Titus 3:9
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English Standard Version
But avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels 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.

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.

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.

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Vincent's Word Studies

Foolish questions, etc.

See on 2 Timothy 2:23. For genealogies see on 1 Timothy 1:4.

Strivings about the law (μάχας νομικὰς)

The phrase N.T.o. Comp. 1 Timothy 1:7. Νομικός mostly in Luke. Everywhere except here a lawyer, with the article or τὶς.

Unprofitable (ἀνωφελεῖς)

Only here and Hebrews 7:18.

Vain (μάταιοι)

Only here in Pastorals. Twice in Paul, 1 Corinthians 3:20, cit.; 1 Corinthians 15:17 (note). Very frequent in lxx. The sense is aimless or resultless, as μάταιος εὐχή a prayer which cannot obtain fulfilment. The questions, genealogies, etc., lead to no attainment or advancement in godliness. Comp. ματαιολογία jangling, 1 Timothy 1:6; ματαιολόγοι vain talkers, 1 Timothy 1:10; ματαιότης vanity, Romans 8:20; Ephesians 4:17; ἐματαιώθησαν were made vain, Romans 1:21; μάτην in vain, Matthew 15:9.

Titus 3:9 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

avoid. See on ch.

Titus 1:14 Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.

1 Timothy 1:3-7 As I sought you to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that you might charge some that they teach no other doctrine...

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

2 Timothy 2:23 But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do engender strifes.

unprofitable.

Job 15:3 Should he reason with unprofitable talk? or with speeches with which he can do no good?

1 Corinthians 8:1 Now as touching things offered to idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but charity edifies.

1 Corinthians 13:2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith...

2 Timothy 2:14 Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit...

Cross References
1 Timothy 1:4
nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies, which promote speculations rather than the stewardship from God that is by faith.

2 Timothy 2:14
Remind them of these things, and charge them before God not to quarrel about words, which does no good, but only ruins the hearers.

2 Timothy 2:16
But avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness,

2 Timothy 2:23
Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels.

James 4:1
What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you?

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