Romans 2:20
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.

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

Contemporary English Version
And since there is knowledge and truth in God's Law, you think you can instruct fools and teach young people.

Good News Translation
an instructor for the foolish, and a teacher for the ignorant. You are certain that in the Law you have the full content of knowledge and of truth.

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 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? Certainly not! 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 thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.

1 Corinthians 3:1
And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.

Hebrews 5:13
For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.

the form.

Romans 6:17
But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.

2 Timothy 1:13
Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.

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







Lexicon
an instructor
παιδευτὴν (paideutēn)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3810: An instructor, trainer; almost: a chastiser. From paideuo; a trainer, i.e. Teacher or discipliner.

of [the] foolish,
ἀφρόνων (aphronōn)
Adjective - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 878: Senseless, foolish, inconsiderate. Properly, mindless, i.e. Stupid, ignorant, egotistic, rash, or unbelieving.

a teacher
διδάσκαλον (didaskalon)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 1320: A teacher, master. From didasko; an instructor.

of infants,
νηπίων (nēpiōn)
Adjective - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3516: From an obsolete particle ne- and epos; not speaking, i.e. An infant; figuratively, a simple-minded person, an immature Christian.

[because] you have
ἔχοντα (echonta)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2192: To have, hold, possess. Including an alternate form scheo skheh'-o; a primary verb; to hold.

in
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

the
τῷ (tō)
Article - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

Law
νόμῳ (nomō)
Noun - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3551: From a primary nemo; law, genitive case, specially, (including the volume); also of the Gospel), or figuratively.

the
τὴν (tēn)
Article - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

embodiment
μόρφωσιν (morphōsin)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3446: Form, outline, semblance. From morphoo; formation, i.e., appearance (concretely) formula).

of knowledge
γνώσεως (gnōseōs)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 1108: Knowledge, doctrine, wisdom. From ginosko; knowing, i.e. knowledge.

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

truth—
ἀληθείας (alētheias)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 225: From alethes; truth.
(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."

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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