2 Timothy 4:11
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New International Version
Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, because he is helpful to me in my ministry.

New Living Translation
Only Luke is with me. Bring Mark with you when you come, for he will be helpful to me in my ministry.

English Standard Version
Luke alone is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is very useful to me for ministry.

Berean Study Bible
Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, because he is useful to me in the ministry.

Berean Literal Bible
Luke alone is with me. Having taken Mark, bring him with you, for he is useful to me for the ministry.

New American Standard Bible
Only Luke is with me. Pick up Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful to me for service.

King James Bible
Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Only Luke is with me. Bring Mark with you, for he is useful to me in the ministry.

International Standard Version
Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful in my ministry.

NET Bible
Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, because he is a great help to me in ministry.

New Heart English Bible
Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with you, for he is useful to me for service.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Only Luqa is with me. Take Marcus and bring him with you, because he is suitable to me for the ministry.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you. He is useful to me in my work.

New American Standard 1977
Only Luke is with me. Pick up Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful to me for service.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Only Luke is with me. Take Mark and bring him with thee, for he is profitable to me for the ministry.

King James 2000 Bible
Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with you: for he is profitable to me for the ministry.

American King James Version
Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with you: for he is profitable to me for the ministry.

American Standard Version
Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee; for he is useful to me for ministering.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry.

Darby Bible Translation
Luke alone is with me. Take Mark, and bring [him] with thyself, for he is serviceable to me for ministry.

English Revised Version
Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is useful to me for ministering.

Webster's Bible Translation
Luke only is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry.

Weymouth New Testament
Luke is the only friend I now have with me. Call for Mark on your way and bring him with you, for he is a great help to me in my ministry.

World English Bible
Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with you, for he is useful to me for service.

Young's Literal Translation
Lukas only is with me; Markus having taken, bring with thyself, for he is profitable to me for ministration;
Study Bible
Personal Concerns
10because Demas, in his love of this world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, and Titus to Dalmatia. 11Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, because he is useful to me in the ministry. 12Tychicus, however, I have sent to Ephesus.…
Cross References
Acts 12:12
And when he had realized this, he went to the house of Mary the mother of John, also called Mark, where many people were gathered together praying.

Acts 12:25
When Barnabas and Saul had fulfilled their mission to Jerusalem, they returned, bringing with them John, also called Mark.

Acts 15:37
Barnabas wanted to take John, also called Mark.

Colossians 4:10
My fellow prisoner Aristarchus sends you greetings, as does Mark the cousin of Barnabas. You have already received instructions about him: If he comes to you, welcome him.

Colossians 4:14
Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas send you greetings.

2 Timothy 1:15
You know that everyone in the Province of Asia has deserted me, including Phygelus and Hermogenes.

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.

Philemon 1:24
as do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, and Luke, my fellow workers.
Treasury of Scripture

Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with you: for he is profitable to me for the ministry.

Only. See on ch.

2 Timothy 1:15 This you know, that all they which are in Asia be turned away from …

Luke.

Acts 16:10 And after he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavored to go …

Colossians 4:14 Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas, greet you.

Philemon 1:24 Marcus, Aristarchus, Demas, Lucas, my fellow laborers.

Mark.

Acts 12:12,25 And when he had considered the thing, he came to the house of Mary …

Acts 15:39 And the contention was so sharp between them, that they departed …

Colossians 4:10 Aristarchus my fellow prisoner salutes you, and Marcus, sister's …

1 Peter 5:13 The church that is at Babylon, elected together with you, salutes …

Hosea 14:4 I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for my anger …

for.

Matthew 19:30 But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.

Matthew 20:16 So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, …

Luke 13:30 And, behold, there are last which shall be first, and there are first …

(11) Only Luke is with me.--The "writer" of the Third Gospel, the Gospel which, as has been stated above, was very possibly the work of St. Paul--"my Gospel." Luke, "the beloved physician" of Colossians 4:14, of all St. Paul's companions, seems to have been most closely associated with the Apostle. Most likely this close intimacy and long-continued association was owing to the Apostle's weak and infirm health--to that dying body--the noble Paul ever bore about with him. Luke was with St. Paul, we know, in his second missionary journey, and again in his third missionary journey; he accompanied him to Asia, and then to Jerusalem; was with him during the captivity time of Csarea, and subsequently of Rome, the first time St. Paul was imprisoned in the capital (Acts 18). After St. Paul's death, Epiphanius speaks of him as preaching chiefly in Gaul; a very general tradition includes him among the martyrs of the first age of the Church. The name is probably a contraction of Lucanus. (See Introduction to the Acts of the Apostles.)

Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry.--"But Paul thought not good to take him with them, who departed from them . . . and went not with them to the work" (Acts 15:38). There is something strangely touching in this message of the aged master to Timothy to bring with him on that last solemn journey one whom, some quarter of a century before, St. Paul had judged so severely, and on whose account he had separated from his old loved friend, Barnabas the Apostle. Since that hour when the young missionary's heart had failed him in Pamphylia, Mark had, by steady, earnest work, won back his place in St. Paul's heart. Barnabas, we know, when his brother Apostle rejected him, took him with him to Cyprus. After some twelve years, we find him, during the first imprisonment, with St. Paul at Rome (Colossians 4:10; Philemon 1:24). He is mentioned (1Peter 5:13) by the endearing term of "my son," and the unanimous traditions of the ancient Christian writers represent him as the secretary or amanuensis of St. Peter. It was his office to commit to writing the orally delivered instructions and narrations of his master. These, in some revised and arranged form, probably under the direction of Peter himself, were given to the Church under the title of St. Mark's Gospel. A later and uncertain tradition says he subsequently became first Bishop of Alexandria, and there suffered martyrdom.

For he is profitable to me for the ministry.--Profitable, according to the suggestion of Grotius, owing to Mark's knowledge of the Latin tongue. This is possible; but it is more likely that he was profitable or serviceable as an assistant who was well acquainted with the details of St. Paul's many sided work.

Verse 11. - Useful for profitable, A.V.; ministering for the ministry, A.V. Luke; probably a shortened form of Lucanus. Luke was with St. Paul in his voyage to Rome (Acts 27:1; Acts 28:11, 16), and when he wrote the Epistles to the Colossians and Philemon (Colossians 4:14; Philemon 1:4), having doubtless composed the Acts of the Apostles during St. Paul's two years' imprisonment (Acts 28:30). How he spent his time between that date and the mention of him here as still with St. Paul, we have no knowledge. But it looks as if he may have been in close personal attendance upon him all the time. if he had been permitted to write a supplement to the Acts, perhaps the repeated "we" would have shown this. Take Mark. Mark had apparently been recently reconciled to St. Paul when he wrote Colossians 4:10, and was with him when he wrote Philemon 1:24. We know nothing more of him till we learn from this passage that he was with or near to Timothy, and likely to accompany him to Rome in his last visit to St. Paul. He is mentioned again in 1 Peter 5:13, as being with St. Peter at Babylon. The expression, "take" (ἀναλαβών), seems to imply that Timothy was to pick him up on the way, as the word is used in Acts 20:13, 14; and, though less certainly, in Acts 23:31. He is useful to me, etc. (εὔχρηστος); as ch. 2:21 (where see note). This testimony to Mark's ministerial usefulness, at a time when his faithfulness and courage would be put to a severe test, is very satisfactory. For ministering (εἰς διακονίαν). It may be doubted whether διακονία here means "the ministry," as in the A.V. and 1 Timothy 1:12, or, as in the R.V., more generally "for ministering," i.e. for acting as an assistant to me in my apostolic labours. The words, "to me," favour the latter rendering. The sense would then be the same as that of the verb in Acts 19:22, where we read that Timothy and Erastus "ministered unto him," i.e. to St. Paul, and that of ὑπηρέτης applied to Mark in Acts 13:5. Only Luke is with me,.... The beloved physician, who wrote the Gospel that bears his name, and "the Acts of the Apostles", and was a constant companion of Paul's in his travels and sufferings:

take Mark, and bring him with thee; who might be at Ephesus, or somewhere in Timothy's way as he came to Rome. This seems to be the same with John Mark of Jerusalem, the son of Mary, the sister of Barnabas, and who was with Paul and Barnabas in their travels, and who parted from them at Pamphylia; on whose account, and for that reason, there was so great a difference between Paul and Barnabas, as to separate upon it; but now the apostle had entertained a better opinion of him, and was reconciled unto him, and was very desirous of his company and assistance; and which he had, Colossians 4:10.

For he is profitable to me for the ministry; that is, of the Gospel, to assist in preaching it. 11. Take—Greek, "take up" on thy journey (Ac 20:13, 14). John Mark was probably in, or near, Colosse, as in the Epistle to the Colossians (Col 4:10), written two years before this, he is mentioned as about to visit them. Timothy was now absent from Ephesus and somewhere in the interior of Asia Minor; hence he would be sure to fall in with Mark on his journey.

he is profitable to me for the ministry—Mark had been under a cloud for having forsaken Paul at a critical moment in his missionary tour with Barnabas (Ac 15:37-40; 13:5, 13). Timothy had subsequently occupied the same post in relation to Paul as Mark once held. Hence Paul, appropriately here, wipes out the past censure by high praise of Mark and guards against Timothy's making self-complacent comparisons between himself and Mark, as though he were superior to the latter (compare Phm 24). Demas apostatizes. Mark returns to the right way, and is no longer unprofitable, but is profitable for the Gospel ministry (Phm 11).4:9-13 The love of this world, is often the cause of turning back from the truths and ways of Jesus Christ. Paul was guided by Divine inspiration, yet he would have his books. As long as we live, we must still learn. The apostles did not neglect human means, in seeking the necessaries of life, or their own instruction. Let us thank the Divine goodness in having given us so many writings of wise and pious men in all ages; and let us seek that by reading them our profiting may appear to all.
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