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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Titus 3:1-8

Here is the fourth thing in the matter of the epistle. The apostle had directed Titus in reference to the particular and special duties of several sorts of persons; now he bids him exhort to what concerned them more in common, namely, to quietness and submission to rulers, and readiness to do good, and to equitable and gentle behaviour towards all men?things comely and ornamental of religion; he must therefore put them in mind of such things. Ministers are people's remembrancers of their duty.... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - Titus 3:1-2

3:1-2 Remind them to be duly subject to those who are in power and authority, to obey each several command, to be ready for every work so long as it is good, to slander no one, not to be aggressive, to be kindly, to show all gentleness to all men. Here is laid down the public duty of the Christian; and it is advice which was particularly relevant to the people of Crete. The Cretans were notoriously turbulent and quarrelsome and impatient of all authority. Polybius, the Greek historian,... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Titus 3:2

To speak evil of no man ,.... As not of one another, so not of the men of the world, to the prejudice of their names and characters, which are tender things, and ought to be gently touched; nor of magistrates, principalities, and powers, of persons in dignity and authority, which the false teachers were not afraid to speak evil of, and by their principles and practices taught others to do the same: to be no brawlers ; or "fighters", either by blows or words; not litigious and... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Titus 3:2

To speak evil of no man - Μηδενα βλασφημειν· To blaspheme no person, to reproach none, to speak nothing to any man's injury; but, on the contrary, bearing reproach and contumely with patience and meekness. read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Titus 3:2

Verse 2 2To speak evil of no one He now lays down the method of maintaining peace and friendship with all men. We know that there is nothing to which the disposition of every man is more prone than to despise others in comparison of himself. The consequence is, that many are proud of the gifts of God; and this is accompanied by contempt for their brethren, which is immediately followed by insult. He therefore forbids Christians to glory over others, or to reproach them, whatever may be their... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Titus 3:1-2

Subjection to the state. Society has reached no ideal perfection in government, nor has God himself laid down any outward form as an ideal. All nations are justified in variety of choice. There has been government by judges, and governments monarchical, republican, autocratic, and constitutional. All that we need to notice is that society needs to be governed. Lawlessness always ends in anarchy, misery, and desolation. I. LEARN SUBJECTION TO THE STATE . This is beautiful.... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Titus 3:1-3

Duty. "Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers," etc. "Very careful," says Dean Spence, "and searching have been the apostle's charges to Titus respecting the teachers of the Church, their doctrine and their life; very particular have been his directions, his warnings and exhortations, to men and women of different ages, on the subject of their home life. But with the exception of a slight digression, in the case of a slave to a pagan master, his words had been... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Titus 3:1-7

Mercy begetting mercy. The practical lessons of the gospel were not exhausted in the preceding chapter, nor the motives which urge believers to godliness. The call to holiness in the last chapter was based upon the holy character of God's saving grace and the purpose of Christ's redeeming love. In these verses the grace and love of God are still the basis of the exhortation, but it takes its peculiar coloring from the thought of what we were ourselves. Tenderness, indulgence, and meekness... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Titus 3:2

Not to be contentious for to be no brawlers, A.V.; to be for but, A.V.; toward for unto, A.V. To speak evil of no man ( μηδένα βλασφημεῖν ) . Probably especially pointed in the first place at a natural tendency of oppressed Christians to speak evil of their rulers ( 2 Peter 2:10 ; Jud 10), but extended into a general precept which might be especially needful for the rough and turbulent Cretans. Not to be contentious ( ἀμάχους εἴναι ); as 1 Timothy 3:3 , note. To... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Titus 3:2

The right deportment of Christians toward all men. It is described first negatively, then positively. I. THEY MUST NOT BE REVILERS . "To speak evil of no man." 1. What evils spring from the wrong use of the tongue! "It is an unruly evil" ( James 3:8 ). 2. If the evil we speak of others is false, we are slanderers; if it is true, we sin against charity. It usually betokens a malignant spirit. 3. It is to forget the example of Christ— "who, when he was... read more

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