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2 Timothy 2:2

    2 Timothy 2:2 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    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.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And the things that you have heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit you to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And the things which thou hast heard from me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And the things which I have said to you before a number of witnesses, give to those of the faith, so that they may be teachers of others.

    Webster's Revision

    And the things which thou hast heard from me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.

    World English Bible

    The things which you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit the same to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And the things which thou hast heard from me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.

    Clarke's Commentary on 2 Timothy 2:2

    The things that thou hast heard of me - Those doctrines which I have preached the most publicly, and which many persons can attest. But he seems to refer here to the doctrines delivered to him when, in the presence of many witnesses, he laid his hands upon him; see 1 Timothy 6:12. Then the apostle gave him the proper form of sound words which he was to teach; and now he tells him to commit those truths to faithful men in the same way that they were committed to him, that the truth might be preserved in the Church, and holy men appointed successively to preach it. These truths are still continued in the Church, and still there are faithful men who proclaim them. But where is the uninterrupted apostolical succession! Who can tell? Probably it does not exist on the face of the world. All the pretensions to it by certain Churches are as stupid as they are idle and futile. He who appeals to this for his authority as a Christian minister, had best sit down till he has made it out; and this will be by the next Greek kalends.

    Barnes' Notes on 2 Timothy 2:2

    And the things which thou hast heard of me among many witnesses - Margin, "by." Before, or in the presence of, many witnesses. Perhaps he refers to a solemn charge which he gave him, in the presence of the church, when he was ordained. It is by no means improbable that such a charge was given then to a newly ordained minister, as it is now. On such an occasion, the apostle would be likely to state a summary of Christian doctrine, - (compare the notes at 2 Timothy 1:13), - and to exhort Timothy to a faithful adherence to it.

    The same commit thou to faithful men - In the same way as those things have been committed to you. The reference is undoubtedly to ordination to the ministerial office. Timothy was to see that those only were admitted to the ministry who were qualified to understand the truths of religion, and to communicate them to others. This is a clear warrant for ministers to set apart others to the same sacred office. It does not prove that the people are not at liberty to choose their own pastor, but only that those in the ministry are to set apart others to the same office with themselves. There is, doubtless, to be a "succession" of ministers in the church; but the true line of the "succession" is to be found in good men who are qualified to teach, and who have the spirit of Christ, and not merely in those who have been ordained.

    Who shall be able to teach others also - On the qualifications of ministers, see the notes at 1 Timothy 3:2-7.

    Wesley's Notes on 2 Timothy 2:2

    2:2 The things - The wholesome doctrine, 2Timothy 1:13. Commit - Before thou leavest Ephesus. To faithful men, who will be able, after thou art gone, to teach others.