The People's Bible by Joseph Parker
But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine:Chapter 2
1 Directions given unto Titus both for his doctrine and life. 9 Of the duty of servants, and in general of all Christians.
1. But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine:
2. That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate [discreet, or self-restrained], sound in faith, in charity, in patience.
3. The angel women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becomes holiness, not false accusers [not slanderers], not given to much wine [this warning was probably called for owing to the evil habits and customs of the Cretans], teachers of good things [or, "what is good"];
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"] to love their husbands, to love their, children.
5. To be discreet, chaste [not only in act, but also in look, in speech, in thought, even in dress], keepers [workers] at home, good, obedient to their own husbands [more accurately, "submitting themselves to their own husbands"], that the word of God be not blasphemed.
6. Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded.
7. In all things showing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity.
8. Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.
9. Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not answering again [not gainsaying],
10. Not purloining, but showing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.
11. For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
12. Teaching [disciplining] us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world [or, "in the present course of things"].
13. Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing [the Greek should here be rendered "looking for the blessed hope and manifestation of the glory"] of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
14. Who gave himself for us [see Galatians 1:4; Ephesians 5:25], that he might redeem us from all iniquity [that he for us might pay a ransom, the ransom being his precious blood], and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
15. These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.