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2 Timothy 2:16-18

2:16 But avoid profane chatter, 1  because those occupied with it will stray further and further into ungodliness, 2  2:17 and their message will spread its infection 3  like gangrene. Hymenaeus and Philetus are in this group. 4  2:18 They have strayed from the truth 5  by saying that the resurrection has already occurred, and they are undermining some people’s faith.

1 sn Profane chatter was apparently a characteristic of the false teachers in Ephesus (cf. 1 Tim 1:3-4; 4:7; 6:20).

2 tn Grk “they [who engage in it] will progress even more in ungodliness.”

3 tn Or “eat away.”

4 tn Grk “of whom are Hymenaeus and Philetus.” Because of the length and complexity of the Greek sentence, this last clause has been made a new sentence in the translation.

5 tn Grk “have deviated concerning the truth.”

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