Titus 1

Paul's Greeting to Titus

Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ in service of [the] faith of God’s elect and [of their] knowledge of [the] truth that leads to godliness, in [the] hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began. [In His] own time, He has revealed His message in [the] proclamation entrusted to me by [the] command of God our Savior. To Titus, [my] true child in [our] common faith: Grace and peace from God [the] Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.

Appointing Elders on Crete

The reason I left you in Crete [was] that you would set in order what was unfinished and appoint elders in every town, as I directed you. [An elder must] be blameless, [the] husband of but one wife,
or faithful to his wife
having children who are believers [and are] not open to accusation of indiscretion or insubordination.
As God’s steward, an overseer must be above reproach— not self-absorbed, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not greedy for money. Instead, [he must be] hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, [and] disciplined. He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it was taught, so that by sound teaching he will be able to encourage [others] and refute those who contradict [this message] .

Correcting False Teachers

10  For many are rebellious and full of empty talk and deception, especially those of the circumcision, 11  who must be silenced. For [the] sake of dishonorable gain, [they] undermine entire households [and] teach things they should not. 12  [As] one of their own prophets has said, “Cretans [are] always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.”
This quote has been attributed to the Cretan philosopher Epimenides
13  This testimony is true. Therefore rebuke them sternly, so that they will be sound in the faith 14  [and] will pay no attention to Jewish myths [or] [to the] commands of men who have rejected the truth. 15  To the pure, all things [are] pure; but to the defiled and unbelieving, nothing [is] pure. Indeed, both their minds and [their] consciences are defiled. 16  They profess to know God, but they deny [Him] by [their] actions. They are detestable, disobedient, and unfit for any good deed.
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