Pure and corrupt (Titus 1:15)

“To the pure,

All things are pure,

But to the corrupt

And unbelieving,

Nothing is pure.

Their very minds

And their consciences

Are corrupt.”

πάντα καθαρὰ τοῖς καθαροῖς· τοῖς δὲ μεμιαμμένοις καὶ ἀπίστοις οὐδὲν καθαρόν, ἀλλὰ μεμίανται αὐτῶν καὶ ὁ νοῦς καὶ ἡ συνείδησις.

Paul said, “To the pure (τοῖς καθαροῖς), all things are pure (πάντα καθαρὰ), but to the corrupt (τοῖς δὲ μεμιαμμένοις) and unbelieving (καὶ ἀπίστοις), nothing (οὐδὲν) is pure (καθαρόν).  Their very minds (αὐτῶν καὶ ὁ νοῦς) and their consciences (καὶ ἡ συνείδησις) are corrupt (ἀλλὰ μεμίανται).”  Paul tried to clarify the Hebrew purity laws.  To the pure or undefiled people, all things are pure.  Quite the opposite happens to the corrupt defiled people and the unbelievers.  Nothing is pure to them, because their minds and consciences are already corrupt.  For Paul, you were either pure or corrupt.  There was no in between.  Paul may be alluding to the Jewish dietary laws that made people impure because certain foods or things were considered unclean or impure.  Are you pure or corrupt?

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