Titus 1:13
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New International Version
This saying is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, so that they will be sound in the faith

New Living Translation
This is true. So reprimand them sternly to make them strong in the faith.

English Standard Version
This testimony is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith,

Berean Study Bible
This testimony is true. Therefore rebuke them sternly, so that they will be sound in the faith,

Berean Literal Bible
This testimony is true, for which cause rebuke them severely, so that they may be sound in the faith,

New American Standard Bible
This testimony is true. For this reason reprove them severely so that they may be sound in the faith,

King James Bible
This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
This testimony is true. So, rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith

International Standard Version
That statement is true. For this reason, refute them sharply so that they may become healthy in the faith

NET Bible
Such testimony is true. For this reason rebuke them sharply that they may be healthy in the faith

New Heart English Bible
This testimony is true. For this cause, reprove them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he has brought this testimony truthfully; therefore, rebuke them severely that they might be sound in the faith.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
That statement is true. For this reason, sharply correct believers so that they continue to have faith that is alive and well.

New American Standard 1977
This testimony is true. For this cause reprove them severely that they may be sound in the faith,

Jubilee Bible 2000
This witness is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;

King James 2000 Bible
This witness is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;

American King James Version
This witness is true. Why rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;

American Standard Version
This testimony is true. For which cause reprove them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith,

Douay-Rheims Bible
This testimony is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;

Darby Bible Translation
This testimony is true; for which cause rebuke them severely, that they may be sound in the faith,

English Revised Version
This testimony is true. For which cause reprove them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith,

Webster's Bible Translation
This testimony is true: wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;

Weymouth New Testament
This testimony is true. Therefore sternly denounce them, that they may be robust in their faith,

World English Bible
This testimony is true. For this cause, reprove them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith,

Young's Literal Translation
this testimony is true; for which cause convict them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith,
Study Bible
Correcting False Teachers
12As one of their own prophets has said, “Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.” 13This testimony is true. Therefore rebuke them sternly, so that they will be sound in the faith, 14and will pay no attention to Jewish myths or to the commands of men who have rejected the truth.…
Cross References
2 Corinthians 13:10
This is why I write these things while absent, so that when I am present I will not need to be severe in my use of the authority that the Lord gave me for building you up, not for tearing you down.

1 Timothy 1:10
for the sexually immoral, for homosexuals, for slave traders and liars and perjurers, and for anyone else who is averse to sound teaching

1 Timothy 5:20
But those who persist in sin should be rebuked in front of everyone, so that the others will stand in fear of sin.

2 Timothy 4:2
Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and encourage with every form of patient instruction.

Titus 2:2
Older men are to be temperate, dignified, self-controlled, and sound in faith, love, and perseverance.

Titus 2:15
Speak these things as you encourage and rebuke with all authority. Let no one despise you.
Treasury of Scripture

This witness is true. Why rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;

rebuke.

Titus 2:15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let …

Proverbs 27:5 Open rebuke is better than secret love.

2 Corinthians 13:10 Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I …

1 Timothy 5:20 Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.

2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, …

that.

Titus 2:2 That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in …

Leviticus 19:17 You shall not hate your brother in your heart: you shall in any wise …

Psalm 119:80 Let my heart be sound in your statutes; that I be not ashamed.

Psalm 141:5 Let the righteous smite me; it shall be a kindness: and let him reprove …

2 Corinthians 7:8-12 For though I made you sorry with a letter, I do not repent, though …

1 Timothy 4:6 If you put the brothers in remembrance of these things, you shall …

(13) This witness is true.--St. Paul emphatically here endorses the very severe judgment which their own great prophet-poet had written on the national Cretan character. He (St. Paul) had lived long enough in their midst to be able to bear his grave testimony to the truth of Epimenides' words. He had witnessed the sad havoc in Christian life which their evil national propensities had caused.

Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith.--Some render, wherefore confute, that is to say, set them right, sharply (apotom?s). The substantive apotomia, translated in the English version "severity," is used in the passage about the "wild olive tree" (Romans 11:22). As a surgeon's knife cuts away the diseased and mortifying flesh, so must the words and discipline of Titus, the Apostle's representative in Crete, sharply rebuke, and, if need be, punish the sinning members of the congregation. Not merely the false teachers--the deceivers--are referred to here, but also the deceived, those whole households mentioned in Titus 1:11; and the object of this severity in words and acts was that the lapsed, the doctrinally and morally sick, among the Cretan Christians, should be restored to health again; and the sound state of faith and practice would, St. Paul proceeded to show, consist in "the rejection of Jewish fables and the commandments of these men."

