid and complete, had Timothy received his commission to preach the Word of God; and what he had received he was to hand on in like manner to faithful men, who should be able to teach the same to others also. Commit (παράθου); identifying the doctrine committed to be handed on with the deposit (παραθήκη) of 1 Timothy 6:20 and 2 Timothy 1:14. It is important to note here both the concurrence of the presbyters and the assent of the Church. The Church has ever been averse to private ordinations, and has ever associated the people as consentient parties in ordination (Thirty-first Canon; Preface to "Form and Manner of Making of Deacons," and rubric at close - "in the face of the Church;" "Form and Manner of Ordering of Priests" - "Good people," etc.). And the things that thou hast heard of me,.... Meaning the doctrines of the Gospel, the form of sound words. The Arabic version renders it, "the secrets, or mysteries that thou hast heard of me"; the mysteries of the grace of God, which he had often heard him discourse of, unfold and explain:

among many witnesses; or by them; which some understand of the testimonies out of Moses, and the prophets, with which the apostle confirmed what he delivered; for the doctrines of justification, pardon of sin, &c. by Christ, were bore witness to by the prophets; though rather the many persons, who, with Timothy, heard the apostle preach, and were and would be sufficient witnesses for Timothy, on occasion, that what he preached and committed to others were the same he had heard and received from the Apostle Paul; unless reference should be had here to the time of imposition of hands upon him, when he received some ministerial gifts, or an increase of them; at which time the apostle might deliver to him the form of doctrine he was to preach, and that in the presence of the presbytery, who joined in the action, and so were witnesses of what was said to him:

the same commit thou to faithful men; who not only have received the grace of God, and are true believers in Christ, but are men of great uprightness and integrity; who having the word of God, will speak it out boldly, and faithfully, and keep back nothing that is profitable, but declare the whole counsel of God, without any mixture or adulteration; for the Gospel being committed to their trust, they would become stewards, and of such it is required that they be faithful; and therefore this is mentioned as a necessary and requisite qualification in them; and not only so, but they must be such

who shall be able or sufficient

to teach others also. No man is sufficient for these things, of himself, but his sufficiency is of God; it is he who makes men able ministers of the word, by giving them gifts suitable for such work; so that they have a furniture in them, a treasure in their earthen vessels, an understanding of the sacred Scriptures, a gift of explaining them, and a faculty of speaking to edification; and so are apt to teach men, to their profit and advantage, The Ethiopic version renders it, "who are fit to teach the foolish". 2. among—Greek, "through," that is, with the attestation (literally, "intervention") of many witnesses, namely, the presbyters and others present at his ordination or consecration (1Ti 4:14; 6:12).

commit—in trust, as a deposit (2Ti 1:14).

faithful—the quality most needed by those having a trust committed to them.

who—Greek, "(persons) such as shall be competent to teach (them to) others also." Thus the way is prepared for inculcating the duty of faithful endurance (2Ti 2:3-13). Thou shouldest consider as a motive to endurance, that thou hast not only to keep the deposit for thyself, but to transmit it unimpaired to others, who in their turn shall fulfil the same office. This is so far from supporting oral tradition now that it rather teaches how precarious a mode of preserving revealed truth it was, depending, as it did, on the trustworthiness of each individual in the chain of succession; and how thankful we ought to be that God Himself has given the written Word, which is exempt from such risk.2:1-7 As our trials increase, we need to grow stronger in that which is good; our faith stronger, our resolution stronger, our love to God and Christ stronger. This is opposed to our being strong in our own strength. All Christians, but especially ministers, must be faithful to their Captain, and resolute in his cause. The great care of a Christian must be to please Christ. We are to strive to get the mastery of our lusts and corruptions, but we cannot expect the prize unless we observe the laws. We must take care that we do good in a right manner, that our good may not be spoken evil of. Some who are active, spend their zeal about outward forms and doubtful disputations. But those who strive lawfully shall be crowned at last. If we would partake the fruits, we must labour; if we would gain the prize, we must run the race. We must do the will of God, before we receive the promises, for which reason we have need of patience. Together with our prayers for others, that the Lord would give them understanding in all things, we must exhort and stir them up to consider what they hear or read.
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