6:12 Compete well 1 for the faith and lay hold of that eternal life you were called for and made your good confession 2 for 3 in the presence of many witnesses.
1 Timothy 6:19Context
6:19 In this way they will save up 4 a treasure for themselves as a firm foundation 5 for the future and so lay hold of 6 what is truly life.
1 tn This phrase literally means “compete in the good competition of the faith,” using words that may refer to a race or to a boxing or wrestling match: “run the good race” or “fight the good fight.” The similar phrase in 1 Tim 1:18 uses a military picture and is more literally “war the good warfare.”
2 sn At some point in Timothy’s life, he publicly acknowledged Jesus as the resurrected Lord, perhaps either at his baptism or his ordination as a minister of the gospel. With this reminder of the historical moment of his good confession, Timothy is encouraged to remain steadfast in his faith and to finish his life as a minister in the same way it began (see G. W. Knight, Pastoral Epistles [NIGTC], 264-65).
3 tn Grk “confessed the good confession.”
5 tn Grk “treasuring up a good foundation.”
6 tn Grk “that they may lay hold of.”