Titus 1



1 Paul, a a
slave: The strong Greek word doulos cannot be accurately translated in English by "servant" or "bond servant"; the HCSB translates this word as "slave," not out of insensitivity to the legitimate concerns of modern English speakers, but out of a commitment to accurately convey the brutal reality of the Roman empire's inhumane institution as well as the ownership called for by Christ.
slave of God c and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to build up
Or according to
the faith of God’s elect e and their knowledge of the truth f that leads
Or corresponds
to godliness, h
2 in the hope of eternal life i that God, who cannot lie, j promised before time began. k 3In His own time He has revealed l His message m in the proclamation that I was entrusted n with by the command o of God our Savior: p

4To Titus, q my true son r in our common faith.Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior. s

Titus’s Ministry in Crete

5 The reason I left you in Crete t was to set right what was left undone and, as I directed you, to appoint elders u in every town: 6 one v who is blameless, w the husband of one wife, having faithful
Or believing
children not accused of wildness or rebellion.
7 For an
overseer(s): Or elder(s), or bishop(s)
overseer, z as God’s administrator, must be blameless, not arrogant, not hot-tempered, not addicted to wine, not a bully, not greedy for money,
8 but hospitable, loving what is good, sensible, righteous, holy, self-controlled, 9holding to the faithful message as taught, aa so that he will be able both to encourage with sound teaching ab and to refute those who contradict it.

10 For there are also many rebellious people, full of empty talk and deception, especially those from Judaism.
Lit the circumcision
11It is necessary to silence them; they overthrow whole households by teaching what they shouldn’t in order to get money dishonestly. 12 One of their very own prophets said,

Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.
This saying is from the Cretan poet Epimenides (6th century b.c.

13 This testimony is true. ae So, rebuke them sharply, af that they may be sound in the faith 14and may not pay attention to Jewish myths ag and the commands of men who reject the truth. ah

15To the pure, everything is pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; in fact, both their mind and conscience ai are defiled. 16They profess to know God, aj but they deny Him by their works. ak They are detestable, disobedient, and disqualified for any good work. al
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