2 Timothy 3:4
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New International Version
treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God--

New Living Translation
They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God.

English Standard Version
treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,

New American Standard Bible
treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,

King James Bible
Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
traitors, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,

International Standard Version
traitors, reckless, conceited, and lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.

NET Bible
treacherous, reckless, conceited, loving pleasure rather than loving God.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Traitors, impulsive, arrogant, loving lust more than the love of God,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They will be traitors. They will be reckless and conceited. They will love pleasure rather than God.

Jubilee Bible 2000
traitors, rash, puffed up, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God,

King James 2000 Bible
Traitors, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

American King James Version
Traitors, heady, high minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

American Standard Version
traitors, headstrong, puffed up, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Traitors, stubborn, puffed up, and lovers of pleasures more than of God:

Darby Bible Translation
traitors, headlong, of vain pretensions, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God;

English Revised Version
traitors, headstrong, puffed up, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God;

Webster's Bible Translation
Traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

Weymouth New Testament
treacherous, headstrong, self-important. They will love pleasure instead of loving God,

World English Bible
traitors, headstrong, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God;

Young's Literal Translation
traitors, heady, lofty, lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

3:1-9 Even in gospel times there would be perilous times; on account of persecution from without, still more on account of corruptions within. Men love to gratify their own lusts, more than to please God and do their duty. When every man is eager for what he can get, and anxious to keep what he has, this makes men dangerous to one another. When men do not fear God, they will not regard man. When children are disobedient to their parents, that makes the times perilous. Men are unholy and without the fear of God, because unthankful for the mercies of God. We abuse God's gifts, if we make them the food and fuel of our lusts. Times are perilous also, when parents are without natural affection to children. And when men have no rule over their own spirits, but despise that which is good and to be honoured. God is to be loved above all; but a carnal mind, full of enmity against him, prefers any thing before him, especially carnal pleasure. A form of godliness is very different from the power; from such as are found to be hypocrites, real Christians must withdraw. Such persons have been found within the outward church, in every place, and at all times. There ever have been artful men, who, by pretences and flatteries, creep into the favour and confidence of those who are too easy of belief, ignorant, and fanciful. All must be ever learning to know the Lord; but these follow every new notion, yet never seek the truth as it is in Jesus. Like the Egyptian magicians, these were men of corrupt minds, prejudiced against the truth, and found to be quite without faith. Yet though the spirit of error may be let loose for a time, Satan can deceive the nations and the churches no further, and no longer, than God will permit.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 4. - Headstrong for heady, A.V.; puffed up for high minded, A.V.; pleasure for pleasures, A.V.; rather for more, A.V. Traitors (προδόται); Luke 6:16; Acts 7:52. It does not mean traitors to their king or country, but generally betrayers of the persons who trust in them, and of the cause of the trust committed to them; perhaps specially, as Bishop Ellicott suggests, of their brethren in times of persecution. Headstrong (προπετεῖς); as in Acts 19:36. Neither "heady" nor "headstrong" gives the exact meaning of προπετής, which is "rash," "hasty," "headlong." "Headstrong" rather denotes obstinacy which will not be influenced by wise advice, but προπετής is the person who acts from impulse, without considering consequences, or weighing principles. Puffed up (τετυφωμένοι); see 1 Timothy 3:6, note. Lovers of pleasure (φιλήδονοι); only here in the New Testament, and not found in the LXX., but occasionally in classical Greek. "Fond of pleasure" (Liddell and Scott). It is used here as an antithesis to lovers of God (φιλόθεοι), which also occurs only here either in the New Testament or the LXX., but is used by Aristotle. Philo, quoted by Bishop Ellicott (from Wetstein), has exactly the same contrast: φιλήδονον... μᾶλλον η}... φιλόθεον. It looks as if the men spoken of claimed to be φιλόθεοι. A somewhat similar paronomasia occurs in Isaiah 5:7, where מִשְׂפַהis opposed to מִשְׁפָט, and צְעָקָה to צְדָקָה.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Traitors,.... To their princes and sovereigns, whose deaths they have contrived and compassed, and whom they have assassinated and murdered; and have been betrayers of the secrets of persons, which they have come at by auricular confession to them; and of their best and nearest friends, to preserve and secure themselves.

Heady; rash, daring, bold, and impudent, fit to say and do any thing, though ever so vile and wicked.

High, minded; puffed and swelled up with a vain conceit of themselves, and speaking great swelling words of vanity;

lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God; lovers of sinful pleasures, or the pleasures of sin, which are but for a season, and not God; serving divers lusts and pleasures, and not God; making a god of their belly; sensual idolaters, delighting themselves in their carnal lusts, and not in the service of God.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

4. heady—precipitate in action and in passion.

high-minded—literally, "puffed up" with pride, as with smoke blinding them.

lovers of pleasure … God—Love of pleasure destroys the love and sense of God.

2 Timothy 3:4 Additional Commentaries
Context
Evil in the Last Days
3unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, 4treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these.…
Cross References
Acts 7:52
Was there ever a prophet your ancestors did not persecute? They even killed those who predicted the coming of the Righteous One. And now you have betrayed and murdered him--

Acts 19:36
Therefore, since these facts are undeniable, you ought to calm down and not do anything rash.

Romans 11:20
Granted. But they were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but tremble.

Philippians 3:19
Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things.

1 Timothy 3:6
He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil.
Treasury of Scripture

Traitors, heady, high minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

Traitors.

2 Peter 2:10 But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, …

Jude 1:8,9 Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, …

high-minded.

Romans 11:20 Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by …

1 Timothy 6:17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high minded, …

lovers of God.

Romans 16:18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly…

Philippians 3:18,19 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even …

1 Timothy 5:6 But she that lives in pleasure is dead while she lives.

2 Peter 2:13,15 And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count …

Jude 1:4,19 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old …

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