Titus 2:8
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New International Version
and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.

King James Bible
Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.

Darby Bible Translation
a sound word, not to be condemned; that he who is opposed may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say about us:

World English Bible
and soundness of speech that can't be condemned; that he who opposes you may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say about us.

Young's Literal Translation
discourse sound, irreprehensible, that he who is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say concerning you.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Sound speech - Λογον ὑγιη· Sound or healing doctrine. Human nature is in a state of disease; and the doctrine of the Gospel is calculated to remove the disease, and restore all to perfect health and soundness. All false doctrines leave men under the influence of this spiritual disease; the unadulterated doctrine of the Gospel alone can heal men.

He that is of the contrary part - Whether this may refer to the Judaizing teachers in general, or to some one who might, by his false doctrine, have been disturbing the peace of the Churches in Crete, we cannot tell.

Having no evil thing to say of you - Against a person who is sound in his doctrine, and holy in his life, no evil can be justly alleged. He who reports evil of such a person must be confounded when brought to the test. Instead of περι ὑμων, of You, περι ἡμων, of Us, is the reading of CDEFG, and about forty others; with both the Syriac, all the Arabic, Slavonic, Vulgate, Itala, and several of the primitive fathers. This reading makes a better sense, and is undoubtedly genuine.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Mark 12:17,28,32,34 And Jesus answering said to them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's...

1 Timothy 6:3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ...

that he.

Nehemiah 5:9 Also I said, It is not good that you do...

1 Timothy 5:14 I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house...

1 Peter 2:12,15 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works...

1 Peter 3:16 Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers...


Isaiah 66:5 Hear the word of the LORD, you that tremble at his word; Your brothers that hated you, that cast you out for my name's sake, said...

Luke 13:17 And when he had said these things, all his adversaries were ashamed...

2 Thessalonians 3:14 And if any man obey not our word by this letter, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed.


Philippians 2:14-16 Do all things without murmurings and disputings...

October 19. "Denying Ungodliness" (Titus ii. 12).
"Denying ungodliness" (Titus ii. 12). Let us say, "No," to the flesh, the world and the love of self, and learn that holy self-denial in which consists so much of the life of obedience. Make no provision for the flesh; give no recognition to your lower life. Say "No" to everything earthly and selfish. How very much of the life of faith consists in simply denying ourselves. We begin with one great "Yes," to God, and then we conclude with an eternal "No," to ourselves, the world, the flesh and the
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth

Christ's Marvellous Giving
"Who gave himself for us."--Titus 2:14. WE have once more, you see, the old subject. We still have to tell the story of the love of God towards man in the person of his only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. When you come to your table you find a variety there. Sometimes there is one dish upon it, and sometimes another; but you are never at all surprised to find the bread there every time, and, perhaps, we might add that there would be a deficiency if there were not salt there every time too. So there
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 62: 1916

Whether one who is under Another's Power Can Give Alms?
Objection 1: It would seem that one who is under another's power can give alms. For religious are under the power of their prelates to whom they have vowed obedience. Now if it were unlawful for them to give alms, they would lose by entering the state of religion, for as Ambrose [*The quotation is from the works of Ambrosiaster. Cf. Index to ecclesiastical authorities quoted by St. Thomas] says on 1 Tim. 4:8: "'Dutifulness [Douay: 'godliness'] is profitable to all things': The sum total of the Christian
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica

Whether Christ's Birth Should have Been Made Known to All?
Objection 1: It would seem that Christ's birth should have been made known to all. Because fulfilment should correspond to promise. Now, the promise of Christ's coming is thus expressed (Ps. 49:3): "God shall come manifestly. But He came by His birth in the flesh." Therefore it seems that His birth should have been made known to the whole world. Objection 2: Further, it is written (1 Tim. 1:15): "Christ came into this world to save sinners." But this is not effected save in as far as the grace of
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica

Cross References
Luke 13:17
When he said this, all his opponents were humiliated, but the people were delighted with all the wonderful things he was doing.

2 Thessalonians 3:14
Take special note of anyone who does not obey our instruction in this letter. Do not associate with them, in order that they may feel ashamed.

Titus 3:14
Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order to provide for urgent needs and not live unproductive lives.

1 Peter 2:12
Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.

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