2 Timothy 3:9
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New International Version
But they will not get very far because, as in the case of those men, their folly will be clear to everyone.

New Living Translation
But they won't get away with this for long. Someday everyone will recognize what fools they are, just as with Jannes and Jambres.

English Standard Version
But they will not get very far, for their folly will be plain to all, as was that of those two men.

Berean Study Bible
But they will not advance much further. For just like Jannes and Jambres, their folly will be plain to everyone.

Berean Literal Bible
But they will not advance much further, for their folly will be plain to all, as also that of those two became.

New American Standard Bible
But they will not make further progress; for their folly will be obvious to all, just as Jannes's and Jambres's folly was also.

King James Bible
But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But they will not make further progress, for their lack of understanding will be clear to all, as theirs was also.

International Standard Version
But they will not get very far because, as in the case of those two men, their stupidity will be plain to everyone.

NET Bible
But they will not go much further, for their foolishness will be obvious to everyone, just like it was with Jannes and Jambres.

New Heart English Bible
But they will proceed no further. For their folly will be evident to all men, as theirs also came to be.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But they will not proceed to their advancement, for their madness is known to every person, just as theirs was also known.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Certainly, they won't get very far. Like the stupidity of Jannes and Jambres, their stupidity will be plain to everyone.

New American Standard 1977
But they will not make further progress; for their folly will be obvious to all, as also that of those two came to be.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But they shall not prevail, for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as that of those also was.

King James 2000 Bible
But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.

American King James Version
But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest to all men, as theirs also was.

American Standard Version
But they shall proceed no further. For their folly shall be evident unto all men, as theirs also came to be.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But they shall proceed no farther; for their folly shall be manifest to all men, as theirs also was.

Darby Bible Translation
But they shall not advance farther; for their folly shall be completely manifest to all, as that of those also became.

English Revised Version
But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be evident unto all men, as theirs also came to be.

Webster's Bible Translation
But they shall proceed no further: for their folly will be manifest to all men, as theirs also was.

Weymouth New Testament
But they will have no further success; for their folly will be as clearly manifest to all men, as that of the opponents of Moses came to be.

World English Bible
But they will proceed no further. For their folly will be evident to all men, as theirs also came to be.

Young's Literal Translation
but they shall not advance any further, for their folly shall be manifest to all, as theirs also did become.
Study Bible
Evil in the Last Days
8Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also these men oppose the truth. They are depraved in mind and disqualified from the faith. 9But they will not advance much further. For just like Jannes and Jambres, their folly will be plain to everyone. 10You, however, have observed my teaching, my conduct, my purpose, my faith, my patience, my love, my endurance,…
Cross References
Exodus 7:11
Then Pharaoh also called for the wise men and the sorcerers, and they also, the magicians of Egypt, did the same with their secret arts.

Exodus 7:12
For each one threw down his staff and they turned into serpents. But Aaron's staff swallowed up their staffs.

Exodus 8:18
The magicians tried with their secret arts to bring forth gnats, but they could not; so there were gnats on man and beast.

Exodus 9:11
The magicians could not stand before Moses because of the boils, for the boils were on the magicians as well as on all the Egyptians.

Luke 6:11
But the scribes and Pharisees were filled with rage and began to discuss with one another what they might do to Jesus.
Treasury of Scripture

But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest to all men, as their's also was.

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2 Timothy 3:8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist …

Exodus 7:12 For they cast down every man his rod, and they became serpents: but …

Exodus 8:18,19 And the magicians did so with their enchantments to bring forth lice, …

Exodus 9:11 And the magicians could not stand before Moses because of the boils; …

1 Kings 22:25 And Micaiah said, Behold, you shall see in that day, when you shall …

Psalm 76:10 Surely the wrath of man shall praise you: the remainder of wrath …

Jeremiah 28:15-17 Then said the prophet Jeremiah to Hananiah the prophet, Hear now, …

Jeremiah 29:21-23,31,32 Thus said the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, of Ahab the son of …

Jeremiah 37:19 Where are now your prophets which prophesied to you, saying, The …

Acts 13:11 And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is on you, and you shall be …

