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2 Timothy 2:5 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— And if also a man contend in the games, he is not crowned, except he have contended lawfully.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— And if a man also strive for masteries, [yet] is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Also if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not win the prize unless he competes according to the rules.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— And if a man also striveth for masteries, [yet] is he not crowned, except he striveth lawfully.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— And if also any one contend [in the games], he is not crowned unless he contend lawfully.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— If, moreover, any man, contend even in the games, he is not crowned, unless, lawfully, he contend;
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— and if also any one may strive, he is not crowned, except he may strive lawfully;
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— For he also that striveth for the mastery is not crowned, except he strive lawfully.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— And if a man also striue for masteries, [yet] is hee not crowned except hee striue lawfully.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— And if one contendeth, he is not crowned, unless according to his law he contend.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— And if one contend [in the games], he is not crowned, unless he contendeth according to the rules.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
And 1161
{1161} Prime
δέ
de
{deh}
A primary particle (adversative or continuative); but, and, etc.
if 1437
{1437} Prime
ἐάν
ean
{eh-an'}
From G1487 and G0302; a conditional particle; in case that, provided, etc.; often used in connection with other particles to denote indefiniteness or uncertainty.
a man 5100
{5100} Prime
τὶς
tis
{tis}
An enclitic indefinite pronoun; some or any person or object.
also 2532
{2532} Prime
καί
kai
{kahee}
Apparently a primary particle, having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force; and, also, even, so, then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words.
strive y118
[0118] Standard
ἀθλέω
athleo
{ath-leh'-o}
From ἄθλος [[athlos]] (a contest in the public lists); to contend in the competitive games.
z5725
<5725> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Subjunctive (See G5792)
Count - 352
for masteries, x118
(0118) Complement
ἀθλέω
athleo
{ath-leh'-o}
From ἄθλος [[athlos]] (a contest in the public lists); to contend in the competitive games.
[yet] is he y4737
[4737] Standard
στεφανόω
stephanoo
{stef-an-o'-o}
From G4735; to adorn with an honorary wreath (literally or figuratively).
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.
not 3756
{3756} Prime
οὐ
ou
{oo}
A primary word; the absolutely negative (compare G3361) adverb; no or not.
crowned, 4737
{4737} Prime
στεφανόω
stephanoo
{stef-an-o'-o}
From G4735; to adorn with an honorary wreath (literally or figuratively).
z5743
<5743> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Passive (See G5786)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 271
except 3362
{3362} Prime
ἐὰν με
ean me
{eh-an' may}
That is, G1437 and G3361; if not, that is, unless.
he strive 118
{0118} Prime
ἀθλέω
athleo
{ath-leh'-o}
From ἄθλος [[athlos]] (a contest in the public lists); to contend in the competitive games.
z5661
<5661> Grammar
Tense - Aorist (See G5777)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Subjunctive (See G5792)
Count - 512
lawfully. 3545
{3545} Prime
νομίμως
nomimos
{nom-im'-oce}
Adverb from a derivative of G3551; legitimately (specifically agreeably to the rules of the lists).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

2 Timothy 2:5

_ _ And — “Moreover.”

_ _ strive for masteries — “strive in the games” [Alford]; namely, the great national games of Greece.

_ _ yet is he not crowned, except — even though he gain the victory.

_ _ strive lawfully — observing all the conditions of both the contest (keeping within the bounds of the course and stript of his clothes) and the preparation for it, namely, as to self-denying diet, anointing, exercise, self-restraint, chastity, decorum, etc. (1 Corinthians 9:24-27).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on 2 Timothy 2:1-7.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

2 Timothy 2:5

(3) And if a man also strive for masteries, [yet] is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.

(3) The third admonition: the ministry is similar to a game in which men strive for the victory, and no man is crowned, unless he strive according to the laws which are prescribed, be they ever so hard and painful.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
strive:

Luke 13:24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.
1 Corinthians 9:24-27 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. ... But I keep under my body, and bring [it] into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.
Philippians 1:15 Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will:
Colossians 1:29 Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.
Hebrews 12:4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.

is he:

2 Timothy 4:7-8 I have fought a good fight, I have finished [my] course, I have kept the faith: ... Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
Hebrews 2:7 Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands:
Hebrews 2:9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.
James 1:12 Blessed [is] the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
1 Peter 5:4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.
Revelation 2:10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast [some] of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.
Revelation 3:11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.
Revelation 4:4 And round about the throne [were] four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.
Revelation 4:10 The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying,
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