2 Timothy 4:4

“And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And they shall turne away their eares from the trueth, and shall be turned vnto fables.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

and will turn away their ears from the truth, and turn aside unto fables.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And shutting their ears to what is true, will be turned away to belief in foolish stories.
- Basic English Bible

and they will turn away their ear from the truth, and will have turned aside to fables.
- Darby Bible

And they will turn away their ears from the truth, and will be turned to fables.
- Webster's Bible

and will turn away from listening to the truth and will turn aside to fables.
- Weymouth Bible

and will turn away their ears from the truth, and turn aside to fables.
- World English Bible

And treuli thei schulen turne awei the heryng fro treuthe, but to fablis thei schulen turne.
- Wycliffe Bible

and indeed, from the truth the hearing they shall turn away, and to the fables they shall be turned aside.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

People's Bible Notes for 2 Timothy 4:4


2Ti 4:4 Turn away [their] ears from the truth. It is a moral law, continually illustrated, that those who do not seek truth will receive untruth.

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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