2 Timothy 2:26
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New International Version
and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.

New Living Translation
Then they will come to their senses and escape from the devil's trap. For they have been held captive by him to do whatever he wants.

English Standard Version
and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.

New American Standard Bible
and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will.

King James Bible
And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then they may come to their senses and escape the Devil's trap, having been captured by him to do his will.

International Standard Version
so that they might escape from the devil's snare, even though they've been held captive by him to do his will.

NET Bible
and they will come to their senses and escape the devil's trap where they are held captive to do his will.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And they will remember their souls and break loose from the trap of Satan by whom they were captured for his pleasure.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then they might come back to their senses and God will free them from the devil's snare so that they can do his will.

Jubilee Bible 2000
and that they may become converted out of the snare of the devil, in which they are captive to do his will.

King James 2000 Bible
And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

American King James Version
And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

American Standard Version
and they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him unto his will.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they may recover themselves from the snares of the devil, by whom they are held captive at his will.

Darby Bible Translation
and that they may awake up out of the snare of the devil, [who are] taken by him, for *his* will.

English Revised Version
and they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by the Lord's servant unto the will of God.

Webster's Bible Translation
And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

Weymouth New Testament
and recover sober-mindedness and freedom from the Devil's snare, though they are now entrapped by him to do his will.

World English Bible
and they may recover themselves out of the devil's snare, having been taken captive by him to his will.

Young's Literal Translation
and they may awake out of the devil's snare, having been caught by him at his will.
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 26. - They for that they, A.V.; having been taken captive by the Lord's servant unto the will of God for who are taken captive by him at his will, A.V. Having been taken captive, etc. This is undoubtedly a difficult passage. We will first take the individual words, and then turn to the general meaning. Recover themselves (ἀνανήψωσιν); only found here in the New Testament, and never in the LXX. In classical Greek, where it is, however, uncommon, it means literally "to recover from drunkenness," hence, "to come to one's self," "to come to a right mind" (see Steph., 'Thes.'). Snare (παγίς); as 1 Timothy 3:7; 1 Timothy 6:9. Compare the use of παγιδεύω (Matthew 22:15). Having been taken captive (ἐζωγρήμενοι); only found in the New Testament in Luke 5:10 besides this place, but common in the LXX. and in classical Greek, in the sense of "to take alive," of prisoners of war, who, if not ransomed, always became slaves of the conqueror. Here, therefore, the meaning is "having been captured and enslaved." By him (margin), (ὑπ αὐτοῦ); i.e. of course the devil, who had just been named as having ensnared them. Unto the will of him (margin), (ἐκείνου θέλημα). The difficulty of the passage lies in the word ἐκείνου, which at first sight seems to indicate a different antecedent from the antecedent of αὐτοῦ. This grammatical difficulty has led to the strange rendering of the R.V., and to the wholly unjustifiable intrusion into the text of the words, "the Lord's servant" and of "God," producing altogether a sentence of unparalleled awkwardness and grotesqueness, and utter improbability. But there is no real difficulty in referring ἐκείνου to the same person as αὐτοῦ (meaning in both cases the devil), as in the passage from Plato's 'Cratylus,' cited by Huther, after De Wette, the cause of the use of ἐκείνου being that St. Paul was at the moment emphasizing the fact of these captives being deprived of their own will, and made subservient to the will of another. The passage may be paraphrased: "If peradventure God may give them repentance unto the knowledge of the truth, so as to recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, after they had been led captive by him, so as to be no longer their own masters, but obliged to do his will." The implied contrast is οὐ τὸ ἑαυτῶν ἀλλ ἐκείνου θέλημα, just as in the passage from the 'Cratylus,' p. 430 (vol. 4. p. 306, Bekker's edit.), ἐκείνου is contrasted with γυναικός. The full passage is Δεῖξαι αὐτῷ α}ν μὲν τύχῃ ἐκείνου εἰκόνα α}ν δὲ τύχῃ γυναικός. Another example of the transition from αὐτός to ἐκεῖνος is in John 1:7, 8, Οῦτος η΅λθεν εἰς μαρτυρίαν, ἵνα μαρτυρήσῃ περὶ τοῦ φωτὸς ἵνα πάντες πιστεύσωσι δι αὐτοῦ οὐκ η΅ν ἐκεῖνος τὸ φῶς, κ.τ.λ., where there is a contrast between John as the witness and Christ as the true Light (compare, too, John 4:25, where ἐκείνος has the force of "not you, but he"). For the general turn of phrase, comp. 2 Corinthians 10:5, "Bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ," where αἰχμαλωτίζοντες (see 2 Timothy 3:6) corresponds to ἐζωγρημένοι and εἰς τὴν ὑπακοὴν τοῦ Ξριστοῦ to εἰς τὸ ἐκείνου θέλημα. It should be noted further that the sentence is certainly rather a peculiar one, from the use of such uncommon words as ἀνανήφω and ζωγρέω, and the mixture of metaphors. But the sense of the A.V. is fully borne out. The interpretation preferred by Bishop Ellicott is "they may recover themselves from the snare of the devil unto his will (viz. God's), having (previously) been led captive by him (viz. the devil)."





Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And that they may recover themselves,.... Or "awake", and come to themselves, and appear to be sober, and in their right mind: the metaphor is taken from drunken men, who are overcharged, and are not in their senses, and being stupified fall asleep; and like these are persons intoxicated with errors and heresies, who when their minds are enlightened, and they are convinced of their evil tenets, repent of them, come to themselves, and acknowledge the truth, and so escape

out of the snare of the devil; for as carnal lusts and pleasures are the snares and nets, in which Satan, who may be compared to a fowler, catches some; so errors and heresies are those with which he ensnares others: "who are taken captive", or "alive",

by him at his will; such are taken in his nets and snares, as creatures are taken alive, by fowlers, and huntsmen; and they are held fast, and become his captives, and his slaves, and do his will, being led by him to whatsoever he pleases; he works powerfully in them, and they readily comply with him, and obey his lusts. Though some understand this, not of the will of the devil, but of the will of God; and that the sense is, that such persons are held captive by Satan, as long as it is the pleasure of God, and no longer; when the prey is taken from the mighty, and the lawful captive is delivered; and so it is an encouragement to the ministers of the word to go on in instructing, hoping this may be the case. Others connect this phrase, "to his will" or "according to his will", as they differently render it, with the word, "recover": and then the meaning is, that such, repenting of their errors, might escape out of the snare of Satan, in which they were taken alive; that so they might do the will of God, by professing and holding fast his truths; or that their repentance, recovery, and escape out of Satan's snare and captivity, are according to the will of God, and his sovereign good pleasure.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

26. recover themselves—Greek, "awake to soberness," namely from the spiritual intoxication whereby they have fallen into the snare of the devil.

the snare—(Eph 6:11, "the wiles of the devil": 1Ti 3:7; 6:9).

taken captive by him at his will—so as to follow the will of "THAT" (the Greek emphatically marks Satan thus) foe. However, different Greek pronouns stand for "him" and "his"; and the Greek for "taken captive" means not "captured for destruction," but "for being saved alive," as in Lu 5:10, "Thou shalt catch men to save them unto life"; also there is no article before the Greek participle, which the English Version "who are taken captive," would require. Therefore, translate, "That they may awake … taken as saved (and willing) captives by him (the servant of the Lord, 2Ti 2:24), so as to follow the will of HIM (the Lord, 2Ti 2:24, or "God," 2Ti 2:25)." There are here two evils, the "snare" and sleep, from which they are delivered: and two goods to which they are translated, awaking and deliverance. Instead of Satan's thrall comes the free and willing captivity of obedience to Christ (2Co 10:5). It is God who goes before, giving repentance (2Ti 2:25); then the work of His servant following is sure to be crowned with success, leading the convert henceforth to "live to the will of God" (Ac 22:14; 1Pe 4:2).

2 Timothy 2:26 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Lord's Approved Workman
25with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth, 26and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will.
Cross References
Luke 5:10
and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon's partners. Then Jesus said to Simon, "Don't be afraid; from now on you will fish for people."

1 Timothy 3:7
He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil's trap.
Treasury of Scripture

And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

recover. Gr. awake.

Luke 15:17 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of …

1 Corinthians 15:34 Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge …

Ephesians 5:14 Why he said, Awake you that sleep, and arise from the dead, and Christ …

out.

Psalm 124:7 Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers: the …

Isaiah 8:15 And many among them shall stumble, and fall, and be broken, and be …

Isaiah 28:13 But the word of the LORD was to them precept on precept, precept …

Acts 26:18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and …

2 Corinthians 2:11 Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant …

Colossians 1:13 Who has delivered us from the power of darkness, and has translated …

2 Thessalonians 2:9-12 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power …

1 Timothy 3:7 Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest …

1 Timothy 6:9,10 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and …

Revelation 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, …

Revelation 20:2,3 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, …

who are.

Isaiah 42:6,7 I the LORD have called you in righteousness, and will hold your hand, …

Isaiah 49:25,26 But thus said the LORD, Even the captives of the mighty shall be …

Isaiah 53:12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall …

Matthew 12:28,29 But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of …

Luke 11:21 When a strong man armed keeps his palace, his goods are in peace:

2 Peter 2:18-20 For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through …

taken captive. Gr. Taken alive. at.

Job 1:12 And the LORD said to Satan, Behold, all that he has is in your power; …

Job 2:6 And the LORD said to Satan, Behold, he is in your hand; but save his life.

Luke 22:31,32 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has desired to have …

John 13:2,27 And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of …

Acts 5:3 But Peter said, Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to …

1 Timothy 1:20 Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered to Satan, …

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