GrannyJ’s Walk Through the Book of Titus

A verse-by-verse look at the book of Titus,
using both the King James and New International Versions.

With only three chapters, the book of Titus is small in comparison to most of the books of the Bible. There is, however, a wealth of information preserved within those few verses. I have felt an urge to study this book closer, so hope to take it verse-by-verse and see where/how the Spirit leads. I will not use any kind of cross-referenced study helps that might influence prejudice from another person’s opinion. Rather, I will consider the Scripture only for what it says. I think God provided us all the cross-reference we really need to understand His Will, and the verses He has given us are sufficient to guide us through this life as good and faithful servants. I will be using both the King James and the New International Versions, when needed, for a more relevant understanding of what was being said. (My confidence with the New International Version lies in the fact that it was translated into a more modern English from the oldest Greek and Hebrew manuscripts available.)

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Titus 1

1 Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness; (KJV)
1 Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ to further the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness– (NIV)

2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began; (KJV)
2 in the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time, (NIV)

3 But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour; (KJV)
3 and which now at his appointed season he has brought to light through the preaching entrusted to me by the command of God our Savior, (NIV)

4 To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour. (KJV)
4 To Titus, my true son in our common faith: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior. (NIV)

5 For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee: (KJV)
Appointing Elders Who Love What Is Good
5 The reason I left you in Crete was that you might put in order what was left unfinished and appoint [a] elders in every town, as I directed you. (NIV)

6 If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly. (KJV)
6 An elder must be blameless, faithful to his wife, a man whose children believe [b] and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient. (NIV)

7 For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre; (KJV)
7 Since an overseer manages God’s household, he must be blameless–not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. (NIV)

8 But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate; (KJV)
8 Rather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. (NIV)

9 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers. (KJV)
9 He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it. (NIV)

10 For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: (KJV)
Rebuking Those Who Fail to Do Good
10 For there are many rebellious people, full of meaningless talk and deception, especially those of the circumcision group. (NIV)

11 Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake. (KJV)
11 They must be silenced, because they are disrupting whole households by teaching things they ought not to teach–and that for the sake of dishonest gain. (NIV)

12 One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, the Cretians are always liars, evil beasts, slow bellies. (KJV)
12 One of Crete’s own prophets has said it: “Cretans are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons.”[c]

13 This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith; (KJV)
13 This saying is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, so that they will be sound in the faith (NIV)

14 Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth. (KJV)
14 and will pay no attention to Jewish myths or to the merely human commands of those who reject the truth. (NIV)

15 Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled. (KJV)
15 To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted. (NIV)

16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedients, and unto every good work reprobate. (KJV)
16 They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good. (NIV)

NIV Footnotes:
a. Titus 1:5 Or ordain
b. Titus 1:6 Or children are trustworthy
c. Titus 1:12 From the Cretan philosopher Epimenides

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