GENEVA BIBLE 1599
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1 But (1) speak thou the things which become (*) wholesome doctrine,
(1) The fifth admonition: The doctrine must not only be generally pure, but also be applied to all ages and orders of men, according to the diversity of circumstances.
(*) Wherewith our souls are fed and maintained in health.
2 (2) That the elder men be sober, honest, discreet, sound in the faith, in love, and in patience;
(2) What are the chiefest virtues for old and young, both men and women; and how they ought to be stirred up unto them continually.
3 The elder women likewise, that they be in such behavior as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not subject to much wine, but teachers of honest things,
4 That they may instruct the young women to be sober minded, that they love their husbands, that they love their children,
5 That they be discreet, chaste, (a) (♣) keeping at home, good and (*) subject unto their husbands, that the word of God be not evil spoken of.
(a) No gadders up and down.
(♣) Not running to and fro without necessary occasions, which is a sign of lightness.
(*) Ephesians 5:23 .
6 Exhort young men likewise, that they be sober minded.
7 (3) In all things shew thyself an example of good works with uncorrupt doctrine, with (b) gravity, integrity,
(3) The sixth admonition: That both the Pastor's life and doctrine must
(b) Not such a gravity as may drive men from coming to the minister, but such as may cause them to come in a most reverent and honest sort.
8 And with the wholesome word, which cannot be condemned, that he which withstandeth, may be ashamed, having nothing concerning you to speak evil of.
9 (*) (4) Let servants be subject to their masters, and please them in all (c) things, not answering again,
(*) Ephesians 6:5; Colossians 3:22; 1 Peter 2:18 .
(4) The seventh admonition, of servants toward their masters.
(c) Which may be done without offence to God.
10 Neither pilfering, but that they shew all good faithfulness, that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.
11 (*) (5) For that grace of God, that bringeth (♣) salvation unto all men, hath appeared,
(*) 1 Corinthians 1:2; Colossians 1:22 .
(5) The eighth admonition belongeth to all the godly; seeing that God calleth all men to the Gospel, and Christ hath so justified us, that he hath also sanctified us, we must all of us give ourselves to true godliness and righteousness, setting before us a sure hope of that immeasurable glory; which thing must in such sort be beaten into their heads, that the gainsayers also must be reproved, by the authority of the mighty God.
(♣) Of what condition or state soever they be.
12 And teacheth us, that we should deny ungodliness and (d) worldly lusts, and that we should live soberly and righteously, and godly in this present world,
(d) Lusts of the flesh, which belong to the present state of this life and world.
13 (e) Looking for the blessed hope, and appearing of the glory of our mighty God, and Saviour Jesus Christ,
(e) Christ is here most plainly called that mighty God, and his appearance and coming is called by the figure of speech Metonymy, our hope.
14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purge us to be a (f) (*) peculiar people unto himself, zealous of good works.
(f) As it were a thing peculiarly laid up for himself.
(*) Most dear and precious.
15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all (g) (*) authority. See that no man despise thee.
(g) With all authority possible.
(*) As becometh the ambassador of God.
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