What does Babblings mean in the Bible?

Greek / Hebrew Translation Occurance
κενοφωνίας empty discussion 2

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G2757


   1 empty discussion, discussion of vain and useless matters.
   

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Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Babblings
(1 Timothy 6:20, 2 Timothy 2:16 βεβήλους κενοφωνίας)
The ‘profane babblings, and the oppositions of the knowledge which is falsely so called’ are all profitless speculation and empty religious talk which only minister questions, but have no value in the equipment of a man of God, or in the building up of the Church. The implied contrast is between intellectualism in religion, and genuine piety in heart and life (cf. F. Godet, Expositor, 3rd ser., vii. [1] 45ff.).
Some have seen in ‘the oppositions (ἀντιθέσεις) of the knowledge which is falsely so called,’ a reference, covert or open, to Marcion’s Antitheses; but this has scarcely been made out, and it is better to take the words as pointing to an incipient Gnosticism, hardly yet conscious of itself, against which the writer-be he St. Paul or a Paulinist-warns his readers (cf. M. Dods, Introd. to NT, London, 1888, p. 174). The Greek mind was always desirous of being saved by dialectic, and ready to hear or to tell some newer thing (cf. Acts 17:21). In the fermenting vat of the Greek cities in the Apostolic as well as in the sub-Apostolic Age there were frothy, windy men who knew everything about religion except ‘the practick part’ (cf. Didache, ii. 40-45: οὐκ ἔσται ὁ λόγος σου ψευδής, οὐ κενός, ἀλλά μεμεστωμένος πράξει-‘Thy speech shall not be false, nor empty, but filled with doing’). Practical piety is the writer’s theme, and he calls Christians to cultivate simplicity as it is in Jesus; not to lose themselves in a cloud of words, but to be direct and devout. Cf. A. Rowland (1 Tim., London, 1887): ‘It is easier to quibble over Christ’s words than to imitate His life.’ To the same effect, Butler (Charge to the Clergy) advises them ‘not to trouble about objections raised by men of gaiety and speculation,’ but to endeavour to beget a practical sense of religion ‘upon the hearts of the people’ (cf. Encyclopaedia Biblica iv. 5094).
The standing type of the religious babbler is Bunyan’s ‘Talkative,’ who will ‘talk of things Heavenly or things Earthly … things sacred or things profane, things past or things to come, things more essential or things circumstantial.’ To this masterly characterization ‘of the evil excesses of some of the prophets, lunatic preachers, and loquacious hypocrites’ in Puritan times may be added R. H. Hutton’s description (Contemporary Thought and Thinkers, London, 1894, i. 257) of a certain rampant sceptic of yesterday as a man ‘hurling about wildly loose thoughts over which he has no intellectual control.’ These are the profane babblers of the Pastoral Epistles. They were not only unsettling to the Church-‘If I had said “I will speak thus,” I should have been faithless to the generation of thy children,’ Psalms 73:15 -but the unreal words corrupted the babbler himself, as the writer not obscurely hints. His nature is subdued to what he works among (cf. Emerson; ‘I cannot listen to what you are saying for thinking of what you are’).
To use unreal words, to be constantly dealing with the greatest things, and yet to be too shallow or flippant to realize their majesty, was, in the Apostolic Age, and ever since has been, the peculiar snare and peril of religious speakers, and gives point to the taunt of Carlyle: ‘When a man takes to tongue-work, it is all over with him.’ The Carthusian student who went to a teacher and got the text ‘I will take heed to my ways that I sin not with my tongue,’ found that enough for a lifetime.
On the whole subject Newman’s lines (‘Flowers without Fruit,’ in Verses on Various Occasions) are an apt and instructive commentary:
‘Prune thou thy words, the thoughts control
That o’er thee swell and throng.’
Literature.-In addition to the works cited above, see A. Whyte, Bunyan Characters, i. [2] 180; J. Kelman, The Road, i. [3] 180; Joseph Butler, Sermons, ed. Gladstone, Oxford, 1896, no. 4.
W. M. Grant.
Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words - Babbler, Babblings
1: σπερμολόγος (Strong's #4691 — Adjective — spermologos — sper-mol-og'-os ) "a babbler," is used in Acts 17:18 . Primarily an adjective, it came to be used as a noun signifying a crow, or some other bird, picking up seeds (sperma, "a seed," lego, "to collect"). Then it seems to have been used of a man accustomed to hang about the streets and markets, picking up scraps which fall from loads; hence a parasite, who lives at the expense of others, a hanger on. Metaphorically it became used of a man who picks up scraps of information and retails them secondhand, a plagiarist, or of those who make a show in unscientific style, of knowledge obtained from misunderstanding lectures. Prof. Ramsay points out that there does not seem to be any instance of the classical use of the word as a "babbler" or a mere talker. He finds in the word a piece of Athenian slang, applied to one who was outside any literary circle, an ignorant plagiarist. Other suggestions have been made, but without satisfactory evidence.
2: κενοφωνία (Strong's #2757 — Noun Feminine — kenophonia — ken-of-o-nee'-ah ) "babbling" (from kenos, "empty," and phone, "a sound"), signifies empty discussion, discussion on useless subjects, 1 Timothy 6:20 ; 2 Timothy 2:16 .

