henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of the righteousness that the Lord -- the Righteous Judge -- shall give to me in that day, and not only to me, but also to all those loving his manifestation.
2 Timothy 4:8 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown - This I can claim as my due; but the crown I expect is not one of fading leaves, but a crown of righteousness; the reward which God, in his kindness, has promised to them who are faithful to the grace he has bestowed upon them.
The Lord, the righteous Judge - He alludes here to the brabeus, or umpire in the Grecian games, whose office it was to declare the victor, and to give the crown.
At that day - The day of judgment; the morning of the resurrection from the dead.
Unto all them also that love his appearing - All who live in expectation of the coming of Christ, who anticipate it with joyfulness, having buried the world and laid up all their hopes above. Here is a reward, but it is a reward not of debt but of grace; for it is by the grace of God that even an apostle is fitted for glory. And this reward is common to the faithful; it is given, not only to apostles, but to all them that love his appearing. This crown is laid up - it is in view, but not in possession. We must die first.
I have several times noted the allusions of St. Paul to the Greek poets, and such as seemed to argue that he quoted immediately from them. There is a passage in the Alcestis of Euripides, in which the very expressions used here by the apostle are found, and spoken on the occasion of a wife laying down her life for her husband, when both his parents had refused to do it.
Ουκ ηθελησας ουδ' ετολμησας θανειν
Του σου προ παιδος· αλλα την δ' ειασατε
Γυναικ' οθνειαν, ἡν εγω και μητερα
Πατερα τε γ' ενδικως αν ἡγοιμην μονην·
Και τοι καλον γ' αν τανδ' αγων' ηγωνισω,
Του σου προ παιδος κατθανων.
Alcest. v. 644.
"Thou wouldst not, neither darest thou to die for thy son; but hast suffered this strange woman to do it, whom I justly esteem to be alone my father and mother: thou wouldst have fought a good fight hadst thou died for thy son."
See Sophocles and Aeschylus, quoted 1 Timothy 6:15.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Psalm 31:19 Oh how great is your goodness, which you have laid up for them that fear you...
Matthew 6:19,20 Lay not up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust does corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal...
Colossians 1:5 For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel;
1 Timothy 6:19 Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.
2 Timothy 2:5 And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.
Proverbs 4:9 She shall give to your head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to you.
1 Corinthians 9:25 And every man that strives for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown...
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 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...
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2 Timothy 4:1 I charge you therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;
Genesis 18:25 That be far from you to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked...
Psalm 7:11 God judges the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.
Romans 2:5 But after your hardness and impenitent heart treasure up to yourself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation...
2 Thessalonians 1:5,6 Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God...
Revelation 19:11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat on him was called Faithful and True...
2 Timothy 1:12,18 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed...
Malachi 3:17 And they shall be mine, said the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them...
Matthew 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name? and in your name have cast out devils?...
Matthew 24:36 But of that day and hour knows no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
Luke 10:12 But I say to you, that it shall be more tolerable in that day for Sodom, than for that city.
1 Thessalonians 5:4 But you, brothers, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
Romans 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves...
1 Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written, Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man...
2 Corinthians 5:2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed on with our house which is from heaven:
1 Thessalonians 1:10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.
Titus 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ;
Hebrews 9:28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many...
Revelation 1:7 Behold, he comes with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him...
Revelation 22:20 He which testifies these things said, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
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