For the a1overseermust be abovereproach as 2God'ssteward, not 3self-willed, not quick-tempered, not 4addicted to wine, not pugnacious, 5not fond of sordidgain,
but 6hospitable, 7lovingwhat is good, sensible, just, devout, self-controlled,
98holdingfast the faithfulword which is in accordance with the teaching, so that he will be ableboth to exhort in 9sounddoctrine and to refutethose who contradict.
1010For there are many11rebelliousmen, 12emptytalkers and deceivers, especially13those of the circumcision,
11whomust be silencedbecause they are upsetting14wholefamilies, teaching15things they should not teach 16for the sake of sordidgain.
12One of themselves, a prophet of their own, said, "17Cretans are alwaysliars, evilbeasts, lazygluttons."
13Thistestimony is true. For thisreason18reprove them 19severelyso that they may be 20sound in the faith,
not payingattention to Jewish21myths and 22commandments of men who 23turnaway from the truth.
1524To the pure, allthings are pure; but 25to those who are defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure, but both their 26mind and their conscience are defiled.
1627They profess to knowGod, but by their deeds they 28deny Him, being29detestable and 30disobedient and 31worthless32for anygooddeed.