- 1 As for yourself, you must say what is consistent with sound doctrine, namely,
- that older men should be temperate, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, love, and endurance.
- Similarly, older women should be reverent in their behavior, not slanderers, not addicted to drink, teaching what is good,
- so that they may train younger women to love their husbands and children,
- to be self-controlled, chaste, good homemakers, under the control of their husbands, so that the word of God may not be discredited.
- Urge the younger men, similarly, to control themselves,
- showing yourself as a model of good deeds in every respect, with integrity in your teaching, dignity,
- and sound speech that cannot be criticized, so that the opponent will be put to shame without anything bad to say about us.
- Slaves are to be under the control of their masters in all respects, giving them satisfaction, not talking back to them
- or stealing from them, but exhibiting complete good faith, so as to adorn the doctrine of God our savior in every way.
- 2For the grace of God has appeared, saving all
- and training us to reject godless ways and worldly desires and to live temperately, justly, and devoutly in this age,
- as we await the blessed hope, the appearance 3 of the glory of the great God and of our savior Jesus Christ,
- who gave himself for us to deliver us from all lawlessness and to cleanse for himself a people as his own, eager to do what is good.
- Say these things. Exhort and correct with all authority. Let no one look down on you.
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Footnotes1 [1-10] One of Titus' main tasks in Crete is to become acquainted with the character of the Cretans and thereby learn to cope with its deficiencies (see Titus 1:12). The counsel is not only for Titus himself but for various classes of people with whom he must deal: older men and women (Titus 2:2-4), younger women and men (Titus 2:4-7), and slaves (Titus 2:9-10); cf Eph 6:1-9; Col 3:18-4:1.
2 [11-15] Underlying the admonitions for moral improvement in Titus 2:1-10 as the moving force is the constant appeal to God's revelation of salvation in Christ, with its demand for transformation of life.
3 The blessed hope, the appearance: literally, "the blessed hope and appearance," but the use of a single article in Greek strongly suggests an epexegetical, i.e., explanatory sense. Of the great God and of our savior Jesus Christ: another possible translation is "of our great God and savior Jesus Christ."
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