2 Timothy 3:6
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New International Version
They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over gullible women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires,

New Living Translation
They are the kind who work their way into people's homes and win the confidence of vulnerable women who are burdened with the guilt of sin and controlled by various desires.

English Standard Version
For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions,

New American Standard Bible
For among them are those who enter into households and captivate weak women weighed down with sins, led on by various impulses,

King James Bible
For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For among them are those who worm their way into households and capture idle women burdened down with sins, led along by a variety of passions,

International Standard Version
For some of these men go into homes and deceive foolish women who are burdened with sins and swayed by all kinds of desires.

NET Bible
For some of these insinuate themselves into households and captivate weak women who are overwhelmed with sins and led along by various passions.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For some of them are these who crawl house to house and capture women buried in sins and are led to various lusts,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Some of these men go into homes and mislead weak-minded women who are burdened with sins and led by all kinds of desires.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For of this sort are those who creep into houses and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with various lusts,

King James 2000 Bible
For of this sort are they who creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with various lusts,

American King James Version
For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,

American Standard Version
For of these are they that creep into houses, and take captive silly women laden with sins, led away by divers lusts,

Douay-Rheims Bible
For of these sort are they who creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, who are led away with divers desires:

Darby Bible Translation
For of these are they who are getting into houses, and leading captive silly women, laden with sins, led by various lusts,

English Revised Version
For of these are they that creep into houses, and take captive silly women laden with sins, led away by divers lusts,

Webster's Bible Translation
For of this sort are they who creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts;

Weymouth New Testament
Among them are included the men who make their way into private houses and carry off weak women as their prisoners--women who, weighed down by the burden of their sins, are led by ever-changing caprice,

World English Bible
For some of these are people who creep into houses, and take captive gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts,

Young's Literal Translation
for of these there are those coming into the houses and leading captive the silly women, laden with sins, led away with desires manifold,
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 6. - These for this sort, A.V.; tact for which, A.V.; take for lead, A.V.; by for with, A.V. Creep into (ἐνδύνοντες); here only in the New Testament. It has the sense of "sneaking into," "insinuating themselves into," as in Xenophon, 'Cyrop.,' 2. 1. 13. Take captive (αἰχμαλωτεύοντες); as in Ephesians 4:3. The other form, αἰχμαλωτίζοντες which is that of the R.T., is in Luke 21:24; Romans 7:23; 2 Corinthians 10:5. The word well describes the blind surrender of the will and conscience to such crafty teachers. Silly women (τὰ γυναικάρια, diminutive of γυνή); nowhere else in the New Testament or LXX., but is used by some late Greek authors. It is a term of contempt - he will not call them γυναῖκας - they are only γυναικάρια. In the passages quoted by Alford from Irenaeus and Epiphanius, the women made use of by the later Gnostics are called γυναικάρια. See, too, the striking quotation in the same note from Jerome, specifying by name the women whom Nicolas of Antioch, Marcion, Montanus, and others employed as their instruments in spreading their abominable heresies. So true is St. Paul's forecast in the text. Laden with sins (σεσωρευμένα ἁμαρτίαις); elsewhere only in Romans 12:20, "heap coals of fire." It occurs in Aristotle and other Greek writers in the sense of heaping one thing upon another, and heaping up anything with something else. The last is the sense in which it is here used. It seems to convey the idea of passive helplessness. Led away (ἀγόμενα); with a strong intimation of unresisting weakness (comp. 1 Corinthians 12:2; Acts 8:32; Luke 23:32). Lusts (ἐπιθυμίαις); all kinds of carnal and selfish desires (see Matthew 4:19; John 8:44; Romans 1:24; Romans 6:12; Romans 7:7, 8; Galatians 5:24; Ephesians 2:3; Ephesians 4:22; Colossians 3:5; 1 Timothy 6:9; 2 Timothy 2:22; 2 Timothy 4:3: Titus 2:12; fit. 3; 1 Peter 1:14, etc.; 2 Peter 2:18; 1 John 2:16, etc.).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For of this sort are they which creep into houses,.... Privily and unawares, in a clandestine manner, and insinuate themselves into families, by fawning and flattering, and under specious pretences to knowledge and virtue. The Syriac version uses a word, from whence comes "Chulda", which signifies "a weasel"; suggesting, that their entrance into houses was like to the way of that creature, which is sometimes covered, and sometimes open: there was also a gate of the temple, which was called "Huldah"; whether there is any allusion in the word to that, may be inquired (k).

And lead captive silly women; the coming of antichrist is after the working of Satan; as Satan attacked the woman, and not the man, and beguiled Eve and not Adam, so these his instruments and emissaries, work themselves into the affections of the weaker vessel, and into the weaker sort of women, as the diminutive word here used signifies; and gain upon them, instil their principles into them, attach them to their interests, captivate them to them, and lead them as they please:

laden with sins; covered with them, full of them, and so ready to receive any set of principles that would encourage them to continue in them; or else were pressed down with a sense of them, their consciences being awakened, and they under some concern on account of them, and so fit persons for such deceivers to gain upon, by pretending to great sanctity and religion, and by providing them with pardons and indulgences, and putting them upon penance, &c. though the former sense seems most agreeable, and is confirmed by what follows,

led away with divers lusts. The Alexandrian copy adds, "and pleasures"; that is, sinful ones; though this may be understood, not of unclean lusts, but of the itch and desire after new teachers, and new doctrines, and practices, which prevail in weak women, and by which they are governed and led away.

(k) Vid. L. Empercur in Misn. Middot, c. 1. sect. 3.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

6. of this sort—Greek, "of these," such as were described (2Ti 3:5).

creep into—stealthily.

laden with sins—(Isa 1:4); applying to the "silly women" whose consciences are burdened with sins, and so are a ready prey to the false teachers who promise ease of conscience if they will follow them. A bad conscience leads easily to shipwreck of faith (1Ti 1:19).

divers lusts—not only animal lusts, but passion for change in doctrine and manner of teaching; the running after fashionable men and fashionable tenets, drawing them in the most opposite directions [Alford].

2 Timothy 3:6 Additional Commentaries
Context
Evil in the Last Days
5holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these. 6For among them are those who enter into households and captivate weak women weighed down with sins, led on by various impulses, 7always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.…
Cross References
Matthew 4:24
News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed; and he healed them.

1 Timothy 5:6
But the widow who lives for pleasure is dead even while she lives.

Titus 1:11
They must be silenced, because they are disrupting whole households by teaching things they ought not to teach--and that for the sake of dishonest gain.

Titus 3:3
At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another.

Jude 1:4
For certain individuals whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.
Treasury of Scripture

For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,

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

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

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

laden.

Psalm 38:4 For my iniquities are gone over my head: as an heavy burden they …

Isaiah 1:4 Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, …

Matthew 11:28 Come to me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

led.

1 Corinthians 12:2 You know that you were Gentiles, carried away to these dumb idols, …

2 Peter 3:17 You therefore, beloved, seeing you know these things before, beware …

divers.

Mark 4:19 And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and …

1 Timothy 6:9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and …

Titus 3:3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, …

2 Peter 2:18 For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through …

Jude 1:16,18 These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; …

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