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2 Timothy 2:11

ESV The saying is trustworthy, for: If we have died with him, we will also live with him;
NIV Here is a trustworthy saying: If we died with him, we will also live with him;
NASB The statement is trustworthy: For if we died with Him, we will also live with Him;
CSB This saying is trustworthy: For if we died with him, we will also live with him;
NLT This is a trustworthy saying: If we die with him, we will also live with him.
KJV It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him:

What does 2 Timothy 2:11 mean?

The phrase, "The saying is trustworthy," is unique to the Pastoral Epistles (1 Timothy 1:15; 3:1; 4:9; Titus 3:8). In this context, the trustworthy saying is the poetical statement to follow in verses 11–13. These verses are set apart in many translations, since they appear to have been an early hymn or poem in the church. It may have originated with Paul in this letter. Or, it may have served as a reminder, with Paul quoting a known song from the early church.

The first part of this statement begins at the end of verse 11. Believers have died—to sin and the world—with Christ (Colossians 2:20; 3:1–3) and will also experience resurrection with Him (1 Corinthians 15:52). The two words translated "died" and "live" in this verse rhyme in the original Greek: synapethanomen and syzēsomen. The same rhyming pattern is found in the next verse as well. This creates an easily-remembered phrase which would have been easily passed along by early believers.
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