Titus 1:5-16 ESV

Qualifications for Elders

5 1This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and 2appoint elders in every town as I directed you--

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6 3if anyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife,a and his children are believers and not open to the charge of 4debauchery or insubordination.

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    • c 1:6 - Or a man of one woman
      7 For an overseer,b5as God's steward, must be above reproach. He must not 6be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent 7or greedy for gain,

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

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      9 He must 9hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in 10soundc 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, 11empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of 12the circumcision party.

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          11 They must be silenced, since 13they are upsetting whole families by teaching 14for shameful gain what they ought not to teach.

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          12 15One of the Cretans,d a prophet of their own, said, "Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons."e

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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 16rebuke them 17sharply, that they 18may be sound in the faith,

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              14 19not devoting themselves to Jewish myths and 20the commands of people 21who turn away from the truth.

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              15 22To the pure, all things are pure, but to the defiled and 23unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both 24their minds and their consciences are defiled.

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              16 25They profess to know God, but they 26deny him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, 27unfit for any good work.

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