2 Timothy 2:14
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New International Version
Keep reminding God's people of these things. Warn them before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen.

New Living Translation
Remind everyone about these things, and command them in God's presence to stop fighting over words. Such arguments are useless, and they can ruin those who hear them.

English Standard Version
Remind them of these things, and charge them before God not to quarrel about words, which does no good, but only ruins the hearers.

New American Standard Bible
Remind them of these things, and solemnly charge them in the presence of God not to wrangle about words, which is useless and leads to the ruin of the hearers.

King James Bible
Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Remind them of these things, charging them before God not to fight about words; this is in no way profitable and leads to the ruin of the hearers.

International Standard Version
Remind others about these things, and warn them before God not to argue over words. Arguing does not do any good but only destroys those who are listening.

NET Bible
Remind people of these things and solemnly charge them before the Lord not to wrangle over words. This is of no benefit; it just brings ruin on those who listen.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Remind them of these things, and charge them before our Lord that they should not dispute about words without profit, to the overthrow of those who hear such things.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Remind believers about these things, and warn them in the sight of God not to quarrel over words. Quarreling doesn't do any good but only destroys those who are listening.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Counsel these things, charging them before the Lord. Strive not in words that profit nothing, but rather subvert the hearers.

King James 2000 Bible
Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the ruin of the hearers.

American King James Version
Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers.

American Standard Version
Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them in the sight of the Lord, that they strive not about words, to no profit, to the subverting of them that hear.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Of these things put them in mind, charging them before the Lord. Contend not in words, for it is to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers.

Darby Bible Translation
Of these things put in remembrance, testifying earnestly before the Lord not to have disputes of words, profitable for nothing, to the subversion of the hearers.

English Revised Version
Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them in the sight of the Lord, that they strive not about words, to no profit, to the subverting of them that hear.

Webster's Bible Translation
Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they contend not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers.

Weymouth New Testament
Bring all this to men's remembrances, solemnly charging them in the presence of God not to waste time in wrangling about mere words, a course which is altogether unprofitable and tends only to the ruin of the hearers.

World English Bible
Remind them of these things, charging them in the sight of the Lord, that they don't argue about words, to no profit, to the subverting of those who hear.

Young's Literal Translation
These things remind them of, testifying fully before the Lord -- not to strive about words to nothing profitable, but to the subversion of those hearing;
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

2:14-21 Those disposed to strive, commonly strive about matters of small moment. But strifes of words destroy the things of God. The apostle mentions some who erred. They did not deny the resurrection, but they corrupted that true doctrine. Yet nothing can be so foolish or erroneous, but it will overturn the temporary faith of some professors. This foundation has two writings on it. One speaks our comfort. None can overthrow the faith of any whom God hath chosen. The other speaks our duty. Those who would have the comfort of the privilege, must make conscience of the duty Christ gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, Tit 2:14. The church of Christ is like a dwelling: some furniture is of great value; some of smaller value, and put to meaner uses. Some professors of religion are like vessels of wood and earth. When the vessels of dishonour are cast out to be destroyed, the others will be filled with all the fulness of God. We must see to it that we are holy vessels. Every one in the church whom God approves, will be devoted to his Master's service, and thus fitted for his use.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 14. - In the sight of for before, A.V.; to for but to, A.V.; them that hear for the hearers, A.V. Put them in remembrance (ὑπομίμνησκε; John 14:26; Titus 3:1; 2 Peter 1:12). St. Paul skilfully strengthens his preceding exhortations to Timothy by now charging him to impress upon others - referring, perhaps, especially to "the faithful men" spoken of in ver. 2, but generally to the whole flock committed to him - the truths which he had just been urging upon Timothy. Charging (διαμαρτύρομενος); as 1 Timothy 5:21 and 2 Timothy 4:1. Strive...about words (λογομαχεῖν); only here in the New Testament or elsewhere. But λογομαχία occurs in 1 Timothy 6:4 and in late Greek. Another reading is λογομάχει, as if addressed to Timothy himself, but λογομαχεῖν is supported by the best authorities, and agrees best with the context. To no profit; literally, useful for nothing; serving no good purpose. Ξρήσιμον, which occurs nowhere else in the New Testament, is found repeatedly in the LXX., and is very common in classical Greek, where it is followed by εἰς ἐπί, and πρός. The construction is "not to strive about words, a thing useful for nothing, but, on the contrary, tending to subvert those who hear such strife." To the subverting (ἐπὶ καταστροφῇ); elsewhere only in 2 Peter 2:6, where it is used of a material overthrow, as it is in the LXX. of Genesis 19:29, to which St. Peter is referring. The history of its use here of a moral overthrow, which is not borne out by its classical use, seems to be that the apostle had in his mind the very common metaphor of οἰκοδομή, edification, as the proper result of speaking and teaching, and so uses the contrary to "building up," viz. an "overthrowing" or "destruction," to describe the effect of the teaching of those vain talkers and deceivers (comp. ver. 18).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Of these things put them in remembrance,.... Meaning either his hearers, or those to whom he was to commit the things he had heard of the apostle, and who must expect to suffer afflictions, and endure hardships, for the sake of Christ, and his Gospel; wherefore to remind them of the above sayings might be of use and comfort to them. This clause is wanting in the Arabic version.

