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2 Timothy 3:5

    2 Timothy 3:5 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    holding a form of godliness, but having denied the power therefore. From these also turn away.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Having a form of religion, but turning their backs on the power of it: go not with these.

    Webster's Revision

    holding a form of godliness, but having denied the power therefore. From these also turn away.

    World English Bible

    holding a form of godliness, but having denied its power. Turn away from these, also.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    holding a form of godliness, but having denied the power thereof: from these also turn away.

    Clarke's Commentary on 2 Timothy 3:5

    Having a form of godliness - The original word μορφωσις signifies a draught, sketch, or summary, and will apply well to those who have all their religion in their creed, confession of faith, catechism, bodies of divinity, etc., while destitute of the life of God in their souls; and are not only destitute of this life, but deny that such life or power is here to be experienced or known. They have religion in their creed, but none in their hearts. And perhaps to their summary they add a decent round of religious observances. From such turn away - not only do not imitate them, but have no kind of fellowship with them; they are a dangerous people, and but seldom suspected, because their outside is fair.

    Barnes' Notes on 2 Timothy 3:5

    Having a form of godliness - That is, they profess religion, or are in connection with the church. This shows that the apostle referred to some great corruption in the church; and there can be little doubt that he had his eye on the same great apostasy to which he refers in 2 Thessalonians 2: and 1 Timothy 4:All these things to which he refers here have been practiced and tolerated in that apostate church, while no body of men, at any time, have been more zealous in maintaining "a form of godliness;" that is, in keeping up the forms of religion.

    But denying the power thereof - Opposing the real power of religion; not allowing it to exert any influence in their lives. It imposes no restraint on their passions and carnal propensities, but in all respects, except in the form of religion, they live as if they had None. This has been common in the world. The most regular and bigoted adherence to the forms of religion furnishes no evidence in itself that there is any true piety at heart, or that true religion has any actual control over the soul. It is much easier for people to observe the forms of religion than it is to bring the heart under its controlling influence.

    From such turn away - Have no contact with them as if they were Christians; show no countenance to their religion; do not associate with them; compare 2 John 1:10-11; see the notes at 2 Corinthians 6:17.

    Wesley's Notes on 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?