Verse 13. - Testimony for witness, A.V.; for which cause for wherefore, A.V.; reprove for rebuke, A.V. Sharply (ἀποτομῶς); elsewhere only in 2 Corinthians 13:10 (see also Romans 11:22). That they may be sound (see Titus 2:2). The faithful pastor must use severity when it is necessary to the spiritual health of the flock, just as the skilful surgeon uses the knife to save the patient's life. This witness is true,.... The apostle confirms what the poet had said; he knew it to be fact from his own experience, and by the observation he had made when in the island: he does not say, that all that Epimenides had said, in the poem referred to, was true; but this character, which he had given of the Cretians, and which he cites, and uses to a good purpose; from whence it may be observed, that the writings of the Heathen poets may be read with profit, and be used to advantage, if carefully and prudently attended to; for what is truth, let it come from whom, or by what means it will, ought to be received.

Wherefore rebuke them sharply: not merely upon the testimony of the poet, but upon the confirmation of it by the apostle; and not because of these general and national characters, but because these things personally and particularly belonged to the persons before described; whom the apostle would have rebuked, both for their bad principles, teaching things that they ought not; and for their immoralities, their lying and deceit, their intemperance, luxury, and idleness, things very unbecoming the Christian name; and therefore since their offences were of an heinous nature, and they lived in them, and were hardened and obstinate, and were like to have a bad influence on others, they must be rebuked "sharply": rebukes ought to be given according to the nature of offences, and the circumstances of them, and the offenders; some are to be given privately, others publicly; some should be reproved with gentleness and meekness, and be used in a tender and compassionate way; others more roughly, though never in a wrathful and passionate manner, yet with some degree of severity, at least with great plainness and faithfulness; laying open the nature of the evils guilty of in all their aggravated circumstances, without sparing them in the least; doing, as surgeons do by wounds, though they take the knife, and use it gently, yet cut deep, to the quick, and go to the bottom of the wound, and lay it open: and so the phrase may be rendered here, "rebuke them cuttingly"; cut them to the quick, and spare them not; deal not with them as Eli with his sons, 1 Samuel 2:23 but speak out, and expose their crimes, severely reprove them, that others may fear: and

that they may be sound in the faith; that they may be recovered from their errors, to the acknowledgment of the truth; that they may receive the sound doctrine of faith, the wholesome words of Christ, and speak the things which become them, and use sound speech, which cannot be condemned; and that they may be turned from their evil practices, and appear to be sound, as in the doctrine, so in the grace of faith; or that that by their works may appear to be genuine, true, and unfeigned; and that they may be strong and robust, hale and healthful, and not weak and sickly in the profession of their faith. Rebukes being to persons infected with bad principles and practices, like physic to sickly constitutions, a means of removing the causes of disorder; and in rebukes, admonitions, and censures, this always ought to be the end proposed, the good of the persons rebuked, admonished, and censured. 13. This witness—"This testimony (though coming from a Cretan) is true."

sharply—Gentleness would not reclaim so perverse offenders.

that they—that those seduced by the false teachers may be brought back to soundness in the faith. Their malady is strifes about words and questions (Tit 3:9; 1Ti 6:4).1:10-16 False teachers are described. Faithful ministers must oppose such in good time, that their folly being made manifest, they may go no further They had a base end in what they did; serving a worldly interest under pretence of religion: for the love of money is the root of all evil. Such should be resisted, and put to shame, by sound doctrine from the Scriptures. Shameful actions, the reproach of heathens, should be far from Christians; falsehood and lying, envious craft and cruelty, brutal and sensual practices, and idleness and sloth, are sins condemned even by the light of nature. But Christian meekness is as far from cowardly passing over sin and error, as from anger and impatience. And though there may be national differences of character, yet the heart of man in every age and place is deceitful and desperately wicked. But the sharpest reproofs must aim at the good of the reproved; and soundness in the faith is most desirable and necessary. To those who are defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure; they abuse, and turn things lawful and good into sin. Many profess to know God, yet in their lives deny and reject him. See the miserable state of hypocrites, such as have a form of godliness, but are without the power; yet let us not be so ready to fix this charge on others, as careful that it does not apply to ourselves.
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