Titus 3:2
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New International Version
to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone.

New Living Translation
They must not slander anyone and must avoid quarreling. Instead, they should be gentle and show true humility to everyone.

English Standard Version
to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.

Berean Study Bible
to malign no one, and to be peaceable and gentle, showing full consideration to everyone.

Berean Literal Bible
to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, to be gentle, showing all humility toward all men.

New American Standard Bible
to malign no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing every consideration for all men.

King James Bible
To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
to slander no one, to avoid fighting, and to be kind, always showing gentleness to all people.

International Standard Version
They are not to insult anyone or be argumentative. Instead, they are to be gentle and perfectly courteous to everyone.

NET Bible
They must not slander anyone, but be peaceable, gentle, showing complete courtesy to all people.

New Heart English Bible
to speak evil of no one, not to be contentious, to be gentle, showing all humility toward all men.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And not to insult any person, neither to be contending, but they should be humble and show their sweetness in all things to all people.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Believers shouldn't curse anyone or be quarrelsome, but they should be gentle and show courtesy to everyone.

New American Standard 1977
to malign no one, to be uncontentious, gentle, showing every consideration for all men.

Jubilee Bible 2000
That they speak evil of no one, that they not be contentious, but gentle, showing all meekness unto all men.

King James 2000 Bible
To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, showing all meekness unto all men.

American King James Version
To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, showing all meekness to all men.

American Standard Version
to speak evil of no man, not to be contentious, to be gentle, showing all meekness toward all men.

Douay-Rheims Bible
To speak evil of no man, not to be litigious, but gentle: shewing all mildness towards all men.

Darby Bible Translation
to speak evil of no one, not to be contentious, [to be] mild, shewing all meekness towards all men.

English Revised Version
to speak evil of no man, not to be contentious, to be gentle, shewing all meekness toward all men.

Webster's Bible Translation
To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, showing all meekness to all men.

Weymouth New Testament
not speak evil of any one, nor be contentious, but yield unselfishly to others and constantly manifest a forgiving spirit towards all men.

World English Bible
to speak evil of no one, not to be contentious, to be gentle, showing all humility toward all men.

Young's Literal Translation
of no one to speak evil, not to be quarrelsome -- gentle, showing all meekness to all men,
Study Bible
Obedience to Authorities
1Remind the believers to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient and ready for every good work, 2to malign no one, and to be peaceable and gentle, showing full consideration to everyone. 3For at one time we too were foolish, disobedient, misled, enslaved to all sorts of desires and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.…
Cross References
1 Timothy 3:3
not dependent on wine, not violent but gentle, peaceable, and free of the love of money.

2 Timothy 2:25
He must gently reprove those who oppose him, in the hope that God may grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth.

James 3:17
But the wisdom from above is first of all pure, then peaceable, gentle, accommodating, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial, and sincere.

1 Peter 2:18
Servants, submit yourselves to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and gentle, but even to those who are unreasonable.
Treasury of Scripture

To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, showing all meekness to all men.

speak.

Psalm 140:11 Let not an evil speaker be established in the earth: evil shall hunt …

Proverbs 6:19 A false witness that speaks lies, and he that sows discord among brothers.

Acts 23:5 Then said Paul, I knew not, brothers, that he was the high priest: …

1 Corinthians 6:10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortionists, …

2 Corinthians 12:20 For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, …

Ephesians 4:31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, …

1 Timothy 3:11 Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful …

James 4:11 Speak not evil one of another, brothers. He that speaks evil of his …

1 Peter 2:1 Why laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and …

1 Peter 3:10 For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his …

1 Peter 4:4 Wherein they think it strange that you run not with them to the same …

2 Peter 2:10 But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, …

Jude 1:8,10 Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, …

no.

Proverbs 19:19 A man of great wrath shall suffer punishment: for if you deliver …

Proverbs 25:24 It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than with a …

1 Timothy 3:3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, …

2 Timothy 2:24,25 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle to all …

gentle.

2 Samuel 22:36 You have also given me the shield of your salvation: and your gentleness …

Isaiah 40:11 He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs …

Matthew 11:29 Take my yoke on you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in …

2 Corinthians 10:1 Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, …

Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, …

Galatians 6:1 Brothers, if a man be overtaken in a fault, you which are spiritual, …

Ephesians 4:2 With all lowliness and meekness, with long-suffering, forbearing …

Philippians 4:5 Let your moderation be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.

Colossians 3:12,13 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels …

1 Thessalonians 2:7 But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherishes her children:

2 Timothy 2:24,25 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle to all …

James 1:19,20 Why, my beloved brothers, let every man be swift to hear, slow to …

James 3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, …

1 Peter 3:8 Finally, be you all of one mind, having compassion one of another, …

all men.

1 Corinthians 9:19 For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant …

Galatians 6:10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good to all men, especially …

1 Thessalonians 5:14,15 Now we exhort you, brothers, warn them that are unruly, comfort the …

1 Peter 2:17 Honor all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.

(2) To speak evil of no man.--These commands of St. Paul to the Church of Crete breathe throughout the spirit of Christ, who "when He was reviled, reviled not again;" who said "Love your enemies, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you and persecute you." The Christian in the days of St. Paul, and for "many days" after St. Paul had borne that gallant witness of his outside the gates of Rome, would indeed often be called in sad earnestness to put in practice these charges of the Apostle. In days of persecution, in times of suspicion, when the Christian profession exposed men to hatred and to sore danger, when all men spoke evil of them, these words of St. Paul were remembered and acted upon, and not only in Crete.

