Titus 2:15 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Titus 2:15, NIV: "These, then, are the things you should teach. Encourage and rebuke with all authority. Do not let anyone despise you."

Titus 2:15, ESV: "Declare these things; exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you."

Titus 2:15, KJV: "These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee."

Titus 2:15, NASB: "These things speak and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. No one is to disregard you."

Titus 2:15, NLT: "You must teach these things and encourage the believers to do them. You have the authority to correct them when necessary, so don't let anyone disregard what you say."

Titus 2:15, CSB: "Proclaim these things; encourage and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you."

What does Titus 2:15 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The final verse of chapter 2 begins with a general command to "declare," or "teach," certain things. The ideas Paul has in mind are the ones he has given about various groups within the church (Titus 2:1–10), as well as his teachings on salvation and Christian living (Titus 2:11–14).

Titus was to "exhort," or "encourage." To exhort is to teach or urge, focusing on the positive aspects of teaching Christian truth. Exhortation was often used as another word for preaching. John the Baptist exhorted people when he preached the good news (Luke 3:18). Paul exhorted people when he preached at Pentecost (Acts 2:40). Exhortation is even called a spiritual gift in Romans 12:8.

To "rebuke," or "correct," focuses on the negative aspect of defending truth against false teachers, and speaking against sin. Titus had been commissioned by Paul for his leadership position, and was to follow Paul's commands "with all authority." Titus had been commanded by an apostle and was not to let false teachers—or his own insecurities—keep him from fulfilling his important calling to the people of Crete.