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2 Timothy 2:25 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— in meekness correcting them that oppose themselves; if peradventure God may give them repentance unto the knowledge of the truth,
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth,
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God perhaps will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth:
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— in meekness setting right those who oppose, if God perhaps may sometime give them repentance to acknowledgment of [the] truth,
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— In meekness, bringing under discipline them that oppose themselves, lest at any time God should give them repentance unto a personal knowledge of truth,
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— in meekness instructing those opposing—if perhaps God may give to them repentance to an acknowledging of the truth,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— With modesty admonishing them that resist the truth: if peradventure God may give them repentance to know the truth;
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— In meekenesse instructing those that oppose themselues, if God peraduenture will giue them repentance to the acknowledging of the trueth.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— that he may instruct them who would contend against him with meekness, if by any means Aloha may give them conversion, and they may acknowledge the truth,
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— that with mildness he may enlighten those who dispute against him, if perhaps God may give them repentance, and they may acknowledge the truth,

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
In 1722
{1722} Prime
ἐν
en
{en}
A primary preposition denoting (fixed) position (in place, time or state), and (by implication) instrumentality (medially or constructively), that is, a relation of rest (intermediate between G1519 and G1537); 'in', at, (up-) on, by, etc.
meekness 4236
{4236} Prime
πραότης
praotes
{prah-ot'-ace}
From G4235; gentleness; by implication humility.
instructing 3811
{3811} Prime
παιδεύω
paideuo
{pahee-dyoo'-o}
From G3816; to train up a child, that is, educate, or (by implication) discipline (by punishment).
z5723
<5723> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 2549
those that oppose themselves; 475
{0475} Prime
ἀντιδιατίθεμαι
antidiatithemai
{an-tee-dee-at-eeth'-em-ahee}
From G0473 and G1303; to set oneself opposite, that is, be disputatious.
z5734
<5734> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Middle (See G5785)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 111
if y3379
[3379] Standard
μήποτε
mepote
{may'-pot-eh}
From G3361 and G4218; not ever; also if (or lest) ever (or perhaps).
z0
<0000> Grammar
The original word in the Greek or Hebrew is translated by more than one word in the English. The English translation is separated by one or more other words from the original.
God y2316
[2316] Standard
θεός
theos
{theh'-os}
Of uncertain affinity; a deity, especially (with G3588) the supreme Divinity; figuratively a magistrate; by Hebraism very.
peradventure 3379
{3379} Prime
μήποτε
mepote
{may'-pot-eh}
From G3361 and G4218; not ever; also if (or lest) ever (or perhaps).
x2316
(2316) Complement
θεός
theos
{theh'-os}
Of uncertain affinity; a deity, especially (with G3588) the supreme Divinity; figuratively a magistrate; by Hebraism very.
will give 1325
{1325} Prime
δίδωμι
didomi
{did'-o-mee}
A prolonged form of a primary verb (which is used as an alternate in most of the tenses); to give (used in a very wide application, properly or by implication, literally or figuratively; greatly modified by the connection).
z5632
<5632> Grammar
Tense - Second Aorist (See G5780)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Subjunctive (See G5792)
Count - 449
them 846
{0846} Prime
αὐτός
autos
{ow-tos'}
From the particle αὖ [[au]] (perhaps akin to the base of G0109 through the idea of a baffling wind; backward); the reflexive pronoun self, used (alone or in the compound of G1438) of the third person, and (with the proper personal pronoun) of the other persons.
repentance 3341
{3341} Prime
μετάνοια
metanoia
{met-an'-oy-ah}
From G3340; (subjectively) compunction (for guilt, including reformation); by implication reversal (of [another's] decision).
to 1519
{1519} Prime
εἰς
eis
{ice}
A primary preposition; to or into (indicating the point reached or entered), of place, time, or (figuratively) purpose (result, etc.); also in adverbial phrases.
the acknowledging 1922
{1922} Prime
ἐπίγνωσις
epignosis
{ep-ig'-no-sis}
From G1921; recognition, that is, (by implication) full discernment, acknowledgement.
of the truth; 225
{0225} Prime
ἀλήθεια
aletheia
{al-ay'-thi-a}
From G0227; truth.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

2 Timothy 2:25

_ _ instructingGreek, “disciplining,” instructing with correction, which those who deal in “uninstructive” or “undisciplined questions” need (see on 2 Timothy 2:23; see on 1 Timothy 1:20).

