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2 Timoteo 2

1Así que tú, hijo mío, fortalécete por la gracia que tenemos en Cristo Jesús. Lo que me has oído decir en presencia de muchos testigos, encomiéndalo a creyentes dignos de confianza, que a su vez estén capacitados para enseñar a otros. Comparte nuestros sufrimientos, como buen soldado de Cristo Jesús. Ningún soldado que quiera agradar a su superior se enreda en cuestiones civiles. Así mismo, el atleta no recibe la corona de vencedor si no compite según el reglamento. El labrador que trabaja duro tiene derecho a recibir primero parte de la cosecha. Reflexiona en lo que te digo, y el Señor te dará una mayor comprensión de todo esto.

No dejes de recordar a Jesucristo, descendiente de David, levantado de entre los muertos. Este es mi evangelio, por el que sufro al extremo de llevar cadenas como un criminal. Pero la palabra de Dios no está encadenada. 10 Así que todo lo soporto por el bien de los elegidos, para que también ellos alcancen la gloriosa y eterna salvación que tenemos en Cristo Jesús.

11 Este mensaje es digno de crédito:

Si morimos con él,
    también viviremos con él;
12 si resistimos,
    también reinaremos con él.
Si lo negamos,
    también él nos negará;
13 si somos infieles,
    él sigue siendo fiel,
    ya que no puede negarse a sí mismo.

Un obrero aprobado por Dios

14 No dejes de recordarles esto. Adviérteles delante de Dios que eviten las discusiones inútiles, pues no sirven nada más que para destruir a los oyentes. 15 Esfuérzate por presentarte a Dios aprobado, como obrero que no tiene de qué avergonzarse y que interpreta rectamente la palabra de verdad. 16 Evita las palabrerías profanas, porque los que se dan a ellas se alejan cada vez más de la vida piadosa, 17 y sus enseñanzas se extienden como gangrena. Entre ellos están Himeneo y Fileto, 18 que se han desviado de la verdad. Andan diciendo que la resurrección ya tuvo lugar, y así trastornan la fe de algunos. 19 A pesar de todo, el fundamento de Dios es sólido y se mantiene firme, pues está sellado con esta inscripción: «El Señor conoce a los suyos»,[a] y esta otra: «Que se aparte de la maldad todo el que invoca el nombre del Señor».[b]

20 En una casa grande no solo hay vasos de oro y de plata, sino también de madera y de barro, unos para los usos más nobles y otros para los usos más bajos. 21 Si alguien se mantiene limpio, llegará a ser un vaso noble, santificado, útil para el Señor y preparado para toda obra buena.

22 Huye de las malas pasiones de la juventud, y esmérate en seguir la justicia, la fe, el amor y la paz, junto con los que invocan al Señor con un corazón limpio. 23 No tengas nada que ver con discusiones necias y sin sentido, pues ya sabes que terminan en pleitos. 24 Y un siervo del Señor no debe andar peleando; más bien, debe ser amable con todos, capaz de enseñar y no propenso a irritarse. 25 Así, humildemente, debe corregir a los adversarios, con la esperanza de que Dios les conceda el arrepentimiento para conocer la verdad, 26 de modo que se despierten y escapen de la trampa en que el diablo los tiene cautivos, sumisos a su voluntad.

Notas al pie

  1. 2:19 Nm 16:5, según LXX.
  2. 2:19 Véanse Nm 16:26 y Jl 3:5.

Amplified Bible

2 Timothy 2

Be Strong

1So you, my son, be strong [constantly strengthened] and empowered in the grace that is [to be found only] in Christ Jesus. The things [the doctrine, the precepts, the admonitions, the sum of my ministry] which you have heard me teach [a]in the presence of many witnesses, entrust [as a treasure] to reliable and faithful men who will also be capable and qualified to teach others. Take with me your share of hardship [passing through the difficulties which you are called to endure], like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier in active service gets entangled in the [ordinary business] affairs of civilian life; [he avoids them] so that he may please the one who enlisted him to serve. And if anyone competes as an athlete [in competitive games], he is not crowned [with the wreath of victory] unless he competes according to the rules. The hard-working farmer [who labors to produce crops] ought to be the first to receive his share of the crops. Think over the things I am saying [grasp their application], for the Lord will grant you insight and understanding in everything.

Remember Jesus Christ [the ever-living Lord who has] risen from the dead, [as the prophesied King] descended from David [king of Israel], according to my gospel [the good news that I preach], for that [gospel] I am suffering even to [the point of] wearing chains like a criminal; but the word of God is not chained or imprisoned! 10 For this reason I [am ready to] patiently endure all things for the sake of those who are the elect (God’s chosen ones), so that they too may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus and with it the reward of eternal glory. 11 This is a faithful and trustworthy saying:

If we died with Him, we will also live with Him;
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If we endure, we will also reign with Him;
If we deny Him, He will also deny us;
13 
If we are faithless, He remains faithful [true to His word and His righteous character], for He cannot deny Himself.

An Unashamed Workman

14 Remind the people of these facts, and solemnly charge them in the presence of God to avoid petty controversy over words, which does no good, and [upsets and undermines and] ruins [the faith of] those who listen. 15 Study and do your best to present yourself to God approved, a workman [tested by trial] who has no reason to be ashamed, accurately handling and skillfully teaching the word of truth. 16 But avoid all irreverent babble and godless chatter [with its profane, empty words], for it will lead to further ungodliness, 17 and their teaching will spread like gangrene. So it is with Hymenaeus and Philetus, 18 who have deviated from the truth. They claim that the resurrection has already taken place, and they undermine the faith of some. 19 Nevertheless, the firm foundation of God [which He has laid] stands [sure and unshaken despite attacks], bearing this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of the Lord stand apart from wickedness and withdraw from wrongdoing.”

20 Now in a large house there are not only [b]vessels and objects of gold and silver, but also vessels and objects of wood and of earthenware, and some are for honorable (noble, good) use and some for dishonorable (ignoble, common). 21 Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from these things [which are dishonorable—disobedient, sinful], he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified [set apart for a special purpose and], useful to the Master, prepared for every good work. 22 Run away from youthful lusts—pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace with those [believers] who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 23 But have nothing to do with foolish and ignorant speculations [useless disputes over unedifying, stupid controversies], since you know that they produce strife and give birth to quarrels. 24 The servant of the Lord must not participate in quarrels, but must be kind to everyone [even-tempered, preserving peace, and he must be], skilled in teaching, patient and tolerant when wronged. 25 He must correct those who are in opposition with courtesy and gentleness in the hope that God may grant that they will repent and be led to the knowledge of the truth [accurately understanding and welcoming it], 26 and that they may come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will.

Notas al pie

  1. 2 Timothy 2:2 Lit through.
  2. 2 Timothy 2:20 Like Rom 9:20-23, the analogy here has its roots in OT poetry (e.g. Ps 31:12; Prov 26:23) and prophecy (e.g. Is 45:9; Jer 18:2-6). Paul speaks of believers and unbelievers in Rom 9, but here he seems to be describing God’s household or family, in which all the vessels (containers, utensils) represent believers. While the objects in Rom 9:21 do not change, the vessels here are capable of changing their status and the use to which God puts them by keeping themselves from sinful behavior and influences (v 21).