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.
Greeting1Paul, 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 eternal3and 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 Elders5 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 womanand his children are believers ▼
▼Or are faithfuland not open to the charge of w debauchery or insubordination. 7For an overseer ▼
▼Or bishop; Greek episkoposy 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 13doctrine 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 circumcision11They 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 thema prophet of their own, said, “Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.” ▼
▼Probably from Epimenides of Crete13This 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.
Teach Sound Doctrine1But as for you, teach what accords with az sound ▼
▼Or healthy; also verses 2, 8doctrine. 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.
Be Ready for Every Good Work1Remind 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 Greetings12When 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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