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2 Timothy 4:2-5

4:2 Preach the message, 1  be ready 2  whether it is convenient or not, 3  reprove, rebuke, exhort 4  with complete patience and instruction. 4:3 For there will be a time when people 5  will not tolerate sound teaching. Instead, following their own desires, 6  they will accumulate teachers for themselves, because they have an insatiable curiosity to hear new things. 7  4:4 And they will turn away from hearing the truth, but on the other hand they will turn aside to myths. 8  4:5 You, however, be self-controlled 9  in all things, endure hardship, do an evangelist’s work, fulfill your ministry.

1 tn Or “the word.”

2 tn Or “be persistent.”

3 tn Grk “in season, out of season.”

4 tn Or “encourage.”

5 tn Grk “they”; the referent (the people in that future time) has been specified in the translation for clarity.

6 tn Grk “in accord with.”

7 tn Grk “having an itching in regard to hearing,” “having itching ears.”

8 sn These myths were legendary tales characteristic of the false teachers in Ephesus and Crete. See parallels in 1 Tim 1:4; 4:7; and Titus 1:14.

9 tn Or “sober,” “temperate.”

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