2 Timothy 2:26

“And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And that they may recouer themselues out of the snare of the deuill, who are taken captiue by him at his will.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

and they may come to their senses {and escape} from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

and they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him unto his will.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And so they may get themselves free from the net of the Evil One, being made the prisoners of the Lord's servant, for the purpose of God.
- Basic English Bible

and that they may awake up out of the snare of the devil, [who are] taken by him, for *his* will.
- Darby Bible

And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.
- Webster's Bible

and recover sober-mindedness and freedom from the Devil's snare, though they are now entrapped by him to do his will.
- Weymouth Bible

and they may recover themselves out of the devil's snare, having been taken captive by him to his will.
- World English Bible

and that thei rise ayen fro the snares of the deuel, of whom thei ben holdun prisoneris at his wille.
- Wycliffe Bible

and they may awake out of the devil's snare, having been caught by him at his will.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 2 Timothy 2:26

2:26 Who - At present are not only captives, but asleep; utterly insensible of their captivity.

People's Bible Notes for 2 Timothy 2:26

2Ti 2:26 And [that] they may recover. They are in "the snare of the devil", taken captive at will. The only hope is that in the providence of God they "may recover" themselves (the idea is, to "return to soberness", Revised Version, margin), repent, and acknowledge the truth. Men are commanded to "Repent", Mt 3:2 Ac 2:38, etc., but here God is alluded to as "peradventure" giving repentance. The meaning is made clear by comparing with Ac 11:18: "Then hath God also the Gentiles granted repentance unto life". The meaning there is that God has granted to the Gentiles the privilege of repentance, even as unto the Jews. So Paul's idea here is that God, peradventure, may grant these, though sinning so grievously, opportunities for repentance, instead of delivering them over to hardness of heart.

Discussion for 2 Timothy 2

  • Stephen F. Zielski
    True and accurate amen. Shalom yedda dim !
  • Mirjam
    The Word to consider first and foremost is Strong. I looked up adjectives for the opposite and came up with so many but will list a few: weak, indifferent,feeble, ineffective inactive, sluggish, Moderate, unhealthy, impotent, etc. Paul is encouraging young Timothy to be strong grounded, effective, immovable, able, fixed, trustworthy etc but not in his own strength or abilities, but in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. Grace has to do with the finished work of God through Christ. This Grace is free and makes us victorious. We see the same in Ephesians 6:10 where as believers we are encouraged to be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might to be able to withstand any form of opposition in the physical and spiritual realm. Hence, Timothy was to rely on the finished work of Christ whereby every enemy of the gospel has been defeated through the sacrifice of the lamb. Grace in this context is relying on what has already been done in order not to waiver or be discouraged.
  • Norm
    But thou hast mercy upon all; for thou canst do all things, and winkest at the sins of men, because they should amend. (As it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord;) (for he is faithful that promised;) (by grace ye are saved;) The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: (he is Lord of all:)
  • Norm
    For the Son of man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them.
  • Norm
    My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
  • Plummer harris
    I like this chapter,I had no understanding of what GOD GRACE was about now I know what GOD GRACE is and I will live my life according to it.

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