2 Timothy 4:5
New International Version
But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.

New Living Translation
But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you.

English Standard Version
As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

Berean Study Bible
But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

Berean Literal Bible
But you, be sober in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fully carry out your ministry.

New American Standard Bible
But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

King James Bible
But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.

Christian Standard Bible
But as for you, exercise self-control in everything, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

Contemporary English Version
But you must stay calm and be willing to suffer. You must work hard, telling the good news and to do your job well.

Good News Translation
But you must keep control of yourself in all circumstances; endure suffering, do the work of a preacher of the Good News, and perform your whole duty as a servant of God.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But as for you, be serious about everything, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

International Standard Version
But you must be clear-headed about everything. Endure suffering. Do the work of an evangelist. Devote yourself completely to your ministry.

NET Bible
You, however, be self-controlled in all things, endure hardship, do an evangelist's work, fulfill your ministry.

New Heart English Bible
But you be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But you, be watchful in all things and endure hardships; do the work of an Evangelist and fulfill your ministry.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But you must keep a clear head in everything. Endure suffering. Do the work of a missionary. Devote yourself completely to your work.

New American Standard 1977
But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But watch thou in all things, labour, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill thy ministry.

King James 2000 Bible
But you watch in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fully carry out your ministry.

American King James Version
But watch you in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of your ministry.

American Standard Version
But be thou sober in all things, suffer hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfil thy ministry.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But be thou vigilant, labour in all things, do the work of an evangelist, fulfil thy ministry. Be sober.

Darby Bible Translation
But thou, be sober in all things, bear evils, do [the] work of an evangelist, fill up the full measure of thy ministry.

English Revised Version
But be thou sober in all things, suffer hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill thy ministry.

Webster's Bible Translation
But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.

Weymouth New Testament
But as for you, you must exercise habitual self-control, and not live a self-indulgent life, but do the duty of an evangelist and fully discharge the obligations of your office.

World English Bible
But you be sober in all things, suffer hardship, do the work of an evangelist, and fulfill your ministry.

Young's Literal Translation
And thou -- watch in all things; suffer evil; do the work of one proclaiming good news; of thy ministration make full assurance,
Study Bible
Preach the Word
4So they will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. 5But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. 6For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand.…
Cross References
Acts 21:8
Leaving the next day, we reached Caesarea, and we went to stay at the home of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the Seven.

Ephesians 4:12
to equip the saints for works of ministry, to build up the body of Christ,

Colossians 4:17
Tell Archippus: "See to it that you complete the ministry you have received in the Lord."

2 Timothy 1:8
So do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, or of me, His prisoner. Instead, join me in suffering for the gospel by the power of God.

2 Timothy 4:17
But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me, so that through me the message would be fully proclaimed, and all the Gentiles would hear it. So I was delivered from the mouth of the lion.

1 Peter 1:13
Therefore prepare your minds for action. Be sober-minded. Set your hope fully on the grace to be given you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Treasury of Scripture

But watch you in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of your ministry.

watch.

Isaiah 56:9,10
All ye beasts of the field, come to devour, yea, all ye beasts in the forest…

Isaiah 62:6
I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence,

Jeremiah 6:17
Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken.

endure.

2 Timothy 1:8
Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;

2 Timothy 2:3,10
Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ…

2 Timothy 3:10-12
But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, …

an.

Acts 21:8
And the next day we that were of Paul's company departed, and came unto Caesarea: and we entered into the house of Philip the evangelist, which was one of the seven; and abode with him.

Ephesians 4:11
And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

1 Timothy 4:12,15
Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity…

make full proof of.

Romans 15:19
Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.

Colossians 1:25
Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God;

Colossians 4:17
And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it.







Lexicon
But
δὲ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

you,
Σὺ (Sy)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Nominative 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

be sober
νῆφε (nēphe)
Verb - Present Imperative Active - 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 3525: (lit: I am sober), I am calm (vigilant), circumspect. Of uncertain affinity: to abstain from wine, i.e. be discreet.

in
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

all things,
πᾶσιν (pasin)
Adjective - Dative Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 3956: All, the whole, every kind of. Including all the forms of declension; apparently a primary word; all, any, every, the whole.

endure hardship,
κακοπάθησον (kakopathēson)
Verb - Aorist Imperative Active - 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2553: To suffer evil, endure affliction. From the same as kakopatheia; to undergo hardship.

do
ποίησον (poiēson)
Verb - Aorist Imperative Active - 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 4160: (a) I make, manufacture, construct, (b) I do, act, cause. Apparently a prolonged form of an obsolete primary; to make or do.

