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1 Thou therefore, my son, be strong through the grace which is by Jesus Christ. 2 And the things which thou hast heard from me before many witnesses, these commit to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also. 3 Thou therefore endure affliction, is a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 4 No man that warreth intangleth himself in the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath inlisted him. 5 And if a man strive, he is not crowned, unless he strive lawfully. 6 The husbandman, that laboureth first, must be partaker of the fruits. 7 Consider what I say, and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.
8 Remember Jesus Christ of the seed of David, raised from the dead according to my gospel; For which I endure affliction even unto bonds, 9 as an evil-doer, but the word of God is not bound. 10 Therefore I suffer all things for the elect's sake, that they also may obtain the salvation which is through Christ Jesus, with eternal glory. 11 It is a faithful saying: if we are dead with him, we shall also live with him: 12 If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: 13 if we deny him, he will also deny us: If we believe not, he remaineth faithful; he cannot deny himself.
14 Remind them of these things, charging them before the Lord, not to strive about words, to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers. 15 Be diligent to present thyself unto God approved a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 16 But avoid profane empty babblings; for they will increase to more ungodliness. 17 And their word will eat as a gangrene; of whom are Hymeneus and Philetus, 18 Who have erred from the faith, saying, The resurrection is already past, and overthrow the faith of some.
19 But the foundation of God standeth fast, having this seal, The Lord knoweth those that are his: and, Let every one who nameth the name of the Lord depart from iniquity. 20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and of stone; and some to honour, some to dishonour. 21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, consecrated and fit for the master's use, prepared for every good work.
22 Flee also youthful desires; but follow after righteousness, faith, love, peace with them that call upon the Lord, out of a pure heart. 23 But avoid foolish and unlearned questions, knowing that they beget strife: 24 And a servant of the Lord must not strive, but be gentle toward all men, 25 apt to teach, patient of evil, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if haply God may give them repentance, to the acknowledging of the truth; 26 And they may awake out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.
the Week of Christ the King / Proper 29 / Ordinary 34