Titus 2:6-10

Likewise, exhort the young men to be sober-minded,

in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility,

sound speech that cannot be condemned, that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say of you.

Exhort bondservants to be obedient to their own masters, to be well pleasing in all things, not answering back,

10 not pilfering, but showing all good fidelity, that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.

exhort (v.6) = “I beg of you, please” — not a strict demand but a loving urging

sober-minded (v.6) = of sound mind, self-controlled — the same word translated “temperate” in v.2 and “discreet” in v.5.

Paul directs his remarks directly to Titus in vs. 7 and 8, as Titus’s example is the best way to influence young men.

integrity (v.7) = absence of self-seeking or perverse motives

reverence (v.7) — dignity and solemnity when dealing with matters of doctrine and God’s Word

incorruptibility (v.7) — not in the best manuscripts

sound (v.8) = healthy, whole

you (v.8) — should be “us”

bondservants (v.9) = slaves — many of whom would be serving in pagan households

be obedient (v.9) — a military term for being in subjection, as in v.5

masters (v.9) = one who has absolute ownership and control over another — the Greek word from which we get “despot.”

well pleasing (v.9) = to give satisfaction

in all things (v.9) — goes with “be obedient”

answering back (v.9) = contradicting, thwarting the master’s plans and wishes

pilfering (v.10) = petty theft, embezzling

fidelity (v.10) = trustworthiness

adorn (v.10) = ornament, decorate, garnish, embellish with honor

doctrine (v.10) — that found in vs. 11-14

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