Titus 3:10
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New International Version
Warn a divisive person once, and then warn them a second time. After that, have nothing to do with them.

New Living Translation
If people are causing divisions among you, give a first and second warning. After that, have nothing more to do with them.

English Standard Version
As for a person who stirs up division, after warning him once and then twice, have nothing more to do with him,

Berean Study Bible
Reject a divisive man after a first and second admonition,

Berean Literal Bible
Reject a factious man after one and a second admonition,

New American Standard Bible
Reject a factious man after a first and second warning,

King James Bible
A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Reject a divisive person after a first and second warning,

International Standard Version
Have nothing to do with a divisive person after you have warned him once or twice.

NET Bible
Reject a divisive person after one or two warnings.

New Heart English Bible
Avoid a factious man after a first and second warning;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Avoid a man who is a heretic after the first and second admonitions,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Have nothing to do with people who continue to teach false doctrine after you have warned them once or twice.

New American Standard 1977
Reject a factious man after a first and second warning,

Jubilee Bible 2000
A man that is a heretic, after the first and second admonition, reject him,

King James 2000 Bible
A man that is divisive after the first and second admonition reject;

American King James Version
A man that is an heretic after the first and second admonition reject;

American Standard Version
A factious man after a first and second admonition refuse;

Douay-Rheims Bible
A man that is a heretic, after the first and second admonition, avoid:

Darby Bible Translation
An heretical man after a first and second admonition have done with,

English Revised Version
A man that is heretical after a first and second admonition refuse;

Webster's Bible Translation
A man that is a heretic, after the first and second admonition, reject;

Weymouth New Testament
After a first and second admonition, have nothing further to do with any one who will not be taught;

World English Bible
Avoid a factious man after a first and second warning;

Young's Literal Translation
A sectarian man, after a first and second admonition be rejecting,
Study Bible
Avoiding Divisions
9But avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, arguments, and quarrels about the Law, because these things are pointless and worthless. 10Reject a divisive man after a first and second admonition, 11knowing that such a man is corrupt and sinful; he is self-condemned.…
Cross References
Matthew 18:15
If your brother sins against you, go and confront him privately. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over.

Romans 16:17
Now I urge you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and obstacles that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Turn away from them.

2 John 1:10
If anyone comes to you but does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your home or even greet him.
Treasury of Scripture

A man that is an heretic after the first and second admonition reject;

heretick.

1 Corinthians 11:19 For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved …

Galatians 5:20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, jealousies, wrath, strife, …

2 Peter 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there …

after.

Matthew 18:15-17 Moreover if your brother shall trespass against you, go and tell …

2 Corinthians 13:2 I told you before, and foretell you, as if I were present, the second time…

reject.

Romans 16:17 Now I beseech you, brothers, mark them which cause divisions and …

1 Corinthians 5:4-13 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when you are gathered together, …

Galatians 5:12 I would they were even cut off which trouble you.

2 Thessalonians 3:6,14 Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ…

2 Timothy 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

2 John 1:10 If there come any to you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him …

(10) A man that is an heretick.--The Greek word translated "heretick" in the New Testament occurs here only. The term "heresies" occurs twice (1Corinthians 11:19; Galatians 5:20). In neither, however, of these passages does the word signify there a fundamental or doctrinal error. This sense belongs to a usage of later times. From the meaning of the word "heresy" in these passages of St. Paul, we are able to deduce the signification of the term "heretic" here. The "heretic" of the Church in Crete appears to have been a man who, dissatisfied with the organisation and discipline introduced by Titus into the Christian community--not improbably considering himself in some way slighted--withdrew himself from the common body, and gathering round him other discontented spirits, established what might be termed a rival Church in Crete. Although at first, perhaps, no marked erroneous teaching forms part of the practice of such schismatics, still the tendency in such small rival communities is ever more and more to distinguish between their teaching and that of the larger body from whom they, in the first instance, cut themselves adrift.

After the first and second admonition reject.--The Greek word rendered "reject" would be more accurately translated shun, or avoid. There was, no doubt, some self-willed factious party leader in Crete well known to St. Paul to whom he referred here; but partly out of a loving hope that Titus would win him to his side, partly from the knowledge that this Letter was a public instruction to many a Church besides that of Crete, the disturber remained nameless. He was to be exhorted once, twice, and then if he remained contumacious he was to be left simply alone to his own devices. The community over which Titus presided in the place of Paul no longer were to know the obstinate heretic as a brother.

