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2 Timothy 3:2-7

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3:2 For people 1  will be lovers of themselves, 2  lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3:3 unloving, irreconcilable, slanderers, without self-control, savage, opposed to what is good, 3:4 treacherous, reckless, conceited, loving pleasure rather than loving God. 3:5 They will maintain the outward appearance 3  of religion but will have repudiated its power. So avoid people like these. 4  3:6 For some of these insinuate themselves 5  into households and captivate weak women 6  who are overwhelmed with sins and led along by various passions. 3:7 Such women are always seeking instruction, 7  yet never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth.

1 tn Grk “men”; but here ἄνθρωποι (anqrwpoi) is generic, referring to both men and women.

2 tn Or “self-centered.” The first two traits in 2 Tim 3:2 and the last two in 3:4 are Greek words beginning with the root “lovers of,” and so bracket the list at beginning and end.

3 tn Or “form.”

sn Outward appearance. Paul’s contrast with power in 3:5b shows that he regards this “form” to be outward, one of appearance rather than reality (cf. 1 Cor 4:19-20; 1 Thess 1:5).

4 tn Grk “and avoid these,” with the word “people” implied.

5 tn Grk “For from these are those who sneak.”

6 tn Or “silly women.”

7 tn Grk “always learning,” continuing the description of the women from v. 6. Because of the length and complexity of the Greek sentence, a new sentence was started here in the translation.



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