2 Timothy 2:9
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New International Version
for which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But God's word is not chained.

New Living Translation
And because I preach this Good News, I am suffering and have been chained like a criminal. But the word of God cannot be chained.

English Standard Version
for which I am suffering, bound with chains as a criminal. But the word of God is not bound!

Berean Study Bible
for which I suffer to the extent of being chained like a criminal. But the word of God cannot be chained!

Berean Literal Bible
in which I suffer hardship even to chains as an evildoer. But the word of God is not bound!

New American Standard Bible
for which I suffer hardship even to imprisonment as a criminal; but the word of God is not imprisoned.

King James Bible
Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I suffer for it to the point of being bound like a criminal, but God's message is not bound.

International Standard Version
Because of it I am experiencing trouble, even to the point of being chained like a criminal. However, God's word is not chained.

NET Bible
for which I suffer hardship to the point of imprisonment as a criminal, but God's message is not imprisoned!

New Heart English Bible
in which I suffer hardship to the point of chains as a criminal. But God's word is not chained.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
In which I suffer evil things, even unto chains, as an evildoer, but the word of God is not chained.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I'm suffering disgrace for spreading this Good News. I have even been put into prison like a criminal. However, God's word is not imprisoned.

New American Standard 1977
for which I suffer hardship even to imprisonment as a criminal; but the word of God is not imprisoned.

Jubilee Bible 2000
in which I suffer trouble, like unto an evil doer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound.

King James 2000 Bible
In which I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound.

American King James Version
Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even to bonds; but the word of God is not bound.

American Standard Version
wherein I suffer hardship unto bonds, as a malefactor; but the word of God is not bound.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Wherein I labour even unto bands, as an evildoer; but the word of God is not bound.

Darby Bible Translation
in which I suffer even unto bonds as an evil-doer: but the word of God is not bound.

English Revised Version
wherein I suffer hardship unto bonds, as a malefactor; but the word of God is not bound.

Webster's Bible Translation
In which I suffer trouble, as an evil-doer, even to bonds; but the word of God is not bound.

Weymouth New Testament
For preaching the Good News I suffer, and am even put in chains, as if I were a criminal: yet the word of God is not imprisoned.

World English Bible
in which I suffer hardship to the point of chains as a criminal. But God's word isn't chained.

Young's Literal Translation
in which I suffer evil -- unto bonds, as an evil-doer, but the word of God hath not been bound;
Study Bible
Grace and Perseverance
8Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David, as proclaimed by my gospel, 9for which I suffer to the extent of being chained like a criminal. But the word of God cannot be chained! 10For this reason I endure all things for the sake of the elect, so that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.…
Cross References
Luke 23:32
Two others, who were criminals, were also led away to be executed with Jesus.

Acts 21:33
The commander came up and arrested Paul, ordering that he be bound with two chains. Then he asked who he was and what he had done.

Acts 28:31
Boldly and freely he proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ.

Philippians 1:7
It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart. For in my chains and in my defense and confirmation of the gospel, you are all partners in grace with me.

Philippians 1:13
As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ.

Philippians 1:14
And most of the brothers, confident in the Lord by my chains, now dare more greatly to speak the word without fear.

Philippians 1:17
The former, however, preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing they can add to the distress of my chains.

1 Thessalonians 1:8
For not only did the message of the Lord ring out from you to Macedonia and Achaia, but your faith in God has gone out to every place, so that we have no need to say anything further.

2 Timothy 1:8
So do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, or of me, His prisoner. Instead, join me in suffering for the gospel by the power of God.

2 Timothy 2:3
Join me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.
Treasury of Scripture

Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even to bonds; but the word of God is not bound.

I suffer.

2 Timothy 1:8,12,16 Be not you therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of …

Acts 9:16 For I will show him how great things he must suffer for my name's sake.

as.

Ephesians 6:20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, …

1 Peter 2:12,14 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas …

1 Peter 3:16 Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as …

1 Peter 4:15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an …

even.

Acts 28:31 Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern …

Ephesians 6:19,20 And for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my …

Philippians 1:12-14 But I would you should understand, brothers…

2 Thessalonians 3:1 Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have …

but.

Ephesians 3:1 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles,

Philippians 1:7 Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have …

Colossians 4:3,18 With praying also for us, that God would open to us a door of utterance, …

(9) Wherein I suffer trouble.--Here St. Paul bids Timothy take courage, by thinking of the brave, patient example he was setting him in his Roman prison, undaunted and full of hope. "Wherein I suffer:" in which, that is, discharging my office as a preacher of the gospel, I suffer trouble.

As an evil doer.--Better rendered, as a malefactor: the same word used in St. Luke's Gospel for the two thieves crucified with Jesus Christ (Luke 23:32-33; Luke 23:39).

