Titus 2:12
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New International Version
It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age,

New Living Translation
And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God,

English Standard Version
training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age,

New American Standard Bible
instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age,

King James Bible
Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
instructing us to deny godlessness and worldly lusts and to live in a sensible, righteous, and godly way in the present age,

International Standard Version
It trains us to renounce ungodly living and worldly passions so that we might live sensible, honest, and godly lives in the present age

NET Bible
It trains us to reject godless ways and worldly desires and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And it leads us to reject wickedness and the lusts of the world and to live in this world in purity, in righteousness, and in the worship of God,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
It trains us to avoid ungodly lives filled with worldly desires so that we can live self-controlled, moral, and godly lives in this present world.

Jubilee Bible 2000
teaching us that denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live temperately, righteously, and godly in this present world;

King James 2000 Bible
Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live sensibly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

American King James Version
Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

American Standard Version
instructing us, to the intent that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly and righteously and godly in this present world;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Instructing us, that, denying ungodliness and worldly desires, we should live soberly, and justly, and godly in this world,

Darby Bible Translation
teaching us that, having denied impiety and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, and justly, and piously in the present course of things,

English Revised Version
instructing us, to the intent that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly and righteously and godly in this present world;

Webster's Bible Translation
Teaching us, that denying ungodliness, and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and piously, in this present world;

Weymouth New Testament
training us to renounce ungodliness and all the pleasures of this world, and to live sober, upright, and pious lives at the present time,

World English Bible
instructing us to the intent that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we would live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world;

Young's Literal Translation
teaching us, that denying the impiety and the worldly desires, soberly and righteously and piously we may live in the present age,
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

2:11-15 The doctrine of grace and salvation by the gospel, is for all ranks and conditions of men. It teaches to forsake sin; to have no more to do with it. An earthly, sensual conversation suits not a heavenly calling. It teaches to make conscience of that which is good. We must look to God in Christ, as the object of our hope and worship. A gospel conversation must be a godly conversation. See our duty in a very few words; denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, living soberly, righteously, and godly, notwithstanding all snares, temptations, corrupt examples, ill usage, and what remains of sin in the believer's heart, with all their hinderances. It teaches to look for the glories of another world. At, and in, the glorious appearing of Christ, the blessed hope of Christians will be complete: To bring us to holiness and happiness was the end of Christ's death. Jesus Christ, that great God and our Saviour, who saves not only as God, much less as Man alone; but as God-man, two natures in one person. He loved us, and gave himself for us; and what can we do less than love and give up ourselves to him! Redemption from sin and sanctification of the nature go together, and make a peculiar people unto God, free from guilt and condemnation, and purified by the Holy Spirit. All Scripture is profitable. Here is what will furnish for all parts of duty, and the right discharge of them. Let us inquire whether our whole dependence is placed upon that grace which saves the lost, pardons the guilty, and sanctifies the unclean. And the further we are removed from boasting of fancied good works, or trusting in them, so that we glory in Christ alone, the more zealous shall we be to abound in real good works.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 12. - Instructing for teaching, A.V.; to the intent that for that, A.V.; and righteously for righteously, A.V. Instructing us, to the intent that. This is an unnecessary refinement. Huther is right in saying that the sentence beginning with ἵνα might have been expressed by the infinitive mood, as in 1 Timothy 1:20, and that we ought to render it not "in order that," but simply "that." The phrase in 1 Timothy 1:20, ἵνα παιδευθῶσι μὴ βλασφημεῖν, manifestly would justify the phrase, παιδεύουσα ἡμᾶς ζῆν δικαίως, "teaching us to live righteously." Alford surely is wrong in saying that the universal New Testament sense of παιδεύειν is "to discipline," i.e. teach by correction. In Acts 7:22; Acts 22:3; 1 Timothy 1:20; 2 Timothy 2:25, the idea of teaching, not of correcting, is predominant. But even if it was so, the pastoral Epistles are so decidedly classical in their use of words, that the classical use of παιδεύειν in such phrases as παιδεύειν τινα κιθαρίζειν or σώφρονα εἴναι (Liddell and Scott)is an abundant justification of a similar rendering of this passage And as regards the use ἵνα, such phrases as Αἰπὲ ἵνα οἱ λίθοι οῦτοι ἄρτοι γενῶνται, "Command that these stones become bread" (Matthew 4:3; Matthew 20:21; Luke 4:3; Luke 10:40); Διεστείλατο... ἵνα μηδενὶ εἴπωσιν, "He commanded them not to tell" (Matthew 16:20); Συμφέρει αὐτῷ ἴνα, "It is profitable for him that" (Matthew 18:6); Προσεύχεσθε ἵνα, "Pray that" (Matthew 24:20); Παρεκάλει αὐτὸν ἵνα μή, "He besought him not to send them away" (Mark 5:10); Παρακαλοῦσιν αὐτὸν ἵνα ἅψηται, "They beseech him to touch" (Mark 8:22, 30; Mark 9:9; Mark 10:37; Mark 13:34; Luke 1:43; Luke 7:36); Ἐδεήθην... ἵνα, "I asked... to" (Luke 9:40); Ἐρωτῶ σε ἵνα πέμψῃς, "I intreat thee to send" (Luke 16:29; Colossians 4:2;, etc.); - prove that the sense "in order that" is not necessarily attached to ἵνα, but that we may properly render the passage before us "teaching us... to live soberly," etc.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Teaching us,.... Not all men, to whom the Gospel appears in its outward ministry; for there are many who externally receive the Gospel, and profess it, who are never influentially taught by it to deny sin, or love holiness of life; they profess in words to know it, but in works deny it; they have a form of godliness, but deny its power: but the persons effectually taught by the Gospel are the "us", to whom it was come, not in word only, but in power; and so taught them, not only doctrinally, but with efficacy, both negative and positive holiness, as follows:

