Titus 2:9
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New International Version
Teach slaves to be subject to their masters in everything, to try to please them, not to talk back to them,

New Living Translation
Slaves must always obey their masters and do their best to please them. They must not talk back

English Standard Version
Bondservants are to be submissive to their own masters in everything; they are to be well-pleasing, not argumentative,

Berean Study Bible
Slaves are to submit to their own masters in everything, to be well-pleasing, not argumentative,

Berean Literal Bible
Servants are to be subject to their own masters in everything, to be well-pleasing, not gainsaying,

New American Standard Bible
Urge bondslaves to be subject to their own masters in everything, to be well-pleasing, not argumentative,

King James Bible
Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not answering again;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Slaves are to be submissive to their masters in everything, and to be well-pleasing, not talking back

International Standard Version
Slaves are to submit to their masters in everything, aiming to please them and not argue with them

NET Bible
Slaves are to be subject to their own masters in everything, to do what is wanted and not talk back,

New Heart English Bible
Exhort servants to be in subjection to their own masters, and to be well-pleasing in all things; not contradicting;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Let Servants be subject to their Masters in all things and be pleasing, and let them not resist;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Tell slaves who are believers to place themselves under their masters' authority in everything they do. Tell them to please their masters, not to argue with them

New American Standard 1977
Urge bondslaves to be subject to their own masters in everything, to be well-pleasing, not argumentative,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Exhort slaves to be subject to their own masters and to please them well in all things; not contradicting;

King James 2000 Bible
Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not talking back;

American King James Version
Exhort servants to be obedient to their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not answering again;

American Standard Version
Exhort'servants to be in subjection to their own masters, and to be well-pleasing to them in all things; not gainsaying;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Exhort servants to be obedient to their masters, in all things pleasing, not gainsaying:

Darby Bible Translation
bondmen to be subject to their own masters, to make themselves acceptable in everything; not gainsaying;

English Revised Version
Exhort servants to be in subjection to their own masters, and to be well-pleasing to them in all things; not gainsaying;

Webster's Bible Translation
Exhort servants to be obedient to their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not answering again;

Weymouth New Testament
Exhort slaves to be always obedient to their owners, and to give them satisfaction in everything, not contradicting and not pilfering,

World English Bible
Exhort servants to be in subjection to their own masters, and to be well-pleasing in all things; not contradicting;

Young's Literal Translation
Servants -- to their own masters are to be subject, in all things to be well-pleasing, not gainsaying,
Study Bible
Teaching Sound Doctrine
8and wholesome speech that is above reproach, so that anyone who opposes us will be ashamed to have nothing bad to say about us. 9Slaves are to submit to their own masters in everything, to be well-pleasing, not argumentative, 10not stealing from them, but showing all good faith, so that in every respect they will adorn the teaching about God our Savior.…
Cross References
Ephesians 6:5
Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear and sincerity of heart, just as you would show to Christ.

1 Timothy 6:1
All who are under the yoke of slavery should regard their masters as fully worthy of honor, so that God's name and our teaching will not be discredited.
Treasury of Scripture

Exhort servants to be obedient to their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not answering again;

servants.

Ephesians 6:5-8 Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to …

Colossians 3:22-25 Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; …

1 Timothy 6:1,2 Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters …

1 Peter 2:18-25 Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the …

to please.

Ephesians 5:24 Therefore as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be …

answering again. or, gainsaying.

(9) Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters.--The accurate translation here is bond servants. The words in this and the following verse, it must be remembered, are addressed to "slaves." With some special reference to the peculiar circumstances of the Church in Crete, St. Paul had been giving general directions to his representative (Titus 2:1-8) respecting instruction and advice he considered it expedient should be given to the varied orders and ages of professing Christians in the island. These directions were arranged with respect to "age" and "sex." He now turns to the question of the instruction of another large class, among whom were to be found many Christians--"the slaves." These he masses together under one head. Not improbably these "words" to be addressed particularly to slaves were called out by some particular instances of insubordination and of impatience under their unhappy condition among the Cretan slaves. Indeed, the repeated warnings to this unfortunate and oppressed class (see Ephesians 6:5; Colossians 3:22; 1Timothy 6:1) tell us that among the difficulties which Christianity had to surmount in its early years was the hard task of persuading "the slave" that the divine Master who promised him a home, if he were faithful and true, among the many mansions of His Father, meant not that the existing relations of society should be then changed, or its complex framework disturbed. St. Paul knew it was a hard matter to persuade the bondman, fellow-heir of heaven with the freeman, to acquiesce patiently in his present condition of misery and servitude. Hence these repeated charges to this class. These poor sufferers were to obey cheerfully, readily, as the next clause told them.

