The Meaning of Titus 1:8 Explained

Titus 1:8

KJV: But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate;

YLT: but a lover of strangers, a lover of good men, sober-minded, righteous, kind, self-controlled,

Darby: but hospitable, a lover of goodness, discreet, just, pious, temperate,

ASV: but given to hospitality, as lover of good, sober-minded, just, holy, self-controlled;

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What does Titus 1:8 Mean?

Context Summary

Titus 1:1-9 - Appoint Fit Men Over The Churches
God's elect are known by their faith, and wherever they hear the voice of truth, which makes for godliness, they recognize and acknowledge it. They are also inspired by a great hope, and that hope cannot be disappointed, because it is founded on the promise and oath of the God who cannot lie, Hebrews 6:19. God's promise for us has been in His heart from all eternity, but it was hidden until the gospel was proclaimed in the power of the Holy Spirit. The germ-thought of eternity has been realized in Jesus and is unfolded in the gospel. Note the frequent recurrence in this Epistle of the phrase, God our Savior.
The ordering of these early churches was very important. The presiding officers must be godly and consistent men, and able to commend the gospel by their lives. These natural traits of a holy man should be pondered and appropriated by us all; and we must all hold fast to the Word of God, which has been found trustworthy by countless myriads. Many are the seducing voices in the present day that counsel slackening faith and relaxing grasp.
"If all the wiles that men devise beset our faith with treacherous art,
We'll call them vanity and lies, and bind the gospel to our heart." [source]

Chapter Summary: Titus 1

1  Paul greets Titus, who was left to finish the work in Crete
6  How those chosen as ministers ought to be qualified
11  The mouths of evil teachers to be stopped;
12  and what manner of men they be

Greek Commentary for Titus 1:8

A lover of good [πιλαγατον]
Late double compound See Wisdom of Solomon 7:22. Here only in N.T. Just (οσιον — dikaion), holy (εγκρατη — hosion) not in 1 Timothy 3. [source]
Temperate [εν κρατος]
Old and common adjective (enkratos strength), having power over, controlling, here only in N.T. Picture of self-control. [source]
A lover of hospitality [φιλόξενον]
Better, hospitable. See on 1 Timothy 3:2. [source]
A lover of good men [φιλάγαθον]
N.T.oBetter, lover of good. [source]
Temperate [ἐγκρατῆ]
N.T.oOriginally, having power over; possessed of; hence, controlling, keeping in hand. Ἑγκράτεια temperance Acts 24:25; Galatians 5:23; 2 Peter 1:6. Εγκρατεύεσθαι tocontain one's self, 1 Corinthians 7:9; 1 Corinthians 9:25. [source]

What do the individual words in Titus 1:8 mean?

but hospitable a lover of good self-controlled upright holy [and] disciplined
ἀλλὰ φιλόξενον φιλάγαθον σώφρονα δίκαιον ὅσιον ἐγκρατῆ

φιλόξενον  hospitable 
Parse: Adjective, Accusative Masculine Singular
Root: φιλόξενος  
Sense: hospitable, generous to guests.
φιλάγαθον  a  lover  of  good 
Parse: Adjective, Accusative Masculine Singular
Root: φιλάγαθος  
Sense: loving goodness.
σώφρονα  self-controlled 
Parse: Adjective, Accusative Masculine Singular
Root: σώφρων  
Sense: of a sound mind, sane, in one’s senses.
δίκαιον  upright 
Parse: Adjective, Accusative Masculine Singular
Root: δίκαιος  
Sense: righteous, observing divine laws.
ὅσιον  holy 
Parse: Adjective, Accusative Masculine Singular
Root: ὅσιος  
Sense: undefiled by sin, free from wickedness, religiously observing every moral obligation, pure holy, pious.
ἐγκρατῆ  [and]  disciplined 
Parse: Adjective, Accusative Masculine Singular
Root: ἐγκρατής  
Sense: strong, robust.

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