scoffers and scoffers (2023)

scoffers and scoffers

Who are they and who are they mocking?

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(Jude 1:18 KJV) Like that they told you that in the last days there should be scoffers to indulge their own ungodly desires.

(2 Peter 3:3 KJV) Knowing this first, that in the last days there will be scoffers after their own lusts,

Now the two verses in focus are Jude 18 and 2 Peter 3:3. The Greek word for "mocker" in Jude 18 and "mocker" in 2 Peter 3:3 are the same Greek word. It is "

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empaiktes." In fact, the actual word in the text is "Empaiktai' (empaiktai) and it is a plural noun meaning 'mocker, scoffer, deceiver'. This word is only used in these two verses throughout the New Testament.

The first thing we're going to look at is who the mockers and mockers are, but first we need to look at the time frame. Now each of these verses has the same time frame in mind. Both 2 Peter 3:3 and Jude 18 focus on the last days.

In Jude 18 the word is "time" and it is "chronos". The word carries the meaning of "a precise time of an event" or "an extended or shortened period of time". What is in view here is the entirety of New Testament times. The last days began on the cross, and Jude indicates that these last days will be filled with much deception as to the true teachings of Christ.

At 2 Peter 3:3 the word “days” is used. They are literally days, but the word "days" can also refer to a person's lifetime or an indefinite period of time when used in the plural.

Before the words "days" and "time" comes the word "last". The word "last" in Greek is eschatos, meaning "last, least, final, or farthest."

Let's ask ourselves, what timeframe is in sight? This can easily be answered by the Bible itself.

(Acts 2:17 KJV) And it shall be done in thelast days, says God, I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters will prophesy, and your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams.

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(Hebrews 1:1-2 KJV) God, who spoke to the fathers through the prophets at various times and in various ways in the past,{2}Has inthese last daysspoken to us throughseineson whom he made heir of all things, through whom he also made the worlds;

(1 John 2:18 KJV) Little children, it's the lasttime: and since you have heard that the antichrist will come, there are also many antichrists now; knowing it's the last time.

At 1 John 2:18 the Greek word for "time" is "hora" meaning "hour, time of day, or period of time" and is used 110 times in the New Testament. So we can easily see that all these verses are in complete harmony. 1 John 2:18 speaks of the entire New Testament period as the last hour. Acts 2:17 and Hebrews 1:1-2 harmonize this idea by making it clear that we are in the last days.

We have firmly established that the last days, when the scoffers and scoffers will attack the body of Christ, are the entirety of the New Testament. These mockers and mockers are not limited to any specific period, but were present throughout New Testament times. All one has to do is study church history and one will see that the ridicule and ridicule often culminated in the martyrdom of Christians. In this day and age, true Christians are mocked and ridiculed by many. All one has to do is see how Christianity is treated in the media versus false religions. Christianity is denigrated not only in the media but also in academia. This is how true Christianity has been ridiculed since its inception. Now let's look at each of the verses in perspective.

Who are the mockers and mockers?
(2 Peter 3:3-4 KJV) This first knowing that in the last days there will be scoffers walkingafter thisyourowndesires,{4}And say: Where is the promise of his coming? because since the fathers fell asleep, everything goes on as it isThey arefrom the beginning of creation.

After - preposition means "after"

Own - possessive pronoun means owning, private

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We begin with 2 Peter 3:3. In the last days, that is, from the cross to the last day of history, scoffers will come, walking after their own lusts. Since those in view are unbelievers, they walk according to the darkness that is within them. They are not born again, so they walk according to their desires. The true Christian walks according to the Spirit, not the flesh, which is like walking in the sinful nature. We read in Galatians 5:16 & 25 the fact that the Holy Spirit dwells in Christians and therefore we walk according to the Spirit.

(Gal 5:16 King James Version)ThisI say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you will not satisfy the lusts of the flesh.

