2:1 Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
2:1 You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

2:2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.
2:2 And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.

2:3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
2:3 You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.

2:4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of [this] life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.
2:4 No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.

2:5 And if a man also strive for masteries, [yet] is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.
2:5 And also if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.

2:6 The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits.
2:6 The hard-working farmer must be first to partake of the crops.

2:7 Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.
2:7 Consider what I say, and may the Lord give you understanding in all things.

2:8 Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel:
2:8 Remember that Jesus Christ, of the seed of David, was raised from the dead according to my gospel,

2:9 Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, [even] unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound.
2:9 for which I suffer trouble as an evildoer, even to the point of chains; but the word of God is not chained.

2:10 Therefore I endure all things for the elect's sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.
2:10 Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.

2:11 [It is] a faithful saying: For if we be dead with [him], we shall also live with [him]:
2:11 This is a faithful saying: For if we died with Him, We shall also live with Him.

2:12 If we suffer, we shall also reign with [him]: if we deny [him], he also will deny us:
2:12 If we endure, We shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us.

2:13 If we believe not, [yet] he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.
2:13 If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself.

2:14 Of these things put [them] in remembrance, charging [them] before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, [but] to the subverting of the hearers.
2:14 Remind them of these things, charging them before the Lord not to strive about words to no profit, to the ruin of the hearers.

2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
2:15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

2:16 But shun profane [and] vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.
2:16 But shun profane and idle babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness.

2:17 And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus;
2:17 And their message will spread like cancer. Hymenaeus and Philetus are of this sort,

2:18 Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.
2:18 who have strayed concerning the truth, saying that the resurrection is already past; and they overthrow the faith of some.

2:19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
2:19 Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: "The Lord knows those who are His," and, "Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity."

2:20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.
2:20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor.

2:21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, [and] prepared unto every good work.
2:21 Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.

2:22 Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
2:22 Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

2:23 But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.
2:23 But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife.

2:24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all [men], apt to teach, patient,
2:24 And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient,

2:25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;
2:25 in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth,

2:26 And [that] they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.
2:26 and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.