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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Titus 2:1-10

Here is the third thing in the matter of the epistle. In the chapter foregoing, the apostle had directed Titus about matters of government, and to set in order the things that were wanting in the churches. Now here he exhorts him, I. Generally, to a faithful discharge of his own office. His ordaining others to preach would not excuse himself from preaching, nor might he take care of ministers and elders only, but he must instruct private Christians also in their duty. The adversative particle... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - Titus 2:1-10

(1) The Senior Men ( Titus 2:1-2 ) 2:1-2 You must speak what befits sound teaching. You must charge the senior men to be sober, serious, prudent, healthy in Christian faith and love and fortitude. This whole chapter deals with what might be called The Christian Character in Action. It takes people by their various ages and stations and lays down what they ought to be within the world. It begins with the senior men. They must be sober. The word is nephalios ( Greek #3524 ), and it... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Titus 2:7

In all things showing thyself a pattern of good works ,.... It was not enough for Titus, and so neither for any other Gospel minister, to deliver out sound doctrine, and to exhort persons of different ages and sexes to the things which become it, but he should through the whole of his conversation be a pattern of every good work unto them; for they that are the shepherds of the flock, are not only to feed them with knowledge, and with understanding, but to be ensamples to them, as well as... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Titus 2:7

In all things showing thyself a pattern - As the apostle had given directions relative to the conduct of old men, Titus 2:2 , of old women, Titus 2:3 , of young women, Titus 2:4 , and of young men, Titus 2:6 , the words περι παντα , which we translate in all things, should be rather considered in reference to the above persons, and the behavior required in them: showing thyself a pattern of good works to all these persons - being, in sobriety, gravity, temperance, what thou... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Titus 2:7

Verse 7 7.In all things shewing thyself For doctrine will otherwise carry little authority, if its power and majesty do not shine in the life of the bishop, (242) as in a mirror. He wishes, therefore, that the teacher may be a pattern, which his scholars may copy. (243) A pattern of good works in doctrine, uprightness, gravity In the original Greek the style is here involved and obscure, and this creates ambiguity. First, he makes use of the words in doctrine, and then adds, in the accusative... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Titus 2:1-10

Genuine morality. "But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine," etc. Paul, having given Titus directions as to the organization of a Christian Church in Crete, and changed him to contend against those who, in the name of Christianity, propagated doctrines at variance both with the truths and the spirit of the gospel, here urges that genuine morality which should be the grand aim and tendency of all gospel preaching. The grand subject presented in this passage is genuine... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Titus 2:1-15

Practical godliness the end of spiritual doctrine. The teaching of St. Paul soars very high in respect of the hidden things of God. To none of the apostles were given more abundant revelations of heavenly mysteries. Caught up into the third heaven, hearing unspeakable words, saturated with gifts of the Holy Ghost, he was able to lead men's souls into depths and heights of unseen things as no other teacher was. His eloquent tongue, pouring forth the riches of knowledge of an enlightened... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Titus 2:7

An ensample for a pattern, A.V. ; thy doctrine for doctrine, A.V.; R.T. omits sincerity ( ἀφθαρσίαν ) , which is in the T.R. In all things ( περὶ πάντα ); as 1 Timothy 1:19 ( περὶ τὴν πίστιν ); "concerning, in the matter of" (Ellicott on 1 Timothy 1:19 ). St. Jerome and others connect these words with the preceding clause, "to be sober-minded in all things." But it is usually taken as in the text, "in all things showing thyself," etc. Showing thyself , etc.... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Titus 2:7-8

Titus himself a pattern of good works. As a faithful minister of God, he was to mirror forth in his life and teaching the doctrines of the gospel. I. THE MINISTER OUGHT TO BE A PATTERN OF GOOD WORKS . 1. His teaching is useless unless it is enforced by the power of a holy example. There must be a harmony between his doctrine and his life. 2. Good works are the natural proofs of good principles, and can only issue from the fountain of a purified heart. The... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Titus 2:7-8

A teacher's influence. Titus is to remember that personal character is the most eloquent counsel and the most convincing argument of the gospel. I. PATTERS . Not a slavish example of mere deeds. For this is not the gospel ideal. We are not to copy mere actions, but to catch the spirit of the teacher. This makes true art, and it makes also true religion. We admire the pattern, but we do not copy it by "the rule of thumb," but by the adoption of the same spirit. Christ in us. The... read more

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