This article is part of the Key Bible Verses series.
All commentary notes adapted from the ESV Study Bible.
1. 2 Timothy 4:1–4
I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. Read More
The Ultimate Charge. Having just reminded Timothy of his early training in Scripture and of the power and divine origin of Scripture (2 Tim. 3:15–17), Paul exhorts him to preach this word (2 Tim. 4:2ff.). Chapter 3 ends with a reference to being competent and equipped, and 2 Tim. 4:1–8 then…