Titus 1:2 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Titus 1:2, NIV: "in the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time,"

Titus 1:2, ESV: "in hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began"

Titus 1:2, KJV: "In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;"

Titus 1:2, NASB: "in the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised long ages ago,"

Titus 1:2, NLT: "This truth gives them confidence that they have eternal life, which God--who does not lie--promised them before the world began."

Titus 1:2, CSB: "in the hope of eternal life that God, who cannot lie, promised before time began."

What does Titus 1:2 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This verse continues Paul's introduction, including three important phrases. First, "in hope of eternal life" refers to Paul's future hope of eternity with Christ. This is something he longed for, and desired for his Jewish brothers as well as Gentiles (Romans 1:16). The second phrase, "which God, who never lies," confirms an often-mentioned promise about God's truthful nature (Numbers 23:19; Hebrews 6:18). God is referred to using the Greek word apseudes, meaning "true," or "without falsehood." This stood in contrast with Crete's cultural practices, which often saw lying as an acceptable behavior. In part, this was because they worshipped Zeus, a god who frequently used deception in order to have sexual relations with mortal women.