1Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ for the sake of the trust of God’s chosen and their knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness,
2in hope of life in the Age to come, which God, who never lies, promised long ages ago,
3but now at this proper time he has revealed his word through the preaching that I was entrusted with by the command of God our Savior.
4To Titus, my true child with respect to our common Faith:a Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.
For this reason I left you in Crete, in order that you should set in order the things that were lacking, and appoint elders in every city as I directed you—
6if anyone is blameless, the husband of one wife, having children who believe, who are not accused of recklessness or rebelliousness.
7For the overseer, as God’s house-manager, must be blameless, not self-pleasing, not quick tempered, not an excessive drinker, not violent, not eager for dishonorable gain,
8but given to hospitality, liking what is good, sensible, righteous, pure, self-controlled,
9firmly holding the faithful word as he has been taught, so that he will be able to encourage by that sound doctrine, and to refute those who oppose it.
For there are many who are rebellious, empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision,
11whose mouths must be stopped, who overthrow whole houses by teaching things that they ought not, just for the sake of dishonorable gain.
One of them, in fact
, a prophet of their own, said, “Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, idle gluttons.”
This testimony is true. So continue to reprove them sharply so that they come to be sound in the Faith
do not pay attention to Jewish myths and the
commandments of people who turn away from the truth.
To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure, but both their mind and their conscience are defiled.
They profess that they know God, but by their works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unfit for every good work.