For an overseer,a1as God's steward, must be above reproach. He must not 2be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent 3or greedy for gain,
but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, 4and disciplined.
He must 5hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in 6soundb doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.
For there are many who are insubordinate, 7empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of 8the circumcision party.
They must be silenced, since 9they are upsetting whole families by teaching 10for shameful gain what they ought not to teach.
1211One of the Cretans,c a prophet of their own, said, "Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons."d13
This testimony is true. Therefore 12rebuke them 13sharply, that they 14may be sound in the faith,
1415not devoting themselves to Jewish myths and 16the commands of people 17who turn away from the truth.
1518To the pure, all things are pure, but to the defiled and 19unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both 20their minds and their consciences are defiled.
1621They profess to know God, but they 22deny him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, 23unfit for any good work.