Verse 10. - Heretical for an heretick, A.V.; a for the, A.V.; refuse for reject, A.V. Heretical (αἱρετικόν); only here in the New Testament, not found in the LXX., but used in classical Greek for "intelligent," i.e. able to choose. The use of it here by St. Paul is drawn from the use of αἵρεσις for "a sect" (Acts 5:17; Acts 15:5; Acts 24:5, 14; Acts 26:5; Acts 28:22; 1 Corinthians 11:19; Galatians 5:20; 2 Peter 2:1), or the doctrines taught by a sect. The heretic is one who forsakes the truth held by the Church, and chooses some doctrine of his own devising (αἵρεσις). The tendency of such departures from the doctrine of the Church to assume more and more of a deadly character, and to depart wider and wider from the truth, gave to the name of heretic a darker shade of condemnation in the mouth of Church writers as time advanced. But even in apostolic times some denied the resurrection (2 Timothy 2:11, 12); others denied the Lord that bought them (2 Peter 2:1); and there were some who were of the synagogue of Satan (Revelation 2:9); so that already an heretical man, drawing away disciples after him, was a great blot in the Church. Admonition (νουθεσία); as 1 Corinthians 10:11; Ephesians 6:4. After a first and second admonition refuse (παραιτοῦ); see 1 Timothy 4:7; 1 Timothy 5:11. It does not clearly appear what is intended by this term In 1 Timothy 5:11 it meant refusing admission into the college of Church widows. If these had been persons seeking admission into the Church, or ordination, it would mean "refuse them." Vitringa (Huther) thinks it means "excommunication." Beza, Ellicott, Huther, Alford, etc., render it "shun," "let alone," "cease to admonish," and the like. A man that is an heretic,.... An heretic, according to the notation of the word, is either one that makes choice of an opinion upon his own judgment, contrary to the generally received sense of the churches of Christ, and prefers it to theirs, and obstinately persists in it; separates from them, forms a party, and sets himself at the head of them, whom he has drawn into the same way of thinking with himself: or he is one that removes and takes away a fundamental doctrine of Christianity, which affects particularly the doctrine of the Trinity, the deity, and personality of Father, Son, and Spirit, and especially the doctrines relating to the person, office, and grace of Christ; one that brings in, or receives damnable doctrines; speaks or professes perverse things, and draws away disciples after him; or is among such disciples: for though schism and heresy do differ, and every schismatic may not be an heretic, yet every heretic is a schismatic; he makes a rent in the doctrine of Christ, and makes parties and divisions in his church; and such are not always to be contended and disputed with, but to be avoided and rejected:

after the first and second admonition reject; have nothing to do with him; have no society with him; admit him not to private conversation; and eject him from church communion, after he has been publicly admonished twice by the order of the church; for this is not to be understood of private admonition, by a particular person or persons; as in the case of private offences, Matthew 18:15 but of public admonition, in the name of the church. An admonition with the Jews did not continue less than seven days (a); some say (b) thirty; that is, there were so many days before it was out, or between one and another.

(a) T. Bab. Moed Katon, fol. 16. 1.((b) Bereshit Rabba, sect. 33. fol. 28. 3.10. heretic—Greek "heresy," originally meant a division resulting from individual self-will; the individual doing and teaching what he chose, independent of the teaching and practice of the Church. In course of time it came to mean definitely "heresy" in the modern sense; and in the later Epistles it has almost assumed this meaning. The heretics of Crete, when Titus was there, were in doctrine followers of their own self-willed "questions" reprobated in Tit 3:9, and immoral in practice.

reject—decline, avoid; not formal excommunication, but, "have nothing more to do with him," either in admonition or intercourse.3:8-11 When the grace of God towards mankind has been declared, the necessity of good works is pressed. Those who believe in God, must make it their care to maintain good works, to seek opportunities for doing them, being influenced by love and gratitude. Trifling, foolish questions must be avoided, and subtle distinctions and vain inquiries; nor should people be eager after novelties, but love sound doctrine which tends most to edifying. Though we may now think some sins light and little, if the Lord awaken the conscience, we shall feel even the smallest sin heavy upon our souls.
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