Since an overseera1 is entrusted with God's work,2 he must be blameless--not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain.38
Rather he must be hospitable,4 one who loves what is good,5 who is self-controlled,6 upright, holy and disciplined.
He must hold firmly7 to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine8 and refute those who oppose it.
For there are many rebellious people, mere talkers9 and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision group.1011
They must be silenced, because they are ruining whole households11 by teaching things they ought not to teach--and that for the sake of dishonest gain.
Even one of their own prophets12 has said, "Cretans13 are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons."
This testimony is true. Therefore, rebuke14 them sharply, so that they will be sound in the faith1514
and will pay no attention to Jewish myths16 or to the commands17 of those who reject the truth.1815
To the pure, all things are pure,19 but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure.20 In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted.2116
They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him.22 They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.23