1 Timothy 6:5
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New International Version
and constant friction between people of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain.

New Living Translation
These people always cause trouble. Their minds are corrupt, and they have turned their backs on the truth. To them, a show of godliness is just a way to become wealthy.

English Standard Version
and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain.

Berean Study Bible
and constant friction between men of depraved mind who are devoid of the truth. These men regard godliness as a means of gain.

Berean Literal Bible
and constant frictions among men corrupted in mind and destitute of the truth, holding godliness to be a means of gain.

New American Standard Bible
and constant friction between men of depraved mind and deprived of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain.

King James Bible
Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
and constant disagreement among people whose minds are depraved and deprived of the truth, who imagine that godliness is a way to material gain.

International Standard Version
and incessant conflict between people who are depraved in mind and deprived of truth. They think that godliness is a way to make a profit.

NET Bible
and constant bickering by people corrupted in their minds and deprived of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a way of making a profit.

New Heart English Bible
constant friction of people of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And the misery of the children of men who corrupt their minds and are cheated of the truth, and they think that making money is the worship of God; but stay away from these things,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
and conflict between people whose corrupt minds have been robbed of the truth. They think that a godly life is a way to make a profit.

New American Standard 1977
and constant friction between men of depraved mind and deprived of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain.

Jubilee Bible 2000
perverse disputings of men of corrupt understanding, and destitute of the truth, using piety as a source of gain: from such withdraw thyself.

King James 2000 Bible
Perverse wranglings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw yourself.

American King James Version
Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw yourself.

American Standard Version
wranglings of men corrupted in mind and bereft of the truth, supposing that godliness is a way of gain.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Conflicts of men corrupted in mind, and who are destitute of the truth, supposing gain to be godliness.

Darby Bible Translation
constant quarrellings of men corrupted in mind and destitute of the truth, holding gain to be [the end of] piety.

English Revised Version
wranglings of men corrupted in mind and bereft of the truth, supposing that godliness is a way of gain.

Webster's Bible Translation
Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing gain to be godliness: from such withdraw thyself.

Weymouth New Testament
and persistent wranglings on the part of people whose intellects are disordered and they themselves blinded to all knowledge of the truth; who imagine that godliness means gain.

World English Bible
constant friction of people of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. Withdraw yourself from such.

Young's Literal Translation
wranglings of men wholly corrupted in mind, and destitute of the truth, supposing the piety to be gain; depart from such;
Study Bible
Reject False Doctrines
4he is conceited and understands nothing. Instead, he has an unhealthy interest in controversies and semantics, out of which come envy, strife, abusive talk, evil suspicions, 5and constant friction between men of depraved mind who are devoid of the truth. These men regard godliness as a means of gain. 6Of course, godliness with contentment is great gain.…
Cross References
1 Timothy 4:7
But reject irreverent and silly myths. Instead, train yourself for godliness.

1 Timothy 4:8
For physical exercise is of limited value, but godliness is valuable in every way, holding promise for the present life and for the one to come.

2 Timothy 3:8
Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also these men oppose the truth. They are depraved in mind and disqualified from the faith.

Titus 1:11
who must be silenced. For the sake of dishonorable gain, they undermine entire households and teach things they should not.

Titus 1:15
To the pure, all things are pure; but to the defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure. Indeed, both their minds and their consciences are defiled.

2 Peter 2:3
In their greed, these false teachers will exploit you with tales they have concocted. The longstanding verdict against them remains in force, and their destruction does not sleep.
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Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw yourself.

Perverse, etc. or, Gallings one of another.

1 Timothy 1:6 From which some having swerved have turned aside to vain jangling;

1 Corinthians 11:16 But if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither …

men.

Matthew 7:17-20 Even so every good tree brings forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree …

Matthew 12:33 Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree …

John 3:19-21 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, …

Ephesians 4:17-19 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you from now …

2 Thessalonians 2:8-11 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume …

2 Timothy 3:8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist …

Titus 1:15,16 To the pure all things are pure: but to them that are defiled and …

Hebrews 3:12,13 Take heed, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of …

2 John 1:8-10 Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have worked, …

supposing.

1 Timothy 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.

1 Timothy 3:3,8 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, …

2 Kings 5:20-27 But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, Behold, my …

Isaiah 56:11 Yes, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are …

Jeremiah 6:13 For from the least of them even to the greatest of them every one …

Jeremiah 8:10 Therefore will I give their wives to others, and their fields to …

Ezekiel 33:31 And they come to you as the people comes, and they sit before you …

Matthew 21:13 And said to them, It is written, My house shall be called the house …

Matthew 23:14 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you devour widows' …

Acts 8:18-20 And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles' hands …

Acts 19:24-28 For a certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, which made silver …

Titus 1:11 Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching …

2 Peter 2:3,15 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise …

Jude 1:11 Woe to them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily …

Revelation 18:3,13 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, …

from.

Romans 16:17,18 Now I beseech you, brothers, mark them which cause divisions and …

2 Thessalonians 3:6 Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ…

2 Timothy 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

(5) Perverse disputings.--The older authorities read here a word which should be rendered "lasting or obstinate conflicts." These words close the long catalogue of the fruits of the teaching of the false masters of the new faith, and point out that the disputes engendered by these useless and unhappy controversies would be no mere temporary difficulties, but would indefinitely prolong their weary story.

Of men of corrupt minds.--More accurately Tendered, corrupted in their mind. From their mind, over which corruption had spread, arose those mists which (1Timothy 6:4) had clouded their sight with pride. The language used seems to imply that for these unhappy men a time had existed when corruption had not done its fatal work.

Destitute of the truth.--More literally, deprived of the truth. The truth was taken away from them: this was the immediate consequence of the corruption which had spread over their minds.

