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Titus 1 NCV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 From Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ. I was sent to help the faith of God's chosen people and to help them know the truth that shows people how to serve God. 1 Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ for the faith of God's elect and the knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness--
2 That faith and that knowledge come from the hope for life forever, which God promised to us before time began. And God cannot lie. 2 a faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time,
3 At the right time God let the world know about that life through preaching. He trusted me with that work, and I preached by the command of God our Savior. 3 and at his appointed season he brought his word to light through the preaching entrusted to me by the command of God our Savior,
4 To Titus, my true child in the faith we share: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior. 4 To Titus, my true son in our common faith: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.
5 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. 5 The reason I left you in Crete was that you might straighten out what was left unfinished and appoint elders in every town, as I directed you.
6 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. 6 An elder must be blameless, the husband of but one wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient.
7 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. 7 Since an overseer is entrusted with God's work, he must be blameless--not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain.
8 An elder must be ready to welcome guests, love what is good, be wise, live right, and be holy and self-controlled. 8 Rather he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined.
9 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. 9 He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.
10 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. 10 For there are many rebellious people, mere talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision group.
11 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. 11 They must be silenced, because they are ruining whole households by teaching things they ought not to teach--and that for the sake of dishonest gain.
12 Even one of their own prophets said, "Cretans are always liars, evil animals, and lazy people who do nothing but eat." 12 Even one of their own prophets has said, "Cretans are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons."
13 The words that prophet said are true. So firmly tell those people they are wrong so they may become strong in the faith, 13 This testimony is true. Therefore, rebuke them sharply, so that they will be sound in the faith
14 not accepting Jewish false stories and the commands of people who reject the truth. 14 and will pay no attention to Jewish myths or to the commands of those who reject the truth.
15 To those who are pure, all things are pure, but to those who are full of sin and do not believe, nothing is pure. Both their minds and their consciences have been ruined. 15 To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted.
16 They say they know God, but their actions show they do not accept him. They are hateful people, they refuse to obey, and they are useless for doing anything good. 16 They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.