Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels.
But refuse foolish and ignorant speculations, knowing that they produce quarrels.
Again I say, don’t get involved in foolish, ignorant arguments that only start fights.
Refuse to get involved in inane discussions; they always end up in fights.
And put away foolish and uncontrolled questionings, seeing that they are a cause of trouble.
Have nothing to do with stupid and senseless controversies; you know that they breed quarrels.
But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife.
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1 tn Or “uninstructed,” “silly.”
2 tn Or “fights,” although this could suggest weapons and blows, whereas in the present context this is not the primary focus. Although “quarrel” is frequently used here (NAB, NIV, NRSV) it may be understood to refer to a relatively minor disagreement.