Charging them before the Lord; the omniscient God, as in his sight, as they will answer it to him another day; see 1 Timothy 5:21,

that they strive not about words; it became them to strive and contend for the form of sound words, for the wholesome words or doctrines of our Lord Jesus, but not about mere words, and especially such as were

to no profit; to no advantage to truth, nor to themselves nor others; were not to edification, to spiritual edification, to godly edifying, which is in faith:

but to the subverting of the hearers; the confounding of their minds, misleading their judgments, and overthrowing their faith; and therefore were not only unprofitable, but hurtful and pernicious, and by all means to be avoided.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

14. them—those over whom thou dost preside (Tit 3:1).

charging—Greek, "testifying continually": "adjuring them."

before the Lord—(1Ti 5:21).

that they strive not about words—rather, "strive with words": "not to have a (mere) war of words" (2Ti 2:23, 24; 1Ti 6:4) where the most vital matters are at stake (2Ti 2:17, 18; Ac 18:15). The oldest manuscripts put a stop at "charging them before the Lord" (which clause is thus connected with "put them in remembrance") and read the imperative, "Strive not thou in words," &c.

to no profit—not qualifying "words"; but Greek neuter, in apposition with "strive in words," "(a thing tending) to no profit," literally, "profitable for nothing"; the opposite of "meet for the master's use" (2Ti 2:21).

to the subverting—sure to subvert (overturn) the hearers: the opposite of "edifying" (building up) (2Co 13:10).

2 Timothy 2:14 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Lord's Approved Workman
14Remind them of these things, and solemnly charge them in the presence of God not to wrangle about words, which is useless and leads to the ruin of the hearers. 15Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.…
Cross References
1 Timothy 5:21
I charge you, in the sight of God and Christ Jesus and the elect angels, to keep these instructions without partiality, and to do nothing out of favoritism.

1 Timothy 6:4
they are conceited and understand nothing. They have an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions

2 Timothy 2:23
Don't have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels.

2 Timothy 4:1
In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge:

Titus 3:1
Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good,

Titus 3:9
But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrels about the law, because these are unprofitable and useless.
Treasury of Scripture

Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers.

put.

2 Timothy 1:6 Why I put you in remembrance that you stir up the gift of God, which …

2 Peter 1:13 Yes, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir …

charging.

2 Timothy 4:1 I charge you therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who …

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

1 Thessalonians 4:1 Furthermore then we beseech you, brothers, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus…

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

1 Timothy 5:21 I charge you before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels…

1 Timothy 6:13 I give you charge in the sight of God, who vivifies all things, and …

that.

2 Timothy 2:16,23 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase to more …

Romans 14:1 Him that is weak in the faith receive you, but not to doubtful disputations.

1 Timothy 1:4,6 Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister …

1 Timothy 6:4,5 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes …

Titus 3:9-11 But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and …

to no.

1 Samuel 12:21 And turn you not aside: for then should you go after vain things, …

Jeremiah 2:8,11 The priests said not, Where is the LORD? and they that handle the …

Jeremiah 7:8 Behold, you trust in lying words, that cannot profit.

Jeremiah 16:19 O LORD, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of …

Jeremiah 23:32 Behold, I am against them that prophesy false dreams, said the LORD, …

Habakkuk 2:18 What profits the graven image that the maker thereof has graven it; …

Matthew 16:26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and …

1 Timothy 4:8 For bodily exercise profits little: but godliness is profitable to …

Hebrews 13:9 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is …

the subverting.

Jeremiah 23:36 And the burden of the LORD shall you mention no more: for every man's …

Acts 13:10 And said, O full of all subtlety and all mischief, you child of the …

Acts 15:24 For as much as we have heard, that certain which went out from us …

Galatians 1:7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would …

Titus 3:11 Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sins, being condemned of himself.

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