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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CommentaryClarke'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.
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'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 …
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After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.
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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