2 Timothy 2:4
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New International Version
No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer.

New Living Translation
Soldiers don't get tied up in the affairs of civilian life, for then they cannot please the officer who enlisted them.

English Standard Version
No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him.

Berean Study Bible
A soldier refrains from entangling himself in civilian affairs, in order to please the one who enlisted him.

Berean Literal Bible
No one serving as a soldier entangles himself in the affairs of this life, that he might please the one having enlisted him.

New American Standard Bible
No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier.

King James Bible
No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in the concerns of civilian life; he seeks to please the recruiter.

International Standard Version
No one serving in the military gets mixed up in civilian matters, for his aim is to please his commanding officer.

NET Bible
No one in military service gets entangled in matters of everyday life; otherwise he will not please the one who recruited him.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Is not a Soldier bound in matters of the world to please him who has chosen him?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Whoever serves in the military doesn't get mixed up in non-military activities. This pleases his commanding officer.

New American Standard 1977
No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier.

Jubilee Bible 2000
No man that wars entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who has chosen him to be a soldier.

King James 2000 Bible
No man that wars entangles himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who has chosen him to be a soldier.

American King James Version
No man that wars entangles himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who has chosen him to be a soldier.

American Standard Version
No soldier on service entangleth himself in the affairs of this life; that he may please him who enrolled him as a soldier.

Douay-Rheims Bible
No man, being a soldier to God, entangleth himself with secular businesses; that he may please him to whom he hath engaged himself.

Darby Bible Translation
No one going as a soldier entangles himself with the affairs of life, that he may please him who has enlisted him as a soldier.

English Revised Version
No soldier on service entangleth himself in the affairs of this life; that he may please him who enrolled him as a soldier.

Webster's Bible Translation
No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.

Weymouth New Testament
Every one who serves as a soldier keeps himself from becoming entangled in the world's business--so that he may satisfy the officer who enlisted him.

World English Bible
No soldier on duty entangles himself in the affairs of life, that he may please him who enrolled him as a soldier.

Young's Literal Translation
no one serving as a soldier did entangle himself with the affairs of life, that him who did enlist him he may please;
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
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.
Study Bible
Grace and Perseverance
3Join me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4A soldier refrains from entangling himself in civilian affairs, in order to please the one who enlisted him. 5Likewise, a contender does not receive the crown unless he competes according to the rules.…
Cross References
Galatians 5:1
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not be encumbered once more by a yoke of slavery.

2 Peter 2:20
If indeed they have escaped the corruption of the world through their knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, only to be entangled and overcome by it again, their final condition is worse than it was at first.
Treasury of Scripture

No man that wars entangles himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who has chosen him to be a soldier.

that warreth.

Deuteronomy 20:5-7 And the officers shall speak to the people, saying, What man is there …

Luke 9:59-62 And he said to another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first …

entangleth.

2 Timothy 4:10 For Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is …

Luke 8:14 And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have …

1 Corinthians 9:25,26 And every man that strives for the mastery is temperate in all things. …

1 Timothy 6:9-12 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and …

2 Peter 2:20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through …

that he.

1 Corinthians 7:22,23 For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord's …

2 Corinthians 5:9 Why we labor, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.

1 Thessalonians 2:4 But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, …

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