_ _ those that oppose themselvesGreek, “oppositely affected”; those of a different opinion.

_ _ if ... peradventureGreek, “if at any time.”

_ _ repentance — which they need as antecedent to the full knowledge (so the Greek for ‘acknowledgment’) of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4), their minds being corrupted (2 Timothy 3:8), and their lives immoral. The cause of the spiritual ignorance which prompts such “questions” is moral, having its seat in the will, not in the intellect (John 7:17). Therefore repentance is their first need. That, not man, but God alone can “give” (Acts 5:31).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on 2 Timothy 2:22-26.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

2 Timothy 2:25

In meekness — He has often need of zeal, always of meekness. If haply God — For it is wholly his work. May give them repentance — The acknowledging of the truth would then quickly follow.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

2 Timothy 2:25

In meekness instructing those that (k) oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;

(k) He means those who do not yet see the truth.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
In:

Matthew 11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
Galatians 6:1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
1 Timothy 6:11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
1 Peter 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and [be] ready always to [give] an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

instructing:

Jeremiah 13:15-17 Hear ye, and give ear; be not proud: for the LORD hath spoken. ... But if ye will not hear it, my soul shall weep in secret places for [your] pride; and mine eye shall weep sore, and run down with tears, because the LORD'S flock is carried away captive.
Jeremiah 26:12-15 Then spake Jeremiah unto all the princes and to all the people, saying, The LORD sent me to prophesy against this house and against this city all the words that ye have heard. ... But know ye for certain, that if ye put me to death, ye shall surely bring innocent blood upon yourselves, and upon this city, and upon the inhabitants thereof: for of a truth the LORD hath sent me unto you to speak all these words in your ears.
John 5:34 But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that ye might be saved.
Acts 22:1-23:11 Men, brethren, and fathers, hear ye my defence [which I make] now unto you. ... And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome.

if:

Jeremiah 31:18-19 I have surely heard Ephraim bemoaning himself [thus]; Thou hast chastised me, and I was chastised, as a bullock unaccustomed [to the yoke]: turn thou me, and I shall be turned; for thou [art] the LORD my God. ... Surely after that I was turned, I repented; and after that I was instructed, I smote upon [my] thigh: I was ashamed, yea, even confounded, because I did bear the reproach of my youth.
Jeremiah 31:33 But this [shall be] the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
Ezekiel 11:19 And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh:
Ezekiel 36:26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
Ezekiel 36:31 Then shall ye remember your own evil ways, and your doings that [were] not good, and shall lothe yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and for your abominations.
Zechariah 12:10 And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for [his] only [son], and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for [his] firstborn.
Acts 5:21 And when they heard [that], they entered into the temple early in the morning, and taught. But the high priest came, and they that were with him, and called the council together, and all the senate of the children of Israel, and sent to the prison to have them brought.
Acts 11:18 When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life.
James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
1 John 5:16 If any man see his brother sin a sin [which is] not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.

peradventure:

Acts 8:22 Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.
1 Timothy 2:4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

repentance:

2 Timothy 3:7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
Matthew 21:32 For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen [it], repented not afterward, that ye might believe him.
Mark 1:3-4 The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. ... John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.
Mark 1:15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.
Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Acts 20:21 Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.
Titus 1:1 Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God's elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness;
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Jr 13:15; 26:12; 31:18, 33. Ezk 11:19; 36:26, 31. Zc 12:10. Mt 11:29; 21:32. Mk 1:3, 15. Jn 5:34. Ac 2:38; 5:21; 8:22; 11:18; 20:21; 22:1. Ga 6:1. 1Ti 2:4; 6:11. 2Ti 3:7. Tit 1:1. Jm 1:17. 1P 3:15. 1Jn 5:16.

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