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Titus 2:15 (NET) 15 So communicate these things with the sort of exhortation or rebuke that carries full authority. Don’t let anyone look down on you.


So communicate

  • The Greek conjunction, so, is not in the Greek text. 
  • Lal-e-o means to talk, that is, to utter words. Titus was to speak…

these things

  • Hou-tos means this or that. In this context the translators interpreted as, these things. 
  • Titus was to speak specifically of the things mentioned starting in verse 2:1 when Paul first told him to communicate behavior that goes with healthy teaching. 
  • Specifically the things mentioned in this chapter were as follows:
  • instructions to older men,
  • Instructions to older women,
  • Instructions to younger women, 
  • Instructions to younger men, 
  • Instructions to slaves, 
  • to be trained by God’s grace, 
  • to await Christ’s second coming, 
  • and to have a zeal for good works because he ransomed us and purified us by giving Himself for us. 

Discussion Question:

  • Titus was to communicate these things to the Cretans. Who can we speak these instructions to?

with the sort of exhortation or rebuke

A) with-

  • Ka-i is a conjunction and usually means and, also, even. 
  • In this context the NET translators interpreted this phrase as a preposition instead of a conjunction. 

B) exhortation –

  • Par-ak-al-e-o is a compound word. 
  • Para means near. 
  • Kal-e-o means to call loudly. 
  • Together this word means to call near, to invite, to invoke. 

Discussion Questions:

  • Can you think of a Bible example where someone invited another near to call them to follow their way?
  • What are situations when we can exhort another?

C) or-

  • Ka-i is a conjunction which usually means, and. 
  • Here the translators of the NET use the word, or. 

D) rebuke –

  • El-en-cho means to…
  • Confute- to overwhelm in argument, to disprove, debunk, rebut, refute, shoot down. 
  • Admonish- to speak to (someone) in a way that expresses disapproval or criticism; to tell or urge (someone) to do something. 

Discussion Questions:

  • Why is it so hard for us to rebuke another?
  • Can you think of times when you rebuked another and they made positive change?
  • Can you think of if a time when you were rebuked and you made positive change?
  • What should you do when you rebuke someone but they make no changes?

that carries

  • The Greek word is Met-a and denotes accompaniment. It is usually translated as, with. 

full authority

A) full-

  • Pas means all, any, every, the whole. 

B) authority –

  • Ep-i-tag-e means an injunction or decree, by implication, authoritativeness. 
  • Injunction means an order from a court of law that says something must be done or must not be done. 
  • Decree means an official order given by a person with power or by a government.
  • Authoritativeness-having or showing impressive knowledge about a subject; having the confident quality of someone who is respected or obeyed by other people. 
  • In other words, Titus should speak the instructions mentioned in this chapter to the Cretans with confidence and authority because of the following reasons:
  • A) They are the sound teachings of God. 
  • B) They are instructions given from the Apostle Paul.  
  • C) Titus’ life aligns with these words, and he should be confident to call others to his side to follow his good example.  

Don’t let anyone

  • Me-dies means not even one. 

look down on you

A) look down on-

  • Par-i-phron-e-o is a compound word. 
  • Per-i means around, beyond or through. 
  • English uses this prefix in the word peripheral. 
  • Phron-e-o means to exercise the mind, to think. 
  • Together the word means to think beyond, to depreciate or contemn another. 
  • Today we may say to be ignored, to not be considered, to be disrespected, to be overlooked. 
  • Depreciate means to cause (something) to have a lower price or value. 
  • Contemn means to view or treat with contempt, to despise.
  • (RSV) translates this phrase as “Let no one disregard you.”

B) you-

  • Sy is the personal pronoun of the second person singular. The word means you or thou. 

Discussion Questions:

  • Why do you think Paul told Titus to not let others despise him?
  • Do others look past our words of exhortation or rebuke? If so, what are some possible reasons?
  • What is the best way to assure your good words are heard, acknowledged, and considered?  


Listening Prayer method – a method where you write what you think God would say to you after meditating and studying a Bible passage.

Are You Being Heard?

Have courage and speak good words. Encourage an immature brother to follow My words and your good example. Do not fear to admonish bad behavior. Also be humble to receive correction yourself.

Don’t let a brother ignore your message. Make sure you are heard and acknowledged because the words you speak to him are from My Bible and are life to him. 

Your job is only to speak and pray for him and to live a good example. If he doesn’t change, have patience and faith that I am working in his life.