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 for 2 Timothy 2:15

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 for 2 Timothy 2:15

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 2:15

  • Dharam on 2 Timothy 2:15
    Failure to diligently study God 's Word could lead to misinterpretation and be misleading to ourselves and others. One thing worse than a lack of knowledge is incorrect and misleading information.
  • Anonymous on 2 Timothy 2:15
    This is very beautiful and really powerful verse.
  • Ben C Unakalamba on 2 Timothy 2:15
    Knowledge is power.
  • Jackie on 2 Timothy 2:15
    i'm really in love with Jesus and love His word that has prepared me to continue therein and be not a forgetful hearer (james 1:25) but a doer of His word that man shall be bless in all he does studing God,s word will be intement with The Word of Godthat will do what it,s saywatching it comes to past because only God knows everything and can approve what motive
  • Anna on 2 Timothy 2:15
    Reverent Walker used it in an opening remark of a lecture. "If you don't study to be approved you should be ashamed. Worship can neither supplement nor replace preaching. Preaching deserves the highest excellence. It is the method chosen by the Lord to save the lost. Scripture says that by 'the foolishness of preaching - not foolish by preaching. So study and prepare well.
  • Esther thomas on 2 Timothy 2:15
    This scripture is saying to me that Christians should make every effort to know the correct interpretation of the word of God especially in today society because of so many false teaching in
    the world. Know the word and live the word.
  • Archie Meade on 2 Timothy 2:15
    We need to study the Word of God. Be not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • Lawrence Hempel on 2 Timothy 2:15
    Kathy's comment has merit, but falls short. There are 4 programs or divisions to the Bible.
    1) Pre Jewish Law (Genesis to Exodus 19);
    2) Under the Jewish Law (Exodus 20 to Acts 7);
    3) Christian church age (Acts 8 -Philemon);
    4) Tribulational and Millennial to Hebrew-Christians after the Rapture of the Church (Hebrews to Revelation);
    5) Divided in this light the verses in the New Testament that confuse "works" and "grace" are eliminated from the portion of scripture directly aimed at the Christian in the "church" age where salvation is by grace and nothing more.
  • Vincent - in Reply on 2 Timothy 2:15
    Lawrence Hempel - SUPER LATE RESPONSE

    Well actually, there are 7 dispensations. One is correct to say there are divisions, but where one claims them to be is what can make or break the "...workman that needeth not to be ashamed..."



    Human Government




    Future kingdom

    Along side the dispensations there are the covenants which can help one to futher understand the dispensations. Dispensations and covenants overlap.






    (some say Palestinian is separate)


    New Covenant
  • Kathy on 2 Timothy 2:15
    this is one of the first passages in the Bible that tells of the 2 programs that God set forth in the Bible. this program aimed at the gentiles..The whole Bible is good...But God has made it clear that with the anointing of Saul into Paul that he was for the first time dealing with Gentiles, thus rightly dividing the bible is important to Christians, the body of Christ. He told Iseral what to do and now he is telling the Gentiles what to do.


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