2 Timothy 4:7
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New International Version
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

New Living Translation
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful.

English Standard Version
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

Berean Study Bible
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

Berean Literal Bible
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

New American Standard Bible
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith;

King James Bible
I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

International Standard Version
I have fought the good fight. I have completed the race. I have kept the faith.

NET Bible
I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith!

New Heart English Bible
I have fought the good fight. I have finished the course. I have kept the faith.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
I have fought an excellent fight; I have finished my race and I have kept my faith.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I have fought the good fight. I have completed the race. I have kept the faith.

New American Standard 1977
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith;

Jubilee Bible 2000
I have fought a good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith;

King James 2000 Bible
I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

American King James Version
I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

American Standard Version
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith:

Douay-Rheims Bible
I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.

Darby Bible Translation
I have combated the good combat, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

English Revised Version
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith:

Webster's Bible Translation
I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

Weymouth New Testament
I have gone through the glorious contest; I have run the race; I have guarded the faith.

World English Bible
I have fought the good fight. I have finished the course. I have kept the faith.

Young's Literal Translation
the good strife I have striven, the course I have finished, the faith I have kept,
Study Bible
Preach the Word
6For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. 7I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8From now on the crown of righteousness is laid up for me, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but to all who crave His appearing.…
Cross References
Acts 20:24
But I consider my life of no value to myself, if only I may finish my course and complete the ministry I have received from the Lord Jesus--the ministry of testifying to the good news of God's grace.

1 Corinthians 9:24
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way as to take the prize.

1 Corinthians 9:25
Everyone who competes in the games trains with strict discipline. They do it for a crown that is perishable, but we do it for a crown that is imperishable.

1 Corinthians 9:26
Therefore I do not run aimlessly; I do not fight like I am beating the air.

Galatians 2:2
I went in response to a revelation and set before them the gospel that I preach among the Gentiles. But I spoke privately to those recognized as leaders, for fear that I was running or had already run in vain.

Philippians 1:30
since you are encountering the same struggle you saw I had, and now hear that I still have.

1 Timothy 1:18
Timothy, my child, I entrust you with this command in keeping with the previous prophecies about you, so that by them you may fight the good fight,

1 Timothy 6:12
Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made the good confession before many witnesses.

2 Timothy 3:10
You, however, have observed my teaching, my conduct, my purpose, my faith, my patience, my love, my endurance,

Revelation 6:11
Then each of them was given a white robe and told to rest a little while longer, until the full number of their fellow servants, their brothers, were killed, just as they had been killed.
Treasury of Scripture

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

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1 Timothy 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto …

I have finished.

John 4:34 Jesus said to them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, …

Acts 13:25 And as John fulfilled his course, he said, Whom think you that I …

Acts 20:24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear to …

1 Corinthians 9:24-27 Know you not that they which run in a race run all, but one receives …

Philippians 3:13,14 Brothers, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing …

Hebrews 12:1,2 Why seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, …

I have kept.

2 Timothy 1:14 That good thing which was committed to you keep by the Holy Ghost …

Proverbs 23:23 Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.

Luke 8:15 But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good …

Luke 11:28 But he said, Yes rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, …

John 17:6 I have manifested your name to the men which you gave me out of the …

1 Timothy 6:20 O Timothy, keep that which is committed to your trust, avoiding profane …

Revelation 3:8,10 I know your works: behold, I have set before you an open door, and …

(7) I have fought a good fight.--More accurately, more forcibly rendered, the good fight. St. Paul changes the metaphor, and adopts his old favourite one, so familiar to all Gentile readers, of the athlete contending in the games. First, he speaks generally of the combatant, the charioteer, and the runner. "I have fought the good fight," leaving it undetermined what description of strife or contest was referred to. The tense of the Greek verb--the perfect--"I have fought," is remarkable. The struggle had been bravely sustained in the past, and was now being equally bravely sustained to the end. His claim to the crown (2Timothy 4:8) was established.

I have finished my course.--Or "race," for here the image of the stadium, the Olympic race-course, was occupying the Apostle's thoughts. Again the perfect is used: "I have finished my course." How, asks, Chrysostom, "had he finished his course?" and answers rather rhetorically by replying that he had made the circuit of the world. The question is better answered in St. Paul's own words (Acts 20:24), where he explains "his course," which he would finish with joy, as the ministry which he had received of the Lord Jesus.

