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“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
King James Version (KJV)
Studie to shewe thy selfe approued vnto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly diuiding the word of trueth.
- King James Version (1611) - Compare to scan of original 2 Timothy chapter 2
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.
- New American Standard Version (1995)
Give diligence to present thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, handling aright the word of truth.
- American Standard Version (1901)
Let it be your care to get the approval of God, as a workman who has no cause for shame, giving the true word in the right way.
- Basic English Bible
Strive diligently to present thyself approved to God, a workman that has not to be ashamed, cutting in a straight line the word of truth.
- Darby Bible
Carefully study to present thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
- Douay Rheims Bible
Study to show thyself approved to God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
- Webster's Bible
Earnestly seek to commend yourself to God as a servant who, because of his straightforward dealing with the word of truth, has no reason to feel any shame.
- Weymouth Bible
Give diligence to present yourself approved by God, a workman who doesn't need to be ashamed, properly handling the Word of Truth.
- World English Bible
Bisili kepe to yyue thi silf a preued preisable werkman to God, with oute schame, riytli tretinge the word of treuthe.
- Wycliffe Bible
be diligent to present thyself approved to God -- a workman irreproachable, rightly dividing the word of the truth;
- Youngs Literal Bible
Oakantse Modisa's comment on 2015-05-24 14:14:06:
The written word of God reveals His nature, studying His word brings us to an understanding of who He is and promotes fellowship that ensure speaking God inspired revelations from scripture readings. The more we know the word of God the more we recognize His voice and get approved by Him who is greater than all. Jesus my Lord.
Eric Petrie's comment on 2014-08-31 02:53:26:
This scripture is old favorite! It let 's each minister of the Gospel, servant, and believer to fully devote them selves faithfully to the application of one 's God given work. God will always grant his seal of approval upon this type of worker because of his pure heart and sincere life. There life is open before God and is naked and not ashamed.
Moses Njenga's comment on 2014-07-23 10:02:54:
It 's not Timothy today, its you and me, we should emulate the Church of Bereans by studying and rightly dividing in the midst of false doctrine,.shame will be a thing of past for the Gospel is the power of GOD unto salvation.
Luther Das's comment on 2014-05-12 17:59:48:
2nd Timothy tells a christian to be diligent to know read more about how God wants a christian person to be.
Anonymous's comment on 2014-04-09 17:19:08:
This is very beautiful and really powerful verse.
Ben C Unakalamba's comment on 2014-01-07 04:34:49:
Knowledge is power.
jackie's comment on 2013-10-26 09:31:32:
i'm really in love with Jesus and love His word that has prepared me to continue therein and be not a forgetful hearer (james 1:25) but a doer of His word that man shall be bless in all he does studing God,s word will be intement with The Word of Godthat will do what it,s saywatching it comes to past because only God knows everything and can approve what motive
Anna's comment on 2013-10-14 04:07:44:
Reverent Walker used it in an opening remark of a lecture. "If you don't study to be approved you should be ashamed. Worship can neither supplement nor replace preaching. Preaching deserves the highest excellence. It is the method chosen by the Lord to save the lost. Scripture says that by 'the foolishness of preaching - not foolish by preaching. So study and prepare well.
esther thomas's comment on 2013-07-18 20:38:21:
This scripture is saying to me that Christians should make every effort to know the correct interpretation of the word of God especially in today society because of so many false teaching in
the world. Know the word and live the word.
Archie Meade's comment on 2013-01-27 07:27:43:
We need to study the Word of God. Be not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Lawrence Hempel's comment on 2012-11-26 13:32:51:
Kathy's comment has merit, but falls short. There are 4 programs or divisions to the Bible.
1) Pre Jewish Law (Genesis to Exodus 19);
2) Under the Jewish Law (Exodus 20 to Acts 7);
3) Christian church age (Acts 8 -Philemon);
4) Tribulational and Millennial to Hebrew-Christians after the Rapture of the Church (Hebrews to Revelation);
5) Divided in this light the verses in the New Testament that confuse "works" and "grace" are eliminated from the portion of scripture directly aimed at the Christian in the "church" age where salvation is by grace and nothing more.
Kathy's comment on 2011-08-14 09:02:37:
this is one of the first passages in the Bible that tells of the 2 programs that God set forth in the Bible. this program aimed at the gentiles..The whole Bible is good...But God has made it clear that with the anointing of Saul into Paul that he was for the first time dealing with Gentiles, thus rightly dividing the bible is important to Christians, the body of Christ. He told Iseral what to do and now he is telling the Gentiles what to do.
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