Titus 2:2
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New International Version
Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance.

New Living Translation
Teach the older men to exercise self-control, to be worthy of respect, and to live wisely. They must have sound faith and be filled with love and patience.

English Standard Version
Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness.

New American Standard Bible
Older men are to be temperate, dignified, sensible, sound in faith, in love, in perseverance.

King James Bible
That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Older men are to be level headed, worthy of respect, sensible, and sound in faith, love, and endurance.

International Standard Version
Older men are to be sober, serious, sensible, and sound in faith, love, and endurance.

NET Bible
Older men are to be temperate, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in endurance.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And teach that Elders would be watchful in their minds, modest, pure, sound in faith, in love and in patience,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Tell older men to be sober. Tell them to be men of good character, to use good judgment, and to be well-grounded in faith, love, and endurance.

Jubilee Bible 2000
that the aged men be temperate, venerable, prudent, sound in faith, in charity, in tolerance.

King James 2000 Bible
That the aged men be sensible, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience.

American King James Version
That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience.

American Standard Version
that aged men be temperate, grave, sober-minded, sound in faith, in love, in patience:

Douay-Rheims Bible
That the aged men be sober, chaste, prudent, sound in faith, in love, in patience.

Darby Bible Translation
that the elder men be sober, grave, discreet, sound in faith, in love, in patience;

English Revised Version
that aged men be temperate, grave, soberminded, sound in faith, in love, in patience:

Webster's Bible Translation
That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience;

Weymouth New Testament
Exhort aged men to be temperate, grave, sober-minded, robust in their faith, their love and their patience.

World English Bible
that older men should be temperate, sensible, sober minded, sound in faith, in love, and in patience:

Young's Literal Translation
aged men to be temperate, grave, sober, sound in the faith, in the love, in the endurance;
Parallel Commentaries
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 2. - Aged for the aged, A.V.; temperate for sober, A.V.; sober-minded for temperate, A.V.; love for charity, A.V. Temperate (νηφάλιος); as 1 Timothy 3:2, (where see note). Grave (σεμνούς); as 1 Timothy 3:8, 11 (see too 1 Timothy 2:2; 1 Timothy 3:4). Sober-minded (σώφρονας); as Titus 1:8, note. Sound (ὑγιαίνοντας); see ver. 1, note, and Titus 1:13, where, as here, the word is applied to persons, as it is in its literal sense in 3 John 1:2. Faith... love... patience. We have the same triad in 1 Timothy 6:11. In 1 Corinthians 13:13 we find "faith, hope, love." In 1 Thessalonians 1:3 the apostle joins "work of faith, labor of love," and "patience of hope," which last phrase seems almost to identify patience and hope (cutup. too Romans 8:25; Romans 15:4). We must not miss the important warning, not only to have some kind of faith, love, and patience, but to be healthy and vigorous in our faith, love, and patience. There is a puny faith, a sickly love. and a misdirected patience.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

That the aged men be sober,.... Or "vigilant", and watchful over themselves, their conduct and conversation, lest being evil, it should be drawn into an example by younger persons: this is to be understood not of men in office, of presbyters or elders; for their characters are described in the preceding chapter; but of men in years, of ancient men, that are professors of religion, and members of churches: who should also be

grave; in their behaviour, speech, and dress; levity of conversation, frothy language, and airy dress, are very unbecoming aged persons: and who ought to be

temperate; in eating and drinking, especially the latter, to which old age is most addicted, and care should be taken that they be not over charged with it, and that day overtake them unawares, since they are upon the brink and borders of eternity: the word is rendered "discreet" in Titus 2:5 and sober in 1 Timothy 3:2 and both are characters suitable to men in years.

Sound in faith, in charity, in patience; though they may be unhealthful in their bodies, and become decrepit through age, they should be sound in their minds; in the doctrine of faith, lest they should lead others into error; and their faith in Christ should appear to be right and genuine; and their love to God, to Christ, and to his people, should be real and sincere, and be taken off from the things of the world, of time and sense; an affection for which is an evil that frequently cleaves to old age: and patience should have its perfect work; not only to bear the infirmities of body, brought on by age; but whatsoever sufferings they may be called unto for the sake of Christ and his Gospel, in their last day; and to run out the race that is set before them.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

2. sober—Translated "vigilant," as sober men alone can be (1Ti 3:2). But "sober" here answers to "not given to wine," Tit 2:3; Tit 1:7.

grave—"dignified"; behaving with reverent propriety.

temperate—"self-restrained"; "discreet" [Alford], (Tit 1:8; 1Ti 2:9).

faith … charity [love] … patience—combined in 1Ti 6:11. "Faith, hope, charity" (1Co 13:13). "Patience," Greek, "enduring perseverance," is the attendant on, and is supported by, "hope" (1Co 13:7; 1Th 1:3). It is the grace which especially becomes old men, being the fruit of ripened experience derived from trials overcome (Ro 5:3).

Titus 2:2 Additional Commentaries
Context
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. 3Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good,…
Cross References
1 Timothy 1:2
To Timothy my true son in the faith: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

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

1 Timothy 1:14
The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.

1 Timothy 3:2
Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,

1 Timothy 5:1
Do not rebuke an older man harshly, but exhort him as if he were your father. Treat younger men as brothers,

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

Philemon 1:9
yet I prefer to appeal to you on the basis of love. It is as none other than Paul--an old man and now also a prisoner of Christ Jesus--
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That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience.

the.

Leviticus 19:32 You shall rise up before the hoary head, and honor the face of the …

Job 12:12 With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding.

Psalm 92:14 They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat …

Proverbs 16:31 The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness.

Isaiah 65:20 There shall be no more there an infant of days, nor an old man that …

sober. or, vigilant.

1 Corinthians 15:34 Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge …

1 Thessalonians 5:6,8 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober…

1 Timothy 3:2,11 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, …

1 Peter 1:13 Why gird up the loins of your mind, be sober…

1 Peter 4:7 But the end of all things is at hand: be you therefore sober, and …

1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring …

grave.

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

1 Timothy 3:4,8,11 One that rules well his own house, having his children in subjection …

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are …

temperate.

Titus 1:8 But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate;

Acts 24:25 And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to …

1 Corinthians 9:25 And every man that strives for the mastery is temperate in all things. …

Galatians 5:23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

2 Peter 1:6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience …

Mark 5:15 And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, …

Luke 8:35 Then they went out to see what was done; and came to Jesus, and found …

Romans 12:3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to every man that is among …

2 Corinthians 5:13 For whether we be beside ourselves, it is to God: or whether we be …

1 Peter 4:7 But the end of all things is at hand: be you therefore sober, and …

sound. See on ch.

Titus 1:13 This witness is true. Why rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound …

in patience. See on

1 Timothy 1:5 Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and …

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