Titus 1

Salutation

1Paul a  a bond-servant of God and an b  apostle of Jesus Christ
Or according to
for the faith of those d  chosen of God and e  the knowledge of the truth which is f  according to godliness,
2in g  the hope of eternal life, which God, h  who cannot lie, i  promised
Lit before times eternal
,
k  long ages ago,
3but 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,

4To q  Titus, r  my true child
Lit according to
in a t  common faith: u  Grace and peace from God the Father and v  Christ Jesus our Savior.

Qualifications of Elders

5For 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, 6namely 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. 7For 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,
8but 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, 11who must be silenced because they are upsetting ar  whole families, teaching as  things they should not teach at  for the sake of sordid gain. 12One of themselves, a prophet of their own, said au  Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.” 13This testimony is true. For this reason av  reprove them aw  severely so that they may be ax  sound in the faith, 14not 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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