2 Timothy 4:15
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New International Version
You too should be on your guard against him, because he strongly opposed our message.

New Living Translation
Be careful of him, for he fought against everything we said.

English Standard Version
Beware of him yourself, for he strongly opposed our message.

Berean Study Bible
You too should beware of him, for he has vigorously opposed our message.

Berean Literal Bible
whom you also beware of, for exceedingly he has opposed our message.

New American Standard Bible
Be on guard against him yourself, for he vigorously opposed our teaching.

King James Bible
Of whom be thou ware also; for he hath greatly withstood our words.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Watch out for him yourself because he strongly opposed our words.

International Standard Version
You, too, must watch out for him, for he violently opposed our message.

NET Bible
You be on guard against him too, because he vehemently opposed our words.

New Heart English Bible
of whom you also must beware; for he greatly opposed our words.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Beware of him also, for he is very arrogant against our words.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Watch out for him. He violently opposed what we said.

New American Standard 1977
Be on guard against him yourself, for he vigorously opposed our teaching.

Jubilee Bible 2000
of whom be thou ware also; for he has greatly resisted our words.

King James 2000 Bible
Of whom you beware also; for he has greatly withstood our words.

American King James Version
Of whom be you ware also; for he has greatly withstood our words.

American Standard Version
of whom do thou also beware; for he greatly withstood our words.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Whom do thou also avoid, for he hath greatly withstood our words.

Darby Bible Translation
Against whom be thou also on thy guard, for he has greatly withstood our words.

English Revised Version
of whom be thou ware also; for he greatly withstood our words.

Webster's Bible Translation
Of whom be thou aware also; for he hath greatly withstood our words.

Weymouth New Testament
You also should beware of him; for he has violently opposed our preaching.

World English Bible
of whom you also must beware; for he greatly opposed our words.

Young's Literal Translation
of whom also do thou beware, for greatly hath he stood against our words;
Study Bible
Personal Concerns
14Alexander the coppersmith did great harm to me. The Lord will repay him according to his deeds. 15You too should beware of him, for he has vigorously opposed our message. 16At my first defense, no one stood with me, but everyone deserted me. May it not be charged against them.…
Cross References
2 Timothy 4:14
Alexander the coppersmith did great harm to me. The Lord will repay him according to his deeds.

2 Timothy 4:16
At my first defense, no one stood with me, but everyone deserted me. May it not be charged against them.
Treasury of Scripture

Of whom be you ware also; for he has greatly withstood our words.

be.

Matthew 10:16,17 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the middle of wolves: be you …

Philippians 3:2 Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision.

withstood. See on ch.

2 Timothy 3:8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist …

words. or, preachings.

(15) Of whom be thou ware also.--This Alexander was evidently then at Ephesus. That he had been at Rome, and had given evidence against St. Paul, and had argued against the defence of the Apostle, is probable. "Our words" some understand as especially referring to St. Paul's defence before the imperial tribunal. If we identify him with the Alexander of Acts 19:33-34, then he was a Jew, one of those bitter, life-long antagonists of the Gentile Apostle who crossed his path at every step, and not improbably brought about, in the end, his death. It is an interesting suggestion which refers the connection between St. Paul and Alexander back to those days when Saul and Alexander were both reckoned as belonging to the strictest Pharisee party, determined foes to the "Nazarenes." Saul--if we adopt this supposition--became the Apostle St. Paul of the Gentiles; Alexander remained a fanatic Jew--hence the enmity.

Verse 15. - Withstood for hath withstood, A.V. Of whom be thou ware (ο{ν φυλάσσου). This is the proper construction in classical Greek, the accusative of the person or thing, after φυλάσσομαι. But it is only found in Acts 21:25. In Luke 12:15 the equally correct phrase, Φυλάσσεσθε ἀπὸ τῆς πλεονεξιας, is used. The inference from this caution to Timothy is that Alexander had left Rome and returned to his native Ephesus. The Jews were always on the move. He greatly withstood our words (ἀντέστη). For an exactly similar use, see Acts 13:8, where Elymas "withstood" Paul and Barnabas; and 2 Timothy 3:8, where Jannes and Jambres "withstood" Moses. In this case we may be sure that Paul, in pleading for his life, did not omit to preach the gospel to his Gentile audience. Alexander tried to refute his words, not without effect. The apostle says "our words" (not "my words"), perhaps to associate with himself those other Christians who were with him. It certainly cannot mean "yours and mine," as Timothy was not with him when the "words" were spoken. Of whom be thou ware also,.... For he was now at Ephesus; and since he was such a malicious, ill natured, and troublesome person, as well as a blasphemer, an heretic, and had been delivered up to Satan, it was very advisable to shun his company, and have no conversation with him, and be upon the guard against him, that he might have no opportunity of doing hurt to him, or to the church at Ephesus:

for he hath greatly withstood our words: or doctrines; the truths of the Gospel preached by Paul and Timothy, which he opposed himself to, and resisted with all his might, and endeavoured to confute and overthrow; and wherein he was deficient in argument, he made up with railing and blasphemy; and this was the true reason of the apostle's imprecations on him, and why he would have Timothy beware of him, and avoid him, and not the personal injury he had done him. 15. our words—the arguments of us Christians for our common faith. Believers have a common cause.4:14-18 There is as much danger from false brethren, as from open enemies. It is dangerous having to do with those who would be enemies to such a man as Paul. The Christians at Rome were forward to meet him, Ac 28, but when there seemed to be a danger of suffering with him, then all forsook him. God might justly be angry with them, but he prays God to forgive them. The apostle was delivered out of the mouth of the lion, that is, of Nero, or some of his judges. If the Lord stands by us, he will strengthen us in difficulties and dangers, and his presence will more than supply every one's absence.
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