Titus 2
People's New Testament
But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine:
Titus 2:1 Practical Duties Versus Unsound Doctrine


Duties of the Aged. Of the Young Men and Women. Of Servants. Christian Life. Christian Hope.

Speak... sound doctrine. Instead of inculcating Jewish fables and speculations, impart healthy teaching; teach practical duties.

That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience.
Titus 2:2 That the aged men be sober. Not given to wine. We must keep in mind that the converts had recently been given to healthy vices.

Temperate. Exhibiting self-control.

Sound in faith. True believers.

In patience. Steadfastly persevering.

The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;
Titus 2:3 The aged women likewise. One general rule is given, in effect that they seek holy lives.

Not false accusers. Not given to slander, and insinuations of evil, a fault by no means uncommon among certain classes of women.

Teachers of good things. Both by example and precept. How beautiful is an aged Christian woman of saintly life!

That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,
Titus 2:4 That they may teach. A special mission is to teach the young women. What they were to be taught follows.
To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
Titus 2:5 To be discreet. How often thoughtless indiscretion has caused great pain and trouble!

Keepers at home. Those who are continually going must neglect the duties of domestic life. See 1Ti 5:13.

Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded.
Titus 2:6 Young men... be sober-minded. The precept, sober-minded, occurs four times in six verses (Titus 2:2,4,6,12), and may be accounted for by the volatile character of the Cretans. See Titus 1:12,13.
In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,
Titus 2:7 Shewing thyself a pattern of good works. While exhorting others.

Showing uncorruptness. Sincerity.

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.
Titus 2:8 Sound speech. Speech of a healthy, moral effect.

He that is of the contrary part. Opposers, whether heathen, Jews, or false teachers.

Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not answering again;
Titus 2:9 Servants. Slaves. See notes on Eph 6:5-8. Many of the first converts were servants.
Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.
Titus 2:10 Not purloining. Men robbed of liberty and labor have always been under temptation to steal.

Good fidelity. Faithfulness in duty which will secure the master's confidence.

That they may adorn the doctrine of God. The virtues of a Christian servant would commend Christianity to the master. As a matter of fact we know that many masters were converted by their servants.

For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
Titus 2:11 The grace of God... hath appeared to all men. The divine favor shown forth in the gospel of salvation is for all men, servants as well as masters.
Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
Titus 2:12 Teaching us. We are taught in this system of grace that we must deny ourselves all sinful lusts, and live godly lives.
Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
Titus 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope. The attitude of Christians is that of waiting in expectation of the fulfillment of a glorious hope. Compare 1Co 1:7 Php 3:20 1Th 1:9.
Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
Titus 2:14 Who gave himself for us. The Lord who will appear gave the greatest of all things, himself, for us.

That he might redeem us. To deliver us from sin, not only from its power, but its penalty.

A peculiar people. A people for his own possession (Revised Version). Separate, chosen, holy in life. The Jews were, under the old covenant, a peculiar people; now, Christians, are God's Israel.

These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.
Titus 2:15 Let no man despise thee. Command respect.
The People's New Testament by B.W. Johnson [1891]

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