I have kept the faith.--Here, again, the metaphor is changed, and St. Paul looks back on his lived life as on one long, painful struggle to guard the treasure of the Catholic faith inviolate and untarnished (see 1Timothy 6:20). And now the struggle was over, and he handed on the sacred deposit, safe. It is well to compare this passage with the words of the same Apostle in the Epistle to the Philippians (2Timothy 3:12, and following verses). The same metaphors were in the Apostle's mind on both occasions; but in the first instance (in the Philippian Epistle) they were used by the anxious, care worn servant of the Lord, hoping and, at the same time, fearing what the future had in store for him and his Church; in the second (in the Epistle to Timothy) they were the expression of the triumphant conviction of the dying follower of Christ, who had so followed his loved Master in life, that he now shrank not from following the same Master in death.

Verse 7. - The for a, A.V.; the for my, A.V. I have fought the good fight; as 1 Timothy 6:12 (τὸν ἀγῶνα τὸν καλόν), meaning that, however honourable the contests of the games were deemed, the Christian contest was far more honourable than them all. The word "fight" does not adequately express by agora, which embraces all kinds of contests - chariot race, foot race, wrestling, etc. "I have played out the honourable game" would give the sense, though inelegantly. The course (τὸν δρόμον); Acts 13:25; Acts 20:24. The runner in the race had a definite δρόμος, or course to run, marked out for him. St. Paul's life was that course, and he knew that he had run it out. I have kept the faith. St. Paul here quits metaphor and explains the foregoing figures. Through his long eventful course, in spite of all difficulties, conflicts, dangers, and temptations, he had kept the faith of Jesus Christ committed to him, inviolable, unadulterated, whole, and complete. He had not shrunk from confessing it when death stared him in the face; he had not corrupted it to meet the views of Jews or Gentiles; with courage and resolution and perseverance he had kept it to the end. Oh! let Timothy do the same. I have fought a good fight,.... The fight of faith; the same as in 1 Timothy 6:10; see Gill on 1 Timothy 6:10,

I have finished my course, or race; the race of life set before him, his course of years; his days were extinct, the grave was ready for him, and he for that; his last sands were dropping, and he was just going the way of all flesh; or else he means the course of his ministry, which he desired to finish with joy, and was now finishing; Acts 13:25 he was now got to the end of his line, to Rome, where he was to be a martyr for Christ, Acts 23:11 so that he now concluded his work was done, and his warfare accomplished:

I have kept the faith; by which he means, not so much the grace of faith, that was kept by Christ, the object, author, and finisher of it, and through his effectual grace and powerful intercession; but rather the profession of faith, which he had held fast without wavering; and chiefly the doctrine of faith, which was committed to his trust, which he had kept pure and incorrupt against all opposition; unless his faithfulness and integrity in the ministerial work should be thought rather to be intended; and which sense is favoured by the Syriac and Ethiopic versions, which render it, "I have kept my faith"; or have been faithful to my trust, as a good steward of the mysteries of God; not concealing and keeping back any thing that was profitable, but declaring the whole counsel of God; and now what remained for him was the crown of righteousness; and this he says for the comfort and encouragement and imitation of Timothy and others. The phrase seems to be Jewish; it is said (y) by the Jews, that he that does not keep the feast of unleavened bread, is as he who does not , "keep the faith of the holy blessed God".

(y) Zohar in Exod. fol. 51. 2.7. "I have striven the good strife"; the Greek is not restricted to a fight, but includes any competitive contest, for example, that of the racecourse (1Ti 6:12 [Alford]; 1Co 9:24, etc.; Heb 12:1, 2).

kept the faith—the Christian faith committed to me as a believer and an apostle (compare 2Ti 1:14; Re 2:10; 3:10).4:6-8 The blood of the martyrs, though not a sacrifice of atonement, yet was a sacrifice of acknowledgment to the grace of God and his truth. Death to a good man, is his release from the imprisonment of this world, and his departure to the enjoyments of another world. As a Christian, and a minister, Paul had kept the faith, kept the doctrines of the gospel. What comfort will it afford, to be able to speak in this manner toward the end of our days! The crown of believers is a crown of righteousness, purchased by the righteousness of Christ. Believers have it not at present, yet it is sure, for it is laid up for them. The believer, amidst poverty, pain, sickness, and the agonies of death, may rejoice; but if the duties of a man's place and station are neglected, his evidence of interest in Christ will be darkened, and uncertainty and distress may be expected to cloud and harass his last hours.
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