1 Timothy 6:20-21

20 O Timothy! Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge —

21 by professing it some have strayed concerning the faith. Grace be with you. Amen.

guard (v.20) — in the military sense

what was committed to your trust (v.20) = lit. “a putting with,” to place alongside of someone — a deposit

avoiding (v.20) = turning away, shunning, turning aside so as to avoid meeting

profane (v.20) – unhallowed, not set apart to God, common, secular

babblings (v.20) = empty sounds, empty voices

falsely called (v.20) = falsely named

contradictions (v.20) = antithesis = lit. “to place against” — arguments and objections against a certain proposition

knowledge (v.20) = “the” knowledge — perhaps referring to Gnosticism, but could also include legalistic Jewish influences and any doctrine contrary to Paul’s

professing (v.21) = proclaiming

strayed (v.21) = missed the mark

grace (v.21) = “the” grace

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