Home‎ > ‎

“Study” or “Be diligent” in 2 Timothy 2:15?

"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." (2 Timothy 2:15, KJV)

Some allege that “study” unjustifiably narrows the meaning of the Greek which means “to be diligent.” The context, however, justifies the narrowing of the meaning of the Greek. The verse explicitly exhorts the reader to be diligent in dividing the “word of truth” (the two ideas are grammatically connected). To do such an act is to “study.” The larger context also concerns having a proper focus on God's word rather than "words to no profit" and "profane and vain babblings." (2 Timothy 2:14, 16). The immediately following passage in verses 17-18 exposes two heretics who "erred" "concerning the truth", presumably because they failed to properly study God's word.