Titus 1:16
New International Version
They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.

New Living Translation
Such people claim they know God, but they deny him by the way they live. They are detestable and disobedient, worthless for doing anything good.

English Standard Version
They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work.

Berean Study Bible
They profess to know God, but by their actions they deny Him. They are detestable, disobedient, and unfit for any good deed.

Berean Literal Bible
They profess to know God, but in their works they deny Him, being detestable and disobedient and unfit for any good work.

King James Bible
They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.

New King James Version
They profess to know God, but in works they deny Him, being abominable, disobedient, and disqualified for every good work.

New American Standard Bible
They profess to know God, but by their deeds they deny Him, being detestable and disobedient and worthless for any good deed.

NASB 1995
They profess to know God, but by their deeds they deny Him, being detestable and disobedient and worthless for any good deed.

NASB 1977
They profess to know God, but by their deeds they deny Him, being detestable and disobedient, and worthless for any good deed.

Amplified Bible
They profess to know God [to recognize and be acquainted with Him], but by their actions they deny and disown Him. They are detestable and disobedient and worthless for good work of any kind.

Christian Standard Bible
They claim to know God, but they deny him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, and unfit for any good work.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They profess to know God, but they deny Him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, and disqualified for any good work.

American Standard Version
They profess that they know God; but by their works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And they profess that they know God, but by their works they reject him; they are enemies, disobedient and worthless concerning every good work.

Contemporary English Version
Such people claim to know God, but their actions prove they really don't. They are disgusting. They won't obey God, and they are too worthless to do anything good.

Douay-Rheims Bible
They profess that they know God: but in their works they deny him; being abominable, and incredulous, and to every good work reprobate.

English Revised Version
They profess that they know God; but by their works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.

Good News Translation
They claim that they know God, but their actions deny it. They are hateful and disobedient, not fit to do anything good.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They claim to know God, but they deny him by what they do. They are detestable, disobedient, and unfit to do anything good.

International Standard Version
They claim to know God, but they deny him by their actions. They are detestable, disobedient, and disqualified to do anything good.

Literal Standard Version
They profess to know God, but they deny [Him] by their works, being abominable, and disobedient, and disapproved to every good work.

NET Bible
They profess to know God but with their deeds they deny him, since they are detestable, disobedient, and unfit for any good deed.

New Heart English Bible
They profess that they know God, but by their works they deny him, being abominable, disobedient, and unfit for any good work.

Weymouth New Testament
They profess to know God; but in their actions they disown Him, and are detestable and disobedient men, and for any good work are utterly useless.

World English Bible
They profess that they know God, but by their works they deny him, being abominable, disobedient, and unfit for any good work.

Young's Literal Translation
God they profess to know, and in the works they deny Him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work disapproved.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Correcting False Teachers
15To the pure, all things are pure; but to the defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure. Indeed, both their minds and their consciences are defiled. 16They profess to know God, but by their actions they deny Him. They are detestable, disobedient, and unfit for any good deed.

Cross References
Proverbs 30:12
There is a generation of those who are pure in their own eyes and yet unwashed of their filth.

Isaiah 58:2
For day after day they seek Me and delight to know My ways, like a nation that does what is right and does not forsake the justice of their God. They ask Me for righteous judgments; they delight in the nearness of God."

Isaiah 59:13
rebelling and denying the LORD, turning away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering lies from the heart.

Jeremiah 5:2
Although they say, 'As surely as the LORD lives,' they are swearing falsely."

Jeremiah 12:2
You planted them, and they have taken root. They have grown and produced fruit. You are ever on their lips, but far from their hearts.

Hosea 8:2
Israel cries out to Me, "O our God, we know You!"

1 Timothy 5:8
If anyone does not provide for his own, and especially his own household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

2 Timothy 3:8
Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also these men oppose the truth. They are depraved in mind and disqualified from the faith.

2 Timothy 3:17
so that the man of God may be complete, fully equipped for every good work.

Titus 3:1
Remind the believers to submit to rulers and authorities, to be obedient and ready for every good work,

Titus 3:3
For at one time we too were foolish, disobedient, misled, and enslaved to all sorts of desires and pleasures--living in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another.

1 John 2:4
If anyone says, "I know Him," but does not keep His commandments, he is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

Jude 1:4
For certain men have crept in among you unnoticed--ungodly ones who were designated long ago for condemnation. They turn the grace of our God into a license for immorality, and they deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.

