2 Timothy 2:25
New International Version
Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth,

New Living Translation
Gently instruct those who oppose the truth. Perhaps God will change those people’s hearts, and they will learn the truth.

English Standard Version
correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth,

Berean Study Bible
He must gently reprove those who oppose him, in the hope that God may grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth.

Berean Literal Bible
in gentleness disciplining those opposing, lest ever God may give them repentance unto a knowledge of the truth,

New American Standard Bible
with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth,

King James Bible
In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;

Christian Standard Bible
instructing his opponents with gentleness. Perhaps God will grant them repentance leading them to the knowledge of the truth.

Contemporary English Version
Be humble when you correct people who oppose you. Maybe God will lead them to turn to him and learn the truth.

Good News Translation
who is gentle as you correct your opponents, for it may be that God will give them the opportunity to repent and come to know the truth.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
instructing his opponents with gentleness. Perhaps God will grant them repentance leading them to the knowledge of the truth.

International Standard Version
and gentle when refuting opponents. After all, maybe God will allow them to repent and to come to a full knowledge of the truth,

NET Bible
correcting opponents with gentleness. Perhaps God will grant them repentance and then knowledge of the truth

New Heart English Bible
in gentleness correcting those who oppose him: perhaps God may give them repentance leading to a full knowledge of the truth,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
That he may instruct with humility those who dispute against him. Perhaps God will give them repentance and they will know the truth,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He must be gentle in correcting those who oppose the Good News. Maybe God will allow them to change the way they think and act and lead them to know the truth.

New American Standard 1977
with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth,

Jubilee Bible 2000
that with meekness they might teach those that resist, if God peradventure will grant unto them that they might repent and know the truth,

King James 2000 Bible
In meekness instructing those that oppose them; if God perhaps will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;

American King James Version
In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;

American Standard Version
in meekness correcting them that oppose themselves; if peradventure God may give them repentance unto the knowledge of the truth,

Douay-Rheims Bible
With modesty admonishing them that resist the truth: if peradventure God may give them repentance to know the truth,

Darby Bible Translation
in meekness setting right those who oppose, if God perhaps may sometime give them repentance to acknowledgment of [the] truth,

English Revised Version
in meekness correcting them that oppose themselves; if peradventure God may give them repentance unto the knowledge of the truth,

Webster's Bible Translation
In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God perhaps will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth:

Weymouth New Testament
He must speak in a gentle tone when correcting the errors of opponents, in the hope that God will at last give them repentance, for them to come to a full knowledge of the truth

World English Bible
in gentleness correcting those who oppose him: perhaps God may give them repentance leading to a full knowledge of the truth,

Young's Literal Translation
in meekness instructing those opposing -- if perhaps God may give to them repentance to an acknowledging of the truth,
Study Bible
The Lord's Approved Workman
24And a servant of the Lord must not be quarrelsome, but he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, and forbearing. 25He must gently reprove those who oppose him, in the hope that God may grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth. 26Then they will come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, who has taken them captive to his will.…
Cross References
Ezekiel 12:3
Therefore, son of man, pack your bags for exile. In broad daylight, set out and go from your place to another as they look on. Perhaps they will understand, though they are a rebellious house.

Acts 8:22
Repent, therefore, of your wickedness, and pray to the Lord. Perhaps He will forgive you for the intent of your heart.

Galatians 6:1
Brothers, if someone is caught in a trespass, you who are spiritual should restore him with a spirit of gentleness. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted.

1 Timothy 2:4
who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

2 Timothy 3:7
always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth.

Titus 3:2
to malign no one, and to be peaceable and gentle, showing full consideration to everyone.

1 Peter 3:15
But in your hearts sanctify Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give a defense to everyone who asks you the reason for the hope that you have. But respond with gentleness and respect,

Treasury of Scripture

In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;

In.

Matthew 11:29
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

Galatians 6:1
Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.

1 Timothy 6:11
But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

instructing.

Jeremiah 13:15-17
Hear ye, and give ear; be not proud: for the LORD hath spoken…

Jeremiah 26:12-15
Then spake Jeremiah unto all the princes and to all the people, saying, The LORD sent me to prophesy against this house and against this city all the words that ye have heard…

John 5:34
But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that ye might be saved.

if.

Jeremiah 31:18,19,33
I have surely heard Ephraim bemoaning himself thus; Thou hast chastised me, and I was chastised, as a bullock unaccustomed to the yoke: turn thou me, and I shall be turned; for thou art the LORD my God…

Ezekiel 11:19
And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh:

Ezekiel 36:26,31
A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh…

peradventure.

Acts 8:22
Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.

1 Timothy 2:4
Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

repentance.

2 Timothy 3:7
Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Matthew 21:32
For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him.

