The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
– Titus 2:3-5
The frame of mind and the personal action and activities of women play a significant role with regard to the public reputation of the Word of God. These seemingly short three verses impart a lot of responsibility.
Blaspheme is defined as an action which will vilify. It is to specifically speak impiously. It comes from a word which is to be scurrilous.
scurrilous is to hinder by saying something or use of rumor. By implication it is to destroy the fame of another.
Impious is to be irreverent towards God and what He has done. It is wanting in veneration for God and his authority; irreligious; profane. It suggests that one is a scoffer at God and His authority and His written Word.
To vilify is to make vile; to debase; to degrade. Slander may be a vehicle to accomplish this purpose. They do those things which defame God.
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“The aged women – teach the younger women to be – obedient to their own husbands,” – Titus 2:3-5
This phrase divides the godly from the ungodly. The word obedient means, ” to subordinate; reflexively to obey.”
Subordinate means, “to arrange oneself in an orderly manner under.” – Strongs Or Inferior in order,in nature, in dignity, in power, importance, &c.; as subordinate officers. It was subordinate, not enslaved, to the understanding. – Webster
If one looks at the scripture, God has an order for everything. Everyone is responsible to arrange themselves within the framework of that order. This is what makes life work.
God’s order is for younger women to arrange their lives to their own husbands. They are to have respect to the arrangement deemed best by God. “Own,” the husband is to be private and separate. A “husband” is an individual male, a man.
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“Aged Women . . . teach younger women to be . . . keepers at home”
– Titus 2:3-5
The primary sense of this term comes from the word “guard“, to be “ware”. In order to do this the idea of being a stayer at home must be included. From this we would think that they would be domestically inclined. They would be a good housekeeper is implied. This means that she has custody and care of the house and its domestic matters.
The place guarded would be the dwelling of the family. The women are tasked with respect to the home, to secure it and that within it against injury. They would protect it against attack, defend it, and keep it in safety.
We guard a city by walls and forts. A harbor is guarded by ships, booms or batteries. Innocence should be guarded by prudence and piety. But it is the home and the family which is guarded by the women, and in particular, the younger women.
The context of this discussion of housekeeper is far from that of the modern regressive interpretation that she is a mere house maid. These regressive concepts of this term take away all the authority and imperative importance of this Biblical term.
The Bible places the woman at the very center of societal structure protecting it. She is wary; cautious. She is in constant expectation of its needs.
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“That aged women . . . teach the younger women to be . . . chaste”
– Titus 2:3-5
Women need to be taught to be clean, that is, (figuratively) innocent, modest, perfect.
Chaste comes from the same word “holy” as it is used in “Holy Ghost”. The word holy (a root definition) is used here to place meaning around the word “clean“. In the dictionary, clean is defined as, “In a general sense, free from extraneous matter, or whatever is injurious or offensive.”
As to being innocent, “Free from guilt; not having done wrong or violated any law; not tainted with sin; pure; upright.” While as a moral agent, man has no real innocence. Yet his actions with regard to God’s expectations of him are to be innocent. Sin no more.
Modest. Modest comes from a Latin word which means limit. Properly, restrained by a sense of propriety; hence, not forward or bold [The sense here is to not dominate in a controlling manner. This does not deny the responsibilities of parenthood.]; not presumptuous or arrogant; not boastful; not loose; not lewd.
Perfect. To complete; to do or make through, to carry to the end. Complete in moral excellencies. “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father who is in heaven is perfect.” Mat 5. This has to do with intentions and very real effort.
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“That aged women . . . may teach the younger women . . . to be discreet,”
– Titus 2:2-4
Discreet here is the same as that of sober in 1 Timothy 3:2; sober in Titus 1:8; and temperate in Titus 2:2.
She needs to learn to be safe in mind, that is, be self controlled. She will be moderate as to opinion or passion. To not have opinion or passion is not spoken against here. She will determine that it is necessary to rein in and curb her feelings, those things that affect the mind and her cognitive faculties. It is the idea that excess and strong outward actions and reactions will not be the normal part of her life. Her actions and passions will be channeled and purposed to conclude in a godly and effective result.