And to please them well in all things; not answering again.--The last words are better translated not gainsaying; the Vulgate has contradicentes. It signifies that they should obey cheerfully, willingly, without sullenness; not thwarting or setting themselves against their masters' plans or desires or orders; and the Apostle, in Titus 2:10, gives them a noble inducement for this brave, sweet patience he would have so earnestly pressed upon them. Such conduct on their part, he tells them, would serve greatly to help the Master's cause; it would prepossess many hostile minds in favour of a religion which could so powerfully influence even the slave. Chrysostom comments thus: "Greeks form their estimate of doctrines not from the doctrine itself, but from the actions and the life" (of those who profess the doctrine).

Verse 9. - In subjection to for obedient unto, A.V.; be well-pleasing to them for please them well, A.V.; gainsaying for answering gain, A.V. Servants; i.e. dares (δούλους), the correlative to which is δεσπόταις, masters, who had absolute power over their slaves, and property in them (comp. 1 Peter 2:18, where they are called by the name of οἰκέται, house-slaves). The construction is carried on from the "exhort" of ver. 6. Well-pleasing (εὐαρέστους); elsewhere spoken with reference to God (Romans 12:1; 2 Corinthians 5:9; Ephesians 5:10, etc.). In all things (ἐν πᾶσιν); nearly the same as περὶ πάντα in ver. 7; to be taken with εὐαρέστους. Some, however, connect the words with ὑποτάσσεσθαι, "to be obedient in all things." Gainsaying (ἐντιλέγοντας); as in Titus 1:9 (see note). Here, however, the" answering again" of the A.V. is a better rendering. It implies, of course, a resistance to the will of their master, and impatience of any rebuke (comp. 1 Peter 2:18-20). Exhort servants to be obedient to their own masters,.... And not others, whether they be believers, or unbelievers, gentle or froward, all their lawful commands ought to be obeyed; See Gill on Ephesians 6:5 and to please them well in all things; not only to obey and serve them, and do what they order, but to seek and endeavour to do it in such a way as may be grateful, acceptable, and well pleasing to them, whereby an interest in their affection, esteem, and commendation, may be gained: and this should be done always, and in all things, that are not contrary to a good conscience and to the Christian religion, and to the laws of God and nature. Or "that they may be well pleased in all things"; that is, be satisfied and contented with such things as they have, and in their state and condition as servants, and cheerfully abide in the calling wherein they are called:

not answering again; replying to their masters' orders, or complaints, either in a pert, or saucy, or grumbling manner; an evil very incident to servants, and which greatly provokes. 9. servants—"slaves."

to please them well—"to give satisfaction" [Alford]. To be complaisant in everything; to have that zealous desire to gain the master's goodwill which will anticipate the master's wish and do even more than is required. The reason for the frequent recurrence of injunctions to slaves to subjection (Eph 6:5, etc.; Col 3:22; 1Ti 6:1, etc.; 1Pe 2:18) was, that in no rank was there more danger of the doctrine of the spiritual equality and freedom of Christians being misunderstood than in that of slaves. It was natural for the slave who had become a Christian, to forget his place and put himself on a social level with his master. Hence the charge for each to abide in the sphere in which he was when converted (1Co 7:20-24).

not answering again—in contradiction to the master: so the Greek, "not contradicting" [Wahl].2:9,10 Servants must know and do their duty to their earthly masters, with a reference to their heavenly one. In serving an earthly master according to Christ's will, He is served; such shall be rewarded by him. Not giving disrespectful or provoking language; but to take a check or reproof with silence, not making confident or bold replies. When conscious of a fault, to excuse or justify it, doubles it. Never putting to their own use that which is their master's, nor wasting the goods they are trusted with. Showing all good fidelity to improve a master's goods, and promote his thriving. If ye have not been faithful in that which is another man's, who shall give you that which is your own? Lu 16:12. True religion is an honour to the professors of it; and they should adorn it in all things.
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