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.

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

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;
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, …

(4) No man that warreth . . .--Better rendered, while engaged on military service, or serving as a soldier. The first picture is suggested by the last simile (in 2Timothy 2:3). It was one very familiar to the numerous peoples dwelling under the shadow of the Roman power, this picture of the soldier concerned only in the military affairs of the great empire--the legionary wrapped up in his service, with no thought or care outside the profession of which he was so proud. None of these sworn legionaries have aught to do with buying or selling, with the Forum, or any of the many employments of civil life. So should it be with the earnest and faithful Christian; paramount and above any earthly considerations ever must rank his Master's service, his Master's commands.

The soldier of Christ should never allow himself to be entangled in any earthly business which would interfere with his duty to his own General. But while this general reference to all members of the Church lies on the outside, beneath the surface a solemn injunction may surely be read, addressed to Timothy and to others like him in after times specially engaged in the ministry of the Word and in matters connected with the government of the Church of Christ. And so the Catholic Church has generally understood this direction to Timothy as warning her ministers from engaging in secular pursuits, either connected with business or pleasure.

That he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.--More accurately rendered, who enrolled him as a soldier. Only those soldiers who with heart and soul devote themselves to their military work win the heart of their commander. The question has been asked, What of St. Paul's own example and that of other of the early Christian teachers, such as Aquila? did not they, at all events from time to time, pursue a secular calling--that of tent-makers? The reply here is not a difficult one. The Jewish life in those days contemplated and even desired that its rabbis and teachers should be acquainted with, and even, if necessary, practise some handicraft. The well-known Hebrew saying, "He that teacheth not his son a trade teacheth him to be a thief," is a proof of this. In the case of these early teachers, this occasional practice of an industry or a trade brought them more directly into contact with their Jewish brethren. It was thus among the Jewish people that the Hebrew rabbi often passed imperceptibly into a Christian teacher. It must also be borne in mind that in St. Paul's case, and also in the case of the presbyters of the first and second age, especially if missionaries, it was impossible always to ensure subsistence, unless by some exertions of their own they maintained themselves. It was, too, most desirable that these pioneers of Christianity should ever be above all reproach of covetousness, or even of the suspicion that they wished for any earthly thing from their converts. That however, it was not intended that any such combination of work--at once for the Church and for the world--should be the rule of ecclesiastical order in coming days, the positive and very plain directions of 1Corinthians 9:1-15 are decisive, and incapable of being misunderstood.

Verse 4. - Soldier on service for man that warreth, A.V.; in for with, A.V.; enrolled him as for hath chosen him to be, A.V. Soldier on service (στρατευόμενος); as 1 Corinthians 9:7 (see, too. 1 Timothy 1:18). In Luke 3:14 στρατευόμενοι is rendered simply "soldiers," with margin, "Greek, soldiers on service." There is no difference in meaning between the "man that warreth" in the A.V., and the "soldier on service" of the R.V. Affairs (πραγματείσις); only here in the New Testament, but common in the LXX. and in classical Greek, where it means, as here, "business," "affairs," "occupation," "trade," and the like, with the accessory idea of its being an "absorbing, engrossing pursuit." Enrolled him, etc. (στρατολογήσαντι); only here in the New Testament, not found in the LXX., but common in classical Greek for "to levy an army," "to enlist soldiers." The great lesson here taught is that the warfare of the Christian soldier requires the same concentration of purpose as that of the earthly warrior, if he would win the victory. No man that warreth,.... Who is a soldier, and gives himself up to military service, in a literal sense: the Vulgate Latin version, without any authority, adds, "to God"; as if the apostle was speaking of a spiritual warfare; whereas he is illustrating a spiritual warfare by a corporeal one; and observes, that no one, that is in a military state,

entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; with civil affairs, in distinction from military ones. The Roman soldiers might not follow any trade or business of life, or be concerned in husbandry, or merchandise of any sort, but were wholly to attend to military exercises, and to the orders of their general; for to be employed in any secular business was reckoned an entangling of them, a taking of them off from, and an hindrance to their military discipline: and by this the apostle suggests that Christ's people, his soldiers, and especially his ministers, should not he involved and implicated in worldly affairs and cares; for no man can serve two masters, God and mammon; but should wholly give up themselves to the work and service to which they are called; and be ready to part with all worldly enjoyments, and cheerfully suffer the loss of all things, when called to it, for the sake of Christ and his Gospel:

that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier; his captain, or general, who has enlisted him, enrolled and registered him among his soldiers; whom to please should be his chief concern; as it should be the principal thing attended to by a Christian soldier, or minister of the Gospel, not to please men, nor to please himself, by seeking his own ease and rest, his worldly emoluments and advantages, but to please the Lord Christ, in whose book his name is written. 4. "No one while serving as a soldier."

the affairs of (this) life—"the businesses of life" [Alford]; mercantile, or other than military.

him who hath chosen him—the general who at the first enlisted him as a soldier. Paul himself worked at tent-making (Ac 18:3). Therefore what is prohibited here is, not all other save religious occupation, but the becoming entangled, or over-engrossed therewith.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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