14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it,(A) 15 and how from infancy(B) you have known the Holy Scriptures,(C) which are able to make you wise(D) for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed(E) and is useful for teaching,(F) rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,(G) 17 so that the servant of God[a](H) may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.(I)

In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead,(J) and in view of his appearing(K) and his kingdom, I give you this charge:(L) Preach(M) the word;(N) be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke(O) and encourage(P)—with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine.(Q) Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.(R) They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.(S) But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship,(T) do the work of an evangelist,(U) discharge all the duties of your ministry.

Footnotes

  1. 2 Timothy 3:17 Or that you, a man of God,

14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;

15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;

Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.

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