Mark 1:3,4,15
The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight…







Lexicon
[He must] gently
πραΰτητι (prautēti)
Noun - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 4240: Mildness, gentleness. From praus; mildness, i.e. humility.

reprove
παιδεύοντα (paideuonta)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3811: From pais; to train up a child, i.e. Educate, or, discipline.

those who
τοὺς (tous)
Article - Accusative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

oppose [him],
ἀντιδιατιθεμένους (antidiatithemenous)
Verb - Present Participle Middle - Accusative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 475: To set myself against, oppose. From anti and diatithemai; to set oneself opposite, i.e. Be disputatious.

in the hope that
μή‿ (mē)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 3361: Not, lest. A primary particle of qualified negation; not, lest; also (whereas ou expects an affirmative one) whether.

God
Θεὸς (Theos)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2316: A deity, especially the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very.

may grant
δώῃ (dōē)
Verb - Aorist Subjunctive Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1325: To offer, give; I put, place. A prolonged form of a primary verb; to give.

them
αὐτοῖς (autois)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative Masculine 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

repentance
μετάνοιαν (metanoian)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3341: From metanoeo; compunction; by implication, reversal (another's) decision).

leading to
εἰς (eis)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1519: A primary preposition; to or into, of place, time, or purpose; also in adverbial phrases.

a knowledge
ἐπίγνωσιν (epignōsin)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 1922: From epiginosko; recognition, i.e. full discernment, acknowledgement.

of [the] truth.
ἀληθείας (alētheias)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 225: From alethes; truth.
(25) In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves.--By "those that oppose themselves," St. Paul alludes scarcely so much to those leading teachers of false doctrine as to those led away by them. In Titus 3:10 we read how these pronounced heretics--no doubt the teachers and leaders of the school--were, after a first and second admonition, to be shunned, were to be left to themselves. These, however, were evidently to be dealt with in a different manner. Their treatment was to be a gentle one. Nothing is here said respecting a first and second admonition only; no hint is given that these are to be shunned. They are clearly not the same as those referred to in Titus 3:10, or above in 2Timothy 2:21 of this chapter, where, again, separation is definitely urged.

If God peradventure will give them repentance.--The Greek original here also carries out what was said in the Note on the last clause, and may be rendered literally, if perchance at any time God might grant to them . . . This suggests a hope at least that at some time or other God's grace would work in these "opposing" members of the congregation a change. The "repentance" here signifies an abandonment on the part of those erring Christians of that wrong course on which they had entered, and a return to the true Church of God and to the full knowledge of the gospel truth.

Verse 25. - Correcting them for instructing those, A.V.; peradventure God for God peradventure, A.V.; may for will, A.V.; unto the knowledge for to the acknowledging, A.V. Correcting (παιδεύοντα), παιδεύειν means properly to "educate," "bring up," or "train" a child. Hence sometimes the idea of teaching predominates, sometimes that of correcting or chastising. Here the context shows that the idea of teaching is pre-dominant - partly because the word suggests something contrary to the ἀπαίδευτοι ζητήσεις of ver. 23, and partly because the end of this παιδεία is to bring them to the knowledge of God's truth. The A.V. "instructing" is therefore the right word here. Them that oppose themselves (τοὺς ἀντιδιατιθέμενους); only here in the New Testament or the LXX., or in classical Greek. Literally, those who arrange or set themselves in opposition; or, in one word, "opponents," referring, no doubt, chiefly to such ἀντιλέγοντες as are mentioned in the very similar passage, Titus 1:9 (see too Titus 2:8). If peradventure (μήποτε). "Μήποτε, in later Greek, loses its aversative meaning ('lest at any time'), and is almost equivalent to εἴποτε (Alford, in loc.) - equivalent to "in case God should," etc. Repentance (μετανοία); such a change of mind as shall lead them to embrace the truth. Knowledge (ἐπίγνωσις); almost invariably used of the knowledge of God or of God's truth (ch. 3:7; Romans 1:28; Ephesians 1:17; Ephesians 4:13; Colossians 1:9, 10; Colossians 3:10; Titus 1:1; Hebrews 10:26, etc.). The truth; that truth which before they set themselves to oppose, disputing against it and resisting it. The servant of the Lord must never despair of any one, never throw an additional obstacle in any one's way by roughness or harsh speech, and never allow unkind feelings to be roused in his own breast by the perverseness or unreasonableness of them that oppose themselves to him. 2:22-26 The more we follow that which is good, the faster and the further we shall flee from that which is evil. The keeping up the communion of saints, will take us from fellowship with unfruitful works of darkness. See how often the apostle cautions against disputes in religion; which surely shows that religion consists more in believing and practising what God requires, than in subtle disputes. Those are unapt to teach, who are apt to strive, and are fierce and froward. Teaching, not persecution, is the Scripture method of dealing with those in error. The same God who gives the discovery of the truth, by his grace brings us to acknowledge it, otherwise our hearts would continue to rebel against it. There is no peradventure, in respect of God's pardoning those who do repent; but we cannot tell that he will give repentance to those who oppose his will. Sinners are taken in a snare, and in the worst snare, because it is the devil's; they are slaves to him. And if any long for deliverance, let them remember they never can escape, except by repentance, which is the gift of God; and we must ask it of him by earnest, persevering prayer.
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