2 Timothy 2:7
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New International Version
Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this.

New Living Translation
Think about what I am saying. The Lord will help you understand all these things.

English Standard Version
Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.

New American Standard Bible
Consider what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.

King James Bible
Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Consider what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.

International Standard Version
Think about what I am saying. The Lord will help you to understand all these things.

NET Bible
Think about what I am saying and the Lord will give you understanding of all this.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Consider what I say. May our Lord give you wisdom in everything.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Understand what I'm saying. The Lord will help you understand all these things.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Understand what I say, that the Lord shall give thee understanding in all things.

King James 2000 Bible
Consider what I say; and the Lord give you understanding in all things.

American King James Version
Consider what I say; and the Lord give you understanding in all things.

American Standard Version
Consider what I say; for the Lord shall give thee understanding in all things.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Understand what I say: for the Lord will give thee in all things understanding.

Darby Bible Translation
Think of what I say, for the Lord will give thee understanding in all things.

English Revised Version
Consider what I say; for the Lord shall give thee understanding in all things.

Webster's Bible Translation
Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.

Weymouth New Testament
Mark well what I am saying: the Lord will give you discernment in everything.

World English Bible
Consider what I say, and may the Lord give you understanding in all things.

Young's Literal Translation
be considering what things I say, for the Lord give to thee understanding in all things.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise 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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 7. - For the Lord shall give for and the Lord give, A.V. Consider what I say. The apostle's lessons had been given in parables or similitudes. He therefore begs Timothy to note them well, lest the application to himself should escape him, suggesting further that he should seek the necessary wisdom and understanding from God. So our Lord, at the end of the parables recorded in Matthew 13, says to his disciples in ver. 51, "Have ye understood all these things?" and elsewhere, "He that hath ears to hear, let him hear." Understanding (σύνεσιν); one of the special gifts of the Spirit (Isaiah 11:2, LXX.; see Colossians 1:9; Colossians 2:2).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Consider what I say,.... The advice given by the apostle to Timothy, to be strong in the grace of Christ; to commit the doctrines of the Gospel to faithful and able men; and to endure hardness for the sake of it: as also the characters which he bore as a soldier, a runner in a race, or a wrestler, and an husbandman; and therefore must not expect ease and rest, but war, difficulties, toil, and labour; and likewise under what titles Christ was to be regarded; as his General, and Captain of salvation, that commanded him; as the righteous Judge, that held the prize and crown for which he was running; and the chief Shepherd, who would reward all his labours; and moreover, the glorious reward of grace itself, he might expect, as eternal life, when he had fought the good fight the crown of righteousness, when he had finished his course, or run his race; and a crown of glory that fades not away, when the chief Shepherd should appear: and by putting him upon the consideration of these things, he suggests, that they were matters of moment and importance, and would be of great use to him in assisting and encouraging his faith, amidst all trials and exercises; and whereas they were expressed in figurative terms, taken from the soldier, the runner in a race, and the husbandman, they might not at first view be so easy to be understood; and therefore he would have him think of them, and meditate upon them, and weigh them in his mind; as well as he would not have him take things upon trust from him, but examine them whether they were right or not; though he doubted not but that they would be found to be agreeable to the standard of truth: wherefore he prays as follows,

and the Lord give thee understanding in all things; in all the above things, and in all others; in all the doctrines and mysteries of grace, and in all the rules of conduct in life. No man has of himself an understanding in spiritual things; this is the gift of God; and where it is given there is need of an increase of it, and always of such a prayer for it. The Alexandrian copy, Vulgate Latin, and Arabic versions, read, "the Lord will give thee", &c, and so the words are a promise, an encouragement to Timothy, to consider well of these things; for he might assure himself, that, in so doing, God would give him more understanding in them.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

7. Consider the force of the illustrations I have given from the soldier, the contender in the games, and the husbandmen, as applying to thyself in thy ministry.

and the Lord give, &c.—The oldest manuscripts read, "for the Lord will give thee understanding." Thou canst understand my meaning so as personally to apply it to thyself; for the Lord will give thee understanding when thou seekest it from Him "in all things." Not intellectual perception, but personal appropriation of the truths metaphorically expressed, was what he needed to be given him by the Lord.

2 Timothy 2:7 Additional Commentaries
Context
Grace and Perseverance
6The hard-working farmer ought to be the first to receive his share of the crops. 7Consider what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything. 8Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, descendant of David, according to my gospel,…
Cross References
2 Timothy 2:6
The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops.

2 Timothy 2:8
Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel,
Treasury of Scripture

Consider what I say; and the Lord give you understanding in all things.

Consider.

Deuteronomy 4:39 Know therefore this day, and consider it in your heart, that the …

Deuteronomy 32:29 O that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would …

Psalm 64:9 And all men shall fear, and shall declare the work of God; for they …

Proverbs 24:32 Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked on it, and received instruction.

Isaiah 1:3 The ox knows his owner, and the donkey his master's crib: but Israel …

Isaiah 5:12 And the harp, and the viol, the tabret, and pipe, and wine, are in …

Luke 9:44 Let these sayings sink down into your ears: for the Son of man shall …

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are …

1 Timothy 4:15 Meditate on these things; give yourself wholly to them; that your …

Hebrews 3:1 Why, holy brothers, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the …

Hebrews 7:4 Now consider how great this man was, to whom even the patriarch Abraham …

Hebrews 12:3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against …

Hebrews 13:7 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken to you …

and.

Genesis 41:38,39 And Pharaoh said to his servants, Can we find such a one as this …

Exodus 36:1,2 Then worked Bezaleel and Aholiab, and every wise hearted man…

Numbers 27:16,17 Let the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over …

1 Chronicles 22:12 Only the LORD give you wisdom and understanding, and give you charge …

1 Chronicles 29:19 And give to Solomon my son a perfect heart, to keep your commandments, …

2 Chronicles 1:8-12 And Solomon said to God, You have showed great mercy to David my …

Psalm 119:73,125,144 Your hands have made me and fashioned me: give me understanding, …

Psalm 143:8,9 Cause me to hear your loving kindness in the morning; for in you …

Proverbs 2:3-6 Yes, if you cry after knowledge, and lift up your voice for understanding…

Isaiah 28:26 For his God does instruct him to discretion, and does teach him.

Daniel 1:17 As for these four children, God gave them knowledge and skill in …

Luke 21:15 For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries …

Luke 24:45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,

John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will …

John 16:13 However, when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you …

Acts 7:10 And delivered him out of all his afflictions, and gave him favor …

1 Corinthians 12:8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another …

Ephesians 1:17,18 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory…

Colossians 1:9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease …

James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all …

James 3:15,17 This wisdom descends not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish…

1 John 5:20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and has given us an understanding, …

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