2 Timothy 2:23
New International Version
Don't have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels.

New Living Translation
Again I say, don't get involved in foolish, ignorant arguments that only start fights.

English Standard Version
Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels.

Berean Study Bible
But reject foolish and ignorant speculation, for you know that it breeds quarreling.

Berean Literal Bible
And refuse foolish and ignorant speculations, knowing that they breed quarrels.

New American Standard Bible
But refuse foolish and ignorant speculations, knowing that they produce quarrels.

King James Bible
But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.

Christian Standard Bible
But reject foolish and ignorant disputes, because you know that they breed quarrels.

Contemporary English Version
Stay away from stupid and senseless arguments. These only lead to trouble,

Good News Translation
But keep away from foolish and ignorant arguments; you know that they end up in quarrels.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But reject foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they breed quarrels.

International Standard Version
Do not have anything to do with foolish and stupid discussions, because you know they breed arguments.

NET Bible
But reject foolish and ignorant controversies, because you know they breed infighting.

New Heart English Bible
But refuse foolish and ignorant questionings, knowing that they generate strife.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Abstain from the disputes of fools who are without instruction, for you know that they generate conflict.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Don't have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments. You know they cause quarrels.

New American Standard 1977
But refuse foolish and ignorant speculations, knowing that they produce quarrels.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But foolish and unwise questions refuse, knowing that they do beget contentions.

King James 2000 Bible
But foolish and ignorant questions avoid, knowing that they do produce strifes.

American King James Version
But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do engender strifes.

American Standard Version
But foolish and ignorant questionings refuse, knowing that they gender strifes.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And avoid foolish and unlearned questions, knowing that they beget strifes.

Darby Bible Translation
But foolish and senseless questionings avoid, knowing that they beget contentions.

English Revised Version
But foolish and ignorant questionings refuse, knowing that they gender strifes.

Webster's Bible Translation
But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they gender contentions.

Weymouth New Testament
But avoid foolish discussions with ignorant men, knowing--as you do--that these lead to quarrels;

World English Bible
But refuse foolish and ignorant questionings, knowing that they generate strife.

Young's Literal Translation
and the foolish and uninstructed questions be avoiding, having known that they beget strife,
Study Bible
The Lord's Approved Workman
22Flee from youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 23But reject foolish and ignorant speculation, for you know that it breeds quarreling. 24And a servant of the Lord must not be quarrelsome, but he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, and forbearing.…
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.

1 Timothy 6:4
he is conceited and understands nothing. Instead, he has an unhealthy interest in controversies and semantics, out of which come envy, strife, abusive talk, evil suspicions,

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.

Titus 3:9
But avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, arguments, and quarrels about the Law, because these things are pointless and worthless.

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

Treasury of Scripture

But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do engender strifes.

See on ver.

2 Timothy 2:14,16
Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers…

1 Timothy 1:4
Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.

1 Timothy 4:7
But refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness.







Lexicon
But
δὲ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

reject
παραιτοῦ (paraitou)
Verb - Present Imperative Middle or Passive - 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 3868: From para and the middle voice of aiteo; to beg off, i.e. Deprecate, decline, shun.

foolish
μωρὰς (mōras)
Adjective - Accusative Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 3474: Probably from the base of musterion; dull or stupid, i.e. Heedless, blockhead, absurd.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

ignorant
ἀπαιδεύτους (apaideutous)
Adjective - Accusative Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 521: Untrained, uneducated, showing a want of training or education, ignorant. Uninstructed, i.e. stupid.

speculation,
ζητήσεις (zētēseis)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 2214: A question, debate, controversy; a seeking, search. From zeteo; a searching, i.e. A dispute or its theme.

for you know
εἰδὼς (eidōs)
Verb - Perfect Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 1492: To know, remember, appreciate.

that
ὅτι (hoti)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 3754: Neuter of hostis as conjunction; demonstrative, that; causative, because.

it breeds
γεννῶσιν (gennōsin)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1080: From a variation of genos; to procreate; figuratively, to regenerate.

quarreling.
μάχας (machas)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 3163: From machomai; a battle, i.e. controversy.
(23) But foolish and unlearned questions avoid.--The Greek word translated "unlearned" is better rendered ignorant. These "questions" which, as we have seen above, the false teachers, with whom Timothy was so much thrown, loved to put forward for discussion, could hardly be termed "unlearned"--much useless learning being often thrown away in these disputing of the schools--but were rather "pointless," "stupid," as well as foolish. The nature of these questions of controversy has been discussed above.

Knowing that they do gender strifes.--Knowing--as thou dost--from sad and frequent experience, what conflicts, heart-burnings, estrangements, these abstract questions between rival teachers and rival sects engendered.

Verse 23. - Ignorant questionings for unlearned questions, A.V.; refuse for avoid, A.V.; gender for do gender, A.V. Ignorant (ἀπαιδεύτους); only here in the New Testament, but not uncommon in the LXX., applied to persons, and in classical Greek. Unlearned is quite as good a rendering as ignorant. It is a term applied properly to ill-educated, ill-disciplined people, and thence, by an easy metonymy, to the questions such persons delight in. Questionings (ζητήσεις); see 1 Timothy 1:4, note, and Titus 3:9. Refuse (παραίτου); "have nothing to do with" (see 1 Timothy 4:7; Titus 3:10). Gender (γεννῶσι). This is the only place in the New Testament where γεννάω is used in this metaphorical sense, unless Galatians 4:24 is included. (For the sentiment, see 1 Timothy 6:4, "Whereof cometh envy, strife," etc.) Strifes (μάχας); compare μάχας νομικάς, "fightings about the Law" (Titus 3:9); and "wars and fightings" (James 4:1, 2). Compare, too, the verb λογομαχεῖν, in ver. 14. Nothing can be more emphatic than St. Paul's warnings against foolish and angry controversies about words, and yet nothing has been more neglected in the Church, in all ages. 2:22-26 The more we follow that which is good, the faster and the further we shall flee from that which is evil. The keeping up the communion of saints, will take us from fellowship with unfruitful works of darkness. See how often the apostle cautions against disputes in religion; which surely shows that religion consists more in believing and practising what God requires, than in subtle disputes. Those are unapt to teach, who are apt to strive, and are fierce and froward. Teaching, not persecution, is the Scripture method of dealing with those in error. The same God who gives the discovery of the truth, by his grace brings us to acknowledge it, otherwise our hearts would continue to rebel against it. There is no peradventure, in respect of God's pardoning those who do repent; but we cannot tell that he will give repentance to those who oppose his will. Sinners are taken in a snare, and in the worst snare, because it is the devil's; they are slaves to him. And if any long for deliverance, let them remember they never can escape, except by repentance, which is the gift of God; and we must ask it of him by earnest, persevering prayer.
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