2 Timothy 2:5
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English Standard Version
An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.

King James Bible
And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.

American Standard Version
And if also a man contend in the games, he is not crowned, except he have contended lawfully.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For he also that striveth for the mastery, is not crowned, except he strive lawfully.

English Revised Version
And if also a man contend in the games, he is not crowned, except he have contended lawfully.

Webster's Bible Translation
And if a man also striveth for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he striveth lawfully.

Weymouth New Testament
And if any one takes part in an athletic contest, he gets no prize unless he obeys the rules.

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Vincent's Word Studies

Strive for masteries (ἀθλῇ)

N.T.o. olxx. Paul uses ἀγωνίζεσθαι (see 1 Corinthians 9:25), which appears also in 1 Timothy 4:10; 1 Timothy 6:12; 2 Timothy 4:7. For masteries is superfluous. Rev. contend in the games; but the meaning of the verb is not limited to that. It may mean to contend in battle; and the preceding reference to the soldier would seem to suggest that meaning here. The allusion to crowning is not decisive in favor of the Rev. rendering. Among the Romans crowns were the highest distinction for service in war. The corona triumphalis of laurel was presented to a triumphant general; and the corona obsidionalis was awarded to a general by the army which he had saved from a siege or from a shameful capitulation. It was woven of grass which grew on the spot, and was also called corona graminea. The corona myrtea or ovatio, the crown of bay, was worn by the general who celebrated the lesser triumph or ovatio. The golden corona muralis, with embattled ornaments, was given for the storming of a wall; and the corona castrensis or vallaris, also of gold, and ornamented in imitation of palisades, was awarded to the soldier who first climbed the rampart of the enemy's camp.

Is he not crowned (οὐ στεφανοῦται)

The verb only here and Hebrews 2:7, Hebrews 2:9. For στέφανος crown, see on Revelation 2:9; see on Revelation 4:4; see on 1 Peter 5:4. Paul has στέφανον λαβεῖν, 1 Corinthians 9:25.

Lawfully (νομίμως)

Pasto. See 1 Timothy 1:8. According to the law of military service which requires him to abandon all other pursuits. So the law of the ministerial office requires that the minister shall not entangle himself with secular pursuits. If he fulfills this requirement, he is not to trouble himself about his worldly maintenance, for it is right that he should draw his support from his ministerial labor: nay, he has the first right to its material fruits.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

strive.

Luke 13:24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say to you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.

1 Corinthians 9:24-27 Know you not that they which run in a race run all, but one receives the prize? So run, that you may obtain...

Philippians 1:15 Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will:

Colossians 1:29 Whereunto I also labor, striving according to his working, which works in me mightily.

Hebrews 12:4 You have not yet resisted to blood, striving against sin.

is he.

2 Timothy 4:7,8 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith...

Hebrews 2:7,9 You made him a little lower than the angels; you crowned him with glory and honor, and did set him over the works of your hands...

James 1:12 Blessed is the man that endures temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life...

1 Peter 5:4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, you shall receive a crown of glory that fades not away.

Revelation 2:10 Fear none of those things which you shall suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that you may be tried...

Revelation 3:11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which you have, that no man take your crown.

Revelation 4:4,10 And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and on the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment...

Cross References
1 Corinthians 9:25
Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.

2 Timothy 4:8
Henceforth 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.

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