1 Timothy 1:7
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New International Version
They want to be teachers of the law, but they do not know what they are talking about or what they so confidently affirm.

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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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Teachers of the law - To be esteemed or celebrated as rabbins; to be reputed cunning in solving knotty questions and enigmas, which answered no end to true religion. Of such the rabbinical teaching was full.

Understanding neither what they say - This is evident from almost all the Jewish comments which yet remain. Things are asserted which are either false or dubious; words, the import of which they did not understand, were brought to illustrate them: so that it may be said, They understand not what they say, nor whereof they affirm. I will give one instance from the Jerusalem Targum, on Genesis 1:15 : And God made two great lights, and they were equal in splendor twenty-one years, the six hundred and seventy-second part of an hour excepted: and afterwards the moon brought a false accusation against the sun, and therefore she was lessened; and God made the sun the greater light to superintend the day, etc. I could produce a thousand of a similar complexion.

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...

Library
'The Gospel of the Glory of the Happy God'
'The glorious gospel of the blessed God.'--1 TIM. i. 11. Two remarks of an expository character will prepare the way for our consideration of this text. The first is, that the proper rendering is that which is given in the Revised Version--'the gospel of the glory,' not the 'glorious gospel.' The Apostle is not telling us what kind of thing the Gospel is, but what it is about. He is dealing not with its quality, but with its contents. It is a Gospel which reveals, has to do with, is the manifestation
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

A Test Case
'Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show forth all long-suffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe.'--1 TIM. i. 16. The smallest of God's creatures, if it were only a gnat dancing in a sunbeam, has a right to have its well-being considered as an end of God's dealings. But no creature is so isolated or great as that it has a right to have its well-being regarded as the sole end of God's dealings. That is true about all His blessings and
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Christian's Hope
Scripture references: 1 Timothy 1:1; Colossians 1:27; Psalm 130:5; 43:5; Proverbs 10:8; Acts 24:15; Psalm 71:5; Romans 5:1-5; 12:12; 15:4; 1 Corinthians 9:10; Galatians 5:5; Ephesians 1:18; Philippians 1:20; Colossians 1:5; 1 Thessalonians 1:3; 2:19; Titus 1:2; 2:13; 3:7; Psalm 31:24; 71:14,15. HOPE IN THE PRESENT LIFE That which a man ardently hopes for he strives to realize. If he desires fame, office or wealth he will seek to set forces in motion, here and now, which will bring him that which
Henry T. Sell—Studies in the Life of the Christian

The Communion of Gifts.
"Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned."--1 Tim. i. 5. Communion of goods in Jerusalem was a symbol. It typified the communion of the spiritual goods which constituted the real treasure of Jerusalem's saints. The other inhabitants of that city possessed houses, fields, furniture, gold, and silver just as well as the saints, and perhaps in greater abundance. But the latter were to receive riches which neither Jew, Roman, nor
Abraham Kuyper—The Work of the Holy Spirit

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

James 3:1
Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.

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