namely, 1ifanyman is abovereproach, the 2husband of onewife, havingchildrenwhobelieve, not accused of 3dissipationor4rebellion.
For the a5overseermust be abovereproach as 6God'ssteward, not 7self-willed, not quick-tempered, not 8addicted to wine, not pugnacious, 9not fond of sordidgain,
but 10hospitable, 11lovingwhat is good, sensible, just, devout, self-controlled,
912holdingfast the faithfulword which is in accordance with the teaching, so that he will be ableboth to exhort in 13sounddoctrine and to refutethose who contradict.
1014For there are many15rebelliousmen, 16emptytalkers and deceivers, especially17those of the circumcision,
11whomust be silencedbecause they are upsetting18wholefamilies, teaching19things they should not teach 20for the sake of sordidgain.
12One of themselves, a prophet of their own, said, "21Cretans are alwaysliars, evilbeasts, lazygluttons."
13Thistestimony is true. For thisreason22reprove them 23severelyso that they may be 24sound in the faith,
not payingattention to Jewish25myths and 26commandments of men who 27turnaway from the truth.
1528To the pure, allthings are pure ; but 29to those who are defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure, but both their 30mind and their conscience are defiled.
1631They profess to knowGod, but by their deeds they 32deny Him, being33detestable and 34disobedient and 35worthless36for anygooddeed.