#discreet #sober #young #women #self-control #moderate #opinion #passion
” That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,”
– Titus 2:4
Nature prompts to this, and yet there are those so depraved that they have no maternal affection; Notes, Romans 1:31. Godliness reproduces natural affection when sin has weakened or destroyed it, and it is the design of Christianity to recover and invigorate all the lost or weakened sensibilities of our nature. – Barnes
Maternal fondness of children is a fundamental aspect of motherhood. It should be a normal reaction to all children we produce. It is normal to have tender passion and warm affection for one’s children. It is normal to want to keep them from harm, in protection, and desire their healthy upbringing. Tenderness implies supplying with provisions, to attending to and to take care of.
#women #aged #younger #teach #love #children
The aged women . . . “That they may teach the young women to be sober”
Notice the emphasis on the generational transfer of information and wisdom. This should be a key component of social structure. Younger women should press for this advantage. Where in many places there is great loss and social destruction where it does not happen.
Youthfulness is a great thing. There is newness always in the air. Youthfulness suggests strength. Ideas are new and fresh. But along with this is the lack of experience and opportunity to make mistakes.
It is necessary for young women to learn to exercise a sound mind. A sound mind is a safe mind. This requires learning discipline. Discipline expresses self control. It is moderate as to opinion or passion. It is necessary to exercise correct living. It might be said to have the mind of Christ. (1 Corinthians 2:16 and context)
For this cause it is imperative that one should protect their mind to save it from perversion and harmful consequences. There must be ability to distinguish the differences between feelings and cognitive reasoning or worldly influences and spiritual living. Then one must make correct decisions and draw godly conclusions.
The things and ways of the world must not control you.
#aged #women #teach #young #sober #mind #sound #discipline
“The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;” Titus 2:3
Aged women are experience women. They have gone through the challenges and difficulties of family and living. Hopefully all is learned from the Scriptures. Some learned from others. Others learned through difficult experiences. Each who have learned holy behaviour need to teach for the benefit of others.
This whole instructional phrase comes out of one Greek compound word. She is to be a “teacher of right.” The word for right (kalos) properly implies that which is beautiful. The chief implication is that which is good. It implies that which is valuable or virtuous, particularly that related to appearance or use.
It is not enough to know what should be done, or even to practice it. The aged woman must also teach good. The concept of teach here means the process enables others to be able to learn.
This aspect of church and community interaction is largely lacking today. There seems to be a mind thought that learning ends with formal schooling. (Formal outside the home schooling is a modern happening. The results are not heartening.) This passage implies that teaching and learning continues throughout a life time. The teaching comes from the comparative aged one and the learning takes place in the life of the comparatively younger inexperienced one.
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“The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine,” – Titus 2:3
This is a similar command which was given to aged men. It is given in similar context as that given regarding the behaviour of the bishop in Titus 1:7. In this instance, the command is even more plainly put.
Wine is a substance which is apparently capable of enslaving an individual. One who is given to something is under bondage to its influence. The word much indicates that wine is noted to cast its influence over a person when they imbibe it to the degree that others note it to be used much.
It is also known that the alcoholic aspect of wine casts some degree of control over an individual even in small amounts. This can be noted when they say that wine makes them feel warm or “nice”. Wine’s progressive control over feelings, emotions, and will is a form of bondage which should only be rightly submitted to the Holy Spirit. (Ephesians 5:17-19) To do otherwise may lead to wrong moral assent, wrong speech, wrong conduct, and wrong decision making.
Can it not be concluded that aged women should have had enough personal experience in life to note that this command of God demonstrates common observational sense?
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“Tit 2:3 The aged women likewise, . . ” – Titus 2:3
The aged woman is an old woman. She has responsibilities. She is older. She is a senior. She is elderly. She is reckoned the same as an aged man. She has standing in the church and community based upon experience, learned abilities. She is a senior or one more advanced in life. Responsibility is upon her to pass on godly wisdom to those who are younger because of her standing.
This verse compares to verse 2 because of the word likewise. What applies to an aged men should be thus considered applicable to an aged women. It should be considered in the same way. The issues are brought up or reflected upon them in the same manner.
#aged #women #likewise