Romans 2:20
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New International Version
an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of little children, because you have in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth--

New Living Translation
You think you can instruct the ignorant and teach children the ways of God. For you are certain that God's law gives you complete knowledge and truth.

English Standard Version
an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of children, having in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth—

Berean Study Bible
an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of infants, because you have in the Law the embodiment of knowledge and truth--

Berean Literal Bible
an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of infants, having in the Law the embodiment of knowledge and of the truth--

New American Standard Bible
a corrector of the foolish, a teacher of the immature, having in the Law the embodiment of knowledge and of the truth,

King James Bible
An instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, which hast the form of knowledge and of the truth in the law.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
an instructor of the ignorant, a teacher of the immature, having the full expression of knowledge and truth in the law--

International Standard Version
an instructor of ignorant people, and a teacher of infants because you have the full content of knowledge and truth in the Law—

NET Bible
an educator of the senseless, a teacher of little children, because you have in the law the essential features of knowledge and of the truth--

New Heart English Bible
a corrector of the foolish, a teacher of children, having in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And an instructor of those lacking understanding and a teacher of children, and you have a model of knowledge and of the truth in The Written Law,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
an instructor of ignorant people, and a teacher of children because you have the full content of knowledge and truth in Moses' Teachings.

New American Standard 1977
a corrector of the foolish, a teacher of the immature, having in the Law the embodiment of knowledge and of the truth,

Jubilee Bible 2000
an instructor of the ignorant, a teacher of children, who hast the form of knowledge and of the truth in the law.

King James 2000 Bible
An instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, who has the form of knowledge and of the truth in the law.

American King James Version
An instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, which have the form of knowledge and of the truth in the law.

American Standard Version
a corrector of the foolish, a teacher of babes, having in the law the form of knowledge and of the truth;

Douay-Rheims Bible
An instructor of the foolish, a teacher of infants, having the form of knowledge and of truth in the law.

Darby Bible Translation
an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, having the form of knowledge and of truth in the law:

English Revised Version
a corrector of the foolish, a teacher of babes, having in the law the form of knowledge and of the truth;

Webster's Bible Translation
An instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, who hast the form of knowledge, and of the truth in the law:

Weymouth New Testament
a schoolmaster for the dull and ignorant, a teacher of the young, because in the Law you possess an outline of real knowledge and an outline of the truth:

World English Bible
a corrector of the foolish, a teacher of babies, having in the law the form of knowledge and of the truth.

Young's Literal Translation
an instructor of foolish ones, a teacher of babes, having the form of the knowledge and of the truth in the law.
Study Bible
The Jews and the Law
19if you are convinced that you are a guide for the blind, a light for those in darkness, 20an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of infants, because you have in the Law the embodiment of knowledge and truth — 21you, then, who teach others, do you do not teach yourself? You who preach against stealing, do you steal?…
Cross References
Romans 2:19
if you are convinced that you are a guide for the blind, a light for those in darkness,

Romans 3:31
Do we, then, nullify the Law by this faith? By no means! Instead, we uphold the Law.

2 Timothy 1:13
Hold on to the pattern of sound teaching you have heard from me, with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.

James 3:1
Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.
Treasury of Scripture

An instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, which have the form of knowledge and of the truth in the law.

a teacher.

Matthew 11:25 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank you, O Father, Lord …

1 Corinthians 3:1 And I, brothers, could not speak to you as to spiritual, but as to …

Hebrews 5:13 For every one that uses milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness: …

1 Peter 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that you may …

the form.

Romans 6:17 But God be thanked, that you were the servants of sin…

2 Timothy 1:13 Hold fast the form of sound words, which you have heard of me, in …

2 Timothy 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

Titus 1:16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being …

(20) The form of knowledge and of the truth.--As we might say, "the presentation of knowledge and of truth." Here not form as opposed to substance, but as implying substance--"presentation," or "embodiment."

An instructor of the foolish,.... All men in a state of unregeneracy are foolish, and need instruction; here the common people among the Jews, who knew not the law, are meant; it was very usual to call anyone of their doctors and masters "an instructor": it follows,

a teacher of babes; either in age or in understanding; such who taught either of them were called by the Jews , "teachers of babes". Thus they paraphrase the text in Daniel 12:3,

"they that be wise, shall shine as the brightness of the firmament. This is the Judge who judges, the judgment of truth truly, and the collectors of alms: and they that turn, many to righteousness, as the stars for ever and ever; these are, , "the teachers of babes" (z).''

Though these are said (a) to be inferior to the wise men, or doctors:

which hast the form of knowledge, and of the truth in the law: they had not a true knowledge of the law; only a draught and scheme, the outward form of the law, and a mere shadow and appearance of the knowledge of the truth of it. From hence the apostle would have it concluded, that though the Jews had the law, and in some sense knew it, yet inasmuch as they did not perform it, they could not be justified by it; and that even their teachers, their greatest masters and doctors, were very deficient, as appears from what follows; and since they could not be instilled by it, who taught others the knowledge of it, the hearers of it could not expect justification from it.

(z) T. Bab. Bava Bathra, fol. 8. 2. & 21. 1, 2. Maimon. Hilchot Talmud Tora, c. 2. sect. 1.((a) Gloss in Sota, fol. 49. 1.20. hast the form of knowledge and of the truth in the law—not being left, as the heathen are, to vague conjecture on divine things, but favored with definite and precise information from heaven.2:17-24 The apostle directs his discourse to the Jews, and shows of what sins they were guilty, notwithstanding their profession and vain pretensions. A believing, humble, thankful glorying in God, is the root and sum of all religion. But proud, vain-glorious boasting in God, and in the outward profession of his name, is the root and sum of all hypocrisy. Spiritual pride is the most dangerous of all kinds of pride. A great evil of the sins professors is, the dishonour done to God and religion, by their not living according to their profession. Many despise their more ignorant neighbours who rest in a dead form of godliness; yet themselves trust in a form of knowledge, equally void of life and power, while some glory in the gospel, whose unholy lives dishonour God, and cause his name to be blasphemed.
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