Psa 120
 
bb[See ver. 1 above]

Psalms 120:1

Deliver Me, O  Lord

A Song of a  Ascents.

1 In my distress I called to the  Lord,
and he answered me.

This pastoral letter from Paul to Titus was intended to offer encouragement and wisdom as Titus endured ongoing opposition from the ungodly and from legalists within his congregations. Paul instructed Titus to complete his assigned job of establishing overseers (elders) for the churches under his care. He described what sort of people these leaders should be, and how all believers should live in relation to each other as well as in their interactions with nonbelievers. Proper Christian behavior is based on the fact that “the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people,” and therefore those who believe in Christ are to “live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives” as they await his return (2:11-13). Paul probably wrote this letter in the 60s a.d.

Titus 1

Greeting

1Paul, a servant
Or slave (for the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface)
of God and c  an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the sake of the faith of God’s elect and d  their knowledge of the truth e  which accords with godliness,
2 f  in hope of eternal life, which God g  who never lies h  promised i  before the ages began
Greek before times eternal
3and k  at the proper time manifested in his word l  through the preaching m  with which I have been entrusted n  by the command of God our Savior;

4To Titus, o  my true child in p  a common faith:

q  Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.

Qualifications for Elders

5 r  This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and s  appoint elders in every town as I directed you 6 t  if anyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife
Or a man of one woman
and his children are believers
Or  are faithful
and not open to the charge of w  debauchery or insubordination.
7For an overseer
Or bishop; Greek episkopos
y  as God’s steward, must be above reproach. He must not z  be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent aa  or greedy for gain,
8but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy ab  and disciplined. 9He must ac  hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in ad  sound
Or healthy; also verse 13
doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.

10For there are many who are insubordinate af  empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of ag  the circumcision party.
Or  especially those of the circumcision
11They must be silenced, since ai  they are upsetting whole families by teaching aj  for shameful gain what they ought not to teach. 12 ak  One of the Cretans
Greek  One of them
a prophet of their own, said, “Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.”
Probably from Epimenides of Crete
13This testimony is true. Therefore an  rebuke them ao  sharply, that they ap  may be sound in the faith, 14 aq  not devoting themselves to Jewish myths and ar  the commands of people as  who turn away from the truth. 15 at  To the pure, all things are pure, but to the defiled and au  unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both av  their minds and their consciences are defiled. 16 aw  They profess to know God, but they ax  deny him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient ay  unfit for any good work.

Titus 2

Teach Sound Doctrine

1But as for you, teach what accords with az  sound
Or healthy; also verses 2, 8
doctrine.
2Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled bb  sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness. 3 bc  Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior bd  not slanderers be  or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, 4and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, 5to be self-controlled, bf  pure, bg  working at home, kind, and bh  submissive to their own husbands, bi  that the word of God may not be reviled. 6Likewise, urge bj  the younger men to be self-controlled. 7Show yourself in all respects to be bk  a model of good works, and in your teaching bl  show integrity bm  dignity, 8and bn  sound speech that cannot be condemned, bo  so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us. 9 bp  Bondservants
Or Slaves (for the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface)
are to be submissive to their own masters br  in everything; they are to be well-pleasing, not argumentative,
10not pilfering bs  but showing all good faith bt  so that in everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior.

11For bu  the grace of God bv  has appeared, bringing salvation bw  for all people, 12training us to renounce ungodliness and bx  worldly passions, and by  to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in bz  the present age, 13 ca  waiting for our blessed cb  hope, the cc  appearing of the glory of our great cd  God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 ce  who gave himself for us to cf  redeem us from all lawlessness and cg  to purify for himself ch  a people for his own possession who are ci  zealous for good works.

15Declare these things; exhort and cj  rebuke with all authority. ck  Let no one disregard you.

Titus 3

Be Ready for Every Good Work

1Remind them cl  to be submissive to rulers and authorities cm  to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, 2 cn  to speak evil of no one co  to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and cp  to show perfect courtesy toward all people. 3For cq  we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. 4But when cr  the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, 5he saved us, cs  not because of works done by us in righteousness, but ct  according to his own mercy, by cu  the washing of regeneration and cv  renewal of the Holy Spirit, 6whom he cw  poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7so that cx  being justified by his grace we might become cy  heirs cz  according to the hope of eternal life. 8The saying is da  trustworthy, and I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful db  to devote themselves to good works. These things are excellent and profitable for people. 9But dc  avoid foolish dd  controversies de  genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for df  they are unprofitable and worthless. 10As for a person who stirs up division, dg  after warning him once and then twice, dh  have nothing more to do with him, 11knowing that such a person is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned.

Final Instructions and Greetings

12When I send Artemas or di  Tychicus to you, do your best to come to me dj  at Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there. 13Do your best to speed Zenas the lawyer and dk  Apollos on their way; see that they lack nothing. 14And let our people learn dl  to devote themselves to good works, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not dm  be unfruitful.

15All who are with me send greetings to you. Greet those who love us in the faith.

dn  Grace be with you all.

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