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

  • A disciple
    "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine;" We should be glad for every opportunity to communicate the grace and knowledge which the Lord has given us; but we understand too that men are free to choose their own way instead of the way of the Spirit if they really want to. If they did so to the Lord "in the green tree" what should we expect from those kind now "in the dry?"
  • Ray321
    2 Timothy 4:6-7 6 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. 7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. This must of been Paul's last Epistles knowing he was going to be put to death. That man kept the faith all the way through his life with Jesus. Praise the Lord.
  • A disciple
    Jesus preached about Hell, and Gehenna, and Damnation of the wicked, and the worm that never dies, and wailing and gnashing of teeth, and about a certain rich man who ended up "Tormented in this flame." "But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him." "..except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish."
  • A disciple
    Steve; EXCELLENT SCRIPTURES, as usual! "WE ARE OF GOD HE THAT KNOWETH GOD HEARETH US; HE THAT IS NOT OF GOD HEARETH NOT US: HEREBY KNOW WE THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH AND THE SPIRIT OF ERROR." When we abide in Jesus, and His Words abide in us, we shall ask what we will and it shall be done unto us: herein is the Father glorified, that we bear much fruit. The good fruit can only come from the good tree!
  • Lu2677
    For the time will come when they will not hold fast to Christ's doctrine, because they covet and gather to themselves many teachers that are "soothsayers", because they have hearts that only want to hear what makes them feel good/special, proud, accomplished, important, safe, puffed up. I worked with a woman who said "When they start preaching about hell, I walk out."
  • Steve morrow
    2 TIMOTHY 4:3 FOR THE TIME WILL COME WHEN THEY WILL NOT ENDURE SOUND DOCTRINE BUT AFTER THEIR OWN LUSTS SHALL THEY HEAP TO THEMSELVES TEACHERS HAVING ITCHING EARS

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