New International Version
They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.
King James Bible
And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
Darby Bible Translation
and they will turn away their ear from the truth, and will have turned aside to fables.
World English Bible
and will turn away their ears from the truth, and turn aside to fables.
Young's Literal Translation
and indeed, from the truth the hearing they shall turn away, and to the fables they shall be turned aside.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
And they shall turn away their ears from the truth - The truth strips them of their vices, sacrifices their idols, darts its lightnings against their easily besetting sins, and absolutely requires a conformity to a crucified Christ; therefore they turn their ears away from it.
And shall be turned unto fables - Believe any kind of stuff and nonsense; for, as one has justly observed, "Those who reject the truth are abandoned by the just judgment of God to credit the most degrading nonsense." This is remarkably the case with most deists; their creed often exhibits what is grossly absurd.
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"They shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables."--2 Tim. iv. 4. From these words of the blessed Apostle, written shortly before he suffered martyrdom, we learn, that there is such a thing as religious truth, and therefore there is such a thing as religious error. We learn that religious truth is one--and therefore that all views of religion but one are wrong. And we learn, moreover, that so it was to be (for his words are a prophecy) that professed Christians, …
John Henry Newman—Parochial and Plain Sermons, Vol. VIII
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Exhortation to Workers and Ministers
They say to the seers, "See no more visions!" and to the prophets, "Give us no more visions of what is right! Tell us pleasant things, prophesy illusions.
For this people's heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.'
2 Thessalonians 2:11
For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie
1 Timothy 1:4
or to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies. Such things promote controversial speculations rather than advancing God's work--which is by faith.
and will pay no attention to Jewish myths or to the merely human commands of those who reject the truth.
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