Titus Chapter 2

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Introduction

IN the previous chapter, the apostle had directed Titus what to do in the organization of churches in the various cities of Crete, and had put him on his guard in doing it, by showing the character of the people he had to deal with. In this chapter, he gives him various instructions as to his own method of teaching, showing what kind of doctrines he should inculcate, and what kind of instructions he should give to the various classes of his hearers. He was, in general, to speak only such things as became sound doctrine, 1. In particular, he was to instruct aged men to be sober, grave, and temperate -- acting in a manner that became their time of life, 2; the aged women to be a proper example to the younger females, and to exercise a proper care over them, 3; the young men to be sober-minded, 6; Titus himself, who evidently came under the class of young men, was to be an example to them in all things, 7f; and servants were to be instructed to perform their duty to their masters with fidelity, 9f. The duty of giving these instructions is then enforced by a reference to the nature and design of the gospel, 11. That grace which brings salvation has appeared to all mankind, and its design is to make all holy who embrace it, and to teach all to live for a higher and a better world.

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1: But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: edit

2: That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience. edit

3: The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; edit

4: That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, edit

5: To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. edit

6: Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded. edit

7: In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, edit

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. edit

9: Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not answering again; edit

10: Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things. edit

11: For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, edit

12: Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; edit

13: Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; edit

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. edit

15: These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee. edit

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