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Titus 2:8

    Titus 2:8 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    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.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    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.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of us.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Saying true and right words, against which no protest may be made, so that he who is not on our side may be put to shame, unable to say any evil of us.

    Webster's Revision

    sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of 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.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of us.

    Clarke's Commentary on Titus 2:8

    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.

    Barnes' Notes on Titus 2:8

    Sound speech - Notes, 1 Timothy 1:10. He was to use language that would be spiritually "healthful" (ὑγιῆ hugiē); that is, true, pure, uncorrupted. - This word, and its correlatives, is used in this sense, in the New Testament, only by the apostle Paul. It is commonly applied to the body, meaning that which is healthful, or whole; see Luke 5:31; Luke 6:10; Luke 7:10; Luke 15:27; Matthew 12:13; Matthew 15:31; Mark 3:5; Mark 5:34; John 5:4, John 5:6,John 5:9, John 5:11, John 5:14-15; John 7:23; Acts 4:10; 3 John 1:2. For Paul's use of the word see 1 Timothy 1:10; 1 Timothy 6:3; 2 Timothy 1:13;2 Timothy 4:3; Titus 1:9, Titus 1:13; Titus 2:1-2, Titus 2:8. It does not elsewhere occur.

    That cannot be condemned - Such as cannot be shown to be weak, or unsound; such that no one could find fault with it, or such as an adversary could not take hold of and blame. This direction would imply purity and seriousness of language, solidity of argument, and truth in the doctrines which he maintained.

    That he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed ... - Ashamed that he has opposed such views.

    Wesley's Notes on Titus 2:8

    2:8 Wholesome speech - In private conversation.