2 Timothy 4:4
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New International Version
They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.

New Living Translation
They will reject the truth and chase after myths.

English Standard Version
and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.

New American Standard Bible
and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.

King James Bible
And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They will turn away from hearing the truth and will turn aside to myths.

International Standard Version
They will refuse to listen to the truth and will turn to myths.

NET Bible
And they will turn away from hearing the truth, but on the other hand they will turn aside to myths.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And they will turn their ears from the truth and turn aside unto fables.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
People will refuse to listen to the truth and turn to myths.

Jubilee Bible 2000
and thus they shall turn away their ears from the truth and shall return unto fables.

King James 2000 Bible
And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto myths.

American King James Version
And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned to fables.

American Standard Version
and will turn away their ears from the truth, and turn aside unto fables.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And will indeed turn away their hearing from the truth, but will be turned unto fables.

Darby Bible Translation
and they will turn away their ear from the truth, and will have turned aside to fables.

English Revised Version
and will turn away their ears from the truth, and turn aside unto fables.

Webster's Bible Translation
And they will turn away their ears from the truth, and will be turned to fables.

Weymouth New Testament
and will turn away from listening to the truth and will turn aside to fables.

World English Bible
and will turn away their ears from the truth, and turn aside to fables.

Young's Literal Translation
and indeed, from the truth the hearing they shall turn away, and to the fables they shall be turned aside.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

4:1-5 People will turn away from the truth, they will grow weary of the plain gospel of Christ, they will be greedy of fables, and take pleasure in them. People do so when they will not endure that preaching which is searching, plain, and to the purpose. Those who love souls must be ever watchful, must venture and bear all the painful effects of their faithfulness, and take all opportunities of making known the pure gospel.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 4. - Will turn for they shall turn, A.V.; turn aside for shall be turned, A.V. Will turn away, etc. The sober, sound doctrine of the Word of God, teaching self-discipline, humility, and purity of heart and life, will not assuage their itching ears, and therefore they will turn away from it, and go after more congenial fables - those taught by the heretics. Turn aside (ἐκτραπήσοναι); as 1 Timothy 1:6, note. Fables (μύθους); see 1 Timothy 1:4; 1 Timothy 4:7; Titus 1:14; 2 Peter 1:16 (on the Jewish origin of these fables, see Bishop Ellicott's note on 1 Timothy 1:4).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And they shall turn away their ears from the truth,.... The solid truths of the Gospel, not being able to bear the hearing of them:

and shall be turned unto fables; things idle, trifling, useless, and, unprofitable; and which are no better than old wives' fables; some respect may be had either to Jewish fables, or to the miraculous mythologies of the Gentiles, or of the Gnostics, and others: but in general, it includes everything that is vain, empty, and senseless; and this is to be considered as a just judgment upon them; that since they like not to retain the knowledge of the truth, but turn away their ears from it, God gives them up to a reprobate mind, a mind void of sense and judgment, to attend to things idle and fabulous.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

4. The ear brooks not what is opposed to the man's lusts.

turned—Greek, "turned aside" (1Ti 1:6). It is a righteous retribution, that when men turn away from the truth, they should be turned to fables (Jer 2:19).

fables—(1Ti 1:4).

2 Timothy 4:4 Additional Commentaries
Context
Preach the Word
3For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, 4and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. 5But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.…
Cross References
Isaiah 30:10
They say to the seers, "See no more visions!" and to the prophets, "Give us no more visions of what is right! Tell us pleasant things, prophesy illusions.

Matthew 13:15
For this people's heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.'

2 Thessalonians 2:11
For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie

1 Timothy 1:4
or to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies. Such things promote controversial speculations rather than advancing God's work--which is by faith.

Titus 1:14
and will pay no attention to Jewish myths or to the merely human commands of those who reject the truth.
Treasury of Scripture

And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned to fables.

turn.

2 Timothy 1:15 This you know, that all they which are in Asia be turned away from …

Proverbs 1:32 For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity …

Zechariah 7:11 But they refused to listen, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped …

Acts 7:57 Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and …

Hebrews 13:25 Grace be with you all. Amen.

unto.

1 Timothy 1:4 Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister …

1 Timothy 4:7 But refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise yourself rather …

Titus 1:14 Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn …

2 Peter 1:16 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known …

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