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.

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!

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.

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,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

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.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

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.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

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, &c.; 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).

2 Timothy 4:7 Additional Commentaries
Context
Preach the Word
6For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. 7I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; 8in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.
Cross References
Acts 20:24
However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me--the task 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 gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.

1 Corinthians 9:25
Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.

1 Corinthians 9:26
Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air.

Galatians 2:2
I went in response to a revelation and, meeting privately with those esteemed as leaders, I presented to them the gospel that I preach among the Gentiles. I wanted to be sure I was not running and had not been running my race in vain.

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

1 Timothy 1:18
Timothy, my son, I am giving you this command in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by recalling them you may fight the battle well,

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 your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

2 Timothy 3:10
You, however, know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance,

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

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