61if anyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife,a and his children are believers and not open to the charge of 2debauchery or insubordination.
For an overseer,b3as God's steward, must be above reproach. He must not 4be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent 5or greedy for gain,
but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, 6and disciplined.
He must 7hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in 8soundc doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.
For there are many who are insubordinate, 9empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of 10the circumcision party.
They must be silenced, since 11they are upsetting whole families by teaching 12for shameful gain what they ought not to teach.
1213One of the Cretans,d a prophet of their own, said, "Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons."e13
This testimony is true. Therefore 14rebuke them 15sharply, that they 16may be sound in the faith,
1417not devoting themselves to Jewish myths and 18the commands of people 19who turn away from the truth.
1520To the pure, all things are pure, but to the defiled and 21unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both 22their minds and their consciences are defiled.
1623They profess to know God, but they 24deny him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, 25unfit for any good work.