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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - 2 Timothy 4:9-15

Here are divers particular matters which Paul mentions to Timothy, now at the closing of the epistle. 1. He bids him hasten to him, if possible (2Ti. 4:9): So thy diligence to come shortly to me. For Timothy was an evangelist, one who was not a fixed pastor of any one place, but attended the motions of the apostles, to build upon their foundation. Paul wanted Timothy's company and help; and the reason he gives is because several had left him (2Ti. 4:10); one from an ill principle, namely,... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - 2 Timothy 4:9-15

4:9-15 Do your best to come and see me soon. Demas has deserted me, because he loved this present world, and has gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia. Luke alone is with me. Take Mark and bring him with you, for he is very useful in service. I have sent Tychicus to Ephesus. When you come bring with you the cloak which I left behind at Troas at Corpus' house, and bring the books, especially the parchments. Alexander, the coppersmith, did me a... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - 2 Timothy 4:9-15

The Gentile Of Whom All Spoke Well After Paul has spoken of the man who was the deserter, he goes on to speak of the man who was faithful unto death. "Luke alone is with me," he says. We know very little about Luke, and yet even from that little he emerges as one of the loveliest characters in the New Testament. (i) One thing we know by implication--Luke accompanied Paul on his last journey to Rome and to prison. He was the writer of the Book of Acts. Now there are certain passages of Acts... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - 2 Timothy 4:9-15

There is still another name with an untold, yet thrilling, story behind it in this roll. The Man Who Redeemed Himself Paul urges Timothy to bring Mark with him "for he is profitable to me for the ministry." The word ministry is not used in its narrower sense of the ministry of the Church but in its wider sense of service. "Bring Mark," says Paul, "for he is very useful in service." As E. F. Scott puts it; "Bring Mark, for he can turn his hand to anything." Or, as we might put it in our own... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - 2 Timothy 4:9-15

Helpers And A Hinderer And A Last Request So the list of names goes on. Of Crescens we know nothing at all. Titus was another of Paul's most faithful lieutenants. "My true child," Paul calls him ( Titus 1:4 ). When the trouble with the Church at Corinth had been worrying him, Titus had been one of Paul's emissaries in the struggle to mend things ( 2 Corinthians 2:13 ; 2 Corinthians 7:6 ; 2 Corinthians 7:13 ; 2 Corinthians 12:18 ). Tychicus had been entrusted with the delivery of... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 2 Timothy 4:9

Do thy diligence to come shortly unto me. From Ephesus, where Timothy was, to Rome, where the apostle was; and this request did not arise purely from a desire of seeing Timothy, as in 2 Timothy 1:4 but rather because he had some things to say to him, relating to the care of the churches and the good of the interest of Christ, which he chose not to write with ink and paper; and he desires the rather that he would use diligence, and hasten his coming to him; partly because winter was coming... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 2 Timothy 4:10

For Demas hath forsaken me ,.... Of this person; see Gill on Colossians 4:14 . It does not appear by what is said in this clause, and in the following, that he entirely apostatized; he might forsake the apostle, and yet not forsake Christ and his interest, or make shipwreck of faith and a good conscience: his faith might be right, though low, and his love sincere, though not fervent; and through a fear of persecution, and loss of life, he might be tempted to leave the apostle, and withdraw... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 2 Timothy 4:11

Only Luke is with me ,.... The beloved physician, who wrote the Gospel that bears his name, and "the Acts of the Apostles", and was a constant companion of Paul's in his travels and sufferings: take Mark, and bring him with thee ; who might be at Ephesus, or somewhere in Timothy's way as he came to Rome. This seems to be the same with John Mark of Jerusalem, the son of Mary, the sister of Barnabas, and who was with Paul and Barnabas in their travels, and who parted from them at... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - 2 Timothy 4:9

Do thy diligence to come shortly unto me - He appears to have wished Timothy to be present at his death, that he might have his faith confirmed by seeing how a Christian could die; and, as he had but a short time to live, he begs Timothy to hasten his visit, and particularly so as he had scarcely now any companions. read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - 2 Timothy 4:10

Demas hath forsaken me - This is another proof of the posteriority of this epistle: for Demas was with the apostle in his first imprisonment, and joins in the salutations, see Colossians 4:14 , which were written when Paul was a prisoner at Rome for the first time. Having loved this present world - Αγαπησας τον νυν αιωνα Having preferred Judaism to Christianity; or having loved the Jews, and having sought their welfare in preference to that of the Gentiles. The הזה עולם words ... read more

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