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

New Living Translation
Again I say, don't get involved in foolish, ignorant arguments that only start fights.

English Standard Version
Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels.

Berean Study Bible
But reject foolish and ignorant speculation, for you know that it breeds quarreling.

Berean Literal Bible
And refuse foolish and ignorant speculations, knowing that they breed quarrels.

New American Standard Bible
But refuse foolish and ignorant speculations, knowing that they produce quarrels.

King James Bible
But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But reject foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they breed quarrels.

International Standard Version
Do not have anything to do with foolish and stupid discussions, because you know they breed arguments.

NET Bible
But reject foolish and ignorant controversies, because you know they breed infighting.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Abstain from the disputes of fools who are without instruction, for you know that they generate conflict.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Don't have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments. You know they cause quarrels.

New American Standard 1977
But refuse foolish and ignorant speculations, knowing that they produce quarrels.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But foolish and unwise questions refuse, knowing that they do beget contentions.

King James 2000 Bible
But foolish and ignorant questions avoid, knowing that they do produce strifes.

American King James Version
But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do engender strifes.

American Standard Version
But foolish and ignorant questionings refuse, knowing that they gender strifes.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And avoid foolish and unlearned questions, knowing that they beget strifes.

Darby Bible Translation
But foolish and senseless questionings avoid, knowing that they beget contentions.

English Revised Version
But foolish and ignorant questionings refuse, knowing that they gender strifes.

Webster's Bible Translation
But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they gender contentions.

Weymouth New Testament
But avoid foolish discussions with ignorant men, knowing--as you do--that these lead to quarrels;

World English Bible
But refuse foolish and ignorant questionings, knowing that they generate strife.

Young's Literal Translation
and the foolish and uninstructed questions be avoiding, having known that they beget strife,
Study Bible
The Lord's Approved Workman
22Flee from youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 23But reject foolish and ignorant speculation, for you know that it breeds quarreling. 24And a servant of the Lord must not be quarrelsome, but he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, and forbearing.…
Word Study

A primary particle; but, and, etc.

From para and the middle voice of aiteo; to beg off, i.e. Deprecate, decline, shun.

Probably from the base of musterion; dull or stupid, i.e. Heedless, blockhead, absurd.

And, even, also, namely.

Untrained, uneducated, showing a want of training or education, ignorant. Uninstructed, i.e. stupid.

speculations,
zētēseis (N-AFP)
A question, debate, controversy; a seeking, search. From zeteo; a searching, i.e. A dispute or its theme.

To know, remember, appreciate.

Neuter of hostis as conjunction; demonstrative, that; causative, because.

From a variation of genos; to procreate; figuratively, to regenerate.

From machomai; a battle, i.e. controversy.

Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
2:22-26 The more we follow that which is good, the faster and the further we shall flee from that which is evil. The keeping up the communion of saints, will take us from fellowship with unfruitful works of darkness. See how often the apostle cautions against disputes in religion; which surely shows that religion consists more in believing and practising what God requires, than in subtle disputes. Those are unapt to teach, who are apt to strive, and are fierce and froward. Teaching, not persecution, is the Scripture method of dealing with those in error. The same God who gives the discovery of the truth, by his grace brings us to acknowledge it, otherwise our hearts would continue to rebel against it. There is no peradventure, in respect of God's pardoning those who do repent; but we cannot tell that he will give repentance to those who oppose his will. Sinners are taken in a snare, and in the worst snare, because it is the devil's; they are slaves to him. And if any long for deliverance, let them remember they never can escape, except by repentance, which is the gift of God; and we must ask it of him by earnest, persevering prayer.
Cross References
1 Timothy 1:4
or devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies, which promote speculation rather than the stewardship of God's work, which is by faith.

1 Timothy 6:4
he 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,

2 Timothy 2:14
Remind the believers of these things, charging them before God to avoid quarreling over words; this is in no way profitable, and leads its listeners to ruin.

Titus 3:9
But avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, arguments, and quarrels about the Law, because these things are pointless and worthless.

James 4:1
What causes conflicts and quarrels among you? Don't they come from the passions at war within you?
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