Sound speech (Titus 2:8)

“Have sound speech

That cannot be censured.

Then any opponent

Will be put to shame,

Having nothing evil

To say about us.”

λόγον ὑγιῆ ἀκατάγνωστον, ἵνα ὁ ἐξ ἐναντίας ἐντραπῇ μηδὲν ἔχων λέγειν περὶ ἡμῶν φαῦλον.

Paul said, “Have sound speech (λόγον ὑγιῆ) that cannot be censured (ἀκατάγνωστον).  Then any opponent (ἵνα ὁ ἐξ ἐναντίας) will be put to shame (ἐντραπῇ), having nothing (μηδὲν ἔχων) evil (φαῦλον) to say (λέγειν) about us (περὶ ἡμῶν).”  Only this letter to Titus used this word ἀκατάγνωστον, that means not to be condemned, beyond reproach, or not open to just rebuke.  Paul reminded Titus that he should have sound speech in his teaching and preaching.  He wanted to make sure that Titus did not say anything that could be contradicted or censured by other people.  As long as Titus was correct in his presentations, none of their opponents would have anything bad to say about them.  They would be put to shame with their weak arguments.  Paul continued to hammer home the importance of sound teaching.  Do you think that sound teaching is important?

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