2 Timothy 4:16
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New International Version
At my first defense, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me. May it not be held against them.

New Living Translation
The first time I was brought before the judge, no one came with me. Everyone abandoned me. May it not be counted against them.

English Standard Version
At my first defense no one came to stand by me, but all deserted me. May it not be charged against them!

Berean Study Bible
At my first defense, no one stood with me, but everyone deserted me. May it not be charged against them.

Berean Literal Bible
In my first defense, no one has stood with me, but all deserted me. May it be not charged to them!

New American Standard Bible
At my first defense no one supported me, but all deserted me; may it not be counted against them.

King James Bible
At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
At my first defense, no one stood by me, but everyone deserted me. May it not be counted against them.

International Standard Version
At my first trial no one came to my defense. Everyone abandoned me. May it not be held against them!

NET Bible
At my first defense no one appeared in my support; instead they all deserted me--may they not be held accountable for it.

New Heart English Bible
At my first defense, no one came to help me, but all left me. May it not be held against them.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
At my first defense, no man was with me, but they all abandoned me. May this not be accounted to them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
At my first hearing no one stood up in my defense. Everyone abandoned me. I pray that it won't be held against them.

New American Standard 1977
At my first defense no one supported me, but all deserted me; may it not be counted against them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
At my first answer no one stood with me, but all men forsook me: let it not be imputed unto them.

King James 2000 Bible
At my first defense no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge.

American King James Version
At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge.

American Standard Version
At my first defence no one took my part, but all forsook me: may it not be laid to their account.

Douay-Rheims Bible
At my first answer no man stood with me, but all forsook me: may it not be laid to their charge.

Darby Bible Translation
At my first defence no man stood with me, but all deserted me. May it not be imputed to them.

English Revised Version
At my first defence no one took my part, but all forsook me: may it not be laid to their account.

Webster's Bible Translation
At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge.

Weymouth New Testament
At my first defence I had no one at my side, but all deserted me. May it not be laid to their charge.

World English Bible
At my first defense, no one came to help me, but all left me. May it not be held against them.

Young's Literal Translation
in my first defence no one stood with me, but all forsook me, (may it not be reckoned to them!)
Study Bible
The Lord Remains Faithful
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. 17But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me, so that through me the message would be fully proclaimed, and all the Gentiles would hear it. So I was delivered from the mouth of the lion.…
Cross References
Luke 12:11
When you are brought before the synagogues, rulers, and authorities, do not worry about how to defend yourselves or what to say.

Acts 7:60
Falling on his knees, he cried out in a loud voice, "Lord, do not hold this sin against them." And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

1 Corinthians 13:5
It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no account of wrongs.

2 Timothy 4:15
You too should beware of him, for he has vigorously opposed our message.
Treasury of Scripture

At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge.

answer.

Acts 22:1 Men, brothers, and fathers, hear you my defense which I make now to you.

Acts 25:16 To whom I answered, It is not the manner of the Romans to deliver …

1 Corinthians 9:3 My answer to them that do examine me is this,

2 Corinthians 7:11 For behold this selfsame thing, that you sorrowed after a godly sort, …

Philippians 1:7,17 Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have …

1 Peter 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts…

no.

2 Timothy 4:10 For Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is …

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

Psalm 31:11-13 I was a reproach among all my enemies, but especially among my neighbors, …

Mark 14:50 And they all forsook him, and fled.

John 16:32 Behold, the hour comes, yes, is now come, that you shall be scattered, …

I pray.

