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

  • Wayne
    Yes, that is true. I started our 2 year old grandaughter on childrens christian songs. At 4 years old now she can sing them all. Jesus Loves The Little Children Of The World, Give Said The Little Stream, etc. As she plays, she can be heard humming those songs. Start young!
  • BSP
    Verse 15 shows that education of the Bible should began as soon as a child is born.
  • Wayne
    Irene, good to hear from you. You had stated that you did not want to appear to b one of those silly women led astray by deceitful worker. The word is not mentioning godly women, born again, washed in the blood of the Lamb by faith, such as you. It may be that i stated changing the scriptures to b able to converse with you on that subject. God Bless

  • Irene123
    To Wayne, month ago - I'm sorry; what scriptures did I change? Whatever I said isn't on here anymore. I have made some mistakes on here so I am serious in this request.
  • Steve morrow
    2 TIM 3:15 AND THAT FROM A CHILD THOU HAST KNOWN THE HOLY SCRIPTURES WHICH ARE ABLE TO MAKE THEE WISE UNTO SALVATION THROUGH FAITH IN CHRIST JESUS 3:16 ALL SCRIPTURE IS GIVEN BY INSPIRATION OF GOD AND IS PROFITABLE FOR DOCTRINE FOR REPROOF FOR CORRECTION FOR INSTRUCTION IN RIGHTEOUSNESS 3:17 THAT THE MAN OF GOD MAY BE PERFECT THROUGHLY FURNISHED UNTO GOOD WORKS
  • Wayne
    Irene, do u not understand who he is talking about? Not you or any believing woman. Those who are laden with sins and diverse lusts. Ever learning but not coming to the truth and being saved. The preceding verses tells us who those people are. And with history and traditions of men, we understand. Its not a gender thing. Just factual.

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