[the] work
ἔργον (ergon)
Noun - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 2041: From a primary ergo; toil; by implication, an act.

of an evangelist,
εὐαγγελιστοῦ (euangelistou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2099: An evangelist, a missionary, bearer of good tidings. From euaggelizo; a preacher of the gospel.

fulfill
πληροφόρησον (plērophorēson)
Verb - Aorist Imperative Active - 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 4135: From pleres and phoreo; to carry out fully, i.e. Completely assure, entirely accomplish.

your
σου (sou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

ministry.
διακονίαν (diakonian)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 1248: Waiting at table; in a wider sense: service, ministration. From diakonos; attendance; figuratively aid, service.
(5) But watch thou in all things.--"But do thou," continued St. Paul, "do thou be watchful." The Greek word translated "watch thou," signifies literally, be sober. It has been well paraphrased, "Keep thy coolness and presence of mind, that thou be not entrapped into forgetfulness, but as one ever wakeful and ready, be on the watch." The word, as it were, sums up all those last directions of St. Paul, from 2Timothy 2:14, in which St. Paul charged Timothy to abstain from vain arguments and confine himself to the simple word of truth, to avoid discussions which would be likely to lead to strife, and to be patient and gentle with all--to separate himself from merely nominal Christians, and to keep steadily to the old paths in which the Apostles had walked. He was to be ever watchful in all these things.

Endure afflictions.--And in his watch must Timothy be ready to suffer. He would remember what had been said before respecting a true Christian suffering (2Timothy 2:3-12), and what was the high reward purposed for such brave endurance. He would remember, too, the hard and faithful life of his master, St. Paul (2Timothy 3:10-12).

Do the work of an evangelist.--The "evangelists" of the early Church seem to have been preachers of the Gospel: in the first place, assistants to the Apostles and missionaries under their direction. The especial functions of a preacher and public teacher seem always to have been allotted to Timothy, and, no doubt, a peculiar persuasive power of oratory was one of the chief gifts conferred on this eminent follower of St. Paul. In the midst of the many grave and absorbing duties of his charge of the Ephesian Church, he must be mindful not to neglect this great power which he possessed. It is here especially termed "the work of an evangelist," to remind him that to perform rightly this duty, needed zeal, close work, much study, thought, and prayer; and it was by worthily performing the duties of an evangelist that the many who were turning from the truth to fables, would be best won back, by hearing the great facts of the Gospel placed side by side with the tables of the false teachers.

Make full proof of thy ministry.--In other words, "Fully carry out the many duties imposed upon thee by thy great office." The office of Timothy, it should be remembered, in Ephesus, included far more than merely those of a preacher or evangelist. He was the presiding presbyter of the Church, to whom its government was intrusted: in fact, the many-sided life of St. Paul was now to be lived by Timothy.

Verse 5. - Be thou sober for watch thou, A.V.; suffer hardship for endure afflictions, A.V.; fulfil for make full proof of, A.V. Be thou sober (νῆφε); as 1 Thessalonians 5:6, 8; 1 Peter 1:13; 1 Peter 4:7; 1 Peter 5:8. The adjective νηφάλιος occurs in 1 Timothy 3:2 (where see note), 11; Titus 2:2. Here "Be sober in all things" clearly does not refer to literal sobriety, which Timothy was in little danger of transgressing (l Timothy 5:23), but comprehends clearness, calmness, steadiness, and moderation in all things. Suffer hardship (κακοπάθησον); as 2 Timothy 2:3 (T.R.) and 9. An evangelist (εὐαγγελιστοῦ); one whose business it is to preach the gospel, according to Matthew 11:5. The verb εὐαγγελίζειν, "to preach the gospel," and αὐαγγέλιον, "the gospel," are of very frequent use in the New Testament. But εὐαγγελιστής, an evangelist. occurs elsewhere only in Acts 21:8 and Ephesians 4:11. Fulfil thy ministry. This is rather a weak rendering of the Greek πληροφόρησον, adopted also in the R.V. of Luke 1:1. The verb occurs elsewhere in Luke 1:1; Romans 4:21; Romans 14:5, and ver. 17 of this chapter. The phrase is metaphorical, but it is uncertain whether the metaphor is that of a ship borne along by full sails, or of full measure given. If the former is the metaphor, then the derived meaning, when applied to persons, is that of full persuasion, entire and implicit faith, which carries men forward in a bold and unwavering course; or, when applied to things, that of being undoubtedly believed. But if the metaphor is taken from "bringing full measure;" then the sense in the passive voice when applied to persons will be "to be fully satisfied," i.e. to have full assurance, and, when applied to things, "to be fully believed" (Liddell and Scott). Applying the last metaphor to the passage before us, the sense will be "discharge thy ministry to the fall." Let there be no stint of ministerial labour, but carry it out in its completeness, and to the end. 4:1-5 People will turn away from the truth, they will grow weary of the plain gospel of Christ, they will be greedy of fables, and take pleasure in them. People do so when they will not endure that preaching which is searching, plain, and to the purpose. Those who love souls must be ever watchful, must venture and bear all the painful effects of their faithfulness, and take all opportunities of making known the pure gospel.
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