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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - 2 Timothy 2:4


    CHAPTERS: 2 Timothy 1, 2, 3, 4     

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    King James Bible - 2 Timothy 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.

    World English Bible

    No soldier on duty entangles himself in the affairs of
    life, that he may please him who enrolled him as a soldier.

    Douay-Rheims - 2 Timothy 2:4

    No man, being a soldier to God, entangleth himself with secular businesses; that he may please him to whom he hath engaged himself.

    Webster's Bible Translation

    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.

    Greek Textus Receptus


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    VERSE (4) -
    De 20:5-7 Lu 9:59-62

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 2:4

    Ninguno que milita se enreda en los negocios de esta vida por agradar a aquel que lo tom por soldado.

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - 2 Timothy 2:4

    Verse 4. No man that warreth entangleth, &c.] It is well remarked by Grotius, on this passage, that the legionary
    soldiers among the Romans were not permitted to engage in husbandry, merchandise, mechanical employments, or any thing that might be inconsistent with their calling.

    Many canons, at different times, have been made to prevent ecclesiastics from intermeddling with secular employments. The who will preach the Gospel thoroughly, and wishes to give full proof of his ministry, had need to have no other work. He should be wholly in this thing, that his profiting may appear unto all. There are many who sin against this direction. They love the world, and labour for it, and are regardless of the souls committed to their charge. But what are they, either in number or guilt, compared to the immense herd of men professing to be Christian ministers, who neither read nor study, and consequently never improve? These are too conscientious to meddle with secular affairs, and yet have no scruple of conscience to while away time, be among the chief in needless self-indulgence, and, by their burdensome and monotonous ministry, become an incumbrance to the Church! Do you inquire: In what sect or party are these to be found? I answer: In ALL. Idle drones:- Fruges consumere nati, "Born to consume the produce of the soil," disgrace every department in the Christian Church. They cannot teach because they will not learn.


    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 4. No man that warreth , etc.] Who is a soldier, and gives himself up to military service, in a literal sense: the Vulgate Latin version, without any authority, adds, to God; as if the apostle was speaking of a spiritual warfare; whereas he is illustrating a spiritual warfare by a corporeal one; and observes, that no one, that is in a military state, entangleth himself with the affairs of this life ; with civil affairs, in distinction from military ones. The Roman soldiers might not follow any trade or business of life, or be concerned in husbandry, or merchandise of any sort, but were wholly to attend to military exercises, and to the orders of their general; for to be employed in any secular business was reckoned an entangling of them, a taking of them off from, and an hindrance to their military discipline: and by this the apostle suggests that Christ's people, his soldiers, and especially his ministers, should not he involved and implicated in worldly affairs and cares; for no man can serve two masters, God and mammon; but should wholly give up themselves to the work and service to which they are called; and be ready to part with all worldly enjoyments, and cheerfully suffer the loss of all things, when called to it, for the sake of Christ and his Gospel: that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier ; his captain, or general, who has enlisted him, enrolled and registered him among his soldiers; whom to please should be his chief concern; as it should be the principal thing attended to by a Christian soldier, or minister of the Gospel, not to please men, nor to please himself, by seeking his own ease and rest, his worldly emoluments and advantages, but to please the Lord Christ, in whose book his name is written.

    Matthew Henry Commentary

    Verses 1-7 - As our
    trials increase, we need to grow stronger in that which is good our faith stronger, our resolution stronger, our love to God and Chris stronger. This is opposed to our being strong in our own strength. All Christians, but especially ministers, must be faithful to their Captain, and resolute in his cause. The great care of a Christian mus be to please Christ. We are to strive to get the mastery of our lust and corruptions, but we cannot expect the prize unless we observe the laws. We must take care that we do good in a right manner, that ou good may not be spoken evil of. Some who are active, spend their zea about outward forms and doubtful disputations. But those who striv lawfully shall be crowned at last. If we would partake the fruits, we must labour; if we would gain the prize, we must run the race. We mus do the will of God, before we receive the promises, for which reason we have need of patience. Together with our prayers for others, that the Lord would give them understanding in all things, we must exhort an stir them up to consider what they hear or read.


    Greek Textus Receptus


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    Vincent's NT Word Studies

    4. That warreth (strateuomenov). Better, when engaged in
    warfare. Rev. no soldier on service. In Paul, 1 Cor. ix. 7; 2 Cor. x. 3. In Pastorals only here and 1 Tim. i. 18.

    Entangleth himself (empleketai). Only here and 2 Pet. ii. 20 (see note). This has been made an argument for clerical celibacy.

    In the affairs of this life (taiv tou biou pragmatiaiv). Better, affairs of life. Not as A.V. verse implies, in contrast with the affairs of the next life, but simply the ordinary occupations of life. In N.T., biov means either means of subsistence, as Mark. xii. 44; Luke viii. 43; 1 John iii. 17; or course of life, as Luke viii. 14. Biov P o .

    Him who hath chosen him to be a soldier (tw stratologhsanti). N.T.o . o LXX. Better, enrolled him as a soldier.


    Robertson's NT Word Studies

    2:4 {No soldier on service} (oudeis strateuomenos). "No one serving as a soldier." See #1Co 9:7 for this old verb and #2Co 10:3; 1Ti 1:18 for the metaphorical use. {Entangleth himself} (empleketai). Old compound, to inweave (see #Mt 27:29 for plekw), in N.T. only here and #2Pe 2:20. Present middle (direct) indicative. {In the affairs} (tais pragmateiais). Old word (from pragmateuomai, #Lu 19:13), business, occupation, only here in N.T. {Of this life} (tou biou). No " this " in the Greek, "of life" (course of life as in #1Ti 2:2, not existence z"). {Him who enrolled him as a soldier} (twi stratologesanti). Dative case after aresei (first aorist active subjunctive of areskw, to please, #1Th 2:4, purpose clause with hina) of the articular first aorist active participle of stratologew, literary _Koin_ word (stratologos, from stratos and legw), only here in N.T.


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