1 Tu ergo, fili mi, confortare in gratia, quae est in Christo Iesu;
2 et quae audisti a me per multos testes, haec commenda fidelibus hominibus, qui idonei erunt et alios docere.
3 Collabora sicut bonus miles Christi Iesu.
4 Nemo militans implicat se saeculi negotiis, ut ei placeat, qui eum elegit;
5 si autem certat quis agone, non coronatur nisi legitime certaverit.
6 Laborantem agricolam oportet primum de fructibus accipere.
7 Intellege, quae dico; dabit enim tibi Dominus in omnibus intellectum.
8 Memor esto Iesum Christum resuscitatum esse a mortuis, ex semine David, secundum evangelium meum,
9 in quo laboro usque ad vincula quasi male operans; sed verbum Dei non est alligatum!
10 Ideo omnia sustineo propter electos, ut et ipsi salutem consequantur, quae est in Christo Iesu cum gloria aeterna.
11 Fidelis sermo, Nam, si commortui sumus, et convivemus;
12 si sustinemus, et conregnabimus; si negabimus, et ille negabit nos;
13 si non credimus, ille fidelis manet, negare enim seipsum non potest.
14 Haec commone testificans coram Deo verbis non contendere: in nihil utile est, nisi ad subversionem audientium.
15 Sollicite cura teipsum probabilem exhibere Deo, operarium inconfusibilem, recte tractantem verbum veritatis.
16 Profana autem inaniloquia devita, magis enim proficient ad impietatem,
17 et sermo eorum ut cancer serpit; ex quibus est Hymenaeus et Philetus,
18 qui circa veritatem aberraverunt dicentes resurrectionem iam factam, et subvertunt quorundam fidem.
19 Sed firmum fundamentum Dei stat habens signaculum hoc: Cognovit Dominus, qui sunt eius, et: Discedat ab iniquitate omnis, qui nominat nomen Domini.
20 In magna autem domo non solum sunt vasa aurea et argentea sed et lignea et fictilia, et quaedam quidem in honorem, quaedam autem in ignominiam;
21 si quis ergo emundaverit se ab istis, erit vas in honorem, sanctificatum, utile Domino, ad omne opus bonum paratum.
22 Iuvenilia autem desideria fuge, sectare vero iustitiam, fidem, caritatem, pacem cum his, qui invocant Dominum de corde puro.
23 Stultas autem et sine disciplina quaestiones devita, sciens quia generant lites;
24 servum autem Domini non oportet litigare, sed mansuetum esse ad omnes, aptum ad docendum, patientem,
25 cum mansuetudine corripientem eos, qui resistunt, si quando det illis Deus paenitentiam ad cognoscendam veritatem,
26 et resipiscant a Diaboli laqueo, a quo capti tenentur ad ipsius voluntatem.
King James Version
1 Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.
3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.
5 And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.
6 The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits.
7 Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.
8 Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel:
9 Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound.
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.
11 It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him:
12 If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:
13 If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.
14 Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers.
15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.
17 And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus;
18 Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.
19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.
21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work.
22 Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
23 But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.
24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,
25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;
26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.