2 Timothy 3:10-11
But you have fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, long-suffering, charity, patience,…
In that Paul propounds his own example for Timothy to consider and follow. That the pious example of the godly must be imitated by us. Younger ministers especially must observe the doctrine and conversation, the pious ways and walking of the elder and graver ministers, and must follow them. Aged Paul propounds his virtues to young Timothy for imitation. Many young men praise the gravity, solidity, wisdom, industry, mortification, and self-denial of ancient ministers, but they do not follow them. They deal by them as the world doth by honesty, they praise it, but they never practise it. As Gideon said to his soldiers (Judges 7:17), "Look upon me, and do likewise"; so you that are young and unsettled, rash, and conceited, look upon the doctrine, discipline, hair, habit, ways and works of the holy, and the grave; follow them now you are young, and then you will be good long. Great is the power of the example of superiors.
(T. Hall, B. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience,