Titus 3:1
New International Version
Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good,

New Living Translation
Remind the believers to submit to the government and its officers. They should be obedient, always ready to do what is good.

English Standard Version
Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work,

Berean Study Bible
Remind the believers to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient and ready for every good work,

Berean Literal Bible
Remind them to be subject to rulers, to authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work,

New American Standard Bible
Remind them to be subject to rulers, to authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good deed,

King James Bible
Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work,

Christian Standard Bible
Remind them to submit to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work,

Contemporary English Version
Remind your people to obey the rulers and authorities and not to be rebellious. They must always be ready to do something helpful

Good News Translation
Remind your people to submit to rulers and authorities, to obey them, and to be ready to do good in every way.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work,

International Standard Version
Remind believers to submit to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, and to be ready to do any honorable kind of work.

NET Bible
Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work.

New Heart English Bible
Remind them to be in subjection to rulers and to authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Charge them to obey Rulers and Authorities and to submit and be prepared for every good work,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Remind believers to willingly place themselves under the authority of government officials. Believers should obey them and be ready to help them with every good thing they do.

New American Standard 1977
Remind them to be subject to rulers, to authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good deed,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Admonish them to be subject to dominion and power, and to persuade those who have authority, that they be quick unto every good work.

King James 2000 Bible
Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work,

American King James Version
Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work,

American Standard Version
Put them in mind to be in subjection to rulers, to authorities, to be obedient, to be ready unto every good work,

Douay-Rheims Bible
Admonish them to be subject to princes and powers, to obey at a word, to be ready to every good work.

Darby Bible Translation
Put them in mind to be subject to rulers, to authorities, to be obedient to rule, to be ready to do every good work,

English Revised Version
Put them in mind to be in subjection to rulers, to authorities, to be obedient, to be ready unto every good work,

Webster's Bible Translation
Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work,

Weymouth New Testament
Remind people that they must submit to the rulers who are in authority over them; that they must obey the magistrates, be prepared for every right action,

World English Bible
Remind them to be in subjection to rulers and to authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work,

Young's Literal Translation
Remind them to be subject to principalities and authorities, to obey rule, unto every good work to be ready,
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.…
Cross References
Romans 13:1
Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which is from God. The authorities that exist have been appointed by God.

2 Timothy 2:14
Remind the believers of these things, charging them before God to avoid quarreling over words; this is in no way profitable, and leads its listeners to ruin.

2 Timothy 2:21
So if anyone cleanses himself of what is unfit, he will be a vessel for honor: sanctified, useful to the Master, and prepared for every good work.

Titus 1:16
They profess to know God, but they deny Him by their actions. They are detestable, disobedient, and unfit for any good deed.

Treasury of Scripture

Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work,

Put.

Isaiah 43:26
Put me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified.

1 Timothy 4:6
If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained.

2 Timothy 1:6
Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.

to be subject.

Deuteronomy 17:12
And the man that will do presumptuously, and will not hearken unto the priest that standeth to minister there before the LORD thy God, or unto the judge, even that man shall die: and thou shalt put away the evil from Israel.

Proverbs 24:21
My son, fear thou the LORD and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change:

Ecclesiastes 8:2-5
I counsel thee to keep the king's commandment, and that in regard of the oath of God…

to be ready.

Titus 3:8,14
This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men…

Titus 2:14
Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

1 Corinthians 15:58
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.







Lexicon
Remind
Ὑπομίμνῃσκε (Hypomimnēske)
Verb - Present Imperative Active - 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 5279: To remind, remember, call to mind. From hupo and mimnesko; to remind quietly, i.e. Suggest to the memory.

[the believers]
αὐτοὺς (autous)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative Masculine 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

to be subject
ὑποτάσσεσθαι (hypotassesthai)
Verb - Present Infinitive Passive
Strong's Greek 5293: From hupo and tasso; to subordinate; reflexively, to obey.

to rulers
ἀρχαῖς (archais)
Noun - Dative Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 746: From archomai; a commencement, or chief.

[and] authorities,
ἐξουσίαις (exousiais)
Noun - Dative Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 1849: From exesti; privilege, i.e. force, capacity, competency, freedom, or mastery, delegated influence.

to be obedient
πειθαρχεῖν (peitharchein)
Verb - Present Infinitive Active
Strong's Greek 3980: From a compound of peitho and archo; to be persuaded by a ruler, i.e. to submit to authority; by analogy, to conform to advice.

[and]
εἶναι (einai)
Verb - Present Infinitive Active
Strong's Greek 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

ready
ἑτοίμους (hetoimous)
Adjective - Accusative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 2092: Ready, prepared. From an old noun heteos; adjusted, i.e. Ready.

