2 Timothy 4:3

“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 (KJV)

Other Translations

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:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

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

  • BSP
    Verse 4 shows that some would turn from the truth and listen to false stories. It is important to stick with the truth and prove what is true to ourselves.
  • Irene123
    Hi JoAnn - as to God fearing saints like Paul - I'm sure you've seen, as I have, several of them on here, and there's LOTS more out there- all around the world - baptized in Jesus name, filled with the H.G., Acts 2:38. I am assuming you are one of us ... ? If not please do not be offended toward me, as I will not be to you.
  • JoAnn
    Paul had experienced God, he saw the seriousness of the advancement of the gospel. The Spirit was driving him. I fear that in 2017, we have lost the passion for truth. If we don't have God fearing men like Paul, I am afraid we will only have our ears tickled. God, help us!
  • Darren Le Brun
    I Thought of it as i do most of God's words meant to inspire us, Very inspiring and also very convicting. As i know i fall so short of the mark, at present i find i am clutching to my faith as a life raft trying to keep myself afloat in my storm. Thank you Lord for all my blessings with your strength and guidance i pray it to may keep the faith and finish my race worthy of you. in Jesus Name i Pray Amen.
  • Jean
    Their ears are already turning away, having the "right" material things seems to the way of so many. preachers who teach only prosperity and not forgiveness and making their church's bigger and more wealthy without teaching the truth.
  • BSP
    Verse 13 shows Paul was especially concerned about the parchments. He wanted to read God's Word and placed a high value on it.

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