2 Timothy 2:16
Parallel Verses
New International Version
Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly.

New Living Translation
Avoid worthless, foolish talk that only leads to more godless behavior.

English Standard Version
But avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness,

New American Standard Bible
But avoid worldly and empty chatter, for it will lead to further ungodliness,

King James Bible
But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But avoid irreverent, empty speech, for this will produce an even greater measure of godlessness.

International Standard Version
However, avoid pointless discussions. For people will become more and more ungodly,

NET Bible
But avoid profane chatter, because those occupied with it will stray further and further into ungodliness,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And avoid empty words in which there is no benefit, for they will all the more add to the wickedness of those who converse in them,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Avoid pointless discussions. People who [pay attention to these pointless discussions] will become more ungodly,

Jubilee Bible 2000
But avoid profane and vain wordiness, for it will develop into ungodliness.

King James 2000 Bible
But shun profane and vain utterances: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.

American King James Version
But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase to more ungodliness.

American Standard Version
But shun profane babblings: for they will proceed further in ungodliness,

Douay-Rheims Bible
But shun profane and vain babblings: for they grow much towards ungodliness.

Darby Bible Translation
But profane, vain babblings shun, for they will advance to greater impiety,

English Revised Version
But shun profane babblings: for they will proceed further in ungodliness,

Webster's Bible Translation
But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase to more ungodliness.

Weymouth New Testament
But from irreligious and frivolous talk hold aloof, for those who indulge in it will proceed from bad to worse in impiety,

World English Bible
But shun empty chatter, for they will proceed further in ungodliness,

Young's Literal Translation
and the profane vain talkings stand aloof from, for to more impiety they will advance,
Parallel Commentaries
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 16. - Profane for profane and vain, A.V.; proceed further in ungodliness for increase unto more ungodliness, A.V. Shun (περιι'´στασο, as in Titus 3:9); literally, step out of the way of, or stand away from - an unusual use of the word, found also in Josephus, 'Ant. Jud.,' 4. 6:12. Profane babblings (see 1 Timothy 4:7; 1 Timothy 6:20). They will proceed (προκόψουσιν); see note on προκοπή in 1 Timothy 4:15. Further in ungodliness (ἐπὶ πεῖον ἀσεβείας); surely better rendered in the A.V. to more ungodliness. It may be questioned whether "they" refers to the babblings or to the false teachers. It makes very good sense to say, "Avoid these profane babblings, for they won't stop there - they will grow into open impiety and blasphemy." But ver. 17, as Alford observes, is in favour of the "teachers" being the subject of "will proceed;" but it is not conclusive. If a full stop be put after "ungodliness," as in the A.V., ver. 17 comes in quite naturally with the further statement that "their word will eat as doth a gangrene."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But shun profane and vain babblings,.... The ministry of false teachers is mere babbling; a voice, and nothing else, as the man said of his nightingale; a sound of words, but no solid matter in them; great swelling words of vanity, like large bubbles of water, look big, and make a great noise, but have nothing in them; contain nothing but vain, empty, idle, and trifling stuff; what is unprofitable and unedifying, yea, what is profane, contrary to the nature and perfections of God, and not agreeable to the doctrine which is according to godliness; and being palmed upon the Holy Scriptures, is a profanation of them. And all such wicked and empty prate, and babbling, is to be shunned, avoided, and discouraged, refused, and rejected; and, as much as can be, a stop should be put to it, both by ministers and hearers of the word.

For they will increase unto more ungodliness meaning either that such babblings, if used and encouraged, will grow more and more profane and wicked; or the persons that use them, the unruly and vain talkers, will grow more daring, bold; and impudent, will wax worse and worse, and from one error will proceed to another, for such seldom stop; and having abused one passage of Scripture, will go on to attack another, and will not cease, till they have wrested the whole Scripture to their own destruction, and that of others.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

16. shun—literally, "stand above," separate from, and superior to.

vain—opposed to "the truth" (2Ti 2:15).

babblings—with loud voice: opposed to the temperate "word" (Tit 3:9).

increase—Greek, advance"; literally, "strike forward": an image from pioneers cutting away all obstacles before an advancing army. They pretend progress; the only kind of progress they make is to a greater pitch of impiety.

more ungodliness—Greek, "a greater degree of impiety."

2 Timothy 2:16 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Lord's Approved Workman
15Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth. 16But avoid worldly and empty chatter, for it will lead to further ungodliness, 17and their talk will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus,…
Cross References
1 Timothy 1:9
We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers,

1 Timothy 6:20
Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to your care. Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge,

2 Timothy 2:21
Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.

2 Timothy 3:13
while evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.

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