Titus 1:5-16 NAS

Qualifications of Elders

5 For this reason I left you in 1Crete, that you would set in order what remains and 2appoint 3elders in every city as I directed you,

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7 For the a8overseer must be above reproach as 9God's steward, not 10self-willed, not quick-tempered, not 11addicted to wine, not pugnacious, 12not fond of sordid gain,

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9 15holding fast the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching, so that he will be able both to exhort in 16sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict.

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10 17For there are many 18rebellious men, 19empty talkers and deceivers, especially 20those of the circumcision,

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11 who must be silenced because they are upsetting 21whole families, teaching 22things they should not teach 23for the sake of sordid gain.

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12 One of themselves, a prophet of their own, said, "24Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons."

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13 This testimony is true. For this reason 25reprove them 26severely so that they may be 27sound in the faith,

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14 not paying attention to Jewish 28myths and 29commandments of men who 30turn away from the truth.

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15 31To the pure, all things are pure; but 32to those who are defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure, but both their 33mind and their conscience are defiled.

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16 34They profess to know God, but by their deeds they 35deny Him, being 36detestable and 37disobedient and 38worthless 39for any good deed.

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