2 Timothy 2:5

“And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And if a man also striue for masteries, yet is hee not crowned except hee striue lawfully.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Also if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not win the prize unless he competes according to the rules.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And if also a man contend in the games, he is not crowded, except he have contended lawfully.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And if a man takes part in a competition he does not get the crown if he has not kept the rules.
- Basic English Bible

And if also any one contend [in the games], he is not crowned unless he contend lawfully.
- Darby Bible

And if a man also striveth for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he striveth lawfully.
- Webster's Bible

And if any one takes part in an athletic contest, he gets no prize unless he obeys the rules.
- Weymouth Bible

Also, if anyone competes in athletics, he isn't crowned unless he has competed by the rules.
- World English Bible

For he that fiytith in a batel, schal not be corowned, but he fiyte lawfuli.
- Wycliffe Bible

and if also any one may strive, he is not crowned, except he may strive lawfully;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

People's Bible Notes for 2 Timothy 2:5


2Ti 2:5 And if a man also striveth for masteries. In the various athletic games of the Greeks. [Yet] is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully. Unless he complies with the regulations, no prize will be assigned to him in any contest. So one, striving for the Christian crown, must seek to please the Master.

Discussion for 2 Timothy 2

  • Darrien DeFederico
    Cathy Cooper, strive lawfully means to compete according to the rules. Paul here is comparing the Christian walk to a race. If you cheat in a race, you are disqualified. If you sin, cheat others, etc. without repenting you will be disqualified from Heaven.
  • Cathy Cooper
    What does verse 5 mean except he strive lawfully
  • Steve morrow
    2 TIMOTHY 2:3 THOU THEREFORE ENDURE HARDNESS AS A GOOD SOLDIER OF JESUS CHRIST --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 EPHESIANS 6:20 FOR WHICH I AM AN AMBASSADOR IN BONDS THAT THEREIN I MAY SPEAK BOLDLY AS I OUGHT TO SPEAK
  • Ray321
    1 Corinthians 9:24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. We must keep the Faith in Christ Jesus to run the RACE.
  • BSP
    Verse 5: Just as the organizer of a race has the right to set rules, the organizer in the race for life, Jehovah God, has the right to set rules for mankind.
  • Irene123
    Rom. 2:6 - "Your fruitfulness in God will always be directly proportionate to your rootfullness in God"

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