Titus 2:1
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New International Version
You, however, must teach what is appropriate to sound doctrine.

New Living Translation
As for you, Titus, promote the kind of living that reflects wholesome teaching.

English Standard Version
But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine.

New American Standard Bible
But as for you, speak the things which are fitting for sound doctrine.

King James Bible
But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But you must say the things that are consistent with sound teaching.

International Standard Version
But as for you, teach what is consistent with healthy doctrine.

NET Bible
But as for you, communicate the behavior that goes with sound teaching.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But speak what is fitting for sound teaching.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Tell believers to live the kind of life that goes along with accurate teachings.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But speak thou the things which are expedient unto sound doctrine,

King James 2000 Bible
But you speak the things which become sound doctrine:

American King James Version
But speak you the things which become sound doctrine:

American Standard Version
But speak thou the things which befit the sound doctrine:

Douay-Rheims Bible
But speak thou the things that become sound doctrine:

Darby Bible Translation
But do *thou* speak the things that become sound teaching;

English Revised Version
But speak thou the things which befit the sound doctrine:

Webster's Bible Translation
But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine:

Weymouth New Testament
But as for you, you must speak in a manner that befits wholesome teaching.

World English Bible
But say the things which fit sound doctrine,

Young's Literal Translation
And thou -- be speaking what doth become the sound teaching;
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

2:1-8 Old disciples of Christ must behave in every thing agreeably to the Christian doctrine. That the aged men be sober; not thinking that the decays of nature will justify any excess; but seeking comfort from nearer communion with God, not from any undue indulgence. Faith works by, and must be seen in love, of God for himself, and of men for God's sake. Aged persons are apt to be peevish and fretful; therefore need to be on their guard. Though there is not express Scripture for every word, or look, yet there are general rules, according to which all must be ordered. Young women must be sober and discreet; for many expose themselves to fatal temptations by what at first might be only want of discretion. The reason is added, that the word of God may not be blasphemed. Failures in duties greatly reproach Christianity. Young men are apt to be eager and thoughtless, therefore must be earnestly called upon to be sober-minded: there are more young people ruined by pride than by any other sin. Every godly man's endeavour must be to stop the mouths of adversaries. Let thine own conscience answer for thine uprightness. What a glory is it for a Christian, when that mouth which would fain open itself against him, cannot find any evil in him to speak of!

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 1. - Befit for become, A.V.; the sound for sound, A.V. But speak thou, etc. The apostle now brings out, in full couldst with the vain talk of the heretical teachers, the solid, sober teaching of a true man of God, in harmony with the sound doctrine of the gospel of Christ. The sound doctrine (τῇ ὑγιαινούσῃ διδασκαλία); as in 1 Timothy 1:10 (where see note). In 1 Timothy 6:1 διδασκαλία by itself means "the Christian faith," "the doctrine of the gospel." The varying phrases, ἡ καλὴ διδασκαλία, ἡ κατ εὐσεβείαν διδασκαλία, and ἡ ὑγιαινοῦσα διδασκαλία, all mean the same thing, with varying descriptive qualifications (see ver. 10). The article "the" is not required.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine. Concerning sound doctrine, and the form of it; see Gill on 2 Timothy 1:13. The things which become it are a good life and conversation, the various duties incumbent on professors of religion, according to their different station, age, and sex, which are observed in some following verses; these become the Gospel of Christ, and are ornamental to the doctrine of God our Saviour; and these are to be spoken of by the ministers of Christ, in their proper places, and at proper times; who ought not to be dumb, and keep silence at any time, but especially when there are many unruly and vain talkers: sound doctrine ought to be spoken out openly and publicly, fully and faithfully, with great plainness and evidence, that it may be understood and known by all; and with much certainty, without hesitation, as being, without controversy, undoubted truth; and with all boldness, not fearing men, or seeking to please them; and it should be constantly and continually spoken, in season, and out of season; and care should be taken that it be spoken consistently, and in an uniform manner, that there be no clashing and contradiction; and the duties of religion, which become sound doctrine, should be set in their true light, and proper place, as fruits of the grace of God, and to glorify him; these should be spoken out plainly, frequently insisted upon, and warmly and zealously urged, as being decent things, for the honour of God, the recommending of religion, the good of mankind, and the service of one another: as particularly,

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary


Tit 2:1-15. Directions to Titus: How to Exhort Various Classes of Believers: The Grace of God in Christ Our Grand Incentive to Live Godly.

1. But … thou—in contrast to the reprobate seducers stigmatized in Tit 1:11, 15, 16. "He deals more in exhortations, because those intent on useless questions needed chiefly to be recalled to the study of a holy, moral life; for nothing so effectually allays men's wandering curiosity, as the being brought to recognize those duties in which they ought to exercise themselves" [Calvin].

speak—without restraint: contrast Tit 1:11, "mouths … stopped."

doctrine—"instruction" or "teaching."

Titus 2:1 Additional Commentaries
Teaching Sound Doctrine
1But as for you, speak the things which are fitting for sound doctrine. 2Older men are to be temperate, dignified, sensible, sound in faith, in love, in perseverance.…
Cross References
1 Timothy 1:10
for the sexually immoral, for those practicing homosexuality, for slave traders and liars and perjurers--and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine

Titus 1:9
He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.

1 Peter 4:11
If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.
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Titus 2:11-14 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men…

Titus 1:9 Holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may …

Titus 3:8 This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that you affirm constantly…

1 Timothy 1:10 For fornicators, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for …

1 Timothy 6:3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even …

2 Timothy 1:13 Hold fast the form of sound words, which you have heard of me, in …

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