To Titus, my true child in the faith we share: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.
I left you in Crete so you could finish doing the things that still needed to be done and so you could appoint elders in every town, as I directed you.
An elder must not be guilty of doing wrong, must have only one wife, and must have believing children. They must not be known as children who are wild and do not cooperate.
As God's manager, an elder must not be guilty of doing wrong, being selfish, or becoming angry quickly. He must not drink too much wine, like to fight, or try to get rich by cheating others.
An elder must be ready to welcome guests, love what is good, be wise, live right, and be holy and self-controlled.
By holding on to the trustworthy word just as we teach it, an elder can help people by using true teaching, and he can show those who are against the true teaching that they are wrong.
There are many people who refuse to cooperate, who talk about worthless things and lead others into the wrong way -- mainly those who say all who are not Jews must be circumcised.
These people must be stopped, because they are upsetting whole families by teaching things they should not teach, which they do to get rich by cheating people.
Even one of their own prophets said, "Cretans are always liars, evil animals, and lazy people who do nothing but eat."
The words that prophet said are true. So firmly tell those people they are wrong so they may become strong in the faith,
not accepting Jewish false stories and the commands of people who reject the truth.