Titus 2:4
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New International Version
Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children,

New Living Translation
These older women must train the younger women to love their husbands and their children,

English Standard Version
and so train the young women to love their husbands and children,

Berean Study Bible
In this way they can train the young women to love their husbands and children,

Berean Literal Bible
so that they may train the young women to be lovers of their husbands, loving their children,

New American Standard Bible
so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children,

King James Bible
That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
so they may encourage the young women to love their husbands and to love their children,

International Standard Version
They should encourage the younger women to love their husbands, to love their children,

NET Bible
In this way they will train the younger women to love their husbands, to love their children,

New Heart English Bible
that they may train the young women to love their husbands, to love their children,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And chasten those who are young women to love their husbands and their children,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
In this way they will teach young women to show love to their husbands and children,

New American Standard 1977
that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children,

Jubilee Bible 2000
that they may teach the young women to be prudent, to love their husbands, to love their children,

King James 2000 Bible
That they may teach the young women to be sensible, to love their husbands, to love their children,

American King James Version
That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,

American Standard Version
that they may train the young women to love their husbands, to love their children,

Douay-Rheims Bible
That they may teach the young women to be wise, to love their husbands, to love their children,

Darby Bible Translation
that they may admonish the young women to be attached to [their] husbands, to be attached to [their] children,

English Revised Version
that they may train the young women to love their husbands, to love their children,

Webster's Bible Translation
That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,

Weymouth New Testament
They should school the young women to be affectionate to their husbands and to their children, to be sober-minded, pure in their lives,

World English Bible
that they may train the young women to love their husbands, to love their children,

Young's Literal Translation
that they may make the young women sober-minded, to be lovers of their husbands, lovers of their children,
Study Bible
Teaching Sound Doctrine
3Older women, likewise, are to be reverent in their behavior, not slanderers or addicted to much wine, but teachers of good. 4In this way they can train the young women to love their husbands and children, 5to be self-controlled, pure, managers of their households, kind, and subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be discredited.…
Cross References
Titus 2:3
Older women, likewise, are to be reverent in their behavior, not slanderers or addicted to much wine, but teachers of good.

Titus 2:5
to be self-controlled, pure, managers of their households, kind, and subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be discredited.
Treasury of Scripture

That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,

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1 Timothy 5:2,11,14 The elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, with all purity…

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

to love their husbands.

1 Timothy 5:14 I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house…

(4) That they may teach the young women to be sober.--Better rendered, simply, that they may teach (or school) the young women, omitting the words "to be sober." In Ephesus the representative of the Apostle was directed himself to exhort the younger women; very likely the same charge being given here to the aged women of the congregations was owing to the state of the Cretan Christian, which called not only for more practical and homely, but also for more individual, exhortations. So here this special work was left for the elder women among the faithful to carry out. Such a reformation, not only in the discipline of the Church, but also in the individual life and conversation, as St. Paul desired to see in Crete, would never be brought about by a sermon, or even by many sermons, however eloquent and earnest, from Titus. It would be a matter requiring long time and patience, and would, as observed above, rather follow as the result of patient individual effort and holy example.

To love their husbands, to love their children.--There was evidently in Crete a feverish longing for excitement, for novelty in religious teaching; hence the demand for, and consequent supply of, the "fables" and "commandments of men" spoken of in Titus 1:14. Women as well as men preferred rather to do something for religion and for God, and thus to wipe out past transgressions, and perhaps to purchase the liberty of future licence. They preferred the rigid and often difficult observance of the elaborate ritual, "the tithing of the mint, and anise, and cummin," to quietly and reverently "doing their Father's business.' St. Paul's method of correcting this false and unhealthy view of religion was to recall women as well as men to the steady, faithful performance of those quiet every-day duties to which God had, in His providence, called them. The first duty of these younger women, St. Paul tells Titus, and which he would have their elder sisters impress on them, was the great home duty of loving their husbands and children. While St. Paul would never have the women of Christ forget their new and precious privileges in the present, their glorious hopes in the future, yet here on earth he would never let them desert, or even for a moment forget, their first and chiefest duties. Their work, let them remember, lay not abroad in the busy world. Their first duty was to make home life beautiful by the love of husband and child--that great love which ever teaches forgetfulness of self.

Verse 4. - Train for teach... to be sober, A.V. Train (σωφρονίζωσι); only here in the New Testament, not found in the LXX., but common in classical Greek in the sense of to "correct," "control," or "moderate," which is its meaning here. Ellicott renders it "school" (comp. 1 Timothy 5:14). The A.V. "teach to be sober" is manifestly wrong. To love their husbands (φιλάνδρους εῖναι); here only in the New Testament, not found in the LXX., but occasionally, in this sense, in classical Greek. To love their children (φιλοτέκνους); here only in the New Testament, not found in the LXX. except in 4 Macc. 15:4, but not uncommon in classical Greek. That they may teach the young women to be sober,.... Or to be chaste, modest, and temperate; or to be wise and prudent in their conduct to their husbands, and in the management of family affairs, who have had a large experience of these things before them.

To love their husbands; to help and assist them all they can; to seek their honour and interest; to endeavour to please them in all things; to secure peace, harmony, and union; to carry it affectionately to them, and sympathize with them in all afflictions and distresses; for this is not so much said in opposition to placing their affections on other men, and to the defilement of the marriage bed, as to moroseness and ill nature.

To love their children; not with a fond, foolish, loose, and ungoverned affection; but so as to seek their real good, and not only their temporal, but spiritual and eternal welfare; to bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord; and to use and keep proper discipline and government over them; for otherwise, amidst all the fondness of natural affection, a parent may be said to hate a child, Proverbs 13:24. 4. to be sober—Greek, "self-restrained," "discreet"; the same Greek as in Tit 2:2, "temperate." (But see on [2528]Tit 2:2; compare Note, [2529]2Ti 1:7). Alford therefore translates, "That they school (admonish in their duty) the young women to be lovers of their husbands," etc. (the foundation of all domestic happiness). It was judicious that Titus, a young man, should admonish the young women, not directly, but through the older women.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!
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