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

  • Steve morrow
    2 timothy 3:7 ever learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth romans 10:2 for I bear them record that they have a zeal of god but not according to knowledge 1 timothy 6:5 perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth supposing that gain is godliness from such withdraw thyself JOHN 3:30 HE MUST INCREASE BUT I MUST DECREASE
  • Irene123
    V. 6 - We all have friends like this - men like this also. We can witness to them but only for a short time because they don't want to hear it; they have their own way; we can PRAY for them tho' and that is more powerful in the long run; just our lives of holiness will be a witness to them. But we have to be CONSISTENT because they are watching us.
  • Ostain
    The word of God is the only answer for human direction,understanding,knowledge,wisdom correction and counselling as verse 16 states,so in other word lets keep studying and praying God will keep revealing the right ways for the saved saints
  • Zannah
    I was thinking of those who search for God but the natural desires of humankind wants to see and hold on to physical attachment to a God whom they thought is carnal like us. Therefore, resulted in chasing not the true spiritual knowledge of God but after their own weakneses.
  • BSP
    Verse 15 shows that education of the Bible should began as soon as a child is born.
  • 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.

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