It is surprising that I found this becoming the learning point instead for me today. But I guess I should hardly be surprised by these miracles any more.
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|So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil,
– 2 Timothy 2:22-24
|Now flee from youthful lusts and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. But refuse foolish and ignorant speculations, knowing that they produce quarrels. The Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged,
– 2 Timothy 2:22-24
|But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness.
– 1 Timothy 6:11
|But flee from these things, you man of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness.
– 1 Timothy 6:11
Note the similar words “kind” and “gentleness” in the two letters sent to Timothy (hence the title of the books in the Bible).
Adjective – Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong’s Greek 2261: Placid, gentle, mild. Probably from epos; properly, affable, i.e. Mild or kind.
2 Timothy 2:24. (accessed 11 Apr 2019). https://biblehub.com/2_timothy/2-24.htm.
Noun – Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong’s Greek 4240: Mildness, gentleness. From praus; mildness, i.e. humility…
Ellicott’s Commentary for English Readers
Meekness.–The German “sanftmuth”–the meekness of heart and feeling with which a Christian acts towards his enemies. His conduct who “when he was reviled, reviled not again” best exemplifies this virtue… [The King James Version renders ‘gentleness’ as ‘meekness’]
1 Timothy 6:11. (accessed 11 Apr 2019). https://biblehub.com/1_timothy/6-11.htm.
Prautēs, conjugated from the Greek of praus, is also found to describe the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:23. It is often translated as ‘gentleness’ or ‘meekness’. [However, it seems strange that the Thayer and Smith “Greek Lexicon entry for Praus” lists the term to be found only in Matthew 5:5; Matthew 21:5; 1 Peter 3:4 (https://www.biblestudytools.com/lexicons/greek/kjv/praus.html). The Thayer and Smith. “Greek Lexicon entry for Prautes” lists the term to be found only in James 1:21; James 3:13; 1 Peter 3:15 (https://www.biblestudytools.com/lexicons/greek/kjv/prautes.html). Both refer to the King James Version]
- [The “youthful passions” in this context are not sexual. Paul has in mind the passion for controversy, that feeling inside that relishes a fight and loves to be proved right and even prophetic.] Flee youthful passions. (March 22, 2014). Ray Ortlund. https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/ray-ortlund/flee-youthful-passions/. The Gospel Coalition, US Edition.
- 2:22-24 Fleeing From And Pursuing After. (21 Feb 2016). Geoff Thomas. Alfred Place Baptist Church. http://www.alfredplacechurch.org.uk/index.php/sermons/2-timothy/222-24-fleeing-from-and-pursuing-after/. Alfred Place Baptist Church.
- [Secondary and non-related cross reference] Inductions – Alfred Place Baptist Church, Aberystwyth. (Nov 2016). Michael Keen. https://www.evangelical-times.org/18280/inductions-alfred-place-baptist-church-aberystwyth/.
- The Christian Youth: Flee from youthful lusts. (26 Jul 2015). Tinashe Zinyemba. https://www.sundaymail.co.zw/the-christian-youth-flee-from-youthful-lusts. The Sunday Mail. Harare, Zimbabwe.
- [Secondary and non-related cross reference] Don’t be a fool, prepare! (23 Apr 2017). Tinashe Zinyemba. https://zimbabwe-today.com/dont-be-a-fool-prepare/. Zimbabwe Today.