1 You therefore, my ason, bbe strong in the grace that is in cChrist Jesus. 2 The things awhich you have heard from me in the presence of bmany witnesses, centrust these to dfaithful men who will be eable to teach others also. 3 aSuffer hardship with me, as a good bsoldier of cChrist Jesus. 4 No soldier in active service aentangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier. 5 Also if anyone acompetes as an athlete, he does not win the prize unless he competes according to the rules. 6 aThe hard-working farmer ought to be the first to receive his share of the crops. 7 Consider what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything. 8 Remember Jesus Christ, arisen from the dead, bdescendant of David, caccording to my gospel, 9 for which I asuffer hardship even to bimprisonment as a ccriminal; but dthe word of God eis not imprisoned. 10 For this reason aI endure all things for bthe sake of those who are chosen, cso that they also may obtain the dsalvation which is in eChrist Jesus and with it feternal glory. 11 aIt is a trustworthy statement: For bif we died with Him, we will also live with Him; 12 If we endure, awe will also reign with Him; If we bdeny Him, He also will deny us; 13 If we are faithless, aHe remains faithful, for bHe cannot deny Himself. 14 Remind them of these things, and solemnly acharge them in the presence of God not to bwrangle about words, which is useless and leads to the ruin of the hearers. 15 Be diligent to apresent yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling bthe word of truth. 16 But aavoid bworldly and empty chatter, for it will lead to further ungodliness, 17 and their talk will spread like gangrene. Among them are aHymenaeus and Philetus, 18 men who have gone astray from the truth saying that athe resurrection has already taken place, and they upset bthe faith of some. 19 Nevertheless, the afirm foundation of God stands, having this bseal, "cThe Lord knows those who are His," and, "dEveryone who names the name of the Lord is to abstain from wickedness." 20 Now in a large house there are not only gold and silver vessels, but also vessels of wood and of earthenware, and asome to honor and some to dishonor. 21 Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from athese things, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, bprepared for every good work. 22 Now aflee from youthful lusts and pursue righteousness, bfaith, love and peace, with those who ccall on the Lord dfrom a pure heart. 23 But refuse foolish and ignorant aspeculations, knowing that they bproduce quarrels. 24 aThe Lord's bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, bable to teach, patient when wronged, 25 awith gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, bif perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to cthe knowledge of the truth, 26 and they may come to their senses and escape from athe snare of the devil, having been bheld captive by him to do his will.