that denying ungodliness and worldly lusts; all impiety, or sin more immediately against God; or which is a violation of the first table of the law, as idolatry, will worship, superstition, perjury, and the like; and all sinful lusts, as the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and the pride of life; which fill the world, and are reigning lusts in it, and which are common to the men of the world; and they are under the power of: to "deny" these, is to abhor and detest them, and to abstain from them, and have nothing to do with them: and this lesson of self-denial, or of the denial of sinful self, the Gospel teaches, and urges upon the most powerful motives and arguments; and when attended by the Spirit of God, does it effectually: so that

we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world; not, only "temperately", but wisely and prudently, as children of the light, on whom, and into whom the Gospel has shined; and "righteously" among men, giving to every man his due, and dealing with all according to the rules of equity and justice; as being made new men, created unto righteousness and true holiness; and as being dead to sin, through the death of Christ, and so living unto righteousness, or in a righteous manner; and as being justified by the righteousness of Christ, revealed in the Gospel: and "godly"; in a godly manner, according to the Word of God, and agreeably to the will of God; and in all godly exercises, both public and private, and to the glory of God: and that as long as

in this present world: which lies in wickedness, and in which there are so many strong temptations to a contrary way of living. The Gospel then is no licentious doctrine; it is according to godliness, and teaches and promotes it; it is an holy faith, yea, a most holy faith; wherefore it is a vile slander to charge it with leading to looseness of life and conversation.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

12. Teaching—Greek, "disciplining us." Grace exercises discipline, and is imparted in connection with disciplining chastisements (1Co 11:32; Heb 12:6, 7). The education which the Christian receives from "the grace" of God is a discipline often trying to flesh and blood: just as children need disciplining. The discipline which it exercises teaches us to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts, and to live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world (Greek, "age," or course of things) where such self-discipline is needed, seeing that its spirit is opposed to God (Tit 1:12, 16; 1Co 1:20; 3:18, 19): in the coming world we may gratify every desire without need of self-discipline, because all desires there will be conformable to the will of God.

that—Greek, "in order that"; the end of the "disciplining" is "in order that … we may live soberly," &c. This point is lost by the translation, "teaching us."

