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2 Timothy 4:11

    2 Timothy 4:11 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with you: for he is profitable to me for the ministry.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee; for he is useful to me for ministering.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and take him with you; for he is of use to me in the work.

    Webster's Revision

    Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee; for he is useful to me for ministering.

    World English Bible

    Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with you, for he is useful to me for service.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is useful to me for ministering.

    Clarke's Commentary on 2 Timothy 4:11

    Only Luke is with me - This was Luke the evangelist, and writer of the Acts of the Apostles, who was always much attached to St. Paul, and it is supposed continued with him even to his martyrdom.

    Take Mark, and bring him with thee - This was John Mark, the sister's son of Barnabas, who, after having wavered a little at first, became a steady, zealous, and useful man; his name and conduct have been often before the reader. See the parallel passages.

    For he is profitable to me for the ministry - Εις διακονιαν· For service; that is, he would be very useful to the apostle, to minister to him in his present close confinement. Some think that the apostle means his preaching the Gospel; but at this time, I should suppose, there was very little, if any, public preaching at Rome.

    Barnes' Notes on 2 Timothy 4:11

    Only Luke is with me - Luke, the author of the gospel which bears his name, and of the Acts of the Apostles. For a considerable part of the ministry of Paul, he was his traveling companion (compare the notes on Acts 16:10), and we know that he went with him to Rome; Acts 27:1.

    Take Mark - John Mark, see the notes at Acts 15:37. He was the son of a sister of Barnabas, and had been the traveling companion of Barnabas and Paul. There had been a temporary alienation between Paul and him Acts 15:38; but this passage proves that that had been removed, and that Paul was reconciled to him.

    For he is profitable to me for the ministry - In what way he would be profitable, he does not say; nor is it known why Mark was at that time with Timothy. It may be observed, however, that this is such language as Paul might be expected to use of Mark, after what had occurred, as recorded in Acts 15:38. He felt that he was now about to die. If he suspected that there was on the part of Mark any lingering apprehension that the great apostle was not entirely reconciled to him, or retained a recollection of what had formerly occurred, nothing would be more natural than that, at this trying time of his life, Paul should summon him to his side, and express toward him the kindest emotions. It would soothe any lingering irritation in the mind of Mark, to receive such a message.

    Wesley's Notes on 2 Timothy 4:11

    4:11 Only Luke - Of my fellowlabourers, is with me - But God is with me; and it is enough. Take Mark - Who, though he once departed from the work, is now again profitable to me.