to Titus, my own child according to [the] faith common [to us]: Grace and peace from God [the] Father, and Christ Jesus our Saviour.
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:
if any one be free from all charge [against him], husband of one wife, having believing children not accused of excess or unruly.
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;
but hospitable, a lover of goodness, discreet, a just, pious, b temperate,
clinging to the faithful word according to the doctrine taught, that he may be able both to encourage with sound teaching and refute c gainsayers.
For there are many and disorderly vain speakers and deceivers of people's minds, specially those of [the] circumcision,
who must have their mouths stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which ought not [to be taught] for the sake of base gain.
One of themselves, a prophet of their own, has said, Cretans are always liars, evil wild beasts, lazy gluttons.
This testimony is true; for which cause rebuke d them severely, that they may be sound in the faith,
not turning [their] minds to Jewish fables and commandments of men turning away from the truth.