Even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound.--A prisoner in chains and, as he tells us further on in the Epistle, expecting death, and yet he still could write and pray and speak from his narrow prison. Surely his disciple, still free, ought to work on with undiminished spirit and zeal. Though St. Paul was in bonds, his sufferings and imprisonment had in no way weakened the power of the gospel.

Verse 9. - Hardship for trouble, A.V.; unto for even unto, A.V.; as a malefactor for as an evil doer, A.V.; transposition of clause, unto bonds. Wherein (ἐν ῷ); i.e. in which gospel, in the preaching of which. Suffer hardship (κακοπαθῶ); as ver. 3, T.R. Unto bonds (μέχρι δεσμῶν). So μέχρι θανάτου, Philippians 2:8; μέχρις αἵματος, Hebrews 12:4; but most frequently of time, "until," as Matthew 11:23; Matthew 13:30; Acts 10:30, etc. A malefactor (κακοῦργος); as Luke 23:32, 33, 39; common in classical Greek. Bonds (δεσμῶν); as Acts 26:29; Philippians 1:7, 13, etc.; Colossians 4:18. So St. Paul calls himself δέσμιος, in respect of these bonds (Ephesians 3:1; Ephesians 4:1; 2 Timothy 1:8; Philemon 1:9). The Word of God is not bound. A beautiful reflection of an utterly unselfish mind! The thought of his own bonds, likely soon to be exchanged for the bonds of a martyr's death, awakens the comforting thought, Though they bind me with an iron chain, they cannot bind the gospel. While I am here, shut up in prison, the Word of God, preached by a thousand tongues, is giving life and liberty to myriads of my brethren of the human race. The tyrant can silence my voice and confine it within the walls of my dungeon; but all the while the sound of the gospel is going through all the earth, its saving words to the ends of the world; and I therein rejoice, yea, and will rejoice; and not all the lemons of Rome can take this joy from me." Wherein I suffer trouble as an evildoer,.... As a malefactor, as if guilty of some capital crime; an enemy to the law of Moses, a pestilent fellow, a mover of sedition everywhere, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes, Acts 24:5. The Ethiopic version renders it, "as a thief". The "trouble" he suffered were reproaches, persecutions, whipping, beating, stoning, imprisonment: for he adds,

even unto bonds; for he was now a prisoner, and in chains; nor was it the first time, he was in prisons frequent; and all this for the sake of the Gospel, which he preached, concerning the incarnation, death, and resurrection of Christ:

but the word of God is not bound; for the apostle, while a prisoner at Rome, had the liberty of dwelling by himself, in his own hired house, though held in chains, and guarded by a soldier, and of receiving his friends, and of preaching the Gospel to as many as would come to hear him, Acts 28:16 as well as of sending letters to the churches; for several of his epistles were written by him when a prisoner, as those to the Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians; and this to Timothy, and also that to Philemon: so that the Gospel was not restrained, or the apostle restrained from publishing it, both by word of mouth, and by writing; which was a great support to him under his troubles. Moreover, the Gospel was the more spread through the bonds of the apostle, and met with great success; it became known in Caesar's palace, and was the means of the conversion of some of his household; and many of the brethren, through his bonds, became bolder to preach the Gospel of Christ; so that it had a free course, and was glorified: and sometimes so it is, that persecution is a means of the greater spread of the Gospel; which was an effect that followed upon the persecution raised against the church at Jerusalem, upon the death of Stephen, Acts 8:1. And indeed, when God opens an effectual door, none can shut it, though there be many adversaries; and when he gives the word a commission, there is no stopping it; when it comes in power, it bears down all before it; it cannot be fettered and bound by men, though men may be fettered and bound for the sake of it. 9. Wherein—in proclaiming which Gospel.

suffer trouble—literally, "evil." I am a sufferer of evil as though I were a doer of evil.

bonds—(2Ti 1:16).

word … not bound—Though my person is bound, my tongue and my pen are not (2Ti 4:17; Ac 28:31). Or he alludes not merely to his own proclamation of the Gospel, though in chains, but to the freedom of its circulation by others, even though his power of circulating it is now prescribed (Php 1:18). He also hints to Timothy that he being free ought to be the more earnest in the service of it.2:8-13 Let suffering saints remember, and look to Jesus, the Author and Finisher of their faith, who for the joy that was set before him, endured the cross, despised the shame, and is now set down at the right hand of the throne of God. We must not think it strange if the best men meet with the worst treatment; but this is cheering, that the word of God is not bound. Here we see the real and true cause of the apostle's suffering trouble in, or for, the sake of the gospel. If we are dead to this world, its pleasures, profits, and honours, we shall be for ever with Christ in a better world. He is faithful to his threatenings, and faithful to his promises. This truth makes sure the unbeliever's condemnation, and the believer's salvation.
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