2 Timothy

1611 King James Version (KJV)

2 Timothy 4:3

“For the time wil come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but after their owne lusts shall they heape to themselues teachers, hauing itching eares:”

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Other Translations

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
- King James Version

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but {wanting} to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For the time will come when they will not endure the sound doctrine; but, having itching ears, will heap to themselves teachers after their own lusts;
- American Standard Version (1901)

For the time will come when they will not take the true teaching; but, moved by their desires, they will get for themselves a great number of teachers for the pleasure of hearing them;
- Basic English Bible

For the time shall be when they will not bear sound teaching; but according to their own lusts will heap up to themselves teachers, having an itching ear;
- Darby Bible

For the time will come, when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts will they multiply to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
- Webster's Bible

For a time is coming when they will not tolerate wholesome instruction, but, wanting to have their ears tickled, they will find a multitude of teachers to satisfy their own fancies;
- Weymouth Bible

For the time will come when they will not listen to the sound doctrine, but, having itching ears, will heap up for themselves teachers after their own lusts;
- World English Bible

For tyme schal be, whanne men schulen not suffre hoolsum teching, but at her desiris thei schulen gadere `togidere to hem silf maistris yitchinge to the eeris.
- Wycliffe Bible

for there shall be a season when the sound teaching they will not suffer, but according to their own desires to themselves they shall heap up teachers -- itching in the hearing,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 2 Timothy 4:3


4:3 For they will heap up teachers - Therefore thou hast need of all longsuffering. According to their own desires - Smooth as they can wish. Having itching ears - Fond of novelty and variety, which the number of new teachers, as well as their empty, soft, or philosophical discourses, pleased. Such teachers, and such hearers, seldom are much concerned with what is strict or to the purpose. Heap to themselves - Not enduring sound doctrine, they will reject the sound preachers, and gather together all that suit their own taste. Probably they send out one another as teachers, and so are never at a loss for numbers.


People's Bible Notes for 2 Timothy 4:3


2Ti 4:3 For the time will come. Hence, there is need of diligence now. Sound doctrine. Gospel teaching. Heap to themselves teachers. Run from one teacher to another; unsettled and restless. Having itching ears. Ears which seek to be tickled by some new sensation. This class is numerous still.

Discussion for 2 Timothy 4

  • LINDA SUSAN AUGUSTUS
    I am inspired by this scripture written by the apostle paul. it has a deep abiding spirit of confirmation of the serious work that is before us,for those who are called to bare witness to the truth, and the task of spreading the gospel of jesus christ...i just enjoy the spiritual food of his words in 2019 they are so real and relevant in today's world and it has enlightened me as well.
  • Patty Tozi
    To live this life is to suffer your whole life as l did, not realizing that because you had a calling in your life when born. You were chosen to do special things for the Lord. But growing up did not know God fully, but instead the world ways. Evilness lerked near me causing many a fall and being alone. But God and l fought the trial off. Not knowing-- l climbed out of the pits stronger then ever. Now in the ending of my life l go out fighting for others. With the Light surrounding me, no one will touch me unless the Lord lets them. My strength comes from the Lord each day. Even though the evilness of this world trys and destroy me. I wake up another day living moment to moment walking in His Son Jesus shoes. No turning back now. I chose this fight to the end. Choose this day who you will serve. Fight to the end!!!!
  • Apostle Ebony Carter
    I read this with confirmation to what Timothy was writing here. We see and are experiencing the identical attitude in this present time 2019. Know we are God witnesses and will experience the same thing our brethren did in Jesus Christ time. May we continue to fight the good fight of faith , love the brethren and close any demonic doors to satan. He s rejected knowing his weakness. Moving forw
  • BSP
    Verse 5 We want to share the good news and make sure that we fully accomplish our ministry. The best way to do this is by imitating Jesus Christ and the way that he carried out his ministry.
  • Samuel
    "I Have Fought The Good Battle Of Faith And I Have Finished The Race." Paul Was Not Saying As We Might Think- I Can See The Cry With Bitterness From His Heart. This Realy Makes Me Cry Because Its Very Difficult Time In Christianity. Thats Why Many People Fade. May Jesus Strengthen Us Like Paul, 254702123818
  • Sally Fajardo

    1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom

    John.6:63
    It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

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