Robertson Word Pictures - 2 Timothy 2:5 - 2:5

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If also a man contend in the games (ean de kai athlēi tis). Condition of third class with present (linear) active subjunctive of athleō, old and common verb (from athlos, a contest), only this verse in N.T., but sunathleō in Phi 1:27. Note sharp distinction between athlēi (present subjunctive, engage in a contest in general) and athlēsēi (first aorist active subjunctive, engage in a particular contest). Not “except he have contended,” but simply “unless he contend” (in any given case) “lawfully” (nomimōs). Old adverb, agreeably to the law, in N.T. only here and 1Ti 1:8.

Is not crowned (ou stephanoutai). Present passive indicative of stephanoō, old verb (from stephanos, crown), in N.T. only here and Heb 2:7, Heb 2:9. One apodosis for two protases. The victor in the athletic contests was crowned with a garland.