1 Timothy 1:7
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New International Version
They want to be teachers of the law, but they do not know what they are talking about or what they so confidently affirm.

New Living Translation
They want to be known as teachers of the law of Moses, but they don't know what they are talking about, even though they speak so confidently.

English Standard Version
desiring to be teachers of the law, without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they make confident assertions.

Berean Study Bible
They want to be teachers of the Law, but they do not understand what they are saying or that which they so confidently assert.

Berean Literal Bible
desiring to be teachers of the Law, understanding neither what they are saying nor that about which they confidently assert.

New American Standard Bible
wanting to be teachers of the Law, even though they do not understand either what they are saying or the matters about which they make confident assertions.

King James Bible
Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They want to be teachers of the law, although they don't understand what they are saying or what they are insisting on.

International Standard Version
They want to be teachers of the Law, yet they do not understand either what they are talking about or the things about which they speak so confidently.

NET Bible
They want to be teachers of the law, but they do not understand what they are saying or the things they insist on so confidently.

New Heart English Bible
desiring to be teachers of the law, though they understand neither what they say, nor about what they strongly affirm.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
In that they seek to be teachers of The Written Law, while they do not understand anything that they say, neither anything about which they contend.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They want to be experts in Moses' Teachings. However, they don't understand what they're talking about or the things about which they speak so confidently.

New American Standard 1977
wanting to be teachers of the Law, even though they do not understand either what they are saying or the matters about which they make confident assertions.

Jubilee Bible 2000
desiring to be teachers of the law, understanding neither what they say nor from where they affirm.

King James 2000 Bible
Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor the things they affirm.

American King James Version
Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm.

American Standard Version
desiring to be teachers of the law, though they understand neither what they say, nor whereof they confidently affirm.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Desiring to be teachers of the law, understanding neither the things they say, nor whereof they affirm.

Darby Bible Translation
desiring to be law-teachers, not understanding either what they say or concerning what they [so] strenuously affirm.

English Revised Version
desiring to be teachers of the law, though they understand neither what they say, nor whereof they confidently affirm.

Webster's Bible Translation
Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor concerning what they affirm.

Weymouth New Testament
They are ambitious to be teachers of the Law, although they do not understand either their own words or what the things are about which they make such confident assertions.

World English Bible
desiring to be teachers of the law, though they understand neither what they say, nor about what they strongly affirm.

Young's Literal Translation
willing to be teachers of law, not understanding either the things they say, nor concerning what they asseverate,
Study Bible
Warning against False Teaching
6Some have strayed from these ways and turned aside to empty talk. 7They want to be teachers of the Law, but they do not understand what they are saying or that which they so confidently assert. 8Now we know that the Law is good, if one uses it legitimately.…
Cross References
Luke 2:46
Finally, after three days they found Him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.

James 3:1
Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.
Treasury of Scripture

Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm.

to.

Acts 15:1 And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brothers, …

Romans 2:19-21 And are confident that you yourself are a guide of the blind, a light …

Galatians 3:2,5 This only would I learn of you, Received you the Spirit by the works …

Galatians 4:21 Tell me, you that desire to be under the law, do you not hear the law?

Galatians 5:3,4 For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is …

Titus 1:10,11 For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially …

understanding.

1 Timothy 6:4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes …

Isaiah 29:13,14 Why the Lord said, For as much as this people draw near me with their …

Jeremiah 8:8,9 How do you say, We are wise, and the law of the LORD is with us? …

Matthew 15:14 Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind …

Matthew 21:27 And they answered Jesus, and said, We cannot tell. And he said to …

Matthew 23:16-24 Woe to you, you blind guides, which say, Whoever shall swear by the …

John 3:9,10 Nicodemus answered and said to him, How can these things be…

John 9:40,41 And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, …

Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

2 Timothy 3:7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

2 Peter 2:12 But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, …

(7) Desiring to be teachers of the law.--"Desiring," though they really were not. They coveted the respect and influence which was ever paid to the acknowledged teachers of the Law of Moses; but these men utterly failed to understand the real spiritual meaning of that Law which they pretended to teach. Similar pretenders in a neighbouring Church, some years later, received from another Apostle--St. John--a stern rebuke for such pretensions. "I know," wrote St. John to the Christians of Smyrna, "the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan" (Revelation 2:9).

Understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm.--A wise teacher must understand what he teaches, and must, at the same time, be clear in his own mind that what he teaches is true.

The false teachers are here charged (1) with not understanding the wild fables and traditions upon which their teaching was based, and (2) with not comprehending the things whereof they make their assertions: that is, they had no real belief in those great truths which really underlie that Law with which they were meddling.

Verse 7. - Though they understand for understanding. A.V.; confidently affirm for affirm, A.V. Teachers of the Law (νομοδιδάσκαλοι. as Luke 5:17; Acts 5:34). This, again, distinctly marks the Jewish origin of these heretics. Though they understand, etc. So our Lord rebuke,1 the scribes and teachers of the Law in his day: "Ye do err, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God;" "Ye do greatly err" (Matthew 22:29; Mark 12:27; Matthew 12:7, etc.; compare, too, Romans 2:17-24). They confidently affirm (διαβεβαιοῦνται). Elsewhere in the New Testament only in Titus 3:8, "I will that thou affirm confidently." So in classical Greek, "to maintain strongly," "to be positive." This was right in the minister of Christ declaring Divine truth, but very wrong in these vain janglers. The nature of their confident assertions is apparent from what follows - they spoke of the Law, but not lawfully. Desiring to be teachers of the law,.... They were very fond of being called Rabbi, Rabbi, and styled doctors of the law, and of being thought to have skill in interpreting the law, and good talents in expounding it, and preaching upon it; which was now most in vogue, and gained the greatest applause, when the preaching of the Gospel was treated with contempt, not only by the unbelieving Jews, but by judaizing Christians, and carnal professors,

Understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm: they did not understand the law, the nature and end, the purity and spirituality, and perfection of it, which they were so fond of teaching, and went into many foolish and unlearned questions about it; see 2 Timothy 2:23, and which they as foolishly answered: these are the ignorant and unlearned men, who, notwithstanding their vain show of learning, and pretence to skill in interpreting the law, wrested the Scriptures to their own destruction, and that of others; they were ignorant of the things they talked of, and knew not by what arguments to confirm them, and yet were very bold and confident in their assertions: and generally speaking so it is, that those who can prove least assert most, and that with the greatest assurance. 7. Sample of their "vain talk" (1Ti 1:6).

Desiring—They are would-be teachers, not really so.

the law—the Jewish law (Tit 1:14; 3:9). The Judaizers here meant seem to be distinct from those impugned in the Epistles to the Galatians and Romans, who made the works of the law necessary to justification in opposition to Gospel grace. The Judaizers here meant corrupted the law with "fables," which they pretended to found on it, subversive of morals as well as of truth. Their error was not in maintaining the obligation of the law, but in abusing it by fabulous and immoral interpretations of, and additions to, it.

neither what they say, nor whereof—neither understanding their own assertions, nor the object itself about which they make them. They understand as little about the one as the other [Alford].1:5-11 Whatever tends to weaken love to God, or love to the brethren, tends to defeat the end of the commandment. The design of the gospel is answered, when sinners, through repentance towards God and faith in Jesus Christ, are brought to exercise Christian love. And as believers were righteous persons in God's appointed way, the law was not against them. But unless we are made righteous by faith in Christ, really repenting and forsaking sin, we are yet under the curse of the law, even according to the gospel of the blessed God, and are unfit to share the holy happiness of heaven.
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