2 Timothy 4:13
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New International Version
When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, and my scrolls, especially the parchments.

New Living Translation
When you come, be sure to bring the coat I left with Carpus at Troas. Also bring my books, and especially my papers.

English Standard Version
When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, also the books, and above all the parchments.

New American Standard Bible
When you come bring the cloak which I left at Troas with Carpus, and the books, especially the parchments.

King James Bible
The cloke that I left at Troas with Carpus, when thou comest, bring with thee, and the books, but especially the parchments.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When you come, bring the cloak I left in Troas with Carpus, as well as the scrolls, especially the parchments.

International Standard Version
When you come, bring the coat I left with Carpus in Troas, as well as the scrolls and especially the parchments.

NET Bible
When you come, bring with you the cloak I left in Troas with Carpas and the scrolls, especially the parchments.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
When you come, bring the bookcase and the books that I left in Troas with Qarpus, especially the parchment scrolls.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When you come, bring the warm coat I left with Carpus in the city of Troas. Also bring the scrolls and especially the parchments.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The cloak that I left at Troas in the house of Carpus, when thou comest, bring with thee and the books, but especially the parchments.

King James 2000 Bible
The cloak that I left at Troas with Carpus, when you come, bring with you, and the books, but especially the parchments.

American King James Version
The cloak that I left at Troas with Carpus, when you come, bring with you, and the books, but especially the parchments.

American Standard Version
The cloak that I left at Troas with Carpus, bring when thou comest, and the books, especially the parchments.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The cloak that I left at Troas, with Carpus, when thou comest, bring with thee, and the books, especially the parchments.

Darby Bible Translation
The cloak which I left behind [me] in Troas at Carpus's, bring when thou comest, and the books, especially the parchments.

English Revised Version
The cloke that I left at Troas with Carpus, bring when thou comest, and the books, especially the parchments.

Webster's Bible Translation
The cloke that I left at Troas with Carpus, when thou comest, bring with thee, and the books, but especially the parchments.

Weymouth New Testament
When you come, bring with you the cloak which I left behind at Troas at the house of Carpus, and the books, but especially the parchments.

World English Bible
Bring the cloak that I left at Troas with Carpus when you come, and the books, especially the parchments.

Young's Literal Translation
the cloak that I left in Troas with Carpus, coming, bring thou and the books -- especially the parchments.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 13. - Bring when thou comest for when thou comest bring with thee, A.V.; especially for but especially, A.V. The cloke (τὸν φελόνην, more properly written φαινόλην); the Latin paenula, the thick overcoat or cloke. Only here in the New Testament. Some think it was the bag in which the books and parchments were packed. The parchments (τὰς μεμβράνας). This, again, is a Latin word. It occurs only here in the New Testament. They would probably be for the apostle to write his Epistles on. Or they may have been valuable manuscripts of some kind. In ver. 20 we learn that St. Paul had lately been at Miletus; and in 1 Timothy 1:3 that he was then going to Macedonia. Tress would be on his way to Macedonia, Greece, and Rome (Acts 16:8, 9, 11), as it was on the return journey from Macedonia to Miletus (Acts 20:5, 15). It should further be observed that the journey here indicated is the same as that referred to in 1 Timothy 1:3, which confirms the inevitable inference from this chapter that St. Paul, on his way to Rome from Miletus, whither he had come from Crete (Titus 1:5), passed through Tress, Macedonia, and Corinth (ver. 20), leaving Timothy at Ephesus. (See Introduction.)

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The cloak that I left at Troas with Carpus,.... About the word here rendered a "cloak", interpreters are not agreed: some take it for a garment, and about this they differ; some would have it to be a dignified robe, such as the Roman consuls and senators of Rome wore; which is not likely, this being not suitable to the apostle's character, state, and circumstances. Others take it to be a courser and meaner garment, wore in cold and rainy weather, to preserve from the inclementencies of it; and winter now coming on, 2 Timothy 4:21 the apostle sends for it; which he perhaps had left at Troas in the summer season, as he came: but others take it to be a kind of desk or scrutoire, to put papers in, or a chest for books, a book press; and so the Syriac version renders it; and which agrees with what follows. Jerom understands it of a book itself, of the Hebrew volume of the Pentateuch (g). Troas, where this cloak, or book press, or book was, was a city in Asia Minor, that stood upon, or near the same place where old Troy stood, and from whence it seems to have had its name, and lay in Timothy's way from Ephesus to Rome; See Gill on Acts 16:8, Acts 20:7 and as for Carpus, he was Paul's host when he was at Troas. Some make him to be first bishop of Laodicea, and then of Crete; he is reckoned among the seventy disciples, and is said to be bishop of Berytus in Thrace; See Gill on Luke 10:1.

When thou comest, bring with thee; he would have him call for it at Troas as he came by, and bring it with him:

and the books; that were in it, or were there, besides the Hebrew Pentateuch: the apostle was a great reader of books, of various sorts, both Gentile and Jewish, as appears by his citations out of the Heathen poets, and his acquaintance with Jewish records, Acts 17:28. And though he was now grown old, and near his exit, yet was mindful and careful of his books, and desirous of having them to read; and herein set an example to Timothy and others, and enforced the exhortation he gave him, 1 Timothy 4:13.

But especially the parchments: which might contain his own writings he had a mind to revise before his death, and commit into the hands of proper persons; or some observations which he had made in his travels, concerning persons and things; though it is most likely that these were the books of the Old Testament, which were written on parchments, and rolled up together; and hence they are called the volume of the book; and these the apostle had a special regard for, that whatever was neglected, he desired that these might not, but be carefully brought unto him.

(g) Epist. ad Damas. qu. 2. p. 12. Tom. 3.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

13. cloak … I left—probably obliged to leave it in a hurried departure from Troas.

Carpus—a faithful friend to have been entrusted with so precious deposits. The mention of his "cloak," so far from being unworthy of inspiration, is one of those graphic touches which sheds a flood of light on the last scene of Paul's life, on the confines of two worlds; in this wanting a cloak to cover him from the winter cold, in that covered with the righteousness of saints, "clothed upon with his house from heaven" [Gaussen]. So the inner vesture and outer garment of Jesus, Paul's master, are suggestive of most instructive thought (Joh 19:2).

books—He was anxious respecting these that he might transmit them to the faithful, so that they might have the teaching of his writings when he should be gone.

especially the parchments—containing perhaps some of his inspired Epistles themselves.

2 Timothy 4:13 Additional Commentaries
Context
Personal Concerns
12But Tychicus I have sent to Ephesus. 13When you come bring the cloak which I left at Troas with Carpus, and the books, especially the parchments. 14Alexander the coppersmith did me much harm; the Lord will repay him according to his deeds.…
Cross References
Matthew 5:40
And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well.

Acts 16:8
So they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas.

Acts 16:11
From Troas we put out to sea and sailed straight for Samothrace, and the next day we went on to Neapolis.

Acts 20:38
What grieved them most was his statement that they would never see his face again. Then they accompanied him to the ship.
Treasury of Scripture

The cloak that I left at Troas with Carpus, when you come, bring with you, and the books, but especially the parchments.

cloak.

1 Corinthians 4:11 Even to this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, …

2 Corinthians 11:27 In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, …

Troas.

Acts 16:8,11 And they passing by Mysia came down to Troas…

Acts 20:5-12 These going before tarried for us at Troas…

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