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2 Timothy 3:7 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— always learning, and never able to come to [the] knowledge of [the] truth.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Ever learning and never, unto a personal knowledge of truth, able to come;
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— always learning, and never to a knowledge of truth able to come,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Ever learning, and never attaining to the knowledge of the truth.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Euer learning, and neuer able to come to the knowledge of the trueth.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— who, in all time learning, never to the knowledge of the truth are able to come.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— who are always learning, and can never come to the knowledge of the truth.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Ever 3842
{3842} Prime
From G3956 and G3753; every when, that is, at all times.
learning, 3129
{3129} Prime
Prolonged from a primary verb, another form of which, μαθέω [[matheo]], is used as an alternate in certain tenses; to learn (in any way).
<5723> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 2549
and 2532
{2532} Prime
Apparently a primary particle, having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force; and, also, even, so, then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words.
never 3368
{3368} Prime
From G3366 and G4218; not even ever.
able 1410
{1410} Prime
Of uncertain affinity; to be able or possible.
<5740> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Middle or Passive Deponent (See G5790)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 544
to come 2064
{2064} Prime
Middle voice of a primary verb (used only in the present and imperfect tenses, the others being supplied by a kindred [middle voice] word, ἐλεύθομαι [[eleuthomai]], {el-yoo'-thom-ahee}; or [active] ἔλθω [[eltho]], {el'-tho}; which do not otherwise occur); to come or go (in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively).
<5629> Grammar
Tense - Second Aorist (See G5780)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Infinitive (See G5795)
Count - 454
to 1519
{1519} Prime
A primary preposition; to or into (indicating the point reached or entered), of place, time, or (figuratively) purpose (result, etc.); also in adverbial phrases.
the knowledge 1922
{1922} Prime
From G1921; recognition, that is, (by implication) full discernment, acknowledgement.
of the truth. 225
{0225} Prime
From G0227; truth.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

2 Timothy 3:7

_ _ Ever learning — some new point, for mere curiosity, to the disparagement of what they seemed to know before.

_ _ the knowledgeGreek, “the perfect knowledge”; the only safeguard against further novelties. Gnosticism laid hold especially of the female sex [Estius, 1.13.3]: so Roman Jesuitism.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on 2 Timothy 3:1-9.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

2 Timothy 3:7

Ever learning — New things. But not the truth of God.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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2 Timothy 4:3-4 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; ... And they shall turn away [their] ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
Deuteronomy 29:4 Yet the LORD hath not given you an heart to perceive, and eyes to see, and ears to hear, unto this day.
Proverbs 14:6 A scorner seeketh wisdom, and [findeth it] not: but knowledge [is] easy unto him that understandeth.
Isaiah 30:10-11 Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits: ... Get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us.
Ezekiel 14:4-10 Therefore speak unto them, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Every man of the house of Israel that setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to the prophet; I the LORD will answer him that cometh according to the multitude of his idols; ... And they shall bear the punishment of their iniquity: the punishment of the prophet shall be even as the punishment of him that seeketh [unto him];
Matthew 13:11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
John 3:20-21 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. ... But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
John 5:44 How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that [cometh] from God only?
John 12:42-43 Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess [him], lest they should be put out of the synagogue: ... For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.
1 Corinthians 3:1-4 And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, [even] as unto babes in Christ. ... For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I [am] of Apollos; are ye not carnal?
Ephesians 4:14 That we [henceforth] be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, [and] cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
Hebrews 5:11 Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing.


1 Timothy 2:4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

the knowledge:

2 Timothy 2:25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;
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