To be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.--Or better, not contentious, but, &c. These characteristics were not common virtues in Crete, then the resort and mart of so many different nationalities. Its singular situation in the Mediterranean, midway between Europe, Africa, and Asia, has been noticed, as have been the dispositions and vices of the inhabitants. Surely, St. Paul urges, the professed followers of the Crucified among the Cretans should aim at a nobler standard of life than was common among these rough and often selfish traders. These things charged here by St. Paul were new virtues to men. They are held up to admiration by no heathen moralists. The meekness signifies kindly forbearance. This Christian feeling, which looks lovingly on all sorts and conditions of men, on the stranger and the outcast, even on the vilest sinner, is especially enjoined here. It is the same sweet spirit of love which desires, in 1Timothy 2:1, that prayer and supplication be made in the public Christian assembly for all men.

Verse 2. - Not to be contentious for to be no brawlers, A.V.; to be for but, A.V.; toward for unto, A.V. To speak evil of no man (μηδένα βλασφημεῖν). Probably especially pointed in the first place at a natural tendency of oppressed Christians to speak evil of their rulers (2 Peter 2:10; Jude 1:10), but extended into a general precept which might be especially needful for the rough and turbulent Cretans. Not to be contentious (ἀμάχους εἴναι); as 1 Timothy 3:3, note. To be gentle (ἐπιεικεῖς); coupled, as here, with ἀμάχους in 1 Timothy 3:3. Showing (ἐνδεικνυμένους); a word of frequent occurrence in St. Paul's vocabulary (Romans 2:15; Romans 9:17.22; Ephesians 2:7, etc.; see above, Titus 2:10, note). Meekness (πραότητα); another Pauline word (1 Corinthians 4:21; 2 Corinthians 10:1; Galatians 5:23, etc.; 1 Timothy 6:11; 2 Timothy 2:25). The precept is given its widest extension by the double addition of "all" and "to all men." The roughness, or want of courtesy, of others is no excuse for the want of meekness in those who are the disciples of him who was meek and lowly in heart (Matthew 11:29). All men, whatever their station, the highest or the lowest, are to receive meek and gentle treatment from the Christian. To speak evil of no man,.... As not of one another, so not of the men of the world, to the prejudice of their names and characters, which are tender things, and ought to be gently touched; nor of magistrates, principalities, and powers, of persons in dignity and authority, which the false teachers were not afraid to speak evil of, and by their principles and practices taught others to do the same:

to be no brawlers; or "fighters", either by blows or words; not litigious and quarrelsome, wrangling and striving about things to no profit, and to the detriment and disturbance of civil government, churches, neighbourhood, and families; which is very unbecoming the followers of Jesus, who strove not, nor cried, nor was his voice heard in the streets. But gentle, showing all meekness to all men; yielding and giving way, rather choosing to suffer wrong than to brawl, contend, and litigate a point; taking the advice of Christ in Matthew 5:39, carrying it in a meek and humble manner to men of all ranks and degrees, whether superior or inferior, rich or poor, bond or free, Jews or Gentiles, members of the church, or men of the world. 2. To speak evil of no man—especially, not of "dignities" and magistrates.

no brawlers—"not quarrelsome," not attacking others.

gentle—towards those who attack us. Yielding, considerate, not urging one's rights to the uttermost, but forbearing and kindly (see on [2534]Php 4:5). Very different from the innate greediness and spirit of aggression towards others which characterized the Cretans.

showing—in acts.

all—all possible.

meekness—(See on [2535]2Co 10:1); the opposite of passionate severity.

unto all men—The duty of Christian conduct towards all men is the proper consequence of the universality of God's grace to all men, so often set forth in the pastoral Epistles.3:1-7 Spiritual privileges do not make void or weaken, but confirm civil duties. Mere good words and good meanings are not enough without good works. They were not to be quarrelsome, but to show meekness on all occasions, not toward friends only, but to all men, though with wisdom, Jas 3:13. And let this text teach us how wrong it is for a Christian to be churlish to the worst, weakest, and most abject. The servants of sin have many masters, their lusts hurry them different ways; pride commands one thing, covetousness another. Thus they are hateful, deserving to be hated. It is the misery of sinners, that they hate one another; and it is the duty and happiness of saints to love one another. And we are delivered out of our miserable condition, only by the mercy and free grace of God, the merit and sufferings of Christ, and the working of his Spirit. God the Father is God our Saviour. He is the fountain from which the Holy Spirit flows, to teach, regenerate, and save his fallen creatures; and this blessing comes to mankind through Christ. The spring and rise of it, is the kindness and love of God to man. Love and grace have, through the Spirit, great power to change and turn the heart to God. Works must be in the saved, but are not among the causes of their salvation. A new principle of grace and holiness is wrought, which sways, and governs, and makes the man a new creature. Most pretend they would have heaven at last, yet they care not for holiness now; they would have the end without the beginning. Here is the outward sign and seal thereof in baptism, called therefore the washing of regeneration. The work is inward and spiritual; this is outwardly signified and sealed in this ordinance. Slight not this outward sign and seal; yet rest not in the outward washing, but look to the answer of a good conscience, without which the outward washing will avail nothing. The worker therein is the Spirit of God; it is the renewing of the Holy Ghost. Through him we mortify sin, perform duty, walk in God's ways; all the working of the Divine life in us, and the fruits of righteousness without, are through this blessed and holy Spirit. The Spirit and his saving gifts and graces, come through Christ, as a Saviour, whose undertaking and work are to bring to grace and glory. Justification, in the gospel sense, is the free forgiveness of a sinner; accepting him as righteous through the righteousness of Christ received by faith. God, in justifying a sinner in the way of the gospel, is gracious to him, yet just to himself and his law. As forgiveness is through a perfect righteousness, and satisfaction is made to justice by Christ, it cannot be merited by the sinner himself. Eternal life is set before us in the promise; the Spirit works faith in us, and hope of that life; faith and hope bring it near, and fill with joy in expectation of it.
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