(Gal 5:25 KJV) If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

What we are looking at here are the unbelievers who continue to mock and taunt true Christianity. As to verse 4. When the return of Christ is proclaimed, do the scoffers go on to ask where is the fulfillment of the promise made regarding his return? They misunderstand a big thing in that there has been a worldwide flood since creation time. This means they are ignoring the fact that God intervened in the world in Noah's time and He will intervene again by ending this world. Just because they see things happening day by day, they believe that life is eternal and there will be no end. Just as the ancient world was surprised when God closed the ark, there will be a terrible surprise when God ends this present world. Any true Christian who has done his Bible study will be aware of the fact of the Flood. The scoffers are the unbelievers who don't believe in a global Deluge and therefore scoff at the idea that the end of the world is imminent.

Judas 17-19
(Jude 1:17-19 KJV) But, beloved, remember the words spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;{18}Like they told you that lately there should be scoffers to pursue their own ungodly desires.{19}These are the ones who isolate themselves, sensually, without the spirit.

2 Peter was written around AD 66-67. The Book of Jude was written after 2 Peter, but no date was set for its writing. Jude builds essentially on the same subject Peter spoke of, the last days, but is more direct in his explanation. He specifically says in verse 19 that the scoffers are unbelievers because they don't have the Holy Spirit in them.

(Romans 8:9 KJV) But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if it be so that the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, it is not his.So we don't even have to guess who the mockers and mockers are, since the Bible tells us in no uncertain terms who they are. They are the unbelievers who have opposed Christianity since its inception and will do so to the last day.
What does not count as mockery and ridicule?
The truth is that believers are commanded in Scripture to examine the spirits themselves. This is far from ridicule and ridicule.

(1 John 4:1 KJV) Beloved, do not believe every spirit, butTo attemptthe spirits, whether they are from God; for many false prophets have gone out into the world.

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We are told not to believe every spirit, and God associates this with false prophets bringing false teachings.

(2 Pet 2:1 KJV) But there were also false prophets among men, just as there will be false teachers among you, secretly bringing up reprehensible heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them and about himself bring rapid destruction.

Now we see the warning given to us in 2 Peter 2:1 that among the ancient nation of Israel there were false prophets among the people. Then God goes on to warn the Church and Christians in general that there will be false prophets among them too. As you can see, the prophets do not come from an outside group, but are among the people. If one studies church history one will find that cults and "isms" of unsaved individuals arose from the church such as Jonathan Taze Russell, Congregational Church, who founded Jehovah's Witnesses, William Miller, a Baptist minister, and Ellen White , a Methodist founded the Seventh-day Adventists, Jim Jones, Disciples of Christ founded the People's Temple. It is also an important parallel that Harold Camping was in the Reformed Church and came out and brought all his disciples with him. He is no different than any other cult leader.

So 2 Peter 2:1 is an apt warning to every Christian, whether in a church or not, that we must recognize that there will be false prophets within Christendom. The word "prophet" means to proclaim God's Word and does not necessarily mean a person receiving a special revelation from God, like those who did before the Bible was finished. So, knowing that there will be false prophets among Christians, it is our responsibility to examine or test the spirit behind every teaching we hear. Testing and questioning teachings does not mean mockery or ridicule. It represents obedience to Scripture.

When we come to a teaching that contradicts the direct teaching of Scripture by rejecting and even exposing that teaching, that does not mean that we are making fun of it and scoffing at it. It means we expose an individual's false teachings so others don't fall into their web. So don't be afraid of the false accusations of being a mocker or mocker when you reject the teachings of a false teacher or system.

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According to Scripture, scoffers and mockers are always unbelievers. They are the ones who oppose Christians and the teachings of the Bible. These people have been around since the beginning of Christianity and they will be here until the last day.
Christians who examine closely the teachings of an individual are obedient to the Scriptures. We must make sure that we accept true Bible teaching. For this reason, the true believer must always be on guard when hearing a teaching so that he can compare it with the written Word. If the doctrine contradicts Scripture, then it is to be rejected, and to reject false doctrine is obedience, not ridicule and derision.

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What does Scoffers mean in the Bible? ›

Mockers (also called “scoffers” in Scripture) defy and renounce truth and good things, not only to their own detriment and destruction, but that of others. They are provokers of others to wrong, strife, and evil.

What does Scoffers mean? ›

scoffer noun [C usually plural] (LAUGHER)

someone who laughs and speaks about a person or idea in a way that shows that they think that person or idea is stupid or silly: I was able to prove the scoffers wrong. More examples. Scoffers may scoff, jeerers may jeer, but the fishermen and other locals stand by their tale.

