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

  • 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.

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