2 Timothy 2:24
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New International Version
And the Lord's servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.

New Living Translation
A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people.

English Standard Version
And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil,

New American Standard Bible
The Lord's bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged,

King James Bible
And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The Lord's slave must not quarrel, but must be gentle to everyone, able to teach, and patient,

International Standard Version
A servant of the Lord must not argue. Instead, he must be kind to everyone, teachable, willing to suffer wrong,

NET Bible
And the Lord's slave must not engage in heated disputes but be kind toward all, an apt teacher, patient,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But a Servant of our Lord ought not to fight, but to be humble toward every person, instructive and long-suffering,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A servant of the Lord must not quarrel. Instead, he must be kind to everyone. He must be a good teacher. He must be willing to suffer wrong.

Jubilee Bible 2000
That the slave of the Lord should not be contentious, but be meek unto everyone, apt to teach, patient,

King James 2000 Bible
And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,

American King James Version
And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle to all men, apt to teach, patient,

American Standard Version
And the Lord's servant must not strive, but be gentle towards all, apt to teach, forbearing,

Douay-Rheims Bible
But the servant of the Lord must not wrangle: but be mild towards all men, apt to teach, patient,

Darby Bible Translation
And a bondman of [the] Lord ought not to contend, but be gentle towards all; apt to teach; forbearing;

English Revised Version
And the Lord's servant must not strive, but be gentle towards all, apt to teach, forbearing,

Webster's Bible Translation
And the servant of the Lord must not contend; but be gentle to all men, apt to teach, patient,

Weymouth New Testament
and a bondservant of the Lord must not quarrel, but must be inoffensive towards all men, a skilful teacher, and patient under wrongs.

World English Bible
The Lord's servant must not quarrel, but be gentle towards all, able to teach, patient,

Young's Literal Translation
and a servant of the Lord it behoveth not to strive, but to be gentle unto all, apt to teach, patient under evil,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

2:22-26 The more we follow that which is good, the faster and the further we shall flee from that which is evil. The keeping up the communion of saints, will take us from fellowship with unfruitful works of darkness. See how often the apostle cautions against disputes in religion; which surely shows that religion consists more in believing and practising what God requires, than in subtle disputes. Those are unapt to teach, who are apt to strive, and are fierce and froward. Teaching, not persecution, is the Scripture method of dealing with those in error. The same God who gives the discovery of the truth, by his grace brings us to acknowledge it, otherwise our hearts would continue to rebel against it. There is no peradventure, in respect of God's pardoning those who do repent; but we cannot tell that he will give repentance to those who oppose his will. Sinners are taken in a snare, and in the worst snare, because it is the devil's; they are slaves to him. And if any long for deliverance, let them remember they never can escape, except by repentance, which is the gift of God; and we must ask it of him by earnest, persevering prayer.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 24. - The Lord's servant for the servant of the Lord, A.V.; towards all for unto all men, A.V.; forbearing for patient, A.V. The Lord's servant (δοῦλον Κυρίου). So St. Paul repeatedly describes himself (Romans 1:1; Galatians 1:10; Philippians 1:1; Titus 1:1), as do also the apostles James, Peter, Jude, and John (James 1:1; 2 Peter 1:1; Jude 1:1; Revelation 1:1). The term seems, therefore, especially (though not exclusively, Ephesians 6:6; 1 Peter 2:16; Revelation 19:2, 5; Revelation 22:3) to describe those whose office it is to preach the gospel, either as apostles or as ministers (Colossians 4:12). Must not strive (μάχεσθαι); a conclusive reason against engaging in those foolish and ignorant questionings which necessarily engender strife. Gentle (ἤπιον); only here and in 1 Thessalonians 2:7, where we see how St. Paul carried this precept into practice. A nurse does not meet the child's waywardness by blows or threats, but by gentleness and love. It is a classical word. Apt to teach (see 1 Timothy 3:2, note). Forbearing (ἀνεξίκακον); only here in the New Testament, not found in the LXX., and only in late Greek. It means literally "bearing up against ill treatment," patiently enduring it.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And the servant of the Lord must not strive,.... By "the servant of the Lord" is not meant any believer in common, but a minister of the word, as Timothy was; such an one ought not to strive about words to no profit, about mere words, and in a litigious, quarrelsome manner, and for mastery and not truth; though he may, and ought to strive for the faith of the Gospel; this is praiseworthy in him:

but be gentle unto all men; not only to troubled minds, and wounded consciences, by supplying them with the precious promises and truths of the Gospel; and to backsliders, by restoring them in a spirit of meekness; but even to those who contradict the truth, and themselves, by mild and kind instructions.

Apt to teach, showing a willingness to instruct the ignorant and obstinate, and making use of abilities given for that purpose, notwithstanding all discouragements; for it follows,

patient, or "bearing evil"; not only the infirmities of weak brethren in the church, and the reproaches and persecutions of profane men in the world; but also the contradictions and oppositions of the adversaries of truth, so as not to be irritated and provoked, or to be discouraged, and desist from the defence of the Gospel.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

24. not strive—"The servant of the Lord" must imitate his master in not striving contentiously, though uncompromising in earnestly contending for the faith (Jude 3; Mt 12:19).

gentle unto all men—"patient" (Greek, "patient in bearing wrongs") in respect to adversaries. He is to be gentle so that he may occasion no evils; patient so that he may endure evils.

apt to teach—implying not only solid teaching and ease in teaching, but patience and assiduity in it [Bengel].

2 Timothy 2:24 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Lord's Approved Workman
23But refuse foolish and ignorant speculations, knowing that they produce quarrels. 24The Lord's bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, 25with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth,…
Cross References
2 Corinthians 6:4
Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses;

1 Thessalonians 2:7
Instead, we were like young children among you. Just as a nursing mother cares for her children,

1 Timothy 3:2
Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,

1 Timothy 3:3
not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money.

Titus 1:7
Since an overseer manages God's household, he must be blameless--not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain.
Treasury of Scripture

And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle to all men, apt to teach, patient,

the servant.

Deuteronomy 34:5 So Moses the servant of the LORD died there in the land of Moab, …

Joshua 1:1 Now after the death of Moses the servant of the LORD it came to pass, …

2 Chronicles 24:6 And the king called for Jehoiada the chief, and said to him…

Daniel 6:20 And when he came to the den, he cried with a lamentable voice to …

1 Timothy 6:11 But you, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, …

Titus 1:1 Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according …

Titus 3:2 To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, showing all …

James 1:1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve …

must.

Matthew 12:19 He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice …

Acts 15:2 When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and disputation …

2 Corinthians 10:4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through …

Philippians 2:3,14 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness …

1 Timothy 3:3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, …

Titus 1:7 For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not self-willed, …

James 1:19,20 Why, my beloved brothers, let every man be swift to hear, slow to …

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

strive.

John 6:52 The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this …

Acts 7:26 And the next day he showed himself to them as they strove, and would …

Acts 23:9 And there arose a great cry: and the scribes that were of the Pharisees' …

James 4:2 You lust, and have not: you kill, and desire to have, and cannot …

but.

Isaiah 40:11 He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs …

2 Corinthians 10:1 Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, …

Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, …

1 Thessalonians 2:7 But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherishes her children:

Titus 3:2 To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, showing all …

James 3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, …

1 Peter 3:8 Finally, be you all of one mind, having compassion one of another, …

apt.

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

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

patient. or, forbearing.

Ephesians 4:2 With all lowliness and meekness, with long-suffering, forbearing …

Colossians 3:13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have …

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