What is scoffer in Hebrew? ›

The Hebrew word for “scoffer” can also be translated as “ambassador”; therefore, one may engage in mocking others to represent an opposing idea or argument.

What does Proverbs 9 verse 7 mean? ›

Speaking up for biblical principles is a dangerous thing. People may abuse you or accuse you, saying that you are a fool or even that you are evil. But Proverbs 9:7–8 gives us wise counsel in the face of such hostility: Whoever corrects a scoffer gets himself abuse, and he who reproves a wicked man incurs injury.

What is another word for scoffers? ›

detractor, doubter, pessimist, skeptic, agnostic, atheist, cynic, dissenter, questioner, carper, caviler, disbeliever, egoist, egotist, flouter, misanthrope, misanthropist, misogamist, misogynist, mocker.

Do you not rebuke a scoffer? ›

Proverbs 9:8, NASB: Do not rebuke a scoffer, or he will hate you; Rebuke a wise person and he will love you. Proverbs 9:8, NLT: So don't bother correcting mockers; they will only hate you. But correct the wise, and they will love you.

What is an example of scoffing? ›

: to laugh at and talk about someone or something in a way that shows disapproval and a lack of respect. [no object] He scoffed when she told him that she planned to become an actress. He scoffed at the idea/notion/suggestion of her becoming an actress.

How does a person scoff? ›

to laugh and talk about a person or idea in a way that shows that you think they are stupid or silly: The critics scoffed at his paintings.

What did Jesus say about sitting with sinners? ›

And when the scribes of the Pharisees saw that he was eating with tax collectors and sinners, they told his disciples, "Heeats with tax collectors and sinners." And when Jesus heard it, he told them, "Those who are well do not need a physi- cian, rather those who are sick.

Can you not argue with a scoffer? ›

“Whoever corrects a mocker invites insult; whoever rebukes a wicked man incurs abuse. Do not rebuke a mocker or he will hate you; rebuke a wise man and he will love you. Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still; teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning.

What does the Bible say about a mocker? ›

Proverbs 22:10 — “Drive out the mocker, and out goes strife; quarrels and insults are ended.” Did you know that you have a “mocker” inside your head? This is that negative voice you've read about that puts you down and devalues you.

What is the Hebrew word for God is my protector? ›

Hebrew translation: Elohim shomri.

What are the seven pillars in Proverbs 9? ›

Wisdom's Seven Pillars is a women's Bible study by Author Nancy Sari that teaches the seven pillars that uphold wisdom's house found in Proverbs 9:1. Wisdom's seven pillars, according to scripture, are: fear of the Lord, instruction, knowledge, understanding, discretion, counsel, and reproof.

What is the main message of Proverbs 9? ›

If you are wise, you are wise for yourself: Solomon explained how wisdom and folly directly affect the individual. Sometimes we seek wisdom more for others than ourselves; Solomon reminded us that wisdom is for yourself; the scoffer will not gain from the wisdom of others.

What does it mean that God will guard your heart? ›

The Lord means for us to guard our hearts by filtering our emotions, desires, thoughts, and responses through his Word. He is the watchman that protects our souls.

What is the opposite of scoffer? ›

What is the opposite of scoff?
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What is another word for a foolish person? ›

1 stupid, witless, brainless, senseless, unintelligent; ridiculous, absurd, nonsensical, preposterous. 1, 2 imprudent, thoughtless, 2 impetuous, rash, reckless, foolhardy, half-baked, heedless, incautious. 3 trivial, picayune, unimportant.

Where does the word scoffing come from? ›

From Middle English scof/skof, of North Germanic/Scandinavian origin. Compare Old Norse skaup, Danish skuffelse(noun)/skuffe(verb) and Old High German scoph.

Do you not sit in the seat of scoffers? ›

Psalm 1:1-3 English Standard Version 2016 (ESV)

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.

What does Proverbs 9 verse 13 mean? ›

The chapter ends with a description of Wisdom's mirror image: Folly. She is seductive and ignorant. She invites the gullible to enter her house, promising that immorality is enjoyable and pleasant. Sadly, those who are seduced do not realize her invitation leads to ruin and damnation.

