New American Standard Bible
wanting to be teachers of the Law, even though they do not understand either what they are saying or the matters 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.
Darby Bible Translation
desiring to be law-teachers, not understanding either what they say or concerning what they so strenuously affirm.
World English Bible
desiring to be teachers of the law, though they understand neither what they say, nor about what they strongly affirm.
Young's Literal Translation
willing to be teachers of law, not understanding either the things they say, nor concerning what they asseverate,
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Desiring to be teachers of the law - That is, to have the credit and reputation of being well versed in the law of Moses, and qualified to explain it to others. This was a high honor among the Jews, and these teachers laid claim to the same distinction.
Understanding neither what they say - That is, they do not understand the true nature and design of that law which they attempt to explain to others. This was true of the Jewish teachers, and equally so of those in the church at Ephesus, who attempted to explain it. They appear to have explained the law on the principles which commonly prevailed among the Jews, and hence their instructions tended greatly to corrupt the faith of the gospel. They made affirmations of what they knew nothing of, and though they made confident observations, yet they often pertained to things about which they had no knowledge. One needs only a slight acquaintance with the manner of teaching among Jewish rabbies, or with the things found in their traditions, to see the accuracy of this statement of the apostle. A sufficient illustration of this may be found in Allen's "Modern Judaism."
LibraryThe Chief of Sinners
'Of whom I am chief.'--1 TIM. i. 15. The less teachers of religion talk about themselves the better; and yet there is a kind of personal reference, far removed from egotism and offensiveness. Few such men have ever spoken more of themselves than Paul did, and yet none have been truer to his motto: 'We preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus.' For the scope of almost all his personal references is the depreciation of self, and the magnifying of the wonderful mercy which drew him to Jesus Christ. Whenever …
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Then, after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions.
Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we will incur a stricter judgment.
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