2 Timothy 4:2

“Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Preach the word, be instant in season, out of season, reprooue, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering & doctrine.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

preach the word; be ready in season {and} out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

preach the word; be urgent in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Be preaching the word at all times, in every place; make protests, say sharp words, give comfort, with long waiting and teaching;
- Basic English Bible

proclaim the word; be urgent in season [and] out of season, convict, rebuke, encourage, with all longsuffering and doctrine.
- Darby Bible

Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long-suffering and doctrine.
- Webster's Bible

proclaim God's message, be zealous in season and out of season; convince, rebuke, encourage, with the utmost patience as a teacher.
- Weymouth Bible

preach the word; be urgent in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with all patience and teaching.
- World English Bible

preche the word, be thou bisi couenabli with outen rest, repreue thou, biseche thou, blame thou in al pacience and doctryn.
- Wycliffe Bible

preach the word; be earnest in season, out of season, convict, rebuke, exhort, in all long-suffering and teaching,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 2 Timothy 4:2


4:2 Be instant - Insist on, urge these things in season, out of season - That is, continually, at all times and places. It might be translated, with and without opportunity - Not only when a fair occasion is given: even when there is none, one must be made.


People's Bible Notes for 2 Timothy 4:2


2Ti 4:2 Preach the word. Proclaim the Word, as a herald of Christ. This is implied in the Greek. The Word is the Gospel and its teachings. Nothing else must be preached. The excellence of the Scriptures has just been mentioned (2Ti 3:16,17). These equip the preacher for his work. Be instant in season, out of season. Preach on all occasions. Be urgent in the work.

Discussion for 2 Timothy 4

  • Barbara
    When people do not want to hear sound doctrine and hears are itching to call wrong right and right wrong. Preach the word. When your life is out of sink Timothy and you don't understand Preach the unadulterated word of God. Even if you are on your sick bed or in your own personal prison. Preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Do not look at the faces of Others but set your face like a flint and preach
  • Donnie
    Paul has instructed this young pastor to be instant in preaching the word in Season and out of Season ... Paul's instruction to Timothy is to not change his preaching to stay up with the times that are bound to change ... People change, fads change, the seasons change but the word of God endureth forever ... Preach the same truth, stand on it , hold to it even when the world turns on you !
  • Stephen
    I believe that leaving a total Christian life and letting others live the same way is fighting a full battle.
  • David
    God will also give you strength and courage to trust Him and heed the leading of The Holy Spirit.
  • John Vredenbregt for verse 7
    Fighting the good fight for me is staying on course while following Christ.
  • Anne
    Paul is passing on the baton for his work to be continued. He continues to prepare the younger leader for ministry of the Gospel and to carry on the work of Kingdom of God.

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