Titus 3:9
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New International Version
But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrels about the law, because these are unprofitable and useless.

New Living Translation
Do not get involved in foolish discussions about spiritual pedigrees or in quarrels and fights about obedience to Jewish laws. These things are useless and a waste of time.

English Standard Version
But avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless.

Berean Study Bible
But avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, arguments, and quarrels about the Law, because these things are pointless and worthless.

Berean Literal Bible
But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrels about the Law; for they are unprofitable and worthless.

New American Standard Bible
But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and strife and disputes about the Law, for they are unprofitable and worthless.

King James Bible
But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But avoid foolish debates, genealogies, quarrels, and disputes about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless.

International Standard Version
But avoid foolish controversies, arguments about genealogies, quarrels, and fights about the Law. These things are useless and worthless.

NET Bible
But avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, quarrels, and fights about the law, because they are useless and empty.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But abstain from foolish debates, from tales of genealogies, from contentions and from the contests of The Scribes, for there is no profit in them and such things are worthless.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Avoid foolish controversies, arguments about genealogies, quarrels, and fights about Moses' Teachings. This is useless and worthless.

New American Standard 1977
But shun foolish controversies and genealogies and strife and disputes about the Law; for they are unprofitable and worthless.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But avoid foolish questions and genealogies and contentions and debates concerning the law, for they are unprofitable and vain.

King James 2000 Bible
But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.

American King James Version
But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.

American Standard Version
but shun foolish questionings, and genealogies, and strifes, and fightings about law; for they are unprofitable and vain.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law. For they are unprofitable and vain.

Darby Bible Translation
But foolish questions, and genealogies, and strifes, and contentions about the law, shun; for they are unprofitable and vain.

English Revised Version
but shun foolish questionings, and genealogies, and strifes, and fightings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.

Webster's Bible Translation
But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.

Weymouth New Testament
But hold yourself aloof from foolish controversies and pedigrees and discussions and wrangling about the Law, for they are useless and vain.

World English Bible
but shun foolish questionings, genealogies, strife, and disputes about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.

Young's Literal Translation
and foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about law, stand away from -- for they are unprofitable and vain.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
3:8-11 When the grace of God towards mankind has been declared, the necessity of good works is pressed. Those who believe in God, must make it their care to maintain good works, to seek opportunities for doing them, being influenced by love and gratitude. Trifling, foolish questions must be avoided, and subtle distinctions and vain inquiries; nor should people be eager after novelties, but love sound doctrine which tends most to edifying. Though we may now think some sins light and little, if the Lord awaken the conscience, we shall feel even the smallest sin heavy upon our souls.
Study Bible
Avoiding Divisions
8This saying is trustworthy. And I want you to emphasize these things, so that those who have believed God will take care to devote themselves to good deeds. These things are excellent and profitable for the people. 9But avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, arguments, and quarrels about the Law, because these things are pointless and worthless. 10Reject a divisive man after a first and second admonition,…
Cross References
1 Timothy 1:4
or devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies, which promote speculation rather than the stewardship of God's work, which is by faith.

2 Timothy 2:14
Remind the believers of these things, charging them before God to avoid quarreling over words; this is in no way profitable, and leads its listeners to ruin.

2 Timothy 2:16
But avoid irreverent and empty chatter, which will only lead to more ungodliness,

2 Timothy 2:23
But reject foolish and ignorant speculation, for you know that it breeds quarreling.

James 4:1
What causes conflicts and quarrels among you? Don't they come from the passions at war within you?
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