2 Timothy 3:17 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

2 Timothy 3:17, NIV: "so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work."

2 Timothy 3:17, ESV: "that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work."

2 Timothy 3:17, KJV: "That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works."

2 Timothy 3:17, NASB: "so that the man or woman of God may be fully capable, equipped for every good work."

2 Timothy 3:17, NLT: "God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work."

2 Timothy 3:17, CSB: "so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work."

What does 2 Timothy 3:17 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Paul concludes this chapter and section on Scripture stating that it can make the "man of God" "complete" and "equipped for every good work." The description "man of God" was used in the Old Testament of Moses (Deuteronomy 33:1), Samuel (1 Samuel 9:6), and other prophets (1 Kings 12:22). The term is not as common in the New Testament. There, only Timothy is referred to as a man of God. In addition to this verse, Paul uses the phrase regarding Timothy in 1 Timothy 6:11.

The man of God is helped by Scripture in two areas. First, he "may be complete," a term referring to maturity. Timothy's study and application of Scripture would make him a mature Christian man who could successfully lead other believers. Second, he would be "equipped for every good work." Regardless of the need, Timothy would have the worldview he needed to properly live out his faith. It is accurate biblical understanding that better enhances biblical application to life's issues.