Titus 3:2
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.

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

Contemporary English Version
and not say cruel things or argue. They should be gentle and kind to everyone.

Good News Translation
Tell them not to speak evil of anyone, but to be peaceful and friendly, and always to show a gentle attitude toward everyone.

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 courtesy to all people.

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 the violent man to overthrow him.

Proverbs 6:19
A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

Acts 23:5
Then said Paul, I wist not, brethren, that he was the high priest: for it is written, Thou shalt not speak evil of the ruler of thy people.

no.

Proverbs 19:19
A man of great wrath shall suffer punishment: for if thou deliver him, yet thou must do it again.

Proverbs 25:24
It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman and in a wide house.

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

gentle.

2 Samuel 22:36
Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy gentleness hath made me great.

Isaiah 40:11
He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.

Matthew 11:29
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

all men.

1 Corinthians 9:19
For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.

Galatians 6:10
As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

1 Thessalonians 5:14,15
Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men







Lexicon
to malign
βλασφημεῖν (blasphēmein)
Verb - Present Infinitive Active
Strong's Greek 987: From blasphemos; to vilify; specially, to speak impiously.

no one,
μηδένα (mēdena)
Adjective - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3367: No one, none, nothing.

[and] to be
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.

peaceable
ἀμάχους (amachous)
Adjective - Accusative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 269: Peaceable, abstaining from fighting, not contentious. Peaceable.

[and] gentle,
ἐπιεικεῖς (epieikeis)
Adjective - Accusative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 1933: Gentle, mild, forbearing, fair, reasonable, moderate. From epi and eiko; appropriate, i.e. mild.

showing
ἐνδεικνυμένους (endeiknymenous)
Verb - Present Participle Middle - Accusative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 1731: To show forth, prove. From en and deiknuo; to indicate.

full
πᾶσαν (pasan)
Adjective - Accusative Feminine 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.

consideration
πραΰτητα (prautēta)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 4240: Mildness, gentleness. From praus; mildness, i.e. humility.

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

everyone.
πάντας (pantas)
Adjective - Accusative Masculine Plural
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.
(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. 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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