Titus 2:4 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Titus 2:4, NIV: "Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children,"

Titus 2:4, ESV: "and so train the young women to love their husbands and children,"

Titus 2:4, KJV: "That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,"

Titus 2:4, NASB: "so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children,"

Titus 2:4, NLT: "These older women must train the younger women to love their husbands and their children,"

Titus 2:4, CSB: "so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands and to love their children,"

What does Titus 2:4 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Paul's instructions to "older women" began in verse 3, and continue here. Verse 3 gives instructions to "train the young women," or to "encourage" them. In that time and place, "older women" would have been those around 40 years old and over. These women were usually already married, had raised children, and had ample experience to pass on to younger women. This experience was important, given the immoral culture in which younger women of Crete were immersed (Titus 1:12). The focus of younger women was to be their immediate family. In contrast with the wild living of Crete's non-believers, a young Christian woman was to live faithfully to her husband, showing love to him and to her children (Proverbs 31:11). The theme of how husbands and wives are to treat one another is also discussed by Paul in Ephesians 5:22–33. Wives are meant to respect their husbands, and husbands are to love their wives as themselves.