2 Timothy 3:5

“Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Hauing a forme of godlinesse, but denying the power thereof: from such turne away.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

holding a form of godliness, but having denied the power therefore. From these also turn away.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Having a form of religion, but turning their backs on the power of it: go not with these.
- Basic English Bible

having a form of piety but denying the power of it: and from these turn away.
- Darby Bible

Having a form of godliness, but denying its power: from such turn away.
- Webster's Bible

and will keep up a make-believe of piety and yet live in defiance of its power. Turn away from people of this sort.
- Weymouth Bible

holding a form of godliness, but having denied its power. Turn away from these, also.
- World English Bible

hauynge the licknesse of pitee, but denyynge the vertu of it. And eschewe thou these men.
- Wycliffe Bible

having a form of piety, and its power having denied; and from these be turning away,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 2 Timothy 3:5


3:5 Having a form - An appearance of godliness, but not regarding, nay, even denying and blaspheming, the inward power and reality of it. Is not this eminently fulfilled at this day?


People's Bible Notes for 2 Timothy 3:5


2Ti 3:5 Having a form of godliness. This implies that the persons described professed to be religious, worshipers of God in outward form. A godless church is described. But denying the power thereof. Rejecting its power. Their lives are not molded by it. From such turn away. This implies that some of this formal, godless religion had begun to show itself even at that time.

Discussion for 2 Timothy 3

  • Mohammed
    Can someone please explain to me the relationship between (2 Timothy 3:16) and (Ezekiel 23)?
  • Mike
    In verse 14, Timothy was convinced that the truth could be found in the Scriptures because he reasoned on what he had learned and was persuaded. The same should be with us, rather than believing anything we want to reason on answers for ourselves.
  • Karla
    One of my very favorites. After our talk I wanted to share.
  • Zeb*C
    God Said It ... That Settles It ...
  • Jim
    Darlene, you are so right! The light is fading fast in the world, but ever growing in the true child of God. It is no wonder the world hates us so!
  • ABailey
    We must understand that in no wise anyone that refrain from the truth can be considered a product of righteousness for many have said Lord Lord and have been rejected. Let no one be under the understanding that God is not in control for all things are known of him whether disobedience or ungodlyness, therefore may all be confident that He will deliver His people. In the abundance of HIs love let us draw even closer to Him.

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