English Standard Version
having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.
King James Bible
Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
American Standard Version
holding a form of godliness, but having denied the power thereof. From these also turn away.
Having an appearance indeed of godliness, but denying the power thereof. Now these avoid.
English Revised Version
holding a form of godliness, but having denied the power thereof: from these also turn away.
Webster's Bible Translation
Having a form of godliness, but denying its power: from such turn away.
Weymouth New Testament
and will keep up a make-believe of piety and yet live in defiance of its power. Turn away from people of this sort.
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CommentaryVincent's Word Studies
A form (μόρφωσιν)
Only here and Romans 2:20. Μορφὴ Form (for the want of any other rendering) is the expression or embodiment of the essential and permanent being of that which is expressed Μόρφωσις, lit. forming or shaping. Yet the meaning differs in different passages. In Romans 2:20, μόρφωσις is the truthful embodiment of knowledge and truth as contained in the law of God. Here, the mere outward semblance, as distinguished from the essential reality.
The power (τὴν δύναμιν)
Turn away (ἀποτρέπου)
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
"Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.
2 Thessalonians 3:6
Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from any brother who is walking in idleness and not in accord with the tradition that you received from us.
1 Timothy 4:7
Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness;
1 Timothy 4:8
for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.
1 Timothy 5:8
But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
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