No speculations (1 Tim. 1:4)

“They should not occupy themselves

With myths

And endless genealogies

That promote speculations

Rather than divine training

That is by faith.”

μηδὲ προσέχειν μύθοις καὶ γενεαλογίαις ἀπεράντοις, αἵτινες ἐκζητήσεις παρέχουσιν μᾶλλον ἢ οἰκονομίαν Θεοῦ τὴν ἐν πίστει·

Paul said, “They should not (μηδὲ) occupy (προσέχειν) themselves with myths (μύθοις) and endless genealogies (καὶ γενεαλογίαις ἀπεράντοις) that promote speculations (αἵτινες ἐκζητήσεις παρέχουσιν), rather than divine training (μᾶλλον ἢ οἰκονομίαν Θεοῦ) that is by faith (ἐν πίστει).”  Only the Pauline letters used this word μύθοις, that means a speech, story, a fable, or fanciful story, and the word γενεαλογίαις, that means the making of a pedigree or a genealogy.  Only this letter to Timothy used this unique word ἀπεράντοις, that means unfinished, endless, unaccomplished, or unending.  Paul did not want the Ephesian Christians involved in useless speculation about myths and endless genealogies.  This may be a reference to studying the Hebrew Bible or variations of the biblical stories and as well as various genealogies from the Old Testament.  Rather they should be concerned about the household of God, the divine training that would help them to understand their faith in Jesus Christ.  This may have been a slap at the Jewish Christians in the Ephesus.  Do you spend time on genealogies?

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