For there are many who are insubordinate, 1empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of 2the circumcision party.
They must be silenced, since 3they are upsetting whole families by teaching 4for shameful gain what they ought not to teach.
5One of the Cretans, a prophet of their own, said, "Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons."
This testimony is true. Therefore 6rebuke them 7sharply, that they 8may be sound in the faith,
9not devoting themselves to Jewish myths and 10the commands of people 11who turn away from the truth.
12To the pure, all things are pure, but to the defiled and 13unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both 14their minds and their consciences are defiled.
15They profess to know God, but they 16deny him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, 17unfit for any good work.