Supposing that gain is godliness.--Here the translation of the Greek words must run thus, supposing that godliness is a source of gain. The article before the word signifying godliness requires this rendering of the sentence. (See Titus 1:11.) St. Paul, here adding his command to Timothy to have no dealings with these men, dismisses the subject with these few scathing words of scorn and contempt. One can imagine with what feelings of holy anger one like the noble chivalrous St. Paul would regard the conduct of men who looked upon the profession of the religion of the Crucified as a source of gain. This was by far the gravest of his public charges against these teachers of a strange and novel Christianity. We read elsewhere (1Corinthians 3:12-15) men might go wrong in doctrine, might even teach an unpractical, useless religion, if only they were trying their poor best to build on the one foundation--Christ. Their faulty work would perish, but they would assuredly find mercy if only they were in earnest, if only they were zeal. But these, St. Paul tells Timothy and his church, were not in earnest; these were unreal. Their religion--they traded upon it. Their teaching--they taught only to win gold. There was another school of teaching--he had just been dwelling on it--the teaching which told men, even slaves, simply, lovingly to do their duty as though ever in the presence of the Lord, without any restless longing for change. This teaching would win souls to Christ, but it would never win gold, or popular applause, or gain, as the world counts gain.

From such withdraw thyself.--Most, though not all, the ancient authorities omit these words.

Verse 5. - Wranglings for perverse disputings, A.V. and T.R.; corrupted in mind for of corrupt minds, A.V.; bereft for destitute, A.V.; godliness is a way of gain for gain is godliness, A.V. Wranglings (διαπαρατριβαί, R.T.; παραδιατριβαί, T.R.). The R.T. has far the largest weight of authority in its favor (Ellicott). The substantive παρατριβή in Polybius means "provocation," "collision," "friction," and the like. Hence διαπαρατριβή (which is only found here) means "continued wranglings." The substantive διατριβή (English diatribe) means, among other things, a "discussion" or "argument." The addition of πάρα gives the sense of a "perverse discussion," or "disputing." Bereft (ἀπεστερημένων). The difference between the A.V. "destitute" and the R.V. "bereft" is that the latter implies that they once had possession of the truth, but had lost it by their own fault. They had fallen away from the truth, and were twice dead. Godliness is a way of gain. The A.V., that gain is godliness, is clearly wrong, utterly confusing the subject with the predicate, and so destroying the connection between the clause and ver. 6. A way of gain (πορισμός); only here and in ver. 6 in the New Testament. but found in Wisd. 13:19 Wisd. 14:2; Polybius, etc. It signifies "a source of gain," "a means of malting money," or, in one word, "a trade." The same charge is brought against the heretical teachers (Titus 1:11). The cause in the A.V. and T.R., from such withdraw thyself, is not in the R.T. Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds,.... Who being corrupt in their principles, and corrupters of the word of God, dispute in a very froward and perverse way, rubbing and galling one another, and so provoke, to wrath and anger, and, every evil work:

and destitute of the truth of Christ, who is the truth, knowing nothing of him spiritually and savingly; and of the Gospel, the word of truth; and also of the truth of grace, being carnal, sensual, and having not the Spirit of God.

Supposing that gain is godliness; such were Simon Magus and his followers, and other false teachers, who made merchandise of men, looked everyone for his gain from his quarter, and acted as if there was nothing in religion but worldly profit and gain; these served themselves, their own bellies, and selfish interests, and not the Lord Jesus Christ. Wherefore the apostle gives the following advice to Timothy, and through him to all ministers and churches,

from such withdraw thyself: do not come near them; have nothing to do with them; do not lay hands on them, or admit them into the ministry; do not suffer them to preach, or encourage them by hearing them: if in the church, cast them out; have communion with them, neither in a civil nor in a religious way; avoid all conversation with them. The Vulgate Latin and Ethiopic versions omit this clause; it is wanting in the Alexandrian copy, and in Beza's Claromontane Exemplar, but is in other copies. 5. Perverse disputings—useless disputings. The oldest manuscripts read, "lasting contests" [Wiesinger]; "incessant collisions" [Alford]. "Strifes of words" had already been mentioned so that he would not be likely to repeat the same idea (as in the English Version reading) again.

corrupt minds—Greek, "of men corrupted (depraved) in mind." The inmost source of the evil is in the perverted mind (1Ti 6:4; 2Ti 3:8; Tit 1:15).

destitute of the truth—(Tit 1:14). They had had the truth, but through want of moral integrity and of love of the truth, they were misled by a pretended deeper gnosis (knowledge) and higher ascetical holiness, of which they made a trade [Wiesinger].

supposing, etc.—The Greek requires, "supposing (regarding the matter in this point of view) that piety (so translated for 'godliness') is a means of gain (that is, a way of advancing one's worldly interests: a different Greek form, poriswa, expresses the thing gained, gain)"; not "that gain is godliness," as English Version.

from such withdraw thyself—omitted in the oldest manuscripts. The connection with 1Ti 6:6 favors the omission of these words, which interrupt the connection.6:1-5 Christians were not to suppose that religious knowledge, or Christian privileges, gave them any right to despise heathen masters, or to disobey lawful commands, or to expose their faults to others. And such as enjoyed the privilege of living with believing masters, were not to withhold due respect and reverence, because they were equal in respect to religious privileges, but were to serve with double diligence and cheerfulness, because of their faith in Christ, and as partakers of his free salvation. We are not to consent to any words as wholesome, except the words of our Lord Jesus Christ; to these we must give unfeigned consent. Commonly those are most proud who know least; for they do not know themselves. Hence come envy, strife, railings, evil-surmisings, disputes that are all subtlety, and of no solidity, between men of corrupt and carnal minds, ignorant of the truth and its sanctifying power, and seeking their worldly advantage.
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