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

every
πᾶν (pan)
Adjective - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 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 Greek 18: A primary word; 'good'.

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

(1) Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers.--Very careful and searching have been the Apostle's charges to Titus respecting the teachers of the Church, their doctrine and their life; very particular have been his directions, his warnings, and exhortations to men and women of different ages on the subject of their home life. But, with the exception of a slight digression in the case of a slave to a Pagan master, his words had been written with a reference generally to Christian life among Christians. But there was then a great life outside the little Christian world; how were the people of Christ to regulate their behaviour in their dealings with the vast Pagan world outside? St. Paul goes to the root of the matter at once when he says, "Put them in mind," &c. Very needful in Crete was such a reminder respecting obedience. The island had, when St. Paul wrote to Titus, been some century and a quarter under Roman rule. Their previous government had been democratic; and historians, like Polybius, who have written of Crete, have dwelt particularly on the turbulent and factious spirit which animated their people; added to which, the many Jews who we know formed a very large part of the Christian Church there, always impatient of a foreign yoke, would in such an atmosphere of excitement be especially eager to assert their right to be free from the hated rule of Rome.

The Greek words translated "principalities and powers" are better rendered here by "rulers and authorities," as the word "principalities" is used occasionally in the English version for an "order of angels." The terms include all constituted governors and officials, Roman and otherwise, in the island.

To obey magistrates.--Taken absolutely, to obey the temporal power. Our Lord's words were the model for all teaching in this division of Christian ethics One great teacher after the other, in the same spirit, in varied language, urges upon the people of Christ a reverence and submission to all legally constituted authority in the state. This devoted Christian loyalty, no bitter opposition in after years to their tenets could chill, no cruel persecution of individuals lessen. Augustine, writes Professor Reynolds, could boast that when Julian asked Christians to sacrifice and offer incense to the gods they, at all hazards, sternly refused; but when he summoned them to fight for the empire they rushed to the front. "They distinguished between their Eternal Lord and their earthly ruler, and yet they yielded obedience to their earthly ruler for the sake of their Eternal Lord." Least of any should we expect St. Paul to write such words, so loyal and faithful to Rome. He had found, indeed, little cause in his chequered, troubled life to be grateful personally to the Empire; with ears too ready had Rome ever listened to the cruel "informations" laid against him by his implacable Jewish enemies; she had imprisoned him, fettered him, hindered his work, and threatened his life; and when he was writing these deathless words of his, urging upon his devoted flock a loyalty changeless and true, for him the supreme vengeance of Rome was close at hand.

To be ready to every good work.--Ready cheerfully to aid all lawful authority, municipal and otherwise, in their public works undertaken for city or state. The flock of Titus must remember that the true Christian ought to be known as a good citizen and a devoted patriot.

Verse 1. - In subjection for subject, A.V.; rulers for principalities. A.V.; to authorities for and powers, A.V. and T.R.; to be obedient for to obey magistrates, A.V.; unto for to, A.V. Put them in mind (ὑπομίμνησκε); as 2 Timothy 2:14. To rulers, to authorities. Many uncials, which the R.T. follows, omit the καὶ, but it seems necessary to the sense. The change from "principalities and powers" to" rulers" and "authorities" does not seem desirable. Ἀρχάι and ἐξουσίαι is a favorite juxtaposition el' St. Paul's (1 Corinthians 15:24; Ephesians 1:21; Ephesians 3:10; Ephesians 6:12; Colossians 1:16; Colossians 2:10, 15). It occurs also in 1 Peter 3:22. In all the above examples the words, it is true, apply to the angelic hosts, but the words are elsewhere applied separately to human government, and in Luke 20:20, they are applied together to the authority of the Roman governor. To be obedient (πειθαρχεῖν); only here and in Acts 5:29, 32; Acts 27:21. It follows here its classical use, "to obey a superior," well expressed in the Authorized Version "to obey magistrates." The simple "to be obedient" of the Revised Version does not express the sense. To be ready unto every good work. St. Paul is still speaking with especial reference to magistrates and the civil power. Christians were to show themselves good citizens, always ready for any duty to which they were called. Christianity was not to be an excuse for shirking duties, or refusing obedience where it was due. The only limit is expressed by the word "good." They were to give tribute to whom tribute was due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor; but, if ordered to do evil, then they must resist, and obey God rather than man (Acts 4:19). (See the similar limitation in Titus 2:10, note, and compare, for the whole verse, the very similar passage, Romans 13:1-7.) 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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