Revelation 21:8
But to the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and sexually immoral and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their place will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur. This is the second death."


Treasury of Scripture

They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and to every good work reprobate.

profess.

Numbers 24:16
He hath said, which heard the words of God, and knew the knowledge of the most High, which saw the vision of the Almighty, falling into a trance, but having his eyes open:

Isaiah 29:13
Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:

Isaiah 48:1
Hear ye this, O house of Jacob, which are called by the name of Israel, and are come forth out of the waters of Judah, which swear by the name of the LORD, and make mention of the God of Israel, but not in truth, nor in righteousness.

being.

Job 15:16
How much more abominable and filthy is man, which drinketh iniquity like water?

Revelation 21:8,27
But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death…

and disobedient.

1 Samuel 15:22,24
And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams…

Ephesians 5:6
Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.

1 Timothy 1:9
Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,

unto.

Jeremiah 6:30
Reprobate silver shall men call them, because the LORD hath rejected them.

Romans 1:28
And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

2 Timothy 3:8
Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.

reprobate.









(16) They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him.--These bitter foes to the truth, Titus must remember, will present themselves under the guise of friends. They will rank themselves in the Christian company openly, with their lips confessing God, but in their way of life, in their acts, practically denying the very things they were so careful to affirm with their lips; in other words, taking back, withdrawing, the solemn declaration of faith they had been making.

Being abominable.--This is the only place where this strong expression is used in the New Testament. It signifies that the life and actions of these men, who professed to be His servants, had made them hateful in the sight of God.

And disobedient.--Rebellious and opposed to all law and order would Titus find them.

And unto every good work reprobate.--As a consequence of their hypocritical, selfish, defiled life, these men, when any good and noble work had to be done, were simply useless, worthless; and to teachers of this kind were many of the Cretan believers content to go for instruction in Christian doctrine and practice.

Verse 16. - By their for in, A.V. They profess that they know God (comp. Romans 2:17-20). The arrogant claim to be God's people and to superior holiness, while all the while they were denying God by their evil deeds, and bringing dishonor upon his Name among the Gentiles, was a marked feature of the Jews in St. Paul's time (comp. 2 Timothy 3:5). Abominable (βδελυκτοὶ); objects or causes of disgust; only here in the New Testament, but found in the LXX. But βδέλυγμα and βδελύσσομαι are not uncommon. Reprobate (ἀδόκιμοι); as 2 Timothy 3:8 (where see note). This picture of the circumcision is indeed sad (comp. 1 Thessalonians 2:15, 16; Acts 28:25-28).





Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
They profess
ὁμολογοῦσιν (homologousin)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's 3670: From a compound of the base of homou and logos; to assent, i.e. Covenant, acknowledge.

to know
εἰδέναι (eidenai)
Verb - Perfect Infinitive Active
Strong's 1492: To know, remember, appreciate.

God,
Θεὸν (Theon)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's 2316: A deity, especially the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very.

but
δὲ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

they deny [Him]
ἀρνοῦνται (arnountai)
Verb - Present Indicative Middle or Passive - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's 720: Perhaps from a and the middle voice of rheo; to contradict, i.e. Disavow, reject, abnegate.

by [their]
τοῖς (tois)
Article - Dative Neuter Plural
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

actions.
ἔργοις (ergois)
Noun - Dative Neuter Plural
Strong's 2041: From a primary ergo; toil; by implication, an act.

They are
ὄντες (ontes)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

detestable,
βδελυκτοὶ (bdelyktoi)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's 947: Abominable, detestable. From bdelusso; detestable, i.e. idolatrous.

disobedient,
ἀπειθεῖς (apeitheis)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's 545: Unbelieving, disobedient, who will not be persuaded. Unpersuadable, i.e. Contumacious.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's 2532: And, even, also, namely.

unfit
ἀδόκιμοι (adokimoi)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's 96: Failing to pass the test, unapproved, counterfeit. By implication, worthless.

for
πρὸς (pros)
Preposition
Strong's 4314: To, towards, with. A strengthened form of pro; a preposition of direction; forward to, i.e. Toward.

any
πᾶν (pan)
Adjective - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's 3956: All, the whole, every kind of. Including all the forms of declension; apparently a primary word; all, any, every, the whole.

good
ἀγαθὸν (agathon)
Adjective - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's 18: A primary word; 'good'.

deed.
ἔργον (ergon)
Noun - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's 2041: From a primary ergo; toil; by implication, an act.


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