1 Timothy 1:7
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English Standard Version
desiring to be teachers of the law, without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they make confident assertions.

King James Bible
Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm.

American Standard Version
desiring to be teachers of the law, though they understand neither what they say, nor whereof they confidently affirm.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Desiring to be teachers of the law, understanding neither the things they say, nor whereof they affirm.

English Revised Version
desiring to be teachers of the law, though they understand neither what they say, nor whereof they confidently affirm.

Webster's Bible Translation
Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor concerning what they affirm.

Weymouth New Testament
They are ambitious to be teachers of the Law, although they do not understand either their own words or what the things are about which they make such confident assertions.

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Vincent's Word Studies

Desiring (θέλοντες)

The participle is explanatory and confirmatory of the preceding statement: since they desire.

Teachers of the law (νομοδιδάσκαλοι)

oP. It occurs in Luke 5:17 and Acts 5:34. Νόμος is, apparently, the Mosaic law. These teachers may have been arbitrary interpreters of that law, but in what way, cannot be shown.

Understanding (νοοῦντες)

Better, though they understand.

What they say - whereof they affirm (ἃ λέγουσιν - περὶ τίνων διαβεβαιοῦνται)

The latter expression is an advance on the former, as appears not only from the verbs themselves, but from the different pronominal expressions. They know not what they say, nor what kind of things they are of which they speak so confidently. The compound διαβεβαιοῦσωαι to affirm, Pasto. Comp. Titus 3:8. The false teachers announce their errors with assurance.

1 Timothy 1:7 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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Acts 15:1 And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brothers, and said, Except you be circumcised after the manner of Moses...

Romans 2:19-21 And are confident that you yourself are a guide of the blind, a light of them which are in darkness...

Galatians 3:2,5 This only would I learn of you, Received you the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith...

Galatians 4:21 Tell me, you that desire to be under the law, do you not hear the law?

Galatians 5:3,4 For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law...

Titus 1:10,11 For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision...

understanding.

1 Timothy 6:4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof comes envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,

Isaiah 29:13,14 Why the Lord said, For as much as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honor me...

Jeremiah 8:8,9 How do you say, We are wise, and the law of the LORD is with us? See, certainly in vain made he it; the pen of the scribes is in vain...

Matthew 15:14 Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.

Matthew 21:27 And they answered Jesus, and said, We cannot tell. And he said to them, Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things.

Matthew 23:16-24 Woe to you, you blind guides, which say, Whoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing...

John 3:9,10 Nicodemus answered and said to him, How can these things be...

John 9:40,41 And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said to him, Are we blind also...

Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

2 Timothy 3:7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

2 Peter 2:12 But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not...

Cross References
Luke 2:46
After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.

James 3:1
Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.

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