Titus 2:10 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Titus 2:10, NIV: "and not to steal from them, but to show that they can be fully trusted, so that in every way they will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive."

Titus 2:10, ESV: "not pilfering, but showing all good faith, so that in everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior."

Titus 2:10, KJV: "Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things."

Titus 2:10, NASB: "not stealing, but showing all good faith so that they will adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in every respect."

Titus 2:10, NLT: "or steal, but must show themselves to be entirely trustworthy and good. Then they will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive in every way."

Titus 2:10, CSB: "or stealing, but demonstrating utter faithfulness, so that they may adorn the teaching of God our Savior in everything."

What does Titus 2:10 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Continuing his instructions to bondservants from the previous verse, Paul instructs them to not steal. Instead, slaves are to demonstrate faithfulness. In other words, servants are to give their masters every reason to trust them. Their actions are to be noble. The last phrase of this verse explains why: so that everything the servant does will bring honor and glory to God and His truth. The life-goal of a bondservant is to make the teachings of God appealing, by living them out. An ancient bondservant had no direct influence over his or her master, but through godly behavior, they could influence their master to come to faith in Christ.

The final phrase, referring to teachings about God, offers an interesting theological thought. Paul is a Jew, and is writing to Titus, an uncircumcised Gentile. And yet, Paul refers to God as "our" Savior. This means Paul saw both himself and Titus as brothers in Christ, part of a single family of God. This theme, often repeated in Titus, emphasizes unity through Jesus among all who believe in Him (Romans 10:11–13).