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

King James Bible
Greatly desiring to see thee, being mindful of thy tears, that I may be filled with joy;

Darby Bible Translation
earnestly desiring to see thee, remembering thy tears, that I may be filled with joy;

World English Bible
longing to see you, remembering your tears, that I may be filled with joy;

Young's Literal Translation
desiring greatly to see thee, being mindful of thy tears, that with joy I may be filled,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Being mindful of thy tears - Whether the apostle refers to the affecting parting with the Ephesian Church, mentioned Acts 20:37, or to the deep impressions made on Timothy's heart when he instructed him in the doctrine of Christ crucified, or to some interview between themselves, it is not certainly known. The mention of this by the apostle is no small proof of his most affectionate regards for Timothy, whom he appears to have loved as a father loves his only son.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


2 Timothy 4:9,21 Do your diligence to come shortly to me...

Romans 1:11 For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, to the end you may be established;

Romans 15:30-32 Now I beseech you, brothers, for the Lord Jesus Christ's sake, and for the love of the Spirit...

Philippians 1:8 For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ.

Philippians 2:26 For he longed after you all, and was full of heaviness, because that you had heard that he had been sick.

1 Thessalonians 2:17-20 But we, brothers, being taken from you for a short time in presence, not in heart...

1 Thessalonians 3:1 Why when we could no longer forbear, we thought it good to be left at Athens alone;


Acts 20:19,31,37,38 Serving the LORD with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and temptations, which befell me by the lying in wait of the Jews...

Revelation 7:17 For the Lamb which is in the middle of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them to living fountains of waters...

Revelation 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying...


Psalm 126:5 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.

Isaiah 61:3 To appoint to them that mourn in Zion, to give to them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning...

Jeremiah 31:13 Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, both young men and old together: for I will turn their mourning into joy...

John 16:22,24 And you now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man takes from you...

1 John 1:4 And these things write we to you, that your joy may be full.

The Form of Sound Words
The Apostle most earnestly admonished Timothy to "hold fast the form of sound words which he had heard of him in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus." I do not suppose that by this it is intended that Paul ever wrote out for Timothy a list of doctrines; or that he gave him a small abstract of divinity, to which he desired him to subscribe his name, as the articles of the church over which he was made a pastor. If so, doubtless the document would have been preserved and enrolled in the canons
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 2: 1856

In Death and after Death
A sadder picture could scarcely be drawn than that of the dying Rabbi Jochanan ben Saccai, that "light of Israel" immediately before and after the destruction of the Temple, and for two years the president of the Sanhedrim. We read in the Talmud (Ber. 28 b) that, when his disciples came to see him on his death-bed, he burst into tears. To their astonished inquiry why he, "the light of Israel, the right pillar of the Temple, and its mighty hammer," betrayed such signs of fear, he replied: "If I were
Alfred Edersheim—Sketches of Jewish Social Life

The Final Arrest
Paul's work among the churches after his acquittal at Rome, could not escape the observation of his enemies. Since the beginning of the persecution under Nero the Christians had everywhere been a proscribed sect. After a time the unbelieving Jews conceived the idea of fastening upon Paul the crime of instigating the burning of Rome. Not one of them thought for a moment that he was guilty; but they knew that such a charge, made with the faintest show of plausibility, would seal his doom. Through their
Ellen Gould White—The Acts of the Apostles

The Communion of Saints.
"The Saints on earth, and those above, But one communion make; Joined to their Lord in bonds of love, All of His grace partake." The history of the extension of the Church of Christ from one land to another, and of the successive victories won by the Cross over heathen races from age to age, gives by itself a very imperfect idea of the meaning of the words "The Holy Catholic Church." Because, with the outward extension of the Church, its influence upon the inner man needs always to be considered.
Edward Burbidge—The Kingdom of Heaven; What is it?

Cross References
Acts 20:37
They all wept as they embraced him and kissed him.

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

2 Timothy 4:21
Do your best to get here before winter. Eubulus greets you, and so do Pudens, Linus, Claudia and all the brothers and sisters.

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