The Geneva Bible 1587 Edition
one of the most historically significant translations of the Bible into the English language,
preceding the King James translation by 51 years.
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1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, Sent of God to preach that life which he promised in Christ Jesus. according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus,
2 To Timotheus my beloued sonne: Grace, mercie and peace from God the Father, and from Iesus Christ our Lorde.
3 The purpose that he aims at in this epistle is to confirm Timothy to continue constantly and bravely even to the end. And he sets first before him the great good will he has for him, and then reckons up the excellent gifts which God would as it were have to be in Timothy by inheritance, and his ancestors, which might so much the more make him bound to God. I thank God, whom I serve from [my] From Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob: for he speaks not of Pharisaism, but of Christianity. forefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day;
4 Desiring to see thee, mindefull of thy teares, that I may be filled with ioy:
5 When I call to remembrance the vnfained faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and in thy mother Eunice, and am assured that it dwelleth in thee also.
6 He urges us to set the invincible power of the Spirit which God has given us, against those storms which may, and do come upon us. Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou The gift of God is as it were a certain living flame kindled in our hearts, which the flesh and the devil go about to put out: and therefore we as their opponents must labour as much as we can to foster and keep it burning. stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.
7 For God hath not given us the spirit of To pierce us through, and terrify us, as men whom the Lord will destroy. fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
8 He proves that the ignominy or shame of the cross is not to be ashamed of, and also that it is glorious and most honourable: first, because the Gospel for which the godly are afflicted is the testimony of Christ: and secondly because at length the great virtue and power of God appears in them. Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me For his sake. his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the This Gospel is said to be in a way afflicted in those that preach it. gospel according to the Through the power of God. power of God;
9 He shows with how great benefits God has bound us to maintain boldly and constantly his glory which is joined with our salvation, and reckons up the causes of our salvation, that is, that free and eternal purpose of God, to save us in Christ who was to come. And by this it would come to pass, that we would at length be freely called by God through the preaching of the Gospel, to Christ the destroyer of death and author of immortality. Who hath saved us, and called [us] with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was He says that that grace was given to us from everlasting, to which we were predestinated from everlasting. So that the doctrine of foreseen faith and foreseen works is completely contrary to the doctrine which preaches and teaches the grace of God. given us in Christ Jesus Before the beginning of years, which has run on ever since the beginning of the world. before the world began,
10 But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to Has caused life and immortality to appear. light through the gospel:
11 That is, the Gospel which the apostle preached. Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles.
12 He confirms his apostleship by a strange argument, that is, because the world could not abide it, and therefore it persecuted him that preached it. For the which cause I also suffer these things: By setting his own example before us, he shows us how it may be, that we will not be ashamed of the cross of Christ, that is, if we are sure that God both can and will keep the salvation which he has as it were laid up in store by himself for us against that day. nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.
13 He shows in what he ought to be most constant, that is, both in the doctrine itself, the essential parts of which are faith and charity, and next in the manner of teaching it, a living pattern and shape of which Timothy knew in the apostle. Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.
14 An amplification, taken from the dignity of so great a benefit committed to the ministers. That good thing which was committed unto thee keep The taking away of an objection. It is a hard thing to do it, but the Spirit of God is mighty, who has inwardly endued us with his power. by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us.
15 He prevents an offence which arose by the means of certain ones that fell from God and the faith, and utters also their names that they might be known by all men. But he sets against them the singular faith of one man, that one good example alone might counterbalance and weigh down all evil examples. This thou knowest, that all they which are in Asia be turned away from me; of whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes.
16 The Lord giue mercie vnto the house of Onesiphorus: for he oft refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chaine,
17 But when he was at Rome, he sought me out very diligently, and found me.
18 The Lord graunt vnto him, that he may finde mercie with the Lorde at that day, and in howe many things he hath ministred vnto me at Ephesus, thou knowest very well.Presented by The Common Man's Prospective. Copyright© 1999-2012 Ernest C. Marsh