1 1Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according
to the faith of God's elect, and the knowledge of the truth which is
according to godliness,
2in hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot
lie, promised before times eternal;
3but in his own seasons manifested
his word in the message, wherewith I was intrusted according to the
commandment of God our Saviour;
4to Titus, my true child after a common
faith: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Saviour.
5For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order
the things that were wanting, and appoint elders in every city, as I gave
6if any man is blameless, the husband of one wife, having
children that believe, who are not accused of riot or unruly.
bishop must be blameless, as God's steward; not self-willed, not soon angry,
no brawler, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre;
8but given to
hospitality, as lover of good, sober-minded, just, holy, self-controlled;
9holding to the faithful word which is according to the teaching, that he
may be able to exhort in the sound doctrine, and to convict the gainsayers.
10For there are many unruly men, vain talkers and deceivers, specially
they of the circumcision,
11whose mouths must be stopped; men who
overthrow whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy
12One of themselves, a prophet of their own, said, Cretans
are always liars, evil beasts, idle gluttons.
13This testimony is true.
For which cause reprove them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith,
14not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men who turn away
from the truth.
15To the pure all things are pure: but to them that are
defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but both their mind and their
conscience are defiled.
16They profess that they know God; but by their
works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good