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and not to pay attention to myths and endless genealogies, which cause disputes, rather than God’s stewardship, which is in faith—

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But refuse profane and old wives’ fables. Exercise yourself toward godliness.

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If anyone teaches a different doctrine, and doesn’t consent to sound words, the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness, he is conceited, knowing nothing, but obsessed with arguments, disputes, and word battles, from which come envy, strife, insulting, evil suspicions, constant friction of people of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. Withdraw yourself from such.[a]

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Footnotes

  1. 6:5 NU omits “Withdraw yourself from such.”

20 Timothy, guard that which is committed to you, turning away from the empty chatter and oppositions of what is falsely called knowledge,

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14 Remind them of these things, charging them in the sight of the Lord, that they don’t argue about words, to no profit, to the subverting of those who hear.

15 Give diligence to present yourself approved by God, a workman who doesn’t need to be ashamed, properly handling the Word of Truth. 16 But shun empty chatter, for it will go further in ungodliness,

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23 But refuse foolish and ignorant questionings, knowing that they generate strife.

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but shun foolish questionings, genealogies, strife, and disputes about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.

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