Titus 2:1-5

1 But as for you, speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine:

that the older men be sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience;

the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things —

that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children,

to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.

But (v.1) — setting sound doctrine in contrast to the false teaching of the Judaizers (Titus 1:12-16).

as for you (v.1) — the Greek indicates “you in contradistinction to those just mentioned”

proper (v.1) = conspicuously fit, seemly

sound (v.1) = healthy, whole

sober (v.2) = lit. “not drunken” — watchful, free from credulity, not excitable

temperate (v.2) = of sound mind, self-controlled

faith (v.2) = the faith, doctrine

love (v.2) = the love — agape — the love produced in the believer by the Holy Spirit

patience (v.2) = lit. “remaining under” — accepting God’s planning and leading without disputing or resisting

reverent (v.3) — befitting things sacred to God

behavior (v.3) = deportment, demeanor — dress, conduct and conversation

slanderers (v.3) — given to finding fault

not given to much wine (v.3) = a slave of much wine, a drunkard

teachers (v.3) — not referring to public instruction but wise counsel

admonish (v.4) = train, discipline, moderate, recall to their senses

discreet (v.5) — the same as “temperate” in v.2

chaste (v.5) = pure from carnality, modest

homemakers (v.5) — fulfilling the duties of the home

good (v.5) = agathos = beneficial, kind

obedient (v.5) = a military term for arranging soldiers in subjection

blasphemed (v.5) — bad conduct by those who profess to believe God’s word will cause unbelievers to revile it and speak reproachfully about them

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