Titus 1:8
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New International Version
Rather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined.

New Living Translation
Rather, he must enjoy having guests in his home, and he must love what is good. He must live wisely and be just. He must live a devout and disciplined life.

English Standard Version
but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined.

Berean Study Bible
Instead, he must be hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined.

Berean Literal Bible
but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined;

New American Standard Bible
but hospitable, loving what is good, sensible, just, devout, self-controlled,

King James Bible
But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
but hospitable, loving what is good, sensible, righteous, holy, self-controlled,

International Standard Version
Instead, he must be hospitable to strangers, must appreciate what is good, and be sensible, honest, moral, and self-controlled.

NET Bible
Instead he must be hospitable, devoted to what is good, sensible, upright, devout, and self-controlled.

New Heart English Bible
but given to hospitality, as a lover of good, sober minded, fair, holy, self-controlled;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But he should love strangers, love goodness, should be modest, just, holy, and keep himself from lusts.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Instead, he must be hospitable, love what is good, use good judgment, be fair and moral, and have self-control.

New American Standard 1977
but hospitable, loving what is good, sensible, just, devout, self-controlled,

Jubilee Bible 2000
but a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, temperate, just, holy, gentle,

King James 2000 Bible
But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good, sensible, just, holy, temperate;

American King James Version
But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate;

American Standard Version
but given to hospitality, as lover of good, sober-minded, just, holy, self-controlled;

Douay-Rheims Bible
But given to hospitality, gentle, sober, just, holy, continent:

Darby Bible Translation
but hospitable, a lover of goodness, discreet, just, pious, temperate,

English Revised Version
but given to hospitality, a lover of good, soberminded, just, holy, temperate;

Webster's Bible Translation
But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate;

Weymouth New Testament
but hospitable to strangers, a lover of goodness, sober-minded, upright, saintly, self-controlled;

World English Bible
but given to hospitality, a lover of good, sober minded, fair, holy, self-controlled;

Young's Literal Translation
but a lover of strangers, a lover of good men, sober-minded, righteous, kind, self-controlled,
Study Bible
Appointing Elders on Crete
7As God’s steward, an overseer must be above reproach—not self-absorbed, not quick tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not greedy for money. 8Instead, he must be hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined. 9He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it was taught, so that by sound teaching he will be able to encourage others and refute those who contradict this message.…
Cross References
Luke 2:25
Now there was a man in Jerusalem named Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him.

Acts 24:25
As Paul expounded on righteousness, self-control, and the coming judgment, Felix became frightened and said, "You may go for now. When I find the time, I will call for you."

1 Timothy 3:2
An overseer, then, must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,

2 Timothy 3:3
unloving, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, without love of good,
Treasury of Scripture

But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate;

a lover of hospitality.

1 Timothy 3:2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, …

a lover of good.

1 Samuel 18:1 And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking to Saul, …

1 Kings 5:1,7 And Hiram king of Tyre sent his servants to Solomon; for he had heard …

Psalm 16:3 But to the saints that are in the earth, and to the excellent, in …

Amos 5:15 Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate…

1 John 3:14 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the …

1 John 5:1 Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every …

men. or, things. sober.

Titus 2:7 In all things showing yourself a pattern of good works: in doctrine …

2 Corinthians 6:4-8 But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in …

1 Thessalonians 2:10 You are witnesses, and God also, how piously and justly and blamelessly …

1 Timothy 4:12 Let no man despise your youth; but be you an example of the believers, …

1 Timothy 6:11 But you, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, …

2 Timothy 2:22 Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, …

(8) But a lover of hospitality.--It has been suggested that this hospitality would be especially shown in the early centuries of Christianity, when Christians travelling from one place to another were received kindly and forwarded on their journey by their brethren; but the direction of St. Paul has that broader signification, so beautifully worded in the Epistle to the Hebrews, where we are told not to be forgetful to entertain strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares (Hebrews 13:2).

A lover of good men.--Although this rendering is possible, still it is better to understand the Greek word here as alluding to a virtue differing from the "hospitality" just mentioned. "A lover of good" or benevolence generally; the appellation points here to that large heart which finds room for sympathy with all that is good and noble and generous.

Sober.--Better rendered, self-restrained. In this expressive word (sophrona) mastery of self is especially implied--that self-command which wisely regulates pleasures and passions.

