Robertson Word Pictures - 2 Timothy 4:3 - 4:3

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A time when (kairos hote). One of the akairōs (out of season) times.

Will not endure (ouk anexontai). Future middle (direct) of anechō. “Will not hold themselves back from” (Col 3:13). Having itching ears (knēthomenoi tēn akoēn). Present middle (causative) participle of knēthō, late and rare form of the Attic knaō, to scratch, to tickle, here only in N.T. “Getting the ears (the hearing, tēn akoēn) tickled.” The Vulgate has prurientes. Cf. the Athenians (Act 17:21). Clement of Alexandria tells of speakers tickling (knēthontes) the ears of those who want to be tickled. This is the temptation of the merely “popular” preacher, to furnish the latest tickle.