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2 Timothy 2:13 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— if we are faithless, he abideth faithful; for he cannot deny himself.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— If we believe not, [yet] he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— If we believe not, [yet] he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— if we are unfaithful, *he* abides faithful, for he cannot deny himself.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— If we are faithless, he, faithful, abideth,—for, deny himself, he cannot!
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— if we are not stedfast, he remaineth stedfast; to deny himself he is not able.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— If we believe not, he continueth faithful, he cannot deny himself.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— If we beleeue not, [yet] he abideth faithfull, he cannot denie himselfe.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— And if we believe him not, He in his faithfulness abideth; For deny himself he cannot.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— And if we shall have not believed in him, he abideth in his fidelity; for he cannot reject himself.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
If 1487
{1487} Prime
A primary particle of conditionality; if, whether, that, etc.
we believe not, 569
{0569} Prime
From G0571; to be unbelieving, that is, (transitively) disbelieve, or (by implication) disobey.
<5719> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 3019
[yet] he 1565
{1565} Prime
From G1563; that one (or [neuter] thing); often intensified by the article prefixed.
abideth 3306
{3306} Prime
A primary verb; to stay (in a given place, state, relation or expectancy).
<5719> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 3019
faithful: 4103
{4103} Prime
From G3982; objectively trustworthy; subjectively trustful.
he cannot 3756
{3756} Prime
A primary word; the absolutely negative (compare G3361) adverb; no or not.
{1410} Prime
Of uncertain affinity; to be able or possible.
<5736> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Middle or Passive Deponent (See G5790)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 618
deny 720
{0720} Prime
Perhaps from G0001 (as a negative particle) and the middle of G4483; to contradict, that is, disavow, reject, abnegate.
<5664> Grammar
Tense - Aorist (See G5777)
Voice - Middle Deponent (See G5788)
Mood - Infinitive (See G5795)
Count - 37
himself. 1438
{1438} Prime
(Including all the other cases); from a reflexive pronoun otherwise obsolete and the genitive (dative or accusative) of G0846; him (her, it, them, also [in conjunction with the personal pronoun of the other persons] my, thy, our, your) -self (-selves), etc.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

2 Timothy 2:13

_ _ believe not — “If we are unbelievers (literally, ‘unfaithful’), He remains faithful” (Deuteronomy 7:9, Deuteronomy 7:10). The oldest manuscripts read, “For He cannot (it is an impossibility that He should) deny Himself.” He cannot be unfaithful to His word that He will deny those who deny Him, though we be not faithful to our profession of faith in Him (Romans 3:3). Three things are impossible to God, to die, to lie, and to be deceived [Augustine, The Creed, 1.1], (Hebrews 6:18). This impossibility is not one of infirmity, but of infinite power and majesty. Also, indirectly, comfort is suggested to believers, that He is faithful to His promises to them; at the same time that apostates are shaken out of their self-deceiving fancy, that because they change, Christ similarly may change. A warning to Timothy to be steadfast in the faith.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on 2 Timothy 2:8-13.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

2 Timothy 2:13

If we believe not — That is, though some believe not, God will make good all his promises to them that do believe. He cannot deny himself — His word cannot fail.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Isaiah 25:1 O LORD, thou [art] my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful [things; thy] counsels of old [are] faithfulness [and] truth.
Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
Romans 3:3 For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?
Romans 9:6 Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they [are] not all Israel, which are of Israel:
1 Thessalonians 5:24 Faithful [is] he that calleth you, who also will do [it].
2 Thessalonians 3:3 But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep [you] from evil.

he cannot:

Numbers 23:19 God [is] not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do [it]? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?
Titus 1:2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;
Hebrews 6:18 That by two immutable things, in which [it was] impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:
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Nu 23:19. Is 25:1. Mt 24:35. Ro 3:3; 9:6. 1Th 5:24. 2Th 3:3. Tit 1:2. He 6:18.

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