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2 Timothy 4:7

4:7 I have competed well; 1  I have finished the race; I have kept the faith!

2 Timothy 4:17-18

4:17 But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me, so that through me the message 2  would be fully proclaimed 3  for all the Gentiles to hear. And so I was delivered from the lion’s mouth! 4:18 The Lord will deliver me from every evil deed and will bring me safely 4  into his heavenly kingdom. To him 5  be glory for ever and ever! 6  Amen.

1 sn The expression I have competed well (Grk “I have competed the good competition”) uses 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 tn Or “the preaching.”

3 tn Grk “might be completely fulfilled.”

4 tn Grk “save me.”

5 tn Grk “to whom.” Because of the length and complexity of the Greek sentence, a new sentence was started here in the translation.

6 tn Grk “unto the ages of the ages,” an emphatic way of speaking about eternity in Greek.

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