Titus 3:9
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.

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

Contemporary English Version
But don't have anything to do with stupid arguments about ancestors. And stay away from disagreements and quarrels about the Law of Moses. Such arguments are useless and senseless.

Good News Translation
But avoid stupid arguments, long lists of ancestors, quarrels, and fights about the Law. They are useless and worthless.

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.

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

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.
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?

Treasury of Scripture

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

avoid.

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 besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine, …

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

unprofitable.

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

1 Corinthians 8:1
Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.

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, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.







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

avoid
περιΐστασο (periistaso)
Verb - Present Imperative Middle - 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 4026: From peri and histemi; to stand all around, i.e. to be a bystander, or to keep away from.

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.

controversies,
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.

genealogies,
γενεαλογίας (genealogias)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 1076: Genealogy. From the same as genealogeo; tracing by generations, i.e. 'genealogy'.

arguments,
ἔρεις (ereis)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 2054: Contention, strife, wrangling. Of uncertain affinity; a quarrel, i.e. wrangling.

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

quarrels
μάχας (machas)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 3163: From machomai; a battle, i.e. controversy.

about [the] Law,
νομικὰς (nomikas)
Adjective - Accusative Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 3544: From nomos; according to law, i.e. Legal; as noun, an expert in the law.

because
γὰρ (gar)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1063: For. A primary particle; properly, assigning a reason.

[these things] are
εἰσὶν (eisin)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

pointless
ἀνωφελεῖς (anōpheleis)
Adjective - Nominative Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 512: Useless, unprofitable. Useless or inutility.

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

worthless.
μάταιοι (mataioi)
Adjective - Nominative Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 3152: Vain, unreal, ineffectual, unproductive; practically: godless. From the base of maten; empty, i.e. profitless, or, an idol.
(9) But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies.--The "questions" and "genealogies" have been discussed above (1Timothy 1:4). The Apostle characterises them as "foolish," because they were of an utterly unpractical nature, and consumed time and powers which were needed for other and better things. The "contentions" were disputes and wranglings which arose out of arguments advanced by different teachers upon the "questions" and "genealogies." The "strivings about the law" were, most probably, arguments suggested by disputed and intricate points connected with the law of Moses. In the Talmud we possess unnumbered instances of all these strange and curious inquiries about which men then gravely disputed and wrangled, but none of which could in any way teach men how to make life more beautiful and loving, more like that fair pattern which St. Paul's Master loved. St. Paul, well versed--thanks to his early and elaborate training--in all this useless, curious lore, once and for all would expel from orthodox Christian teaching everything which seemed to bear upon this favourite Jewish theology--so called. It had, cancer-like, eaten the life out of Judaism; it should not, if he could prevent it, poison in like manner the young life of Christianity.

Verse 9. - Shun for avoid, A.V.; questionings for questions, A.V.; strifes for contentions, A.V.; fightings for strivings, A.V. Shun (περάτασο); see 2 Timothy 2:16. Foolish questionings; as 2 Timothy 2:23. Genealogies; as 1 Timothy 1:4. Strifes (ἔρεις); as 1 Timothy 6:4. Fightings about the Law (μάχας νομικάς); such as St. Paul alludes to in 1 Timothy 1, and are probably included in the λογομαχίαιof 1 Timothy 6:4. Unprofitable (ἀνωφελεῖς); only here and Hebrews 7:18; but it is found in the LXX. and other Greek Versions, and in classical Greek (compare, for the sense, 2 Timothy 2:14). Vain (μάταιοι); compare the use of ματαιολόγοι, "vain talkers" (Titus 1:10), and ματαιολογία "vain talking" (1 Timothy 1:6). The whole picture is unmistakably one of the perverse Jewish mind. 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.
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