2 Timothy 2:24 KJV And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,

​The Greek word translated as strive means the following:

To fight physically or verbally.

So how can Christ require His servants to check and hold or fight or fornicate? He can’t and He hasn’t.


Original: μάχομαι

Transliteration: machomai

Phonetic: makh’-om-ahee

Thayer Definition:

  1. to fight
    1. of armed combatants, or those who engage in a hand to hand struggle
    2. of those who engage in a war of words, to quarrel, wrangle, dispute
    3. of those who contend at law for property and privileges

Origin: middle voice of an apparently root word

TDNT entry: 12:47,6

Part(s) of speech: Verb

Strong’s Definition: Middle voice of an apparently primary verb; to war, that is, (figuratively) to quarrel, dispute: – fight, strive.


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