denying … lusts—(Lu 9:23). The Greek aorist expresses "denying once for all." We deny "worldly lusts" when we withhold our consent from them, when we refuse the delight which they suggest, and the act to which they solicit us, nay, tear them up by the roots out of our soul and mind [ST. Bernard, Sermon 11].

worldly lusts—The Greek article expresses, "the lusts of the world," "all worldly lusts" [Alford], (Ga 5:16; Eph 2:3; 1Jo 2:15-17; 5:19). The world (cosmos) will not come to an end when this present age (aeon) or course of things shall end.

live soberly, righteously, and godly—the positive side of the Christian character; as "denying … lusts" was the negative. "Soberly," that is, with self-restraint, in relation to one's self: "righteously" or justly, in relation to our neighbor; "godly" or piously, in relation to God (not merely amiably and justly, but something higher, godly, with love and reverence toward God). These three comprise our "disciplining" in faith and love, from which he passes to hope (Tit 2:13).

Titus 2:12 Additional Commentaries
Context
God's Grace Brings Salvation
11For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, 12instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, 13looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus,…
Cross References
Matthew 12:32
Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.

Acts 24:25
As Paul talked about righteousness, self-control and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and said, "That's enough for now! You may leave. When I find it convenient, I will send for you."

1 Timothy 6:9
Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.

1 Timothy 6:17
Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.

2 Timothy 3:12
In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,

Titus 3:3
At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another.

James 1:27
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
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Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

Teaching.

Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatever I have commanded you: …

John 6:25 And when they had found him on the other side of the sea, they said …

1 Thessalonians 4:9 But as touching brotherly love you need not that I write to you: …

Hebrews 8:11 And they shall not teach every man his neighbor, and every man his …

1 John 2:27 But the anointing which you have received of him stays in you, and …

denying.

Isaiah 55:6,7 Seek you the LORD while he may be found, call you on him while he is near…

Ezekiel 18:30,31 Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according …

Ezekiel 33:14,15 Again, when I say to the wicked, You shall surely die; if he turn …

Matthew 3:8-10 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance…

Matthew 16:24 Then said Jesus to his disciples, If any man will come after me, …

Luke 1:75 In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life.

Romans 6:4-6,12,19 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like …

Romans 8:13 For if you live after the flesh, you shall die: but if you through …

Romans 13:12,13 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast …

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 Know you not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of …

2 Corinthians 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves …

Galatians 5:24 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections …

Ephesians 1:4 According as he has chosen us in him before the foundation of the …

Ephesians 4:22-25 That you put off concerning the former conversation the old man, …

Colossians 1:22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and …

Colossians 3:5-9 Mortify therefore your members which are on the earth; fornication, …

1 Thessalonians 4:7 For God has not called us to uncleanness, but to holiness.

James 4:8-10 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, …

1 Peter 2:11,12 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain …

1 Peter 4:2-5 That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to …

2 Peter 1:4 Whereby are given to us exceeding great and precious promises: that …

2 Peter 2:20-22 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through …

1 John 2:15-17 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If …

Jude 1:18 How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, …

live.

Psalm 105:45 That they might observe his statutes, and keep his laws. Praise you the LORD.

Ezekiel 36:27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my …

Matthew 5:19,20 Whoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and …

Luke 1:6,75 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments …

Luke 3:9-13 And now also the ax is laid to the root of the trees: every tree …

Acts 24:16,25 And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void …

Romans 6:19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh…

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

1 Peter 1:14-18 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the …

2 Peter 1:5-8 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; …

2 Peter 3:11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner …

1 John 2:6 He that said he stays in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

Revelation 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments …

soberly. See on

Titus 2:4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, …

godly.

Psalm 4:3 But know that the LORD has set apart him that is godly for himself: …

2 Corinthians 1:12 For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that …

2 Peter 2:9 The Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to …

this.

John 14:30 Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world …

John 17:14,15 I have given them your word; and the world has hated them, because …

Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be you transformed by the …

Galatians 1:4 Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this …

Ephesians 2:2 Wherein in time past you walked according to the course of this world, …

2 Timothy 4:10 For Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is …

1 John 5:19 And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lies in wickedness.

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