Titus 2:7 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Titus 2:7, NIV: In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness

Titus 2:7, ESV: Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity,

Titus 2:7, KJV: In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,

Titus 2:7, NASB: in all things show yourself to be an example of good deeds, with purity in doctrine, dignified,

Titus 2:7, NLT: And you yourself must be an example to them by doing good works of every kind. Let everything you do reflect the integrity and seriousness of your teaching.

Titus 2:7, CSB: in everything. Make yourself an example of good works with integrity and dignity in your teaching.

What does Titus 2:7 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Young men are instructed to live as clear examples in two general areas: their good works and their teaching. Here again, Paul's words to Titus resemble his advice to Timothy. Paul had instructed Timothy to study carefully so that others could see his spiritual growth, convicting others and leading them to Christ (1 Timothy 4:15–16).

Verse 7 also begins a list of traits associated with proper teaching. First, the teaching of the young men, including Titus, must show integrity. This command uses the Greek word aphthorian, in a form which the New Testament only uses in this verse. It refers to soundness or incorruptibility. The second trait, "dignity," includes the ideas of honor and respect. Paul often encouraged people to live with respect for others (Romans 13:7), inspiring respect from others (1 Timothy 3:2), including the way they dress (1 Timothy 2:9), treat their spouses (Ephesians 5:33) and their church leaders (1 Thessalonians 5:12).