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2 Timothy 2:9 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— wherein I suffer hardship unto bonds, as a malefactor; but the word of God is not bound.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, [even] unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— for which I suffer hardship even to imprisonment as a criminal; but the word of God is not imprisoned.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— In which I suffer trouble, as an evil-doer, [even] to bonds; but the word of God is not bound.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— in which I suffer even unto bonds as an evil-doer: but the word of God is not bound.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— In which I am suffering hardship, even unto bonds, as an evil-doer; but, the word of God, is not bound.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— in which I suffer evil—unto bonds, as an evil-doer, but the word of God hath not been bound;
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Wherein I labour even unto bands, as an evildoer. But the word of God is not bound.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Wherein I suffer trouble as an euill doer, [euen] vnto bonds: but the word of God is not bound.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— for which I endure evils unto bonds, as an evil-doer: but the word of Aloha is not bound.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— in which I suffer evils unto bonds, as if an evil-doer: but the word of God is not in bonds.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Wherein 1722
{1722} Prime
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.
{3739} Prime
Probably a primary word (or perhaps a form of the article G3588); the relative (sometimes demonstrative) pronoun, who, which, what, that.
I suffer trouble, 2553
{2553} Prime
From the same as G2552; to undergo hardship.
<5719> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 3019
as 5613
{5613} Prime
Probably adverb of comparative from G3739; which how, that is, in that manner (very variously used as shown).
an evil doer, 2557
{2557} Prime
From G2556 and the base of G2041; a wrong doer, that is, criminal.
[even] unto 3360
{3360} Prime
From G3372; as far as, that is, up to a certain point (as preposition of extent [denoting the terminus, whereas G0891 refers especially to the space of time or place intervening] or conjugation).
bonds; 1199
{1199} Prime
Neuter and masculine respectively from G1210; a band, that is, ligament (of the body) or shackle (of a prisoner); figuratively an impediment or disability.
but 235
{0235} Prime
Neuter plural of G0243; properly other things, that is, (adverbially) contrariwise (in many relations).
the x3588
(3588) Complement

The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
word 3056
{3056} Prime
From G3004; something said (including the thought); by implication a topic (subject of discourse), also reasoning (the mental faculty) or motive; by extension a computation; specifically (with the article in John) the Divine Expression (that is, Christ).
of God 2316
{2316} Prime
Of uncertain affinity; a deity, especially (with G3588) the supreme Divinity; figuratively a magistrate; by Hebraism very.
is y1210
[1210] Standard
A primary verb; to bind (in various applications, literally or figuratively).
<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
A primary word; the absolutely negative (compare G3361) adverb; no or not.
bound. 1210
{1210} Prime
A primary verb; to bind (in various applications, literally or figuratively).
<5769> Grammar
Tense - Perfect (See G5778)
Voice - Passive (See G5786)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 215
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

2 Timothy 2:9

_ _ Wherein — in proclaiming which Gospel.

_ _ suffer trouble — literally, “evil.” I am a sufferer of evil as though I were a doer of evil.

_ _ bonds — (2 Timothy 1:16).

_ _ word ... not bound — Though my person is bound, my tongue and my pen are not (2 Timothy 4:17; Acts 28:31). Or he alludes not merely to his own proclamation of the Gospel, though in chains, but to the freedom of its circulation by others, even though his power of circulating it is now prescribed (Philippians 1:18). He also hints to Timothy that he being free ought to be the more earnest in the service of it.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on 2 Timothy 2:8-13.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

2 Timothy 2:9

Is not bound — Not hindered in its course.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

2 Timothy 2:9

(7) Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, [even] unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound.

(7) The taking away of an objection: it is true that he is kept in prison as an evildoer, yet there is no reason why some should therefore go about to take away credit from his Gospel. And this is because God has blessed his ministry; indeed, the example of this his captivity and patience, did rather in different ways strengthen and encourage his Church in the hope of a better life.

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I suffer:

2 Timothy 1:8 Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;
2 Timothy 1:12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.
2 Timothy 1:16 The Lord give mercy unto the house of Onesiphorus; for he oft refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain:
Acts 9:16 For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name's sake.


Ephesians 6:20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
1 Peter 2:12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by [your] good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.
1 Peter 2:14 Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.
1 Peter 3:16 Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.
1 Peter 4:15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or [as] a thief, or [as] an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters.


Acts 28:31 Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him.
Ephesians 6:19-20 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, ... For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
Philippians 1:12-14 But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things [which happened] unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel; ... And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.
2 Thessalonians 3:1 Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have [free] course, and be glorified, even as [it is] with you:


Ephesians 3:1 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles,
Philippians 1:7 Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace.
Colossians 4:3 Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:
Colossians 4:18 The salutation by the hand of me Paul. Remember my bonds. Grace [be] with you. Amen. [[[Written from Rome to Colossians by Tychicus and Onesimus.]]]
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