2 Timothy 3:14 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

2 Timothy 3:14, NIV: But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it,

2 Timothy 3:14, ESV: But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it

2 Timothy 3:14, KJV: But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;

2 Timothy 3:14, NASB: You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them,

2 Timothy 3:14, NLT: But you must remain faithful to the things you have been taught. You know they are true, for you know you can trust those who taught you.

2 Timothy 3:14, CSB: But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed. You know those who taught you,

What does 2 Timothy 3:14 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Paul offers Timothy words of wisdom, emphasizing that Timothy's calling and behavior have nothing to do with the acts of these evil men: "But as for you." Timothy was a faithful follower of Christ, well-known to Paul and to those he led. Paul offered three specific reasons for this encouragement. First, Timothy was to maintain faithfulness to the teachings he was already walking in. Timothy had learned the Scriptures from his mother and grandmother (2 Timothy 1:5), as well as from Paul.

Second, he was to continue in what he had established clearly as his beliefs. Timothy had both learned God's truth and had believed the gospel. Both were important parts of Timothy's life and ministry. He had likely been led to faith in Christ by Paul in his hometown of Lystra (Acts 16:1), later following Paul as a fellow missionary before becoming the leader of the Christians in Ephesus. Third, Timothy had deep personal experience with the man from whom he had learned these truths. The prior verses were specifically meant to describe the various ways in which Timothy had seen evidence of Paul's own faith.

Paul had taught to Timothy the same gospel which he had received after his encounter with Jesus on the Damascus road (Acts 9) and had learned from the apostles who had been with Christ (Galatians 1:18). Timothy had the advantage of personally learning the teachings of Christ from Paul and other early Christians prior to the completion of the New Testament writings.