2 Timothy 2:15
Study to show yourself approved to God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Of Mr. John Shepherd, of the United States, it is recorded that he was greatly distinguished for his success in the pulpit. When on his death-bed he said to some young ministers who were present, "The secret of my success is in these three things:
1. "The studying of my sermons very frequently cost me tears.
2. Before I preached a sermon to others I derived good from it myself.
3. I have always gone into the pulpit as if I were immediately after to render an account to my Master." All who knew that devoted man would have united in expressing his secret in three words, "In the closet."
(Sword and Trowel.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
WEB: Give diligence to present yourself approved by God, a workman who doesn't need to be ashamed, properly handling the Word of Truth.