2 Timothy 4:9
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New International Version
Do your best to come to me quickly,

New Living Translation
Timothy, please come as soon as you can.

English Standard Version
Do your best to come to me soon.

Berean Study Bible
Make every effort to come to me quickly,

Berean Literal Bible
Be diligent to come to me quickly,

New American Standard Bible
Make every effort to come to me soon;

King James Bible
Do thy diligence to come shortly unto me:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Make every effort to come to me soon,

International Standard Version
Do your best to come to me soon,

NET Bible
Make every effort to come to me soon.

New Heart English Bible
Be diligent to come to me soon,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Let it be your concern to come quickly to me.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Hurry to visit me soon.

New American Standard 1977
Make every effort to come to me soon;

Jubilee Bible 2000
Procure to come shortly unto me;

King James 2000 Bible
Do your diligence to come shortly unto me:

American King James Version
Do your diligence to come shortly to me:

American Standard Version
Give diligence to come shortly unto me:

Douay-Rheims Bible
For Demas hath left me, loving this world, and is gone to Thessalonica:

Darby Bible Translation
Use diligence to come to me quickly;

English Revised Version
Do thy diligence to come shortly unto me:

Webster's Bible Translation
Do thy diligence to come shortly to me:

Weymouth New Testament
Make an effort to come to me speedily.

World English Bible
Be diligent to come to me soon,

Young's Literal Translation
Be diligent to come unto me quickly,
Study Bible
Personal Concerns
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. 9Make every effort to come to me quickly, 10because Demas, in his love of this world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, and Titus to Dalmatia.…
Cross References
Luke 12:58
Make every effort to reconcile with your adversary while you are on your way to the magistrate. Otherwise, he may drag you off to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and the officer may throw you into prison.

2 Timothy 1:4
Recalling your tears, I long to see you so that I may be filled with joy.

2 Timothy 4:21
Make every effort to come to me before winter. Eubulus sends you greetings, as do Pudens, Linus, Claudia, and all the brothers.

Titus 3:12
As soon as I send Artemas or Tychicus to you, make every effort to come to me at Nicopolis, because I have decided to winter there.
Treasury of Scripture

Do your diligence to come shortly to me:

2 Timothy 4:21 Do your diligence to come before winter. Eubulus greets you, and …

2 Timothy 1:4 Greatly desiring to see you, being mindful of your tears, that I …

(9) Do thy diligence to come shortly.--Such a request as this would--had we no other arguments--tell us that no forger ever wrote this Epistle. Who would ever have dreamed of putting into the letter such a request as this, after those solemn expressions of the last few verses, in which the Apostle spoke of himself as even then tasting the bitterness of death? He had been writing as though the martyr's death was so imminent that the preparations were already being made for it. This request to Timothy to come to him, after he had written such thoughts down, is at first sight strange, and one certainly which no forger would have appended to the writing. But though the forger would never have thought of such a summons, St. Paul might. He still lived, and the thought of life and the hope of life even in that brave Christ-loving heart still burned; after all, the martyrdom which seemed so close at hand might be delayed. Days, months, might drag on their slow, weary length, and still find the old man languishing and solitary in his chains in that dreary prison. He longed to see some of his faithful companions once more, and for the last time to bid them with his own mouth to be faithful and brave. So, as it were, hoping against hope, he dictates on the last pages of the letter, "Do thy diligence," or better, "earnestly endeavour to come shortly to me." His loving wish to see Timothy again appears from the words of 2Timothy 1:4 : "greatly desiring to see thee;" and again from 2Timothy 4:21. "Do thy diligence to come before winter." And some have seen in the expression, "being mindful of thy tears," in 2Timothy 1:4 (to which we have given, however, a different interpretation), a reciprocal anxiety on the part of Timothy to see and speak again with his old master. But St. Paul, though he begged him to hasten his journey as much as possible, and still, though all seemed so dark around him, hoped to see him again, framed the charge of the last letter in such a way that Timothy, if when he reached Rome, should find that all was over, might know what were his master's last wishes and directions. On the natural human longing for sympathy in the supreme hour, compare our blessed Lord's words to Peter, James, and John (Matthew 26:38): "My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with Me."

Verse 9. - Do thy diligence (σπούδασον); see ch. 2:15, note. St. Paul's affectionate longing for Timothy's company in present danger and desertion is very touching. (For the chronological bearing of this passage, see Introduction.) Do thy diligence to come shortly unto me. From Ephesus, where Timothy was, to Rome, where the apostle was; and this request did not arise purely from a desire of seeing Timothy, as in 2 Timothy 1:4 but rather because he had some things to say to him, relating to the care of the churches and the good of the interest of Christ, which he chose not to write with ink and paper; and he desires the rather that he would use diligence, and hasten his coming to him; partly because winter was coming on, when travelling would not be so safe and comfortable, 2 Timothy 4:21 and partly because the time of his death was at hand, 2 Timothy 4:7 and also because he was almost alone. 9. (2Ti 4:21; 2Ti 1:4, 8.) Timothy is asked to come to be a comfort to Paul, and also to be strengthened by Paul, for carrying on the Gospel work after Paul's decease.4:9-13 The love of this world, is often the cause of turning back from the truths and ways of Jesus Christ. Paul was guided by Divine inspiration, yet he would have his books. As long as we live, we must still learn. The apostles did not neglect human means, in seeking the necessaries of life, or their own instruction. Let us thank the Divine goodness in having given us so many writings of wise and pious men in all ages; and let us seek that by reading them our profiting may appear to all.
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