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Romans 2:20 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— a corrector of the foolish, a teacher of babes, having in the law the form of knowledge and of the truth;
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— An instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, which hast the form of knowledge and of the truth in the law.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— a corrector of the foolish, a teacher of the immature, having in the Law the embodiment of knowledge and of the truth,
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— An instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, who hast the form of knowledge, and of the truth in the law:
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, having the form of knowledge and of truth in the law:
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— A trainer of the simple, a teacher of babes, having the forming of knowledge and truth in the law,—
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— an instructor of foolish ones, a teacher of babes, having the form of the knowledge and of the truth in the law.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— An instructor of the foolish, a teacher of infants, having the form of knowledge and of truth in the law.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— An instructour of the foolish, a teacher of babes: which hast the forme of knowledge and of the trueth in the Law:
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— and an instructor of the wanting-in-mind, and a teacher of children, and hast a type of knowledge and of truth in the law:
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— and an instructor of those lacking knowledge, and a preceptor to the young; and thou hast the appearance of knowledge and of verity in the law:

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
An instructor 3810
{3810} Prime
παιδευτής
paideutes
{pahee-dyoo-tace'}
From G3811; a trainer, that is, teacher or (by implication) discipliner.
of the foolish, 878
{0878} Prime
ἄφρων
aphron
{af'-rone}
From G0001 (as a negative particle) and G5424; properly mindless, that is, stupid, (by implication) ignorant, (specifically) egotistic, (practically) rash, or (morally) unbelieving.
a teacher 1320
{1320} Prime
διδάσκαλος
didaskalos
{did-as'-kal-os}
From G1321; an instructor (generally or specifically).
of babes, 3516
{3516} Prime
νήπιος
nepios
{nay'-pee-os}
From an obsolete particle νη- [[ne]]-; implying negation and G2031; not speaking, that is, an infant (minor); figuratively a simple minded person, an immature Christian.
which hast 2192
{2192} Prime
ἔχω
echo
{ekh'-o}
A primary verb (including an alternate form σχέω [[scheo]], {skheh'-o}; used in certain tenses only); to hold (used in very various applications, literally or figuratively, direct or remote; such as possession, ability, contiguity, relation or condition).
z5723
<5723> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 2549
the x3588
(3588) Complement

ho
{ho}
The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
form 3446
{3446} Prime
μόρφωσις
morphosis
{mor'-fo-sis}
From G3445; formation, that is, (by implication) appearance (semblance or [concretely] formula).
of knowledge 1108
{1108} Prime
γνῶσις
gnosis
{gno'-sis}
From G1097; knowing (the act), that is, (by implication) knowledge.
and 2532
{2532} Prime
καί
kai
{kahee}
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.
of the x3588
(3588) Complement

ho
{ho}
The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
truth 225
{0225} Prime
ἀλήθεια
aletheia
{al-ay'-thi-a}
From G0227; truth.
in 1722
{1722} Prime
ἐν
en
{en}
A primary preposition denoting (fixed) position (in place, time or state), and (by implication) instrumentality (medially or constructively), that is, a relation of rest (intermediate between G1519 and G1537); 'in', at, (up-) on, by, etc.
the x3588
(3588) Complement

ho
{ho}
The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
law. 3551
{3551} Prime
νόμος
nomos
{nom'-os}
From a primary word νέμω [[nemo]] (to parcel out, especially food or grazing to animals); law (through the idea of prescriptive usage), generally (regulation), specifically (of Moses [including the volume]; also of the Gospel), or figuratively (a principle).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

See commentary on Romans 2:17-24.


Romans 2:20

_ _ hast the form of knowledge and of the truth in the law — not being left, as the heathen are, to vague conjecture on divine things, but favored with definite and precise information from heaven.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Romans 2:17-29.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Romans 2:20

Having the form of knowledge and truth — That is, the most accurate knowledge of the truth.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Romans 2:20

An instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, which hast the (o) form of knowledge and of the truth in the (p) law.

(o) The way to teach and to form others in the knowledge of the truth.

(p) As though he said that the Jews under a pretence of an outward serving of God, attributed all to themselves, when in reality they did nothing less than observe the Law.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
a teacher:

Matthew 11:25 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.
1 Corinthians 3:1 And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, [even] as unto babes in Christ.
Hebrews 5:13 For every one that useth milk [is] unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
1 Peter 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:

the form:

Romans 6:17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.
2 Timothy 1:13 Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.
2 Timothy 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
Titus 1:16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny [him], being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.
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