2 Timothy 2:15

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

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Studie to shewe thy selfe approued vnto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly diuiding the word of trueth.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Give diligence to present thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, handling aright the word of truth.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Let it be your care to get the approval of God, as a workman who has no cause for shame, giving the true word in the right way.
- Basic English Bible

Strive diligently to present thyself approved to God, a workman that has not to be ashamed, cutting in a straight line the word of truth.
- Darby Bible

Study to show thyself approved to God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
- Webster's Bible

Earnestly seek to commend yourself to God as a servant who, because of his straightforward dealing with the word of truth, has no reason to feel any shame.
- Weymouth Bible

Give diligence to present yourself approved by God, a workman who doesn't need to be ashamed, properly handling the Word of Truth.
- World English Bible

Bisili kepe to yyue thi silf a preued preisable werkman to God, with oute schame, riytli tretinge the word of treuthe.
- Wycliffe Bible

be diligent to present thyself approved to God -- a workman irreproachable, rightly dividing the word of the truth;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 2 Timothy 2:15


2:15 A workman that needeth not to be ashamed - Either of unfaithfulness or unskilfulness. Rightly dividing the word of truth - Duly explaining and applying the whole scripture, so as to give each hearer his due portion. But they that give one part of the gospel to all (the promises and comforts to unawakened, hardened, scoffing men) have real need to be ashamed.


People's Bible Notes for 2 Timothy 2:15


2Ti 2:15 Study to shew thyself. To this end the utmost diligence must be used. Approved unto God. Such a preacher that his work will please the Heavenly Father. A workman that needeth not to be ashamed. Whose life and work are such as to honor Christ and the gospel. This requires a pure life as well as judicious work. Rightly dividing the word of truth. The Revised Version reads, "Handling aright". The Greek word "orthotomeo" means, literally, "cutting straight". The thought, probably, is to present the truth clearly, truthfully, without blunders, and with an exactness which cannot be gainsaid.

Discussion for 2 Timothy 2

  • Jim mccoy
    The real mystery are in verses 5-6. The word masteries represent areas of total control eg: the tongue thought life passions etc. The text goes on to say victories are accomplished only by adhering to biblical principals. Ver. 6 says the worker in the kingdom must first be in possession of the fruits of the Spirit. These verses reveal the qualifications of the man of god in service to the lord.
  • Pamela roberson
    I feel that 2Timothy2 give a clear understanding to the believer as to how we are to live our lives knowing that as a worker .. solder ... Christian ...we must suffer with Christ to live with him .. it's a great chapter on instruction for the believer Awesome!!!
  • Ann
    There is only one verse in the Bible that tells you how to study: 2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. Rightly dividing means to divide Israel's prophetic program from the mystery program given to Paul. The Gospel of grace is to believe in Jesus' death, burial, resurrection all by grace through faith!
  • Stephen F. Zielski
    True and accurate amen. Shalom yedda dim !
  • Abi
    As a follower of Christ, we will have hardship but we must endure it as 2 Timothy 2:3 encourages us to be
  • Godfrey kaaya
    The hardness referred to in this verse is one to sharpen. Remember even Jesus before he started his ministry had to go through the hardness in the desert when fasting.
    The good news is that we our already conquerors because the bible says there is no temptation that has taken you which is not common to man, but God is very faithful that He will not let you be tempted beyond your capacity.