What does Proverbs 9 vs 17 mean? ›

This verse points out that sin tempts people by claiming that God is withholding good things from us, so we should defy His commands and enjoy what we want (Genesis 3:1–6). The imagery of "stolen water" and "bread eaten in secret" is meant to evoke the idea of something forbidden or taken through illicit means.

What to do when someone scoffs at you? ›

Offer them a chance to suggest an alternative approach, with reasoning. If they scoff at your 'Method A', simply politely ask them if they know of another solution.

Why is it called scoff? ›

Origin and usage

The noun was first used in the early 14th century, with the verb coming into use at the end of that century. The eating-related sense, meanwhile, is much more recent, being first used at the end of the 18th century. It derives from a dialect word 'scaff' meaning to eat voraciously.

Does scoff mean mock? ›

to speak derisively; mock; jeer (often followed by at): If you can't do any better, don't scoff. Their efforts toward a peaceful settlement are not to be scoffed at. to mock at; deride. an expression of mockery, derision, doubt, or derisive scorn; jeer.

What is it called when you scoff and laugh? ›

You can generally use the verbs snigger and snicker interchangeably. They both mean "to snort with partially suppressed laughter," and both imply a sense of superiority or scorn.

What does scoffing down mean? ›

So the phrase "to scoff food down" was used to describe someone who eat so fast as to inhale the food rather than chew it, as well as someone who makes a similar sound while devouring their food.

What sin does Jesus say is unforgivable? ›

One eternal or unforgivable sin (blasphemy against the Holy Spirit), also known as the sin unto death, is specified in several passages of the Synoptic Gospels, including Mark 3:28–29, Matthew 12:31–32, and Luke 12:10, as well as other New Testament passages including Hebrews 6:4–6, Hebrews 10:26–31, and 1 John 5:16.

Who does the Bible say we should not associate with? ›

But now I am writing you that you must not associate with anyone who calls himself a brother but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a slanderer, a drunkard or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat.

What does the Bible say about distancing yourself from sinners? ›

“Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you. I will be a father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters” (2 Corinthians 6:17, 18). When it comes to becoming familiar with sin, God would have us keep our distance.

What does the Bible say about avoiding angry people? ›

Proverbs 22:24

"Make no friendship with a man given to anger, nor go with a wrathful man."

Does the Bible say without complaining or arguing? ›

Philippians 2:14-15 New Living Translation (NLT)

Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.

What does the Bible say about outbursts of anger? ›

Psalm 37:8

"Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil."

What is the punishment for mockers in the Bible? ›

Proverbs 19:29 in Other Translations

29 Punishment is made for mockers, and the backs of fools are made to be beaten. 29 The irreverent have to learn reverence the hard way; only a slap in the face brings fools to attention.

What is another word for mocker? ›

detractor, doubter, pessimist, skeptic, con artist, hypocrite, carper, caviler, disbeliever, egoist, egotist, flouter, misanthrope, misogamist, misogynist, mocker, questioner, satirist, scoffer, sneerer.

Is mocking a sin? ›

Accordingly, to mock someone is a grave sin, and it is more grave to the extent that more respect is due to the person who is being mocked. This is why it is most grievous to mock God and the things of God—this according to Isaiah 37:23: “Whom have you reproached?

What does it mean when God says I am your shield? ›

However, what he did know was this: God's creation speaks to His wisdom, providence, and provision. In His foreknowledge, God created a shield for the earth to sustain our lives. But it's not only our physical lives He wants to preserve. No, God Himself is the protector of our souls and watchman of our spirits.

What name of God means protection? ›

Yahweh is the shade or source of protection for his people.

What is the Hebrew name for the God who heals? ›

As you begin the journey through these pages, get ready to encounter Jehovah-Rapha, the God who heals.”

What are the 3 types of wisdom? ›

“There are four classes of wisdom, according to James 3:15-17: earthly wisdom, intellectual wisdom, devilish wisdom and the wisdom from above,” he explained.

