Thomson(i) 1 Do thou, therefore, my son, strengthen thyself with the favour which is in Christ Jesus; 2 and what thou hast heard from me, in the presence of many witnesses, commit thou to faithful men, who will be able to teach others. 3 Do thou therefore endure hardships as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 4 No one going to war entangleth himself with worldly affairs, that he may please him who hath inlisted him. 5 And if a man combateth in the public games, he is not crowned, unless he combat according' to the rules prescribed. 6 The husbandman must labour before he partaketh of the fruits. 7 Consider what I say, and may the 8 Lord grant thee understanding in all things. Remember Jesus Christ, of the seed of David, raised from the dead according to these glad tidings of mine 9 for which I suffer even to bonds, as a malefactor; but the word of God is not bound. 10 For this Cause I bear all things patiently for the sake of the chosen, that they also may obtain that salvation which is by Christ Jesus, with everlasting glory. 11 This is a faithful word. For if we have died with him, we shall also live with him. 12 If we suffer, we shall indeed reign with him. If we deny him, he will deny us. 13 If we are unfaithful, he will continue faithful; he cannot deny himself. 14 Bring these things to remembrance, giving a solemn charge in the presence of the Lord not to dispute about words. It answereth no useful purpose. It tendeth to the subversion of the hearers. 15 Study diligently to present thyself approved before God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed; handling rightly the word of truth. 16 And repress those profane empty declamations; for they will proceed on to farther impiety; 17 and like a gangrene the word of these men will spread, of whom are Hymeneus and Philetus, 18 who have swerved from the truth, saying that the resurrection is already past; and subvert the belief of some. 19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth firm, having this inscription""The Lord knoweth them who are his;" and "Let every one who nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity." 20 Now, in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and potter's clay; and some indeed for honourable uses and some for meaner purposes. 21 If any one therefore purify himself from these he will be a vessel for honour, set apart and suitable for the master, ready prepared for every good work. 22 Fly then the passions of youth and pursue righteousness, fidelity, love, peace with them who invoke the Lord with a pure heart. 23 And avoid foolish and ignorant debates, knowing that they generate strifes. 24 Now, the servant of the Lord ought not to be at strife; but ought to be gentle towards all, ready to teach, patient of ills, 25 with meekness instructing opposers: perhaps God may grant them a change of mind so as to acknowledge the truth, 26 and they who have been captivated by the devil for his pleasure, may rouse and escape from his snare.