Acts 19:15-17 And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; …

(9) But they shall proceed no further.--After that St. Paul, with no gentle hand, had torn aside the veil which was hiding apparently from Timothy the real state of his great charge at Ephesus, and had pointed out what fearful ravages among his flock had been committed by these ambitious and evil men, the Apostle proceeds to comfort his friend and disciple with the assurance that, great though the mischief already accomplished was, still it should proceed no further. To human eyes, such a state of things as here pictured by the Apostle would appear desperate. It would seem as though a deadly and incurable cancer was eating away the whole life of the community; but Timothy need not despair: the evil would only be allowed to advance to a certain point; and since St. Paul thus wrote, the same prophecy, not only in Ephesus but in a thousand churches, has been fulfilled to the very letter. Still, the same old foes under new faces make havoc of the Church. But they never seem to advance beyond a certain point, and after all these centuries the Church is still full of faith and life, bright, too, in spite of discouragements, in spite of the perpetual presence of these treacherous, deceitful men, with promise for the future.

For their folly shall be manifest.--Men and women would be led away for a season by the plausible words of such deceivers, but one school of error after another would fall into disrepute, then into neglect, then into the silent darkness of utter oblivion (the event in numberless instances has shown the truth of this prophecy); and Timothy might take comfort, by considering what Holy Scripture had placed on record respecting the Egyptian sorcerers, whose folly was manifest unto all men (Exodus 8:18-19; Exodus 9:11). Their folly was yet more manifest when men considered their latter end. (See Note above on Jannes and Jambres, 2Timothy 3:8.)

Verse 9. - Evident for manifest, A.V.; came to be for was, A.V. Shall proceed (proko/yousin); as ch. 2:16 (where see note) and ver. 13. The apostle's meaning here is, as explained by the example of the magicians, that heresies shall not prevail against the truth. Απὶ πλεῖον means beyond the point indicated in his description of their future progressive evil. They would "proceed further in ungodliness," as he said in 2 Timothy 2:16, but not up to the point of destroying the gospel, as history has shown. The various forms of Gnosticism have perished. The gospel remains. As theirs also came to be (Exodus 8:18, 19). Surely the A.V. "was" is better. But they shall proceed no further,.... They may proceed to more ungodliness, and wax worse and worse in error; but they shall proceed no further than the magicians of Egypt, who did lying wonders, hardened Pharaoh's heart, and deceived him and the Egyptians; but could not destroy the Israelites, nor hinder their departure out of Egypt, when their time was come: so these wicked men do false miracles, harden the popes of Rome, and deceive the nations subject to them; but they cannot deceive the elect of God, nor destroy the church of God, against which the gates of hell cannot prevail; nor could they hinder the reformation, or the departure of the Lord's people out of Babylon.

For their folly should be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was; as the folly of Jannes and Jambres was, when Aaron's rod devoured theirs; and when they could not produce lice, but was obliged to own to Pharaoh, that that plague was the finger of God; and when they could not stand before Moses, because of the boils that were upon them, Exodus 7:12. And so the Arabic version renders it, "as is manifest the folly, or madness of these two"; and it is notorious in how many instances the frauds, impostures, tricks, and villanies of the church of Rome, and its votaries, have been detected and exposed; which have been the means of hindering them from proceeding any further than they have. The Alexandrian copy reads, "their understanding"; that which they pretended to have of divine things. 9. they shall proceed no further—Though for a time (2Ti 2:16) "they shall advance or proceed (English Version, 'increase') unto more ungodliness," yet there is a final limit beyond which they shall not be able to "proceed further" (Job 38:11; Re 11:7, 11). They themselves shall "wax worse and worse" (2Ti 3:13), but they shall at last be for ever prevented from seducing others. "Often malice proceeds deeper down, when it cannot extend itself" [Bengel].

their folly—literally, "dementation": wise though they think themselves.

shall be manifest—Greek, "shall be brought forth from concealment into open day" [Bengel], (1Co 4:5).

as theirs … was—as that of those magicians was, when not only could they no longer try to rival Moses in sending boils, but the boils fell upon themselves: so as to the lice (Ex 8:18; 9:11).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.
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