Salutation1 Paul a a bond-servant of God and an b apostle of Jesus Christ ▼
▼ Or according tofor the faith of those d chosen of God and e the knowledge of the truth which is f according to godliness, 2 in g the hope of eternal life, which God, h who cannot lie, i promised ▼
▼ Lit before times eternal, k long ages ago, 3 but l at the proper time manifested, even His word, in m the proclamation n with which I was entrusted o according to the commandment of p God our Savior, 4 To q Titus, r my true child ▼
▼ Lit according toin a t common faith: u Grace and peace from God the Father and v Christ Jesus our Savior.
Qualifications of Elders5 For this reason I left you in w Crete, that you would set in order what remains and x appoint y elders in every city as I directed you, 6 namely z if any man is above reproach, the aa husband of one wife, having children who believe, not accused of ab dissipation or ac rebellion. 7 For the ▼
▼ Or bishop, ae overseer must be above reproach as af God’s steward, not ag self-willed, not quick-tempered, not ah addicted to wine, not pugnacious, ai not fond of sordid gain, 8 but aj hospitable, ak loving what is good, sensible, just, devout, self-controlled, 9 al holding fast the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching, so that he will be able both to exhort in am sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict. 10 an For there are many ao rebellious men ap empty talkers and deceivers, especially aq those of the circumcision, 11 who must be silenced because they are upsetting ar whole families, teaching as things they should not teach at for the sake of sordid gain. 12 One of themselves, a prophet of their own, said au “Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.” 13 This testimony is true. For this reason av reprove them aw severely so that they may be ax sound in the faith, 14 not paying attention to Jewish ay myths and az commandments of men who ba turn away from the truth. 15 bb To the pure, all things are pure; but bc to those who are defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure, but both their bd mind and their conscience are defiled. 16 be They profess to know God, but by their deeds they bf deny Him, being bg detestable and bh disobedient and bi worthless bj for any good deed.
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