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2Timothy 1:18 ASV;

  1. (the Lord grant unto him to find mercy of the Lord in that day); and in how many things he ministered at Ephesus, thou knowest very well.

What is the meaning of the Lord?

Are there two Lords?

Isn't it preferable to say: of Him?

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A slightly more literal translation is provided by the BLB of 2 Tim 1:18 of its first sentence-

May the Lord grant unto him to find mercy from the Lord in that day!

In trying to understand this verse we should observe the following:

  • In most (not all) cases "the Lord" in the NT is Jesus and the context here suggests nothing to alter this general trend. This is especially true when "Lord" is used as a stand-alone noun (as distinct from "Lord God", etc.)
  • "day of the Lord" and "that day" are NT technical phrases for the second coming of Jesus, eg, 2 Peter 3:10, 12, 1 Thess 5:2, 4, 2 Thess 2;2, 1 Cor 3:13, 5:5, 2 Cor 1:14, Acts 2:20, Heb 10:25, etc, etc.

The Pulpit commentary suggests this:

The repetition of "the Lord" is remarkable, but nothing seems to hang upon it. The second παρὰ Κυίου seems to suppose the Lord sitting on the judgment throne.

Ellicott offers a further note:

Some commentators, who have found a difficulty in this unusual repetition of “the Lord,” explain it thus: The expression, “the Lord grant,” had become among Christians so completely “a formulary,” that the second use of the word “Lord” was not noticed; and the prayer is thus-simply equivalent to “O that he may find mercy of the Lord.”

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