The reason I left you in Crete1 was that you might straighten out what was left unfinished and appoint elders2 in every town, as I directed you.
An elder must be blameless,3 the husband of but one wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient.
Since an overseer4 is entrusted with God's work,5 he must be blameless--not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain.6
Rather he must be hospitable,7 one who loves what is good,8 who is self-controlled,9 upright, holy and disciplined.
He must hold firmly10 to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine11 and refute those who oppose it.
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