Titus 1 ESV

Greeting

1 Paul, a servanta of God and 1an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the sake of the faith of God's elect and 2their knowledge of the truth, 3which accords with godliness,

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    • a 1:1 - Or slave; Greek bondservant
      2 4in hope of eternal life, which God, 5who never lies, 6promised 7before the ages beganb

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        • b 1:2 - Greek before times eternal
          3 and 8at the proper time manifested in his word 9through the preaching 10with which I have been entrusted 11by the command of God our Savior;

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          4 To Titus, 12my true child in 13a common faith: 14Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.

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          Qualifications for Elders

          5 15This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and 16appoint elders in every town as I directed you--

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          6 17if anyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife,c and his children are believers and not open to the charge of 18debauchery or insubordination.

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            • c 1:6 - Or a man of one woman
              7 For an overseer,d19as God's steward, must be above reproach. He must not 20be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent 21or greedy for gain,

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              8 but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, 22and disciplined.

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              9 He must 23hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in 24sounde doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.

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                • e 1:9 - Or healthy; also verse 13
                  10 For there are many who are insubordinate, 25empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of 26the circumcision party.

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                  11 They must be silenced, since 27they are upsetting whole families by teaching 28for shameful gain what they ought not to teach.

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                  12 29One of the Cretans,f a prophet of their own, said, "Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons."g

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                    • f 1:12 - Greek One of them
                    • g 1:12 - Probably from Epimenides of Crete
                      13 This testimony is true. Therefore 30rebuke them 31sharply, that they 32may be sound in the faith,

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                      14 33not devoting themselves to Jewish myths and 34the commands of people 35who turn away from the truth.

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                      15 36To the pure, all things are pure, but to the defiled and 37unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both 38their minds and their consciences are defiled.

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                      16 39They profess to know God, but they 40deny him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, 41unfit for any good work.

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