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Jangling - ]'>[1] ‘vain talking’); and in the heading of 1 Timothy 6:1-21 ‘to avoid profane janglings,’ where it stands for ‘babblings’ in the text ( 1 Timothy 6:20 )
Advance - , to make progress, is translated "advanced" in Luke 2:52 , RV, of the Lord Jesus (AV, "increased"); in Galatians 1:14 "advanced," of Paul's former progress in the Jews' religion (AV, "profited"); in Romans 13:12 , "is far spent," of the "advanced" state of the "night" of the world's spiritual darkness; in 2 Timothy 2:16 , "will proceed further," of profane Babblings; in 2 Timothy 3:9 , "shall proceed no further," of the limit Divinely to be put to the doings of evil men; in 2 Timothy 3:13 , of the progress of evil men and impostors, "shall wax," lit
Avoid - , "to turn or twist out," is used in the Passive Voice in Hebrews 12:13 , "that which is lame be not turned out of the way" (or rather, "put out of joint"); in the sense of the Middle Voice (though Passive in form) of turning aside, or turning away from, 2 Timothy 4:4 (AV, "shall be turned unto fables," RV, "shall turn aside"); in 1 Timothy 1:6 , of those who having swerved from the faith, have turned aside unto vain talking; in 2 Timothy 5:15 , of those who have turned aside after Satan; in 2 Timothy 6:20 , RV, of "turning away from (AV, 'avoiding') profane Babblings and oppositions of the knowledge which is falsely so called. ...
4: περιΐστημι (Strong's #4026 — Verb — periistemi — per-ee-is'-tay-mee ) in the Active Voice, means "to stand around" (peri, "around," histemi, "to stand"), John 11:42 ; Acts 25:7 ; in the Middle Voice, "to turn oneself about," for the purpose of avoiding something, "to avoid, shun," said of profane Babblings, 2 Timothy 2:16 ; of foolish questions, genealogies, strife, etc
Purge - ...
2: ἐκκαθαίρω (Strong's #1571 — Verb — ekkathairo — ek-kath-ah'ee-ro ) "to cleanse out, cleanse thoroughly," is said of "purging" out leaven, 1 Corinthians 5:7 ; in 2 Timothy 2:21 , of "purging" oneself from those who utter "profane Babblings," 2 Timothy 2:16-18
Profane - ‘Profane Babblings and oppositions of knowledge falsely so-called’ (1 Timothy 6:20, 2 Timothy 2:16), if they are not Gnostic, are leading to Gnosticism, its hair-splittings, cloud of words, pride of knowledge, unnatural asceticism, and moral looseness
Empty - the corresponding adverb kenos, "in vain," in James 4:5 , the noun kenodoxia, "vainglory," Philippians 2:3 , the adjective kenodoxos, "vainglorious," Galatians 5:26 , and the noun kenophonia, "vain," or "empty," Babblings, 1 Timothy 6:20 ; 2 Timothy 2:16
Babblings - (1 Timothy 6:20, 2 Timothy 2:16 βεβήλους κενοφωνίας)...
The ‘profane Babblings, and the oppositions of the knowledge which is falsely so called’ are all profitless speculation and empty religious talk which only minister questions, but have no value in the equipment of a man of God, or in the building up of the Church
Timothy, First And Second, Theology of - This is seen in instructions such as the following: "Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness" (2 Timothy 2:19 ); "a man should cleanse himself from these things" the secular Babblings and the ungodliness and the gangrenous words of the heretics, cited in 2 Timothy 2:16-17 ; and a youth should "flee the desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace" (2 Timothy 2:22 )
Gnosticism - Their profane and vain Babblings (" translation="">2 Timothy 2:16), old wives’ fables (" translation="">1 Timothy 4:7), foolish questions and genealogies (" translation="">Titus 3:9), denial of the resurrection of the body (" translation="">2 Timothy 2:18), asceticism and depreciation of ‘creatures’ (" translation="">1 Timothy 4:3-4), and in other cases their antinomianism (" translation="">2 Timothy 3:6, " translation="">Titus 1:16)-all are tokens of Gnosticism
Monophysitism - The synod went on to condemn the vain Babblings (κενοφωνίας ) of those who denied to the Virgin the title of θεοτόκος , as well as those who, on the other hand, affirmed a confusion and mixture (σύγχυσιν καὶ κρᾶσιν ) in Christ, under the foolish impression that there could be one nature (consisting) of the Flesh and the Deity in Him, and who, in consequence of (this) confusion, resorted to the amazing suggestion that the divine nature of the Only-begotten was capable of suffering