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Titus 1:1-11 (New American Standard)

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Salutation

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, 2 in 6the hope of eternal life, which God, 7who cannot lie, 8promised b9long ages ago, 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, 4 To 15Titus, 16my true child cin a 17common faith: 18Grace and peace from God the Father and 19Christ Jesus our Savior.

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, 6 namely, 23if any man is above reproach, the 24husband of one wife, having children who believe, not accused of 25dissipation or 26rebellion. 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, 8 but 32hospitable, 33loving what is good, sensible, just, devout, self-controlled, 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. 10 36For there are many 37rebellious men, 38empty talkers and deceivers, especially 39those of the circumcision, 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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