Titus 1:14 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Titus 1:14, NIV: "and will pay no attention to Jewish myths or to the merely human commands of those who reject the truth."

Titus 1:14, ESV: "not devoting themselves to Jewish myths and the commands of people who turn away from the truth."

Titus 1:14, KJV: "Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth."

Titus 1:14, NASB: "not paying attention to Jewish myths and commandments of men who turn away from the truth."

Titus 1:14, NLT: "They must stop listening to Jewish myths and the commands of people who have turned away from the truth."

Titus 1:14, CSB: "and may not pay attention to Jewish myths and the commands of people who reject the truth."

What does Titus 1:14 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The false teachers discussed in verses 10–16 were to be rebuked regarding two specific areas. Verse 14 specifies these issues. First is the error of reaching beyond the Mosaic law, and the teachings of the apostles. Jesus dealt with some of the extra traditions Jewish religious teachers had added to the Torah. For example, some had added special rules regarding hand washing (Matthew 15:20). Paul, in the same way, isn't speaking against the Torah, but against inaccurate interpretations of it.

Second, Paul is concerned over instructions coming from those who had rejected the truth. Some had embraced the teachings of the false teachers and accepted their words as truth. Paul tells Titus to rebuke these people sharply (Titus 1:13), in order to stop this problem immediately. Christians were not to follow the commands of people who turn away from the truth. Instead, they were to follow the good news of Jesus, as taught in His word.