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Sep 16

Good morning, Father!
Thank you so much for the productive day yesterday, and the new system of time management you have guided me through. I like the way I can expand or contract it, change it up as needed, yet motivate myself with it and use it to stay on track! Thank you for Evernote and the personal customization you have helped me develop for it, Lord, step by step and note by note. 😀

2 Timothy 2:15 ERV

Do your best to be the kind of person God will accept, and give yourself to him. Be a worker who has no reason to be ashamed of his work, one who applies the true teaching in the right way.

2 Timothy 2:15 KJV

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

I still prefer the King James here, especially in cases like this where the verse itself is so familiar, in the KJV wording, that it is like an old friend. 🙂
Just to satisfy my own curiosity this morning, I’d like to break this verse down into its component Greek parts:
Study = spoudazo = be diligent
to shew thyself = exhibit or recommend (present) yourself
approved unto God = (accepted)
a workman = ergates = a toiler OR a teacher!
that needeth not to be ashamed = (free from shame)
rightly dividing = orthotomeo = make a straight cut or dissect (expound) correctly
the Word of Truth = logos aletheia = true utterance or reasoning

Okay, that is a bit lengthy, but let me try to piece this together, for my own personal translation:
Be diligent to present yourself as a worker and teacher who is accepted by God.
You are free from shame as you systematically interpret (=expound) God’s Word.

Since the next verse (2:16) mentions people who talk about useless things that are not of God, I believe the true emphasis of this verse is upon the Word of Truth as opposed to the dividing or expounding upon or interpreting it. In other words, it seems like Paul is simply just exhorting his pupil Timothy to be bold in preaching God’s Word, remembering that he is accepted by God and that focusing so continuously upon God’s Truth is the right thing to do.

How different from what I originally thought this verse was about!! I always thought the emphasis was on the word STUDY, and perhaps secondarily on WORKMAN and ACCEPTED. But this verse is obviously not so much a pat on the back for the intellectual who enjoys studying (like me!), but rather the emphasis is upon the Word of Truth and the appropriateness of focusing on IT — rather than upon our own work or intellectual endeavors, lol!


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