1 Paul, bondman of God, and apostle of Jesus Christ according to [the] faith of God's elect, and knowledge a of [the] truth which [is] according to piety;

References for Titus 1:1

    • a 1:1 - Epignosis, as Col. 1.9.
      2 in [the] hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised before the ages of time,
      3 but has manifested in its own due season his word, in [the] proclamation with which *I* have been entrusted, according to [the] commandment of our Saviour God;
      4 to Titus, my own child according to [the] faith common [to us]: Grace and peace from God [the] Father, and Christ Jesus our Saviour.
      5 For this cause I left thee in Crete, that thou mightest go on to set right what remained [unordered], and establish elders in each city, as *I* had ordered thee:
      6 if any one be free from all charge [against him], husband of one wife, having believing children not accused of excess or unruly.
      7 For the overseer must be free from all charge [against him] as God's steward; not headstrong, not passionate, not disorderly through wine, not a striker, not seeking gain by base means;
      8 but hospitable, a lover of goodness, discreet, b just, pious, c temperate,

      References for Titus 1:8

        • b 1:8 - i.e. 'sober,' or of 'sound mind,' as ch. 2.2,5,6,12.
        • c 1:8 - Hosios, as 'holy,' Heb. 7.26.
          9 clinging to the faithful word according to the doctrine taught, that he may be able both to encourage with sound teaching and refute d gainsayers.

          References for Titus 1:9

            • d 1:9 - Elenko, as ch. 2.15, 'rebuke,' see Note, John 3.20.
              10 For there are many and disorderly vain speakers and deceivers of people's minds, specially those of [the] circumcision,
              11 who must have their mouths stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which ought not [to be taught] for the sake of base gain.
              12 One of themselves, a prophet of their own, has said, Cretans are always liars, evil wild beasts, lazy gluttons.
              13 This testimony is true; for which cause rebuke e them severely, that they may be sound in the faith,

              References for Titus 1:13

                • e 1:13 - Elenko, as ver. 9, and ch. 2.15.
                  14 not turning [their] minds to Jewish fables and commandments of men turning away from the truth.
                  15 All things [are] pure to the pure; but to the defiled and unbelieving nothing [is] pure; but both their mind and their conscience are defiled.
                  16 They profess to know God, but in works deny [him], being abominable, and disobedient, and found worthless as to every good work.