and at his appointed season1 he brought his word to light2 through the preaching entrusted to me3 by the command of God4 our Savior,54
To Titus,6 my true son7 in our common faith: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.8
The reason I left you in Crete9 was that you might straighten out what was left unfinished and appointa elders10 in every town, as I directed you.
An elder must be blameless,11 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 overseerb12 is entrusted with God's work,13 he must be blameless--not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain.148
Rather he must be hospitable,15 one who loves what is good,16 who is self-controlled,17 upright, holy and disciplined.
He must hold firmly18 to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine19 and refute those who oppose it.
For there are many rebellious people, mere talkers20 and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision group.2111
They must be silenced, because they are ruining whole households22 by teaching things they ought not to teach--and that for the sake of dishonest gain.
Even one of their own prophets23 has said, "Cretans24 are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons."
This testimony is true. Therefore, rebuke25 them sharply, so that they will be sound in the faith26