2 Timothy 2:4

“No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

No man that warreth, intangleth himselfe with the affaires of this life, that hee may please him who hath chosen him to be a souldier.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

No soldier on service entangleth himself in the affairs of `this' life; that he may please him who enrolled him as a soldier.
- American Standard Version (1901)

A fighting man, when he is with the army, keeps himself free from the business of this life so that he may be pleasing to him who has taken him into his army.
- Basic English Bible

No one going as a soldier entangles himself with the affairs of life, that he may please him who has enlisted him as a soldier.
- Darby Bible

No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.
- Webster's Bible

Every one who serves as a soldier keeps himself from becoming entangled in the world's business--so that he may satisfy the officer who enlisted him.
- Weymouth Bible

No soldier on duty entangles himself in the affairs of life, that he may please him who enrolled him as a soldier.
- World English Bible

No man holdinge knyythod to God, wlappith hym silf with worldli nedis, that he plese to hym, to whom he hath preuyd hym silf.
- Wycliffe Bible

no one serving as a soldier did entangle himself with the affairs of life, that him who did enlist him he may please;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 2 Timothy 2:4


2:4 No man that warreth entangleth himself - Any more than is unavoidable. In the affairs of this life - With worldly business or cares. That - Minding war only, he may please his captain. In this and the next verse there is a plain allusion to the Roman law of arms, and to that of the Grecian games. According to the former, no soldier was to engage in any civil employment; according to the latter, none could be crowned as conqueror, who did not keep strictly to the rules of the game.


People's Bible Notes for 2 Timothy 2:4


2Ti 2:4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of [this] life. The soldier to do good service must devote himself entirely to the soldier's life, giving up worldly affairs. So the soldier, like Timothy, engaged as a minister, should have no other business.

Discussion for 2 Timothy 2:4

  • June R. Tillman for verse 4
    Well, Timothy is saying something that the local church is not doing. The church is involved with everything the world is doing and say it is our civic duty to me involved in protesting, talk shows debates, movies and etc. Explain this to me.
  • We are in a real spiritual war. We cannot afford to be burden down with the things of the world. We need to be disciplined in this warefare, if we want to lay hold on the victory that is ours in Christ Jesus. The 'Word ' and the 'World ' don 't mix!
  • Christine Estep for verse 4
    No man that warreth[against principalities in high places] entangleth himself with... [Prideful,self centered, lustful] affairs of this life; that he may please Him who hath chosen him to be a soldier [engaged in The political Battle against Tyranny].
  • Patricia for verse 4
    can you explain it a bit more to me please, or maybe a sermon on it? thank you and God bless your work.
  • Doris Early for verse 4
    What about a lawsuit to be make WHoLe on items that someone destroyed. No lawyers involved just to try to retrieve stolen property. NOTing Matt. 5:40

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