Titus 1

Greeting

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

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

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

Qualifications for Elders

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

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

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