To: Titus, a true son in the faith we share: Grace and shalom from God the Father and from the Messiah Yeshua, our Deliverer.
The reason I left you in Crete was so that you might attend to the matters still not in order and appoint congregation leaders in each city-those were my instructions.
A leader must be blameless, husband to one wife, with believing children who do not have a reputation for being wild or rebellious.
For an overseer, as someone entrusted with God's affairs, must be blameless - he must not be self-willed or quick-tempered, he must not drink excessively, get into fights or be greedy for dishonest gain.
On the contrary, he must be hospitable, devoted to good, sober-mindedness, uprightness, holiness and self-control.
He must hold firmly to the trustworthy Message that agrees with the doctrine; so that by his sound teaching he will be able to exhort and encourage, and also to refute those who speak against it.
For there are many, especially from the Circumcision faction, who are rebellious, who delude people's minds with their worthless and misleading talk.
They must be silenced; because they are upsetting entire households by teaching what they have no business teaching, and doing it for the sake of dishonest gain.
Even one of the Cretans' own prophets has said, "Cretans are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons" -
and it's true! For this reason, you must be severe when you rebuke those who have followed this false teaching, so that they will come to be sound in their trust
and no longer pay attention to Judaistic myths or to the commands of people who reject the truth.