1 Paul, 1a bond-servant of God and an 2apostle of Jesus Christ, afor the faith of those 3chosen of God and 4the knowledge of the truth which is 5according to godliness,

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2 in 6the hope of eternal life, which God, 7who cannot lie, 8promised b9long ages ago,

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    • b 1:2 - Lit "before times eternal"
      3 but 10at the proper time manifested, even His word, in 11the proclamation 12with which I was entrusted 13according to the commandment of 14God our Savior,

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      4 To 15Titus, 16my true child cin a 17common faith: 18Grace and peace from God the Father and 19Christ Jesus our Savior.

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      Qualifications of Elders

      5 For this reason I left you in 20Crete, that you would set in order what remains and 21appoint 22elders in every city as I directed you,

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      7 For the d27overseer must be above reproach as 28God's steward, not 29self-willed, not quick-tempered, not 30addicted to wine, not pugnacious, 31not fond of sordid gain,

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      9 34holding fast the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching, so that he will be able both to exhort in 35sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict.

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      10 36For there are many 37rebellious men, 38empty talkers and deceivers, especially 39those of the circumcision,

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      11 who must be silenced because they are upsetting 40whole families, teaching 41things they should not teach 42for the sake of sordid gain.

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      12 One of themselves, a prophet of their own, said, "43Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons."

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      13 This testimony is true. For this reason 44reprove them 45severely so that they may be 46sound in the faith,

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      14 not paying attention to Jewish 47myths and 48commandments of men who 49turn away from the truth.

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      15 50To the pure, all things are pure; but 51to those who are defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure, but both their 52mind and their conscience are defiled.

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      16 53They profess to know God, but by their deeds they 54deny Him, being 55detestable and 56disobedient and 57worthless 58for any good deed.

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