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2 Timothy 4:5

New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995) [2]
— But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
King James Version (KJV 1769) [2]
— But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.
English Revised Version (ERV 1885)
— But be thou sober in all things, suffer hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill thy ministry.
American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— But be thou sober in all things, suffer hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfil thy ministry.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— But *thou*, be sober in all things, bear evils, do [the] work of an evangelist, fill up the full measure of thy ministry.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— But, thou,—be sober in all things, suffer hardship, do, the work, of an evangelist, thy ministry, completely fulfill;
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— And thou—watch in all things; suffer evil; do the work of one proclaiming good news; of thy ministration make full assurance,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— But be thou vigilant, labour in all things, do the work of an evangelist, fulfil thy ministry. Be sober.
Geneva Bible (GNV 1560)
— But watch thou in all thinges: suffer aduersitie: doe the worke of an Euangelist: cause thy ministerie to be throughly liked of.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— But watch thou in all things, indure afflictions, doe the worke of an Euangelist, make full proofe of thy ministery.
Lamsa Bible (1957)
— But you must be awake to all things, endure hardships, do the work of a preacher, and fulfil your ministry.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— But watch thou in every thing, and endure evils, and work the work of an evangelist, and thy ministry fulfil.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— But be thou vigilant in all things; and endure evils, and do the work of an evangelist, and fulfill thy ministry.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
But 1161
{1161} Prime
A primary particle (adversative or continuative); but, and, etc.
watch 3525
{3525} Prime
Of uncertain affinity; to abstain from wine (keep sober), that is, (figuratively) be discreet.
<5720> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Imperative (See G5794)
Count - 592
thou 4771
{4771} Prime
The personal pronoun of the second person singular; thou.
in 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.
all things, 3956
{3956} Prime
Including all the forms of declension; apparently a primary word; all, any, every, the whole.
endure afflictions, 2553
{2553} Prime
From the same as G2552; to undergo hardship.
<5657> Grammar
Tense - Aorist (See G5777)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Imperative (See G5794)
Count - 376
do 4160
{4160} Prime
Apparently a prolonged form of an obsolete primary; to make or do (in a very wide application, more or less direct).
<5657> Grammar
Tense - Aorist (See G5777)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Imperative (See G5794)
Count - 376
the work 2041
{2041} Prime
From ἔργω [[ergo]] (a primary but obsolete word; to work); toil (as an effort or occupation); by implication an act.
of an evangelist, 2099
{2099} Prime
From G2097; a preacher of the gospel.
make full proof 4135
{4135} Prime
From G4134 and G5409; to carry out fully (in evidence), that is, completely assure (or convince), entirely accomplish.
<5657> Grammar
Tense - Aorist (See G5777)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Imperative (See G5794)
Count - 376
of thy 4675
{4675} Prime
Genitive case of G4771; of thee, thy.
ministry. 1248
{1248} Prime
From G1249; attendance (as a servant, etc.); figuratively (eleemosynary) aid, (official) service (especially of the Christian teacher, or technically of the diaconate).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

2 Timothy 4:5

_ _ I am no longer here to withstand these things; be thou a worthy successor of me, no longer depending on me for counsel, but thine own master, and swimming without the corks [Calvin]; follow my steps, inherit their result, and the honor of their end [Alford].

_ _ watch thou — literally, “with the wakefulness of one sober.

_ _ in all things — on all occasions and under all circumstances (Titus 2:7).

_ _ endure affliction — suffer hardships [Alford].

_ _ evangelist — a missionary bishop preacher, and teacher.

_ _ make full proof of — fulfil in all its requirements, leaving nothing undone (Acts 12:25; Romans 15:19; Colossians 4:17).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on 2 Timothy 4:1-8.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

2 Timothy 4:5

Watch — An earnest, constant, persevering exercise. The scripture watching, or waiting, implies steadfast faith, patient hope, labouring love, unceasing prayer; yea, the mighty exertion of all the affections of the soul that a man is capable of. In all things — Whatever you are doing, yet in that, and in all things, watch. Do the work of an evangelist — Which was next to that of an apostle.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

2 Timothy 4:5

(3) But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, (b) make full proof of thy ministry.

(3) The wickedness and falling away of the world ought to cause faithful ministers to be so much the more careful.

(b) Prove and show by good and substantial proof, that you are the true minister of God.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Isaiah 56:9-10 All ye beasts of the field, come to devour, [yea], all ye beasts in the forest. ... His watchmen [are] blind: they are all ignorant, they [are] all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber.
Isaiah 62:6 I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, [which] shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence,
Jeremiah 6:17 Also I set watchmen over you, [saying], Hearken to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken.
Ezekiel 3:17 Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.
Ezekiel 33:2 Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman:
Ezekiel 33:7 So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me.
Mark 13:34 [For the Son of man is] as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch.
Mark 13:37 And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.
Luke 12:37 Blessed [are] those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them.
Acts 20:30-31 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. ... Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.
1 Thessalonians 5:6 Therefore let us not sleep, as [do] others; but let us watch and be sober.
Hebrews 13:17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that [is] unprofitable for you.
Revelation 3:2 Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.


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 2:3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
2 Timothy 2:10 Therefore I endure all things for the elect's sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.
2 Timothy 3:10-12 But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, ... Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.


Acts 21:8 And the next [day] we that were of Paul's company departed, and came unto Caesarea: and we entered into the house of Philip the evangelist, which was [one] of the seven; and abode with him.
Ephesians 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
1 Timothy 4:12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
1 Timothy 4:15 Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.

make full proof of:
or, fulfil,
Romans 15:19 Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.
Colossians 1:25 Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God;
Colossians 4:17 And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it.
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Is 56:9; 62:6. Jr 6:17. Ezk 3:17; 33:2, 7. Mk 13:34, 37. Lk 12:37. Ac 20:30; 21:8. Ro 15:19. Ep 4:11. Col 1:25; 4:17. 1Th 5:6. 1Ti 4:12, 15. 2Ti 1:8; 2:3, 10; 3:10. He 13:17. Rv 3:2.

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