2 Timothy 4:5
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New International Version
But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.

New Living Translation
But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don't be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you.

English Standard Version
As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

New American Standard Bible
But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

King James Bible
But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But as for you, be serious about everything, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

International Standard Version
But you must be clear-headed about everything. Endure suffering. Do the work of an evangelist. Devote yourself completely to your ministry.

NET Bible
You, however, be self-controlled in all things, endure hardship, do an evangelist's work, fulfill your ministry.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But you, be watchful in all things and endure hardships; do the work of an Evangelist and fulfill your ministry.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But you must keep a clear head in everything. Endure suffering. Do the work of a missionary. Devote yourself completely to your work.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But watch thou in all things, labour, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill thy ministry.

King James 2000 Bible
But you watch in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fully carry out your ministry.

American King James Version
But watch you in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of your ministry.

American Standard Version
But be thou sober in all things, suffer hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfil thy ministry.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But be thou vigilant, labour in all things, do the work of an evangelist, fulfil thy ministry. Be sober.

Darby Bible Translation
But *thou*, be sober in all things, bear evils, do [the] work of an evangelist, fill up the full measure of thy ministry.

English Revised Version
But be thou sober in all things, suffer hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill thy ministry.

Webster's Bible Translation
But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.

Weymouth New Testament
But as for you, you must exercise habitual self-control, and not live a self-indulgent life, but do the duty of an evangelist and fully discharge the obligations of your office.

World English Bible
But you be sober in all things, suffer hardship, do the work of an evangelist, and fulfill your ministry.

Young's Literal Translation
And thou -- watch in all things; suffer evil; do the work of one proclaiming good news; of thy ministration make full assurance,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

4:1-5 People will turn away from the truth, they will grow weary of the plain gospel of Christ, they will be greedy of fables, and take pleasure in them. People do so when they will not endure that preaching which is searching, plain, and to the purpose. Those who love souls must be ever watchful, must venture and bear all the painful effects of their faithfulness, and take all opportunities of making known the pure gospel.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 5. - Be thou sober for watch thou, A.V.; suffer hardship for endure afflictions, A.V.; fulfil for make full proof of, A.V. Be thou sober (νῆφε); as 1 Thessalonians 5:6, 8; 1 Peter 1:13; 1 Peter 4:7; 1 Peter 5:8. The adjective νηφάλιος occurs in 1 Timothy 3:2 (where see note), 11; Titus 2:2. Here "Be sober in all things" clearly does not refer to literal sobriety, which Timothy was in little danger of transgressing (l Timothy 5:23), but comprehends clearness, calmness, steadiness, and moderation in all things. Suffer hardship (κακοπάθησον); as 2 Timothy 2:3 (T.R.) and 9. An evangelist (εὐαγγελιστοῦ); one whose business it is to preach the gospel, according to Matthew 11:5. The verb εὐαγγελίζειν, "to preach the gospel," and αὐαγγέλιον, "the gospel," are of very frequent use in the New Testament. But εὐαγγελιστής, an evangelist. occurs elsewhere only in Acts 21:8 and Ephesians 4:11. Fulfil thy ministry. This is rather a weak rendering of the Greek πληροφόρησον, adopted also in the R.V. of Luke 1:1. The verb occurs elsewhere in Luke 1:1; Romans 4:21; Romans 14:5, and ver. 17 of this chapter. The phrase is metaphorical, but it is uncertain whether the metaphor is that of a ship borne along by full sails, or of full measure given. If the former is the metaphor, then the derived meaning, when applied to persons, is that of full persuasion, entire and implicit faith, which carries men forward in a bold and unwavering course; or, when applied to things, that of being undoubtedly believed. But if the metaphor is taken from "bringing full measure;" then the sense in the passive voice when applied to persons will be "to be fully satisfied," i.e. to have full assurance, and, when applied to things, "to be fully believed" (Liddell and Scott). Applying the last metaphor to the passage before us, the sense will be "discharge thy ministry to the fall." Let there be no stint of ministerial labour, but carry it out in its completeness, and to the end.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But watch thou in all things,.... Relating to himself, his doctrine, and conversation; and to others, to feed the flock of God under his care, to know the state of them, and care for them; to give the time of night, and notice of approaching danger, and see the laws of Christ put in execution; either in allusion to shepherds, who watch over their flocks night and day; or to watchmen that are upon the walls of cities, or go about them; or to the priests and Levites in the temple:

