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New International Version
Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order to provide for urgent needs and not live unproductive lives.
New Living Translation
Our people must learn to do good by meeting the urgent needs of others; then they will not be unproductive.
English Standard Version
And let our people learn to devote themselves to good works, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not be unfruitful.
Berean Study Bible
And our people must also learn to devote themselves to good works in order to meet the pressing needs of others, so that they will not be unfruitful.
Berean Literal Bible
And also let our people learn to devote themselves to good works for necessary needs, so that they should not be unfruitful.
King James Bible
And let ours also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful.
New King James Version
And let our people also learn to maintain good works, to meet urgent needs, that they may not be unfruitful.
New American Standard Bible
Our people must also learn to engage in good deeds to meet pressing needs, so that they will not be unproductive.
Our people must also learn to engage in good deeds to meet pressing needs, so that they will not be unfruitful.
And let our people also learn to engage in good deeds to meet pressing needs, that they may not be unfruitful.
Our people must learn to do good deeds to meet necessary demands [whatever the occasion may require], so that they will not be unproductive.
Christian Standard Bible
Let our people learn to devote themselves to good works for pressing needs, so that they will not be unfruitful.
Holman Christian Standard Bible
And our people must also learn to devote themselves to good works for cases of urgent need, so that they will not be unfruitful.
American Standard Version
And let our people also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful.
Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And they will teach those who are ours also to cultivate good works in matters of distress, lest they should be fruitless.
Contemporary English Version
Our people should learn to spend their time doing something useful and worthwhile.
And let our men also learn to excel in good works for necessary uses: that they be not unfruitful.
Good News Translation
Our people must learn to spend their time doing good, in order to provide for real needs; they should not live useless lives.
International Standard Version
Our own people should also learn to make good deeds a priority when urgent needs arise, so they won't be unproductive.
Literal Standard Version
and let them learn—ours also—to be leading in good works to the necessary uses, that they may not be unfruitful.
New American Bible
But let our people, too, learn to devote themselves to good works to supply urgent needs, so that they may not be unproductive.
Here is another way that our people can learn to engage in good works to meet pressing needs and so not be unfruitful.
New Revised Standard Version
And let people learn to devote themselves to good works in order to meet urgent needs, so that they may not be unproductive.
New Heart English Bible
Let our people also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they may not be unfruitful.
Weymouth New Testament
And let our people too learn to set a good example in following honest occupations for the supply of their necessities, so that they may not live useless lives.
World English Bible
Let our people also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they may not be unfruitful.
Young's Literal Translation
and let them learn -- ours also -- to be leading in good works to the necessary uses, that they may not be unfruitful.
Additional Translations ...
ContextFinal Remarks and Greetings
…13Do your best to equip Zenas the lawyer and Apollos, so that they will have everything they need. 14And our people must also learn to devote themselves to good works in order to meet the pressing needs of others, so that they will not be unfruitful. 15All who are with me send you greetings. Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with all of you.…
Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
Share with the saints who are in need. Practice hospitality.
He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing good with his own hands, that he may have something to share with the one in need.
filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
For even while I was in Thessalonica, you provided for my needs again and again.
so that you may walk in a manner worthy of the Lord and may please Him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God,
and wholesome speech that is above reproach, so that anyone who opposes us will be ashamed to have nothing bad to say about us.
Treasury of Scripture
And let our's also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful.
Titus 3:8 This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.
maintain good works.
Acts 18:3 And because he was of the same craft, he abode with them, and wrought: for by their occupation they were tentmakers.
Acts 20:35 I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
Ephesians 4:28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.
Isaiah 61:3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.
Matthew 7:19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
Matthew 21:19 And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away.
And let our's also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses.--"Ours," that is, those who with St. Paul and Titus in Crete called upon the name of Jesus. A last reminder to the brethren, whom with a loving thought he calls "ours," constantly to practise good and beneficent works. In the expression "let ours also learn," it would seem as though St. Paul would have Christians trained to the wise and thoughtful performance of works of mercy and charity.
It was with such injunctions as these that men like St. Paul and St. James laid the foundation storeys of those great Christian works of charity--all undreamed of before the Resurrection morning--but which have been for eighteen centuries in all lands, the glory of the religion of Jesus--one grand result of the Master's presence with us on earth, which even His bitterest enemies admire with a grudging admiration.
In the short compass of these Pastoral Epistles, in all only thirteen chapters, we have no less than eight special reminders to be earnest and zealous in good works. There was evidently a dread in St. Paul's mind that some of those who professed a love of Jesus, and said that they longed after the great salvation, would content themselves with a dreamy acquiescence in the great truths, while the life remained unaltered. It is noteworthy that these Epistles, containing so many urgent exhortations to work for Christ, were St. Paul's last inspired utterances. The passages in question are Titus 1:16; Titus 2:7; Titus 2:14; Titus 3:14; 1Timothy 2:10; 1Timothy 5:10; 1Timothy 6:18; 2Timothy 2:21. . . .Verse 14. - Our people for ours, A.V. Our people also. The natural inference is that Titus had some fund at his disposal with which he was to help the travelers, but that St. Paul wished the Cretan Christians to contribute also. But it may also mean, as Luther suggests, "Let our Christians learn to do what Jews do, and even heathens too, viz. provide for the real wants of their own." To maintain good works (ver. 8, note) for necessary uses (εἰς τὰς ἀναγκαίας χρείας); such as the wants of the missionaries (comp. 3 John 5:6; see also Romans 12:13; Philippians 2:25; Philippians 4:16, etc.). The phrase means "urgent necessities," the "indispensable wants." In classical Greek τὰ ἀνάγκαια are "the necessaries of life." That they be not unfruitful (ἄκαρποι); comp. 2 Peter 1:8 and Colossians 1:6, 10.
Parallel Commentaries ...
Strong's 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Nominative Masculine 1st Person Plural
Strong's 2251: Our, our own. From thnetos; our.
must also learn
Verb - Present Imperative Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's 3129: Prolongation from a primary verb, another form of which, matheo, is used as an alternate in certain tenses; to learn.
to devote themselves to
Verb - Present Infinitive Middle
Strong's 4291: From pro and histemi; to stand before, i.e. to preside, or to practise.
Adjective - Genitive Neuter Plural
Strong's 2570: Properly, beautiful, but chiefly good, i.e. Valuable or virtuous.
Noun - Genitive Neuter Plural
Strong's 2041: From a primary ergo; toil; by implication, an act.
in order to meet
Strong's 1519: A primary preposition; to or into, of place, time, or purpose; also in adverbial phrases.
Adjective - Accusative Feminine Plural
Strong's 316: Necessary, essential, intimate, right, proper. From anagke; necessary; by implication, close.
needs [of others],
Noun - Accusative Feminine Plural
Strong's 5532: From the base of chraomai or chre; employment, i.e. An affair; also occasion, demand, requirement or destitution.
Strong's 2443: In order that, so that. Probably from the same as the former part of heautou; in order that.
they will not be
Verb - Present Subjunctive Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's 175: Unfruitful, barren, profitless. Barren.
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