What are the 7 steps of wisdom? ›

Seven Steps to Wisdom (Adapted from Augustine's De Doctrina Christiana):
  • One must first study under the fear of God. ...
  • One must study with loyal obedience (or faith). ...
  • One must study with scientia or knowledge. ...
  • One must study with strength. ...
  • One must study with good counsel. ...
  • One must study with purity of heart.
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What do pillars symbolize? ›

The pillar is the bridge between HEAVEN and EARTH, the vertical axis which both unites and divides these two realms. It is closely connected to the symbolism of the TREE; it also represents stability, and a broken pillar represents death and mortality.

What does Proverbs 9 verse 10 mean? ›

Proverbs 9:10 Reminds Us that Wisdom Comes From God

To remember to step back and remember that the beginning point for wisdom is the fear of God. Wisdom flows from seeing God for who he is, and responding to God appropriately. The knowledge of the Holy One, Proverbs 9:10, says is insight.

What does Proverbs 9 verse 5 mean? ›

Wisdom is portrayed as a dignified woman who prepares a spacious house and feast. She invites those who are gullible and lacking judgment to improve their wisdom, by accepting her invitation. She urges invitees to abandon their simple ways and walk in the way of insight.

What does Proverbs 9 verse 9 mean? ›

What does Proverbs 9:9 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑] Solomon affirms that a person who sincerely seeks truth—the "wise" man—cooperates with correction and will become even wiser. Furthermore, those who seek to be godly, or righteous, will respond positively to your knowledge.

How do I guard my heart spiritually? ›

If we want to guard and protect our hearts from sexual sin, we have to focus on three spiritual things:
  1. Know Your Identity. First, we have to accept our identity in Christ. ...
  2. Know The Power Your Have Been Given. Second, we have to accept the authority God has given us. ...
  3. Pursue True Identity. ...
  4. Get Honest. ...
  5. Seek Accountability.
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How do you renew your mind? ›

Five Steps to Renewing Your Mind
  1. Step 1: Ask the Lord to guard and direct your mind. ...
  2. Step 2: Recognize the source of self-focused and self-defeating thoughts. ...
  3. Step 3: Replace self-focused thinking with a God-focused mindset. ...
  4. Step 4: Rest in the truth that you are accepted in Jesus Christ. ...
  5. Step 5: Repeat steps 1-4 daily.
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What does plowing of the wicked mean? ›

The Hebrew has “plowing” or “tillage,” but the Greek Septuagint and Latin Vulgate translations have “lamp.” English versions choose one or the other. I prefer “plowing” as a synecdoche (part for a whole), indicating that evil infects all of an evil man's work, even something as innocent as plowing.

What are examples of scoffs? ›

He scoffed at my opinion. He scoffed at an electorate of 5,000,000. He scoffed at the idea. He always scoffs at these things.

What is an example of scoffed? ›

He scoffed when she told him that she planned to become an actress. He scoffed at the idea/notion/suggestion of her becoming an actress.

How do you respond to scoffing? ›

Offer them a chance to suggest an alternative approach, with reasoning. If they scoff at your 'Method A', simply politely ask them if they know of another solution. Nothing superior or disparaging on your part, something like "Not keen on this?

What does scoffers mean in Psalm 1? ›

But as the warning of Psalm 1 proves, people were prone to scoffing long before the advent of the world wide web. At the root level scoffing is brought on by fear, fear of being wrong and fear of looking naive. In that way the seat of scoffers appears safe. If we sit there no one will question us or look down on us.

What makes a person ungodly? ›

If you describe someone or something as ungodly, you mean that they are morally bad or are opposed to religion.

Where did the word scoffing come from? ›

From Middle English scof/skof, of Scandinavian origin. Compare Old Norse skaup, Danish skuffelse(noun)/skuffe(verb) and Old High German scoph.

What are the 7 things God hates in the Bible? ›

There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.

What do haughty eyes look like? ›

The word haughty comes from an old Anglo-French word, haut, which means “high,” and which comes from the Latin word altus, from which we get our word altitude. Putting all that together, we find that haughty eyes are the kind of eyes that look down at other people, as if the one looking down is “higher up” than others.

What are the characteristics of a haughty spirit? ›

Someone who is haughty is arrogant and full of pride. When you're haughty, you have a big attitude and act like you're better than other people. A haughty person acts superior and looks down on others. Haughty people are disdainful, overbearing, prideful, swaggering, and obnoxious.


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