Psa 62
Psa 77
bg[See ver. 1 above]

Psalms 62:1

My Soul Waits for God Alone

To the choirmaster: according to a  Jeduthun. A Psalm of David.

1 For God alone b  my soul c  waits in silence;
from him comes my salvation.

Psalms 77:1

In the Day of Trouble I Seek the Lord

To the choirmaster: according to d  Jeduthun. A Psalm of e  Asaph.

1 I f  cry aloud to God,
aloud to God, and he will hear 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


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

4To Titus, t  my true child in u  a common faith:

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

Qualifications for Elders

5 w  This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and x  appoint elders in every town as I directed you 6 y  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 ab  debauchery or insubordination.
7For an overseer
Or bishop; Greek episkopos
ad  as God’s steward, must be above reproach. He must not ae  be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent af  or greedy for gain,
8but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy ag  and disciplined. 9He must ah  hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in ai  sound
Or healthy; also verse 13
doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.

10For there are many who are insubordinate ak  empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of al  the circumcision party.
Or  especially those of the circumcision
11They must be silenced, since an  they are upsetting whole families by teaching ao  for shameful gain what they ought not to teach. 12 ap  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 as  rebuke them at  sharply, that they au  may be sound in the faith, 14 av  not devoting themselves to Jewish myths and aw  the commands of people ax  who turn away from the truth. 15 ay  To the pure, all things are pure, but to the defiled and az  unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both ba  their minds and their consciences are defiled. 16 bb  They profess to know God, but they bc  deny him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient bd  unfit for any good work.

Titus 2

Teach Sound Doctrine

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

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

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

Titus 3

Be Ready for Every Good Work

1Remind them cq  to be submissive to rulers and authorities cr  to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, 2 cs  to speak evil of no one ct  to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and cu  to show perfect courtesy toward all people. 3For cv  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 cw  the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, 5he saved us, cx  not because of works done by us in righteousness, but cy  according to his own mercy, by cz  the washing of regeneration and da  renewal of the Holy Spirit, 6whom he db  poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7so that dc  being justified by his grace we might become dd  heirs de  according to the hope of eternal life. 8The saying is df  trustworthy, and I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful dg  to devote themselves to good works. These things are excellent and profitable for people. 9But dh  avoid foolish di  controversies dj  genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for dk  they are unprofitable and worthless. 10As for a person who stirs up division, dl  after warning him once and then twice, dm  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 dn  Tychicus to you, do your best to come to me do  at Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there. 13Do your best to speed Zenas the lawyer and dp  Apollos on their way; see that they lack nothing. 14And let our people learn dq  to devote themselves to good works, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not dr  be unfruitful.

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

ds  Grace be with you all.

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