Titus 1:13

“This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for Titus 1:13

This witnesse is true: wherefore rebuke them sharpely that they may be sound in the faith;
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

This testimony is true. For this reason reprove them severely so that they may be sound in the faith,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

This testimony is true. For which cause reprove them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith,
- American Standard Version (1901)

This witness is true. So say sharp words to them so that they may come to the right faith,
- Basic English Bible

This testimony is true; for which cause rebuke them severely, that they may be sound in the faith,
- Darby Bible

This testimony is true: wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;
- Webster's Bible

This testimony is true. Therefore sternly denounce them, that they may be robust in their faith,
- Weymouth Bible

This testimony is true. For this cause, reprove them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith,
- World English Bible

This witnessyng is trewe. For what cause blame hem sore, that thei be hool in feith,
- Wycliffe Bible

this testimony is true; for which cause convict them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible Commentary for Titus 1:13

Wesley's Notes for Titus 1:13


1:11 Stopped - The word properly means, to put a bit into the mouth of an unruly horse.

1:12 A prophet - So all poets were anciently called; but, besides, Diogenes Laertius says that Epimenides, the Cretan poet, foretold many things. Evil wild beasts - Fierce and savage.

1:14 Commandments of men - The Jewish or other teachers, whoever they were that turned from the truth.

1:15 To the pure - Those whose hearts are purified by faith this we allow. All things are pure - All kinds of meat; the Mosaic distinction between clean and unclean meats being now taken away. But to the defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure - The apostle joins defiled and unbelieving, to intimate that nothing can be clean without a true faith: for both the understanding and conscience, those leading powers of the soul, are polluted; consequently, so is the man and all he does.


People's Bible Notes for Titus 1:13


Tit 1:13 This witness is true. Paul's observations confirmed it. So do many ancient writers. "Cretize" (Cretanize) became a slang phrase for lying. Wherefore rebuke them sharply. Their bad conduct must be sharply rebuked until the gospel so transforms them that they will become "sound in the faith".

Discussion for Titus 1:13

  • Arlene Kampe on Titus 1:13
    What does it mean to be "sound in the faith"?
  • Jesse - in Reply on Titus 1:13
    The word sound in Titus 1:13 is the word healthy. It's the same word used in Titus 1:9 about sound doctrine, or healthy doctrine. This section in Titus, Verses 5-16 is giving us the instruction on leadership. The leader is to present sound (healthy) doctrine in order that it might do two things: both to exhort, that is encourage, and to convict the gainsayers, those who speak against the word. Gainsayers are those who speak against the word.

    So a leader is to present sound (healthy) doctrine that will encourage believers so that the believer will be healthy in the faith, and also, sound or healthy doctrine will convict the non-believers.
  • Chris - in Reply on Titus 1:13
    Arlene, Paul is writing to his 'son in the faith', Titus, who was left at Crete to build up the Church there. However, many of those who attended the Church, both indigenous & of Jewish stock, were less than upright in their teaching & manner of living. So bad was their condition, that we even developed an English word for that type of behaviour: Cretin.

    So Paul was instructing Titus to not only appoint good, spiritual Church leaders, but to also rebuke & correct the wayward Cretians in their behaviour. So, to "be sound in faith" means that these people needed to get back to apostolic teaching & a correct understanding of God's Word & with real faith, and not behave in a carnal, godless manner.


 

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