1 Paul, God’s bondman, and Jesus Christ’s apostle, according to the faith of God’s elect and knowledge of truth :according to godliness 2 in hope of eternal life, which God, who lies not, promised before age times; 3 but in his own seasons manifested his :word in a proclamation, wherewith I was entrusted according to the commandment of :God our Savior; 4 to Titus, my genuine child after a common faith: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our :Savior.
5 For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things wanting, and appoint elders in every city, as I gave thee charge; 6 if any is blameless, husband of one wife, having believing children not accused of riot or unruly. 7 For the overseer must be blameless, as God’s steward; not self-willed, not soon angry, no brawler, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; 8 but a lover of strangers, lover of good, sober-minded, just, holy, self-controlled; 9 holding to the faithful word which is according to the teaching, that he be able both to exhort in the :sound teaching, and to convict the gainsayers. 10 For many are unruly, vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision, 11 whose mouths must be stopped; the which overthrow whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake.
12 One of them, a prophet of their own, said, Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, idle bellies. 13 This :testimony is true. For which cause reprove them sharply, that they be sound in the faith, 14 not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men who turn away from the truth. 15 To the pure all things are pure: but to the defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but both their :mind and :conscience are defiled. 16 They profess to know God; but by their works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work disapproved.
1 But speak thou the things which befit the †sound teaching: 2 that aged men be temperate, grave, sober-minded, sound in :faith, :love, :patience: 3 that aged women likewise be reverent in demeanor, not slanderers nor enslaved to much wine, teachers of what is good; 4 that they may train the young to be husband-lovers, child-lovers, 5 sober-minded, chaste, homeworkers, good, subject to their own husbands, that the word of :God be not blasphemed: 6 the younger men likewise exhort to be sober-minded: 7 in all things showing thyself an example of good works; in the teaching showing uncorruptness, gravity, 8 sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part be ashamed, having no evil to say of us. 9 Bondmen to be subject to their own masters in all things to be well pleasing, not gainsaying, 10 not purloining, but showing all good faithfulness; that they may adorn the teaching of :God our Savior in all things. 11 For the grace of :God hath appeared to all men bringing salvation, 12 instructing us, that, denying :ungodliness and worldly :lusts, we should live soberly and righteously and godly in this present age; 13 awaiting the blessed hope and appearing of the glory of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ; 14 who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify to himself a people for his possession, zealous of good works. 15 These things speak and exhort and reprove with all †authority. Let no one despise thee.
1 Remind them to be subject to rulers, to authorities, to be obedient, to be ready unto every good work, 2 to speak evil of no one, to be not contentious, to be gentle, showing all meekness toward all men. 3 For we also once were foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving diverse lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another. 4 But when the kindness of :God our Savior, and his :love to man, appeared, 5 not by :works which WE did in righteousness, but according to his :mercy he saved us, through a washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out upon us richly, through Jesus Christ our :Savior; 7 that, being justified by his :grace, we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. 8 Faithful the saying, and concerning these I desire that thou affirm confidently, so that they who have believed God be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable for :men: 9 but shun foolish questionings, and genealogies, and strifes, and fightings about law; for they are unprofitable and vain. 10 A factious man after one admonition and a second refuse; 11 knowing that the such is perverted, and sinneth, being self-condemned.
12 When I shall send Artemas unto thee, or Tychicus, give diligence to come unto me to Nicopolis: for there have I determined to winter. 13 Set forward Zenas the lawyer and Apollos diligently, that nothing be wanting to them. 14 And let :our people also learn to maintain good works for the necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful.
15 All those with me greet thee. Greet them that love us in faith.
The grace be with you all.