2 Timothy 2:4
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English Standard Version
No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him.

King James Bible
No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.

American Standard Version
No soldier on service entangleth himself in the affairs of this life; that he may please him who enrolled him as a soldier.

Douay-Rheims Bible
No man, being a soldier to God, entangleth himself with secular businesses; that he may please him to whom he hath engaged himself.

English Revised Version
No soldier on service entangleth himself in the affairs of this life; that he may please him who enrolled him as a soldier.

Webster's Bible Translation
No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.

Weymouth New Testament
Every one who serves as a soldier keeps himself from becoming entangled in the world's business--so that he may satisfy the officer who enlisted him.

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Vincent's Word Studies

That warreth (στρατευόμενος)

Better, when engaged in warfare. Rev. no soldier on service. In Paul, 1 Corinthians 9:7; 2 Corinthians 10:3. In Pastorals only here and 1 Timothy 1:18.

Entangleth himself (ἐμπλέκεται)

Only here and 2 Peter 2:20 (see note). This has been made an argument for clerical celibacy.

In the affairs of this life (ταῖς τοῦ βίου πραγματίαις)

Better, affairs of life. Not as A.V. verse implies, in contrast with the affairs of the next life, but simply the ordinary occupations of life. In N.T., βίος means either means of subsistence, as Mark 12:44; Luke 8:43; 1 John 3:17; or course of life, as Luke 8:14. Βίος Po.

Him who hath chosen him to be a soldier (τῷ στρατολογήσαντι)

N.T.o. olxx. Better, enrolled him as a soldier.

2 Timothy 2:4 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

that warreth.

Deuteronomy 20:5-7 And the officers shall speak to the people, saying, What man is there that has built a new house, and has not dedicated it...

Luke 9:59-62 And he said to another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father...

entangleth.

2 Timothy 4:10 For Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed to Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia.

Luke 8:14 And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth...

1 Corinthians 9:25,26 And every man that strives for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown...

1 Timothy 6:9-12 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts...

2 Peter 2:20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ...

that he.

1 Corinthians 7:22,23 For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord's freeman: likewise also he that is called, being free...

2 Corinthians 5:9 Why we labor, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.

1 Thessalonians 2:4 But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God...

Cross References
Galatians 5:1
For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.

2 Peter 2:20
For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world through the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first.

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