Word Study of II Tim. 2:3,4 (SOLDIER)


Thinking of verse 15 in II Tim., deciding to read the chapter to gain more contexts of the word (Soldier) in verse 2,3. because it did not make sense and will share the observation discovered.

Looking up the word (Soldier) in the Young' s concordance and some on-line tools to facilitate a conclusion.

The word (Soldier) is translated from the Greek word (stratologeo) Immediately recognizing the Greek Root word (logos) embedded in the word and realized this one Greek word is derived from 2 Greek words. This first being (Strateuo) and translated in Young's 3 different ways as (army, war, soldier). This usage in II Tim: 2,3 (stratologeo) is used only once in bible in these 2 verses. When you see the word (Soldier) in the bible, there are 9 different Greek words translated to 1 English word (Soldier) This is the ninth usage translated KJV. "chosen him to be a soldier" are all the words translated from the 1 Greek word (stratologeo). This is incorrect. The translator failed to see the 2 Greek words combined (Strateuo) and (logos) which without debate is the Greek word for our English word (Word) or (Mind) associated with all forms of communication including speech and thoughts. Now when read in context of the whole chapter this translation makes much more sense.


Conclusion: Translation of the word (Soldier)in II Tim 2:3,4

"Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier {Soldier of word} of {in} Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who (hath chosen him to be a soldier) or {is an activist}." You can say it in English many different ways that's always an obstacle in studying the Bible.

"Soldier of Thought" Soldier "Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier {Activist}of Jesus Christ" A good translation of (Soldier) If anyone has 1 word or 2 word phrase that fits better please reveal it.


Greek Interlinear bible in verse 3 gives this definition of (Soldier)

Metaphor: a champion of the cause of Christ http://www.biblestudytools.com/lexicons/greek/kjv/stratiotes.html