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1 Timothy 1:7

7 They want to be teachers of the law, but they do not know what they are talking about or what they so confidently affirm.

Read 1 Timothy 1:7 Using Other Translations

Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm.
desiring to be teachers of the law, without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they make confident assertions.
They want to be known as teachers of the law of Moses, but they don’t know what they are talking about, even though they speak so confidently.

What does 1 Timothy 1:7 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
1 Timothy 1:7

Desiring to be teachers of the law
They were very fond of being called Rabbi, Rabbi, and styled doctors of the law, and of being thought to have skill in interpreting the law, and good talents in expounding it, and preaching upon it; which was now most in vogue, and gained the greatest applause, when the preaching of the Gospel was treated with contempt, not only by the unbelieving Jews, but by judaizing Christians, and carnal professors.

Understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm:
they did not understand the law, the nature and end, the purity and spirituality, and perfection of it, which they were so fond of teaching, and went into many foolish and unlearned questions about it; see ( 2 Timothy 2:23 ) ( Titus 3:9 ) , and which they as foolishly answered: these are the ignorant and unlearned men, who, notwithstanding their vain show of learning, and pretence to skill in interpreting the law, wrested the Scriptures to their own destruction, and that of others; they were ignorant of the things they talked of, and knew not by what arguments to confirm them, and yet were very bold and confident in their assertions: and generally speaking so it is, that those who can prove least assert most, and that with the greatest assurance.

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