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Titus 1:3-13 (English Standard Version)

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3 and 1at the proper time manifested in his word 2through the preaching 3with which I have been entrusted 4by the command of God our Savior; 4 To Titus, 5my true child in 6a common faith: 7Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.

Qualifications for Elders

5 8This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and 9appoint elders in every town as I directed you-- 6 10if anyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife,a and his children are believers and not open to the charge of 11debauchery or insubordination. 7 For an overseer,b12as God's steward, must be above reproach. He must not 13be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent 14or greedy for gain, 8 but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, 15and disciplined. 9 He must 16hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in 17soundc doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it. 10 For there are many who are insubordinate, 18empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of 19the circumcision party. 11 They must be silenced, since 20they are upsetting whole families by teaching 21for shameful gain what they ought not to teach. 12 22One of the Cretans,d a prophet of their own, said, "Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons."e 13 This testimony is true. Therefore 23rebuke them 24sharply, that they 25may be sound in the faith,
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