2 Tim. 2:15: Orthotomeo VII
- Mathew 3:3
make his paths straight. ESV, NRSV
make straight paths for him.'" NIV
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. ESV, NRSV
in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight NIV
One last stop on the way. The Vamva New Tesatment will offer the added commentary of the modern Greek interpretation.
- 14 ταυτα υπενθυμιζε διαμαρτυρομενος ενωπιον του Κυριου, να μη λογομαχωσι, το οποιον δεν ειναι εις ουδεν χρησιμον, αλλα φερει καταστροφην των ακουοντων.
15 Σπουδασον να παραστησης σεαυτον δοκιμον εις τον θεον, εργατην ανεπαισχυντον, ορθοτομουντα τον λογον της αληθειας
16 Τας δε βεβηλους ματαιοφωνιας φευγε. διοτι θελουσι προχωρησει εις πλειοτεραν ασεβειαν,
17 Και ο λογος αυτων θελει κατατρωγει ως γαγγραινα, εκ των οποιων ειναι ο Υμεναιος και ο Φιλητος,
18 οιτινες απεπλανηθησαν απο της αληθειας, λεγουντες οτι εγεινεν ηδη η αναστασις, και ανατρεπουσιν την πιστιν τινων.
19 Το στερεον ομως θεμελιον του Θεου μενει, εχον την σφραγιδα ταυτην. Γνωπιζω ο Κυριος τους οντας αυτου, και Ας απομακρυνθη απο της αδικιασ πας οστις ονομαζει το ονομα του Χριστου.
- 14 Remind them of these things and warn them before God not to war about words, which does no good but causes those who listen to fall down.
15 Make every effort to demonstrate to God that you are trustworthy, a worker with no reason to be ashamed, making straight the path of the true word.
16 Avoid nonsensical wordiness, for it will lead people into more and more impiety,
17 And their word will spread like a cancer. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus,
18 Who have wandered away from the truth, saying that the resurrection has already happened. They are upsetting the faith of some.
19 But God's firm foundation stands, bearing this inscription: "The Lord acknowledges those who are his," and, "Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from injustice.”
Now it is obvious that Paul bases his teaching on Proverbs 3:6, "In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths." This passage was familiar to both Timothy and himself, but now Paul shifts the players. The trustworthy worker will make straight the path of the True Word and in return the Lord will acknowledge them.