Faithful slaves (Titus 2:10)

“Slaves

Should not pilfer,

But show complete

And perfect fidelity.

Thus,

In everything,

They may be

An ornament

To the doctrine

Of God

Our Savior.”

μὴ νοσφιζομένους, ἀλλὰ πᾶσαν πίστιν ἐνδεικνυμένους ἀγαθήν, ἵνα τὴν διδασκαλίαν τὴν τοῦ Σωτῆρος ἡμῶν Θεοῦ κοσμῶσιν ἐν πᾶσιν.

Paul said, “Slaves should not pilfer (μὴ νοσφιζομένους), but (ἀλλὰ) show (ἐνδεικνυμένους) complete (πᾶσαν) and perfect (ἀγαθήν) fidelity (πίστιν).  Thus (ἵνα), in everything (ἐν πᾶσιν), they may be an ornament (κοσμῶσιν) to the doctrine (τὴν διδασκαλίαν) of God (Θεοῦ) our Savior (τὴν τοῦ Σωτῆρος ἡμῶν).”  Only the Pauline letters used this word ἐνδεικνυμένους, that means to indicate by word or act, to prove, or to show forth.  Paul continued with his advice for slaves.  They should not steal from their master slave owners.  Instead, they should show complete and perfect trust in their masters.  They were to be ornaments in the doctrine about God, our Savior.  Slaves were like ornaments to make the teaching about Jesus Christ look good.  Certainly, Paul was not going to do or say anything that would change the status quo that he grew up in a Jewish diaspora Greek area in Tarsus.  Slavery was just a part of life.  What do you know about slavery?

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