Acts 7:60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this …

(16) At my first answer no man stood with me . . .--And then, after the mention of what his enemy had done out of hatred to the cause of Christ, the old man passed on to speak of the conduct of his own familiar friends at that great public trial before--most probably--the city prfect: Prfectus Urbi, a nominee of the Emperor Nero. No one friend stood by him; no "advocate" pleaded his cause; no "procurator" (an official who performed the functions of the attorney in an English court) helped him in arranging and sifting the evidence; no "patronus" of any noble or powerful house gave him his countenance and support. The position of a well-known Christian leader accused in the year 66-67 was a critical one, and the friend who dared to stand by him would himself be in great danger. After the great fire of Rome, in A.D. 64, the Christians were looked upon as the enemies of the state, and were charged as the authors of that terrible disaster. Nero, to avert suspicion from himself, allowed the Christians to be accused and condemned as incendiaries. A great persecution, in which, as Tacitus tells, a very great multitude of the followers of Jesus perished, was the immediate result of the hateful charge. It is most probable that St. Paul, as a famous Nazarene leader, was eventually arrested as implicated in this crime, and brought to Rome. His implacable enemies among the Jews might well have been the agents who brought this about, and Alexander of the last verse was possibly principally concerned in this matter. But St. Paul, conscious of his own great peril, knew well that to stand by him now, implicated as he was in this net-work of false accusations, would be a service of the greatest danger; so he pleads for them, these weak, unnerved friends of his, who, through no ill-will to the cause, but solely from timidity, had deserted him, remembering, no doubt, his own Master, who, too, in His hour of deadly peril, had been forsaken. (See John 16:32, "Behold the hour cometh, yea is now come, that ye shall be scattered every man to his own, and ye shall leave Me alone.") But like his own Master, who proceeded to say, "Yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me," so St. Paul went on to tell Timothy neither was he alone, for One greater than any friend on earth stood by him.

Verse 16. - Detente for answer, A.V.; no one took my part for no man stood with me, A.V.; all for all men, A.V.; may it not for I pray God it may not, A.V.; account for charge, A.V. Defence (ἀπολογίᾳ). "The technical word in classical Greek for a defence in answer to an accusation;" as Acts 22:1 (where see note for further illustration), and Philippians 1:7. Took my part; παρεγένετο R.T., for συμπαρεγένετο T.R., which occurs elsewhere in the New Testament only in Luke 23:48, in a somewhat different sense. The simple παραγίνομαι is very common in the New Testament, but nowhere in the technical sense in which it is used here. In classical Greek both forms are common in the sense of "coming to aid," "standing by any one," "assisting." Here it represents the Latin assistere or adesse in its technical sense of "standing by" an accused person as friend or assistant, to aid and abet them in their defence. Powerful men sometimes brought such a multitude of assistants as to overawe the magistrate, as Orgetorix the Helvetian, when summoned to trial, appeared with ten thousand followers, and so there was no trial. Paul, like his Lord and Master, of whom it is written, "All his disciples forsook him and fled," had no one to stand with him in his hour of need. At my first answer no man stood with me,.... Meaning, that when he made his first defence against the charges laid unto him in one of the courts of judicature in Rome, no man appeared in his cause, to speak to his character, to be a witness for him, or plead his cause:

but all men forsook me; all his friends, all that came with him from Judea, or from Asia; see 2 Timothy 1:15 being timorous of coming into danger, and of the loss of their lives; as the disciples of Christ were, when he was apprehended, who all at that time forsook him and fled:

I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge; that this sin may not be imputed to them, or they be punished for it, but that it might be pardoned; so differently does he express himself on the account of these, than on the account of the coppersmith; he sinning through malice, wilfully and obstinately, these through surprise, temptation, and weakness. 16. At my first answer—that is, "defense" in court, at my first public examination. Timothy knew nothing of this, it is plain, till Paul now informs him. But during his former imprisonment at Rome, Timothy was with him (Php 1:1, 7). This must have been, therefore, a second imprisonment. He must have been set free before the persecution in A.D. 64, when the Christians were accused of causing the conflagration in Rome; for, had he been a prisoner then, he certainly would not have been spared. The tradition [Eusebius, Ecclesiastical History, 2.251] that he was finally beheaded, accords with his not having been put to death in the persecution, A.D. 64, when burning to death was the mode by which the Christians were executed, but subsequently to it. His "first" trial in his second imprisonment seems to have been on the charge of complicity in the conflagration; his absence from Rome may have been the ground of his acquittal on that charge; his final condemnation was probably on the charge of introducing a new and unlawful religion into Rome.

stood with me—Greek, "came forward with me" [Alford] as a friend and advocate.

may it not be laid to their charge—The position of "their," in the Greek, is emphatic. "May it not be laid to THEIR charge," for they were intimidated; their drawing back from me was not from bad disposition so much as from fear; it is sure to be laid to the charge of those who intimidated them. Still Paul, like Stephen, would doubtless have offered the same prayer for his persecutors themselves (Ac 7:60).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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