2 Timothy 2:19

“Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Neuerthelesse the foundation of God standeth sure, hauing the seale, the Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let euery one that nameth the Name of Christ, depart from iniquitie.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Nevertheless, the firm foundation of God stands, having this seal, "The Lord knows those who are His, and, "Everyone who names the name of the Lord is to abstain from wickedness.""
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Howbeit the firm foundation of God standeth, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his: and, Let every one that nameth the name of the Lord depart from unrighteousness.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But God's strong base is unchanging, having this sign, The Lord has knowledge of those who are his: and, Let everyone by whom the name of the Lord is named be turned away from evil.
- Basic English Bible

Yet the firm foundation of God stands, having this seal, [The] Lord knows those that are his; and, Let every one who names the name of [the] Lord withdraw from iniquity.
- Darby Bible

Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth firm, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
- Webster's Bible

Yet God's solid foundation stands unmoved, bearing this inscription, "The Lord knows those who really belong to Him." And this also, "Let every one who names the Name of the Lord renounce all wickedness."
- Weymouth Bible

However God's firm foundation stands, having this seal, "The Lord knows those who are his," and, "Let every one who names the name of the Lord depart from unrighteousness."
- World English Bible

But the sad foundement of God stondith, hauynge this marke, The Lord knowith whiche ben hise, and, Ech man that nameth the name of the Lord, departith fro wickidnesse.
- Wycliffe Bible

sure, nevertheless, hath the foundation of God stood, having this seal, `The Lord hath known those who are His,' and `Let him depart from unrighteousness -- every one who is naming the name of Christ.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 2 Timothy 2:19


2:19 But the foundation of God - His truth and faithfulness. Standeth fast - Can never be overthrown; being as it were sealed with a seal, which has an inscription on each side: on the one, The Lord knoweth those that are his; on the other, Let every one who nameth the name of the Lord, as his Lord, depart from iniquity. Indeed, they only are his who depart from iniquity. To all others he will say, I know you not. #Matt 7:22|,23


People's Bible Notes for 2 Timothy 2:19


2Ti 2:19 Nevertheless. Notwithstanding the faith of some is overthrown (2Ti 2:18). The foundation of God standeth sure. It stands unshaken. His promises are sure. Having this seal. On seals were often inscriptions, and the thought here is of the inscription. Upon this seal are two inscriptions. The Lord knoweth them that are his. The first cheers with the assurance that the Lord knows his own, and will not forget them. Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. The second shows who are his. The Lord knows his people, and his people obey him. Thus they may know that they are known of God.

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.