Just.--Or, righteous. The man who is just (dikaios) is one who tries strictly to perform his duties towards men--the duties which integrity and justice seem imperatively to ask from him in his relations with his neighbour.

Holy.--The man who is holy studies to be true and faithful in his relations to God, which duties with us largely consist in keeping pure our bodies, the temple of the Holy Spirit. While the "just" man struggles after uprightness before men, the "holy" man aims at a holy purity before God.

Temperate.--This virtue is not to be understood in the usual and more limited sense which has been already specified in "not given to wine" of the preceding verse, but signifies the being temperate--moderate in all things. The model presbyter, the ruler of a congregation of Christians, not only must be able to control his tongue, his eyes, his hands, but must show a just and wise moderation even in pressing things which of themselves are excellent. To do his Master's work efficiently, he must be able at all times to command himself--to perform that most difficult of all tasks, the tempering zeal with discretion.

Verse 8. - Given to for a lover of, A.V.; good for good men, A.V.; sober-minded for sober, A.V. Given to hospitality (φιλόξενον); 1 Timothy 3:2, note. A lover of good (φιλάγαθον) see 2 Timothy 3:3, note on ἀφιλάγαθον. Only here in the New Testament, and only once in the LXX., Wisd. 7:22, where it seems to mean "a lover of that which is good," and where the long string of adjectives is very similar to that here; found occasionally in classical Greek. Sober-minded (σώφρονα); see Titus 2:2, 5, and 1 Timothy 3:2, note. The rendering "discreet" in Titus 2:5 (A.V.) expresses the meaning very well. Just, holy. Δίκαιος is usually considered as describing that side of a good man's character which is in relation to his fellow-men, and ὅσιος that side which has respect to God. Joseph was δίκαιος (Matthew 1:19) in his conduct towards Mary; the Lord Jesus was God's Holy One (τὸν ὅσιόν σου). In classical Greek the words are more commonly applied to things. Ὅσια καὶ δίκαια are things sanctioned by Divine and human laws respectively. Temperate (ἐγκρατῆ); only here in the New Testament, and never in this sense in the LXX.; but it has exactly the same meaning in Aristotle, viz. "master of one's self," having the appetites under control. But a lover of hospitality,.... See Gill on 1 Timothy 3:2.

a lover of good men, or "of good"; the Syriac version renders it, "of good things"; as prayer, preaching, reading, meditation, spiritual conversation, and every religious exercise: or "of good men"; for such an elder or bishop has chiefly to do and converse with; and if he is not a lover of them, their company will be disagreeable to him, and he will be of no advantage to them; and if he does not love the souls of men, he will not naturally care for their state, or be concerned for their good.

Sober: in body, using moderation in diet and dress; and in mind, being prudent, modest, and humble, and thinking soberly of himself, and others, as he ought.

Just; righteous in his dealings with men, giving to everyone their due; upright and sincere in his conversation with the saints; and faithful in his counsel, admonitions, and reproofs.

Holy; devout towards God, constant in all religious exercises in the closet, family, and church; and living soberly, righteously, and godly in the world.

Temperate; in eating and drinking; continent from the lusts of the flesh; and even abstaining from those things which might be lawfully used, though inexpedient, for the sake of the weak, the peace of the church, and the glory of God. 8. lover of hospitality—needed especially in those days (Ro 12:13; 1Ti 3:2; Heb 13:2; 1Pe 4:9; 3Jo 5). Christians travelling from one place to another were received and forwarded on their journey by their brethren.

lover of good men—Greek, "a lover of (all that is) good," men or things (Php 4:8, 9).

sober—towards one's self; "discreet"; "self-restrained" [Alford], (see on [2520]1Ti 2:9).

just—towards "men."

holy—towards God (see on [2521]1Th 2:10).

temperate—"One having his passions, tongue, hand and eyes, at command" [Chrysostom]; "continent."1:5-9 The character and qualification of pastors, here called elders and bishops, agree with what the apostle wrote to Timothy. Being such bishops and overseers of the flock, to be examples to them, and God's stewards to take care of the affairs of his household, there is great reason that they should be blameless. What they are not to be, is plainly shown, as well as what they are to be, as servants of Christ, and able ministers of the letter and practice of the gospel. And here are described the spirit and practice becoming such as should be examples of good works.
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