endure afflictions; the Alexandrian copy adds, "as a good soldier of Jesus Christ", as in 2 Timothy 2:3 meaning reproaches and persecutions for the sake of the Gospel, from without, and all trials and exercises from within, through the infirmities and ill conduct of the saints themselves; all which are to be endured patiently, cheerfully, and courageously; so as not to be moved by them to desist from the work of the ministry:

do the work of an evangelist; which may design either an officer, then in the church, distinct from apostles and prophets on the one hand, and pastors and teachers on the other; and was below the former, and above the latter; and was aiding and assisting to the apostles, and such an one Timothy may be thought to be: or it may intend a preacher of the Gospel in common; and to do the work of such an one is not to read lectures of morality, or to preach up justification and salvation by the works of the law; or to mix law and Gospel together, and confound them both; but to preach peace, pardon, righteousness, life, and salvation alone by Jesus Christ, and through the free grace of God:

make full proof of thy ministry: the work of the ministry, which lies in preaching the Gospel, and administering ordinances, and doing all the duties belonging to it, which is to fulfil it, or discharge it; and which gives full proof of a man's being a true and faithful minister of the word; particularly when he diligently and constantly attends to his work; seeks not his own things, but the things of Christ; cheerfully and patiently suffers for Christ and his Gospel, and lives an agreeable life and conversation.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

5. I am no longer here to withstand these things; be thou a worthy successor of me, no longer depending on me for counsel, but thine own master, and swimming without the corks [Calvin]; follow my steps, inherit their result, and the honor of their end [Alford].

watch thou—literally, "with the wakefulness of one sober."

in all things—on all occasions and under all circumstances (Tit 2:7).

endure affliction—suffer hardships [Alford].

evangelist—a missionary bishop preacher, and teacher.

make full proof of—fulfil in all its requirements, leaving nothing undone (Ac 12:25; Ro 15:19; Col 4:17).

2 Timothy 4:5 Additional Commentaries
Context
Preach the Word
4and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. 5But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. 6For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come.…
Cross References
Acts 21:8
Leaving the next day, we reached Caesarea and stayed at the house of Philip the evangelist, one of the Seven.

Ephesians 4:12
to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up

Colossians 4:17
Tell Archippus: "See to it that you complete the ministry you have received in the Lord."

2 Timothy 1:8
So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God.

2 Timothy 4:17
But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion's mouth.

1 Peter 1:13
Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming.
Treasury of Scripture

But watch you in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of your ministry.

watch.

Isaiah 56:9,10 All you beasts of the field, come to devour, yes, all you beasts …

Isaiah 62:6 I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never …

Jeremiah 6:17 Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Listen to the sound of the …

Ezekiel 3:17 Son of man, I have made you a watchman to the house of Israel: therefore …

Ezekiel 33:2,7 Son of man, speak to the children of your people, and say to them, …

Mark 13:34,37 For the Son of Man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his …

Luke 12:37 Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he comes shall find …

Acts 20:30,31 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, …

1 Thessalonians 5:6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.

Hebrews 13:17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for …

Revelation 3:2 Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready …

endure. See on ch.

2 Timothy 1:8 Be not you therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of …

2 Timothy 2:3,10 You therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ…

2 Timothy 3:10-12 But you have fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, …

an.

Acts 21:8 And the next day we that were of Paul's company departed, and came …

Ephesians 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; …

1 Timothy 4:12,15 Let no man despise your youth; but be you an example of the believers, …

make full proof of. or, fulfil.

Romans 15:19 Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; …

Colossians 1:25 Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God …

Colossians 4:17 And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which you have received …

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