2 Timothy 3:17
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New International Version
so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

New Living Translation
God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.

English Standard Version
that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

Berean Study Bible
so that the man of God may be complete, fully equipped for every good work.

Berean Literal Bible
so that the man of God may be complete, having been fully equipped toward every good work.

New American Standard Bible
so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.

King James Bible
That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

International Standard Version
so that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good action.

NET Bible
that the person dedicated to God may be capable and equipped for every good work.

New Heart English Bible
that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
That the man of God will be perfect and perfected for every good work.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They equip God's servants so that they are completely prepared to do good things.

New American Standard 1977
that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.

Jubilee Bible 2000
that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

King James 2000 Bible
That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

American King James Version
That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished to all good works.

American Standard Version
That the man of God may be complete, furnished completely unto every good work.

Douay-Rheims Bible
That the man of God may be perfect, furnished to every good work.

Darby Bible Translation
that the man of God may be complete, fully fitted to every good work.

English Revised Version
that the man of God may be complete, furnished completely unto every good work.

Webster's Bible Translation
That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished to all good works.

Weymouth New Testament
so that the man of God may himself be complete and may be perfectly equipped for every good work.

World English Bible
that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Young's Literal Translation
that the man of God may be fitted -- for every good work having been completed.
Study Bible
All Scripture is God-Breathed
16All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for instruction, for conviction, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17so that the man of God may be complete, fully equipped for every good work.
Cross References
1 Timothy 6:11
But you, O man of God, flee from these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness.

2 Timothy 2:21
So if anyone cleanses himself of what is unfit, he will be a vessel for honor: sanctified, useful to the Master, and prepared for every good work.

Titus 1:16
They profess to know God, but they deny Him by their actions. They are detestable, disobedient, and unfit for any good deed.

Hebrews 13:21
equip you with every good thing to do His will. And may He accomplish in us what is pleasing in His sight through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.
Treasury of Scripture

That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished to all good works.

the man. See on

Psalm 119:98-100 You through your commandments have made me wiser than my enemies: …

1 Timothy 6:11 But you, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, …

throughly furnished. or, perfected.

2 Timothy 2:21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel …

Nehemiah 2:18 Then I told them of the hand of my God which was good on me; as also …

Acts 9:36 Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by …

2 Corinthians 9:8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that you, always …

Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to good works, …

Titus 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, …

Titus 3:1 Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey …

Hebrews 10:24 And let us consider one another to provoke to love and to good works:

(17) That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.--The "man of God" here is no official designation, but simply designates the Christian generally, who is striving, with his Master's help, to live a life pleasing to God; and the "good works" have no special reference to the labours of Timothy and his brother presbyters, but include all those generous and self-sacrificing acts to which, in these Epistles, so many references have been made.

It was in the Holy Scriptures that the true servant of the Lord, the man of God, would find defined with clearness and precision the nature of those works the Holy Spirit was pleased to call "good."

Verse 17. - Complete for perfect, A.V.; furnished completely for throughly furnished, A.V.; every good work for all good works, A.V. Complete (ἄρτιος); only here in the New Testament, but common in classical Greek. "Complete, perfect of its kind" (Liddell and Scott). Furnished completely (ἐξηρτισμένος, containing the same root as ἄρτιος); elsewhere in the New Testament only in Acts 21:5 in the sense of "completing" a term of days. It is nearly synonymous with καταρτίζω (Matthew 21:16; Luke 6:40; 2 Corinthians 13:11; Hebrews 13:21; 1 Peter 5:10). In late classical Greek ἐξαρτίζω means, as here, "to equip fully." As regards the question whether the man of God is restricted in its meaning to the minister of Christ, or comprehends all Christians, two things seem to decide in favour of the former: the one that "the man of God" is in the Old Testament invariably applied to prophets in the immediate service of God (see 1 Timothy 6:11, note); the other that in 1 Timothy 6:11 it undoubtedly refers to Timothy in his character of chief pastor of the Church, and that here too the whole force of the description of the uses and excellence of Holy Scripture is brought to bear upon the exhortations in ver. 14, "Continue thou in the things which thou hast heard," addressed to Timothy as the Bishop of the Ephesian Church (see, too, ch. 4:1-5, where it is abundantly clear that all that precedes was intended to bear directly upon Timothy's faithful and vigorous discharge of his office as an evangelist).



That the man of God may be perfect,.... By the man of God may be meant everyone that in a special relation belongs to God; who is chosen by God the Father, redeemed by the Son, and called by the Spirit; but more especially a minister of the Gospel; for as it was usual to call a prophet under the Old Testament by this name, it seems to be transferred from thence to a minister of the New Testament, see 1 Timothy 6:11 and the design of the Scriptures and the end of writing them are, that both preachers of the word, and hearers of it, might have a perfect knowledge of the will of God; that the former might be a complete minister of the Gospel, and that nothing might be wanting for the information of the latter:

thoroughly furnished unto all good works, or "every good work"; particularly to the work of the ministry, which is a good one; and to every part and branch of it, a thorough furniture for which lies in the holy Scriptures; from whence, as scribes well instructed in the kingdom of heaven, do Gospel ministers bring forth things new and old, both for delight and profit: though this may be also applied to all good works in common, which the Scriptures point unto, give directions about, as well as show where strength is to be had to perform them. 17. man of God—(See on [2505]1Ti 6:11).

perfect, throughly furnished—Greek, "thoroughly perfected," and so "perfect." The man of God is perfectly accoutred out of Scripture for his work, whether he be a minister (compare 2Ti 4:2 with 2Ti 3:16) or a spiritual layman. No oral tradition is needed to be added. 3:14-17 Those who would learn the things of God, and be assured of them, must know the Holy Scriptures, for they are the Divine revelation. The age of children is the age to learn; and those who would get true learning, must get it out of the Scriptures. They must not lie by us neglected, seldom or never looked into. The Bible is a sure guide to eternal life. The prophets and apostles did not speak from themselves, but delivered what they received of God, 2Pe 1:21. It is profitable for all purposes of the Christian life. It is of use to all, for all need to be taught, corrected, and reproved. There is something in the Scriptures suitable for every case. Oh that we may love our Bibles more, and keep closer to them! then shall we find benefit, and at last gain the happiness therein promised by faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the main subject of both Testaments. We best oppose error by promoting a solid knowledge of the word of truth; and the greatest kindness we can do to children, is to make them early to know the Bible.
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