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2 Timothy 1:13

    2 Timothy 1:13 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Hold fast the form of sound words, which you have heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Hold the pattern of sound words which thou hast heard from me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Keep the form of those true words which you had from me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.

    Webster's Revision

    Hold the pattern of sound words which thou hast heard from me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.

    World English Bible

    Hold the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Hold the pattern of sound words which thou hast heard from me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.

    Definitions for 2 Timothy 1:13

    Fast - Abstaining from food.

    Clarke's Commentary on 2 Timothy 1:13

    Hold fast the form of sound words - The word ὑποτυπωσις signifies the sketch, plan, or outline of a building, picture, etc.; and here refers to the plan of salvation which the apostle had taught Timothy. No man was left to invent a religion for his own use, and after his own mind. God alone knows that with which God can be pleased. If God did not give a revelation of himself, the inventions of man, in religious things, would be endless error, involving itself in contortions of unlimited confusion. God gives, in his mercy to man, a form of sound words or doctrines; a perfect plan and sketch of the original building; fair and well defined outlines of every thing which concerns the present and eternal welfare of man, and his own glory.

    In faith and love - Faith credits the Divine doctrines. Love reduces them all to practice. Faith lays hold on Jesus Christ, and obtains that love by which every precept is cheerfully and effectually obeyed.

    Barnes' Notes on 2 Timothy 1:13

    Hold fast the form of sound words; - see the notes at 1 Timothy 1:3. On the Greek word here rendered "form," see the notes at 1 Timothy 1:16, where it is rendered pattern. The word means a form, sketch, or imperfect delineation - an outline. Grotius says that it here means "an exemplar, but an exemplar fixed in the mind - an idea." Calvin says that the command is that he should adhere to the doctrine which he had learned, not only in its substance, but in its form. Dr. Tillotson explains this as meaning the profession of faith which was made by Christians at baptism. There seems to be an allusion to some summary or outline of truth which Paul had given to Timothy, though there is no evidence that it was written. Indeed, there is every presumption that, if it refers to such a summary, it was not committed to writing. If it had been, it would have been regarded as inspired, and would have taken its place in the canon of Scripture. It may be presumed that almost none of the sacred writings would have been more sacredly preserved than such a condensed summary of Christian truth. But there is no improbability in supposing that Paul, either at his ordination, or on some other occasion, may have stated the outlines of the Christian religion to Timothy, that he might have a clear and connected view of the subject. The passage, therefore, may be used as an argument for the propriety of some brief summary of doctrine as a matter of convenience, though not as having binding authority on the consciences of others. "Of sound words;" compare the notes at 1 Timothy 6:3. The Greek is the same in both places.

    Which thou hast heard of me - This proves that he does not refer to a written creed, since what he refers to was something which he had heard.

    In faith and love which is in Christ Jesus - Hold these truths with sincere faith in the Lord Jesus, and with that love which is the best evidence of attachment to him.

    Wesley's Notes on 2 Timothy 1:13

    1:13 The pattern of sound words - The model of pure, wholesome doctrine.